Pakistan: Under a Pagan Moon
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This is quite simply the one of the most amazing, original and wild trips we do. Run for the first time in 2006, our small group of intrepid travellers was the first to experience the Kalash winter solstice festival of Chawmos and probably one of the first to see the rare snow leopard in the wild. This is the most important time of year for the Kalash, when life, the gods and ancestors are celebrated in a weeklong party and joining them for their celebrations is a privilege to which very few Westerners are invited.
We will also spend time viewing the Markhor population during the rutting season and the spectacular fights of the males, whilst watching out for the elusive and exquisite snow leopard. If we are lucky enough, we may get the chance to observe this beautiful animal in its natural environment. With the new Lowari Tunnel making access to these hidden valleys all the more accessible we can now offer this trip without the hassles of the past.
So, if you are game enough to experience a true adventure you will witness events that will certainly stay with you forever. This is as close to real exploration as us mortals are ever likely to get.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN ISLAMABAD
DAY 2: ISLAMABAD - SWAT VALLEY
DAY 3: SWAT VALLEY - CHITRAL
DAY 4: CHITRAL - CHITRAL GOL - CHITRAL
DAY 5: CHITRAL - BALANGURU
DAYS 6 - 8: BALANGURU
DAY 9: KALASH FESTIVAL - AYUN
DAY 10: AYUN - ISLAMABAD
DAY 11: ISLAMABAD - TAXILA – ISLAMABAD
DAY 12: TOUR END ISLAMABAD