Asia: South & Central Long journey to better education in India's Himalayas

Hundreds of children from isolated villages in the remote Ladakh region make wintry treks on ice and snow to reach better classrooms — and improved economic opportunities.

By , Correspondent

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The road marker says “Nerak 37 km,” only there is no more road – just a freshly bulldozed track that ends at a precipice. The real road is several hundred feet below: a snow-covered, snake-like strip of ice that cuts its way through an impossibly steep gorge.