Changpa-1

Changpa-1

Shy yet curious a 3-year-old Changpa child greets a new day and a photographer on the Changthang, a cold desert at an …

Changpa 1a

Changpa 1a

Until roads connected the Changthang with Leh, Ladakh’s capital, horses and feet were the only modes of transportation for the nomadic Changpa. …

Changpa 2

Changpa 2

A Changpa races sunset to get his flock to the safety of their corral. These nomadic pastoralists are the guardians of pashmina …

Changpa 2a

Changpa 2a

A lamb exits the warmth of the womb to find warmth yet again in the heavy overcoat of a nomad. The Changpa …

Changpa 3

Changpa 3

  Among the last true nomads, the Changpa migrate as many as 8 times a year following rain and clouds to new …

Changpa 4

Changpa 4

A Changpa leads his horses under skies the raise false hopes of rain. Most pastures on the Changthang are nursed either by …

Changpa 5

Changpa 5

A Changpa woman helps a newborn goat finds its way to its mother’s udders. The nomads count their wealth in heads of …

Changpa 6

Changpa 6

Surviving winter is a full-time job that the nomads take seriously. With temperatures regularly dropping to below – 40C, the changpas spend …

Changpa 7

Changpa 7

Changpa men let their yak roam free, and check on them about once every fortnight. Here, a father takes his children along …

Changpa 8

Changpa 8

Days begin early at Changpa camps, which are chosen not for their proximity to water, but pasture. Tasks at camp are well …