Ladakh sets Guinness record Pangong Tso Marathon

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council recently launched Pangong Tso Marathon. The marathon is the first of its kind in India. It was held on the frozen Pangong Tso lake.

Guinness World Record

The marathon was conducted at an altitude of 4,350 metres. With this, it makes the Guinness record for World’s Highest Frozen Lake Marathon. It is the first frozen lake marathon in India.

About the Marathon

The marathon included a 21 km long run. It began in Luking village. The marathon was organized by the Council of Ladakh along with the Adventure Sports Foundation of Ladakh.


The Government of India is now trying to increase the activities in remote border areas. Also, it is in the footsteps of increasing the population in these areas. This is being done to reduce the Chinese and Pakistani infiltrations here. To achieve this, several development activities are bring brought. The marathon is one such step. The 2020 tensions between India and China were around the Pangong Tso lake. The Chinese had occupied more than 14 points in the disputed region. After the face-off in 2020, Indian Army captured several peaks in the region.

Pangong Tso Lake

The lake has saline water and is completely frozen during winter. Researchers believe that the lake was a part of the Indus river system in early times. Today, however, the lake lies separated from the Indus river. It is the highest saltwater lake in the world.




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