Nine runners complete Gangtok to Gurudongmar run


Summit Report

GANGTOK, 25 May:

Nine amateur runners accomplished a record-making high altitude run from Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake [17,800 ft] in North Sikkim on Tuesday. The team covered 186 km in 5 days, from 20 May to 24 May, to achieve the JBG Endura 101 Gangtok to Gurudongmar [G2G] Challenge.

The team members were Bhupendra Hang Subba, Basant Pradhan, Nreependra Hang Subba, Sudarsan Tamang, Allen Targain, Anup Jyoti Baniya and Phurba Tamang from Gangtok and other two runners are Luv Burman from Kolkata and Wangden Chewang from Darjeeling.

All through the course of the challenge, the team of 9 runners had proper support of medical, physio, photography team, food, hydration and vehicle for luggage, support crew and other essentials, a press release informs.

The run covered a distance of 186 km [according to GPS data] with an altitude gain of 3504 m and it is the first occasion that anyone has run from Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake officially. The team has submitted the details of their endeavour to India Book of records and it is under review.

“Lack of vegetation and oxygen made the run challenging. Thankfully no medical emergencies or issue happened to the runner although a support staff (photographer) filming the team had to be given oxygen twice due to high altitude sickness. The portable oxygen cans were sponsored by Sikkim based start-up O2 Himalaya,” said the group. The G2G challenge was supported by JBG Endura 101 as an effort worthy of India Book of Records.