BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY, Jimmy Nelson, photos.  Dha Village, Kashmir February 2012, Around 2,500 Drokpas live in three small villages in the Dha-Hanu valley of Ladakh, which is situated in Jammu and Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. The valley lies 163 kilometres south-west of Leh, the capital of the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh

Ladakhi or Dropka woman, Ansari Dha Village, Kashmir, India/ Pakistan

From the book 'Before they Pass Away' by Jimmy Nelson

“ Ladakh (meaning ‘land of the passes’) is a cold desert in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is divided into the mainly Muslim Kargil district and the primarily Buddhist Leh.

Los Drokpa, India (by Jimmy Nelson)

DROPKA tribe in Ladakh, India. The Drokpa tribe indulge in music, dance and barley wine. Beautiful documentary on: beforethey com

India | Dah-Hanu Woman in Traditional Costume, Ladakh Annual Festival 2008, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.   | © Kimberley Coole

Asia: Dardic Dah-Hanu Woman in Traditional Costume, Ladakh Annual Festival Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India


The Brokpa people are a small ethnic group inhabiting Ladakh, India. Most are Buddhist, however they celebrate many unique traditions based around nature and rituals. The reason they wear decorative flowers on their heads is to please the gods.

Drokpa woman from Ladakh

The Drokpa tribe resides in 3 villages of Ladakh, around the disputed area between India and Pakistan.

Golden Eagle Nomads, Nomad Princess from Global Home

The Golden Eagle Nomads "Fine horses and fierce eagles are the wings of the Kazakhs"- Kazakh Proverb Striking photographs by John Delaney seek to document the vanishing Kazakh Nomads of Mongolia.

Laos, Akha hill tribe, lady with traditional headdress.

Laos, Phongsali Province, Huay Yueng Village, Akha hill tribe, lady with traditional headdress.

The Tibetans, China. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson

After 3 years of travelling the world and capturing the beauty of over 30 remote tribes in 2012 Jimmy Nelson presented his book Before They Pass Away