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.

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Source: Stelian Pavalache Pictures

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