These women are the contract employees of the BRO (border road organization). Their daily job is to hike up the mountains and clear the snow from roads on the way to khardung la, one of the highest motorable passes in the world, where temperatures dip down to -30/-40 every night and covers the roads with 3 to 4 feet of snow. Its very tough to work in these harsh cold conditions at 16000 to 17000 feet altitude. They come up at 8am daily and work till 4pm and carry their own food. I captured these women near south pull check post on our way to khardung la. This was our third attempt when we finally made it to the top. This year there is heavy snow fall and most of the high passes near Leh were blocked in later half of February.