is the last remnant of true Hunza culture that exists near Pakistan's
Pamir range, east of the town of Passu in upper Hunza valley.
walk begins at Dut and we reach the remote village of Shimshal
in about three days. At each step we are amazed how a path has
been carved in this deep and narrow ravine on the way to Shimshal.
The reason why Shimshal was located in such an out-of-the-way
place is because this is where the Mir (ruler) of Hunza used
to send his people who were found guilty of crimes and also
those who he just did not like!
now are a proud and hardy folk. Their hospitality is legendary
and the natural beauty that they inhabit makes us feel that
perhaps the Mir sentenced them to heaven, not hell!
trek now veers northwards from Shimshal and we enter the lovely
and remote Ghujerab valley. Here we cross the Boesam Pass and
the Chapchingiol Pass to reach the trail head at Kuksel. This
is where we meet the KKH and our jeeps, which will transport
us back to Hunza.
trek from Shimshal to Kuksel takes us into a very remote area
and gives us a chance to see some of the endangered wildlife
in the Khunjerab National Park. If we are lucky we may be able
to observe Markhor, Ibex, Marcopolo Sheep and even the elusive
magnificent Snow Leopard. This is ideal high Pamir meadow country
strewn with thousands of colorful flowers. This is a tough trek
and ropes are provided for various river crossings and as aid
at other steep places.