Srinagar: Two Kashmir adventurers have accomplished the rare feat of completing Sky Marathon on a famed Great Lakes Trek route from Lashpathri Sonamarg to Naranag.
The Great Lakes Trekking route is popular trekking route that covers number of high altitude alpine lakes including Gangbal lake. The total distance of the trek is around 72 kilometres with peak elevation of more than 13000 feet above sea level. The trek is normally completed in 6 to 7 days by trekkers. However as part of Sky Marathon the duo of Javed Khan and Aijaz Raina completed the distance in 15.3 hours. The total moving time of the marathon was only 11.13 hours and it is probably first time ever that a sky marathon was held on the Great Lakes trek route.
Both Javed and Aijaz are associated with Cliffhangers India as Mountain Guides and had been planning for this marathon for long time. Cliffhangers India is the commercial company undertaking Great Lakes Trekking expeditions.
“It was a dream and we finally did it. It took lot of effort and hard work to achieve this feat and we are the first ones to complete Sky Marathon of this route on shortest possible time,” said Javed.
“Aijaz and me being Mountain Guides and having been regular on this route for last four years helped to achieve this successfully. Great Lakes trek is beautiful trekking expedition which takes around seven days to complete. To complete this in mere 15 hours is big achievement and we are proud of it,” Javed said.