Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon To Be Held In Ladakh On Feb 20 With Focus On Climate Awareness

The unique Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon is back in Ladakh for its second edition and it will focus on climate change this time around.

by Tashika Tyagi
Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon To Be Held In Ladakh On Feb 20 With Focus On Climate Awareness

Walking on ice is one of the most difficult and trickiest things to do. Now imagine having a marathon on it! Sounds absolutely wild and exciting, doesn’t it? Well, it is actually a sport in Ladakh. The Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon is happening in Ladakh on February 20 and it is going to be quite interesting. This will be the marathon’s second edition and the key focus this time is to shed light on the adverse effects of climate change on Himalayan glaciers in Ladakh. Read on to know more about this distinctive marathon.

Things To Know About The Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon

Pangong frozen lake marathon
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Have you heard about the Icebug Frozen Lake Marathon in Norway? It is one of the most popular frozen lake marathons that interests people from across the globe. India, too, has a frozen lake marathon happening soon in Ladakh! The Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon is back with its second edition on February 20. This unique marathon is an exciting sport for thrill seekers and snow sports lovers.

Located near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, the marathon will take place on the currently frozen Pangong Lake. The marathon will be a challenging one since the participants will have to run on a frozen lake at an elevation of about 4,350 metres above sea level. This marathon is also recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Highest Frozen Lake Half Marathon.

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A Unique Marathon To Highlight The Concern Of Climate Change

Pangong frozen lake marathon
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The Pangong Frozen Lake Marathon is hosted by the Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh, the UT’s Tourism Department, and the Ladakh administration. They aim to boost winter tourism and promote sustainability with this frozen lake marathon. The marathon especially stands out for its commitment to sustainability. The organisers have ensured no use of plastic water bottles and waste-generating products at this event. They even wish to highlight and address the larger issues like climate change and crisis at this marathon.

The participation is limited to 50 people but you can still register for this unique marathon here online. The confirmation is subject to availability and the organisers’ decision.

Will you be interested in joining this unique frozen lake marathon in Ladakh?

Cover Image Courtesy: YouTube/Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh

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