Ladakh, August 2016 - Portrait of a 95 years' old Changpa woman, living a nomadic life in the Himalayas. She has almost lost her vision entirely, can now only see colors and shapes. That does not stop her from walking several miles per day and performing all daily chores, take care of animals and participate in all community activities. The Changpa of Ladakh are a semi nomadic tribe. They are high altitude pastoralists, raising mainly yaks and goats. They speak Changskhat, a dialect of Tibetan, and practice Tibetan Buddhism. The photo was shot at an altitude of about 5000 meters, close to the Tanglang-La mountain pass to Manali.
Nomads in Ladakh
A family of nomads, living in the Himalayas. Image taken in Ladakh, India in August 2016, on the way to Alchi.
Young monks of the Drukpa lineage of tibetan buddhism go to the main temple for the morning ceremony (puja). Image taken at Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, India (August 2016).