The continental plates collided and Hindukush, Karakoram
and the Pamir Ranges were thrown up. Now they enclose Chapursan Valley
in the far Northern Areas of Pakistan. It is famous for farming the
countries best potatoes in the magnificent canyon with its colourful
mountain slopes. The river is fed by a number of glaciers - the nearby
Wyeen & Yishkuk, and further upstream the Biatar & Kuz Glaciers.
Zood Khun (First House) is the last inhabited village
of Chapursan Valley and houses Pamir Serai. An abundance of passes makes
it possible for Trekking Expeditions to cross into neighboring valleys:
the Lupgar, the Misgar & the Karambar Valleys. The Irshad Urween
and Ghulam Ali Passes are still used in living Wakhi Tradition to trade
across the border with Khirgiz Nomads.
The Wakhis were mentioned by Marco Polo, who traveled
along the Silk-Road and eventually found hospitable places similar to
Pamir Serai. They inhabit the banks of the River Wakhandarya in present-day
Afghanistan (Wakhan Corridor), Tajikistan, Chinese Xinjiang and Northern
Chapursan Valley is known for a saint, responsible
for a devastating flood sparing only a single righteous woman. Legend
has it he slayed a dragon, that dwelled in a lake on the way to the
Base Camp for Trekking Expeditions: the revered Ziarat (Shrine) of Baba
Ghundi where his sword is kept. Inviting a Guest for Chai (Tea), trading
with Khirghiz Nomads and Communication & Contacts is part of the
Treks and Expeditions:
You can do small daywalks from Pamir Serai to the crystal-clear
Lakes of Jhui Sam or walk together with local women to the Pamiri Pastures
above the Yishkuk Glacier. There are numerous routes around Chapursan
Valley, a trek up to Kermin Pass or a tour over Wyeen Glacier &
Lupgar Pir Pass rewarding you with views of Kuk Sar and Pamiri Peaks.
The 'Haute-Route' across the Hindu Raj climbs Chilinji An & Karamabar
An Passes to reach the Yarkhun Valley north of Chitral.
You might visit the the revered Shrine of Baba Ghundi
and experience Wakhi Tradtion with Alam Jan's father Hadji Mohammad.
Horses, Yaks & Donkeys are available for riding or to help you transport
provisions for your adventures, and if you need an experienced guide
Alam Jan will help you with Communication & Contacts.
For information about Treks and Pamir Sarai, Please
send us an email. or visit www.geocities.com/pamirsarai