KALASH VALLEY TOUR HAS A DIFFERENT FAN BASE OF TRAVELERS AND EXPLORERS!
UNESCO listed Kalash culture as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” in November 2018. The decision was announced during the 13th session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee meeting organized in Mauritius.
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 in what is today called the Kalash Valley, home to an ethnic community in Pakistan who are blue-eyed and have fair skin.
In addition, the Kalash valley and its people are known worldwide for their unique, yet less heard and seen, culture, religion, language, festivals, and everyday lifestyle. Tirchmir mountain ranges surround the Valley. Due to these mountain ranges, the valley has remained isolated from the outer world for a long time. This is one reason why their culture and rituals are still in their purest form.
Kalash Festivals and culture are unique and fascinating.
Kalashi people celebrate three festivals every year. Chilam Joshi, Uchal, and Chomos. Chilam Joshi being the most famous festival kicks off in the second week of May which is the spring festival. Uchal Festival happens in the autumn and the Chomos festival in the midwinter seasons.
Lastly, the three Valleys (Bumburate, Rambur, Birir) and their indigenous people are one of the reasons most foreigners come to Pakistan lately.
The four-day Chilam Joshi Festival Kicks off in the second week of May. During the festival, men and women meet with the aim to find a spouse. The festival gives a fantastic opportunity to welcome the summer season with the beat of the music. The inhabitants of Kalash adore the music and dance with the beat. Both men and women dance together during the festivals.
During this festival, the people of the Kalash Valley pray for safeguarding their fields and animals.
Major Highlights of Kalash Valley Tour
Events For The Day: • Arrival at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad • Airport transfer • Check-in at Hotel • Overnight in Islamabad From the airport, our guide(s) will receive you. You’ll be moved to the booked hotel shortly. Our guests may relax and recover from their long journey on this day. Pick-up Details: One of our guides will be holding a sign with both our company’s logo and your name on it. International flights normally arrive at midnight so at that time the Islamabad airport gets crowd-less. Our guide can easily locate you and guide you further. Kindly let us know in advance, in case you do not need any airport transfers.
Road trip to Swat Valley in the morning (4-hour drive) Explore Mingora in the afternoon. Overnight stay at Serena Swat
Road trip to Kalash in the morning. (5-hour drive) Shift to Jeeps/Off-road cars in Ayon Village Off-Road drive to Bumburet Valley (1-hour drive) Overnight stay in Bumburette.
Day tour to Buburet Valley Major Highlights of the day. You will immerse yourself into the culture of Kalash to have a better insight into their culture. Explore Khun (locals interacting point) Photography with the locals Graveyard walk 10 mins Lunch Visit Kalasha Museum (house of kalashas) – 40 Minutes’ walk Overnight Stay in Kalash
Day tour to Bumburet Village for a deeper cultural immersion Visit the site where Kalashas practice ritual dance Free time for immersion with locals. Dance event at a guest house in Kalash. Overnight stay in Bumburet.
Day tour to Rambur Valley Kalash. Unlike Bumburet, Ramboor is culturally less influenced by external guests. Immersion into some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet. Overnight stay in Kalash.
The return trip to Swat in the morning. Stopovers on the way. Overnight stay at Swat Serena Hotel.
Drive to Islamabad in the morning. Visit Takhte-Bhai on return. Return to Islamabad by evening. Overnight at Regalia Islamabad
Drop off the guests at Islamabad International Airport.