The Norden Blog

An intimate look into life on the Tibetan Plateau around the Norden Camp

Autumn visit to Lungta Cooperative

The Lungta Cooperative, a groundbreaking enterprise in finding alternative ways for nomads to use their skills, brought together a group of Yidam’s relatives and their families from Tsayig and their 140 yaks. They spent 2016 building the project from their own resources, and began introducing the concept to the guests at Norden camp; hosting city based youths or visitors to the camp and introducing them to the life of nomads. It was autumn when I visited the camp. The color had muted from a vivid green to earthy yellow. Plans for the cheese and other diary yields from the coop’s yaks using innovative methods were coming together, and training planned for 2017. These will be used and tested by Norden and eventually distributed through networks of organic products.