Kalash Choimus Festival

Kalash Choimus Festival

Kalash Choimus Festival also known as Chitirmas festival celebrated in winters every year.  Choimus festival holds great importance among the Kalasha people celebration with a colorful swirl of traditional dances, foods, and prayer chants to the Balomain spirit by the Kalasha tribe. The locals perform rituals for purification during the festival at the dawn of the new year.

Choimus Festival spread over days, this festival is an attraction for not only locals but also for tourists and travelers. As you get to dance around large bonfires on drum beats, there is plenty of locally brewed mulberry wine to cherish with. Women of the tribe hold special place in the festival due to their traditional black robes embroidered with colourful threads and huge headwear made of shells and beads.

The tribal elders gather at hilltops to watch the rising sun of the new year that is followed by goat sacrifices made to the Goddess, “Jastak”, and the blood is sprinkled at the temple Jastarkhan. Let See The Departure of choimus festival 2019 dates.

This year get ready to celebrate New Year in Kalasha style with Hills & Hikes.

Overview Kalash Choimus Festival 

Day-01: Arrive and and transfer to hotel

Day-02: Departure for Swat, 245km, 7-8 hrs

Day-03: Drive to Chitral 254 km 

Day-04/05: Drive to Kalash valleys

Day-06: Drive to Chitral – Swat 254 km

Day-07: Drive to Islamabad 245 km

Day-08: Transfer to airport for return flight

In this venture, we assure you a quality time. Hunza Guides is one of the parent tours and trekking companies in Pakistan.
Kalash Choimus Festival: The annual festival is held in Kalash valleys, where Kalash girls and boys dance to the tune of traditional drum beats.
For more information please do not hesitate to Contact Us or click on the next tab for further details.

Itinerary for Kalash Choimus Festival

Day-01: Islamabad
Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel, after refreshment proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.

Day-02: Islamabad to Swat
Departure for Swat, 245km, 7-8 hrs, en-route visit well-preserved monastery of Takhat-e-Bai. 
Driving along the picturesque Malakand Pass you will first visit the magnificent ancient Buddhist monastery Takht-i-Bahi dating back to 1st to 7th Century AD. Takht-e-Bhai consists of numerous chapels and stupas sticking to the high, rocky spurs. Next, continue to the enchanting Swat Valley visiting the famous Churchill’s Picket en route.

Day-03: Swat to Chitral
Drive to Chitral 254 km, arrive and transfer to hotel
Chitral town is surprisingly large; it is population having swelled by Afghan refugees from across the border. Visit Chitral fort and 100 years old Shahi mosque surrounded by clusters of enormous chinars trees. The impressive fort is the ancestral home of the mehtars of Chitral (The ex-ruling family).

Day-04/05: Kalash valleys
Drive to Kalash valleys, enjoy the Choimus festival in BumburetBirir and Rumbur.
Choimus is a new year celebration with a colorful swirl of traditional dances, foods, and prayer chants to the Balomain spirit by the Kalasha tribe. Spread over days, this festival is an attraction for not only locals but also for tourists and travelers. As you get to dance around large bonfires on drum beats, there is plenty of locally brewed mulberry wine to cherish with. Women of the tribe hold special place in the festival due to their traditional black robes embroidered with colourful threads and huge headwear made of shells and beads.

Day-06: Swat 
Drive to Chitral after refreshment continue drive to Swat. arrive and transfer to hotel

Day-07: Islamabad 
Drive to Islamabad 239 km, en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites.

Day-08: Fly Home 
Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight

Service details for Kalash Choimus Festival

What's Included

  1. Accommodation and Meals
    Accommodation will be provided based on following hotels sharing twin/double occupancy.
    Islamabad– Hill View hotel or similar category – Bed & Breakfast only.
    Swat: PTDC Motel or guesthouse- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Chitral- PTDC or Ayun Fort-  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Kalash Valleys-  PTDC Motel- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Note: Alternate accommodation will be provided if rooms in above-mentioned hotels are not available. Check in before 12:00 pm is subject to previous night charges
  2. Transportation
    Air-condition transport for sightseeing

    Air-condition transport for airport pick and drop
    Air-condition transport from Islamabad- Chitral and Islamabad 
  3. 4×4 Jeeps
    4×4 Jeeps from Chitral to Kalash valleys
  4. Taxes and Fees
    Road taxes.

    Fort entrance fees
    Museum entrance fee
  5. Staff
    Professional English Speaking Guide
    Assistant Guide as per group size

What's not Included

  • International air ticket & airport taxes.
  • Visa fee for Pakistan & personal insurance of the clients.
  • Tips for drivers, porters and staff
  • Single supplement
  • Hotel meals in Islamabad (lunch & dinner)
  • Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • All personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
  • Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely
    • If group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.
    • Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged to trekking members.
    • Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to normal package offer.Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.
    • If government imposes a fee or new condition resulting extra charges (after the package is submitted) the same will be charged in addition to normal package offer.

Joining Arrangements & Transfers

  • All clients arriving on Day 1 will be met at Islamabad Airport by our representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Similarly, transfers will be provided back to Islamabad Airport on the final day of the itinerary. Full joining instructions together with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Meal Plan

  • While in Islamabad accommodation is on Bed and breakfast basis and our guide will guide you to different restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner. Rest in all hotels accommodation is based on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Accomodation

  • The accommodation arrangement in Islamabad is of standard hotels. Rooms at our provided hotels will be on twin sharing basis. If any participant is coming alone on this tour he/she will be accommodated with one of the other members for room sharing. Nevertheless, a participant can opt for the separate room as he/she likes, however, the additional cost will be incurred for making the separate arrangement. Any participants seeking separate accommodation must inform our office in advance.

Dates Availability Status
Festival of Choimus (Kalash winter festival) - 7 days-15-DEC-2019 - 22-DEC-2019 AVAILABLE
Festival of Choimus (Kalash winter festival) - 7 days 16-DEC-2019 - 23-DEC-2019 AVAILABLE

Kalash Choimus Festival: The annual festival is held in Kalash valleys, where Kalash girls and boys dance to the tune of traditional drum beats. The start and end dates in the table above are your dates of arrival and departure from Pakistan We have at least one guaranteed departures for Kalash Choimus Festival. Our dates for the tour to Kalash valleys are given above.

How the trip will operate?

Upon arrival in Islamabad, one of our representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Next day we drive over Lowari Pass 3118m to Chitral. After overnight we drive to Kalash valleys on 3rd day. Where we will visit Kalash valleys, BumburateBirir and Rumbur to enjoy the Chilam Joshi festival.
After spending 3 nights in Kalash valleys, we depart for Hunza valley via Shandur Pass 3700m, Phandar Lake and Gilgit to Hunza. From Karimabad we visit Baltit  Fort, Altit Fort, Passu village, Passu Glacier and Khunjerab Pass (Pak/China Border). Then we drive to Islamabad via Babusar Pass 4173.  

What you Carry?

In your daypack, you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location, and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-Eze etc. 

Guidance on tipping?

It is usual to tip the members of your tour crew, including your local guide, if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that $150 – $200 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure.

Towards the end of the tour, the trip leader will help the group to determine an appropriate level of tipping for each crew member, and this is most usually done as a group ‘thank-you’ with a ceremony on the final day of tour.

 

Vaccinations and medical?

You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP from your home country about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Pakistan.

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The below notes on altitude sickness is to point out what it is and to note the symptoms. Problems with altitude sickness can usually be avoided if care is taken to prepare properly. Ensure good physical fitness, chose a trip suitable to your level, staged ascents to allow time for acclimatization, drink plenty of liquid and avoid alcohol, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and do not ignore symptoms of altitude sickness if they occur. Normal physiologic changes occur in every person who goes to altitude: hyperventilation (breathing faster, deeper, or both), shortness of breath during exertion, changed breathing pattern at night, awakening frequently at night and increased urination.

By slowly gaining height we reap the benefits of a gradual gain in fitness and acclimatization. We offer advice based on our experience and with the sensible approach we take on all of our treks, anyone who is well prepared, fit and healthy should have few problems, as we are very careful to allow time to acclimatize to the altitude. Even with these precautions, it is still possible for altitude sickness to occur. It is difficult to predict who is likely to suffer from altitude sickness. Sex is not a determinant, nor is age. Your physical condition is important to good altitude adjustment, but sometimes people who are fit ascend too rapidly for their systems to adjust.

K2 Base Camp Trek & Gondogoro La Trek

The famous Gondogoro La trek, which lies between Gondogoro glacier and Baltoro glacier connect Shigar valley.Among the high peaks of K-2 8611M, and peaks long glacierin…

Karakorum Great Traverse

The Biafo Hispar trek starts from Hisper- Korofoung, Biafo Glacier 68 Kilometers on the Karakorum Range, south of Baltoro glacier leads to Hisper glacier, which is strenuous trek…

Hushe- K7 Base Camp Trek

The most- frequented approach to K6 Base Camp is from Kande Village which is half-way up Hushe valley. There is a footbridge over the Hushe River that you cross to reach the Nangmah…

K2 Base Camp & Concordia Trek

The famous Gondogoro La trek, which lies between Gondogoro glacier and Baltoro glacier connect Shigar valley.Among the high peaks of K-2 8611M, and peaks long glacierin…

Gallery