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Pictured here is the confluence of the Zanskar and the Indus River near the village of Nimmu in Ladakh. The one with the dirty green colour (flowing from left to right) is the Indus river and the shining blue one is the Zanskar river. The Zanskar river originates in the Zanskar range, it is a tributary of the mighty Indus. Indus river originates in the Tibetan plateau near Lake Mansarovar and drains in the Arabian Sea near Karachi.

The Indus river does not freeze completely in winter, though it freezes in places and huge masses of ice are seen floating in the river. On the other hand Zanskar river completely freezes in winter enabling the world famous and much documented 'Chadar (blanket of ice) Trek'. The 'Chadar Trek' is one of the most diffcult and beautiful treks in India. In order to escape the harsh winter local villagers from the high reaches of Ladakh undertake an arduous and perilous 9 day trek over frozen Zanskar river to reach Chilling on the Leh highway. It is done in February each year when the river ice is the most stable. They have been doing this trek for centuries. Casualties to life and livestock is not uncommon. Nowadays few tourists also try to do this trek with professional help.
I want to go on this trek in Feb'15, because what I hear is that a new road is being blasted through these rock faces and in about another 5 years time the trek will no longer exist in its present exciting form.
Thanks for stopping by.

P.S As the dates for the Indian General Elections (biggest democratic process in the world)have been declared I will be very busy for the next 2 months working on a statistical project (working almost 16-17 hours a day with extensive travelling). Sadly during this period I will not be as regular on TE as I have been for the last 6-7 months. I will swing by to see and show whenever I get some time. Take care.

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  • Copyright: Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 411 W: 14 N: 908] (4065)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-10-14
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/600 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-06 0:39
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