Frozen Lake Marathon In Ladakh – Now Walking On Water Becomes A Reality
Leh Ladakh, the name synonymous with inimitable beauty and unparalleled adventures, has been an adventure paradise for years now, and there’s no doubt why Leh Ladakh tour packages are immensely popular among travellers. Recently, the Leh Ladakh government announced about a once in a lifetime opportunity that will surely take the adventure quotient a notch above.
The Leh Ladakh government, along with the Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh, the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council of Leh and the Tourism department, is organising the ‘Frozen Lake Marathon’ on February 20 2023, on the serene and the tranquil Pangong Lake.
The 21 kilometres marathon, which will start from Lukung and end in the Maan Village, is nicknamed the ‘The Last Run’. The marathon owes its name to the aim of creating awareness and highlighting the issue of climate change and Global Warming.
It has been given this name to shed light on the fact that this might be the last time an event like this will be held on Pangong lake since in the coming future, the glaciers might melt and cease to exist.
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The Deputy Commissioner of Leh, Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, said that the major purpose of organising this event is to promote sustainable tourism and create awareness about climate change.
The Army, along with ITBP- Indian Tibetan Border Police, has a proper action plan created for the smooth execution of this event. 75 participants will be participating in this marathon and will be attempting a Guinness World Record for the highest frozen lake marathon.
Participants from outside Ladakh will have to undergo mandatory acclimatisation for 3- 4 days and all participants will be subjected to a proper medical check-up one day prior to the event.
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The organising teams have also ensured the presence of medical teams with the proper equipment and hot water at every 5 km; besides these, air evacuation measures have also been taken care of.
Regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime event, the organisers have labelled this event the perfect one for environment and adventure enthusiasts.