India – Ladakh Marathon

26 Aug 18

India – Ladakh Marathon


Ace Adventure Expeditions - Exclusive Singapore Partner of Ladkah Marathon

The Ladakh Marathon is the highest and amongst the toughest marathons. Ace adventure Expeditions is honored to be the exclusive Singapore partner of the Ladkah Marathon.

7 Edition in 2018 : The race day for 2018 is on 9 September 2018

About Ladakh

Ladakh, also known as 'Little Tibet', is the highest plateau region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.  Primarily Buddhist, the region is famous for its dramatic vistas of high mountain deserts, ancient monasteries and stark landscape populated by explosions of greenery made possible through ingenious irrigation channels. With almost all of its landscape situated at above 3000m and incorporating parts of the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges along the upper Indus River valley, Ladakh is enveloped in  beautiful snow capped peaks and lush valleys. It is no wonder that it is a popular adventure destination for mountain climbing & trekking, mountain biking and river rafting. In 2012, the first eco-friendly “green” marathon took place in Ladakh, adding on to the galore of adventure activities in this high mountain desert region.

About Ladakh Marathon

The various races take place in and around Leh, the historic capital of Ladakh. It offers runners the unique opportunity to run with local Ladakhis through the most beautiful landscape offering stunning vistas of mountains, rivers and valleys and will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran the Ladakh Marathon !

The first Ladakh Marathon took place in 2012; two years after the devastating flash floods that tore through the region, leaving a trail of death and destruction. The marathon was a way to say that “Ladakh is back and running”. The 2012 event saw almost 1500 runners who took part to show their social concern for Ladakh. The subsequent editions attracted bigger and bigger responses, with the 4th edition in 2015 having more than 4000 participants from Ladakh, India and around the world.

Ladakh Marathon became a full member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) in 2015, just before the 4th edition, thus has become a key stop on the global marathon calendar!

The Importance of Acclimatization - Ladakh Marathon Packages

Unlike other marathons, the Ladakh Marathon requires you to arrive in Leh at least a week in advance to acclimatize for race day. You are running at 3500m above sea level so it is imperative that you’re acclimatized to the high altitude.

One of the best approaches to acclimatization is keep active. Hence, we have packaged with the races, a climb to the highest peak in the Stok Range – Stok Kangri (6153m), a scenic trek in Shang Valley and a tour with sight-seeing in Leh, rafting and visit the famous Pangong Lake before the race day.

16D Stok Kangri Climb with Ladakh Marathon

10D Shang Valley  Trek with Ladakh Marathon

9D Around Leh with Rafting & Pangong Lake

Participants have the options to join these races:

7km Run

21.1km Half Marathon

42.1km Full Marathon

The Khardung La Challenge (71.12 km) - the Highest Ultra Marathon in the World!

The Khardung La Challenge (71.12 km) will be held on 9 September 2017 and limited to 150 slots only. Participants need to have completed 2 full marathons with 4 years to qualify for the race.

About Stok Kangri

Stok Kangri, standing tall  at 6153m in the Hemis High Altitude National Park, is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas. In the summer months, all but the top of the peak is often snow-free. The relatively snow-free terrain in the  summer months has earned Stok Kangri the reputation of being an excellent first foray into 6000ers peak climbing for climbers to attempt. The trek to the base camp is through the lower beautiful valley, crossing rivers, mountain meadows and canyons. The summit is surrounded by a panoramic mountain view of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges including K2 (8611m), the second highest peak in the world. The summit climb starts at midnight and can stretch between 12 and 16 hours. The final stretch of the summit climb is on a ridge that starts on the southern side of the mountain. You will need to traverse a large glacier  to get to the ridge. The ridge section is almost a 300m scramble challenge at above 5000m. The lack of oxygen and sheer exhaustion can make this section of the climb difficult and unnerving. Crampons are usually required for this section and, at times, roping up. Read more about Stok Kangri here

Experience required to climb Stok Kangri

Stok Kangri is not a suitable trek for first time high altitude trekkers.

Participants must be of an above average level of fitness with the ability to trek with a 6-8kg backpack load for long hours (6 - 8hours) per day for the trek to the BC and 12 - 16 hours for the summit climb. There will be high pass and river crossing for the trek to the base camp. The trek to the summit involves scree slopes, ice and snow terrain at above 5000m. You will need to scramble up a ridge at the last part to the summit. Crampons and rope up may be required.

About Shang Valley

The Shang Valley trek is an off the beaten track trek where few trekkers visit as it is still unknown to many and not mentioned in guidebooks. Shang Valley  is in close proximity to Leh, the region's capital and commercial centre. The trek ventures through meadows and shepherds settlements, passing high mountain pastures including two high passes (Gyuncho La at 4700m and Shang La at 4960m) and offers breathtaking views of the Stok range of mountains. The terrain is varied and changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses and ends  in the lovely village of Stok where the present royalty of Ladakh live.

Experience Required to Trek Shang Valley

Past trekking experience is not essential and good to have. You will be required to trek above 3500m most of the days, cross rivers and high passes of above 4000m. Having trekked above 4000m is an advantage.

Available DatesPriceQty*
16D Stok Kangri, Ladakh Marathon (26 Aug - 10 Sep 2018)$1,550.00 (SGD)  / person  
10D Shang Valley, Ladakh Marathon (1-10 Sep 2018)$0.00 (SGD)  / person  
9D Leh, Pangong Lake and Marathon (2-10 Sep 2018)$0.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.

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7 Edition in 2018 : The race day for 2018 is on 9 September 2018

Group size: Minimum 8 people

Other group size package fees:

16D Stok Kangri with Ladakh Marathon$1850 per person$1790 per person$1550 per person
10D Shang Valley with Ladakh Marathon$1100 per person$1050 per person$950 per person
9D Around Leh with Rafting & Pangong Lake$1100 per person$1050 per person$880 per person

Package fees include full marathon race fee.


To join half marathon with $30 deduction from package fee

To join 7km run with $55 deduction from package fee

To exclude any races for 14D Stok Kangri or 8D Shang Valley with $150 deduction from package fee



16D Stok Kangri with Ladakh Marathon

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive New DelhiNIL216m
Day 2Flight from Delhi to LehNIL3500m
Day 3Acclimatization before climb. Monasteries sightseeing. Trip briefing & gear checkB/-/-3500m
Day 4Acclimatization before climb. Visit Khardung La Pass (5359m)B/-/-3380m
Day 5-8Spend the next 4 days trekking to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4980m) through Rumbak (3700m), Stok La Base (4100m) and Mankarmo (4500m) via Stok La Pass (4850m)B/L/DRumbak - 3700m
Stok La Base - 4100m
Mankarmo - 4500m
Stok Kangri BC - 4850m
Day 9Training day at Base Camp. Trek to the glacier for training if snow condition allows.B/L/D4850m
Day 10Rest day at Base CampB/L/D4850m
Day 11Summit Day - Stok Kangri (6153m)B/L/D4850m
Day 12Buffer Day. If not use, this day will be at LehB/L/D (exclude lunch & dinner if day is spent in Leh)4850m
Day 13Trek from Base Camp to Stok Village and transfer to LehB/L/-3500m
Day 14Race pack collectionB/-/-3500m
Day 15Race day. Celebration dinner after raceB/-/D3500m
Day 16Flight from Leh to New Delhi. Depart New Delhi (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-

10D Shang Valley Trek with Ladakh Marathon

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive New Delhi-/-/-216m
Day 2Flight from Delhi to Leh-/-/-3500m
Day 3Acclimatization day. Half day sightseeing of Stok Palace Museum, Shey and Thiksey. Trek briefing and gear check.
Day 4-5Drive to Shang Sumdo ( 3800m) and start trek upstream along Shang River through Gyuncho La Pass (4700m) to Shang PhuB/L/DChuskyurmo - 4140m
Shang Phu - 4365m
Day 6Cross Shang La Pass (4960m) to Tokpo River and trek further downhill to Gangpoche.B/L/DGangpoche - 4435m
Day 7Continue downhill to Matho village. Visit the monastery before the drive back to Leh.B/L/-3500m
Day 8Race pack collectionB/-/-3500m
Day 9Race day. Celebration dinner after race.B/-/D3500m
Day 10Flight from Leh to New Delhi. Depart New Delhi (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-

9D Around Leh + Rafting and Pangong Lake with Ladakh Marathon

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive New Delhi-/-/-216m
Day 2Flight from Delhi to Leh-/-/-3500m
Day 3Spend the day in Leh visiting places of interest like Shanti Stupa and a walk through ChangspaB/-/-3500m
Day 4Rafting on the Indus/Zanskar River. Overnight in AlchiB/L/D3500m
Day 5Drive to Tingmosgang via Lamayuru monastery. Overnight in LehB/-/-3500m
Day 6-7Drive to Pangong Lake to spend a night. Next day drive back to Leh. Collect race pack.B/L/D (exclude dinner in Leh)Pangong Lake - 4249m
Leh - 3500m
Day 8Race day. Celebration dinner after race.B/-/D3500m
Day 9Flight from Leh to New Delhi. Depart New Delhi (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-


  • Return airport transfer in Leh
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Sight-seeing tour as indicated in itinerary with English-speaking guide, except places of interest entry fee.
  • Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in guesthouse in Leh
  • Twin/Trip sharing tent on trek
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (vegetarian meals only during trek)
  • Camping equipment: Sleeping mat, toilet tent, kitchen tent, dinning tent with table and chairs
  • Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide,cook and helpers. Ponies for porterage support
  • Boiled drinking water on trek
  • Full marathon race fee


  • International and domestic air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee
  • Single Supplement
  • Entrance fees to sight-seeing places like monasteries etc
  • All beverages except boiled drinking water during trek
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover agent insolvency and trekking up to 6500m for Stok Kangri / up to 5000m for Shang Valley)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Ladakh, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. Our local operator is the organiser of the Ladakh Marathon

Grading: Stok Kangri: 3C / Shang Valley: 2B

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.

Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.

Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
  4.  Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good five to six months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.

A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.

Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.

Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.