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.