Get ready to discover the Lost Horizon

Welcome Adventure Runners to SHANGRI-LA Marathon

The SHANGRI-LA Marathon & Ultra is the premier adventure race, a bucket list race that must be experienced by running enthusiast. Featuring a challenging mountain trail running experience that takes place on some of the most breathtaking mountains in the world, the Meili Snow Mountains, or Kawagarbo Mountains as it is known by local residents and pilgrims, part of the grand Himalayan Mountain range bordering Tibet in China.

Runners get ready for a journey that will challenge you physically and mentally as you run a spectacular mountain race, a journey that will change your life forever as you discover the Lost Horizon of SHANGRI-LA!

Run SHANGRI-LA on May 21, 2016

Sign-up for the race of a lifetime!

Your Next Bucket List Race

Amazing Trails

Amazing Trails

Spectacular mountain trails have runners treading over a mix of dirt and rocky trails, boulders, narrow bridges to dangerous steep cliffs, through villages as you navigate over and around the mountain.

Extreme Challenge

Extreme Challenge

Starting at 2700m elevation with a 1000 meter climb peaking at 3767m in the first 5k that will challenge your body and push it to the limits, requiring strong endurance and good energy management.

Breathtaking Views

Breathtaking Views

One-of-a-kind sights that must be experienced in person of the incredible Meili Snow Mountains, the lush Yubeng Valley, and many hidden treasures in the Lost Horizon of SHANGRI-LA.

Diverse Terrain

Diverse Terrain

Traverse through a range of terrain from dense moss forests, to ice glaciers, to open meadows, to steep cliff canyons, along roaring rivers and waterfalls, and high desert mountain micro-climates.

A journey into The Lost Horizon

Begin your journey to SHANGRI-LA!

Race Details


The SHANGRI-LA Marathon will take place on May 21, 2016. Runners should plan a 5-day travel itinerary to arrive into Shangri-La on May 17 and depart on May 23.


Choose to run the following distances.

100K Ultra
55K Ultra


Runner check-in will be on May 17 starting at 9:00 AM, and course review meeting on May 18 at Shambhala Cultural Museum Center



  • Entry to run race
  • Round-trip bus transportation
  • 2-nights lodging
  • Event meals
  • Official race shirt
  • Collectible finisher medal
  • Official finisher certificate
  • Special event collectors gift
  • Goodie bag
  • Runner’s handbook
  • Meili Snow Mountain memorabilia
  • Volunteer support
  • Course aid-stations
  • Finish line water & food
  • Event insurance
  • Special award for first place
  • An awesome race experience!


What runners are saying…

Keir G.

Keir Garrett

For me, finding somewhere like Shangri-La to come and do a race, is one the things you have to do before you die.

Kumar S.

Kumar Sinatambi

My first high altitude race, brought my trail running experience to a new dimension.

Bertha E.

Bertha Estrada

The race itself was amazing, the people and the landscape, the culture that you see in Shangri-La is like no other.

Brendan S.

Brendan Smith

The climb up the mountain track was really tough, but hitting the ridgeline and the first glimpse of the snow peaks made it all worth while. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.

Ingrid K.

Ingrid Kamphuis

An amazing race that will push you to your limits, but worth it every second!

Maurice D.

Maurice Duteau

Well organized race in a spectacular setting. If you haven’t done high altitude running, this is a new test for yourself.

Sponsors & Partners

The SHANGRI-LA Marathon & Ultra would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors, affiliates and partners. Thank you to all who supported this race!

Presented By

New Yunnan Culture Media Company
New Global Adventures


Partners & Affiliates


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