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08 Days
Availability : 20 - 22 August
Islamabad, Pakistan
Kalash Valley, Pakistan
Max People : 1

Uchal is a traditional festival celebrated by the Kalash people in the remote valleys of Chitral, Pakistan. The festival is a vibrant celebration of spring, during which the Kalash people express their gratitude for the bounty of nature and pray for a prosperous year ahead.

Hunza Explorers is a well-known travel company in Pakistan that specializes in organizing tours and expeditions to remote and off-the-beaten-path destinations, including the Kalash valleys. They offer unique and immersive experiences for travelers who want to learn about the local culture and traditions, including participating in the Uchal festival.

During the festival, Hunza Explorers provides an opportunity for travelers to witness and participate in the traditional dance, music, and rituals of the Kalash people, while also providing a comfortable and safe travel experience. This can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for travelers to immerse themselves in the unique culture of the Kalash people and witness a celebration that has been passed down through generations.

Itinerary:

Day 01, (18 August): Islamabad

Upon your arrival at Islamabad International Airport, our dedicated guide and professional driver will be there to extend a warm welcome. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities, and we are delighted to assist you from the moment you land.

Day 02, (19 August); Islamabad – Chitral

Today, we embark on a long but exciting journey from Islamabad to Chitral. The drive will take us about 10 hours, but it’s a chance to see some interesting places along the way. We’ll pass through towns like Lower Dir and Upper Dir, where you’ll get a taste of the local culture and life.

The highlight of the day is crossing Lawari Pass, a high mountain road at 3118 meters. The views from here are simply breathtaking, and it’s a real adventure to drive through this pass.

Finally, we’ll arrive in Chitral, a peaceful and beautiful place. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable in your hotel so you can relax and prepare for more adventures in Chitral. Today is all about exploring and enjoying the journey, even though it’s a long drive.

Day 03, (20 August): Chitral – Bumburat (Kalash)

Today, we set out for the captivating Kalash Valley, embarking on a 3-hour drive that promises adventure and discovery. The journey to Kalash village takes us along a fascinating narrow jeep track, winding through some of the most intriguing landscapes.

Upon our arrival in Kalash, we will ensure your comfortable transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the valley’s enchanting surroundings and immerse yourself in the unique Uchal festival experience.

This day offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and the opportunity to witness the festivities of the Uchal festival, making it a memorable part of your journey.

Day 04 – 05, (21 - 22 August) Celebration of Uchal Festival in Bumburat and Rumbor Village, Kalash Valley

Get ready for two more days of vibrant celebration as we continue our immersion in the enchanting Uchal festival. This unique cultural event unfolds in the picturesque villages of Bumburat and Rumbor, nestled within the captivating Kalash Valley.

The Uchal festival is a time of pure joy, characterized by the mesmerizing rhythms of traditional Kalash dances, the soul-stirring melodies of their music, and the age-old rituals that illuminate the rich heritage of the Kalash community. During these days, you’ll have the privilege of witnessing and participating in these captivating customs and traditions, creating lasting memories of cultural exchange.

Our culinary journey also continues, offering you the opportunity to savor the delectable flavors of local Kalash dishes and drinks, each bite a tantalizing glimpse into their unique gastronomy.

Engage with the warm and hospitable Kalash people, deepening your understanding of their culture and way of life. These two days are a treasure trove of experiences, where you’ll forge connections and celebrate amidst the heartwarming cultural tapestry of the Kalash Valley. These moments of cultural richness and festive joy will leave an indelible mark on your journey, creating memories to cherish for years to come.

Day 06, (23 August): Kalash – Swat Valley

Our journey today retraces the path we took via the mesmerizing Lawari Pass, as we head back to Islamabad. As we descend from the pass and bid farewell to the Dir Valley, we set our course for yet another gem in Pakistan’s treasure trove – the enchanting Swat Valley.

Swat Valley, often compared to the “Switzerland of Pakistan,” beckons with its unrivaled natural beauty, lush landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Upon our arrival, we’ll ensure your seamless transfer to a comfortable hotel, where you can unwind and prepare for further exploration.

The remainder of the day is your canvas to paint as you please. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, meander through local markets, or delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Swat Valley, you’ll find an array of experiences to cherish.

This return journey not only offers picturesque landscapes but also serves as a moment to reflect on the memories and adventures accumulated during your exploration of Kalash Valley.

Day 07, (24 August): Chitral – Islamabad

Our half-day adventure in Swat Valley begins with a visit to the historic town of Saidu Sharif, where we’ll explore the fascinating Saidu Sharif Stupa. This ancient Buddhist monument, dating back to the Gandhara period, will captivate you with its intricate carvings and rich history.

From there, we’ll journey to the Swat Museum, a treasure trove of artifacts and relics that offer a deeper insight into Swat’s cultural heritage. You’ll have the opportunity to admire sculptures and items from the region’s Buddhist legacy.

Continuing our cultural exploration, we’ll make our way to the iconic Butkara Stupa, another remarkable Buddhist monument with a storied past. Here, you can marvel at the architectural details and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of this historical site.

After our enriching encounters with Swat’s heritage sites, we’ll bid farewell to this captivating valley and embark on a scenic drive back to Islamabad. Along the way, you can reflect on the cultural treasures and natural beauty you’ve discovered in Swat Valley, creating lasting memories of your visit to this remarkable region.

Day 08, (25 August): Fly to destination

As we conclude our Uchal Festival Tour in the captivating Kalash Valley, we have one more day of exploration in store before bidding farewell at Islamabad International Airport.

Our day begins with an exploration of Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. We’ll start by visiting the magnificent Faisal Mosque, an architectural masterpiece and one of the world’s largest mosques. Its grandeur and serene ambiance provide a spiritual start to our day.

Next on our itinerary is the Pakistan Monument, an iconic symbol celebrating the unity and diversity of the nation. The intricately designed structure pays homage to Pakistan’s four provinces, and from its vantage point, you can enjoy panoramic views of Islamabad.

To immerse ourselves in local culture, we’ll stroll through an Islamabad bazaar. Here, you can shop for souvenirs, interact with friendly locals, and savor delicious Pakistani street food.

As the sun sets on this memorable journey, we’ll make our way to Islamabad International Airport, where our services will come to an end. We appreciate your trust in Hunza Explorers and hope your Uchal Festival Tour in Kalash Valley has been filled with remarkable experiences and cherished memories. It has been a pleasure serving you, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more incredible explorations in the future. Safe travels and warm regards from the Hunza Explorers team!

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

Start DateEnd DatePriceDepostAvailability
19 August, 202425 August, 2024$1160 USD30%Available
19 August, 202525 August, 2025$1160 USD30%Available

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