Wakhi mountain houses of Zoodkhun in Chapursan Valley, northern Pakistan

Even though it experiences a, sometimes temporary, exodus to the big cities of southern Pakistan, Zoodkhun Village (also spelled Zuwudkhoon) is still well alive. Nowadays, numerous houses are being built or being enlarged. It is possible to observe a Pamiri layout dating back from Atash-Parast (Fire worshippers, Zoroastrians). This permanence could be due to religions (including old ones) but also due to a perfect adequation with environment constraints and ressources available in this remote area of Chapursan Valley (also spelled Chipurson, Chipursan, or Chapurson).

Zoodkhun houses have a Pamiri layout for addressing mountain constraints

From outside, a compact quadrilateral for facing harsh winters

Zood Khun: hay stored on a roof of a stabble Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: hay stored on a roof of a stabble Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: hay stored on a roof of a stabble
Tusion, Tajik mountains: behind Odinasho Sharopov, a traditional Pamiri house — Photo Bernard Grua
Tusion, Tajik mountains: behind Odinasho Sharopov, a traditional Pamiri house — Photo Bernard Grua
Tusion, Tajik mountains: behind Odinasho Sharopov,
a traditional Pamiri house
Yamchun, Wakhan: a Tajik Wakhi house — Photo Bernard Grua
Yamchun, Wakhan: a Tajik Wakhi house — Photo Bernard Grua
Yamchun, Wakhan: a Tajik Wakhi house

Inside, a sophisticated puzzle resulting from an immemorial tradition

Zood Khun: House of Mrs Bibi Numa with some members of her family, Dildung is covered by colored fabrics — Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: House of Mrs Bibi Numa with some members of her family, Dildung is covered by colored fabrics — Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: in the house of Mrs Bibi Numa with some members of her family,
Dildung is covered by colored fabrics
Layout of wakhi house main room by Bernard Grua
Layout of wakhi house main room by Bernard Grua
In the house of Mrs Pari Jahan. Kitchen is separated from the main room Photo Bernard Grua
In the house of Mrs Pari Jahan. Kitchen is separated from the main room Photo Bernard Grua
In the house of Mrs Pari Jahan.
She prepares chapati on a stove in front of dildung.
Kitchen is separated from the main room.

The multiple senses and functions of the khana pillars

Ganish: carved five pilars in an old Shia house — By Bernard Grua
Ganish: carved five pilars in an old Shia house — By Bernard Grua
Ganish: carved five pilars in an old Shia house

Importance of material choice for a comfortable and healthy floor

Local mud and stones for walls, built without mortar, providing good insulation

Zoodkhun: a dry stone wall and another one in preparation Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: a dry stone wall and another one in preparation Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: a dry stone wall and another one in preparation — In the background is the rocky chaos used as a quarry. At its beginning, it possible to see the long wall of the polo field.
Zoodkhun: all paths are bordered with beautiful dry stone walls — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: all paths are bordered with beautiful dry stone walls — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: all paths are bordered with beautiful dry stone walls (the young girls are going to the village library)
Sost: “main street” on Karakoram Highway (KKH) — Photo by Bernard Grua
Sost: “main street” on Karakoram Highway (KKH) — Photo by Bernard Grua
Sost: “main street” on Karakoram Highway (KKH), a place with numerous junk concrete and metal plate « buildings » with, however, nice and helpful people in the middle of a great landscapeost.

Wood for a more stable structure

Modern concrete is not a proper alternative to local materials

A cement veil on a timeless vision?

Where to stay in Chapursan Valley

Discover the Wakhi way of life and culture with Pamir Trails

Pamir Trails trekking and adventures in Chapursan Valley, Pakistan
Pamir Trails trekking and adventures in Chapursan Valley, Pakistan
Pamir Trails is the tour company of Pamir Serai

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