6 Day Chitral Kalash Shandur Polo Valley Trip
- Day 01:
Start Tour From Islamabad at 05.30am , Move towards Dir, then move towards Chitral( PTDC Chitral )
- Day 02
: Breakfast, City Tour Chitral, Historical Mosque and Museum & Back to Hotel ( PTDC Chitral )
- Day 03:
Breakfast, Move from Chitral to kalash Valley on Jeep , Visit Kalash Valley & Night stay in Kalash (PTDC Kalash )
- Day 04: Breakfast in Kafiristan, go to other two Valleys of Kalash and back to PTDC Bumburat (PTDC Kalash )
- Day 05:
Move from Kalash to Visit Nagar Fort, spend full day in excursion & Back to Chitral City ( PTDC Chitral )
- Day 06:
Breakfast in Chitral and Leave for Islamabad Early Morning, move Via Lowari Pass , reach Islamabad in 13 Hours
Family Package Cost 98000/-
Shandur Polo Festival (2021-22) – 10 to 15 Days
Shandur polo festival is an amazing festival celebrated by the tribes of Gilgit and Chitral in the northern areas of Pakistan. The tribes from the regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral meet at the Shandur pass every summer. The pass has a beautiful polo ground where a unique wild free-style polo is played between different teams of the region. Shandur polo ground is considered to be the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700meter. The polo ground is adjacent to Shandur lake. The festival provides an amazing cultural experience in the Hindukush mountain ranges.
Our events (fixed departures) for Shandur polo festival and other cultural festivals are given in the table below.
Itinerary – Shandur Polo Festival
The itinerary for Shandur polo festival is given below.
Day 01: Arrive International Airport, Islamabad
Day 02: Departure to Chitral Valley
Day 03: Bumburet - Kalasha Valley
Day 04: Drive to Mastuj
Day 05: Departure to Shandur
Day 06: Enjoy Shandur Festival
Day 07: Drive to Hunza
Day 08: Khunjerab National Park
Day 09 : Explore Passu over Night Naran or Chilas
Day 10: Drive to Islamabad by air or raod
Shandur Polo Festival (10 days)
Chilam Joshi Festival (Kalash spring festival) - 10 days
Festival of Uchal (Kalash summer festival) - 10 days
Festival of Choimus (Kalash winter festival) - 10 days
Kalash Festival 2021-22
Kalash Festival is one of the most unique and taboo for many in Pakistan and elsewhere on earth. Kalasha tribe celebrates many festivals around the year. The three main Kalash Festivals are Chilam Joshi (spring festival), Choimus (winter festival) and Uchal (summer festival).
Our holiday options for the three Kalash festival are given in the table below.
Cost Include: B/B, Transport with Fuel, Jeep with Fuel, and Service Charges.
Cost does not include: Airfare, Lunch, Dinner, Tour Guide fees, Tips, and Extras.
Dates for Kalash Festivals
Kalash Festivals 2021 Dates
|Chilam Joshi Festival (Kalash spring festival)||Mon 13 May – Thu 16 May||8:00 AM|
|Festival of Uchal (Kalash summer festival)||Tue 20 Aug – Thu 22 Aug||8:00 AM|
|Festival of Choimus (Kalash winter festival)||Sun 15 Dec – Sun 22 Dec||8:00 AM|
Kalash Festivals 2022 Dates
|Chilam Joshi Festival (Kalash spring festival)||Wed 13 May – Sat 16 May||8:00 AM|
|Festival of Uchal (Kalash summer festival)||Thu 20 Aug – Sat 22 Aug||8:00 AM|
|Festival of Choimus (Kalash winter festival)||Tue 15 Dec – Tue 22 Dec||8:00 AM|
Some of the most visited and Beautiful Attractions in Chitral are:
- Garam Chashma valley.
- Golen valley.
- Madaklasht valley.
- Chitral Gol National Park.
- Garam Chashma.
Also, Kalash Valley as its Joshi festival is on its way that is celebrated in late May. Other two Kalash Festivals Uchau and Chaumuscelebrated in autumn and midwinter respectively. Furthermore, Chitral Mela was also known as Jashn e Chitral usually celebrated in mid-October.
Tour to Chitral also features:
- Kalash Valley Tour
- Chitral City Tour
- Nagar Fort Tour
Some insights about Nagar Fort Chitral
Nagar Fort Chitral holds a strong historical significance along with the other “Chitral Fort”, “Mastuj Fort” and “Drasan Fort”. Nagar Fort is preferable for the tourist as it surrounds with swirling river from three sides. A majestic view while exploring the stories of history.
Road Condition of Chitral
The Road to Chitral from Islamabad is in very good condition and can access through AH1/M-1 and N-45 in almost 10 hours’ drive. Moreover Chitral to Hunza distance cover in an 11 hours drive.
Tourist love to visit the two different regions that hold majestic culture and history.
Shandur Top (3,700m) located in District Ghizer of Gilgit-Baltistan . Shandur-Top in Ghizer is often called the 'Roof of the World' where the Hindukush in Gilgit-Baltistan, between Afghanistan and Gilgit- Baltistan and Karakorum mountainous ranges of Gilgit
-Baltistan meet.The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November. The grade is very gradual, and the area is crossed by small streams of trout. Grazing in summer is plentiful.
Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional Polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The tournament is held on Shandur Top, the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meters (the pass itself is at 3,800 meters). The festival also includes Folk music, dancing and a camping village is set up. The polo tournament is featured in the first episode of Himalaya with Michael Palin.
Various teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. In the past, the British Rulers were the patrons of the game
The people here are some of the only non-Muslims for hundreds of miles. The home of kafir Kalash or wearers of the black rose, a primitive pagan tribe.The Kalash are ancient tribe and have a religion and culture of their own, their culture is unique as well as amazing one. A legend says that one General Salik Shah, who was called by the Greek as General Sulfurous with five soldiers of the legions of Alexander of MACEDON, settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the Kafir Kalash. The Kalash are infamous for their festivals; these folks know how to let their hair down in style. There is much dancing where the elders chant legends with drum accompaniment and the women dance round outside. Locally brewed mulberry wine is drunk in copious quantities. The Kalash People celebrate three main festivals in year.
JOSHIO CHILMJUSHT (14TH-15TH OF MAY)
Joshi /Chilimjusht is the spring festival, in the middle of May lasts for four days. . The spring festival honours the fairies and allso safeguards the goats and shepherds before they go to the pastures. Before the festival the women and girls gather from all over the valley and decorate their houses. Inside the houses local wine and milk products are shared . The women then sprinkle milk on Goddess “Jestak “ the protector of their children and home. The festival begins at Rumbur where the Shaman (soothsayer) and tribal chiefs lead a procession to the “ Malosh altar” , high above Grum, to sacrifice goats to the Gods . Later the festival moves on to Bumboret and ends up at Birir, a few days later.
Every religious ceremony is accompanied by dancing and rhythmical chant to a beat of the drum. The women wearing their traditional black robes, ornate cowries shelled head dresses and adorned with coloured necklaces, dance in a circle. Then the men join in : it may be a man and a women or a man in the middle with a women on each side, lovers being free to intermingle. One hand is held round the waist of the partner and the other round the shoulders. Tribal chiefs in colourful dresses narrate stories of bygone days and events
UCHAO O UTCHAL (19th - 20th August)
Kalash celebrate Uchao to pay homage to Almighty because of grapes and other ripe fruit. Uchao In Augusts marking the harvest of wheat and barley and bringing down of cheese from the high summer pastures. It is celebrated in Rumbur and Bumboret . Earlier in July it starts as the “ Ranat” with dances held on alternate days performed by the young girls and boys in order to safeguard the maize crop
.Phoo festival: (End of September) It is only held in Birir around end of September to celebrate the grape and walnut harvest. Grape being a staple requirement in the Kalash society for making wine are grown on trees in protected sites. The holy tree being the best for such climbers. They are picked through out the valley on a particular day and is an occasion for joy and merry making.It is also an occasion of the shepherds returning from the high pastures.
CHOIMUSK (7th to 22nd December) As winter starts around mid December the Chomos festival begins. The festival is observed for the divine, the living and dead relatives, for the crops and the goats to be safeguarded, while the community, the village and the valley are purified prior to the coming year. Sighting a fox is a good omen and great efforts are made in this regard. At dusk torch lit processions are led from all the nearby villages culminating at the “Charsue” which is the main customary dancing place. Most of the festivities are indoors where the local wine is handed around as the dance gathers momentum carries out till late in the night round the bonfire. While the tribal elders sit on hill tops at dawn to watch the rising sun and declare the New Year. Goat sacrifices are then made to the Godess “Jastak” , blood from the animal is sprinkled at the temple Jastak An. This is the time when “Balimine” another great God visits the Kalash valley once a year and sacrifices are made at his “ Malosh. Altar” too.