The Kalash have three colourful festivals to the Kalash these festivals are the culminations of religious life and, like the big funerals, they unite the people.

CHILMJUSHT (14th -15th  May)                                                                                                                             CHILIMJUSHT THE SPRING FESTIVAL, in the middle of May lasts for four days. The spring festival honor the fairies and also safeguards the goats and shepherds before they go to the pastures. Before the festival the women and girls gather from all over the valley and decorate their houses. Inside the houses local wine and milk products are shared. The women then sprinkle milk on Goddess ” Jestak ” the protector of their children and home. The festival begins at Rumbur where the Shaman (soothsayer) and tribal chiefs lead a procession to the ” Malosh altar” , high above Grum, to sacrifice goats to the Gods . Later the festival moves on to Bumboret and ends up at Birir , a few days later.

Every religious ceremony is accompanied by dancing and rhythmical chant to a beat of the drum. The women wearing their traditional black robes, ornate cowries shelled head dresses and adorned with coloured necklaces, dance in a circle. Then the men join in : it may be a man and a women or a man in the middle with a women on each side, lovers being free to intermingle. One hand is held round the waist of the partner and the other round the shoulders. Tribal chiefs in colourful dresses narrate stories of bygone days and events.

UCHAO O UTCHAL (19th – 20th August)                                                                                                                       UCHAL FESTIVAL, in Augusts marking the harvest of wheat and barley and bringing down of cheese from the high summer pastures. It is celebrated in Rumbur and Bumboret . Earlier in July it starts as the” Ranat” with dances held on alternate days performed by the young girls and boys in order to safeguard the maize crop.

CHOIMUSK (7th to 22nd December)                                                                                                                             CHOMOS FESTIVAL. As winter starts around mid December the Chomos festival begins. The festival is observed for the divine, the living and dead relatives, for the crops and the goats to be safeguarded, while the community, the village and the valley are purified prior to the coming year. Sighting a fox is a good omen and great efforts are made in this regard. At dusk torch lit processions are led from all the nearby villages culminating at the “Charsue” which is the main customary dancing place. Most of the festivities are indoors where the local wine is handed around as the dance gathers momentum carries out till late in the night round the bonfire. While the tribal elders sit on hill tops at dawn to watch the rising sun and declare the New Year. Goat sacrifices are then made to the Godess “Jastak” , blood from the animal is sprinkled at the temple Jastak An. This is the time when “Balimine” another great God visits the Kalash valley once a year and sacrifices are made at his” Malosh. Altar” too

Departure/Return Location Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad
Departure Time Mountain Range: Hindokush
Elevation: 2200 Best Time: 14th – 15th May/19th – 20th August/7th – 22nd  December
Duration: 11 Days Zone: Open

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time11 Days
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01: Islamabad

Arrival Islamabad and transfer to hotel.
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Day 02: Islamabad to Chitral

Departure for Chitral via Lawari Tunnel (incase Tunnel close then via Lawari Pass) (3118m), our today’s journey will be 10 hours drive, today we will cross some small cites and piston villages arrive in Chitral and transfer to hotel
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03: Chitral to Bumburat (Kalash)

Departure for Kalash valley, the 3 hours drive to Kalash village be through the most interesting narrow jeep trek, arrive and transfer to  hotel
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Day 04 to 07: Bumburat (Kalash)

Explore the beautiful Kalash valley Bumburat, Rembur and enjoy the festival in Bumburat village in Kalash valley
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08: Kalash to Chitral

After breakfast then drive back to Chitral,After lunch we will vist local bazzar and Shahi mosque its Built by the ul-Mulks near the end of the 19th century. Its pinkish walls and white onion dome make it one of north Pakistan’s most distinctive mosques, particularly as its minarets frame Tirich Mir in the far distance. It’s usually fine to visit, but ask permission before entering and avoid Friday prayers. arrive and transfer to hotel
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09: Chitral to Islamabad

After breakfast then drive back to Islamabad, arrive and transfer to hotel
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10: Islamabad

After breafast we visit to Taxila city is 35 km, 20 minutes drive from Islamabad moving towards north-west where the civilization of Gandhara exists. While traveling on GT road, after crossing Margalla Hills, just turning left from Taxila bypass at Khanpur Lake road about 4 km there is Taxila Museum. It’s a site museum where the collections of gandhara art are placed, which is about of 600BC to 700BC. Two beautiful & well maintained gardens are also attached with the museum’s building, for visitors to relax and enjoy the natural environment and weather.
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11: Islamabad to Flight out

Explore the twin city and in the evening transfer to at airport for flight back home.

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Air-conditioned luxury transport
English speaking tour guide
Entry fees
toll taxes
Domestic flights tickets

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