A Guide to Chapursan Valley in Northern Pakistan – Answer to Alex Reynolds (Lost With Purpose)

"A Guide to Chapursan Valley in Northern Pakistan" was an enthusiastic article written in 2019, by Alex Reynolds a travel blogger posting on the website, "Lost with purpose". There, she depicted the warm hospitality and the safety she enjoyed in this Pakistan high area also called Chipurson, Chipursan or Chapurson. In June 2020, Alex decided to "amend" her paper by echoing unsupported second hand defamatory allegations against her hosts. They are causing severe harms to the local population. This publication is intended to mitigate such a prejudice.

“A Guide to Chapursan Valley in Northern Pakistan” was an enthusiastic article written in 2019, by Alex Reynolds a travel blogger posting on the website, “Lost with purpose”. There, she depicted the warm hospitality and the safety she enjoyed in this Pakistan high area also called Chipurson, Chipursan or Chapurson. In June 2020, Alex decided to “amend” her paper by echoing unsupported second hand defamatory allegations against her hosts. They are causing severe harms to the local population. This publication is intended to mitigate such a prejudice.

Please note the legal ground for using in a fair way the defaming article copyrighted pictures from Alex Reynolds, according to Google standards:
« In many countries, certain uses of copyright-protected works do not infringe the copyright owner’s rights. For example, in the United States, copyright rights are limited by the doctrine of « fair use, » under which certain uses of copyrighted material for, but not limited to, criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research may be considered fair. U.S. judges determine whether a fair use defense is valid according to four factors, which are listed here for educational purposes. In some other countries, there is a similar concept called “fair dealing » that may be applied differently”.« 

Background for the defamation against a Wakhi family of Chapursan Valley

A campaign was launched in May 2019 by a radicalized Karachi Sunni woman, Ramla Akhtar aka Rmla Aalam, who migrated to Upper Hunza Valley because of physical and mental health disorders. Inadaptable to this severe region, she decided to spread a hate speech and calls for violence against the local Wakhi ethnic and religious minority. Ms Akhtar got the support of a close friend, Ms Olga Leonidovna Ozerova, a Russian travel agent from Saratov, making business in Pakistan under “Russian Travel Extreme”.

For dubious reasons, Alex Reynolds, in contradiction with all her local observations decided to believe directly or indirectly in the malevolent rumours spread by the toxic Ramla Akhtar about Chapursan Valley. She shared these unsupported allegations on a Facebook group called “Backpacking Pakistan” (5,2 K members). While numerous travellers, who visit or want to visit Pakistan, get information from this group, such a publication is devastating. It will lead foreign visitor to avoid Chapursan Valley and especially the familly under RamlaAkhtar/AlexReynolds attacks. Some women and some men politely advised Alex about the fact that such a defamation was particularly unfair and illegal. However, all these people were rebuffed with strong words from Alex, if not with slang and outrageous insults from Sebastiaan Rijntjes and Will Hatton, her group partners.

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This delictual publication was included in the already existing “Travel Guide” about Chapursan Valley.

This is a dramatic deepening of the COVID quarantine consequences, which are so damageable for the families surviving in the harsh conditions of the high Chapursan Valley. Some of them are in a desperate need of the revenue brought by the few external visitors that Alex Reynolds “travel guide” will keep away.

Impact of Alex reynolds defamation on Google search results?

While, during one year, Ms Reynolds Chapursan “Travel Guide” was factual and non judgemental with relevant travel information, it was widely read and shared. It means it has a stong SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Anybody who is looking for information on Chapursan Valley will read the calumnious denunciations reported by Alex Reynolds requisitory. On a Google text search her publication is the second one after Wikipedia for Chapursan Valley. On a Google image search 11 of the 12 photos of her article are showing. Some have a very good rank.

Such a defamation in any western country, especially in the US, from which Alex Reynolds comes, is condemned by law. The article would be removed and Ms Reynolds charged with a fine, if not jail in case of a repeat. However, the victims are in Pakistan. There is not much which can be done. On the other hand it was impossible to make the author understand how she was dealing inappropriately.

Thanks to the worldwide web, and to a judicial loophole, Alex Reynolds, a young American lady, enjoying her travel hobby as a full activity, based on unfair indirect unsupported allegations, can decide to ruin one or more Pakistan mountain families fighting, on a day to day basis, for collecting what enables them to live.

Pictures of Chapursan Valley

These pictures are intended to show the beauty and the peace of this safe valley and of its people. Hopefully, they will help to burry the despicable unsupported hate speech reported by the American Alex Reynolds in her blog, Lost with purpose. That’s, unfortunately, the maximum which can be done against the defamation of a stalker enjoying a judicial loophole for promoting her business via repeated despicable bad buzz manipulations.

Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds, Panja Shah Ziarat, a sufi saint schine (oston) at the entrance of Chapursan Valley
Panja Shah Ziarat, a sufi saint schine (oston) at the entrance of Chapursan Valley
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. The dirt road leaving the Karakoram after Sost to reach the last village of Chapursan Valley is in poor condition. This bridge is in a very bad shape. Btter going there with a driver who has a local experience.
The dirt road leaving the Karakoram highway after Sost to reach the last village of Chapursan Valley is in poor condition. This bridge is in a very bad shape. Better going there with a driver who has a local experience. The pink car is one of the two cargo-jeeps used to carry people and goods from Sost to the valley
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. The green oasis of Yazrich village in the first third of Chapursan Valley
The green oasis of Yazrich village, in the first third of Chapursan Valley
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. The nice suspension bridge of Kil Village in the middle of Chapursan Valley
The nice suspension bridge of Kil Village in the middle of Chapursan Valley
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. Sidra, is the famous Wakhi young singer of Chapursan Valley. She is the daughter of Haider Badakhshoni who lives in Shitmerg.
Sidra is the famous Wakhi young singer of Chapursan Valley. She is the daughter of Haider Badakhshoni who lives in Shitmerg.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. Yaks of little Pamir, Afghanistan, purchased from Khirghiz people. They crossed the border at Irshad Pass (4 997m) and walk along Chapursan Valley to Sost, where they will loaded on trucks for Gilgit.
Yaks of little Pamir, Afghanistan, purchased from Khirghiz people. They crossed the border at Irshad Pass (4 997m) and walk along Chapursan Valley to Sost, where they will loaded on trucks for Gilgit.
Mumtaz, a young boy of Zood Khun, the last settlement of Chapursan Valley, picking seabuckthorn berries on the slopes. Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds
Mumtaz, a young boy of Zood Khun, the last settlement of Chapursan Valley, picking seabuckthorn berries on the slopes
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds.Zorina is a charming young girl of Zood Khun. She is Mumtaz sister and picks seabuckthorn berries on the slopes, too.
Zorina is a charming young girl of Zood Khun. She is Mumtaz sister and picks seabuckthorn berries on the slopes, too.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds, Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds
The adorable Nurina of Zood Khun is the friend and the classmate of Zorina.
These two young girls dressed up to go to Zood Khun library. Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds
These two young girls dressed up to go to Zood Khun library.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. Afta, wife of Dilawar Abbas, harvesting barley. She is from Shimshal, another valley in Wakhi, which is a rough and dangerous 3 hour drive from Passu. Afta is a teacher at school in the morning.
Afta, wife of Dilawar Abbas, harvesting barley. She is from Shimshal, another Wakhi Valley, which is a rough and dangerous 3 hours drive from Passu. Afta is a teacher at school in the morning.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds . The barley ears are tied together using other barley stems or, better, using plants other than barley. Flowers and thorny plants are not uncommon in these organic crops. Here, Afta, uses flowers to bind the barley stems. The beauty of the wreaths, the fields that look like gardens, the polite smile of this woman, the poetry of the image should not make us underestimate the hardness of this summer work. As mentioned, Afta, in the morning, is a teacher.
The barley ears are tied together using other barley stems or, better, using plants other than barley. Flowers and thorny plants are not uncommon in these organic crops. Here, Afta, uses flowers to bind the barley stems. The beauty of the wreaths, the fields that look like gardens, the polite smile of this woman, the poetry of the image should not make us underestimate the hardness of this summer work. As mentioned, Afta, in the morning, is a teacher.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. Kitchen in a traditionnal wakhi house of Zood Khun, Chapursan Valley. Ms Pari Jahan cooks and prepares chapatis. She is with her son, Dilawar Figar. Her daughters-in-law, whose Afta belongs to, are school teachers in the morning and busy harvesting in the fields in the afternoon.
Kitchen in a traditionnal wakhi house of Zood Khun, Chapursan Valley. Ms Pari Jahan cooks and prepares chapatis. She is with her son, Dilawar Figar. Her daughters-in-law, whose Afta belongs to, are school teachers in the morning and busy harvesting in the fields in the afternoon.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. Kumkum, a little Wakhi girl, daughter of Alam Jan Dario, from Zood Khun, walking along a potato field to reach the house of her cousins.
Kumkum, a little Wakhi girl, daughter of Alam Jan Dario, from Zood Khun, walking along a potato field to reach the house of her cousins.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. Inside a traditionnal Wakhi house of Zood Khun. Haji Bibi, wife of Alam Jan Dario (left) is in the house of her sister-in-law, Bibi Numa (middle), wife of the famous late Sarfraz Khan. To Bibi Numa's right are two of her daughters: Zarmina Gulshad and Anita Sarfraz, both students in Islamabad. To the left of Bibi Numa, stands her daughter in law, Nazian, mother of Zoha (in the cradle covered with a fabric). The man is Shezad Khan.
Inside a traditionnal Wakhi house of Zood Khun. Haji Bibi, wife of Alam Jan Dario (left) is in the house of her sister-in-law, Bibi Numa (middle), wife of the famous late Sarfraz Khan. To Bibi Numa’s right are two of her daughters: Zarmina Gulshad and Anita Sarfraz, both students in Islamabad. To the left of Bibi Numa, stands her daughter in law, Nazian, mother of Zoha (in the cradle covered with a fabric). The man is Shezad Khan.
Chapursan Valley Travel Guide, Lost with purpose, Alex Reynolds. Young Wakhi girls in front of Sarfraz Khan house. The little girl, Zoa, is the bay who was sleeping in bed under a curtain on the previous picture.
Young Wakhi girls in front of Sarfraz Khan house. The little girl, Zoha, is the baby who was sleeping in a cradle under a fabric on the previous picture.

Another vision of Chapursan Valley: locally observed and documented articles about Chapursan Valley & around

Collection of stories published on “Medium” about high valleys and mountains at the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and China. These different papers provide some background on geography, traditions, religion, history, geopolitics, communities, minorities, environment, external interactions, development issues and globalisation in this remote area.

High Asia, stories of the Karakoram
Read:High Asia, stories of the Karakoram

Where to stay in Chapursan Valley

Pamir Serai guest houses are the traditional homestay of Zoodkhun and Baba Ghundi for external visitors. They are run by the internationaly famous Alam Jan Dario’s family. 

Sky Bridge Motel & Resorts opened in 2018. It is run by Fahim U. Baig in Zoodkhun.

Hilltop Guest House is run by Haider Badakhshoni in Reshit.

Learn more about Alex Reynolds, her blog, Lost with purpose, and her unethical influencer methods

Exhibit: impact of Alex Reynolds, lost with purpose, defamation on Google image search result

Alex Reynolds Chapursan Valley Travel Guide Google search 1/4 “A Chapursan Valley travel guide” was an enthusiastic article written in 2019 fall, by Alex Reynolds a travel blogger posting on the website, “Lost with purpose.” There, she depicted the warm hospitality and the safety she enjoyed in this Pakistan high area. In June 2020, Alex decided to “amend” her paper by unsupported second hand defamatory allegations. They are causing severe harms to the local population.
Alex Reynolds Chapursan Valley Travel Guide Google search 1/4
Alex Reynolds, Chapursan travel guide, Google search result 2-4 “A Chapursan Valley travel guide” was an enthusiastic article written in 2019 fall, by Alex Reynolds a travel blogger posting on the website, “Lost with purpose.” There, she depicted the warm hospitality and the safety she enjoyed in this Pakistan high area. In June 2020, Alex decided to “amend” her paper by unsupported second hand defamatory allegations. They are causing severe harms to the local population.
Alex Reynolds, Chapursan travel guide, Google search result 2-4
Chapursan Valley Google Image search 3/4 “A Chapursan Valley travel guide” was an enthusiastic article written in 2019 fall, by Alex Reynolds a travel blogger posting on the website, “Lost with purpose.” There, she depicted the warm hospitality and the safety she enjoyed in this Pakistan high area. In June 2020, Alex decided to “amend” her paper by unsupported second hand defamatory allegations. They are causing severe harms to the local population.
Chapursan Valley Google Image search 3/4
Chapursan Valley Google Image search 4/4 “A Chapursan Valley travel guide” was an enthusiastic article written in 2019 fall, by Alex Reynolds a travel blogger posting on the website, “Lost with purpose.” There, she depicted the warm hospitality and the safety she enjoyed in this Pakistan high area. In June 2020, Alex decided to “amend” her paper by unsupported second hand defamatory allegations. They are causing severe harms to the local population.
Chapursan Valley Google Image search 4/4

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