18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Nomads on the roof of the world

The Changpas of Ladakh are a semi nomadic pastoral tribe, who rear the famous pashmina goats. They produce a super fine fiber, known as cashmere. Ladakh produces around 33,000 kg of cashmere each year, which is than less than one percent of the world’s total production, but is the finest in the world. The unprocessed pashmina is sold to middlemen, which then finds it way to the weavers in Kashmir and is made into a variety of knitted luxury products like shawls and sweaters. Unlike other nomads, the Changpas don’t move to different climatic regions with the change in the seasons. As the vegetation is sparse, they need to move every few months, so their range is limited to about 40-50kms. They follow the same migratory routes each year and stay at fixed camps

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: India
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Mayank Soni