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kalash valley tour 2019-20

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular Mountains Vistas in our kalash valley tour
  • Experience the Pagan culture of ethnic minority community of Kalash.
  • Meet the descendent of Alexander The Great & his Troops.
  • Dance with the Kalash people and learn their culture.
  • UNESCO listed Kalash culture as “Intangible Cultural Heritage”
  • Enjoy Pakistani cuisine.
  • View of hundreds of peaks including Tirich Mir (7,708m) in the Hindukush Range

HOLIDAY OVERVIEW

Kalash Valley is in the Chitral District of Khayber Pakhtun khuwah, Pakistan. Kalash is surrounded by the Hindu Kush mountain range and its three hours drive from Chitral town. The inhabitants of the Kalash valley call the Kalash people, who have a unique culture, language and follow a form of ancient Hinduism. As such, the Kalash Valleys are a source of attraction for International tourists. There are three main valleys, Bumburet, Birir and Rumbur. The largest and most populous valley is Bumburet (Mumuret), reached by a road from Ayun in the Kunar Valley. Rumbur and Acholgah are side valleys north of Bumburet. The third valley, Biriu (Birir), is s side valley of the Kunar Valley south of Bumburet. Kalash people are the smallest religious as well as the ethnic minority of Pakistan. Their customs and traditions are contradictory to the Islamic and Pakistani culture. The Kalash religion is polytheist faith and the people offer sacrifices for their Gods. Their culture is interlinked with their religion and based upon several festivals and celebrations. The people generally do not intermarry or cohabit regions with local Muslims but neither are they hostile towards them. The people are under legal and constitutional protection of the State of Pakistan as a scheduled tribe.

Our “Kalash Valley Tour” starts from Islamabad. Your guide will meet and greet you at the Islamabad International Airport then transfer you to the hotel. We will meet again in the after noon after you have freshen up. Your Guide will give a detailed briefing about the Kalash Valley Tour. Next morning we will drive to the airport to catch the spectacular 1 hour mountain view flight to Chitral. Flights to Chitral is whether dependent, in case of cancellation we will drive to Chitral. Rest and sightseeing in Chitral for one day then we will take our epic journey to explore the Kalash Valley. We will spend few days exploring and enjoying the festivals of the PEGANS then follow the same itinerary back to Islamabad.

We Strongly believe that the Kalash Valley tour is one of the top cultural retreats of the world. Kalash valley tour provides an amazing cultural experience in the Hindukusch mountain ranges among the ethnic minority community of Kalash. 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. Our tours to Chitral and Kalash valley are normally referred to as “Kalash valley tour” since Kalash is the major attraction in the valley of Chitral and They have fixed dates for their annual festivals. The tour here are the fixed departures for Kalash valley and Chitral, we also do Tailor-made Tours for Kalash Valley throughout the year.

Kalash Valley – Home to a Pagan culture in Pakistan

In the 3rd century BC, on his mission and journeys through the Hindu Kush range, Alexander the Great and his troops left their footprints and descendants to what is today called the Kalash Valley, home to an ethnic community in Pakistan who are blue-eyed and have a fair skin.

Yes, that’s right. In one of the remotest parts of Pakistan, there is living a tribal group who, after carrying out several DNA tests, have claimed ancestry as descendants of Alexander the Great and his army, meaning that they are direct descendants of the ancient Greek-Macedonian people.

This is one of the most popular theories but, in fact, over the last decades, the Kalash people have called the attention of numerous anthropologists from all over the world, who conducted several studies, trying to figure out where do they actually come from. However, many of them have shown different results and conclusions, which means that the actual origin of the Kalash tribe remains unknown.

The life today in the Kalash Valley

Today, around 5,000 Kalash people live across 3 different valleys (figures are highly argued). Due to their remoteness, very far away from the civilization, today, the Kalash people live a traditional, rural life which still remains pretty untouched. Most families rely on the sun to have electricity, don’t have running water, are self-sufficient and live in wooden shacks. To be honest, life is quite hard here as they have very long, freezing winters and, unlike people from other parts of Pakistan, during winter, they don’t move to the cities but they remain in the valley.

Kalash festival 

We recommend to visit the Kalash Valley during the Festival period.The festivals are,

  • Chilam Joshi Festival (Kalash spring festival) Mon 13 May – Thu 16 May
  • Uchal Festival (Kalash summer festival)          Tue 20 Aug – Thu 22 Aug
  • Choimus Festival (Kalash winter festival)        Sun 15 Dec – Sun 22 Dec

An ancient cultural event which takes place every year around the same time. It’s a 4-day festival which happens across the 3 valleys, where people not only drink, dance and have fun in general but they also worship their Gods and spirits, giving offerings and even sacrifices. Also, is during this festival when some young men and women choose their future husbands and wives, in the middle of the dance. Attending the festival will, definitely, one of the highlights of the whole journey.

BRIEF ITINERARY
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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD:

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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO CHITRAL:

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SIGHTSEEING IN CHITRAL:

D-4

DRIVE TO KALASH VALLEY:

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FESTIVAL DAY IN KALASH:

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DRIVE TO CHITRAL:

D-7

FLIGHT TO ISLAMABAD:

D-8

DEPARTURE DAY-FLIGHT BACK HOME:

Additional information

GradeEASY
AttributesEarly Birds and Group Discounts availaible

Map of Kalash Valley Tour

 

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Trekking & Tours in Pakistan. We have been organising Kalash Festival Tours every year for four decades. We designed our itinerary based on Over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment.

It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

DETAILED ITINERARY

D-1

ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD:

 Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Tour. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO CHITRAL,1 HOUR:

 After Breakfast you will leave the purpose-built Capital City Islamabad behind and drive to the airport to take a spectacular mountain flight to Chitral (subject to weather). It is an hour flight with a spectacular mountains view. After check in to the hotel we will spent the day visiting local Bazar and historical places.
In case of flight cancellation, we start our journey by road. We will pass through Mardan, Malakand, Bathkhela, Dir then enter Chitral through Lowari Tunnel. . Night will be spent in Chitral.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BDL
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SIGHTSEEING IN CHITRAL:

 Chitral is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the western bank of the Kunar River (also called Chitral River). The town is at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of the Hindu Kush, 25,289 ft (7,708 m) high. Today you will be  visiting Chitral Fort, Shahi Masjid, Chitral Museum and explore the old Chitral Bazaar. if there is time left then you will also visit Chitral Gol National Park and do some photography from the highest view-point of Chitral City.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BDL
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DRIVE TO KALASH VALLEY:

 In the morning we continue our Adventure Towards Rumbur by Jeep. Rumbur is part of Kalash Valleys and it is roughly 50 km from Chitral. We will spend our day visiting local shops, communities and with the very hospitable and warm welcoming Kalash tribes, who have been living in these valleys for centuries.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BDL
D-5

FESTIVAL DAY IN KALASH:

Today you will explore the Kalash valley. You will meet local people of Kalash, you will have the opportunity to learn their culture and rituals. We will be staying in Bumburet/Ayun/Chitral for the night. In the evening you will experience the best bonfire and local traditional dances.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BDL
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DRIVE TO CHITRAL:

 After two days of an amazing festival at the Kalash Valley, we will drive towards Chitral with a lot of good memories. We will follow the same route back to Chitral Town.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BDL
D-7

FLIGHT TO ISLAMABAD:

 Leaving The Chitral Valley behind, we will drive to the airport to catch the spectacular mountain flight to Islamabad. There is a possibility of sightseeing in Islamabad.
In case of flight cancellation, we start our journey by road.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BDL
D-8

DEPARTURE DAY-FLIGHT BACK HOME:

 After Breakfast we will transfer you for the flights back home.

Kalash Festival Dates And Prices 2019-20

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Tour Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

START DATES END DATES PRICE (USD) DEPOSIT
11-May-2019 17-May-2019 US$ 1,200 US$ 240
19-Aug-2019 26-Aug-2019 US$ 1,200 US$ 240
15-Dec-2020 21-Dec-2020 US$ 1,200 US$ 240

Kalash Valley Tour dates and prices are for the fix Departure Tours only. Private groups please chose your own dates. All our holidays are  including Domestic flights and it is on Full Board Basis. Kalash Festival dates and prices are for the itinerary based on flight from Islamabad to Islamabad. International flights from most cities of the world arrives in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary.

Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price, particularly for regional departures. To avoid paying flight supplements, we recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. If we are unable to secure seats at the price shown, we will contact you with an alternative quote. Please note that you may be asked to pay for your flights in advance of your final holiday balance.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE “ NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our “No Surcharge Guarantee“. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

We accept Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.

kalash valley tour 2019-20

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional Culture Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All permit fees.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Guided Islamabad sightseeing
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

MEAL PLAN

Fully inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

ACCOMODATION 

During the Kalash Valley Tour, the group will spend all nights in good standard hotel. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

CHITRAL  FLIGHTS

Chitral is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Chitral are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road.

HEALTH & VACCINATION

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transmitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers who intend to visit Pakistan for 4 weeks or more that proof of Polio vaccination will be required on exit of the country. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Trango Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended  that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Suggested insurance companies include:

Expeditions or Treks

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GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

Kalash Valley tour groups will be led by an experienced Mountain/Culture Guide. During the tour group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

This holiday involves going to  high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2000 metres for 1-2 days. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Multan and Lahore, and 25°C in The Gilgit & Baltistan Region. Weather is generally good throughout the summer season,with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISSAS

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately GBP £134 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure.Visa applications can be made ONLINE or  in person at your nearest Pakistan Embassy. For more information please visit our Blogs and News section.

Note: if you are continuing your tour to china then you have to get the visa for china from you home country.

EQUIPMENT  LIST

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 12.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 12.5 kgs weight limit.

We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Holiday departure.

Please do drop us an email at [email protected] if you need more information regarding “Kalash Valley Tour”

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