The highest kayaking competition in the world

The highest kayaking competition in the world was held recently in Ladakh on the Indus river at a height of over 11,000 feet. The severe height and the breathing troubles that caused were only some of the problems the kayakers had to navigate.

On top of the world

The highest kayaking competition in the world was held recently in Ladakh on the Indus river. It was called the Ladakh Kayak Festival, with people taking part from around the world. (Photographs by Anuj Kumar)

Year 2

This was the second year the competition was being held.

3-metre-high waves

The river here flows over huge boulders creating 3-metre-high waves and terrifying hydraulics that only the world's finest kayakers can navigate.

Bollywood Boulevard

The section chosen for the event was a class-5 rapid named Bollywood Boulevard.

Breathing troubles

With the competition taking place at a height of over 11,000 feet, oxygen levels were limited, creating an additional challenge for the athletes. Foreign competitors in particular were surprised by the impact the conditions had on their breathing.

The winner takes it all (read a kayak)

The Ladakh Kayak Festival 2018 was eventually won by Rishikesh kayaker Ashu Rawat (pictured). His prize? A brand new American-made Kayak.