Yak graziers in the Tangka La

Yak graziers in the Tangka La

BMH.E.8.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

c. September 15th 1927


Chumbi Valley Region > Tangka La

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Image Dimensions

85 x 112

A group of yak herders on a hillside near the Tangka La crossing, which was one of the crossing points from the Chumbi Valley into Sikkim in the northern part of the Chumbi Valley. A black, yak hair tent can be seen on the left of the image with various open weave baskets and other vessels and packs placed on the ground nearby. Yaks can be seen on the hillside near the stream running through the valley below. A. J. Hopkinson comments travelling on this route only once in his journals and diaries [see Notes] and it seems that this photograph may, therefore, have been taken on or around September 15th 1927 when he was en route from Yatung to Sikkim via Tangka La

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Other Information

In Negative - 'E 8' has been written on the left edge of the negative in blue-black ink [MS 31/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet D']: 'Crossing Tanka-La - yak graziers' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 - an encampment of yak grazers, three miles from the summit of the Tangka-La. Various views of the encampment, the yaks, dzo (6) and the valley around' [MS 29/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing September 15th 1927, Camp Tangka La, page 1 [MS 31/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Yak graziers in the Tangka La" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_BMH.E.8.1.html>.

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