This picture was taken en route to Nerak. Two hours into the trek, we realized that the floor below us is melting fast. Returning locals and trekkers warned us to not go any further as the solid ice sheet was now a steady flowing river. After factoring in all the possibilities, we decided to return, as it was too risky to traverse back if we had crossed.
Nimmu is a beautiful valley that marks the confluence of the Indus River and Zanskar River. The Indus River drains the dry and deserted terrains of Ladakh's landlocked valley and serves as its lifeline. Zanskar, on the other hand, is a tributary of this river and merges into it from the north-eastern direction. On its way to the meeting point, the river passes through the spectacular Zanskar Gorge, which is a dream destination for trekkers. A winter treck on this river is a must do at least once in your life time.
India 🇮🇳 lived up to my expectations... but the scenery around #Leh and along the #zanskar river far exceeded them. Unfortunately due to a lot of neglect by local tourism operators and tourists alike the campsites along the #chadartrek within the #himalaya would have to be pockets of the most offensive filth in a pristine environment I have ever seen on this planet 😔. I would share the photos, but surely Instagram has a policy against photos of 💩. @natgeo@nrdc_org