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She would not have been more than eighteen years of age. She looked older. She was a mother of a one year old child & was crossing the frozen Chadar valley back to her village Lingshed.

For us Chadar Trek was an adventure, a thrilling beautiful vista,one big adrenaline fix. For the Zanskaris, it is one harsh form of survival. As all the roads to the valley get cut off in the winters, they do the "Chadar" to stock up on essential supplies & food.

Beneath the beauty & the glamour of the Chadar Trek, is one severe mode of survival fro the Ladakhis.

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