The valleys of Hunza and Baltistan, high in the Karakoram, have undergone a transformation of habitat, customs and economic patterns. The Trust’s intervention commenced with the conservation of the 700-year-old Baltit Fort. Here, restoration work was coupled with ongoing rehabilitation of traditional settlements, community involvement and the promotion of tourism to provide for the economic livelihood for the residents in the valley. Following this project, Shigar, Khaplu and Altit Forts were restored and converted to guesthouses. The villages around the forts, once in danger of being deserted, are being rehabilitated.