Duration: 12 Days
Best Time: May - November
Kalash Valleys are in the southwest side of Chitral District. It is the home of the Khalashi tribe - a primitive pagan tribe. The 3,000 Kalashi live in the three different valleys consisting of Birir, Bumburet and Rambur valleys. Bamburet valley is the largest and the most picturesque valley of the Kafir-Kalash, about 40km from Chitral and is connected by a jeepable road. Birir, around 34km, is also accessible by a jeepable road, and the Rumbur valley is about 32km as well. The town is at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindukush mountain range, (7708 m) high. The altitude of the valley is 3,700 ft (1,100 m). Chitral valley is one of the remotest but extremely beautiful valleys of Pakistan. It is guarded by two passes of “Lowari” accessible from Dir and “Shandur” from Gilgit/Baltistan region. Visit to these valleys will be one of the unforgettable experiences in your life times. Kalash celebrate their festivals with reunions, feasts, ceremonies, singing and dancing. Ask locally for exact dates. Their main festivals are: Chilimjust or Joshi, Utchal, Phool and Chaumos.
Foreign tourists need authorization permits for visiting the Kalash valleys. Permits are issued free of charge by the Deputy Commissioner, Chitral. Foreign visitors have to pay a toll tax per person while domestic tourists are charged in this regard. Toll tax is economical.
Day 01 Arrive Islamabad. Hotel.
Day 02 Drive to Swat. Hotel.
Day 03 Over Lowari Pass to Chitral. Hotel.
Day 04 Drive to Bamborit. Hotel.
Day 05 Visit Rambur and Barir Valleys. Hotel.
Day 06 Drive to Chitral. Hotel.
Day 07 Full day excursion to Garam Chashma. Hotel.
Day 08 Fly or drive to Peshawar. Hotel.
Day 09 Excursion to Khyber Pass. Hotel.
Day 10 Road Journey to Islamabad via Taxila. Hotel.
Day 11 Full day sightseeing of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Hotel.
Day 12 Fly home. Hotel.