There are some very difficult ultramarathons held all over the world each year, but few can compare with La Ultra – The High. The race is held in the Indian Himalaya, and features a course that is 333 km (206 miles) in length. Competitors must cover the distance in just 72 hours, starting at the base of the Karakoram Range in Nubra Valley and continuing on over mountain passes and through deep valleys.
Due to its extreme length, dramatic elevation gains, and incredibly tough trails, The High has been called the “world’s cruelest ultra.” Don’t believe me? Have a look at the video below, which is a trailer for a full length documentary on the race. You’ll catch a glimpse of some of the suffering that comes along with this race, and gain even more respect for the men and women who run it.
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