The Hunza Valley, a region in the Gilgit–Baltistan territory of northernmost Pakistan, is renowned not only for its spectacular natural scenery of majestic mountains and glittering lakes but also for the beauty of its people, who enjoy a long life expectancy.
The contemporary society of Gilgit is undergoing an existential crisis begotten by drastic changes and ruptures caused by the forces of modernisation. For the last four decades it has been exposed to a medley of forces which are exogenous, but which have given birth to trends endogenous to the society. These changes have enabled people to get rid of a few institutions and actors that were impediments to progress.
The Aga Khan Youth & Sports Board (AKYSB) organized Josh Games Grand Finale 2014 in Moorkhun – a village in the upper Hunza Valley of Gojal. Here are the video highlights form the grand finale.
Women in Pakistan’s northern Hunza valley are breaking taboos and training for jobs traditionally done by men, including as carpenters and climbing guides on the Himalayan & Karakoram peaks.