Description

Explore the land of ‘One Who Would Be King’, where Chitral boasts the intriguing presence of the Kafir Kalash tribe, said to be descendants of Alexander the Great. Delve into the rich culture and unique lifestyle of this small Kalash minority, immerse yourself in the historical significance of the British siege of Chitral, and embark on a quest to spot the elusive Markhor wild goat.

Highlights
Accommodation: Enjoy accommodations in hotels, air-conditioned transport, and local 4-wheel drive jeeps throughout your journey.
Meals:Indulge in complimentary breakfast served throughout your stay.
Tour Guide:Benefit from the expertise of a skilled and knowledgeable driver-guide to enrich your travel experience.
What to Expect

Here’s what you can anticipate from this captivating journey:

1. Cultural Exploration: Immerse yourself in the rich culture and lifestyle of the Kafir Kalash tribe, descendants of Alexander the Great, as you discover their traditions and customs.

2. Historical Insights: Relive the historical significance of the British siege of Chitral, gaining a deeper understanding of the region’s past and its impact on the present.

3. Wildlife Encounters: Embark on thrilling excursions to spot the elusive Markhor wild goat, a symbol of the region’s natural beauty and biodiversity.

4. Scenic Adventures: Journey through stunning landscapes, from rugged mountains to lush valleys, as you traverse the picturesque terrain of Chitral.

5. Comfortable Accommodations: Enjoy comfortable stays in hotels and convenient transportation with air-conditioned vehicles and local 4-wheel drive jeeps.

6. Expert Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of a skilled and knowledgeable driver-guide who will navigate the terrain with precision while providing valuable insights into the local culture, history, and wildlife.

Overall, expect an unforgettable experience filled with cultural discoveries, historical insights, and thrilling adventures amidst the breathtaking beauty of Chitral.

Itinerary

Set off early for Chitral, traversing past the historic Malakand Fort and numerous pickets established during the "Malakand Uprisings" of summer 1897. At Chakdara Bridge, proceed towards Dir, passing by (Winston) Churchill's Picket, where he was stationed in 1895. Journey onward to Dir and then to Chitral through the Lowari tunnel. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

The wildlife adventure commences in the morning as we ascend to the historic hunting lodge in Chitral Gol, situated within the region's National Park. Later in the afternoon, explore the historical landmarks including Chitral Fort and the Royal Mosque, followed by a leisurely stroll through the old bazaar. Spend the night in Chitral.

Following breakfast, embark on a full-day excursion to Bumburet Valley to explore the captivating culture of the Kalash ethnic tribe. With a population of approximately 5,600, the Kalash are the smallest among Pakistan's religious minorities. Unlike other minority groups, they reside exclusively in the three valleys of Birir, Bumburet, and Rumbur, nestled in the Hindukush region between the Afghan Border and Chitral Valley. Discover the Kalash Museum, Kalash Graveyard, and the quaint village of Karakal before returning to Chitral in the late afternoon for overnight accommodation.

Following breakfast, journey to Rumbur Valley (with a potential visit to Berir Valley, depending on time and weather). Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the company of Kalash families, spending valuable time learning about their culture, lifestyle, and the gradual transition they are undergoing into the modern world. Enjoy an overnight stay in Ayun.

After an early breakfast, we will make our way back to Islamabad.

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