Description

Chitral is home to the unique Kailash Valley, inhabited by the Wearers of Black Robes, a minority group numbering approximately 3500 individuals residing in three secluded yet picturesque valleys: Bumburet, Rambur, and Birir. The Kailash people possess a vibrant culture and staunchly uphold their distinct identity, setting them apart from neighboring tribes and communities.

Renowned for their rich traditions, religious observances, and festive celebrations, the Kailash Valley offers a tranquil landscape characterized by lush greenery and bountiful fruit orchards. This enclave not only captivates visitors with its scenic allure but also entices them with its cultural diversity and array of traditional ceremonies and festivals.

Trip Highlights:

Islamabad- Besham-Karimabad-Gilgit-Phander-Chitral-Bamburet-Swat

Duration:

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

Festival Dates:

May 11-16

What to Expect

A trip to the Kailash Valley in Chitral promises a unique and enriching experience filled with cultural immersion and natural beauty. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Cultural Encounters: Prepare to engage with the indigenous Kailash people, known for their strong cultural identity. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about their customs, traditions, and way of life firsthand.

2. Scenic Landscapes: Be mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty of the Kailash Valley, characterized by lush green valleys, rolling hills, and picturesque fruit farms. The serene surroundings provide a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

3. Authentic Cuisine: Indulge in delicious local cuisine, featuring traditional dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss the chance to savor unique flavors and culinary delights unique to the region.

4. Cultural Festivals: Depending on the timing of your visit, you may have the chance to witness or participate in colorful cultural festivals and ceremonies celebrated by the Kailash community. These events offer insight into their rich cultural heritage and religious practices.

5. Outdoor Activities: Explore the outdoors and take advantage of various recreational activities such as hiking, trekking, and wildlife spotting. The Kailash Valley offers ample opportunities for adventure enthusiasts to immerse themselves in nature.

6. Hospitality: Experience warm hospitality from the locals, who are known for their friendliness and welcoming nature. Engage in meaningful interactions and forge connections with the residents of the Kailash Valley.

Overall, a trip to the Kailash Valley promises a memorable and rewarding experience, providing a glimpse into the vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes of this hidden gem in Chitral.

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Islamabad in the morning, you will be transferred to the domestic departure terminal for your flight to Gilgit. The flight to Gilgit typically takes one hour. In the event that there is no available flight, alternative arrangements will be made for a seven-hour drive to Besham on the same day.

You have the option to either embark on a two-hour drive to Karimabad in Hunza or opt for a nine-hour drive from Besham to Gilgit.

Explore Baltit Fort, Altit Fort, and Duiker during your visit.

Discover Atta Abad Lake, Gulmit, Hussain Bridge, and Passu during your excursion. Return to Karimabad for overnight accommodation.

Embark on a seven-hour journey to Phander, where you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Travel by road to Chitral, with the journey typically lasting between six to seven hours.

Embark on a journey by road to Bumburet Kailash to attend the Chilim Josht festival, with the drive expected to take approximately one and a half hours.

Participate in the Joshi or Chilim Josht festival.

Travel to Swat via the Lowari Tunnel, with the journey typically lasting seven hours.

In the morning, explore Buddh Kara and the Swat Museum. Following lunch, proceed with a drive to Peshawar via Takht-e-Bhai.

Embark on a half-day city tour of Peshawar. After lunch, commence the journey to Islamabad via Taxila.

Enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi throughout the day.

Proceed to the airport for your departure flight homeward.

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