Unlocking The Secret of Hunza

Introducing Hunza Shilajit

By A. Hafiz Qadri

hunza mountains
The Hunza Mountains

Bernard Jensen & M Salim Khan The Confluence of Two Herbalists' Legacies in the Valleys of Hunza

Part 4

This four-part blog series will offer readers a comprehensive journey into the lives and works of Bernard Jensen and M Salim Khan, as well as their shared fascination with the Hunza region and the treasure of Hunza Shilajit. Different parts will delve into the rich history, philosophies, and contributions of these herbalists while shedding light on their connection to the enigmatic Hunza Valley.

In the first three articles of this series, we explored the journeys of renowned personalities in naturopathic and herbal health, namely, Dr. Bernard Jensen and Herbalist Salim Khan, and their deep fascination with the Hunza region. In this article, we will delve into the gem of the Hunza region – Shilajit.


The Hidden Gem of  Hunza


Often known as the “Land of Giants,” the Hunza region is known for its natural and organic produce and the longevity and health of its people. The region and its inhabitants have always been the cause of immense fascination for health experts around the world. Central to this fascination is Shilajit, a resinous exudate that seeps from the rocks from the region’s high-altitude locations. Welcome to Hunza Shilajit. This extraordinary substance, acclaimed for its health advantages, encourages us to journey into the heart of the Hunza Valley and discover its mysteries.


Hunza Shilajit is more than just a geological occurrence; it is a natural gem with far-reaching benefits for human health. 

Shilajit is a Sanskrit word which means: Shila – rock; and Jit – win over.

Some other names for Shilajit are Mumiai, Hajr-ul-Musa, Asphaltum punjabianum, mineral pitch, mineral wax, and bitumen.


Cultural Reverence for Shilajit


The legacy of Shilajit in the valleys of Hunza is deeply interwoven with the cultural fabric of the region. For generations, the Hunza people have regarded Shilajit not only as a natural remedy but as a symbol of their connection to the land. 


hunza man and woman seated
Members of a family in Hunza seated together

Shilajit’s Origins in Hunza

To comprehend the significance of Hunza Shilajit, one must first understand its origins. Shilajit is the result of a geological alchemy between organic substances and the ancient rocks that form the valley’s basis. Under the great pressure produced by the mountains, microorganisms, plant leftovers, and other living stuff undergo metamorphism, combining with mineral-rich rocks. This complex interplay of biological and inorganic materials results in a substance that is more than the sum of its parts, expressing the essence of the Hunza Valley.


Unearthing the Unique Substance


Hunza Shilajit, stands out as a powerhouse of targeted health benefits. Enriched with fulvic acid, minerals, and trace elements, it is recognised for its specific advantages in key areas:


  • Holistic Well-being:
      • Shilajit serves as a holistic supplement, fostering physical and mental well-being.
      • Its organic-inorganic blend contributes to a balanced and revitalised state.
  • Immune Support and Detoxification:
      • Renowned for its immune-boosting properties, Shilajit aids in fortifying the body’s defences.
      • It facilitates detoxification, assisting the kidneys and urinary tract in eliminating toxins.
  • Cognitive Enhancement:
      • Shilajit has demonstrated cognitive benefits, acting as a natural memory enhancer.
      • It can promote sustained mental performance throughout the day.
  • Vitality and Adaptogenic Power:
    • Regarded as a modern-day elixir, Shilajit is hailed for its bioavailable minerals that enhance energy and vitality.
    • As a potent adaptogen, it contributes to elevated mental and physical performance.

In essence, Shilajit emerges as a focused and effective supplement, offering distinct advantages in immune support, detoxification, cognitive enhancement, and overall vitality. While it carries a rich history of traditional use, individuals considering its incorporation into their routines should seek guidance from healthcare professionals.

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Prepared Shilajit from Mohsin Shilajit

Shilajit’s Holistic Potential

Shilajit’s holistic potential reveals a wellness tapestry weaved from its rich and intricate makeup. It contains not only a range of important minerals, but also the wisdom of centuries-old traditional medicine. Shilajit, known for its adaptogenic characteristics, emerges as a comprehensive medicine that promises to balance the body and mind. Shilajit’s fulvic acid, minerals, and trace elements combine to provide a complete approach to well-being. Shilajit is a versatile elixir that can help with everything from cognitive function and energy levels to bone health maintenance. Its holistic potential extends beyond the conventional domains of health, permeating the Hunza region’s cultural and spiritual fabric.


The Mizaj (temperament) of shilajit is characterised as hot and dry, making it particularly well-suited for individuals with a phlegmatic temperament and those residing in cold, damp climates. Referred to as a ‘panacea’ in the esteemed ‘Charaka Samita,’ a revered Ayurvedic text, shilajit holds specific advantages, especially in addressing sexual dysfunction in men.


Shilajit consists of over 85 constituents. Some of the most notable include:


  1. Benzoic acid
  2. Fulvic acid
  3. Silica
  4. Iron
  5. Antimony
  6. Calcium
  7. Copper
  8. Magnesium
  9. Manganese
  10. Phosphorous
  11. Sodium
  12. Strontium
  13. Zinc


“This is an elixir for long life and happiness. It prevents ageing and diseases. It’s an excellent medicine for producing sturdiness of the body. It also promotes intellect, memory, and wealth.” (Charaka Samhita)

raw shilajit

Raw material from which Shilajit resin is extracted



In unravelling the mysteries of Hunza Shilajit, we’ve explored its geological origins, its diverse health benefits, and its profound cultural significance in the Hunza region. From the alchemical processes that give rise to this unique substance to its enduring legacy among the Hunza people, Shilajit emerges as a holistic gem, weaving together the wisdom of traditional medicine and the treasures of the Hunza Valley. As we celebrate the rich tapestry of Shilajit’s composition, we recognize not only its potential to enhance physical and mental well-being but also its deep-rooted connection to the cultural and spiritual heritage of Hunza.

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