The Majestic land of tall mountains and glaciers is currently one of the world's most sensitive hotspots to global climate change. A new report suggests, that at least a third of the Himalayan glaciers are expected to melt by the end of this century. A situation that is predicted to intensify in coming years, with dire and far-reaching consequences on the availability of water, food, and energy. I joined the team of scientists from the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) who have launched the glaciological studies on six benchmark glaciers of the Chandra basin in the Lahul and Spiti district. Every year, these scientists embark on a Himalayan expedition to conduct field observations and monitoring of these glaciers by braving the odds to carry out research in these extreme conditions and jagged terrain to understand the impacts of climate change.
One of the most challenging expeditions that I along with my team member Shubhankar Kundaikar did, was spending close to a month documenting scientists, and monitoring these glaciers at 17000 ft above msl.