The nomadic Changpa people in the Himalayas lead a peaceful life, separate from the world. They are associated with shepherding, making wool …
Nomadic Changpa people live on the Changtang plateau, in the Himalayas. The plateau extends 1,600 km through Ladakh (India) and northwestern Tibet (China). Changtang is located in a separate position from the world, peaceful but harsh. Summers are hot and dry, sometimes with hail and tornadoes, and winters are cold and minus. This is not a popular tourist destination, visitors must be granted a visit permit and pay thousands of USD to reach Changtang.
Changpa life is closely associated with the herd of cattle. Due to the nomadic nature, they often relocate at the time of the season change. Each group of nomads owns up to 10,000 heads of cattle. The number of cattle is a measure of wealth in the Changpa community.
Men are the main force responsible for outdoor work such as herding. In addition, they also spin and weave yak feathers, made from an abandoned species in Tibet, to erect tents. According to ancient traditions, an adult Changpa man must know how to make shoes and women must be good at knitting and weaving.
People in the Changtang plateau often raise sheep to get wool. The women used to weave wool from wool to make coats, hats, rugs. The life of nomadic Changpa is almost natural. Currently, their lives are more modern. Most families have gas stoves for living.
One of the distinctive cultures of Changpa people is making rebo tent, woven from yak wool. This type of tent takes months to complete, has a strong and durable structure, and is used for generations. Modern life gradually changed the lifestyle of Changpa people, rebo tents were replaced by houses built of stone and mud.
Buddhism is the main religion of Changpa people. The elderly here have a habit of praying early in the morning. As the world is changing, commercializing, the sustainable values of people in Changtang are respected and preserved.
Currently, licensed Changtang experience tours cost more than US $ 1,000 . This area is located at an altitude of about 4,200-5,800 m, the terrain is mainly deep canyons and plateaus. Tourists coming here will be immersed in the life of the origin of nature, learn the long life of Changpa people.