Choimus Festival: 9 Days

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09 Days

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Up to 15

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10 peoples

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English

Overview

Kalash Choimus Festival

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.

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Highlights

  • Experience the winter festival of ethnic minority community of Kalash
  • Participate and dance to the tunes of Kalasha music
  • View of hundreds of peaks including Tirich Mir (7,708m) in the Hindukush Range
  • Rivers (Kunar, Dir, Chitral), tributaries and streams
  • Malakand pass, Lowari Pass (3,118 m) or Lowari Tunnel (10.4 kms)
  • Valleys of Khyber including Dir, Chitral and Kalash
  • Views of forts (Malakand, Nagar, Ayun & Chitral) and Mosques (Shahi Masjid)

K2 Base Camp Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
16-JUN-202005-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
20-JUN-202011-JUL-2020 CLOSED
01-JUL-202020-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
05-JUL-202026-JUL-2020 CLOSED
15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
01-AUG-202020-AUG-2020 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-202027-AUG-2020 CLOSED
20-AUG-202008-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE
01-SEP-202020-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE
10-SEP-202029-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE

K2 Base Camp Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
09-JUN-202030-JUN-2020 CLOSED
16-JUN-202005-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
01-JUL-2020 20-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
05-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 CLOSED
07-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
06-AUG-202027-AUG-2020 CLOSED
10-AUG-2020 29-AUG-2020 AVAILABLE

Snow Lake Biafo Hisper Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
25-JUN-2020 16-JUL-2020 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-2019 07-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
22-JUL-2019 12-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
01-AUG-2019 23-AUG-2019 CLOSED
03-AUG-2019 25-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-2019 27-AUG-2019 CLOSED
07-AUG-2019 28-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
15-AUG-201907-SEP-2019 AVAILABLE

Detailed Itinerary

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Day-01: Islamabad and Rawalpindi

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: Drive from Islamabad to Swat

After breakfast departure for Swat, 230 km, 4-5 hours, 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. The valley of Swat, famous for its scenic beauty, snow-capped peaks, countless waterfalls and glaciers, water springs and pastures, streams and rivulets, thick woods, glades and glens, natural parks, lakes and dark forests.

Day-03: Drive from Swat to Chitral

Drive to Chitral 254 km, 7-8 hours, afternoon visit Chitral town. 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: Bumburet- Birir and Rumbur

Drive to Kalash valleys, enjoy the Choimus festival in Bumburet, Birir 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: Drive from Chitral to Swat

Drive to Chitral after refreshment continue drive to Swat. arrive and transfer to hotel

Day-07: Drive from Swat to Peshawar

Drive Peshawar 160 km, arrive Peshawar transfer to hotel. After refreshment city tour of Peshawar, which included Dewar Fort, Kissa Khani bazaar, Peshawar Museum.

Day-08: Drive from Peshawar to Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad 172 km, en route visit Taxila museum and historical sites.

Day-09: Fly Home

Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight

  • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
  • Airport transfer on first and last day in Islamabad
  • All domestic road transfers
  • All hotel accommodation
  • All hotel meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Support staff (assistant(s) etc)
  • Travel Insurance (recommendations only)
  • Visa to Pakistan (supporting documents will be offered)
  • International airfare
  • Personal equipments (clothes, boots etc)
  • Tips for guides, porters, staff etc
  • Miscellaneous (drinks, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc)

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