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Shandur Polo Festival

Shandur Polo Festival
Shandur Polo Festival

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organizing Trekking in Pakistan. We have had groups successfully completed K2 and Gandogoro Trek on previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment. It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD

Pass By: Islamabad International Airport, Airport Ave, Islamabad Gandhara International Airport, Islamabad, Attock, Punjab, Pakistan
Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Shandur Polo Festival Tour. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: HOTEL

Day 2: DRIVE TO CHITRAL,

Pass By: Karakoram Highway, Hassanabdal Pakistan From Hassan Abdal to China border, Gilgit Pakistan
drive to islamabad

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: HOTEL

Day 3: DRIVE TO RUMBUR

Stop At: Kalash Valley, , Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Kalash, Chitrāl, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
In the morning we continue our Adventure Towards Rumbur by Jeep. Rumbur is part of Kalash Valleys and it is roughly 50 km from Chitral. We will spend our day visiting local shops, communities and with the very hospitable and warm welcoming Kalash tribes, who have been living in these valleys for centuries. We will spent our first night in the camp.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: HOTEL

Day 4: TREK TO CHIMISAN GHARI (2830m)

Pass By: Kalash Valley, , Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Kalash, Chitrāl, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
After spending the first night under the Stars you will wake up to The beautiful Cedar and Pine trees on these high pastures which will add glory to the morning. On this day, the participants will begin their trek towards Chimisan Ghari (2,830 m).

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 5: TREK TO DONI GARI (3,250)

Stop At: Karimabad, Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan
After a morning of exploring Karimabad, we’ll drive for thirty minutes up a steep Switchback road to reach The Eagles Nest – The best viewpoint in all of Hunza and an incredible place to watch the sunset. Pink peaks and jagged cliffs spill away into the distance as the stars come out, this is a really magical place and will be the highlight of the trip so far; we will spend the night camping here and wake up early for a killer sunrise.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 6: TREK TO CHITRAL NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Chitral Gol National Park, Chitral Pakistan
Today we will cross the pass into Chitral National Park, which is spread out on 7750 hectares. It is one of the biggest National Parks in Pakistan. It is the home of many wild Birds and animals, including the markhoor and Snow Leopard. There are few glacier in the park, and the springs make it a beautiful streams, which runs towards the Chitral River.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 7: TREK TO CHITRAL,

Stop At: Chitral Valley, on the northern border of Afghanistan, Chitral 17060 Pakistan
We Continue our trek towards Chitral Town by leaving the lush green Park behind.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: HOTEL

Day 8: DRIVE TO SHANDUR (3,700m)

Stop At: Shandur Pass, Between Chitral and Gilgit, Chitral Pakistan
Today, we are off on an epic adventure. Travelling by 4WD, we will head up towards Shandur Polo Field. The scenery from the road is truly incredible and we will make frequent stops for photos and chai. We will make our way up towards the highest polo field in the world. We will pass through the beautiful Booni, Mastuj, Laspur and Ascends. Will arrive at Shandur Polo Festival early in the afternoon, so we will have an opportunity to watch the last polo match of the day. A tourist tent village with restaurant facilities is sprung up during the Shandur Polo Festival. Merchants from Peshawar, Chitral and Gilgit set up souvenir and folk craft shops. The tournament offers visitors and opportunity to mix with the locals. Tonight you will experience one of the most amazing bonfires of your life in the tent village on Shandur Pass. Night Stay in tents at roof of the world, Shandur Pass. We will spend the night in a comfortable tent.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: HOOTEL

Day 9: SHANDUR POLO FESTIVAL DAY

Pass By: Shandur National Park, Shandur - Mastuj Road
Today is the last day of the Shandur Polo festival so expect a lot of folk dancing, folk music, horse racing, paragliding and VIP arrivals. It is the tradition of the Shandur Polo festival that, The president or Prime minster of Pakistan will be the chief guest and he will give out the Trophy to the winner team. The highlight of the festival is the final match between the Gilgit and Chitral teams. The final provides a most colorful spectacle. Supporters of both sides travel long distances from the remote parts of Chitral and Gilgit, to watch the thrilling game. The event, as such, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the people of this region. Their culture and indigenous customs are a delight to behold for the visitors.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 10: DRIVE TO CHITRAL

Pass By: Chitral Valley, on the northern border of Afghanistan, Chitral 17060 Pakistan
After two days of an amazing festival at the top of the world, we will drive towards Chitral with a lot of good memories. We will follow the same route back to Chitral Town.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: HOTEL

Day 11: DRIVETO ISLAMABAD

Pass By: Chitral Valley, on the northern border of Afghanistan, Chitral 17060 Pakistan
Leaving The Chitral Valley behind, we will drive to the airport to catch the spectacular mountain flight to Islamabad. There is a possibility of sightseeing in Islamabad.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: HOTEL

Day 12: DEPARTURE DAY

Pass By: Islamabad International Airport, Airport Ave, Islamabad Gandhara International Airport, Islamabad, Attock, Punjab, Pakistan
After Breakfast we will transfer you to the Airport for your flights back home.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.



Duration:12 days
Commences in:Chitral, Pakistan
Country:Pakistan
City:Chitral

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