Manali – Leh highway is considered and is one of the toughest highways around the world because of the high altitude and harsh weather. The highway is closed & covered in Snow for almost six months, opens in the month June and closes in Oct. The average altitude is higher than 4000m & Oxygen levels dip to 40-60% on passes. Running in such conditions is not an easier task and would need serious training.
Covering the entire 480km on foot at such high altitude is definitely
not for the weak willed!
Through out the race runners run through extreme weather conditions, temperatures dipping to -10 degrees, oxygen levels going down to 50%, in terrains that are as beautiful as they are difficult – and all this in a mere 120 hours. For every crazy idea, there is, there are equally crazy (and amazing) people out there who will jump on board. Over past 3 editions, we had 8 superhuman rockstar’s who have competed.
Ferenc Szonyi, is the only runner who had finished the race not only once but twice. He kept an incredibly steady but fast pace through the 5 days, completing the challenge in an awe-inspiring 108hr 13min in 2018 and 113 hours 13min 29sec in 2017. He showed us how to face challenges with a smile and to stay focused no matter what!
‘It is supposed to be hard; the hard is what makes it great!’
Respect the distance, mountains, and nature. Prepare!
No one can imagine the difficulty of any race till someone experience it. This is ultra running, you have to taste it, to imagine the kind of difficulty. To experience the Hell that is 480km, here we introduce first time ever an all uphill ultra – the Rohtang Epic. A 50km race starting from Manali and going all the way up till Rohtang Pass with an elevation gain of 2000m. You get to share the start line with the legends of the game.
Taste it, to feel it, to imagine the difficulty. Run with those crazy souls who dare to challenge the limits of human efforts.
Vertical Kilometer (VK) is an all uphill race and the first one in India, set in Manali on 16th June. VK is a bigger and a loved one concept in Europe where runners gain 1000m altitude in a distance less than 5 km. We have the trail ready and it will be one hell of a challenge to crack sub-one hour for you guys. The world record from the best of the best VK runners is about 27-ish mins. Now you know how it’ll change you to bring your own best time. Go downhill at your own pace while giving your knees some love.