10,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001).
Jammu and Kashmir state: Kargil and Ladakh districts along Indus river; Garkhon area, including Batalik, Chulichan, Dah, Darchiks, and Gurgurdo villages.
Also use Ladakhi [lbj].
Balti script [Qaab].
Broq-pa is a Scheduled Tribe. A very divergent variety of Shina [scl]. It is the oldest surviving member of the ancient Dardic language. Buddhist, Muslim, traditional religion.