Deadliest Roads | Pakistan: In the Valley of the Immortals

Jul 23, 2023 | Environmental, People, Videos

The Hunza Valley, in the far north of Pakistan, is one of the most remote and isolated regions of the world. Its high-altitude villages are tucked away in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, with only a few treacherous mountain passes connecting them to the rest of civilization. Every winter, these passes become impassable due to snow and ice, leaving many villages such as Shimshal and Chipoorson completely cut off from the outside world.

Those brave enough to navigate these roads are the drivers of 4x4s and minibuses that bravely traverse these narrow tracks. The slightest mistake could mean their vehicles plummeting 800 metres off a cliff into an icy abyss.

The Wakhi people who inhabit this area have managed to preserve many ancient traditions over time; one such tradition is Buzkashi – a game where acrobatic horse riders compete for control over a goat’s carcass.

If you want to learn more about this fascinating region and its unique culture, then you should watch “Raymond & Mohammad: Through The Mountain Passes Of Hunza”, an uplifting documentary following two drivers’ perilous journey through this legendary place. It will surely leave you with a deeper understanding and appreciation for this remarkable corner of the Earth.

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