About us

Baltistan Fundazioa is an NGO of international cooperation for development that works in the Pakistani Karakorum, for the integral and endogenous development of the inhabitants of the communities of the distant Hushé Valley.

The Foundation was born as Felix Iñurrategi-Baltistan Fundazioa in 2001 as a tribute to the Basque mountaineer Felix Iñurrategi, who died precisely in one of the eight-thousanders of the Karakorum, the Gasherbrum II. Friends, family and mountaineers were its founders, with vague objectives at the beginning, but with the clear idea of providing the inhabitants of the area with the necessary skills and infrastructure so that they could promote and manage their own model of sustainable and equitable economic development for men and women.

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Human and professional training is, in this sense, one of the pillars of the Foundation, as a key to the socio-economic development of the population and also as a tool for the empowerment of the women of the valley.

The people who currently make up the organization, always faithful to the founding principles, share a passion and respect for nature and especially for the mountain areas, such as Baltistan, in the Karakorum mountain range, a magical place that is home to the largest number of mountains over 6,000 meters in the world, and where five of the fourteen eight-thousanders are located; the K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II, in addition to the nearby Nanga Parbat.

The Foundation was born as Felix Iñurrategi-Baltistan Fundazioa in 2001 as a tribute to the Basque mountaineer Felix Iñurrategi, who died precisely in one of the eight-thousanders of the Karakorum, the Gasherbrum II. Friends, family and mountaineers were its founders, with vague objectives at the beginning, but with the clear idea of providing the inhabitants of the area with the necessary skills and infrastructure so that they could promote and manage their own model of sustainable and equitable economic development for men and women.

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Human and professional training is, in this sense, one of the pillars of the Foundation, as a key to the socio-economic development of the population and also as a tool for the empowerment of the women of the valley.

The people who currently make up the organization, always faithful to the founding principles, share a passion and respect for nature and especially for the mountain areas, such as Baltistan, in the Karakorum mountain range, a magical place that is home to the largest number of mountains over 6,000 meters in the world, and where five of the fourteen eight-thousanders are located; the K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II, in addition to the nearby Nanga Parbat.