Kalash Festival Uchal

Kalash Festival Uchal | 20th – 22nd August

Do experience the world unique culture of Kalash with Sky Nation Tourism. It is better to see the culture once than hear about it a thousand times

“Thanksgiving movement”- UCHAL is one of the famous religious festivals of the Kalash community celebrated by the Kalasha people every year on 20-22 August for the harvest and threshing of wheat crop in the three valleys of Bumburate, Birir and Rumbur.

The most remote and highly vulnerable community of Kalasha having unique traditions, values, customs is the most happiest people of the world. Non of the six key factors of happiness criteria applied in determining the international standard, but the Kalasha are known to be content and cheerful, as well as peaceful, showing gratitude and enjoying their simple pastoralist lives.

They have unique spiritual beliefs which taught them tolerance for others and which helped in maintaining a balance within their community. They have unique spiritual beliefs which taught them tolerance for others and which helped in maintaining a balance within their community and factors contributing to the wellbeing, happiness and resilience enhancement beliefs of Kalasha included five main themes, all influenced by their unique spirituality: contentment, pride in social identity, tolerance, gender collaboration and gratitude.

Kalash person’s belief that “we have to live here in the heaven of Kalash and not in any other part of the world, so we are satisfied, we have enough resources to feed ourselves and our children. The Kalasha are never money oriented, we prefer peace and love that is everything to us. (Badsha Kalash)… we [the tribe] are famous for our faith in purity, we are pure souls like we don’t do negative things, we are satisfied with our lives, in our traditions and give no harm to others, we believe that all living peacefully are pure souls”. (Jia Kalasha).

Kalash celebrates every single event of life individually and collectively. Their social structured is established in a way which promote happiness, love, tolerance and respect to all living and non living creature of God. The four landmark festivals are celebrated in May, August, September and December every year, providing space sand opportunities for other people to join them in these feasts.

Uchal festival provides an opportunity to the community to pay homage to nature by celebrating the harvest and also thanking their Creator for blessing them with good food and crops. They take a procession to a high plateau which is located outside of the village in Balangkuru and they pray to the Creator and this is where the long night of dancing begins.
The Kalashi people celebrate the pre-harvest with cheese, corn, and wine. The people of the  Kalash valley love music and dance to the beat of drums. Women dance in a circle on different songs. An interesting fact about Kalashi people is that they do not mourn the deaths, rather they celebrate it as a movement of happy return of their soul to God. The best gift the Kalasha people expect from the friend is a big dance for the departed soul.

On this occasion they celebrate harvesting with singing, dancing and paying homage to the nature for blessing them with barley and wheat harvest season prepare special foods, cheese, buttermilk and cornbread for the event. Women in traditional dresses perform dances. During the festival prayers, a procession is made to a high plateau outside the village in Balangkuru where the long night of dancing begins.

Day 01: Islamabad-Lower Dir- Chitral

  • Distance from Peshawar 330km (10.00hrs )
  • Distance from islamabad 418km (10.30 hrs )              
  • Departure from Islamabad /Peshawar
  • Lunch at Dir Shangrila Hotel
  • Cross lowary Tunnel 10.5km long
  • Arrival to Chitral Town
  • Enjoy the Sunset at Chitral
  • Check into Tourist inn hotel at Chitral
  • Dinner at hotel (two dishes ) and night stay
  • Out 8.00 from check the hotel

Day 02: Chitral Town-Bamburet Kalash Valley

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Departure for bambret by safari jeep
  • 30 minutes staty at Ayun Vally view  point
  • Visit kalshadur museaum with tours guide (Male or female)
  • Check in to happy family guest house
  • Visit ancient house of Kalash Valley (world heritage by UNCHR )
  • Visit handi crafts
  • Visting dancing place and other spiritual  place of kalash
  •  Check into  hotel dinner (two dishes)
  •  Bonfire and local music
  • Night stay  at Happy Family Guest House

Day 03: Bamburet Kalash to Chitral Town

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Departure  for Chitral (04.00 hr )
  • Lunch at Chitral Town
  • Visit Birmughlasht  view point 02 hours
  • Visit Shahi Masjid
  • Visit Shahi Fort  Chitral
  • Visit Polo Ground
  • Visit Musem (if possible )
  • And much more
  • Check into hotel dinner  (two dishes )
  • Niht stay at chitral  city

Day 04: Chitral- Garamchashma-Chitral Town

  • Breakfast  at hotel
  • Drive for Garamchashma 03 hrs
  • 30 minutes  stay at Shaghor valley
  • Enjoying swimming in hot spring
  • Visit hot spring for 2 hrs
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Back to Chitral
  • Visit to see markhor (if  possible)
  • Check into  hotel
  • Free time for rest
  • Shopping  in Jung  Bazar
  • Night stay

Day 05: Chitral- Qaqlasht-Booni (Upper Chitral)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Departure for Booni 4 hrs
  • Arrival to Booni
  • lunch & refreshment at Booni
  • Continue drive to Qaqlasht ground  1hr
  • back to Booni
  • Check into Hotel
  • Two dishes
  • Enjoy Local Taste of Booni

Day 06: Booni-Chitral-Dir-Islamabad/Peshawer

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Departure for peshawar /islamabad
  • Cross Chitral Town
  • 30 minutes stay at lowery tunnel
  • Some photography
  • Some photography
  • Cross lowery tunnel 10.5km
  • Lunch at Dir at al Manzar  Hotel
  • Arrival to Islamabad  over night
  • End of the tour Good bye

Bank Details

Rate Calculation per Person with Detail:

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Dinner

  • Chicken korma + Chapati+ Raita/Salad + Cold drink.
  • OR Chicken biryani + Raita/Salad + Cold drink.
  • OR Chicek BBQ (Quarter Piece)+Katchup + Nan + Cold drink.

Lunch

  • Grill fish, Afghani Palwu Salad/ Raita, Katchup Cold drink

Terms and Conditions For The Tour

  • Room type 04 bed Sharing
  • Single or double room will be provide on demand
  • No hidden fees / Charges
  • Mode of payment 50% in Advance Cash
  • Time Table must be follow
  • First Aid at any stage/ an emergency
  • Rush can disturb our time plan
  • Conform Your Booking at least 10 days before departure
  • Refreshment expense & entry fees will be paid by the tourist
  • Infant will be free child (05-10 years) will charges  50% of the tour Package

Tour Cancellation Policy

  • 00% of the total amount will be deducted if cancellation notified 10-09 days prior to the trip
  • 15% of the total amount will be deducted if cancellation notified 06-07 days prior to the trip
  • 35% of the total amount will be deducted if cancellation notified 04-05 days prior to the trip
  • 60% of the total amount will be deducted if cancellation notified 01-02 days prior to the trip
  • 85% of the total amount will be deducted if cancellation notified 12-24 Hrs  prior to the trip

Dos and Don’ts for Everyone

  • Always ask permission before photography
  • Don’t harass women in any way
  • Don’t walk into people tents uninvited
  • Don’t disturb the working in field
  • Don’t drink alcohol in public places
  • Buy local products
  • Don’t carry arms
  • Use dedicated parking area
  • Don’t throw stuff on to the tourist places
  • Don’t take photography at dangerous places
  • Make your kind cooperation with Sky Nation Tourism team

Recommended Gear

  • NIC is must
  • Trekking boots/Joggers/Comfortable Shoes/Slippers
  • Back Pack
  • Torches with extra batteries
  • Waterproof lower and Jacket
  • Thermals (both upper and lower)
  • Fleece/Sweaters
  • T Shirts for day trekking
  • Water bottle
  • Socks, preferably woolen (03-04 pairs)
  • Gloves (highly recommended)
  • Muffler (highly recommended)
  • Beanie (highly recommended)
  • Hand wash/soap/sanitizer, wipes, tooth paste and all other necessities
  • Sun Block and Sun glasses
  • Power bank

Map of Chitral Valley

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