Govt: License No. PR 2900 
Shandur Polo Festival 7- 9 July
Shandur polo ground is in District Chitral. The valley of Gilgit District borders it on the West by Yarkhoon valley and on the Northern. The polo ground is about 153 km away from the main Town Chitral and accessible by jeep. The road is closed during winter due to heavy snow.
The world famous Shandur Pass is about 3740m above sea level and lies midway between Chitral and Gilgit. The distance from Chitral is 153 km and Gilgit is about 211 km. These areas remain snow covered in winter and turn into a green heaven during the summer season. There is a big lake in the area.
Shandur is the highest and the largest polo ground in the world; there game of polo is played between teams from Chitral and Gilgit each year, 7-9th of July. The game originated in the dim and distant past in the high mountains of the Hindukush and Karakorum ranges. Amongst the horse loving-people of Chitral and Gilgit, here it is still played in its original form, a game that is tough, rough and hard both for man and horse, just as the surrounding mountains themselves. A game is without rules, a game with only a few pre-agreed conventions of play. Polo in Khowar Language is called "Istoorghar" and has been the traditional game of Chitral.
The Motto is: We play polo as "the game of Kings and King of the games". The game is commonly played to the music band comprising a big drum.

Itinerary
Days
Activities
Overnight
1
Arrival in Islamabad. Afternoon City Tour.
Hotel
2
Fly for Chitral. Afternoon wildlife Photography.
Hotel
3
Drive to Rumbur, Kalash valley. 2 hours drive.
Camp
4
Trek to Chimisan Ghari 2830m, along the pine and cedar trees. 6-7 hours.
Camp
5
Trek to Doni Ghari (3250m), over the pass. 4-5 hours trek.
Camp
6
Trek over the pass and descend down to
Gokhshal (2750m) (Chitral Gol National Park).3-4 hours trek.
Camp
7
Trek descends down to Chitral Town along the stream of Chitral Gol. 4-5 hours.
Hotel
8
Drive to Shandur, along the river of Mastuj. 5-6 hours drive.
Camp
9
Well experience and enjoy of polo festival and local and traditional dance and music on the occasion of the festival.
Camp
10
Drive back to Chitral.
Hotel
11
Fly to Islamabad.
Hotel
12
Transfer to Airport for onward destination.

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