Running a Marathon is itself a challenge but running the LADAKH MARATHON (42.1 km) 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. Please read the informative guide



DATE: Sunday 13 September 2020AGE LIMIT: Runner should be 18 years or older as on race day
REPORTING TIME: 05:00amELIGIBILITY: Runner must have run EITHER one full marathon OR two half marathons in 20 months prior to the 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


  • Type I – Foreign nationals – US$ 65
  • Type II – Indian nationals who live outside Ladakh – Rs 3000/-
  • Type III – Ladakh residents & serving Indian Defence personnel – Rs 2000/-
  • Type IV – Veterans (50 years and above) – Rs 2200/- or US$ 40


Runners 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.


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

Water – To protect our fragile environment, from this year the organisers will not provide with bottled or packaged water. Instead there will be facilities to refill your bottles at the hydration points. Runners are requested to bring in their own hydration pack. 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!


Starting from Riglam School, Choglamsar, the 42.1 km Marathon route follows the Leh-Manali Highway past the ITBP camp to the settlement of Choglamsar. On the right you can see the brightly painted Chortens and the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The first stretch of around 2 kms is a downhill run before it flattens near Sindhu Ghat. From here, the runners will continue to follow the Leh-Manali Highway and on the way will run past Sindhu Ghat and you then turn right to run through the main street of lower Shey village till the Church. At the Church the runners will reconnect with the highway and run past the iconic Shey Palace before diverting and turning right from the Highway near Druk Padma Karpo School. From here, the course is a straight run for around a kilometer. During this stretch, the runners will cross the Indus River via the Shashi Bridge and will reach Khomani Chowk at the end, from where the runners will turn left. With the Stok range of mountains on the right hand you follow the true left bank of river Indus past the Chuchot Imambara towards the scenically located Stakna Monastery perched atop a rick shaped like a leaping tiger1.5 kms short of the monastery, the race course takes the Stakna road through a fantastic route lined with thick willow bushes across Stakna bridge to reconnect back with the Leh-Manali Highway. At the reconnection point, the runners will turn left towards Thiksey village. Ahead runners can see the dramatically located Thiksey Monastery covering an entire hillside and resembling the Potala Palace of Tibet on the 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. All along scenery never ceases to mesmerize you. The runners will then reach Druk Padma Karpo School again and will retrace the route for the remaining 15 kms. The final stretch of the marathon is a gentle climb and the runners will run past the starting point to enter Leh town and finish at NDS Ground.