What to do and see in Chitral, Pakistan: The Best Places and Tips

December 4, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Chitral (Pashto/Urdu: چترال‬‎; Khowar: چھترار‬‎, Khowar for "field") is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the Chitral River in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Chitral also served as the capital of the princely state of Chitral until 1969.

1. Chitral Gol National Park

Chitral, Pakistan
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Chitral Gol National Park

Reviewed By Khalil A

Chitral gol national park located over Chital just 1:5H from maintown.
The best moment to visit is when the moon is full and u just sit on a ridge facing lowe valley.
Its a place home to unique wild life .
Home to endangered species of the most beautiful cat....snow leopard
Common chukkor ,Pakistan national bird , red fox ,Tibetan wolf,lammergeyer
A PTDC motel is there but not funtional

2. Chitral Fort

Chitral Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan, Chitral, Pakistan
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Chitral Fort

Reviewed By chitralimran - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

A great historical monument located in Chitral town just besides the royal mosque, famous for its 1895 siege of Chitral fort, but unfortunately not open for public.

3. Bumburet Valley

Chitral, Pakistan +92 346 9895720
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Bumburet Valley

Reviewed By Egpos - Kilkenny

A 2 hour journey from Chitral through stomach churning mountain passes and rough roads edging steep gorges brought us to the lovely Kalash Tribe.
A visit to the Museum is a "must" to get to grips with the unique culture of this amazing people.
Their openness and welcome into their homes could teach us a lesson about what many of us have lost.
Their old graveyard was also really interesting.
The devastation caused by winter flooding is all to apparent with boulders strewn were buildings once stood. .
I have photos but cant see where to upload here.

4. Tirich Mir

Chitral 54000, Pakistan +92 346 9895720
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Tirich Mir

At nearly 8 km., this is the highest mountain of the Fokker range.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

On the way from Kalasha Valleys to Chitral city, the Tirich Mir is sometimes visible and is a wonderful sight to behold. Though distant, but serves as a majestic backdrop to photos taken en route.

5. Garam Chashma

Garam Chashma Road, Chitral, Pakistan +92 346 9895720
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Garam Chashma

Reviewed By ImranSchah - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

It is located at some 2 hrs drive from Chitral town, famous for its hot Springs that are considered having some medicinal effects for the skin maladies and joint pains, so people from far flung regions of Pakistan visit the valley.
It is also famous for its scenic and beautiful views and trout filled river.

6. Rumbur valley

Grome Village, along the Kalash River, Chitral, Pakistan +92 346 9895720
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Rumbur valley

Reviewed By Drkhurrum - Peshawar, Pakistan

it is a valley in Chitral in Kalash Region and it places where Kalash People Live in Chitral District of khyber Pakhtunkhwa , it is amazing and beautiful Place and People Speak Dardic Language and they are Related to next door Neighbours in Afghanistan the , Nuristanis People and who also have Red hairs and also same Armenian features and language .
Chitral is Part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is Accessible by PIA flights from Peshawar and by the Chitral tunnel from connecting the Swat Valley to Chitral and also from Mansehra and Abbottabad Cities via Besham which is also Part of Swat valley and now form a Different District with a New Kaladhaka District in Mansehra . Gilgit and Baltistan is also connected to Chitral and its pamir Mountains and forms the Roof top of the world .
The Kalahsa People also Celebrate the Summer with celebration and festival which is Hight light of Kalasha Valley .
The Kalasha Valleys of Mumuret, Rukmu and Biriu lie approximately twenty-two miles south of Chitral. Population is in the region of 10,000 inhabitants, of whom less than a third are Kalasha. These Valleys are the last enclaves to withstand conversion to Islam in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area.
Mumuret (Bumburet)
Mumuret is the largest of the three. With its sparkling streams, shady meadows, groves of mulberry, apricot and walnut trees, wide mountain vistas and yellow and green fields, it is thought by any to be the most beautiful. Most of the hotels are run by outside Muslims, so that there is little economic benefit for the Kalasha. At the top end of the 9-mile valley, near the government rest house, there is a Nuristani village. Here begins the route, through a side valley, which leads on to the Shawal Pass, the highest into Nuristan and once a trail belonging to the ancient Silk Road. Here the great cedar trees still cling to the mountain sides.
Rukmu (Rumbur)
Rukmu, which lies to the north of Mumuret, has fewer Muslim homesteads and sees fewer tourists. It is considerably narrower than Mumuret, and without that valley’s numerous shady meadows, Rukmu is rugged and majestic; the mountain ridges higher, the river much wilder. Again, at the very top end of the valley, there is a Nuristani village.
Biriu (Birir)
At first glance, Biriu seems narrow in comparison to the other Valleys, although it is actually wider than Rukmu. There are fewer shady meadows here than in Mumuret, and the Valleys is not so open. Moreover, at this level (it has the lowest altitude of all three Valleys, is the hottest and grows the best grapes), it does not have the majestic awe-inspiring ruggedness of Rukmu. But the narrow rocky valley, with the shallow river running down its centre, is full of ‘secret’ nooks, where the Emerald turf is splashed with sparkling rivulets of water. Higher up the mountain slopes, through the branches of the trees, the rugged mountain tops of the Hindu Kush appear stretched out on the horizon, while others loom in close, dark and mysterious or bathed in glorious sunlight.
A Must see Place for Local and Foreigners and recommended for visit in Summers as in Winters the Roads are blocked by Snow and most of flights are canceled by Weathers so Plan accordingly .

7. Tooshi Game Reserve

Garam Chashma, Chitral, Pakistan
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Tooshi Game Reserve

Reviewed By Khalil A

located about an half hour drive from chitral town towards Lotkoh
This game reserve is home to Pakistan's national animal Markhor
There are estimated more than 200 markhor population
This year july a tragic incident resulted in the death of a ten year old male markhor; who was electrocuted

8. Birir Valley

Chitral, Pakistan +92 346 9895720
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Birir Valley

Reviewed By ImranSchah - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

A very beautiful small valley some 45 Km from Chitral at 2 hrs drive on a bumpy dirt road, the main villages are Guru, Grambat gol, Bishal etc.
It's rarely visited by the tourists so if one wants to enjoy the pagan culture of Kalas , especially for anthropologists and photographers, they should visit the valley,

9. Pamir Valley

Chitral , Pamir Valley Near Broghil Pass and Wah Khan Near Chitral, Chitral, Pakistan
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Pamir Valley

Reviewed By Drkhurrum - Peshawar, Pakistan

Pamir Range of Hindu Kush Mountains of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pamir Valley is Places to Visit for Experience of Life time and one can go to chitral in PIA Direct Flight from Peshawar Bacha Khan Airport to Chitral , whose 3 Flights Operate in a Week and Mostly depend on the Weather and PIA Operations .
By Road One can go to chitral in Summers Easily but in Winters snow Blocks the Roads and Chitral is also an ALternate that connects the other Parts of khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Chitral and is Best in Winter .

In Chitral Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 31 Mountains ( Not Including those of Gilgit and Baltistan ) exists above 7,000 Meters ( 7KM vertically ) Important for Mountaineering and are situated vertically from Sea level with Lowest one about 7,020 Meters and the Highest one called Trichmir Main vertically About 7,708 Meters in Highest Situated in World top 10 Highest Mountains of world and also Visible from Commercial Aircraft as Far as Islamabad and while Landing .
it is a sub range of the Hindu Kush Himalayan range. It divides the valley of the Amu Darya (the ancient Oxus) in Afghanistan to the north from the Indus River valley to the south. The highest point in the Hindu Kush is Tirich Mir (7,708 m or 25,289 ft) in Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
To the east the Hindu Kush buttresses the Pamir range Situated inside of Pakistan near the point where the borders of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan meet, after which it runs southwest through Pakistan and into Afghanistan, finally merging into minor ranges in western Afghanistan. The mountain range separates Central Asia from South Asia . Giglit Baltistan and Chitral Part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Forms this Pamir Range although some of it is In Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The Eastern Hindu Kush range, also known as Pamirs is also Known as “ Roof Top of the World “ , mostly located in northern Pakistan and the Nuristan and Badakhshan provinces of Afghanistan .
In Pakistan’s Chitral District of Khyber Paktunkhwa is home to Tirich Mir, Noshaq, and Istoro Nal, the highest peaks in the Hindu Kush. The range also extends into Ghizar, Yasin Valley, and Ishkoman in Pakistan's Northern Areas. The highest point in the Hindu Kush is Tirich Mir (7,708 m or 25,289 ft) in Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
To the east the Hindu Kush buttresses the Pamir range near the point where the borders of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan meet, after which it runs southwest through Pakistan and into Afghanistan, finally merging into minor ranges in western Afghanistan. The mountain range separates Central Asia from South Asia.
Chitral is considered to be the pinnacle of the Hindu Kush region. The highest peaks, as well as countless passes and massive glaciers, are located in this region. The Chiantar, Kurambar, and Terich glaciers are amongst the most extensive in the Hindu Kush and the melt water from these glaciers form theAfghanistan Kunar River, which eventually flows south into Afghanistan and joins the Bashgal, Panjsher, and eventually the much smaller Kabul River.
Mountain Passes which join Afghanistan to Chitral, Pakistan, include the Baroghil (3,798 m) and the Kachin (5,639 m), which also cross from the Wakhan corridor a small Few KM Area with 4 time zones of 4 countries ie Pakistan , Afghanistan , China and Tajikistan .
There are a number of other important passes in Afghanistan China and Pakistan in Pamirs , it The Wakhjir Pass (4,923 m), proceeds from the Wakhan Corridor into Xinjiang, China, and into Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Passes which join Afghanistan to Chitral, Pakistan, include the Baroghil (3,798 m) and the Kachin (5,639 m), which also cross from the Wakhan.
Pamir Valley or the Chitral Valleys is Most beautiful and also best place to Visit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is journey of Life Time to See the breathtaking beauty and Nature at its best among the Pamir Ranger of Mountains of Hindu Kush in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Kilash Tribe and Chitralis and Gilgit,s Live here who are here who celebrate their Festivals and also are Pagan Tribe who have their own customs and are slowly Losing their culture and being Assimilating in Islamic culture .
Pamirs forms the Starting Point of Durand Line in North , that Divides the Afghanistan Tajikistan and Pakistan and it is also called the “ Roof Top of the world “, Lord Curzon the Head of East India Company Personally came and visited this Places and he was one who Invented Durand line , border between Afghanistan and India later Adopted as Pakistan Border with Afghanistan .
Pamir valley Is situated here in Gilgit and Chitral Pakhtunkhwa and starts from Wahkhan corridor that belongs to 4 countries Afghanistan , Pakistan , Tajikistan and China.
The Wakhan Corridor (alternatively Vakhan Corridor, or Wakhan) is the narrow strip of territory in northeastern Afghanistan that extends to China and separates Tajikistan from Pakistan. The corridor, wedged between the Pamirs to the north and the Hindu Kush to the south, is about 350 km (220 mi) long and 13–65 kilometres (8.1–40.4 mi) wide.
Inside the Wakhan Corridor is a high mountain valley from which the Panj and Pamir Rivers emerge and form the Amu Darya. A trade route through the valley has been used by travelers going to and from East, South and Central Asia since antiquity. Wakhan Corridor can also refer to the valley and the trade route. The closure of the Afghan-Chinese border crossing at the Wakhjir Pass at the east end of the Wakhan Corridor, however, has turned the valley into a cul de sac inhabited by nomads.
The corridor was a political creation of the Great Game. On the corridor's north side, agreements between Britain and Imperial Russia in 1873 and between Britain and Afghanistan in 1893 effectively split the historic region of Wakhan by making the Panj and Pamir Rivers the border between Afghanistan and the Russian Empire. On its south side, the Durand Line agreement of 1893 marked the boundary between British India and Afghanistan. This left a narrow strip of land as a buffer between the two empires, which became known as the Wakhan Corridor in the 20th century.
As of 2010, the Wakhan Corridor had 12,000 inhabitants. The northern part of the Wakhan is also referred to as the Afghan Pamir which is in Afghanistan .
The List of Mountains Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains are as following

Mountain Height Range Group District
1 Tirich Mir (Main) 7,708 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
2 Tirich Mir (East) 7,692 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
3 Tirich Mir (West II) 7,500 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
4 Tirich Mir (West I) 7,487 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
5 Istro-Nal (Main) 7,403 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
6 Tirich Mir (West III) 7,400 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
7 Istro-Nal (North I) 7,373 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
8 Istro-Nal (North II) 7,372 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
9 Istro-Nal (North III) 7,365 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
10 Saragharar (Main) 7,349 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
11 Saraghrar (Central) 7,330 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
12 Saragharar (S) 7,307 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
13 Istro-Nal (South) 7,303 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
14 Istro-Nal (West I) 7,300 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
15 Saraghrar (NW) 7,300 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
16 Istro-Nal (West II) 7,280 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
17 Istro-Nal (Northwest) 7,276 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
18 Saraghrar (SW-I) 7,250 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
19 Saraghrar (SE-I) 7,208 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
20 Istro-Nal (X) 7,200 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
21 Saraghrar (SW-II) 7,200 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
22 Shakawar 7,125 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
23 Koh-I-Nadir Shah 7,116 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
24 Udren Zom (N) 7,108 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
25 Langar (Main) 7,100 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
26 Saraghrar (SS) 7,100 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
27 Udren Zom (Central) 7,080 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
28 Langar (SE) 7,061 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
29 Udren Zom (S) 7,050 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
30 Saraghrar (N) 7,040 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral
31 Akber Chioh/Akher 7,020 Hindukush Hindukush Chitral.

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