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Running The High ultra in the Indian Himalayas

The trailer for 'Impossible,' a documentary about The High ultra in the Indian Himalayas. was released on Jan. 1.

The Himalayas, a mountain range spanning India, Nepal, Bhutan, China (Tibet), and Pakistan, is home to nine of the ten highest peaks in the world.

Appropriately, The High has been dubbed the “world’s cruelest ultra,” as the race passes over the 5,395-metre pass of Khardung La in India. The ultra takes place in the Ladakh region of the Indian Himalayas.

Released on Jan. 1, the trailer for the upcoming film, Impossible, produced by UPslope Productions, focuses on five athletes competing at The High battling conditions as hot as 40 C and as cold as minus 12 C. The High is an invitation-only race.

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The ultra has three categories: 333 kilometres, 222 kilometres, and 111 kilometres, with the cutoff for each race being 72, 48, and 24-hours, respectively.

According to the website, out of the 59 runners that have raced The High over the previous six years, just 30 have completed the challenge. According to the results page, no Canadian has attempted the race.

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The film was named Impossible to describe “human capability both physical and mental being at its edge,” according to the promotional release.

The documentary, which is expected to be between 30 to 40 minutes in length, has no finalized release date yet.