The Khardung La Challenge (72km) is the highest Ultra Marathon in the World. This race is amongst the Toughest and Ultimate Challenging Endurance Race for the serious runner who wants to push his or her limits to the extreme. This race is Only for the fittest and very experienced runners. The harsh conditions makes  this extremely tough  as you will be running approximately  60km of the race at above 4000m (14,000ft)!!! Hence the number of participants to this race is restricted to a maximum of 200 runners. This race is scheduled for Friday 08 September 2023 to ensure singular logistical focus and attention to the participants and to make this ultra-marathon a prestigious event. 


DISTANCE: 72kmDATE: Friday 08 September 2023
REPORTING PLACE & TIME: Ladakh Marathon Hub – on Thursday 07 September at 9 amRACE START TIME: 3 am on Friday 08 September – Khardung Village
AGE LIMIT: Participant should be 20 years or older as on race dayELIGIBILITY: Participant who fulfils any one option listed below is eligible to APPLY

a) Finisher of 2022 Ladakh Marathon - 42 km and 72 km
b) Two full marathon under 5 hrs in the past three years
c) Two ultra marathon over 70 km in the past three years
d) A full marathon under 5 hrs and an ultra marathon over 70 km in the past three years prior to the race day.
Application will be confirmed once documents submitted towards eligibility criteria have been verified within 5-7 working days, after which payment link will be shared. The Organiser reserves the right to disallow / disqualify any participant who is known or suspected to be physically unfit to participate in this race.
CERTIFICATION:Certificates will be given to participants according to stages attained by them. And Finisher certificate will be given to participants who attain / reach “Finisher” stage with official time along with a medal


The below will be strictly followed:

From To Distance(Km) Cut-Off Time Stage
Khardung Village(Start) Khardungla Top 32.2 11 am / 8 hrs I
Khardungla Top South Pulu 14.3 1:30 pm / 10 hrs 30 min II
South Pulu Mendak mor 12.1 3 pm / 12 hrs III
Mendak mor Leh Market(Finish) 13.4 5 pm / 14 hrs Finisher

Please note that these points and times are subject to change should the organisers deem it necessary. The final cut-off is at 14 hours (5 pm) and if you have not reached the cut off points within the given time as stated above, you must leave and retire from the race immediately and get on to a sweep vehicle. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.


(Inclusive of 18% GST)

  • Type I – Foreign nationals – US$ 180
  • Type II – Indian nationals who live outside Ladakh – Rs 11,000
  • Type III – Ladakh residents & serving Indian Defence Personnel – Rs 7000
  • Type IV – Veterans (50 years and above) – Rs 9000 or US$ 150


Participants will have to report at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 07 September 2023 at the Ladakh Marathon Hub. They will be transported to the race starting point at Khardung village where the accommodation is provided by the organisers in a homestay inclusive of meals. Participants are requested to bring out their own sleeping bags and headlamps.


There will be baggage deposit counter at the starting point. And along the course there will be 3 places to layer off clothes at North Pulu, Khardungla top and South Pulu. Belongings can be collected at the finish point.


Beginning with the 8th edition of Ladakh Marathon in  2019, we have made a conscious decision to make this event free of single use plastic. We are thankful to all participants and request for continued support in our effort to reduce the use of plastic and help us in protecting our fragile environment.

Hydration and Aid stations will be located at every 05km interval providing with:

  • Water – refill facility – participants  are requested to bring out their own hydration packs  and bottles
  • Energy drinks served in biodegradable cups
  • Snacks are free of plastic wraps and include fresh fruits, dates, boiled potatoes, jaggery etc

Toilets facilities

Toilet facilities along the course are environment friendly dry pits.


The Khardung La Challenge begins at Khardung village (3975 m / 13,042 ft). The race route involves a gentle but steady climb to the top of Khardungla (5370 m), one of the highest motorable passes in the world. From here it is downhill all the way to Leh town (3500 m / 11,500 ft). Runners get spectacular mountain views of the Karakoram range and the Stok massif, running past mountain villages and summer pasture land of the yaks of the Nubra Valley and North Pulu.