Zoodkhun Village in Chapursan Valley preserves a scenic and authentic mountain oasis landscape

At the top of Upper Hunza in an area called Gojal, Zoodkhun stretches in Chapursan Valley. Staying almost at the highest limit where vegetation of mountain oasis grows up, it is a village having numerous characteristics in common with other Wakhi settlements of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and, likely, China (though, not directly observed in this last country). However, its isolation at the very end of a narrow dirt road, coming from Sost, and its altitude of 3,300 m, make it, sometimes, different in term of tradition resilience, scenery, available resources and way of life. May some readers decide to visit this interesting place, to discover its peaceful beauty, and to enjoy the cordial hospitality of its friendly inhabitants.

Zood Khun, the village at the end of Chapursan Valley — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zood Khun, the village at the end of Chapursan Valley

A high mountain oasis cared thanks to a meticulous gardening

Zoodkhun: View from middle of the village to the West — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: View from middle of the village to the West — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: View from middle of the village to the West
Zoodkhun: view from West of the village to the middle of it — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: view from West of the village to the middle of it — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: view from West of the village to the middle of it — See the lines of poplar seedlings along the fields and how traditional houses fit with the environment
Zoodkhun cricket — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun cricket — Photo by Bernard Grua
Zood Khun — Left: Niaz playing cricket | Right: Dilawar Abbas throwing the ball

A dispersed habitat like in the rest of Chapursan valley and in the Upper Hunza’s one

Zoodkhun: pens and stables next to the house of Abid Golden’s Grand Father. Photo by Bernard Grua
Zoodkhun: pens and stables next to the house of Abid Golden’s Grand Father. Photo by Bernard Grua
Zood Khun: pens and stables next to the house of Abid Golden’s Grand Father
Afghan Wakhan: a dispersed wakhi habitat among green patches — Photo by Bernard Grua
Afghan Wakhan: a dispersed wakhi habitat among green patches — Photo by Bernard Grua
Afghan Wakhan: a dispersed wakhi habitat among green patches

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Zoodkhun Village in Chapursan Valley preserves a scenic and authentic mountain oasis landscape
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