Machulo is a beautiful village situated in the Karakoram mountain range in the district of Ganche-Baltistan. Machulo is an ancient village seated in the laps of Gondogrola and Siachin glaciers and has historical links with Ladakh region of northern India. The old name of Machulo was 'Machuli' which become later Machulo. Machuli is the combination of two Balti words 'Ma' means big and 'Chuli' means trees of apricots. The more recent name comes from 'Ma' meaning water and 'Chulo' a palm full of water (a shortage of water). Machulo is 115 km from the town of Skardu and 15 km from district headquarters, Khapulo. The people of the area are Balti speakers and all are followers of Noorbakhshi Muslim religion. Noorbakshi Muslim is very moderate and open, accepting and supporting education and development. The economy of the area is based on agriculture and tourism.
Machulo is in the Hushe Valley which is the gateway to Baltoro Glacier, where four peaks above eight thousand meters high and many other attractive peaks are situated. In the valley there are eight villages (Saling, Machulo, Talis, Baley Gone, Marzi Gone, Khane, Kande and Hushe). The population of the area is about ten thousand. The Felix Foundation Baltistan and the Baltistan Fundazioa have been working in the valley since 2002.
The youth of the village offer their services as guides, cooks, high altitude porters to international groups. Many national and international tourists pass through the valley and Spanish mountaineers have been visiting for the last two decades to climb some of the world highest mountains. Some of these Spanish mountaineers struck up a friendship with the people of the area and established relations with the communities of Hushe valley, leading to a commitment to its development. This commitment was formalized in the form Baltistan Fundazioa (in memory of the climber Felix Inurrategi of Spain) and its local reciprocal, the Felix Foundation Baltistan.