Srinagar, Mar 4: J&K police have launched an operation to rescue people stranded during trekking over frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh region. Officials said that people trek over the Zanskar River between Leh and Zanskar when the road, connecting the two areas, closes due to snow and slippery road conditions during winter. The surface of the river gets frozen during winter due to minus 20 degree Celsius or less temperature.
For centuries, people have been using the frozen surface of the river to trek between Leh and Zanskar.
The trek is over the Zanskar River and the most preferred time to cross the ice is being considered between January and February. During that time, the ice tends to be at its most stable state. The frozen river trek begins from the small village of Chilling from where the Zanskar River begins to freeze. People take shelter in caves on both sides of the river when frozen parts start melting due to the improvement of temperature and start journey next morning after the mercury again dips.
A police spokesman said that some persons coming from Leh to Zanskar via Cheddar Track have were stranded near Warna due to the breaking of Ice plate.
He said Police Station Zanskar party has left for rescuing them. However, the place is about 80-90 km from Zanskar.