SHANDUR POLO FESTIVAL

(The festival lures tourists to the world’s highest polo ground)

Start point- Islamabad
End point- Islamabad

The enthralling Polo Festival takes place every year from 07 – 09 July at the highest Polo ground positioned between Chitral and
Ghizer in Pakistan’s mountainous northern belt. The festival is held at a polo ground considered the highest polo field in the world at approximately 3,800 meters above sea level.
Shandur Polo ground is also called the “Roof of the World,” and the game itself; the “Kings Game” held annually since 1936.
The tour provides a fine opportunity to experience a unique polo festival which brings the tribe of Gilgit and Chitral together every year for a three-day festival in the first week of July and spectators
from across the world gather at this polo ground to witness these rivalry teams battling for supremacy.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Visit Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan
Immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Kalash – an indigenous tribe.
Watch the consecutive Polo festival at the highest polo ground on earth Entertaining music and local dance show at festival Enjoy Pakistani cuisine
Get an insight into diverse cultures of northern Pakistan
Explore Chitral valley, Shandur Lake, Phandar Valley, Ghizer valley, Hunza valley and Naran valley.
Drive on legendry Karakoram Highway in the Shadow of Nanga Parbat peak.

Day 1 – Islamabad
After meeting you from the airport and checking in to your
guesthouse, we will take a short tour of Islamabad.
It is assumed guests will arrive in the small hours of the morning.
Overnight in Islamabad.

Day 2 – Fly from Islamabad to Chitral
We will catch a scenic flight over the heart of the Hindu Kush to the remote Chitral valley. Chitral is cut off from the rest of Pakistan for
six months of the year and feels very different from the Punjabi
plains of Islamabad. The afternoon in Chitral can be spent visiting
the fort, Shahi Mosque and the local bazaar.
Overnight in Chitral.
(If the flight is delayed then we will take a full day to drive to
Chitral)
Days 3-5 – Chitral and the Kalasha Valleys
We will spend 3 days visiting Rumbour and Bumboret valleys
staying with locally owned guesthouses, eating locally grown food
and drinking the locally made wine. The days will be spent relaxing,
walking or jeeping to the Kalasha villages of these isolated valleys.
We will ensure that the accommodation is with Kalasha families so
that you get a chance to immerse yourself in the unique culture of
the Kalasha.
Overnight in Chitral or the Kalasha valleys
Day 6 – Kalasha Valleys – Chitral – Mastuj
The road between Chitral and Gilgit crosses through the Hindu
Kush. The mountains get bigger and the road condition
deteriorates. We break the journey in Mastuj, which is less of a
town than a collection of small holdings linked by winding lanes. It
is a perfect place to do nothing except drink in the views.
Overnight in Mastuj
Day 7 –8 Mastuj – Shandur Polo Festival at Shandur Pass
Today you will drive to Shandur pass to experience the unique
freestyle polo matches between the rival teams of Chitral and Gilgit.
The tournament will be in full swing from this day until 9 th and
spectators from both sides travel long distances to experience this
festival and cheer for their team. The ancient form of polo played
here has no written rules and is played without many set of rules.
Enjoy the incredible moments to experience a horse charging on the
roof of the world, followed by a bonfire and musical night in the
camping village. There are no hotels here, so you need to spend the
night in well organized and hygienically clean camp.
Rise early and walk to the Shandur lake to enjoy a beautiful sunrise
view, feel the thin fresh air, and return to the polo ground to
experience the final day of the polo tournament. It is a tradition
that the prime minister or the president of Pakistan is the chief
guest and throws the ball to begin the final match. At the end of the
title match, the chief guest gives the trophy to the winning team.

During the Shandur Polo Festival tour, you will see freestyle polo,
dancing, folk music, horse racing, paragliding, and traditional drum
beating.

Day 9 Mastuj – Shandur Pass – Phandur
After watching the final match of this festival, you will descend from
the Shandur Pass and travel along the Phandur river to reach the
Gilgit town. Gilgit is the administrative and Capital city of the Gilgit
Baltistan region of Pakistan.
Overnight in Phandur

Day 10 –Gilgit – Hunza
We join the famous Karakorum highway at Gilgit and head to the
fabled Hunza valley. We then use Hunza as a base for exploring the
surrounding area.
Overnight in Hunza.

Day 11 – 12 – Around Hunza
We have three days of exciting trips planned in Hunza. However,
you may want to do nothing more than sit under an apricot tree,
watch the mountains and read a book.
On one day, we will pass the newly formed Attabad Lake to Passu.
The 30 km long lake was only formed in 2010 after a massive
landslide dammed the mighty Indus river. The second day we will
visit the ancient forts of Baltit and Altit, the traditional residences of
the Mirs of Hunza. For the fit, on the final day, we will take a walk
on the high irrigation channels cut into the rock, giving tremendous
views and an insight into how the people of Hunza created their
Shangri-La
Overnight in Hunza.
Day 13 – Hunza – Naran or Besham
A long days drive from Hunza to Naran.
The first section will be on the Karakorum highway where we pass
the point were the 3 great mountain ranges meet. After passing
between the Himalayas, the Karakorum and the Hindu Kush we
leave the Karakorum Highway and cross the 4000 metre high
Babasur Pass before breaking our journey in Naran in the Kaghan
valley.
Overnight in Naran.

(Note that if the Babasur Pass is not yet open for the season we will
drive the Karakorum highway via Besham)
Day 14 – Besham or Naran – Islamabad
Another day spent enjoying the scenery of the Kaghan valley and
the final section of the Karakorum highway. We will arrive in
Islamabad early enough for a final meal together.
Overnight in Islamabad.
(Note that if the Babasur Pass is closed we will drive from Besham
to Islamabad via the Karakorum Highway)
Day 15 – Islamabad – Home
Transfer to airport and fly home.

Tour Cost: Ask (depends on numbers of people)

Trip Includes
One internal flight (Islamabad-Chitral)
Private transport for the length of entire trip
All accommodations, one room twin sharing basis (medium range,
neat & clean)
Camping at Shandur Polo Festival
Kitchen crockery and kitchen staff
All three times meals (Pakistani cuisine)
Mineral water
Entrance Fee
English speaking guide & assisting staff
Toll & Tax
Sales & Services
Visa support in form of Letter of invitation

Trip doesn’t include
Any extras in hotel/ on the way
Any personal nature expenses, cell phone, laundry etc.
Insurance Liabilities
Any service which has not mentioned
Tipping

$999.00

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