India – Ladakh Marathon Khardung La Challenge (72 km)
Ace Adventure Expeditions - Exclusive Singapore Partner of Ladkah Marathon
The Khardung La Challenge (72 km) is the Highest Ultra Marathon in the World. It is part of the Ladakh Marathon - 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 Khardung La Challenge (72 km) race day is on 6 September 2019.
This race is amongst one of the toughest and ultimate challenging endurance race for the serious runner who wants to push his or her limits to the extreme. Approximately 60kms of the race at above 4000m. It is ONLY for the fittest and very experienced runners. The number of participants to this race is restricted to a maximum of 150 runners.
Other Bonus Inclusions (for those based in Singapore)
Those who joined the race with us will receive the followings to help you better prepare and get ready for the race from fitness to running outfit!
(1) 2 x 2 hours Complimentary Incline Treadmill Training Sessions at Red Dot Running
(2) A complimentary Tailwind Buff!
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!
About Khardung La Challenge (72 km)
|Cut off Points||Time||Stage|
|Khardung La top||11 am / 8 hrs||I|
|South Pulu||1:30 pm / 10 hrs 30 minutes||II|
|Mendak mor (turn)||3 pm / 12 hrs||III|
|Finish point||5 pm / 14 hrs||Finisher|
The Importance of Acclimatization
Unlike other ultra marathons, the Khardung La Challenge (72 km) requires you to arrive in Leh at least a week in advance to acclimatize for race day. You are running at 4000m above sea level approximately 60kms of the race, 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 race, some sight-seeing cum training run before race day.
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.
Group size: 5-11 people
|Day||Itinerary||Meals||Altitude At Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Leh||-/-/-||3500m|
|Day 2||Acclimatization day. Half day sightseeing walk around Leh. Visit places like Old Town, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa etc||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 3||Drive to Spituk for practise run (10km or less ) Drive to Thiksey for breakfast and visit monastery. Return to Leh||B/-/-||3500m|
|Day 4||Drive to Sakti (1.5 hrs) and up towards Warila Pass (5312m) for acclimatization. Training run towards pass and return to Sakti.||B/L/D||3810m|
|Day 5||Drive to Nubra Valley (3 hrs) Enroute stop at Deskit Monastery||B/L/D||3050m|
|Day 6||Drive to Khardung Village||B/L/D||3975m|
|Day 7||Race preparation and medical check up||B/L/D||3975m|
|Day 8||Race day||B/L/-|
|Day 9||Depart Leh||B/-/-|
For the ultra marathon, focus your training effort in the following primary elements of ultra 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 at least 2 times per week so your body can adjust gradually to long distances.
- Terrain specific. The more closely you simulate the trail terrain you'll be racing on in training, the more prepared you'll be. Build in slope training to simulate the undulating up and down hills terrain
- Speed work. Practice intervals and tempo runs to increase your cardio capacity.
- Pacing strategy. Race like the tortoise, not the hare. Develope a pace that will allow good endurance for your energy and stamina to last hard to the end.
- Rest and recovery. Adequate rest helps prevent injuries and mental burnout.