Photographer's Note

The blustery wind territory 4500 metres+ altitude of Ladakh

I was standing in the high altitude (~4800m) grassy plateau ringed by snowcapped mountains with a small turquoise lake in the middle. This small lake which has got at least 3 names...Thadsangkaru Tso, Kiagar Tso or even the lesser mentioned Tso Chun.

Changtang is the name given to the captivating high altitude plateaus of Western Tibet, an extensive area that sits at an average elevation of 4500 to 5000 meters and is inhabited by such rare animal species as the 'chiru' (Tibetan antelope), 'kyang' (wild Tibetan ass) and blue sheep. This remote and fabled region is the home of the nomadic tribes collectively known as the Changpa, or northern nomads. They are traditional traders of the Changtang, who have wandered these high pastures in true 'caravan' style with their 'gurs' (nomad tents) and flocks of pashmina goats and sheep for centuries. This traditionally Tibetan region lies in part in the Indian Himalaya, although the culture remains purely Tibetan.

On the shore of Kiagar Tso stood this tent of the Changpa family - Motub, his wife and small son. You may notice the smoke coming out of the chimney

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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