Brad Sander’s first try to glide to Chipurson Valley

Chapursan – first try East to West

by Brad Sander

The Chapursan valley is a place I’ve wanted to visit for a few years. Recently at the internet cafe in Hunza I met a man from this valley and since then things fell into place for a trip there. Alam Jan Dario was featured in Greg Mortenson’s book “Three Cups of Tea” If  you haven’t read it it’s a great story about one man’s mission to make a difference by providing education in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Around the corner from Hunza near Passu, Addict 2 with Batura Glacier. Flying with Oriol (Spain) and Brendan (Scotland). Brendan just arrived, it’s his second day flying in Pakistan.

First view to Chipurson

Chapursan valley on the left. The wind is blowing 30 km in the valley, the question… which direction? Answer- downvalley. I knew this would be the case based on Phillipe Nodet’s experience and talking with Alam Jan, I just didn’t expect it to extend this far from the glaciers at the head of the Valley. We land 10km short of goal and don’t get to meet with Alam….

Kirmin Chipurson

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Pictures of Shimshal Valley (by Stelian Pavalache)

Pictures of Shimshal Valley (by Stelian Pavalache)

Shimshali People   (Pakistan)

        Times have changed, and today women in Pakistan are working in areas which were previously designed for men (army, police).Despite the progress made by women, society and government, females continues its efforts in exclusively male domains. Climbing is one of them. Lack of information in society about mountain sports (climbing), the fact that is an expensive sport, prejudices about women inability to climb, absence from home in a wilderness area are several reasons that explain the lack of women in Pakistani alpine world. more..
Landscapes from Shimshal

Shimshal Pass(4,735m) rises above the village. It lies on the watershed between the Indus River and Tarim River basins, and leads to the valley of the Shimshal Braldu River, a tributary of the Shaksgam River on the border with China. The pass is not part of Khunjerab National Park, but the Shimshal community has set an organization called SNT (Shimshal Nature Trust) which over looks the entire region and takes care of its own land. It is a community based organization and is registered with the Government Of Pakistan.Annually, in the month of July, there is a festival at Shimshal Pass, where locals partake in a yak race, followed by singing and dancing. This yak race is the only one of its kind, and is a unique event.

Shimshal picspictures of Shimshal

Source: Stelian Pavalache Pictures

Prisoners of the Himalayas – an ongoing film Project by Paley

Source: http://www.paleyphoto.blogspot.com/

Last January/February, I went back to the Afghanistan’s Pamir mountains to have my first “real” experience shooting film. It’s a long story that brought us there, but it was due to the motivation of Louis Meunier (Director of the project). Louis has a long experience in Afghanistan, and he was not the first director to approach me on doing a film on the Afghan Kyrgyz – but his experience, honesty and motivation made it happen. We shared our knowledge of the area and we eventually got last-minute funding from the Danish Embassy in Afghanistan to shoot this film. Thanks so much dear Danes! This last winter was the first session of a 2 (or 3) session-shooting in the Afghan Pamir.

During an interview break, a Kyrgyz looks through my camera.

As far as filming, I was going to be paired up with another cameraman. I was fearing a show-off dude, but instead I was lucky enough to be teamed up with a kind, patient and extremely talented man: Laurent Fleutot (Director of Photography on “The Winged Migration” and “Oceans”, among others). read more..

Video, please follow the other videos if you want to see more…

Prisoners of the Himalayas from Louis Meunier on Vimeo.

Song: Tu ne meray jana kabhi nahi jana

Story behind this song…

Rohan Rathore was an IIT Guwahati student, who was suffering from Cancer. He was in love with a girl named Supriya more than anything in his life. But, Supriya refused him only because he was suffering from Cancer. Then, Rohan sung this song for his love, Supriya. But, the bad part is that, after 15 days of recording this awesome song, he died.

“May Rohan’s soul Rest In Peace!”

AAhh

Today I revealed that

the story was false and fake..

And the reason was to make every one listen to the song and hit the targets so they made a sad scandalous story around it.. check out the truth here

Happy Mothers Day,

Poem

My Mom
A halo that reflects a life of
wisdom, kindness, and caring.
Eyes that sparkle with pride
and show how much she believes in you.
Shoulders that have been slept on
and wept on and
carried a world or two.
Arms that never run out of hugs.
Hands that know
just when to hold on
and when to let go.
A mind filled with amazing things,
from fairy tales to family tails
and long-ago stories of you.
A smile that can jump right into your heart
and warm you faster than hot chocolate.
A heart of gold
that holds more love
than you can possibly imagine.
                                                                                                                     Contributed by Anna J