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 3rd year !
The 8th Edition's race day is on 8 September 2019
Bonus Inclusions (for those based in Singapore)
Receive a complimentary Tailwind Buff! We are also collaborating with a running coach and several running gear outfitters to help you better prepare and get ready for the race from fitness to running outfit!
(1) Complimentary Group Training Sessions with Running Coach, Liew Wei Yong
Voted by Run Society as ine of the best 16 running coaches in Singapore, Liew Wei Yong is certified in everything from sports management to personality/behavioural assessment, she's been training runners for 15+ years while competing in killer marathons like the Elite Ultra, Gobi and Sahara Desert runs. She is also overseeing training for the Four Seasons Hotel, HP, SWEAT and NTUC running groups, this feisty trainer always finishes marathons in the top 16 and prides herself on a Women's Endurance first place at the 2015 Sports Hub Stepper Challenge.
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.
14D Stok Kangri Climb with Ladakh Marathon
13D Markha Valley Trek with Ladakh Marathon
10D Ripchar Valley Trek with Ladakh Marathon
Participants have the options to join these races:
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 6 September 2019 and limited to 150 slots only. Participants need to have completed 2 full marathons with 4 years to qualify for the race.
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, mountaineering/double boots and roping up.
Experience Required to climb Stok Kangri
Important to have above 5000m peak climbing experiences. While Stok Kangri is an ideal first foray into 6000ers peak climbing for those who have not climbed a peak beyond 5000m, the climb is tough. The approach trek to the base camp is at above 3500m with high pass and river crossing. You will be trekking at above 3500m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for 8 to 10 hours each day to the base camp . For summit day, be prepared to trek for 12 – 16 hours starting at midnight and in extreme cold temperature of -10°C to -15°C. The trek to the summit involves glacier crossing, scree slopes and ice and snow terrain at above 5000m. You will need to scramble up a ridge at the last part to the summit. Crampons, double or mountaineering boots and rope up may be required.
About Markha Valley
Markha Valley, which runs parallel to the Himalayas, is located between the Zanskar River and Ladakh. The valley is also in close proximity to Leh, the region's capital and commercial centre. It is this close proximity to Leh and its dramatically breathtaking landscapes that make Markha Valley one of Ladakh's most popular treks and a favourite for trekkers around the world.
The trek ventures high into the Himalayas, through meadows and shepherds settlements and crossing a few high passes. The terrain is varied and changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses. The trek is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high atop hills and the elaborated “chortens”(shrines) and “mani”(prayer) walls that decorated the trails. Ladakh total immersion in Buddhist culture has earned it the name of "Little Tibet". Add on the spectacular views of snow capped peaks, in particular Kang Yatze (6400m), to the hills of the Eastern Karakoram and China, it is no wonder that the Markha Valley Trek is one of the most varied and beautiful trek in the world.
Experience Required to Trek Markha Valley
Good to have some high altitude trekking experiences. You will be trekking at above 3500m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for up to 8 days on the entire trek. There are 2 high passes crossing - Nimaling (4700m) and Kongmaru La (5100m) and some river crossings.
About Ripchar Valley
Ripchar Valley is a less explored valley in Ladakh. It has excellent views of the Karakorams and the Zanskar ranges. The trek, which commences at the famous Lamayuru Monastery explore the isolated villages and ends in Chilling. The route has remarkable landscape and runs parallel to a few mountain ranges, including the Great Himalaya Range and north of the Zanskar and Ladakh ranges.
Experience Required to Trek Ripchar Valley
Good to have some high altitude trekking experiences though not essential. You will be trekking at above 3500m to 4850m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for up to 4 days on the entire trek.
8th Edition's race day is on 8 September 2019
Group size: Minimum 8 people
Other group size package fees:
|ITEMS||2 PEOPLE||3 - 4 PEOPLE||5 - 7 PEOPLE||8-12 PEOPLE|
|14D Stok Kangri with Ladakh Marathon||$1900 per person||$1800 per person||$1700 per person||$1550 per person|
|13D Markha Valley with Ladakh Marathon||$1530 per person||$1450 per person||$1390 per person||$1330 per person|
|10D Ripchar Valley with Ladakh Marathon||$1480 per person||$1350 per person||$1230 per person||$1150 per person|
Package fees include full marathon race fee.
To join half marathon with $20 deduction from package fee
To join 7km run with $50 deduction from package fee
To exclude any races from the itineraries:
8D Ripchar Valley - 2 people: $ 1180 per person / 3-4 people: $1080 per person / 5-7 people: $980 per person / 8-12 people: $920 per person
14D Stok Kangri with Ladakh Marathon
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude at Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive Leh||NIL||3500m|
|Day 2||Acclimatization before climb. Monasteries sightseeing. Trip briefing & gear check||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 3||Acclimatization before climb. Visit Khardung La Pass (5359m)||B/-/-||3380m|
|Day 4-7||Spend 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/D||Rumbak - 3700m
Stok La Base - 4100m
Smankarmo - 4380m.
Stok Kangri BC - 4850m
|Day 8||Training day at Base Camp. Trek to the glacier for training if snow condition allows.||B/L/D||4850m|
|Day 9||Rest day at Base Camp||B/L/D||4850m|
|Day 10||Summit Day - Stok Kangri (6153m)||B/L/D||4850m|
|Day 11||Trek from Base Camp to Stok Village and transfer to Leh||B/L/-||3500m|
|Day 12||Race pack collection||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 13||Race day. Celebration dinner after race||B/-/D||3500m|
|Day 14||Depart Leh||B/-/-|
13D Markha Valley Trek with Ladakh Marathon
|Day||Itinerary||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive Leh||-/-/-||3500m|
|Day 2||Acclimatization day. Half day sightseeing of Stok Palace Museum, Shey and Thiksey. ||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 3||Acclimatization day. A walk in the outskirts of Leh town to the Old Palace||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 4-7||Drive to Rumbak Lato. Start trek to Rumbak. For the next few days, trek to Markha Village through Skiu Village and Gandala pass (4900m).||B/L/D||Rumbak - 3700m
Gandala Base - (4543m)
Skiu Village - 3500m
Markha Village - 3800m
|Day 8-9||Trek to Thachungtse and Nimaling||B/L/D||Thachungtse - 4200m Nimaling - 4700m|
|Day 10||Cross Kongmaru La (5100m) and descend to Chokdo (4021m). Drive to Leh||B/L/D (except dinner in Leh)||Leh - 3500m|
|Day 11||Rest day in Leh. Race pack collection||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 12||Race day. Celebration dinner after race.||B/-/D||3500m|
|Day 13||Depart Leh||B/-/-|
10D Ripchar Valley Trek with Ladakh Marathon
|Day||Itinerary||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive Leh||-/-/-||216m|
|Day 2||Spend the day in Leh visiting places of interest like Shanti Stupa and a walk through Changspa||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 3||Visit Alchi Monastery. Travel to Visit Alchi monastery continue to Lamayuru. Evening visit the monastery.||B/L/D||3500m|
|Day 4||A day of short hike in the nearby village of Lamayuru Monastery and climb gradually to the top of Prinkitila( 3750m). Drive to Hinju||B/L/D||3835m|
|Day 5-7||For the next 3 days, trek in the scenic Ripchar Valley to high view points like Konzela( 4950m) and Dungduchenla (4850m), through shepherds' pastures, alongside river with lush groves of willow trees and villages to end the trek at Chilling ( 3180 m). Transfer to Leh on Day 7.||B/L/D (exclude dinner in Leh)||Sumda Chenmo - 4100m
Lanak - 4300m
Leh - 3500m
|Day 8||Rest day. Collect race pack.||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 9||Race day. Celebration dinner after race.||B/-/D||3500m|
|Day 10||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
- 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, the race category, trekking up to 5000m for Markha Valley and Ripchar Valley and mountaineering for Stok Kangri). The mountaineering insurance for Stok Kangri must cover a minimum amount of US$20,000 for helicopter evacuation. The helicopter charges are US$1500/- to US$2000/- per hour from hangar to hangar, and in Ladakh the Indian Air Force send 2 choppers for one rescue - for safety reasons.
- 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 / Markha Valley: 2B+ / Ripchar Valley: 1B
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:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good five months of training would be a good preparation for Stok Kangri. 3-4 months for Markha Valley and Ripchar Valley.
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.
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.