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Tour De North
Pakistan is a country close to our heart and for good reason. Home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, thriving cities, colourful markets and warm hospitality, a trip to this part of the world is bound to excite even the Tour de North. Having run trips here for fifteen years, we understand the political complexities of travelling to this fascinating country and our paramount consideration has always been the safety of our clients. Despite the negative images painted by the press, we believe that areas in Pakistan – particularly around the mountains of the north - pose little or no danger within the current climate.
Chitral National Park
Search for markhor in Chitral National Park Travel
Spend two days in Kalash also known is Kafiristan with People of Greek descendants, staying in a guesthouse
Explore the Buddhist sights of the Swat Valley in Butkara which was a Buddhist holy place in Swat
Wander over the Shandur Pass which is b/w Gilgit and Chitral It is often called 'Roof of the World'.
Arrive at Islamabad and transfer to your hotel. Time permitting, you will head into Islamabad to see some of the Pakistani capital and take a visit to the Heritage Museum and the Faisal Mosque.
Today you will start your journey north by driving through the Northwest Frontier and into the beautiful Swat Valley. Follow the GT Road to Malakand Pass, Butkhela, Chakdara and Saidu Sharif. Until quite recently this region was out of bounds to foreign tourists, but now it has opened up again offering you a great chance to explore the regions ancient Buddhist past. Once you have checked into your hotel, you'll visit the local museum, packed with many fine Gandharan artefacts, and other Buddhist sites. Then visit the famous archaeological site of Butkara, which is one of oldest Buddhist stupas in Ghandhara
After breakfast you will embark on a spectacular drive, passing Chakdara - where young Winston Churchill saw action back in the 1890s - before continuing over the Lowari Pass (or going through the new tunnel) and into the ancient kingdom of Chitral. Here you'll drive on to Ayun, where you'll check into the wonderful home of Maqsood Ul Mulk, one of the princes of Chitral
Today provides the opportunity to relax and spend some time exploring the Princes amazing garden and wandering through the beautiful village of Ayun
After breakfast, you will drive into the Valley of Rumbor and the village of Balanguru where we stay with our good friend Saifullah Jan, the chief spokesperson for the colourful Kalash people. You also have the option of walking the last few miles through this gorgeous valley. The Kalash, numbering approximately 3,000, are the smallest religious minority of Pakistan. Unlike the other minorities in the country, they live exclusively in a particular geographical area; the three valleys of Birir, Bumburet and Rumbur. Situated in the Hind Kush between the Afghan Border and Chitral Valley, the Muslim label the community Kalash Kafirs' (non-believers) and their area Kafirstan
After breakfast drive to the Bumburet Valley, the most picturesque of the three, scattered with villages and long, fertile stretches of cultivation. Upon arrival do spend as much time with the Kalash families as possible, learning about their culture, lifestyle and how they are slowly transitioning to the modern world. You have the option to go on a walk through the valley to enjoy cold water of the river that flows through the valley. (B,L,D) *Please note during spring you can celebrate the Joshi Festival with our local friends of the Kalash people
This morning you have more time to explore the valley before driving back to the sleepy mountain town of Chitral. You'll hope to catch a game of mountain polo, if a match is being played, before checking into your hotel for the night
This morning you'll travel on towards Chitral National Park to see the markhor, a kind of mountain antelope and favoured prey of the snow leopards. In the afternoon, you will visit the historical Chitral Fort, Royal Mosque and take a stroll through the old bazaar, reminding one of the heydays of the Silk Road
After breakfast you will drive to Mastuj, 110 km north-east of Chitral town, in a 4x4 jeep. This is one of the most beautiful and dramatic drives you are ever likely to take as we wind our way up the Mastuj Valley, passing Tirich Mir and Boni Zong, before finally entering the Yarkund Valley at the top of which lies Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor. On arrival you will take a stroll around the village before retiring to your hotel
After breakfast you will drive to the Shandur Pass, stopping for tea en route at Sor Laspur and for a picnic lunch on top of pass (3,800m). Visit the beautiful Shandur Lake and the world famous Shandur Polo ground before pick up the vehicle again and driving back to Mastuj
Another beautiful and dramatic drive today sees you leaving the Yarkund Valley and winding your way down the Mastuj Valley. The drive will take around 5 hours and on arrival in Chitral you will be taken to your hotel
Catch a flight this morning to Islamabad (weather permitting). Upon arrival into Islamabad airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.