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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Prisoners of the Himalayas – an ongoing film Project by Paley


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..

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Prisoners of the Himalayas from Louis Meunier on Vimeo.

Chipurson valley through my eyes

We are going through transition every moment and especially in this modern age this transition is much faster.
We need to realize the phases through which our society has passed and understand how to build our future in the best way that it is secure, prosperous and peaceful.
we need to learn from our past, from present and implement it to  our futures, lots of things are there in past which our forefathers had but we are loosing them and loosing them is leading us to a wrong path and similarly there are many things of our forefathers that we have left in order to compete with the world and going in the right direction. So the selection is a very complex issue, that what to leave, what not to leave and what to modify, there is not a defined rule. In order to go in the right directions we need to have very wise decision makers and even in every individual this skill is very much important. Our goal is to go in the proper direction so we need to think of it and take this transition in such a direction that still we live with our enriched culture in modern world and become an example to the world.


When we go back to the history of our valley we find that our forefathers are recent immigrant from different areas of the surrounding regions and vast majority of it is from different villages of Gojal like Gulmit, Gulkin, Hussaini and Passu etc, and the rest of population have roots from Wakhan corridor but the both the portions of the population are almost same in many aspects, so we can take them as one when studying the cultural part of our history.
The soul of our culture that we have inherited from our forefathers is based mutualism meaning that they we do not live as individuals but we live as a society, working not for ourselves but for our society and taking the benifits from the society, the biggest edge of this kind of living is that there is a great stability in the society and in every shareholders life and there is always an equality,….
the economic conditions which our forefathers were having were worst and we can not even imagine about it, the only source of living was through very poor quality agriculture and livestock but still even in such conditions they were living lives like kings, life with full of happiness and joy, although they had not the tasty foods to eat that we eat but they enjoyed their simple natural food much more than us, they did not have the exotic facility that we have but still they enjoyed their lives much more than we do.

The second Important thing about our culture is the respect that our forefathers had for each other in the society, and this respect was the key that was running all the perfect coordination between them and was successful running the society with peace. The hearts of the people were clean of hatred, jealousy and bad thoughts for others and it was mutual between every person, this is why they had such respect for one another.

The secret behind their lives was thier selflessness for wealth and fame, for them life was just a life but today for us life is to get money and fame and all in searching for this we finish our lives.
In this modern world living without searching for this is not possible too so we again the point is that we need to find the right way to deal with it. now lets realize what we are doing in current time as a whole..

PRESENT.. where are we going??