What is the last date to register?
Where is Ladakh?
Ladakh is a region of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of the Republic of India. Ladakh lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the Himalaya to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India. Historically, the region included the Baltistan (Baltiyul) valleys, the Indus Valley, the remote Zangskar, Lahaul and Spiti to the south, Aksai Chin and Ngari, including the Rudok region and Guge, in the east, and the Nubra valleys to the north.
Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti to the south, the Valleys of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul regions to the west, and the trans–Kunlun territory of Xinjiang to the far north. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called “Little Tibet” as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture.
What is altitude sickness?
We recommend arriving in Leh at least a week to 10 days ahead of race day and if you can come earlier it is even better. For those participating in the Khardung La challenge it is best to arrive at least 2 weeks in advance.High Altitude sickness occurs when your body does not adjust to the altitude due to lack of oxygen It is common to feel light headed when you land in Leh as the air is thin and oxygen much less. Following the rules of acclimatisation, you need to take things easy in order to acclimatise properly and not rush around. On arrival, it is imperative to take “complete rest” on Day 1. You need to sleep on arrival, go slow, not move around too much and not go to the high points around Leh. It is also important to keep yourself hydrated so drink plenty of water, soups and avoid alcohol for the first few days.
Diamox, a diuretic, is taken by most people from the previous night before arriving in Leh. Those allergic to sulphur drugs should consult with the doctor for an alternative. You need to drink plenty of fluids and you will be passing a lot too due to the medication and as serious conditions of altitude sickness is about fluid retention in the lungs (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (fluid retention in the brain), taking a diuretic aids the process of acclimatisation. It is not a medicine for altitude sickness but an aid to help you acclimatise.
With proper acclimatisation there should be no issues which is the reason we recommend runners to come well in advance to prepare themselves and with so much to see and do in Ladakh, you can spend several days and weeks visiting the various sites, enjoying activities like trekking and rafting and at the same time practicing for Race Day! So Runners, come early, enjoy this awesome place and run for Ladakh!
How long does it take to acclimatise?
How many days in advance should one reach Leh?
What is the type of surface in the majority route of the Ladakh Marathon?
Is there any age restriction or are there any conditions that need to be met to be eligible to participate in Ladakh Marathon?
Are all races timed?
What is the cut off time for various races?
What time does each race start?
The Khardung La Challenge starts at 3 a.m. from Khardung Village. Participants need to report to the Ladakh Marathon Hub a day before the race day. They are transferred to Khardung village, and their accommodation and food is taken care of.
What kind of medical and volunteer support is there along the route?
Can I change my race category after registration?
What should I do if I cannot participate after having registered?
Bib and timing chip is non-transferable. If you provide your bib and timing chip to another person to participate in the race, they will be disqualified and no result will be provided.
Which is the nearest airport?
Are there photographers for each Race?
Are participants provided with accommodation facilities?
What is the Race finishing point?
When and where do we collect the bibs?
What are the necessary things that the runner needs to carry with oneself while running?
How many hydration points will be there for the Khardung La Challenge and at what location?
Hydration and Aid stations will be located every 5 km interval providing with water (refill facility), energy drinks, hot drinks, snacks – bananas, energy bars etc. There will also be mobile units along the route providing with drinks and snacks. From this year we will not provide with bottled (packaged) water for this challenge. Instead there will be facility to refill your bottles at the hydration points. So runners are requested to bring in their personal hydration pack. We will ensure that refilling is as efficient as possible.
At the end of the race is the transport arranged from the end-point to our respective location or do we need to make arrangements for it?
How do runners of Silk Route Ultra and Khardung La Challenge travel to starting point?
Silk Route Ultra runners need to report to the Ladakh Marathon Hub on Wednesday 9th September and Khardungla Challenge runners on Thursday 10th September at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. transport will leave for Khardung village to transfer runners. At Khardung village the accommodation and food is taken care of for the night. Accommodation will be local homestay / tents. Runners are requested to arrange their own pack lunch for 10th September. All participants will undergo a medical check at Khardung village that is carried out by the medic team of Ladakh Marathon. The organiser reserves the right to disallow/disqualify any participant who is known or suspected to be physically unfit for this challenge.
Which mobile networks are available in Leh? How easy is it to get local mobile SIM cards?
What sort of temperatures can one expect on race day?
On race day in September the temperatures will vary from 8° to 10° Celsius at the start. Temperatures will rise to 20°-24° Celsius as the event ends by the afternoon. For race day we recommend all runners to come dressed in track pants and light jacket until the race starts as it does get chilly in the mornings.
For Khardung La Challenge temperatures at Khardung Village at 3 a.m. will range anywhere from -3° to 4° Celsius.
What are the medical facilities available in Leh?
Are stores available to purchase basic necessities, medicines, outdoor clothing?
Outdoor clothing stores catering to good quality outdoor gear sell as well as give on hire gear such as sleeping bags, head lamps, jackets, gloves, thermals etc.