What place for Zoodkhun into the global world?

Zoodkhun in Chapursan Valley, due to its difficult condition of access, preserved most of its authenticity and its community values until today. Expected improvement of communications, development of a Pakistani middle class, increase in foreign visitors might lead to deep changes which should be monitored to contain a cultural and patrimonial alienation.

A village still staying out of the beaten tracks although being open to the world

On the dangerous dirt road of Chapursan Valley to Sost — Photo by Bernard Grua
On the dangerous dirt road of Chapursan Valley to Sost — Photo by Bernard Grua
On the dangerous dirt road of Chapursan Valley to Sost

A local production to label

A heritage to preserve

Tahir Hussain, from Chapursan with rubab | Sidra, Haider Badakhshoni’s daughter, a young Wakhi singer — Photo Bernard Grua
Tahir Hussain, from Chapursan with rubab | Sidra, Haider Badakhshoni’s daughter, a young Wakhi singer — Photo Bernard Grua
Left: Tahir Hussain, from Chapursan, playing rubab | Right: Sidra, Haider Badakhshoni’s daughter,
a young talented Wakhi singer from Chapursan Valley
Fazal Ur Rahman, famous Wakhi singer from Chapursan on stage at Passu Face Mela — Bernard Grua
Fazal Ur Rahman, famous Wakhi singer from Chapursan on stage at Passu Face Mela — Bernard Grua
Fazal Ur Rahman, famous Wakhi singer from Chapursan on stage at Passu Face Mela
Zoodkhun: ladies of the village harvesting Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: ladies of the village harvesting Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: ladies of the village harvesting
Zoodkhun: after having crossed the border at Irshad Pass (4975 m) yaks walking through the village to Sost Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: after having crossed the border at Irshad Pass (4975 m) yaks walking through the village to Sost Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: after having crossed the border at Irshad Pass (4975 m) yaks walking through the village to Sost and, then, Gilgit. They have been grown by Afghan Kirghiz and sold to a Wakhi trader. This is a regular commercial interaction between the two communities of two separated countries.

Anticipating a wished but inevitable tourism which has to be turned into favor of local communities

ZoodKhun: Hindu Kush range on the southern side of the village — Photo Bernard Grua
ZoodKhun: Hindu Kush range on the southern side of the village — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: Hindu Kush range on the southern side of the village

Where to stay in Chapursan Valley

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What place for Zoodkhun, Chapursan Valley, into the global world?
What place for Zoodkhun, Chapursan Valley, into the global world?

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