You can now walk and even run on water! Surprised?
Yes, you heard it correctly. The Marathon adventure High Altitude Frozen trek event provides you with this remarkable and adrenaline-pumping trekking experience on the ice. This trek is an excellent opportunity to test your limits and immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of Ladakh.
According to them, the marathon is being called the "Last Run" to draw attention to the problem of climate change. It is anticipated that the frozen-lake marathon will help enhance tourism in other areas, notably in the Changthang region. The Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh (ASFL) is organizing it in conjunction with the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council-Leh, the tourism division, and the Leh government.
In this blog post, we will provide a complete guide to the Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek by answering some basic questions every traveler has, including how to participate, when it happens, and every detail you need to know.
What is the Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek in Ladakh?
The Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek is a challenging trek that takes you through the high-altitude frozen terrain of Ladakh. This marathon is a 21km half Marathon on frozen Pangong lake. The trek's difficulty level is high, and trekkers are required to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the harsh conditions. Trekkers will be trekking at an altitude of over 4,500 meters, where oxygen levels are low, and temperatures can drop to as low as -20°C.
How to participate in the Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek?
Tox participate in the Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek, you need to register with the ASLF (adventures sports organization of Ladakh), the organizers of the trek.
You can sign up for the event here. The trek is open to all fit and healthy individuals above 18 years of age. You'll need to provide a medical certificate, stating that you're physically fit to undertake the trek.
Some things participants should know before the trek begins:
A prior Acclimatization performed, which includes a three to four-day stay in Leh, is required for competitors who are not from Ladakh to prevent high altitude sickness.
One day before the race, participants will undergo medical examinations, and medical crews will be stationed along the whole 21-kilometer course.
Those who are interested in taking part can choose the marathon package for Rs 46,500. Acclimatization exercises are included in the nine-day, eight-night package, including lodging, meals, airport, and other transportation to and from Leh-Pangong.
According to the website, there will be a medical team and hot water sites at an interval of five kilometers, as well as an ambulance accompanying and available throughout the event.
After crossing the finish line, each finisher will get a special Ladakhi traditional gift. The best clothing and equipment for the extremely cold and ice race, such as spiked shoes, are advised for runners.
When does the Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek happen?
The Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek happens in the winter months between January and February. This year the marathon will start on February 20th. This period is when the Zanskar River is completely frozen, and it's possible to walk on its surface.
What is the itinerary for the frozen Pangong Lake Marathon
Day 1 - Arrival in Leh
Day 2 - Leh Market Visit
Day 3 - Sightseeing
Day 4 - Visit to Khardungla Pass
Day 5 - Leh to Pangong
Day 6 - Rezang La War Memorial
Day 7 - Marathon Day
Day 8 - Pangon to Leh
Day 9 - Airport drop
The frozen lake marathon is a popular adventure sport all around the world. Running in the winter is difficult, but running on a frozen lake adds excitement for trips around the nation and the world. Both mentally and physically taxing is this run. This event is planned so that visitors can appreciate Pangong not only in the summer but also in the harsh winter. Pangong Lake is the highest saltwater lake in the world, rising 4,300 meters above sea level. Running the highest frozen lake marathon in the world is a Guinness World Record that participants achieve. If you're up for the challenge and ready to push your limits, go ahead and register for the Marathon Adventure High Altitude Frozen Trek and experience the thrill of trekking in the high-altitude frozen terrain of Ladakh