Zoodkhun, Chapursan Valley, a life environment determined by altitude and remotness

At an altitude of 3,300 meters, Zoodkhun, the last hamlet of Chapursan Valley, is granted with less natural ressources and a more difficult access than most of other Wakhi villages of Hunza Valley. Although it creates harsh conditions for its inhabitants it means a pure, peaceful and clean environment in a pristine landscape.

A village without fruit trees

Passu has apricot trees like most of Wakhi villages — Zood Khun is too high for that — photo Bernard Grua
Passu has apricot trees like most of Wakhi villages — Zood Khun is too high for that — photo Bernard Grua
Passu has apricot trees like most of Wakhi villages — Zood Khun is too high for that
Passu has apple trees like most of Wakhi Villages — Zood Khun is too high for that — Photo bernard Grua
Passu has apple trees like most of Wakhi Villages — Zood Khun is too high for that — Photo bernard Grua
Passu has apple trees like most of Wakhi Villages — Zood Khun is too high for that
Note also the walls made of round peebles unlike in Zoodkhun
Zood Khun: Niaz and Mumtaz picking and eating sea buckthorn berries on a slope over a torrent — Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: Niaz and Mumtaz picking and eating sea buckthorn berries on a slope over a torrent — Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: Niaz and Mumtaz picking and eating sea buckthorn berries on a slope over a torrent

An organic mountain local production

Zoodkhun: Afta, Dilawar Abbas wife harvesting barley. — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: Afta, Dilawar Abbas wife harvesting barley. — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: Afta, Dilawar Abbas wife harvesting barley. Flowers and thorny
plants mixed with crop evidencea culture free of phytosanitary products
Zood Khun: Kum Kum, Alam Jan’s daughter walking on an irrigation canal bund — Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: Kum Kum, Alam Jan’s daughter walking on an irrigation canal bund — Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: Kum Kum, Alam Jan’s daughter walking on an irrigation canal bund between a poplar line and a potato field

A scarce wood resource

Zood Khun, irrigated “culture” of willows | Afghan Wakhan, trees along an irrigation canal — Photo Bernard Grua
Zood Khun, irrigated “culture” of willows | Afghan Wakhan, trees along an irrigation canal — Photo Bernard Grua
Left: Zood Khun, irrigated “culture” of willows | Right: Afghan Wakhan, trees along an irrigation canal
Zood Khund: yaks and cattle kept in an enclosure at the entrance of Yishyok pasture — Photo Bernard
Zood Khund: yaks and cattle kept in an enclosure at the entrance of Yishyok pasture — Photo Bernard
Zood Khund: yaks and cattle kept in an enclosure at the entrance of Yishyok pasture separated from the village and cultures
Afghan Wakhan: poplar culture protected by an enclosure covered by thorny bush — Photo Bernard Grua
Afghan Wakhan: poplar culture protected by an enclosure covered by thorny bush — Photo Bernard Grua
Afghan Wakhan: poplar culture protected
by an enclosure covered by thorny bush
(here, they have also to be protected
from camels)

Sand locally delivered by the river

Zoodkhun to Sost: a bridge in dangerous conditions — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun to Sost: a bridge in dangerous conditions — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun to Sost: a bridge in dangerous conditions

A village connected with instable electricity but pure water networks

A sound of nature

Zoodkhun: a little girl and two older ones coming back from school on a very quiet “main street” — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: a little girl and two older ones coming back from school on a very quiet “main street” — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: a little girl and two older ones coming back from school on a very quiet “main street”

A brilliant summer weather

Zoodkhun: clear sky on early morning while sun is entering the valley — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: clear sky on early morning while sun is entering the valley — Photo Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: clear sky on early morning while sun is entering the valley
Zoodkhun: outstanding sky during summer nights — Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: outstanding sky during summer nights — Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: outstanding sky during summer nights

Where to stay in Chapursan Valley

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