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Duration

5 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

9 people

Languages

English, Urdu

About this tour

If you’re an avid traveler seeking to discover off-the-beaten-path destinations, a tour to Chitral and Kalash Valley in Pakistan should be high on your list. Nestled in the rugged mountains of the Hindu Kush range, these regions offer breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and an opportunity to connect with the indigenous Kalash people.

Chitral, located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, is a picturesque valley blessed with natural beauty. The journey to Chitral itself is an adventure, as you navigate through winding mountain roads, passing by lush green valleys, roaring rivers, and snow-capped peaks. The region is famous for its stunning scenery, including the mighty Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindu Kush range.

One of the highlights of Chitral is its vibrant cultural tapestry. The local communities, mainly comprising the Kho and Kalash people, have preserved their ancient traditions and customs for centuries. The Kalash Valley, a secluded paradise within Chitral, is home to the unique Kalash tribe. Known for their distinct language, religious practices, and colorful festivals, the Kalash people offer an enchanting glimpse into their way of life.

As you enter the Kalash Valley, you’ll be greeted by terraced fields, wooden houses with intricate carvings, and the warm smiles of the locals. The Kalash people are renowned for their handicrafts, particularly their embroidery, beadwork, and hand-woven textiles. Exploring the villages of Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir allows you to witness their craftsmanship firsthand and even purchase souvenirs as a memento of your visit.

Immersing yourself in the Kalash culture is a truly enriching experience. If you’re fortunate to visit during one of their festivals, such as the Chilimjusht or Uchal, you’ll witness colorful processions, traditional dances, and mesmerizing music. These festivals provide a glimpse into the ancient polytheistic beliefs of the Kalash people and their strong bond with nature.

Besides the cultural treasures, Chitral offers numerous outdoor activities for adventure enthusiasts. You can embark on exhilarating treks to nearby glaciers, such as the Shandur Pass and the Chiantar Glacier. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck in the gushing rivers teeming with trout, while birdwatchers will be delighted by the diverse avian species found in the region.

To savor the local cuisine, don’t miss out on trying Chapshuro, a savory meat-filled pastry, or Quroot, a traditional cheese made by the Kalash people. The local markets are also an excellent place to sample fresh fruits, honey, and nuts harvested from the surrounding orchards.

In terms of accommodation, Chitral offers a range of options, from guesthouses and budget hotels to luxury resorts. Staying in the heart of Chitral town or in the villages of the Kalash Valley allows you to fully immerse yourself in the local ambiance and wake up to breathtaking views each morning.

However, it’s important to note that due to the remote location and limited tourism infrastructure, it’s advisable to plan your trip with a reputable tour operator who can arrange transportation, accommodation, and local guides.

A tour to Chitral and Kalash Valley promises an unforgettable adventure through mesmerizing landscapes and encounters with a culture steeped in tradition. Whether you’re captivated by the stunning natural beauty or drawn to the vibrant Kalash festivals, this hidden gem of Pakistan will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Islamabad – Chitral City – Ayun – Birir – Bumberet – Upper Chitral
  • – Gol National Park – Booni – Mastuj – Qalqasht Meadows –
  • Shandur Top – Shandur polo ground Shandur lake

Included/Excluded

  • Domestic flight Tickets
  • Exclusive Private Transport
  • Professional Driver
  • Fuel Expenses & Road tolls
  • Daily Driver and Guide expenses
  • 4x4 Jeep where required
  • Professional tour Guide
  • Hotel Accommodation (3 star)
  • Daily Breakfast included
  • 24/7 Expert assistance
  • Any sort of tickets forts / Museums / Activities
  • Beverages, Laundry
  • Lunch Dinner
  • Extras at Hotel
  • medical emergency
  • Gratuities / Tips

Itinerary

•Greet & welcome Clients
•Shit to Suv Prado
•Head towards Chitral city
•Visit Shahi Mosque Chitral
•Visit Chitral museum and get to know about the history and traditions of Chitral
•Visit Chitral Polo ground
•Visit Chitral Bazaar | back to hotel
•Overnight stay at hotel

•Breakfast at Hotel
•Head towards Mastuj
•Sightseeing on the way towards Mastuj
•Visit Qalqasht Meadows and enjoy quality time
•Sightseeing at Booni village
•Reach Mastuj
•Shift to hotel and overnight stay

•Breakfast at Hotel
•Head towards Shandur Top
•Enjoy the ride towards Shandur reach Shandur top and enjoy quality time
•Visit Shandur polo ground | visit Shandur lake
•Head back towards Chitral city
•Reach Chitral and shift to hotel
•Overnight stay at hotel

•Breakfast at Hotel
•Head towards Kalash valley
•Sightseeing at Ayun
•Reach Bumberet
•Visit famous Kalash streets
•Visit Kalash Museum
•Head towards Kalash Graveyard
•Visit graveyard and head back towards Chitral
•Reach hotel and overnight stay

•Breakfast at Hotel
•Departure towards Chitral Airport
•Drop and see off guests

Durations

5 Days 4 Nights

Language

English
Urdu

Frequently asked questions

Chitral and Kalash Valley are located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, close to the country's border with Afghanistan.

The best time to visit Chitral and Kalash Valley is during the summer months, from May to September when the weather is pleasant and the valleys are in full bloom. However, it's advisable to check weather conditions and road accessibility before planning your trip.

The Kalash Valley is known for its unique cultural heritage and the indigenous Kalash people who reside there. The Kalash are known for their distinctive traditions, language, colorful festivals, and vibrant clothing.

Some of the must-visit attractions in Chitral and Kalash Valley include the Shandur Pass, Shahi Mosque, Chitral Fort, Bumburet Valley, Rumbur Valley, and Birir Valley. Additionally, attending the Kalash festivals, such as the Chilam Joshi festival, is highly recommended.

Yes, there are several accommodation options available in Chitral and Kalash Valley, including hotels, guesthouses, and homestays. However, it's advisable to book in advance during the peak tourist season to secure a comfortable stay.

Yes, you can immerse yourself in the Kalash culture by visiting their villages, participating in their festivals, and interacting with the locals. The Kalash people are known for their warm hospitality and are usually welcoming to visitors who show genuine interest in their traditions.

When packing for a tour to Chitral and Kalash Valley, it's recommended to bring comfortable clothing suitable for the weather conditions, sturdy walking shoes or boots for trekking, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and unique cultural experiences.

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