The Ice Stupas at the Village of Phyang
These Ice Stupas situated in the Village of Phyang less than an hour from Leh are an effort at conserving Water devised by Mr.Sonam Wangchuk who has been internationally acclaimed and rewarded for his Efforts. The ides though simple has the potential to green many areas in Ladakh which are arid as Ladakh being in the Trans Himalayan rain shadow area is basically a Desert with scanty precipitation. These Ice Stupas created over the Winters give a priceless supply of Water at the time of sowing in the Spring when the Streams are at their lowest. The rising Temperature causes these artificial “Galciers” to melt, hence releasing precious Water at a time it is needed the most.
The Ice Stupas towards April end. They disappear by mid May as all the water melts.
The Zanskar Range in the background, you can see the “Skeleton” of one Ice Stupa which has almost completed melted while two Ice Stupas still remain.
The Ice Stupa and the Stok Kangri in the background.
The Monastery at Phyang.
The Sangam or the Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar at Nimmoo