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  • Björn , this is a landmass cut off from the rest of the country for 8 months of the year, in Ladakh, this picture was taken at Sarchu, at 4200m. It has a motorable road in the summer, each winter carves out new sand sculptures out of the mountain sides. The Indian Army clears the roadway for the summer. Reborn year after year, it is the youngest mountain range of the Himalayas.

    The Ladakhis grow wheat barley during the four months of summer, they were known to be the most sustainable community in India, they produced all they needed to consume, they rotated crop harvests, neighbours joined hands to work all fields in a circle of sowing, watering, harvesting and threshing the grain.

    With the advent of cars, a lot has changed, the crop harvest workforce has been reduced, the young Ladakhi man is either a tourist operator or a guide. The fields are left to the women and the old. Food now comes in via trucks from the north and the south.
    It is not surprising to find old members of the community refusing to step into a vehicle on wheels as a matter of principle.
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