This is the second part of three articles series by a Thai girl in Hunza valley, Pakistan. She visited Hunza 2017 and shares her experience with our readers in “Hunza Through foreign Eyes” section of our blog. Read the first part of this series on Upside Down in Pakistan – Thai Girl in Hunza.
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.
A group of young girls sit on a carpeted floor listening as their teacher writes on a whiteboard, preparing his students for the rigours of climbing some of the world’s highest peaks.