Welcome to the Felix Foundation Baltistan

The Felix Foundation Baltistan (FFB) is a locally based, non-profit organisation working for the development of the people of the Hushe Valley in Baltistan, an isolated mountain region in northern Pakistan. In cooperation with its Basque partner organisation, Baltistan Fundazioa (BF), the FFB finances projects in Education, Agriculture, Ecotourism, Infrastructure, Health and Gender Equality.

The origins of the BF and FFB lie in the friendships developed between Basque mountaineers and their Balti porters in the 1980s and 1990s. In the beginning the Basques supported the Green Mountain Climbing School, established in 1995 in the village of Machulo. The school taught safety and mountaineering skills to the local people, turning them into valuable resources for international clients and enabling them to provide a better future for their families.

In 1999, the brothers Felix and Alberto Iņurrategi, together with José Carlos Tamayo and Jon Lazkano, were rewarded by the Basque Government for the rescue of a seriously injured South American climber on Nanga Parbat. They donated the entire reward to the Green Mountain Climbing School. Following the death of Felix Iņurrategi on Gasherbrum II in 2000, the name of the school was changed to the Felix Iņurrategi Climbing School and in 2001 the Baltistan Fundazioa was set up to provide financial support to the area. In accordance with the local empowerment philosophy of the BF, the Felix Foundation Baltistan, a commmittee of people from the Hushe Valley, was appointed to manage the Foundation's interests on the ground.