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12 Days
Availability : 10 May - 22 May 2020
Kalash & Hunza
Max People : 42
Tour Details

“Chilimjoshi / Chilimjusht” the spring festival, in the middle of May lasts for four days. The spring festival honors the fairies and also safeguards the goats and shepherds before they go to the pastures. Before the festival, the women and girls gather from all over the valley and decorate their houses. Inside the houses, local wine and milk products are shared. The women then sprinkle milk on Goddess “ Jestak “ the protector of their children and home. The festival begins at Rumbur where the Shaman (soothsayer) and tribal chiefs lead a procession to the “Malosh altar”, high above Grum, to sacrifice goats to the Gods. Later the festival moves on to Bumboret and ends up at Birir, a few days later. Every religious ceremony is accompanied by dancing and rhythmic chant to a beat of the drum. The women wearing their traditional black robes, ornate cowries shelled headdresses and adorned with colored necklaces, dance in a circle. Then the men join in: it may be a man and a woman or a man in the middle with women on each side, lovers being free to intermingle. On hand is held around the waist of the partner and the other around the shoulders. Tribal chiefs in colorful dresses narrate stories of bygone days and events.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses

Day 1Arrive in Islamabad & Rawalpindi Sightseeing

Arrive in Islamabad. A representative of Karakorum Adventure will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. This representative will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to the hotel in Islamabad. Discover the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi is an old British -era settlement and Islamabad is the capital city and administrative center built sometime after the partition of India in elevation in 1947. The cities are Located at about 1,500 feet in elevation in the hot and steamy plains of Pakistan’s upper Punjab. You may wish to explore Rawalpindi by wandering among its many and varied bazaars or visit the imposing Shah Faisal Mosque superbly situated at the foot of the Margalla Hills. This mosque is one of the largest in the world, with room for 15,000 worshippers inside and 85,000 in the courtyard. This day we will attend a trek briefing at the Alpine Club of Pakistan.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2Sightseeing Islamabad

Combining a rich history, the confluence of many a civilization and temperate climate, Islamabad – the capital city of Pakistan, is one of the most beautiful cities in the South Asian region. Wide, tree-lined streets adorn the various sectors and zones of the city, making it accessible and spectacular. Administratively, the city is located within the Islamabad Capital Territory, which is federally controlled, even though historically Islamabad has been a part of the Punjab province; more specifically the Potohar Plateau. A meticulously planned city by renowned town planners Doxiadis Associates, Islamabad is the fastest growing city in terms of population, economy and urban development. As this trend continues, the city is shedding its reputation as a city without character and is fast becoming truly metropolitan.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3Drive to Mingora – visit Taxila on way

This morning we travel north from Islamabad into the mountains, heading toward the Swat Valley. En route, we will travel over the Malakand Pass and have a chance to look into the valley far below. At the top of the Pass is a fortress used by the British to crush local tribal opposition in the late nineteenth century. We stop at Takht-i-Bahi, the most impressive Buddhist monastery in Pakistan. The monastery was founded in the first-century ad and was abandoned six hundred years later. The monastery is spectacularly placed atop a hill and affords stunning views of the surrounding countryside as far as Peshawar. This area is green and fertile. Many of the towns and villages are built over Gandharan towns, which flourished over 2000 years ago. Near Takht-i-Bahi are the ruins of a large Hindu Shahi Fort. We descend into the Swat Valley and continue on to Saidu Sharif.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4Drive to Kalash

One of the major attractions of Pakistan Cultural Festivals is Kalash Valleys Festivals. The Kalash Valleys of Rumbur, Bumboret, and Birir are within Chitral in the North-West Frontier Province, near Nuristan in Afghanistan. The people here are some of the only non-Muslims for hundreds of miles. The home of kafir Kalash or wearers of the black rose, a primitive pagan tribe. The Kalash are an ancient tribe and have a religion and culture of their own, their culture is unique as well as an amazing one. A legend says that one General Salik Shah, who was called by the Greek as General Sulfurous with five soldiers of the legions of Alexander of MACEDON, settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the Kafir Kalash. The Kalash are infamous for their festivals; these folks know how to let their hair down in style. There is much dancing where the elders chant legends with drum accompaniment and the women dance around outside. Locally brewed mulberry wine is drunk in copious quantities. The Kalash People celebrate three main festivals in a year.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 - 6Chilm Joshi Festival

Kalash valley is found in Chitral, Pakistan and is considered to be one of the oldest valleys of Pakistan. They used to speak primeval Greek lingo. Still, Chitrali people like all other people from various regions of Pakistan celebrate and live their own culture and custom. It is a sort of spring festival that is held for more or less four days in the mid of May, particularly on 13th to 16th of May, every year. Actually, it is a part of Kalash Festival which is comprised of 5 separate events. Joshi or Chilim Jusht is one among them.

A purpose of celebrating CHILIM JUSHT or JOSHI festival in Spring is that it is the season of cultivation and harvesting, and their cattle also get plenty of fodder in this season. It is started by the plucking of preliminary flowering by Kalash girls. With these flowers, women decorate their homes and valley. This event is characterized by folk dancing, singing folk music and swap over of cuisine, dairy products, flowers; home mauve etc.

Women of Chitral valley wear their customary black dressing gowns; flamboyant cowries crusted top garbs and titivated with tinted chokers. Men also join them and they used to dance in a circle. Dancing can be of both sorts; bachelor men & women can dance, and the couple can also dance in a freer manner. The head of the tribe uses to describe the old day’s tales about the traditional and customary events.

Joshi is celebrated as a religious perspective too because it is believed of the local area residents that in this way they could ask God for His blessing for the betterment of their cultivations, protection of cattle and steers. Goats are also sacrificed to God. They have believed in many gods and goddess, and they seek blessings from all of them. One can really enjoy visiting Kalash valley and to be a part of the famous Joshi festival.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7Drive to Phander

Phander Valley in Ghizer District is one of the most scenic valleys with easy access both from Gilgit and Chitral. It takes 5 to 6 hours from Chitral to reach Phander valley which is commonly called “Little Kashmir”. Phander Lake is one of the most famous tourist spots in the entire region. Phander valley was the breadbasket for the whole Northern Areas. The name of Ghizer comes from the name of a village ‘Ghizer’ that is situated in the vicinity of Phander. The deep blue lake in Phander offers a magnificent view and is basically the home of trout fish.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8Drive to Hunza

Drive to Karimabad. Perched on the bank of the Hunza River the town is shadowed by Ultar, Lady Finger and Rakaposhi peaks. On way stop to admire the view on Rakaposhi (7788 m). Visit the Baltit and Altit Forts. Afternoon drive to Duikar viewpoint for sunset photography of many countless peaks above 7000 m in the Karakorum and enjoy the birds-eye view of Hunza and Nagar valleys.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9Sightseeing Hunza

Hunza was formerly a princely state, and one of the most loyal vassals to the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, bordering China to the north-east and Pamir to its north-west, which continued to survive until 1974, when it was finally dissolved by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The state bordered the Gilgit Agency to the south, the former princely state of Nagar to the east. The state capital was the town of Baltit (also known as Karimabad) and its old settlement is Ganish Village. Hunza was an independent principality for more than 900 years. The British gained control of Hunza and the neighboring valley of Nagar between 1889 and 1892 followed by a military engagement of severe intensity. The then Thom (Prince) Mir Safdar Ali Khan of Hunza fled to Kashgar in China and sought what can be called political asylum. The ruling family of Hunza is called Ayesha (heavenly), from the following circumstance. The two states of Hunza and Nagar were formerly one, ruled by a branch of the Shahre Is the ruling family of Gilgit, whose seat of government was Nagar. Tradition relates that Mayroo Khan, apparently the first Muslim Thum of Nagar some 200 years after the introduction of the religion of Islam to Gilgit, married a daughter of Trakhan of Gilgit, who bore him twin sons named Mogh Lot and Girkis. From the former, the present ruling family of Nager is descended. The twins are said to have shown hostility to one another from birth. Their father seeing this and unable to settle the question of succession, divided his state between them, giving to Girkis the north, and to Mogh lot the south, bank of the river.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10Drive to Naran

Naran valley is the most beautiful & picturesque valley. That’s why it is called virtual paradise, unbelievably in a pristine state and still unspoiled by the human. You’ll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with clouds or snow, somewhere you’ll find the beautiful fairy tale lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not to leave this at any cost. Where Kaghan is full of scenic beauty there it is full of thrill and excitement for the Mountaineers and treks.

Naran Valley is a 155 km long scenic wonderland. Lofty peaks crown the mountains ranges on either side like turrets, ranging in height from 12,000 to 17,000 ft and more, with the eastern range higher than the western. The bed of valley slopes up from 3,000 ft at Balakot, which, as it were, the gateway of the valley, to 12,000 ft at Gitta’s beyond which the valley crosses at Babusar Pass 14,000 ft. The first ten miles or so are largely barren, but when the valley raises to about 5,000 ft forests of pine and fir appear, densely overgrown with a variety of plants, which has won for Kaghan the epithets of ‘the botanist’s paradise’. The forests continue till about Naran 8,000 ft.

The road goes along the river Kunhar, meandering now to one side and now to the other. But keeping most to the bed of the valley and never too far above the bank of the stream except in the very first state.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11Drive to Islamabad

Early departure for Paya, a vast plateau at the foot of Makra Peak, bordering Kaghan with Azad Kashmir. After enjoying a superb panorama around, we drive down to the main road and reach Balakot, the last town of Kaghan Valley while descending. Balakot is settled on the banks of River Kunhar, the lifeline of the Kaghan Valley. After a short break, we resume driving to Mansehra and reach Islamabad after crossing Abbottabad, Haripur, and Taxila.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12Departure

You will be transferred to the airport for international departure. Our representative will say Allah Hafiz “May God be your protector” here.