Running a Marathon is itself a challenge but running the LADAKH MARATHON (42.195km) is even a greater challenge. A tough race at a high altitude, the Ladakh Marathon is not for those with no experience in running marathons but for those who have had dedicated themselves to several months of training. Individuals new to running should begin with a shorter distance and then move up. If you are a serious long distance runner this will be one race that will be a “must do” and one that you will always remember and be talking about for a long time to come.


DISTANCE: 42.195kmRACE START TIME: 06:00hrs
DATE: Sunday 10 September 2023AGE LIMIT: Participant should be 18 years or older as on race day
REPORTING TIME: 05:00hrsELIGIBILITY: Participant who fulfils any one option is eligible to register:
1. Finisher of 2022 Ladakh Half Marathon (21km)
2. Completed either one full marathon or two half marathons in past three years prior to race day.
REPORTING PLACE: NDS Memorial StadiumCUT OFF TIME: 6hrs 45mins
CERTIFICATION: Finishers will be given a certificate with official time along with a medal


(Inclusive of 18% GST)

  • Type I – Foreign nationals – US$ 75
  • Type II – Indian nationals who live outside Ladakh – Rs 3800
  • Type III – Ladakh residents & serving Indian Defence personnel – Rs 2800
  • Type IV – Veterans (50 years and above) – Rs 3000 or US$ 55


Participants are encouraged to walk till NDS Memorial Ground which is located opposite the LAHDC Secretariat, from here they will be transported via buses to the Starting Point of Full Marathon.


Facilities will be available for this at the starting point, and items can be collected back at the finish area.


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.

14 Hydration & Aid stations 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

14 Hydration and Aid stations providing water (refill facility), energy drinks, snacks & bananas

Toilets facilities

Toilet facilities along the course are environment friendly dry pits.


Starting from the NDS Memorial Stadium, the 42km marathon route follows the Leh-Manali highway past the ITBP camp to the settlement of Choglamsar from where you cross the Indus river across the Choglamsar bridge fluttering with prayer flags. With the Stok range of mountains on the right hand you follow the true left bank of the Indus river past the Chushot Imam Bara mosque towards the scenically located Stakna monastery perched atop a rock shaped like a leaping Tiger. 1.5km short of the monastery you take the Stakna road through a fantastic route lined with thick willow bushes across Stakna bridge to reach the Manali-Leh highway. Ahead you can see the dramatically located Thiksey monastery covering an entire hillside and resembling the Potala Palace of Tibet on your right. The route linked with poplar and willow trees continues on the highway past white washed stupas which stand as a contrast against the sandy windswept landscape and bright blue skies above to the Shey Palace on your right and the grazing grounds on your left till the Church of Shey. All along scenery never ceases to mesmerise you. You then turn left to run through the main street of lower Shey village till Sindughat and then catch the Manali-Leh highway. On the left you can see the brightly painted Chortens and the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. You then reach Choglamsar village and retrace the route for the remaining 6km to the finishing lines of the stadium grounds.