Women are making a difference in a hidden valley in Pakistan.

National Geographic Travel journeys to Hunza Valley. The place may be hidden deep in the rugged Karakoram mountain range and founded 1,000 years ago, but you’d be surprised at how forward thinking the residents are.

Hunza has a high literacy rate and focuses on education for girls.

Carpentry is a traditionally male-dominated trade but in Hunza, women practice it. They even do repairs of woodwork-rich historic sites.

Women in Hunza have also ventured in the male-dominated trade of being mountain climbing guides.

“I’m in love with these mountains,” says a woman mountaineer guide. “I spent my childhood here and it has always been my dream to reach the summit of every mountain here.”

“My uncle and brother are both mountaineers and I remembered the day that they told me that they are opening a mountaineering school for women,” recalls another woman. “I jumped with excitement at the idea.”

It’ll be worth the trip to Hunza even if you don’t climb the summit.

It is a wine-producing region where apricots, cherries and other fruits flourish.

You shouldn’t miss the natural dam formed in the valley following the earthquake in 2010. It would also be a good experience to ride the ferry in Lake Attabad.

See Medieval Forts Hidden Among Pakistan's Towering Mountains

Tucked among the precipitous peaks of northern Pakistan, the Hunza Valley’s natural splendor has attracted travelers, merchants, and mountaineers for centuries. https://on.natgeo.com/2K6bcH5

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Wednesday, 20 June 2018

 

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