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RESCUE OPERATION IN ZANSKAR RIVER IN THE UT OF LADAKH

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IAF Rescues More than 107 Individuals from the Frozen Zanskar River in the UT of Ladakh

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People were a part of the ongoing ‘Chadar Trek’, got stranded when some portions of the frozen Zanskar River melted

Stranded trekkers managed to move to Niraq, a small camp site upstream

Zanskar river

  • The Zanskar River is a north-flowing tributary of the Indus. In its upper reaches, the Zanskar has two main branches.
  • First of these, the Doda, has its source near the Pensi-la 4,400 m (14,400 ft) mountain-pass
  • The second branch is formed by two main tributaries known as Kargyag river, with its source near the Shingo La 5,091 m (16,703 ft), and Tsarap river, with its source near the Bara lacha-La 
  • Zanskar river then takes a north-eastern course through the dramatic Zanskar Gorge until it joins the Indus near “Nimmu” in Ladakh
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