After spending the summer in the high pasture, the herders return with their livestock to the tiny hamlet of Shimshal. Shimshal is home to about 250 people. Located in a valley at roughly 10,000 feet, the mountains surrounding the town tower at over 14,000 feet high. These herders on their way home are met by family members who walk with them the remainder of the way to the village. Then everyone partakes in a day of celebration called the Kuch Festival.