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  60 kms 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 11 September 2020 to ensure singular logistical focus and attention to the runners and to make this ultra-marathon a prestigious event. 


DISTANCE: 72 KMDATE: Friday 11 September 2020
REPORTING PLACE & TIME: Ladakh Marathon Hub – on Thursday 10 September at 9 amRACE START TIME: 3 am on Friday 11 September – Khardung Village
AGE LIMIT: Runner should be 20 years or older as on race dayELIGIBILITY: Runner who fulfills any one option listed below is eligible to APPLY

a) Two full marathon under 5 hrs in the past two years
b) Two ultra marathon over 70 km in the past two years
c) A full marathon under 5 hrs and an ultra marathon over 70 km in the past two 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 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


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 Pullu 14.3 1:30 pm / 10 hrs 30 min II
South Pullu Mendhak Mod 12.1 3 pm / 12 hrs III
Mendhak Mod 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 (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.


  • Type I – Foreign nationals – US$ 165
  • Type II – Indian nationals who live outside Ladakh – Rs 9500/-
  • Type III – Ladakh residents & serving Indian Defence Personnel – Rs 5500/-
  • Type IV – Veterans (50 years and above) – Rs 7500/- or US$ 120


Runners will have to report at 09 am on Thursday 10 September 2020 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. Runners 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 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 5 km interval providing with water (refill facility), 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.

Water – To protect fragile environment of Ladakh, from this year we will not provide bottled or packaged water for this challenge. Instead there will be facilities to refill your bottles at the hydration points. Runners are requested to bring in their own hydration packs. We will ensure that refilling is as efficient as possible. We hope that you will join us in our effort to reduce the use of Plastic. It will be tough but together we believe we can do it!


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.