Mountain Camping Meal

About food in a mountain hike

The Hunza River Valley (the border of India and Pakistan) is called the “oasis of youth.” The life expectancy of the inhabitants of this valley is 110-120 years. They almost never get sick and look young.

According to legend, a dwarf mountain state located here was founded by a group of soldiers of the army of Alexander the Great during his Indian campaign. Naturally, they established strict military discipline here – such that residents with swords and shields had to sleep, eat, and even dance …

Going through these rock masses will not be possible if you are not a world-class athlete. You can only “leak out” through narrow passes, gorges, paths. From ancient times, these rare arteries were controlled by the principalities, which imposed significant duties on all passing caravans. The Hunza was considered among them one of the most influential.

Apricot hippies

One of the main attractions of Hunza is the glacier, which descends into the valley with a wide cold river. However, on numerous terraced fields, potatoes, vegetables and hemp are grown, which is not often smoked here, as added to seasoning meat dishes and soups.

As for the young long-haired guys with the Hippie way inscription on their T-shirts – either real hippies, or retro lovers, they mainly eat apricots in Karimabad. This is undoubtedly the main value of the hunzakut gardens. All of Pakistan knows that only “khan fruits” grow here, which ooze fragrant sap on the trees.

Hunza is attractive not only for radical youth – mountain lovers, history buffs, and just lovers to get away from their homeland come here. Numerous climbers complete the picture, of course …


The Hunza bathe in ice water even in 15-degree frosts, play outdoor games for up to a hundred years, 40-year-old women look like girls to them, at the age of 60 they maintain their slimness and grace, and at 65 they give birth to children. In the summer they eat raw fruits and vegetables, in the winter – dried apricots in the sun and sprouted grains, sheep’s cheese.

The Hunza River was a natural barrier for the two medieval principalities of Hunza and Nagar. Since the XVII century, these principalities have constantly been at enmity, stole women and children from each other and sold into slavery. Both of them lived in fortified villages. One more thing is interesting: the inhabitants have a period when the fruit has not yet ripened – it is called “hungry spring” and lasts from two to four months. In these months they eat almost nothing and only once a day drink a drink of dried apricots. Such a post was erected in a cult and is strictly enforced.

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