Sonam Wangchuk Sleeps In -20 Degrees In Ladakh For A Test Run. Details Inside

by Tooba Shaikh
Sonam Wangchuk Sleeps In -20 Degrees In Ladakh For A Test Run. Details Inside

Sonam Wangchuk, the inspiration behind Amir Khan’s character in 3 Idiots, recently announced that he will be going on a five-day-long fast as a protest and an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect the environmentally fragile Ladakh. Wangchuk, who is a renowned engineer and an education reformist, is known for his sustainable and environmentally friendly innovations. In a recent video, he addressed the prime minister saying that “All is not well in Ladakh” quoting the popular Bollywood song.

Sonam Wangchuk Sleeps In -20 Degrees In Ladakh

In order to highlight the ongoing climate crisis in Ladakh, Sonam Wangchuk is planning on going on a five-day fast. His fast will officially commence on the 26th of January, which is the country’s 74th Republic Day. He will fast at the Khardung La, which is the highest motorable road in the entire world. The temperatures at that mountain pass drop as low as -40 degrees.

To undertake this impressive feat, Wangchuk first undertook a test run fast on his rooftop in Ladakh where temperatures drop to minus 20 degrees Celsius. In a video he posted on the 23rd of January, he reviewed this test run.

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Test Run Of The Fast Successful

Sonam Wangchuk
Credits: Wikimedia Commons

He took to Twitter and reviewed the test run of his fast. The 41-second video summarised his experience and the caption read “A TEST RUN SUCCESSFUL ! All’s well at minus 20° Celsius.” The caption also specified that the location of his test run was on his own rooftop at the Himalayan Institute of Alternative Ladakh (HIAL) in the Phyang district of Ladakh.

The test run was conducted at a location which was 11,500 ft. and going by the video, Wangchuk is now ready to take on the real challenge of fasting at 18,000 ft. In the video, he said that the experience was not too uncomfortable. He also thanked his well-wishers for their support in this noble endeavour.

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Cover Image Credits: @Sonam Wangchuk/Facebook