...and only having Yak dung as fuel for the fire, but often the animals live downstairs helping to heat the place. But they only work for 6 month a year and their houses are free, apart from labour and the land is passed on to the children. Until the road was build 40 years ago, there was no money economy. Luckily, despite the cold (one of the coldest continously inhabited places on earth), the days are sunny because Zanskar sits in the rain-shadow of the Himalaya and it doesnt get much snow and one can move around easily. But, being dependent on glacier fed rivers for irrigation, the present shrinking of the glaciers poses a risk to the livelihood of the 1000 year old continues Tibetean Buddhist culture. A new road is also being build that will bring the main traffic right through the place and it will never be the same again. A typical village with monastery in Zanskar .