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The Kalash Chilam Joshi Festival Tour is a journey into the mountains of Himalaya and Karakoram beginning from Islamabad. The four-day-long Chilam Joshi Festival is a spring celebration where the Kalash men and women chose their life partners followed by traditional celebrations. The journey doesn’t stop here and continues to the splendid valleys of Chitral, Gilgit, and Hunza.
Nestled in the northwestern corner of Pakistan, Chitral boasts a majestic blend of rugged terrains, lush green valleys, and snow-capped peaks. Enjoy a mesmerizing adventure through breathtaking landscapes, ancient cultures, and captivating valleys. As you journey through Chitral and Hunza Valley, each step unravels a new layer of Pakistan’s natural wonders and cultural diversity. Embrace the warmth of the local communities, savor the traditional delicacies, and breathe in the tranquility that surrounds you. From the vibrant Kalash Chilim Joshi Festival to the enchanting Hunza region, this itinerary promises an unforgettable experience like no other.
The Kalash Valley, also known as the “Land of the Kalash People,” is a haven for those seeking cultural diversity. The Kalash people, with their unique customs and colorful festivals, offer an enriching experience. Chilam Joshi Festival is one of the joyous celebrations. Witness their vibrant dances, intricate handicrafts, and hospitable nature as you immerse yourself in their fascinating way of life.
At an elevation of over 12,000 feet, the Shandur Pass is a playground for thrill-seekers. This high-altitude plateau hosts the world-famous Shandur Polo Festival, where rival teams from Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan compete in a gripping polo match. The breathtaking views and the thrill of the game make this a must-visit destination.
Located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Hunza Valley is often referred to as “Heaven on Earth,” and rightfully so. Surrounded by towering peaks and lush landscapes, Hunza Valley is a utopia for nature lovers and serenity seekers.
Feast your eyes upon the majestic Rakaposhi, standing tall at approximately 25,551 feet. This breathtaking beauty dominates the landscape, and witnessing its grandeur during sunrise or sunset is an ethereal experience. Capture this moment forever in your heart and camera.
Step back in time by visiting the ancient Altit Fort & Baltit Fort, UNESCO World Heritage sites. The architectural marvel of these forts offers a glimpse into the region’s rich history and serves as a cultural center, showcasing traditional artifacts and exhibits.
Formed after a massive landslide in 2010, Attabad Lake is a mesmerizing turquoise gem amidst the rugged terrain. Take a boat ride on its pristine waters and be awestruck by the surrounding mountains mirrored on the lake’s surface.
Enjoy the journey to the roof of the world and feast your eyes on the mesmerizing beauty of the border area between Pakistan and China.
Islamabad – Islamabad
Upon your arrival in Islamabad, our friendly company representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. After a brief rest, embark on a half-day sightseeing tour in Islamabad, exploring its fascinating attractions. In the evening, enjoy a delightful dinner at the hotel before retiring for the night.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we set off for Swat, known for its scenic beauty and historical sites. En route, we’ll visit the Takht Bhai Buddhist Monastery, a remarkable ancient site. Upon arrival in Saidu Sharif, check-in at the hotel and later visit the Swat Museum and Budhkara Buddhist site. Take a leisurely walk through the vibrant Saidu Sharif Bazaar before returning to the hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before we head to Bamburet, nestled in the enchanting Kalash Valley. The drive takes around 6-7 hours, but the breathtaking views along the way are worth it. In the evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant Chilam Joshi Festival celebrations in the village.
Today is dedicated to the full-day festival celebrations with the Kalashi people in Rambur and Bamburet. Experience their rich culture, colorful traditions, and warm hospitality. In the evening, return to the hotel to relax and relish the memories of the day.
After breakfast, explore the local culture of the Kalasha people in Ramburet Valley. Visit some local houses, interact with the friendly locals, and delve deeper into their customs. Witness the enchanting Chilam Joshi Festival celebration in the evening before heading back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Today, we depart for Chitral after breakfast. The journey will take approximately one hour. On arrival, visit the Chitral Mosque and explore the vibrant Chitral Bazaar. Enjoy a lovely dinner at the hotel and spend the night in comfort.
Post-breakfast, we drive to Phander/Gupis Valley via the famous Shandur Pass, at an elevation of 3,738 meters. Admire the stunning Phander Lake and enjoy a leisurely lunch there. Continue the journey, making a brief stop at Khalti Lake for a cup of tea. Upon arrival in Gupis, take a walk around the town before retiring to the hotel for dinner and a peaceful overnight stay.
After breakfast, we head to Gilgit, a three-hour drive from Gupis. On the way, we visit the Kargah Buddha, an impressive standing rock carving near Gilgit. Explore the local bazaar and experience the vibrant atmosphere of Gilgit. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and spend the night in comfort.
Start the day with breakfast and embark on a two-hour drive to Karimabad. Stop at Rakaposhi viewpoint for lunch, soaking in the picturesque scenery. Upon arrival in Karimabad, visit the local bazaar, filled with cultural delights. Return to the hotel for dinner and a relaxing overnight stay.
After breakfast, we drive to the beautiful Hopar Valley in Nagar. Marvel at the breathtaking views of this charming valley, especially during the blossom and autumn seasons. Witness the Hopar Glacier and explore the historic Ganish Village. Visit the ancient Mosque and Altit Fort before driving to Duiker Eagles Nest for a stunning sunset photography session. Transfer back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and proceed to Gulmit. On the way, make a photo stop at the mesmerizing Attabad Lake. Walk across the iconic Hussaini Suspension Bridge and admire the beauty of Borit Lake in the middle of Borit village. Overnight stay at the hotel in Gulmit.
After breakfast, we drive to the famous Khunjerab Pass (Pakistan-China border) at an impressive altitude of 4,737 meters. Marvel at the Rainbow Bridge and stop at the Passu Glacier viewpoint for photography. Enjoy lunch in Sost before returning to Passu for the night.
Post breakfast, we embark on a 3-4 hour drive to Gilgit via the Karakoram Highway. Make several photo stops along the way, and don’t miss the Rakaposhi viewpoint for tea. Check into the hotel upon arrival and spend the night in comfort.
Today, we drive to Besham via the scenic Karakoram Highway, taking around 6-7 hours. Make the most of the journey by capturing stunning photographs. Upon arrival in Besham, transfer to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Embark on the final leg of the journey, driving to Islamabad via the Hazara Motorway. Enjoy the 3-4 hour drive before visiting the iconic Faisal Mosque and Pakistan Monument in the afternoon. Wrap up the adventure with dinner at a local restaurant and head back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
In the early morning, transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home, cherishing the memories of this incredible journey through the enchanting landscapes of northern Pakistan.
Goodbye, and until we meet again!
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