Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Hunza Explorers as we invite you to the awe-inspiring Shandur Polo Festival. Nestled atop Shandur Top at a breathtaking altitude of 3,700 meters, this annual extravaganza unfolds against the stunning backdrop of the world’s highest polo ground. Since 1936, local teams from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral have fiercely competed in this traditional polo tournament, preserving the game’s original essence. Beyond the thrilling matches, immerse yourself in the cultural kaleidoscope of folk music and dance, and find comfort in the vibrant camping village created for our esteemed visitors.
Experience the unparalleled allure of free-styled mountain polo, an unscripted spectacle where the absence of rules adds an extra layer of excitement. As we venture into this unique event, witness the fearless players engage in a game that transcends conventional boundaries. Join us in celebrating the spirit of Shandur Polo Festival, where the rugged beauty of the landscape harmonizes with the unbridled thrill of mountain polo. Secure your spot now for an exclusive journey with Hunza Explorers, where adventure meets tradition in the heart of Pakistan’s spectacular Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Upon your arrival in Islamabad, our guide and driver will warmly welcome you at the international/domestic arrival section of Islamabad International Airport or any designated location in Islamabad or Rawalpindi. Following the introduction with our team, you will be chauffeured to your hotel in Islamabad.
Embark on a thrilling journey to Chitral, with today's drive promising excitement and scenic beauty. Along the way, we'll pause at the enchanting Pashtun villages of Lower and Upper Dir, and traverse the Lowari tunnel/pass to enter the Chitral district, passing through numerous charming villages. Upon reaching Chitral Town, you will be transferred to your hotel for a comfortable stay.
Embark on a journey to Mastuj in upper Chitral, with an exciting exploration of Bunni and other villages along the way. Upon reaching Mastuj, settle in and transfer to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Embark on a scenic drive to Shandur Pass, making memorable stops at the small, beautiful, and unique villages of Upper Chitral Valley before reaching the pass. Upon arrival, you'll set up tents for an unforgettable overnight stay surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Shandur Pass.
Immerse yourself in a three-day celebration at Shandur Pass, where the festival unfolds in all its glory. Witness the exhilarating polo matches between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan, savor the vibrant cultural dances, and indulge in the delectable local cuisine offered at the food stalls. Amidst the festivities, take the opportunity to embark on short hikes, exploring the stunning surroundings of Shandur Pass for an enriching and unforgettable experience.
Embark on a picturesque drive from Shandur to Gupis, immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes along the way. Marvel at the beauty of Shandur Pass and explore the quaint villages dotting the Phandar valley. Take in the tranquility of Phandar Lake and Khalti Lake, adding to the allure of the surroundings. As the day unfolds, reach Gupis and settle into your hotel for a restful and enjoyable stay.
Embark on a scenic drive to Gojal valley (upper Hunza), with en-route exploration of the charming villages nestled in the Ghizar valley. Take a break in Gilgit to delve into the city's cultural richness and then continue the journey along the Karakoram Highway. Pause to appreciate the historical remnants of the Old Silk Road in Chalt Nagar valley and enjoy a delightful lunch at the Rakaposhi viewpoint. As the day unfolds, arrive in Ghulkin, Gulmit, or Passu, where you'll be transferred to your hotel for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
Embark on an exciting day of discovery in the Lower Gojal Valley (upper Hunza). Start your adventure at the serene Borith Lake, surrounded by stunning mountains. Explore the majestic Passu Glacier, a captivating expanse of ice. Cross the iconic Passu or Hussaini Suspension Bridge for an exciting experience. Dive into the area's history at the Gulmit Old House, resonating with fascinating stories. Visit the ancient Ondra Fort (Poygah), marveling at its architecture against the backdrop of the Karakoram Range. As your day unfolds, wander through the picturesque villages of Gulmit and Ghulkin, each offering a unique peek into local life. Experience the warm hospitality of the residents and immerse yourself in the cultural richness of the region. Lower Gojal promises a day of exploration and unforgettable moments.
Embark on a remarkable day excursion to the Khunjerab Pass, the highest paved border crossing at an elevation of 4693 meters, connecting Pakistan with China. Take in breathtaking views and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this significant mountain pass. Explore the Khunjerab National Park, home to diverse wildlife. With a bit of luck, you might catch a glimpse of ibex and snow leopards, adding an adventurous touch to your journey. As you drive back to Ghulkin, Gulmit, or Passu, pause in the villages of upper Gojal Valley to capture the beauty of autumn in your photographs. Return to your accommodation with memories of a day filled with natural wonders and wildlife encounters.
Embark on an unforgettable journey to Karimabad, with captivating stops along the way. Begin by pausing at the mesmerizing Attabad Lake, its turquoise waters reflecting the surrounding mountains. Explore the sacred rocks of Hunza, steeped in cultural significance. Next, venture into the Hopper Valley, where the Hopper Glacier awaits your discovery. As you traverse this picturesque valley, surrounded by majestic peaks, soak in the natural beauty and tranquility. Before reaching Karimabad, make a detour to Ganish village, one of the oldest settlements in the Hunza Valley. Wander through its historic streets, adorned with ancient architecture. Conclude your day by checking into your hotel in Karimabad, having experienced the rich cultural and natural tapestry of the region.
Embark on a day of cultural exploration in Karimabad and the surrounding villages of central Hunza Valley. Begin your journey by delving into the rich history of the region with visits to iconic landmarks such as Baltit Fort, Altit Fort, and the Royal Fort. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture by strolling through Karimabad's bustling bazaar. As the day unfolds, prepare for a breathtaking experience at Duiker, where you'll witness a mesmerizing sunset casting its golden hues over the mountains that embrace the Hunza and Nagar valleys. Duiker, renowned for offering the best panoramic views of central Hunza and Nagar, promises a serene and awe-inspiring end to your day of exploration.
Embark on a scenic journey as you drive towards Besham or Naran Valley. Along the way, pause at the junction point where three majestic mountain ranges converge, offering a spectacular view of Nanga Parbat. If weather conditions permit, indulge in the breathtaking scenery of Babusar Pass and the serene Lulusar Lake. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and unwind after a day filled with natural wonders.
Embark on the journey to Islamabad today, with a planned stop en-route to delve into the cultural treasures of Taxila, including its esteemed museum and heritage sites. Upon arrival in Islamabad, seize the opportunity to explore the city's distinctive offerings. As your memorable adventure concludes, rest assured that we prioritize your timely departure. Our commitment extends to ensuring you reach the airport well in advance, three hours before your scheduled flight. Wishing you safe travels, we earnestly hope to welcome you back to Pakistan for future explorations.
he Shandur Polo Festival Tour by Hunza Explorers is a curated journey that provides an opportunity to witness the famous Shandur Polo Festival, an annual event held at the highest polo ground in the world, located at Shandur Pass.
The festival is held annually in the second week of July, offering a captivating experience of traditional polo matches between local teams from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.
The festival showcases free-styled mountain polo, considered polo in its purest form. Played at an altitude of 3,700 meters, the tournament has a legendary status and attracts international and domestic adventure tourists.
The tour encompasses not only the thrilling polo matches but also cultural experiences, including folk music, dancing, and a camping village for visitors. Short hikes, traditional performances, and local food stalls are part of the festivities.
Shandur Polo is unique for its no-holds-barred style. With no umpires and minimal rules, it's a raw and intense form of the game. The teams are selected through preliminary matches in Gilgit and Chitral.
The tour spans several days, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the festival and explore the picturesque landscapes and cultural richness of the region.
The tour includes visits to beautiful villages of upper Chitral valley, Gupis, Ghulkin/Gulmit/Passu, and exploration of landmarks such as Borith Lake, Passu Glacier, and Hopper Glacier.
Yes, the tour is designed to cater to a diverse range of travelers, including those seeking cultural experiences, adventure enthusiasts, and individuals interested in traditional sports.
Booking can be done through the official website of Hunza Explorers or by contacting their representatives. Customized packages and group bookings are available.
The tour is led by experienced guides, ensuring the safety and comfort of participants. Adequate arrangements for accommodation, transportation, and necessary amenities are made to enhance the overall experience.