The next time you’re cursing a cancelled bus or faulty traffic lights on the way to school, think about the children in one of the remote parts of India whose current journey to the classroom takes in the Chadar trek.

During winter, this treacherous journey is the only way to get children from the valley’s high-altitude villages to boarding schools in the regional capital, Leh. Snow and ice make the steep and rough 18-hour car journey impossible, while the harshness of winter means the Indian government can’t find teachers willing to work in the villages.

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