India’s first frozen lake marathon is set to be held in Ladakh’s Pangong Tso.


About Pangong Tso –

  • In the Ladakhi language, Pangong means extensive concavity, and Tso is lake in Tibetan.
  • Pangong Tso is a long narrow, deep, endorheic (landlocked) lake situated at a height of more than 14,000 ft in the Ladakh Himalayas.
  • The western end of Pangong Tso lies 54 km to the southeast of Leh.
  • The 135 km-long lake sprawls over 604 sq km in the shape of a boomerang, and is 6 km wide at its broadest point.
  • It extends from India to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies within the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
  • The brackish water lake freezes over in winter (despite being saline in nature), and becomes ideal for ice skating and polo.
  • It is not a part of the Indus river basin.
  • It is also known to change colors, appearing blue, green, and red at different times.
  • The legendary 19th century Dogra general Zorawar Singh is said to have trained his soldiers and horses on the frozen Pangong lake before invading Tibet.