Kalash Festivals

Kalash Festivals

$1,695.00

In the unique Kailash Valley, a remaining minority of approximately 4,000 people (known as the Wearers of Black Robes) live in three isolated but beautiful valleys known as Bumburet, Rambur, and Berir. The people of Kailash have a rich culture and are very strong-footed about their identity.

  • Trip Code Start and Finish
    • DP-CHT-03
    Islamabad
  • Altitude Best time
    • 3,215 ft
    Entire Year
  • Activity Level Activity
    • Easy
    Cultural Tour
  • Duration Meals
    • 8-12 Days
    All Meals
  • Group Size Guide
    • 8-12 pax
    Local Guides
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Kalash Festivals

In the unique Kailash Valley, a remaining minority of approximately 4,000 people (known as the Wearers of Black Robes) live in three isolated but beautiful valleys known as Bumburet, Rambur, and Berir. The people of Kailash have a rich culture and are very strong-footed about their identity. These people stand out from the remaining tribes, cultures, and communities due to their distinct traditions, religious practices, and festivals. UNESCO listed Kailash culture as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” in November 2018. The people of Kailash celebrate many festivals during the year. Still, notable festivals are three, the spring feast Chilam Joshi, in May, Uchal or Utchal, in August; and Choimus, in winter.

Chilam Joshi is a vital festival; this four-day festival is celebrated across all three valleys of Bumburet, Rumbur, and Berir. The primary purpose of this festival is that Kailash men and women can find a spouse for themselves to get married. The women wear traditional attire with lively colors whereas men wear traditional Shalwar Kameez with a waistcoat made of wool.

Uchal, also known as Uchal, is a summer Kailash festival. The festival is celebrated during annual harvesting with singing, dancing, and paying homage to nature for blessing them with good food and fruits. It is marked in the barley and wheat harvest season every year in August.

The Choimus festival is celebrated in the winter season. During the festival, purity is of the utmost important factor, and celibacy is enforced throughout the days of the event so all the people will be in pure mind when Balmain visits the valley. The week before the festival, all the people must be cleansed in ritual bathing.

Trip Highlights                                                                                       

Trip Code: DP-CHT-03

Trip highlights Islamabad-Taxila-Takht-e-Bai-Swat-Kalash-Chitral-Mastuj-Yasin-Ishkoman-Gilgit-Islamabad

Trip Length:   8-12 days (depending upon the seasons)

  • Explore the city’s bazaars and try some local street food
  • The scenic town in the mountains
  • Visit the stunning Juniper Forest, one of the largest and oldest juniper forests in the world
  • The Kharwari Baba shrine, a popular pilgrimage site
  • The coastal town of Gwadar, known for its beautiful beaches and clear waters
  • The Princess of Hope, a famous rock formation
  • Visit the local fish market and try some fresh seafood
  • Ride to the nearby Astola Island, a pristine and uninhabited island with clear waters and stunning views
  • Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and beachcombing on the island

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel Accommodation based on double/twin sharing 
  • Meals (Breakfasts & Dinners) 
  • English speaking guide 
  • Air-conditioned transportation (depending on the size of the group throughout the trip
  • Entrance Fee to the Archaeological sites and Museums 
  • Tips at hotels/restaurant
  • Mineral water (1 bottle of 1.5 liter per pax per day) 
  • Porterage at hotels
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • All items of personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar and other Beverages
  • Lunches 
  • Other than above mentioned
  • Day use rooms if in case of flight delayed or cancellation   
  • Tips for Guide & Drivers

Itinerary

  1. 1

    Day 1 ISLAMABAD

    Upon arrival at Islamabad Airport, transfer to the hotel. Half-day city tour:
    Our representative/guide will be at Islamabad International Airport to pick up the group and transfer them to the hotel (the new airport is about a 40-45 minute drive from Islamabad City. In the afternoon, a half-day city tour will include visiting Faisal Mosque, built in 1986, the Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa, and a breathtaking aerial view of Islamabad from Daman-e-Koh. Drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

     

    Altitude: 1,663 ft (507M)

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 2 VISIT TO TAXILA

    Continuing on the motorway, we will soon reach the historic city of Taxila, home to several ancient Buddhist sites and museums. Here, you can take a break to explore the Taxila Museum, which houses a vast collection of Gandharan art and artifacts dating back to the 6th century BCE. The archaeological sites also showcase the ancient history, Gandahara Civilization, and their activities. On this incredible trip, we will briefly visit all the important places to explore the hidden treasures in Pakistan.

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    Day 3 ISLAMAABAD-SWAT

    Starting from Islamabad, we will drive northwards on the M1 motorway connecting Islamabad to Peshawar.

    Driving for about an hour, we will reach the town of Haripur, where you can take a detour to visit the Khanpur Dam, a popular picnic spot surrounded by lush green hills.
    The journey from Islamabad to Swat via Takht-e-Bahi is beautiful and scenic, with stunning views of the hills and valleys of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This journey is full of fun and highlights along footprints of Alexander the Great.

    After Taxila, we will leave the motorway and head towards Mardan, known for its rich cultural heritage and traditional handicrafts. From Mardan, we will drive towards Takht-e-Bahi village, about 15 kilometers from Mardan.

    Takht-e-Bahi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most important Buddhist archaeological sites. Here, we will explore the ancient ruins of a Buddhist monastery and marvel at the intricate carvings and sculptures that beautify its walls and pillars.

    Visiting Takht-e-Bahi, we will continue on our journey toward Swat, passing through the picturesque Swat River Valley and the town of Mingora, the region’s leading commercial center. As we approach Swat, you will be greeted by stunning views of snow-capped mountains and lush forests.

    Finally, you will arrive in Swat, known for its natural beauty, rich culture, and hospitality. Here, you can explore the many tourist attractions, including the beautiful Swat Valley, the historic town of Saidu Sharif, and the scenic Margalla Pass.

     

    Altitude: 3,215 ft (980M)
    Travel Time: 5 hours, 180 Km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 4 EXPLORING SWAT VALLEY

    Swat Valley, located in northern Pakistan, is a stunning region known for its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and historical sites.
    Mingora, the largest city, offers a bustling bazaar with various local products. The Butkara Stupa, dating back to the 2nd century BCE, showcases the valley’s rich history. Mahodand Valley, near Kalam, mesmerizes visitors with its pristine lakes and lush landscapes. Malam Jabba Ski Resort provides thrilling winter sports activities. The Swat Museum in Saidu Sharif exhibits artifacts from the region’s past. Kalam Valley offers picturesque waterfalls and meadows. Marghzar Valley is famous for its gardens and waterfalls. Fizaghat Park is a serene retreat in Mingora. Ushu Forest is a haven for hiking and wildlife enthusiasts. Gumbat Valley offers breathtaking mountain views. Swat Valley presents a captivating blend of nature, culture, and history for an unforgettable experience.

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    Day 5 SWAT-KALASH VALLEYS

    The journey from Swat to Kalash takes us on a captivating road trip through the picturesque landscapes of Khyber Pukhtun Khwa Province. The route winds through scenic valleys, rivers, and mountains. The journey showcases the mixture of Pashtun and Kalash cultures, with stops in towns and villages along the way. Arriving in Chitral, visitors can explore the bazaars and Chitral Fort before continuing more profound into the mountains towards the Kalash Valleys. Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir valleys offer a unique experience with traditional Kalash houses, temples, and vibrant festivals. Dipping in the Kalash way of life allows for witnessing their customs and cherishing their cuisine. Visiting Kalash Valleys is an unforgettable experience in life.

    The Kalash people have their language, Kalasha, but many also speak Urdu and English. Learning a few basic phrases in Kalasha can be helpful. Respecting the Kalash culture and traditions, including seeking permission before taking photos, is essential. The Kalash Valleys have three central valleys – Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir – offering unique attractions. Take advantage of the Kalash Museum in Bumburet, the Kalash Women’s Handicraft Center in Rumbur, and the ancient Kalash temples in Birir. The valleys provide excellent trekking and hiking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, with various routes available. Whether you’re interested in cultural immersion or outdoor adventures, the Kalash Valleys will surely provide an unforgettable experience.

     

    Altitude: 8,858 ft (2700M)
    Travel Time: 5 hours, 264 Km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 6 KALASH FESTIVAL

    Three days of celebrations in the scenic Kalash Valleys

    The people of the Kalash Valleys celebrate several festivals throughout the year, each with its unique customs and rituals. Here are some of the festivals celebrated in the Kalash Valleys:
    Chilimjusht or Joshi: This spring festival is celebrated in May to welcome the arrival of spring. During this festival, the Kalash people decorate their houses with flowers, sing and dance to traditional music, and offer sacrifices to their gods.
    Uchal: This summer festival is celebrated in August or September to mark the beginning of the harvest season. The Kalash people wear new clothes, dance, and sing traditional songs. They also offer sacrifices to their gods and distribute food to the poor.
    Phool: This is a festival of flowers celebrated in September to honor the beauty of nature. During this festival, the Kalash people wear flower crowns, decorate their houses with flowers, and offer flower petals to their gods.
    Chawmos or Chitirmas: This winter festival is celebrated in December to mark the end of the year. During this festival, the Kalash people light bonfires, dance and sing traditional songs, and offer sacrifices to their gods.
    Gosh or Ghona: This livestock festival is celebrated in May or June to mark the end of the grazing season. During this festival, the Kalash people decorate their animals with ornaments, sing and dance, and offer sacrifices to their gods.
    These festivals are integral to the Kalash culture and allow the community to unite and celebrate their traditions.

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    Day 7 Kalasha Festival

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    Day 8 Kalasha Festival

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    Day 9 Drive to Islamabad

    Drive on the way back to Islamabad via Lawari Tunnel. For ten hours, they passed mesmerizing landscapes and a side valley. A treaty farewell dinner party in a traditional Afghani Restaurant in the evening. It is your time to pack and prepare for the sweet home flight.

    Altitude: 1,663 ft (507M)
    Travel Time: 7-8 hours, 400 Km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 10 Transfer to Islamabad International

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

We always do the best in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, and natural disasters like heavy rains, flooding, and other potential causes. Sometimes we experience unforeseen happens to affect the plan.


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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

PASSPORT AND VISA

Participants of all nationalities must have a valid passport with six months remaining validity and a visa for Pakistan. Visa must be applied online at https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/ 

The main category is CULTURE & HERITAGE TOURS, and the sub-category is TRIBES OF HINDUKUSH. You will need a letter of invitation (LOI) which our office will provide along with the requisite documents like a Discover Pakistan license copy and the National Identity Card of the issuing authority. 

 PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND A VISA FOR PAKISTAN. 

When visiting historical and archaeological sites in Pakistan, it is essential to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and preserve the sites for future generations. Here are some precautions to remember:

Before visiting any site, research its historical significance, cultural practices, and any specific guidelines or restrictions. This will help you prepare and respect the site appropriately.

Dress modestly: Pakistan is a conservative country, so it is advisable to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or conservative areas. Covering your shoulders, wearing long pants or skirts, and avoiding revealing or provocative clothing are respectful.

Respect local customs and traditions

 Pakistan has a rich cultural heritage, and it is essential to respect the customs and traditions of the local communities. Follow any religious or cultural practices observed at the site, such as removing your shoes before entering certain areas or covering your head if required.

Follow the instructions and guidelines 

Pay attention to any instructions or guidelines provided by the site authorities or tour guides. These may include areas where photography is prohibited, restricted access zones, or any specific rules to protect the artifacts or structures.

Stay on designated paths

Stick to designated paths and avoid trespassing or damaging any part of the site. Some archaeological sites are fragile; stepping on delicate areas can cause irreparable harm. Follow the signs and markers to ensure you are on the authorized path.

Do not remove artifacts

 Removing artifacts, stones, or any historical items from the site is strictly prohibited. Removing artifacts not only damages their historical value but is also illegal. Respect the site’s archaeological significance by leaving everything as you found it.

Dispose of waste properly 

Maintain cleanliness and dispose of any trash in designated bins. Keep the sites clean and leave no trace of your visit. Avoid littering or damaging the environment around the sites.

Be cautious of your belongings 

Keep an eye on your personal belongings at all times. Use a secure bag or backpack to carry your valuables and avoid displaying expensive items that may attract unwanted attention.

Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun 

Pakistan can have hot and dry weather, especially during the summer months. Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and consider wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun.

Follow safety guidelines

Be aware of your surroundings and follow any safety guidelines provided by the authorities. It is always recommended to travel in groups, especially in remote areas, and inform someone about your plans and expected return time.

By following these precautions, you can ensure a safe and respectful visit to the historical and archaeological sites in Pakistan while appreciating their cultural and historical significance

Weather

Pakistan has a diverse climate due to its geographical location and varying topography. The weather conditions in places with historical highlights can vary depending on the region and time of year. Here’s a general overview of the weather conditions in some popular historical destinations in Pakistan:

What to bring?

Comfortable Clothing: Pakistan has diverse weather conditions, so

it’s essential to dress appropriately. Carry lightweight and breathable

clothing for hot weather and layer up for cooler regions or winter visits.

Modest clothing is recommended out of respect for local customs and traditions.

Sun Protection: Pakistan’s climate can be quite sunny, especially

during summer. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and consider lightweight

clothing that provides adequate sun protection.

Comfortable Shoes: Many historical and archaeological sites in

Pakistan requires walking and exploring on foot. Wear comfortable shoes or

sneakers that are suitable for walking on uneven terrain.

Water and Snacks: Carry a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated

during your visit. It’s also a good idea to bring some snacks, especially if

you plan to spend a significant amount of time at the site.

Insect Repellent: Some archaeological sites in Pakistan may have

mosquitoes or other insects, particularly in rural areas. Pack insect repellent

to protect yourself from bites.

Cash and Local Currency: While major cities in Pakistan have ATMs

and card payment options, it’s advisable to carry some cash, especially when

visiting remote areas where cash might be the primary mode of payment.

First Aid Kit: It’s always a good idea to have a basic first aid

kit with items like band-aids, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and any

necessary prescription medications.

Other Information About Tour

BOOKING & DEPOSITS

 

The trip can be reserved as an initial deposit of 30% at the time of booking. The initial deposit shall not be refunded but can be transferred for a future trip.

FINAL PAYMENT

 

We accept full trip cost 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. The payments are only accepted in cash/bank transfers in a bank account. We don’t accept payments through credit cards. Please do not accept any invoice which is not generated by Discover Pakistan and sent through the official email id.

1) Cancellations must be notified in writing to Discover Pakistan or the agent through which the trip is booked. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows:
Cancellation before 30 days or more-After a deduction of 30%, the remaining amount will be refunded. If the deposit is retained with the consent of our client no cancellation charges will be applied. The full amount will be adjusted with a future trip.
Cancellation within 2 weeks before departure –50 % of the package offer
Cancellation within one week of departure or no-show –Loss of full payment

2) There shall be no refunds if you leave the trip for any reason whatsoever, either voluntarily or involuntarily, after the trip has begun. No refunds shall be made for any meals, accommodation, or services not utilized.

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  1. What is the duration of the Kailash Valley and Kalash Festivals Trip?

    The trip length can vary between 8-12 days, depending on the seasons and specific itinerary.

  2. What are the main highlights of the trip?

    The trip highlights include visiting Islamabad, Taxila, Takht-e-Bhai, Swat, Kalash Valleys, and Chitral. You can explore historical sites, enjoy scenic landscapes, experience local culture, and witness the unique Kalash festivals.

  3. Are there any specific festivals celebrated in Kailash Valley?

    Yes, there are three notable festivals celebrated in Kailash Valley. These include the Chilam Joshi festival in spring, Uchal or Utchal festival in summer, and the Choimus festival in winter.

  4. What is the significance of the Chilam Joshi festival?

    Chilam Joshi is a four-day festival celebrated across all three valleys of Kailash. The main purpose of this festival is to begin the spring season and for Kailash men and women to find a spouse for marriage. The festival involves traditional attire, lively colors, and cultural celebrations.

  5. What is the Uchal festival?

    Uchal, or Utchal, is a summer festival celebrated during the annual harvesting season. It is a time to express gratitude to nature for the blessing of good food and fruits. The festival involves singing, dancing, and paying homage to nature.

  6. What is the Choimus festival?

    The Choimus festival is celebrated during the winter season. Purity is of utmost importance during this festival, and celibacy is enforced. The festival involves ritual bathing and preparation to welcome Balmain to the valley.

  7. How do I reach Kailash Valley and the Kalash Festivals?

    The trip usually starts in Islamabad, Pakistan. You can reach Islamabad by international flights, and from there, the trip includes road travel to various destinations (mentioned in the above itinerary section) in Kailash Valley and Kalash Festivals.

  8. What should I expect during the trip to Swat Valley?

    Swat Valley offers stunning natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural heritage. You can explore Mingora, Butkara Stupa, Mahodand Valley, Malam Jabba Ski Resort, Swat Museum, Kalam Valley, and other attractions.

  9. Are there any cultural considerations while visiting the Kalash Valleys?

    Yes, respecting and dressing modestly while visiting the Kalash Valleys is essential. Women should cover their heads and wear long skirts or pants. It is also important to respect the Kalash people’s customs and traditions, such as avoiding intrusive behavior without permission.

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