The course route on the map contains four colors GREEN, BLUE, YELLOW and RED.
24K runners will run the GREEN section and U-TURN at the Lower Yubeng station and run back to the finish.
45K runners will run the GREEN then continue south east past Lower Yubeng on the YELLOWand then BLUE in Xidang to complete the loop.
55K and 100K Ultra runners will run the GREEN then BLUE to the glacier waterfall before coming back to continue on the YELLOW and BLUE loop.
100K Ultra runners will branch off at the end of the YELLOW section to complete the REDcourse loop before coming back to the final BLUE section into the finish line.
24K = GREEN with U-TURN
44K = GREEN + YELLOW +BLUE
55K = GREEN + BLUE + YELLOW + BLUE
100K = GREEN + BLUE + YELLOW + RED +BLUE
As this race takes place in the Himalayan mountains there is no shortage of serious elevation changes. Right from the race start at 2,695m (8,844ft) runners will have a challenging climb to 3,767m (12,359ft) in approximately the first 5k, that is over 1,000m (3,300ft)! Followed by a long downhill section with spectacular sights.
Below are elevation profiles for each distance including combined climb and descent totals. The colors correlate to the sections on the course maps.
The SHANGRI-LA Marathon & Ultra 100K and 55K courses qualify for International Trail Running Association points that can be used towards Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc qualification.