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Shandur Polo Festival 2021

Shandur Polo Festival (Polo On The Roof Of The World)

Passion for Polo will be heightened on the world’s highest Polo ground. Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit during the 2nd week of July every year. The tournament is held on Shandur Pass, the highest Polo ground in the world at 3,700m. The festival includes folk music, dancing and a camping village. The first Polo tournament took place at Shandur Pass in 1936. A British political agent major Cobb, who was fond of playing polo under a full moon, had polo ground near Shandur named, “Moony Polo Ground”.

 Tour Itinerary 13 day

Shandur Polo Festival (2021-22) – 13 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.

HolidayPrice (USD)Price (PKR)
Shandur Polo Festival (13 days)US$1,790PKR 95,000
Chilam Joshi Festival (Kalash spring festival) – 13  daysUS$1,690PKR 95,000
Festival of Uchal (Kalash summer festival) – 13 daysUS$1,890PKR 95,000
Festival of Choimus (Kalash winter festival) – 13 daysUS$1,690PKR 95,000

Shandur Polo Festival 2020-2021 Dates

Shandur Festival Dates 2021

Shandur Polo FestivalWed 08 July – Fri 10 July8:00 AM

Shandur Festival Dates 2022

Shandur Polo FestivalThu 08 July – Sat 10 July8:00 AM


The festival will be celebrated from 8 – 10 July, 2021 at Shandur Polo Ground in Chitral district of Pakistan. The final match will begin at 09:00 am in the morning. Register Now!

Shandur Polo Festival – 2021-22 – Overview

Shandur Polo Festival is one of the wildest polo festival played in the world. The polo ground at Shandur is located amidst Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan in the North West and Chitral District. It is a common shared pass between these regions. Shandur is a flat plateau and is also a border between the province of KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan. The first time polo was played at Shandur Polo ground in 1936. Ever since it has become the greatest polo ground of entire North Region. The polo ground is approximately 155 kms away from the Chitral Town and about 200 kms from Gilgit City.

Shandur Polo Festival is incredibly different than any other game festivals around the world. The elevation of this great polo ground is about 3,743 m above the sea level. The birth of this ground is also an incredible story of local wisdom. This polo ground attracts many tourists from around the world. Matches are played between different teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but the final match is a contest between Gilgit Team and Chitral Team.

These teams have been rivals in this game since centuries. It is also a very incredible moment to experience a horse charging on the roof of the world. The other attractions near Shandur Polo ground are Shandur Lake, Langar and Phandar Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. We have linked Shandur Polo Festival with a well planned tour in the Hindukush mountain range.

Highlights – Shandur Polo Festival 

Shandur polo festival has a lot to offer. Given below are main highlights of Shandur polo festival.

  • Experience the summer polo festivalof Chitral and Gilgit tribes
  • Participate and dance to the tunes of indigenous music
  • Enjoy Pakistani cuisine
  • Hear storiesfrom community members
  • View of hundreds of peaksincluding Tirich Mir (7,708m) in the Hindukush Range and Nanga Parbat (8,126m)in the Himalaya range
  • Rivers (Kunar, Chitral, Gilgit, Indus)tributaries  and streams
  • Malakand pass, Lowari Pass (3,118 m) or Lowari Tunnel(10.4 kms), Shandur Pass (4,173m), & Babusar Pass (3,700m)
  • Valleysof Pakistan including Dir, Chitral, Yasin, Punial, Naran and Kaghan
  • Lakesincluding Shandur, Phandar, Khalti and Lulusar
  • Views of forts(Malakand, Nagar & Chitral) and Mosques (Shahi Masjid)
  • Churchil Picket, Malakand

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