Chilam Joshi Festival Kalash/ Chitral

Chilam Joshi Festival Kalash/Chitral

Chilam Joshi Festival

Known to have descended from the Greeks, many historians believe that Kalaasha were part of the raging armies of Alexander of Macedonia who decided to settle in this part of the world.

These tribes are pagans and have retained their culture and traditions through thousands of years. The open Graveyard, Kalash Museum, old Mosque and the beautiful lush green valleys of Hindukush are a treat for the visitors. Tirich Mir at 7708m- one of the highest peaks of Hindukush Range standing tall in the background of mesmerizing Karakul valley.

One of the world renowned festivals celebrated in Kalash is the Chilam Joshi festival during the month of May. The Kalasha believe that the pastoral god Sorizan protects their herds during autumn and winter, and so they host a winter festival to thank the God, Sorizon. Their other God, Goshidai protects the herds during summer and spring seasons and is thanked at the Chilam Joshi festival.

Quick Facts:

There are three possible ways of reaching Chitral valley from Islamabad.

  1. Fly from ISB to Chitral (subject to flight availability/cancellation/bad-weather)
  2. By road via Lowari Tunnel

Tour duration: 06 days (6 Days & 7 Nights)
Route : Chose from Routes A/B with slight variation in cost and Tour duration 

Difficulty level: Evening walks                       
Min Age limit: 05 years

Ideal Time: First week of May

Tour Itinerary:

Day- 1

  • Arrival at Islamabad International
  • Airport Transfer
  • Rest at Explorers Lounge Islamabad
  • Departure for Chitral via Lowari Tunnel @2300hrs
  • Lunch (2-course Continental/Desi)
  • Dinner (2-course Continental/Desi)

Day- 2

  • Breakfast in Dir         
  • Arrival in Chitral at 1000hrs
  • Transfer to 4×4 Jeeps 
  • Departure for Ayun Valley
  • Lunch enroute
  • Arrival in Ayun
  • Hotel Check-in
  • Dinner
  • Lunch (2-course Continental/Desi)
  • Dinner (2-course Continental/Desi)

Day- 3

  • Breakfast at 0600hrs
  • Departure for Kalash Valley
  • Exploring Rumbur/Bumbureet/Kalash
  • Lunch enroute
  • Witness the splendor of Chilam Joshi Festival cultural dances, music and folklore
  • Visit of Historic Mosque, Graveyard, Museum
  • Night stay at Karakul Campsite
  • Dinner
  • Lunch (2-course Continental/Desi)    
  • Dinner (2-course Continental/Desi)

Day- 4

  • Breakfast
  • Departure for Chitral
  • Visit of Chitral Gol National Park
  • Lunch enroute
  • Evening in Chitral Bazaar and Market places
  • Hotel Check-in
  • Lunch (2-course Continental/Desi)
  • Dinner (2-course Continental/Desi)

Day- 5

  • Breakfast
  • Departure for ISB
  • Lunch enroute
  • Arrival in ISB
  • Overnight stay at Explorers Lounge
  • Dinner
  • Lunch (2-course Continental/Desi)
  • Dinner (2-course Continental/Desi)

Day- 6

  • Fly Home

*********************End of Itinerary***************

Terms & Conditions


For 02 persons: 1000 USD per person (Independent Group)
For 02 persons: 800 USD per person (Combined with local/other foreign Group)
For 04 persons: 800 USD per person (Independent Group)
For 04 persons: 750 USD per person (Combined with local/other foreign Group)
For 06 persons: 700 USD per person (Independent Group)
For 08 persons: 600 USD per person (Independent Group)
For 10 persons: 500 USD per person (Independent Group)

Cost Includes:

  • All meals Breakfast/lunch/dinner throughout the tour
  • Air-conditioned luxury Coaster (22-seater)
  • All 4×4 Jeep travel
  • All hotel accommodation (double/triple sharing)
  • On-board snacks and drinks (ice box) during long travels
  • Licensed Tour Guide from Ministry of Tourism
  • Toll taxes/ NOC/ Permits other taxes
  • All transportation from and to Islamabad Airport
  • Satellite phone for incoming & outgoing on payment

Cost does not include:

  • Air tickets (national or International)
  • Visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal clothing
  • Extra refreshments apart from itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Rescue/evacuation

Essentials to bring along:

  • Warm clothing, fleece, jackets, headgear. Gloves
  • Sunglasses UV protective
  • Sunblock SPF 60+

Pakistan Explorer disciplinary policy:

  • In wake of unexpected and incidental scenarios e.g. heavy rains/landslide/road blockage/security concerns, PE management will take appropriate measures to continue or disengage the tour (cancellation/refund rules applicable)
  • Hotel rooms on double sharing
  • Camps on double sharing
  • While Guests are encouraged to photograph and record places during their visit, they must respect the local community/houses and their privacy
  • Guests are strictly advised to use life jackets while swimming or engaging in water sports. PE will not be responsible for any accident encountered in such a scenario 
  • Guests are bound to follow the instructions of the team leader/guide/HAP while crossing dangerous routes or else he/she will not be allowed to proceed further 


All cancellations must be notified in writing to Pakistan Explorer.  Cancellation charges will be levied as follows:-

If canceled by the client;

  • Whenever canceled by the client, the bank charges for both sides from the advance will be paid by the client
  • If canceled by the client any time after the commencement of the trip, or after deposit of advance due to any reason whatsoever, No refund will be given on any unutilized services other than hotels, meals which are subject to cancellation charges accordingly
  • If the trekking/expedition is cancelled by the client, government rules will be applied for the refund of Trekking Fee/climbing permits etc.

If canceled by Pakistan Explorer;

  • If the tour is canceled by Pakistan Explorer citing unfavorable conditions e.g. accident, landslide, flooding, incident of terrorism, wide spread epidemic and other such happenings which are truly incidental and has no participation of either client or Pakistan Explorer, and no alternate destination/arrangement/tour has not been mutually agreed upon by both client and Pakistan Explorer, client will be refunded for whatever unutilized service like hotel accommodation, meals, transportation etc. however, charges for trekking fee/climbing permits and other nonrefundable government charges will not be refunded

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  • Scan/copy of passport along with two passport size photographs will be required to issue invitation letter for Pakistan Visa application
  • Signed/scanned copy of the tour itinerary along with terms and conditions mentioned above, separately by each member of the group shall be sent via e-mail to Pakistan Explorer in order to dispatch Visa Invitation Letters
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