Kalash Uchal Festival
Kalash Uchal Festival
Uchal Kalash Festival is one of the top cultural festivals of Pakistan. Kalasha tribe celebrates many festivals around the year. Uchal festival celebration is to pay homage to Almighty for blessing them with good food and crops. They prepare corn, buttermilk and cheese to celebrate the festival and rejoice Uchao.
Kalash Uchal Festival is celebrated in annual harvesting with singing, dancing and paying homage to the nature for blessing them with barley and wheat harvest season every year in August.
In the festival of Uchal they prepare special foods, cheese, buttermilk and corn bread for the event. Women in traditional dresses perform dances. During the festival prayers, a procession is made to a high plateau outside the village in Balangkuru where the long night of dancing begins. The festivals continue for many more days moving on to different locations within the valleys.
Overview Kalash Uchal Festival
Day-01: Arrive in Islamabad transfer to hotel
Day-02: Departure for Swat, 245km, 7-8 hrs.
Day-03: Drive to Chitral 254 km. Overnight at hotel
Day-04/05: Kalash valleys. Bumburet, Birir and Rumbur.
Day-06: Drive to Chitral after refreshment continue drive to Swat
Day-07: Drive to Islamabad, en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites.
Day-08: Transfer to Islamabad 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 Uchal Festival Festival: The annual festival is held in Kalash valleys, where Kalash girls and boys dance to the tune of traditional drum beats.
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Kalash Uchal Festival
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 Chital 254 km, arrive and transfer to hotel
Chitral prime attraction is the Kalash valleys, home of 3000 non-Muslim Kafir Kalash (or black infidels) who live in 20 small villages in the valleys of Birir and Rumbur. The Kafir Kalash still follow their own religion, a mixture of animism and ancestor-and fire-worship, and have retained some of their original cultures. They make offerings to several gods: Sajigor, the highest deity, is in charge of everything: Surisan protects the cattle, Goshedoi milk products, and praba fruit. Most of the Kalash are pale skinned, and some of them even have fair hair and blue eyes, all of which give rise to the usual legend that they are descended from the followers of Alexander.
Day-04/05: Kalash valleys
Drive to Kalash valleys, visit Bumburet and Birir and enjoy the Uchao festival in Rumbur Valley.
Kalash celebrate Uchao to pay homage to Almighty because of grapes and other ripe fruit. They prepare wine, cheese, corns etc. and rejoice Uchao.
Drive to Chitral after refreshment continue drive to Swat. arrive and transfer to hotel
Drive to Islamabad, en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites.
Day-08: Fly Home
Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight
Service details for Kalash Uchal Festival
- 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
Air-condition transport for sightseeing
Air-condition transport for airport pick and drop
Air-condition transport from Islamabad- Chitral, and back to Islamabad
- 4×4 Jeeps
4×4 Jeeps from Chitral to Kalash valleys and Chitral
- Taxes and Fees
Fort entrance fees
Museum entrance fee
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.
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.
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.
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Kalash Uchal Festival Festival: The annual festival is held 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 two guaranteed departures for Kalash Uchal Festival 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, Bumburate, Birir 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.
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