7 DAYS TRIP TO SHANDUR VALLEY
Day Wise Plan:
Day 1: Islamabad to Mansehra, Lunch in Mansehra after drive of 4 hours of drive, then to BabuSar Top which is about 3h: 30 m drive from Mansehra. One can stay at Chilas 1 h: 15m from BabuSar Top.
Day 2: Breakfast in Chilas and move towards Gilgit City. It takes almost 3 h to reach Gilgit. After lunch proceed towards Shandur Valley and it takes 6 h to reach Shandur.
Day 3: At Shandur Valley/Polo tournament
Day 4: Shandur Valley Tour/Polo Tournament
Day 5: Shandur Valley/ Polo Tournament
Day 6: Back from Shandur to Gilgit (Night stay in Gilgit)
Day 7: From Gilgit to Islamabad via Naran, BabuSar Top
- Road transfer in AC van from Islamabad to Islamabad
- Best hotel in the town or area.
- Standard Pakistani Breakfast.
- Free Wi-Fi.
Cost Does Not Include:
- Extras at hotels like drinks, laundry, phone calls.
- Lunch, Dinners.
- Extra Fees.
- Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions and Medical aid.
Shandur is a valley known as roof of the world. This valley has breathtaking views which one can only imagine to visit. It has the world’s highest Polo ground where polo is played in its original form. The game at Shandur is unlike any other in the world, it is freestyle, no rules, no umpires. Besides, playing at that height poses its own challenge – the lack of oxygen. Polo at Shandur dates back to over a century but the first recorded tournament played at this ground was in 1936. Every year in July a grand polo tournament takes place at Shandur pass among districts of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.
During this festival Shandur not only draws spectators from across the country, but also foreigners from many different countries come to witness this historic game in the spectacular valley.
People from all over the Pakistan not go to enjoy the Polo match but along with the attraction for its really beauty, many Traders and Business Class people gather in Shandur and install their stalls to attract the visitors. As it gives a huge platform and golden chance for different companies to promote their products among International crowd. Mostly the art and craft related object become the real source of attraction for the tourists.
Music and dance competitions are held which are so entertaining and full of life that they make people forget their worries. Those who visit Shandur to enjoy the tournament find it the best time for mountaineering, hiking and trekking. A lot of food stalls are also installed where the tourists’ enjoy the tasty foods.
The mountains and the lake (Shandur Lake) here are absolutely beautiful. This makes the visitors to come again and again & to see more of Pakistan.
Shandur Top located in Ghizer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan having at altitude of 4300m.
Places to be visited!
- Islamabad- Mansehra
Beauty wise Mansehra is the most wonderful place which one shall not miss to visit. It is a small area but have extra ordinary surroundings. This is situated in between the High and lush green Mountains. It has the panoramic view of widespread plain and invigorating fresh air in all seasons. The higher hills of Mansehra have pine covered slopes and the peaks of Kaghan, Bhogarmang, Konsh, Allai are snow capped. This region consists of many water-falls that glorify its attraction. The lovers of beauty rejoice when they walk on green mountain crests and listens the roars of water fall from all around. Islamabad to BabuSar Top is around 04hrs:30 minutes drive and the distance is around 430 km.
- Mansehra – BabuSar Top
BabuSar Top is the highest point at (4173 m/13,691 ft) and it is considered to be one of the most amazing spots of entire Pakistan. BabuSar Top is about 70 Kilometers from Naran. It is a mountain pass at the north connecting Thak Nala with Chilas. This is a breathtaking and the famous destination while on your tour to Shandur Valley. It is a heavenly piece of earth with a very beautiful views and sceneries. This area is full of great species of birds, animals, flowers and bushes. The forests near the top are of hardwood trees and they are in lush condition throughout the year. BabuSar Top connects Gilgit with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- BabuSar Top – Chilas(Fairy Meadows)
Chilas comes under Gilgit-Baltistan. It is 130 KM from the main city of Gilgit. The weather is hot and dry in the summer and dry and cold in the winter. But one can spend couple of days in Fairy Meadows (a resort 50 km from Chilas) which is known as “Heaven on Earth”. It is the most beautiful place of Pakistan that one can only imagine to visit. Fairy Meadow is a lush green plateau at 3300 m offering a breath taking view of Majestic Nanga Parbat (The Killer Mountain). Besides form Nature Lovers, Fairy Meadows has been a source of enchantment for back packers, climbers, wildlife researchers, photographers, painters & geologists.
- BabuSar Top –Gilgit
Gilgit Baltistan is the most beautiful and spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. The world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: The Karakoram, The Hindukush and The Himalayas. Gilgit Baltistan as a whole is like a paradise for trekkers, mountaineers and Nature lovers. Total distance from BabuSar to Gilgit city is 500km/ 12 hours drive.
- Gilgit- Shandur
Shandur is a piece of Heaven on Earth. The famous and unique game of this valley has made is more special and important as the game has got international fame for it is played at the highest polo ground of the world. The Shandur Pass lies almost midway between Pandar on a jeep road, travelling on which, is adventurous, to say the least. Access Islamabad to Gilgit and then to Shandur is either the best place to travel.