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Nomad girl on pilgrimage with family at Lake Manasarovar,Tibet

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Tibetan nomads, known as འབྲོག་པ། (ndrogba, say Drokpa) in Tibetan, are one of the most interesting people on the planet. They live in the remote, high elevation grassland regions of the Tibetan Plateau. Nomads are found in all three traditional regions of Tibet: Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang. The regions that have the most nomads are Nagchu and Ngari in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Yushu (Jyekundo སྐྱེ་དགུ་མདོ་) and Golog in Qinghai and the northwestern counties of Garnze in western Sichuan. It is hard to say exactly how many nomads are remaining, but estimates have been put at about 2 million (includes nomads and semi-nomads).


Tibetan nomad culture is quickly disappearing as more Tibetans each year are being relocated off of the grasslands. If you are planning a trip to Tibet, include a trip to the nomadic regions found on the northern Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai and far northwestern Sichuan province. Get off the beaten path in Tibet and see areas that few others experience.


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Taken on September 14, 2011