The Wakhi people form a small ethnic group (100 000 ppl max) of substistance farmers living more or less around the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and in a handful of valleys in Northern Pakistan. They speak their own language (curiously called wakhi) and adhere to the ismaili branch of Shia islam. In my experience they were overwhemingly hospitable, caring, open-hearted and in love with music.
Location: Central and Western Wakhan Corridor
Year: 2009 & 2010