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 for the 4th year !
The 9th Edition's race day is on 12 September 2020.
The Importance of Acclimatization - Ladakh Marathon
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 to keep active, as well as "go high, sleep low. We have packaged with the race, an acclimatization itinerary, including visiting Khardung La (5359m) and Warila Pass (5312m) and staying overnight at above 4000m, before race day. Khardung La is the world's highest motorable pass and the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valley in Ladakh. Warila Pass is the highest pass in the Nubra Valley of the Ladakh and the 4th highest pass in the world. The team will also be meeting the Khardung La Challenge (72 km) team for dinner in Leh, a day before race day.
Collaboration with Running Coach, Ben Swee
We are very excited to be able to collaborate with running coach, Ben Swee, from Running Guild. Ben Swee will be leading the Khardung La Challenge (72 km) team to run the race and meeting the rest of the race participants in Leh, a day before race day.
Before the race, Ben Swee will be training with the participants. The training will cover an hour of strength & conditioning training twice a month, starting in May or June 2020.
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 and has been profiled in various International Sports magazines and listed as being amongst the most beautiful breathtaking and awe-inspiring marathons in the world.
Participants have the options to join these races:
- 42.1km Full Marathon
- 21.1km Half Marathon
- Full Marathon - Participant must be 18 years old or above on race day and have run EITHER one full marathon OR two half marathons in 20 months prior to the race day.
- Half Marathon - Participant must be 16 years old or above on race day and have run EITHER one half marathon under 3 hrs OR two 10 km run under 1 hour 25 minutes, in 20 months prior to the race day.
- 10.5km - Participant must be 14 years old or above on race day and have run one 10 km run under 1 hrs 30 mins in one year prior to race day.
- Full Marathon - 6 hours 45 mintues
- Half Marathon - 3 hours 45 mintues
- 10.5km - 1 hour 50 mintues
- Group size: Minimum 4 people
- Package fee includes full marathon race fee
- To join half marathon with $15 deduction from package fee
- To join 10.5km run with $40 deduction from package fee
|Day||Itinerary||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Leh||-/-/-||3500m|
|Day 2||Half day sightseeing walk around Leh. Visit places like Old Town, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa etc||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 3||A day of hiking to visit some villages - Horzey and Gompa - and have a home made lunch at one of the village homes||B/L/-||3500m|
|Day 4||Drive to Nubra (3 ½ – 4 hrs) crossing Khardung La (5370m). Visit Yarab Tso Lake and Samstaling Monastery. Overnight in Kyagar||B/L/D||4705m|
|Day 5||Visit Deskit Monastery and sand dunes at Hundar. Overnight in Kyagar||B/L/D||4705m|
|Day 6||Drive back to Leh via Warila Pass (5312m). Meet Khardung La Challenge team for dinner||B/L/D||3500m|
|Day 7||Race day||B/L/D||3500m|
|Day 8||Depart Leh||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
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Full marathon race fee
- Training sessions with Ben Swee
- 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 the race )
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: personal gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local operator is the organiser of the Ladakh Marathon
For the marathon, focus your training effort in the following primary elements of marathon training, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Base mileage. Build your weekly mileage over time, running three-to-five times per week.
- The long run. Do a long run every 7–10 days so your body can adjust gradually to long distances.
- Speed work. Practice intervals and tempo runs to increase your cardio capacity.
- Rest and recovery. Adequate rest helps prevent injuries and mental burnout.
Most marathon training plans range from 12-20 weeks. Beginning marathoners should aim to build your weekly mileage up to 50-80km over the four months leading up to race day.