Kalash Valley Tour, Chitral – Hindukush Trail


The Kalash Valley is a beautiful and unique tourist destination that is home to the Chitral region of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The Kalash people are local indigenous individuals who reside in the valley and have maintained their culture and traditions for many years. Visitors have the chance to see the unique practices and codes of conduct of the Kalash people who are known for their vibrant attire, music, and dancing. On a visit to the Kalash Valley, some of the finest sights and activities to do are: The valley is home to the three principal Kalash villages of Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir. To understand more about the locals' culture and way of life tourists can tour the traditional homes and interact with the hospitable residents. The Chilimjusht celebration is held in May the Uchau festival is held in September and the Choimus festival is held in December. The Kalash people also celebrate other holidays throughout the year. A wonderful chance to experience traditional music, dance, and ceremonies is at these festivals. By seeing exhibitions of traditional clothes, handicrafts, and other objects of art visitors to the Kalash Museum in Bumburet can learn more about the history and culture of the Kalash people. The Kalash Valley is an excellent spot for climbing and hiking because it is surrounded by magnificent mountains. The Bumburet to Rumbur Walk, which gives amazing panoramas of the valley, is one of several beautiful paths in the area. Between April and September, when the weather is moderate and the events are in full gracefully, is the ideal time to visit Kalash Valley. Being a remote part of Pakistan, getting to Kalash Valley can be a little difficult. From Islamabad or Peshawar, visitors often go by road, which takes 12–14 hours. A tour of the Kalash Valley is a singular and remarkable opportunity to learn about the rich traditions and culture of one of Pakistan's most fascinating communities.


Arrival at Islamabad international airport
we will drive for 2 hours to Peshawar and full day city tour of Peshawar will include, Peshawar local markets (story teller’s bazaar & Chowk Yadgar), Mohabat Khan Mosque and Peshawar Museum (best collection of Ancient Gandhara Heritages). Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.
Drive to Swat Valley via Maland Pass, en route visit Sri Bahlol takhat bahi (Buddhist Monastery), later we will visit Shingardar stupa and Ghalegay Buddha, Dinner & night stay at hotel.
Full day tour of swat Valley include visit Butkada site 1 & 3, Swat Museum, Murghizar (summer palace), weavers village in Islampur and in the evening visit Fizagut. Overnight stay at hotel in Saidu Sharif Swat.
Following breakfast, we will drive to Kalash Valley via lowari pass or tunnel. En route we will stop for photography, tea and toilet breaks. We will reach Bumburate village of Kalash around late noon and remaining time; we will have an ample time to walk in Bamburat Village and meet local people.
Today we will explore one of the three villages of Kalash Valley – Bumburate, Birir & Rumbur. You will be amazed by visiting & meeting Kalash People – form a cultural island where ancient traditions and pagan belief have managed to sustain themselves throughout time, in a land locally called as Kafiristan, the “Land of Non-Believers. In the evening, we will get back to hotel for dinner and accommodation.
we will drive to Chitral town, visit local market, Shahi mosque and fort (if we get permission) and then we will continue our drive to upper chitral through Boni. We will make several photo stops and we will reach hotel around evening. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.
This is an interesting day, as we are crossing Shandur Pass where world highest polo ground is locating and it is the place where wild polo (free style) tournament is playing from July 7 to 9 every year. Certainly, we will have enough time to stop for couple of hours on top to enjoy the nature. After visit, we will drive to Phandar and remaining we will visit a village. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.
For half a day, we will drive along the beautiful rivers of Gilgit & Hunza, one of the most special parts of Pakistan, en route we will visit Kargah Buddha (rock carved), 30 minutes’ walk in Gilgit City to see typical mountain bazaar, visit Karakorum Highway monuments (home village of the founder of Active Tours Pakistan), collision point of Eurasian & Indian plates, viewpoint of Ancient/Historical Silk Road, viewpoint of Rakaposhi Peak (7788m). As we approach Karimabad the peak Rakaposhi (7788m) dominates the sky line to the east. Above Hunza stands the prominent rock spire Bublimating 6000m and the Impressive Ultar peaks. Overnight stay at hotel.
Full day local visits will include, morning we will drive by 4×4 jeeps through Nagar Valley to Hopar village, is on opposite site of River Hunza, around noon we will drive back to Karimabad, meeting with local folks, understanding the secrets of their longevity and also visit important historical Fort, including the recently renovated, simple yet overpowering, Baltit Fort, around evening we will have water channel walk to experience local life and in the evening we will have time to visit local bazaar walk & shopping.
Early morning, we will drive by 4×4 jeeps to Duikar (The highest village in Central Hunza) for sunrise photography.
Following breakfast, we will walk through Passu village (very traditional village) and will meet the most hospitable local people for 1 hour. Later, we will stop at viewpoints of Passu glacier, Passu cathedrals, walk for 2.5 hours to Borit Lake and then we will join again Karakorum Highway and walk for an hour on Hussani suspension bridge.
Before reaching Besham, we will make some interesting photogenic stops at the unique point where three highest mountain ranges, Karakorum, Himalayas and Hindukush meet, view point of Nanga Parbat (9th highest peak of the world) offers breathtaking panorama on behind, ancient graffiti’s at Chilas with the pre-historic rock carving inscription at Shatial, We will check-in at hotel around evening, dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.
Following breakfast we will drive to Taxila. Most of the Archaeological Sites at Taxila (600 B.C-500 A.D) are located around Taxila Museum. For over 1000 years, Taxila remained famous of as a center of learning in respect of Gandhara Art of Sculpture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. Some of the most important sites include Dharmarajika, Stupa and Monastery (300 B.C – 200 A.D), Bhir Mound (600-200 B.C) Sirkap (200 B.C – 600 A.D,Jundial Temple (250 B.C), and Julian Monastery (200-600 A.D). After visit, we will continue drive to Islamabad, Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.
You will be transferred to Islamabad International airport to embark home flight. From peace and serenity of Mountains of Pakistan to the hustle and bustles of “modern” trends, you say Khuda Hafiz, the typical farewell, as you depart after a tour into Shangri-La.


Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Air-conditioned luxury transport
English speaking tour guide
Entry fees
toll taxes
Domestic flights tickets
Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
Member international flight tickets
Member personal insurance and all personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
Helicopter emergency rescue fees
Room service, personal services, items of a purely personal nature any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay) then members will be pay according to the numbers of days basses

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