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Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
PAMIR, Bam-e Dunya, the Roof of the world, the heart of Central Asia, place of the highest passes of the silk roads, meeting point of the Persian culture on the west side and Chinese on the East, the place of rivalry between English and Russian empires at the time of the "Great Game". This great range, lined to the south with the Karakoram mountains, to the east with the Taklamakan Desert, to the north with the Tian Shan range, and to the west with the Hindu Kush mountains, is shared out between Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and China.
The old Baltit Fort, the trouts of the Ghizer River, the Karakoram Highway (KKH) leading to Khundjerab Pass, the Chinese Border, Gojal and the high Wakhi valleys (Chapursan and Shimshal) with very traditional ways of life and many festivals (Baba Ghundi festival, Kuch in Shimshal,...), the Shandur polo festival, the old city of Chitral facing the Tirich Mir, the Kailasha Valley, the 8,000 m high peaks of Baltistan (K2, Gasherbrum, Broad Peak,...)
The five deep-blue lakes of Band-e-amir "dam of the God", the tomb of Ali in the north biggest city Mazar-i-Sharif (mainly populated by Ouzbek people), Balkh the ancient capital of Bactrian, the Wakhan Corridor, designed by a geograph to separate the Russian and English ambition at the end of the 19th century, is a big valley. Today, the sleepy river Amou-Daria (Oxus of the ancients), is the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, lined to the south by the Hindu Kush range (some summits exceed 7,000 m) and the north by the southeast summit of the Pamir (Karl Marx peak, 6,500 m). It is the heart of the Wakhi culture.
The Russian Turkestan, the high plateau of Pamir and the central range, where the highest summits exceed 7,000 m, is till very remote. The eastern part, populated by the half-nomad Kirgiz, is an altitude desert, only crossed by the Pamir Highway, a rough track, the western part (Gorno-Badakhshan) is more alpine style, cut by deep and narrow valleys, as the Bartang one, populated by Pamiris. The south is the Wakhan corridor populated by Wakhi people.
Chapursan a high Pakistani valley at the borders of China and Afghanistan
With Shimshal Valley, Chapursan (also spelled Chipurson, Chapurson or Chipursan) is one of the two Wakhi people highest settlements in northern Pakistan. Pamir Trails, can propose you guided treks on foot, on horses or on yaks. It can also indicate you, or organize for you, Wakhi cultural events.