Money and costs

CURRENCY

pkr

DAILY COST
LOW END

1000 - 3000 pkr

You'll get

  • Middle-class restaurants can cost up to Rs. 150 - 200 (Per Head). These include traditional food, cafe, fast food. These restaurants can be - Average Restaurant 1Average Restaurant 2.
  • Room with single person bed can cost up to Rs. 500 - 800 (Per Night).  With facilities including Room Service. These hotels can be Average Hotel 1Average Hotel 2
  • Average public transport vehicle can cost up to Rs. 150 - 200 for a distance of up to 50 km. These rental services can include Bus Stop 1Bus Stop 2.
  • Vegetables and other dairy products are comparatively available at a lower cost.

DAILY COST
MID RANGE

3000-6000 pkr

You'll get

  • Middle-class restaurants can cost up to Rs. 1000 - 2000 (Per Head). These include traditional food, cafe, fast food. These restaurants can be - Better Restaurant 1Better Restaurant 2.
  • Room with single person bed can cost up to Rs. 1500 - 2500 (Per Night).  With facilities including Air Conditioner, WiFi, Security and Room Service. These hotels can be 3 Star Hotel 13 Star Hotel 2
  • Taxicab can cost up to 1000 - 2000 for travel up to 40 km. 
  • Full day car rental service can cost up to Rs. 7000 - 10000 per day. These rental services can include Rental Service 1Rental Service 2.

DAILY COST
HIGH END(LUXURY)

7000-12000 pkr

You'll get

  • Middle-class restaurants can cost up to Rs. 2000 - 2500 (Per Head). These include traditional food, cafe, fast food. These restaurants can be - Best Restaurant 1, Best Restaurant 2.
  • Room with single person bed can cost up to Rs. 3000 - 6000 (Per Night).  With facilities including Air Conditioner, WiFi, Security and Room Service. These hotels can be 5 Star Hotel 14 Star Hotel 2
  • Full day luxury car rental service can cost up to Rs. 12000 - 18000 per day. These rental services can include Rental Service 1Rental Service 2.

Best time to go and weather

Shoulder Season
High Season
Low Season

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Hide Details

Height Season(JUN-SEP)

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.

Shoulder Season(DEC-FEB)

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.

Low Season(MAR-MAY)

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.

Gettting to Chitral Valley


Air

VISA INFORMATION

  • 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.

 


land

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).


gettting around Chitral Valley

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…


arrival

By Plane

PIA operates flights from Islamabad and Peshawar daily.

By Car

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

When the passes are open, microbuses run from Peshawar to Chitral. The journey takes around 12 hours and crosses the Malakand and Lowari pass. The route is often closed in winter due to snow. Direct buses only run at night. If you travel during the day you will have to change buses at Dir.




car and motorcycles

Road conditions and treks are good in Chitral you can easily travel by your car or bike to many nearby regions of Chitral.


local transport

Wagons are used for local transport in the regions and surrounding area of Chitral valley which cost 150-200 Pkr per 50 km.


taxi

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.

health and safety

Hospitals in Chitral

  1. DHQ Hospital, Main Bazar Chitral 0943-412142/412634
  2. Aga Khan Health Services, DC road, Chitral 0943-412633
  3. Chitral Scouts Hospital, Chitral 0943-412950

Ayun

  1. RHC, Ayun Dr. wali khan 0344-4492399

Kalash valleys

     Bumburet Valley

  1. BHU, Bumburet, 0343-9645426

 

     Rumbor Valley

  1. BHU, Rumbor Valley 0346-5224688

     Birir Valley

  1. BHU, Birir Valley 0320-9607480

 

 


dangers and annoyances


Health

emergency numbers

TCKP Tourism Information Center (TIC)                                                    413540                                                            
Airport Chitral                                                                                         412547                                                                          
PIA Booking Office                                                                                   412963                                                                        
Deputy Commissioner Office Chitral                                                          412055/413795                                               
District Headquarter Hospital Chitral                                                          412142                                                             
District Police Office(DPO) Chitral                                                              412077                                                              
Police Station Chitral                                                                                412913                                                                      
SHO Chitral                                                                                             412913                                                                           
Chitral Enquiry Exchange                                                                          404000                                                                    
Wild Life Chitral                                                                                       412101                                                                          
Scouts Chitral                                                                                          412950                                                                           
Press Club Chitral                                                                                     413487

advice for travellers

 

CHECKLIST FOR TREKKING AND CAMPING TRIP.

A checklist given below will help you to better prepare for a trekking trip.

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.