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Kalash Festival!

Chitral with the unique Kailash Valley (known as the Wearers of Black Robes) – a remaining minority of approximately 3500 people living in three isolated but beautiful valleys known as Bumburet, Rambur and Birir. The people of Kailash have a rich culture and are very headstrong about their identity. These people stand out from the remaining tribes, cultures and communities due to their distinct traditions, religious practices and festivals. The Kailash Valley boasts serene beauty, lush green valleys and fruit farms making it an ideal tourist spot in terms of not only scenic beauty but also cultural diversity and festivals/ceremonies.

Itinerary

Tour Highlights

Trip Highlights:Islamabad- Besham-Karimabad-Gilgit-Phander-Chitral-Bamburet-Swat 

Duration:12/ nights 13 days (Shorter Version of the trip is available)

Festival Dates: JOSHIO CHILMJUSHT (14TH-15TH OF MAY)  UCHAO O UTCHAL (19th – 20th August)     .Phoo festival: (End of September)      CHOIMUSK (7th to 22nd December) 

One of the major attractions of Pakistan Cultural Festivals are Kalash Valleys Festivals. The Kalash Valleys of Rumbur, Bunboret and Birir are within Chitral in the North-West Frontier Province, near Nuristan in Afghanistan.

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

Itinerary
Day-01 Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Day-02 Drive to Chitral
Day 03: Drive to Bumburet, Kalash valley
Day 04-08: Festival days
Day 09: Drive back to Chitral
Day 10: Drive to Islamabad

Kalash Valley Festival (2021-22) – 13 Days

Kalash valley festival is a an amazing cultural experience in the Hindukush mountain ranges of Pakistan. UNESCO listed Kalash culture as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” in November 2018. The decision was announced during the 13th session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee meeting organised in Mauritius.

Kalash valley festivals are one of the most popular cultural celebrations among foreign and domestic tourists.

Our events (fixed departures) for Kalash valley are given in the table below.

 

Foreign travelers (non-Pakistani)

  • Implementation of Covid SOPs/Guidelines & Complimentary Safety Pack (sanitizer, 1 mask & glove per day)
  • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
  • Airport transfer on first and last day in Islamabad
  • All domestic road transfers
  • All hotel accommodation (twin sharing rooms)
  • All camping accommodation (twin sharing dome tents)
  • All hotel meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All trekking meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All camping site fees
  • Trekking logistics (tents, non-personal equipments and tools)
  • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc)
  • Porters for trekking equipments, kitchen (supplies, tools, equipments, crockery, gas) and personal luggage (12.5kg)

Domestic travelers (Pakistani Nationals)

  • Licensed professional guide
  • Road transport (Islamabad to Islamabad)
  • Hotel accommodation according to itinerary
  • Hotel meals according to itinerary
  • All camping accommodation (twin sharing dome tents)
  • All camping meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All camping site fees
  • Trekking logistics (kitchen tents, non-personal equipments and tools)
  • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc – according to need)
  • Porters for trekking equipments and kitchen (supplies, tools, equipments, crockery, gas)

Why Register Now?

1. Early Bird Discount: The given prices for the holiday are limited-time discount offers and are subject to change. Service providers including (but not limited) to airlines and hotels increase prices in peak-season. Early reservations cost less than peak-season.

2: Limited Space in Peak Months: The peak months in the peak season attract the highest number of international guests and are therefore sold out earlier. Due to our revised Covid-19 guidelines, we have restricted our group size to a maximum of 12 travelers. We are taking registrations on a “first-come, first-served” basis

What’s Included

  • Accommodation

    • Two nights in Islamabad (4-star Hotel)
    • Two Nights at Serena Hotel Swat (3-star Hotel)
    • Four Nights in Kalash at (Best available Hotels)
  • Guide

    A Professional English speaking guide will be assisting you throughout the tour

  • Meals

    Three meals everyday
    This tour offers Vegetarian and Halal food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.
  • Additional Services

    • Jeeps for Kalash Valley
    • 3 meals a day
    • All Taxes
  • Transport

    Air-Conditioned Transportation

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet. You can check out the details here.
  • Additional Services

    • Personal Expenses
    • Gratuities
    • Travel Insurance

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