When there is summer in the other areas of the country, Chitral is the place where the weather still remains cold and people like to come here to beat the heat of Pakistan.
In these months the weather is moderate and people from nearby and all over the country try to visit Chitral to enjoy the lush green meadows and high mountains of the valley.
Due to heavy snowfall in these months, the tracks and roads are not compatible for a journey through highrise mountains and curves roadways.
In winter the Loware top which was the only way before the construction of Loware tunnel was almost closed for 4 months. Now as the Tunnel has been completed many tourists like to visit and explore Chitral in these months also.
It takes about 8 to 10 hours drive from Islamabad to Chitral.
The more popular route by land is from Gilgit - taking 14 hours if all the jeeps on the 5-7 steps of the route are co-ordinated. This route is considered the safest and most scenic.
Another land route is from Peshawar. Jeeps leave Chitral Mayoon (600 rs) at 4 am in Khyber Bazaar and takes 14 hours, crossing over the beautiful Lowri Pass. However, this route is sometimes closed due to fighting, so check on current conditions before planning your journey.
As regards the Kalash Valleys, jeeps are available in the morning and mid-afternoon (8o rs or 1000 for 'special taxi') which run via Ayun. Roads to Valley are unmetalled and on one side of the jeep is Hindukush and on the other side is the river. A 200rs toll applies to enter the valleys. Most people only visit central valley Bambore at where there are many hotels & other amenities. Rumbur is less often visited but has a higher proportion of Kalash and a greater historical significance to the Kalash people (but watch out for the converted Afghan-Kalash at the northern end of the valley who, while not dangerous, are unfriendly to foreigners and enemies to the Kalash as the result of them squatting on Kalash lands).
Chitral town in the Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province is a famous stopover for both tourists and trekkers specially during summer months. There are multiple options to reach Chitral from Islamabad or Peshawar…
Chitral is accessible from Peshawar by the 227-mile jeepable road which goes via Malakand, Dir and the 3200 meters high Lowari Pass. Chitral can also be reached from Gilgit via the 3719 meters high Shandur Pass. Distance 405km (252miles). The time required will be 25 hours. Permits are required. Please contact Deputy Commissioner, Chitral.BY BUS/ COASTER
Road conditions and treks are good in Chitral you can easily travel by your car or bike to many nearby regions of Chitral.
Wagons are used for local transport in the regions and surrounding area of Chitral valley which cost 150-200 Pkr per 50 km.
Local taxi and rented taxis services are also operating all over Chitral valley.Travellers can easily avail local taxi from any region of Chitral which may cost 1500 to 3000 Pkr per 50 km.
Hospitals in Chitral
CHECKLIST FOR TREKKING AND CAMPING TRIP.
A checklist given below will help you to better prepare for a trekking trip.
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