Shimshal is a village located in Gojal, Hunza Nagar District, in the Pakistan administered Gilgit Baltistan formerly known as Northern Areas of Pakistan. It lies at an altitude of 3,200 m above sea level, and is the highest settlement in Hunza Valley of Pakistan. The total area is 3,800 km2 and inhabitant of around two thousand population with two hundred and forty households.
The village was inaccessible by motor road until October 2003, when a new road from the Karakoram Highway at Passu was constructed. The construction of non-metallic Jeep able road started in 1986 and completed in 2003. It become possible to connect Shimshal with rest of the world by mutual cooperation of the Aga Khan Rural Support program me ,Government of Pakistan and the local community.
The Shimshal River comes from this area and then transforms the shape of Hunza River, which mixes with the Indus River below the capital city Gilgit. Shimshalis use numerous seasonal mountain grasslands, located several days walk from the village, to sustain herds of yaks, goats, and sheep. Photography by Javed Mahmood.