The Khardung La Challenge (72 km) 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  60kms of the race at above 4000 m (14,000ft)!!! Hence the number of participants to this race is restricted to a maximum of 150 Runners. This race is scheduled for Friday 06 September 2019 to ensure singular logistical focus and attention to the runners and to make this ultra-marathon a prestigious standalone event. 

Please check HERE for a complete Runners’ Information Guide for this challenge. 


DISTANCE: 72 KMDATE: Friday 06 September 2019
REPORTING PLACE & TIME: Ladakh Marathon Hub – on Thursday 05 September at 10 amRACE START TIME: 3 am on Friday 06 September – Khardung Village
AGE LIMIT: Runner should be 20 years or older as on race dayELIGIBILITY: Runner who has completed EITHER two full marathon under 5hrs OR has run any 2 ultra marathon over 70km, in the past two years, is eligible to register for this race.
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 Runners according to stages attained by them. And Finisher certificate will be given to Runners who attain / reach “Finisher” stage with official time along with a medal


This is a manually timed race. The below will be strictly followed:

Cut off Points Time Stage
Khardung La top 11 am / 8 hrs I
South Pulu 1:30 pm / 10 hrs 30 minutes II
Mendak mor (turn) 3 pm / 12 hrs III
Finish point 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 (17:00 hrs) 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.


  • Rs. 4000 for Ladakh residents & serving Indian Defence Personnel
  • Rs. 9500 for Indian residents who live outside Ladakh
  • US$165 for Foreign nationals (runners from outside India)
  • Rs. 7500 for Veterans (48 years and above)


Runners will have to report at 10 am on Thursday 05 September 2019 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. Sleeping bags are not provided but can be hired at nominal charges from the Ladakh Marathon Hub.


There will be baggage deposit counter at the starting point. And along the course there will be 4 places to layer off clothes at North Pulu, Khardungla top, South Pulu and Mendak mor. Belongings can be collected at the finish point.


Hydration and Aid stations will be located at every 5km interval providing with water, energy drinks, hot drinks, snacks – bananas, energy bars. There will also be mobile units along the course of the race providing drinks and snacks. We strongly recommend runners to bring out their personal hydration pack.


The Khardung La Challenge begins at Khardung village (3975m / 13,042 ft). The race route involves a gentle but steady climb to the top of Khardungla (5370m), one of the highest motorable passes in the world. From here it is downhill all the way to Leh town (3500m / 11,500ft). 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.