For the 1st Edition of Snow Marathon Lahaul, the route has been carefully chosen in the environs of Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Hitherto , like rest of Lahaul was snowbound for half a year, but all that has changed, along with the entire dynamics of the region, with the opening up of Atal Tunnel, which was burrowed as the all weather route with Rohtang Pass impassable during winters. Hence situated on the right bank of Chandra River, the first settlement beyond the North Portal of the Atal Tunnel, gives you a mesmerizing experience in winters. With the Chandra River flowing by, and frozen in parts, and the waterfalls iced up in mid-air, and the valley floor whitewashed, the towering peaks full of snow provides with the perfect settings for proudly hosting India’s 1st Snow Marathon.
In this pilot edition, Snow Marathon Lahaul will be run in a fascinating loop of 10 km. The course will begin from Helipad and take you down to the semi-frozen Chandra River, and then back up the Manali-Leh Highway and then higher up to the whitewashed hill link roads across the monasteries and open snowed over fields and meadows. The running route is a mix of level roads, river-valley floor, trails and hill ascents and descents. Does it get more dramatically better and even more satisfying and challenging than that!? Be ready for a surprise at every step, twist and turn, and the natural slide down and back!