Shimshal, a hidden valley whose isolation has been broken by an adventurous shelf road built in more than 20 years by the locals themselves - finished in 2003. Before you had to trek a week through this valley before reaching the settlements. Shinshal is the staring point of our climbing expedition "Gender Equality Expedition 2011" with three local protagonists from Shimshal aiming at a nameless and unclimbed peak in the Karakoram of Pakistan:

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