45,000 (Shearer and Sun Hong Kai 2002). 15,000 monolinguals. sTau: 23,000, Geshitsa: 21,000, Nyagrong-Minyak: 1,000.
Sichuan Province, Ganzi (Garzê) Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Daofu (rTau, sTau, Dawu), Luhuo, Xinlong (Brag-’go), Danba (Rong-brag), and Xinlong (Nyagrong) counties.
Geshitsa (Geshiza), Nyagrong-Minyag (Xinlong-Muya), sTau (Daofu, Dawu, rTau). The dialects of Horpa reportedly are not mutually intelligible.
SOV; adjectives and number-classifier constructions follow noun heads; affixation; compounding; reduplication; complex consonant cluster onsets; nontonal
Officially classified within Tibetan nationality. Buddhist (Lamaist).