“Chadar”, (veil of ice/bedsheet) as they call the zanskar river which is partially frozen during the winters, is the only road-way for the zanskaris living in padum or lingshed to go to Leh or from Leh(town) as other passes are closed during the winters due to heavy snowfall.
1:)*Trade with the outside world : As there is no other means of transport the locals have to take this risk which becomes a part of their lifestyle so to survive and make money they use the frozen river called Chadar to reach Leh
2:)*Take kids to School: The main school or should I say schools are in Leh and most of the remote villages in Ladakh don’t even have schools and even if there is one then it is without teachers. The locals use this risky route to take their kids to the school.
3:)*Visit Sacred Places in Winters : The zanskaris believe a lot in what the monks say and they visit them regularly to ask questions to them of different nature so they use this route to visit the monasteries of Leh where the monks live as they usually abandon other monasteries during the winters.
4:)*Now To Earn as a Porter/Guide/Cook: Over the years this route has become a source of regular income for many zanskaris as they get the job of porters or guides during the Chadar Trek season. (frozen zanskar river trekking which is now famous worldwide).
Note : “Earlier there were few jobs during the winters for the people of Leh.”
Shutterbugs List for Chadar Trek : http://wp.me/p1ZkSF-1E