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 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 …

Changpa 9

Changpa 9

Four-year-old Trinley’s face bears proof of the fierceness of weather on the Changthang. Legend has it that, on the Changthang, people can …

Changpa 9a

Changpa 9a

Tsering, now 6, takes a break from milking goats, a job she has been training for since she was 3. The task …

Changpa 10

Changpa 10

A Changpa children are sometimes left in front of open fires while their mothers go to fetch water. Younger children though, are …

Changpa 12

Changpa 12

Windspeeds exceed 80kph on the Changthang in the winter, making sandstorms a routine no one complains about. With almost no cover, the …

Changpa 13

Changpa 13

The winter cold ensures nothing remains liquid on the Changthang. The nomads have to collect ice and melt it for water.

Changpa 14

Changpa 14

The Changpas traditionally lived in yak-hair tents called rebo, but are increasingly opting to use canvas tents bought from markets, or given …

Changpa 15

Changpa 15

A Changpa woman roasts barley for the sheep and goat. Perhaps because of the changing climate, the valleys in the Changthang are …

Changpa 16

Changpa 16

Treating animals as equals is part of every pastoralist’s lifestyle. Horses and people share the same source of water in winter; the …

Changpa 18

Changpa 18

The hunt for the perfect white steed begins as preparation for the welcome of a monk. Each summer, Buddhist monks travel to …

Changpa 19

Changpa 19

A Changpa tent, no matter how small, has a corner dedicated to the gods. Despite roads and the advantages it brings with …