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Chitral Valley Overland

Chitral Valley Overland

7 nights

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Explore the wonders of the Chitral Valley in Pakistan on this 8-day guided overland tour.

Welcome to the wondrous Chitral Valley of Pakistan! The Chitral Valley Overland Tour takes you on an 8-day guided adventure, discovering the richness of this region. You’ll encounter the indigenous culture of the Kalasha people, explore historic sites and traditional gathering places such as mosques and markets, and all against the backdrop of majestic and rugged mountains.

Don’t miss the chance to spend an incredible night in a fully serviced wilderness campsite on the massive Shandur Pass plateau, where you’re sure to see the Milky Way clearly and drift off to peaceful sleep under a star-filled sky. Even the drive between Chitral and Islamabad is an exciting journey full of jaw-dropping scenery in the Hindu Kush mountain range. The Chitral Valley Overland Tour is an unforgettable experience you do not want to miss!

Highlights of the Chitral Valley Overland

Meet the Kalasha people and experience their unique history, religion, culture, and hospitality.
Witness amazing views of the Chitral Valley from the Chitral Gol National Park.
Follow the Chitral River as you drive along a spectacular road through the Hindu Kush mountain range.
Visit the lush plateau of the Shandur Pass and spend a night camped there under the stars and the Milky Way.

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From $825USD
8 days / 7 nights
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Chitral Valley Overland Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Islamabad

Welcome to Islamabad, Pakistan! Meet your guide and/or group leader at the airport and head to your hotel for an introduction and tour briefing. Spend the evening sightseeing in the capital city of Islamabad and enjoy a fantastic dinner with an even better view at the Monal Restaurant in Margalla Hills. Spend a comfortable night in the hotel resting up for the start of your tour!
Overnight Location: Roomy Isb Atlas, Islamabad
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Islamabad – Chitral

Get an early start for the long drive from Islamabad to Chitral. The ride will pass quickly as you sit comfortably in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and witness the incredible scenery all around you. The journey takes you through many towns and villages, including Malakand, Lower Dir and Upper Dir. Bypass the Lowari Pass (3,118 m / 10,230 ft), which is an experience but adds significantly to the travel time, by taking the Lowari Tunnel. When you reach Chitral, you will be enthralled by the beauty of this lovely river valley surrounded by the mighty mountains of the Hindu Kush mountain range.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel, Chitral
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Chitral – Kalash Valley

Leave Chitral early in the morning to explore the Kalash Valley. The Kalasha people have a unique, well-preserved culture including their own religious beliefs, language, and way of life. It is believed that they may be descendants of five lost soldiers from Alexander the Great’s army. This culture is so extraordinary that UNESCO has listed them for consideration as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. You will have the opportunity to meet some local Kalasha people to learn more about their rituals and culture. A visit to their cemetery and museum will help you learn even more. The Kalash Valley is made up of three villages: Bumboret, Birir, and Rumber, and you will have the opportunity to visit all three.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel, Chitral
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Chitral Valley sightseeing

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Chitral Valley today! Begin with a visit to Chitral Fort, a historic fort from the 14th Century. Continue to the Shahi Mosque, then the Chitral Museum, and finally visit a traditional market at the Old Chitral Bazaar. All of that just in the first part of the day! Spend the afternoon at Chitral Gol National Park, where you will witness the wonder and grandeur of the Chitral Valley. Head back to your hotel full of new impressions and experiences, ready for a good night’s rest.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel, Chitral
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Chitral – Shandur Pass

The Shandur Pass (3,770 m / 12,369 ft) is often called the roof of the world because it is both massive and beautifully lush and green. Leave early in the morning to make the most of your time in this amazing place. The journey takes you through the picturesque villages of Jenali Koch, Booni, and Mastuj. You will also pass the shimmering splendor of Shandur Lake. In the summer, the plateau is full of small streams. There is even a well-known polo field at the Shandur Pass, which hosts the Shandur Polo Festival annually in July. The festival is a fascinating experience if you time it right to attend. Whenever you visit, camping here and spending the night watching the Milky Way under a star-filled sky is a deeply moving experience.
Overnight Location: Camping at Shandur Pass
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Shandur Pass – Chitral

Take time today to absorb the unforgettable beauty of the Shandur Pass and the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains before returning to Chitral. You will travel back on the same road, but in the opposite direction the views seem new and different. A different sun angle or cloud pattern can change the appearance of the landscape entirely, and you’ll enjoy another day of spectacular scenery.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel, Chitral
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Chitral – Islamabad

Say farewell to the incredible Chitral Valley that has become familiar after your time exploring it and board the private, air-conditioned coach that will take you back to Islamabad. Once again you will pass through the same towns and villages, including Malakand, Upper Dir, and Lower Dir. The majestic peaks of the Hindu Kush range will surround you once again as you travel back toward the big city.
Overnight Location: Roomy Isb Atlas, Islamabad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Departure from Islamabad

Sadly, your time on the Chitral Valley overland tour has come to an end. After breakfast, your group leader and/or guide will assist you in your transfer to the Islamabad airport for your return flight.
Overnight Location: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

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Chitral Valley Overland Tour Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided tour to the Chitral Valley is based on the number of guests on your trip. The best time to travel to the Chitral Valley for this tour is between early April and late October.

Guided Chitral Valley Overland Tour

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Group of 1: $1,600 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 2-5: $995 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6-10: $950 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 11+: $895 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Chitral Valley Overland Tour

Enjoy 6 nights in hotels as listed below, plus 1 night in a fully serviced wilderness campsite. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $275 USD to have a private room in hotels as a solo travelers. In some cases, there may be other solo travelers, and if desired we can try to match you with participants of the same sex.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Roomy Isb Atlas Hotel

Centrally located in a popular area of F-7 Markaz in Islamabad, this hotel is known for cleanliness and friendly staff.

PTDC Motel in Chitral

All the basic necessities, plus excellent food are provided, but what you’ll remember about this hotel is the overwhelming natural beauty of its location, with spacious lawns and gardens to help you enjoy your surroundings to the fullest. 

Night 5

Fully serviced wilderness campsite

Stay on the top of the world under the Milky Way in fully serviced wilderness campsite in Shandur Pass.

PTDC Motel in Chitral

All the basic necessities, plus excellent food are provided, but what you’ll remember about this hotel is the overwhelming natural beauty of its location, with spacious lawns and gardens to help you enjoy your surroundings to the fullest. 

Roomy Isb Atlas Hotel

Centrally located in a popular area of F-7 Markaz in Islamabad, this hotel is known for cleanliness and friendly staff.

What’s included in the Chitral Valley Overland Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Accommodations

Accommodations in hotels as described above (based on double occupancy) for 6 nights, plus 1 night in a fully-serviced wilderness campsite.

Transportation during the Tour

  • Airport transfers on first and last day of trip
  • Domestic transport by air-conditioned coaches (as described in itinerary)
  • 4x4 Jeep ride to and from the Shandur Pass
  • All tolls on the highways

Also Included

  • Skilled and knowledgeable guides
  • Safety equipment and first aid kits
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Visa support letter

Not included

  • Clothing and other personal equipment
  • Phone calls, laundry, and other personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa to enter Pakistan
  • Flights to and from Islamabad, airport and departure taxes, excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance

Optional Extras

  • Extra hotel nights in Islamabad before or after the trip
  • Flight from Islamabad to Chitral or Chitral to Islamabad
  • Combine tour with Hunza Valley tour
  • Combine tour with both the Hunza Valley and Skardu Valley tours

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. It is not very physically demanding but takes you to high altitude.

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