Yak Riding At -20 Degrees Is Part Of This Winter Sports Event, See Pics

Yak riding at nearly 12,000 feet and minus 20 degrees is one of the key activities at the Khelo India - Zanskar Winter Sports festival in Ladakh. See pics

Yak Riding At -20 Degrees Is Part Of This Winter Sports Event, See Pics

Kiren Rijiju rides a Yak in Ladakh; Yak riding is part of the winter sports festival

Ladakh:

Ladakh is one of the most sought after tourist destinations for all who love the mountains across the world. A picture postcard landscape, surrounded by the snow-capped Zanskar and Karakoram ranges, Ladakh just raised the bar in tourism with the Khelo India - Zanskar Winter Sports and Youth Festival 2021, where Yak riding is one of the key activities. "This area used to remain cut off from the rest of the world for five/six months due to heavy snow but no more now," union sports minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted, adding tourists can now "experience the beauty of Zanskar" and the warmth of the Ladakhi people.  

In Ladakh, this is the first big Khelo India event, the sports ministry's flagship programme to encourage sporting activities as part of daily fitness. The 13-day festival includes ice climbing, trekking on the frozen Zanskar River, ice hockey and snow sculpture. An ethnic food fest is an added attraction.

Here's a look at what Yak riding at nearly 12,000 feet and minus 20 degrees can be:

Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, a sports enthusiast and BJP MP from Ladakh tweeted a video and photos of the winter sports fest. "I was fortunate to get the opportunity to lead a three-day Chadar trek," he wrote on Twitter. The Chadar trek mostly covers the frozen area of Zanskar river and throughout the route trekkers walk on the rugged and icy terrain.

Addressing the inauguration of the Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sport and Youth Festival, Mr Rijiju said his ministry will promote Ladakh as a centre for ice hockey and soon a centre for archery and polo will also be opened here. Leh, in Jammu and Kashmir, is the biggest city in Ladakh and one of the coldest deserts in the world. The terrain and the rivers attract trekkers and climbers from across the world.