Reng Zong gathers water from a local well, situated on the Rongbuk River bed. Local people tell that until recent times the river was abundant with water. Now it is dry for most of the year.
A climate scientific team are in Tibet to study and document the deterioration of glaciers on Everest and the environmental implications of glacier melt. The Rongbuk Glaciers are one of the prime sources of water feeding into the major rivers of China and India. Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world as a result of global warming.