The Third Pole

School kids walk to the stupa they built at Karith, Ladakh. The fields that will benefit from the melt waters are in the foreground.

The Indus river flowing though Ladakh, in the trans-Himalayan region

Proliferation of stray dogs, like these seen outside an army camp, threaten ground-nesting endangered black-necked cranes in the Changthang region of Ladakh

A high double-ice-stupa built in the village of Shara will water the barley and pea fields of farmers downstream till the next winter.