Shandur Polo Festival

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Pakistan the land has enough to offer the heritage, the leisure and the High Himalayas, Karakorum and the Hindukush ranges with their alpine meadows and permanent snow line, the vast Indus plain merging into the great desert, the coast line and wetlands. By indulging in activities like trekking, mountaineering, culture and history, wild boar hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, mountain biking, camel and yak safaris, trout fishing and bird watching in Pakistan one can easily make the Pakistan tour a memorable one. Now with the help of Karakorum Explorers you can explore these remote places. Witness a way of life largely untouched by the outside world amid the ultimate in the mountain grandeur

Situated at the elevation of 3700m above sea level between Gilgit and Chitral, Shandur Pass invites visitors to experience a traditional Polo match between the teams of Gilgit and Chitral from 7-9 July every year. Two other exciting matches are also played between the teams of Laspar and Ghizer and Chitral ‘A’ VS Gilgit ‘A’ teams during the festival. The festival also includes folk Music, folk Dances, traditional sports and temporary tent village is setup at the pass to cater the needs.

Itinerary

Range Hindukush Altitude Min : 600m – Max: 3700m

Zone Open Duration 14 days Best Time July

1

Morning arrive Islamabad, meet and transfer to hotel. afternoon city sightseeing of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. overnight hotel

2

Morning after breakfast drive to Peshawar, afternoon visit the archeological museum and old city tour. overnight hotel

3

Drive by road to Dir, enroute visit the Takht Bhai monastery and Churchill picket at the Malakand Fort, meals and overnight at hotel.

4

Morning drive by four-wheel jeeps to Chitral through over the scenic Lawari passes and continues drive to Chitral. meals and overnight hotel.

5

Morning drive to Kalash valleys, afternoon excursion to Rambur and visit the local houses to observe the life style of Kalash tribe. Evening enjoy the Kalash dance and music. meals and overnight hotel.

6

Morning after breakfast drive to Mastuj, passing through the scenic valleys and villages with commanding view of Trich mir, the highest peak in Hindukush range over night hotel.

7

After breakfast drive to Shandur pass, a very scenic drive through the scenic villages of laspur, meals and overnight in tents.

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During the day enjoy the polo match and evening local music and dancing. Meals and overnight in tents

10

Drive to Phander a very scenic and beautiful village with lush green meadow and crystal clear streams ideal for trout fishing. Overnight in tents

11

Morning drive to Gilgit, passing through the lush green valleys of punial, sherqila and visit the 7th century Ad Buddha rock carving at Kargha near Gilgit. Overnight hotel.

12

Morning after break fast drive to Besham, through the Karakuram high way along the mighty Indus river and enjoy the magnificent views of Nanga Parbat, 8125 meters. Overnight hotel

13

After break fast drive to Islamabad, passing through the scenic abbot bad and Mansehra valleys. enroute visit the archeological museum at Taxila. over night hotel.

14

To your home bound flight