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Height Season(JUN-SEP)

The best season to visit Swat is from March till October amidst pleasant weather. April is the green and flowery month of spring while October is the golden month of autumn, June, July' and August are the months when dwellers of hot plains of the country swamp the valley to escape the heat of sumrner. It is the time when the valley welcomes all kinds of tourists amidst its magnificent mountains, meadows. forests and streams providing them perfect retreat.

Shoulder Season(DEC-FEB)

Low Season(MAR-MAY)

Gettting to Swat District


Main Route from Islamabad/Rawalpindi & Peshawar

People traveling from around the country on their own vehicles can take Motorway (M-1) and reach Mardan interchange from Islamabad in about one and half hours after covering a distance of 131 km. From Mardan onwards they can travel via Takht-e-Bai, Dargai, Malakand Pass, Batkhella, Chakdara and finally reach Mingora/Saidu Sharif after covering a distance of 112 km in two and half more hours. The total distance from Islamabad to Mingora/Saidu Sharif is 247Km and it takes around 5 hours with one stop for lunch and refreshments. This route is open for all kinds of traffic throughout the year.

It is 171 km from Peshawar to Mingora/Saidu Sharif using the above-mentioned route from Mardan onward. Total driving time from Peshawar is around 4 hours. For those preferring public transport, travel in air-conditioned bus service is an option. There are several bus companies with regular direct service to Mingora from Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Mardan. Daewoo Bus Company operates the most comfortable and reliable air conditioned bus service to Mingora from Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar which also provide connecting bus services to the passengers of other major cities such as Karachi, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Abbottabad, Mianwali etc.


Alternate Route from Besham via Shangla Pass

A scenic but slightly difficult and longer alternate route is via Abbottabad and the Karakorum Highway to Besham via Shangla pass. Besham is 270 km from Islamabad via Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram and Thakot. From Besham it is 69 km to Khawazakhela, a drive of about three hours on a scenic road through steeply terraced hills and pine forests across the Shangla Pass. Khawazakhela is a large town along river Swat from where Mingora is 27 km and Madyan is 26 km.

gettting around Swat District




  • Completed and signed Pakistan Visa application form.
  • Original passport (valid for at least 6 months) and a photocopy of it.
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs with white background.
  • The exact address of stay with a telephone number in Pakistan, supported by a letter of invitation and confirmation of accommodation.
  • If traveling in a group, letter/travel itinerary from the tour operator concerned.
  • Evidence of support of financial means, such as employer’s letter or bank statement showing sufficient funds.
  • Pre-paid, self-addressed envelope.



car and motorcycles

local transport


health and safety

Saidu Teaching Hospital Central Wing

Hospital in Saidu Sharif, Pakistan

 AddressSaidu Sharif Road, Mingora, Swat, Saidu Rd, Mingora


Open today · Open 24 hours

 Phone(0946) 9240438



Swat Medical Complex

General hospital in Saidu Sharif, Pakistan

 AddressFaiz Abad road, Swat. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa? Saidu Sharif


Open today · 3:15AM–12AM

 Phone(0946) 710281



SINOR Cancer Hospital

Hospital in Saidu Sharif, Pakistan

AddressMargzar Road, opposite Residence wali SWAT? Saidu Sharif


Phone(0946) 713037



Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital and Postgraduate Institute Manglawar Swat KPK

Hospital in Pakistan


Phone(0946) 7308919


 Anwar Hospital & Clinical Laboratory

Hospital in Saidu Sharif, Pakistan

AddressOpposite Swat Serena Hotel, Saidu Sharif


Open today · 8AM–9PM

Phone(0946) 712627

dangers and annoyances


emergency numbers

advice for travellers

Personal use Item/ clothing

  • Large size rucksack to carry all required trekking gear.
  • Daypack to carry a camera, snack pack and rain jacket etc.
  • Sleeping Bag of good quality to face cold temperature at night.
  • Closed cell foam mattress.
  • Trekking boots, durable with strong rubber soles.
  • Camp sandals to use while in camp and walking around.
  • Water/windproof jacket and trousers.
  • Two to three pairs of extra clothing (preferable full-length trousers and full sleeve shirts).
  • Three to four pair of socks (woolen and nylon stuff).
  • Sun Hat for shade and to avoid sunburns.
  • Woken cap to keep the head warm during cold nights.
  • Pair of gloves
  • Sunglasses to protect eyes from snow blindness.
  • Walking stick.
  • Water bottle.
  • Headlamp or torch with extra battery cells.
  • Pocket knife.
  • First Aid kit including sum block cream.