After leaving Puga, we crossed a high pass, the name escapes me just now, and made our way down to the eastern shores of Tso Kar, a salt-rimmed lake that rests at around 14,500ft (4500m). In previous days, the salt was collected by the nomads and exported to Tibet. The eastern shores are home to the Rupshu nomads, Ladakhi nomads who have been inhabiting the shores of the lake since before time was counted by a timepiece. There are a few portraits of the Rupshu included in this collection.
On this trip we would be treated to some wildlife encounters. There used to be only 3 or 4 breeding pairs of black-necked cranes in Ladakh, mostly near Tso Moriri Lake, while all the rest were on the Tibetan side of the Changtang. This year there were not only black-necked cranes near the Tso Kar lake, but also the ruddy shelduck. Both were found in relative abundance. A few images of them against the landscape are included here too.
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Next week we’ll take a look at the western side of Tso Kar.