A valley and not-quite-independent country in the western Himalayas, being part of the Northern Areas in Pakistani-administered Azad Kashmir. The people of Hunza are called Hunzakuts. It is notable for three things.

1. The folk have a reputation for living to an enormous age and thanking their fresh air and yoghurt for it.

2. In the centre is the Burusho valley, where the people speak Burushaski, a language unlike anything else anywhere on earth.

3. There is a thing called a Hunza apricot, a dark, hard, shrivelled thing I haven't yet dared to try.

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