L1 users: 37,700 (2001 census).
Jammu and Kashmir state: Kargil district, mainly Suru valley; Dras valley, some in western Himalayas.
None known. Reportedly similar to Balti [bft].
’Purig’ of Tibetan origin. People prefer to be culturally and linguistically identified with Tibet, although religiously with Islam. A Scheduled Tribe. Muslim.