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Kalash Festival Pakistan – Chilam Joshi

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09 Days
Kalash Valley
Min Age : 10
Max People : 12



UNESCO listed Kalash culture as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” in November 2018. The decision was announced during the 13th session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee meeting organized in Mauritius.

In the 3rd century BC, on his mission and journeys through the Hindu Kush range, Alexander the Great and his troops left their footprints and descendants to what is today called the Kalash Valley, home to an ethnic community in Pakistan who are blue-eyed and have fair skin.

In addition, the Kalash valley and its people are known worldwide for their unique, yet less heard and seen, culture, religion, language, festivals, and everyday lifestyle. The Valley is surrounded by Tirchmir mountain ranges. Due to these mountain ranges, the valley has remained isolated from the outer world for a long time. This is one reason why their culture and rituals are still in their purest form.

Kalash Festivals and culture are unique and fascinating.

Kalashi people celebrate three festivals every year. Chilam Joshi, Uchal, and Chomos. Chilam Joshi being the most famous festival kicks off in the second week of May which is the spring festival. Uchal Festival happens in the Autumn season and the Chomos festival happens in the midwinters.

Lastly, the three Valleys (Bumburate, Rambur, Birir) and their indigenous people are one of the reasons most foreigners come to Pakistan lately.



The four-day Chilam Joshi Festival Kicks off in the second week of May. During the festival, men and women meet with an aim to find a spouse. The festival gives a fantastic opportunity to welcome the summer season with the beat of the music. The inhabitants of Kalash adore the music and dance with the beat. Both men and women dance together during the festivals.

In this festival, the people of the Kalash Valley pray for the safeguard of their fields and animals.



Major Highlights

  • Explore the fascinating culture and landscape of Kalash Valley
  • Get to know about the everyday lifestyle of residents of the valley
  • Know about the historical tale of the Kalash community
  • Be part of the major festival of the year CHILUM JOSHI and its cultural & religious insight.


Hotel Accommodation

  • Two nights at Regalia Islamabad (4-star Hotel)
  • Two Nights at Serena Hotel Swat (3-star Hotel)
  • Four Nights in Kalash at (Best available Hotels)


Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accommodation (Twin Sharing)
  • Air Conditioned Transportation
  • Jeeps for Kalash Valley
  • 3 meals a day
  • Tour Guide
  • All Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Travel Gear Checklist

  • Umbrella
  • Sun Glasses, Sunscreen, Cap
  • T-Shirt
  • power bank
  • Hood/overcoat
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Toiletry/Slippers

Day 1 Receive Guests at Islamabad International Airport

Events For The Day:

• Arrival at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad
• Airport transfer
• Check-in at Hotel
• Overnight in Islamabad

From the airport, our guide(s) will receive you. You’ll be moved to the booked hotel shortly. Our guests may relax and recover from their long journey on this day.

Pick-up Details:

One of our guides will be holding a sign with both our company’s logo and your name on it. International flights normally arrive at midnight so at that time the Islamabad airport gets crowd-less. Our guide can easily locate you and guide you further.
Kindly let us know in advance, in case you do not need any airport transfers.

Day 2Swat Valley

Road trip to Swat Valley in the morning (4-hour drive)
Explore Mingora in the afternoon.
Overnight stay at Serena Swat

Day 3Kalash Trip

Road trip to Kalash in the morning. (5-hour drive)
Shift to Jeeps/Off-road cars in Ayon Village
Off-Road drive to Bumburet Valley (1-hour drive)
Overnight stay in Bumburette.

Day 4Bumburet Valley

Day tour to Buburet Valley
Major Highlights of the day.
You will immerse yourself into the culture of Kalash to have a better insight into their culture.
Explore Khun (locals interacting point)
Photography with the locals
Graveyard walk 10 mins
Visit Kalasha Museum (house of kalashas) – 40 Minutes’ walk
Overnight Stay in Kalash

Day 5 Bumburet Valley Kalash

Day tour to Bumburet Village for a deeper cultural immersion
Visit the site where Kalashas practice ritual dance
Free time for immersion with locals.
Dance event at a guest house in Kalash.
Overnight stay in Bumburet.

Day 6Rambur Valley

Day tour to Rambur Valley Kalash.
Unlike Bumburet, Ramboor is culturally less influenced by external guests.
Immersion into some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet.
Overnight stay in Kalash.

Day 7Swat

The return trip to Swat in the morning.
Stopovers on the way.
Overnight stay at Swat Serena Hotel.

Day 8Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad in the morning.
Visit Takhte-Bhai on return.
Return to Islamabad by evening.
Overnight at Regalia Islamabad

Day 9 Drop off at airport

Drop off the guests at Islamabad International Airport.

Kalash Valley Tour Map
Kalash Valley Tour (Tour Map)