On our way around Tso Kar, towards a small nomadic camp, we passed a nomad carrying what appeared to be the carcass of a goat. When he joined us in a tent the next day he explained the story. His goat had been attacked by an eagle, and then subsequently by a Tibetan wolf. He had fought them bought off and carried the carcass back to camp. They weren’t going to make off with it. Such is the life of a nomad, or least the story as it was related to me.
A Tibetan nomadic group, consisting of around 6 families, lives along the Southwestern shores of Tso Kar lake from late spring into early summer. The fierce mountain winds can certainly make life cold and challenging, but it’s a simple life, and a good life for them. Life largely revolves around taking care of goats, milking them for milk and cheese, and selling pashmina to Kashmir. A goat is worth around 8000 Indian Rupees ($150 US) so the nomads aren’t poor, they do quite well. Relatives in the main town of Leh help in the marketing of goods.
The nomads also have a sizable herd of yaks. The yaks were traditionally used for transportation, helping to carry goods from pasture to pasture, but that part of the culture is undergoing change. The nomads occasionally use lorries to transport their goods now. The yaks do provide a good deal of sustenance, along with rice and potatoes.
This post will take a look at one Tibetan group along the shores of Tso Kar, all photos were made in one 36 hour period.
If you enjoyed the post, please feel free to share it, thanks!