Shandur Polo Festival

  Summer


Duration
11 days

Tour Type
Tour

Overview

The Shandur Polo Festival is an annual event, held at the Shandur Pass located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region at an altitude of around 3,700 m above sea level, making it the highest polo ground in the world. This festival is renowned for its vibrant cultural display, thrilling polo matches, and breathtaking natural scenery. The festival itself has a history dating back several decades, originating from local traditions of rivalry and camaraderie between the communities of Chitral and Gilgit. It is believed that the festival began as a means for the local communities to settle disputes through friendly polo matches. The Shandur Polo Festival is not just about polo; it's a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the region. Visitors are treated to traditional music, dance performances, and handicrafts exhibitions, showcasing the diverse cultural tapestry of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The festival provides a platform for local artisans to display and sell their crafts. The festival serves as a platform for fostering intercultural harmony and promoting tourism in the region. It brings together people from diverse backgrounds to celebrate shared traditions and build bridges of friendship. Apart from the cultural and sporting events, the Shandur Polo Festival also attracts adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. The picturesque landscapes surrounding the Shandur Pass offer opportunities for trekking, camping, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the Himalayas and experience the hospitality of the local communities.

Services

Include

1. Luxury transport by Prado or High Roof from Islamabad to Shandur and back to Islamabad.
2. Pick and drop from the airport to the Hotel and vice versa.
3. Transportation for sightseeing in Hunza and Shandur.
4. 2 nights stay at 3*/4* Hotel in Islamabad (bed & breakfast).
5. 1-night stay in Hunza in the best Hotel (B/L/D).
6. 2 nights stay in Shandur in the best Hotel (B/L/D).
7. 1-night stay in Gilgit in the best Hotel (B/L/D).
8. Welcome Dinner will be served restaurant in Islamabad.
9. Payment of all Government taxes in Pakistan.
10. All necessary Documentation.
11. 3 meals a day along with comfortable accommodation in the hotel.
12. Medical and first aid kit.
13. Professional tour guide.
14. Taxes and fees required for necessary tools.
15. Farewell dinner.

Exclude

1. Airfare for international flights.
2. individual services of rooms. Extra charges may apply.
3. Minibars will not be provided while staying in hotels or while travelling.
4. Distinct Items for an individual which we provide collectively like rooms provided for two members. Extra charges may apply.
5. Personal equipment cargo to/from Islamabad
6. Pakistan visa fee
7. Meals in Islamabad other than breakfast.
8. Insurance if trip cancellation.
9. All costs arising from the necessity of an early conclusion or summit attempt (additional hotel nights, hotel meals, and evacuation expenses).
10. Costs resulting from unforeseeable delays beyond our companys control (Force majeure).
11. Phone, fax, email or any personal communication from Pakistan to the home country.

Full Board Service


Itinerary

After the member arrives in Islamabad from their places, they will be picked up from the airport by our team and will be transferred to the hotel and allowed to rest and prepare for further travel on the next day.
In the morning, we will start our journey to the north. We will drive from Islamabad to Gilgit for a distance of about 600 km. This will take about 12 to 13 hours to reach Kalash.
Today we will continue our journey towards Kalash. We will drive to Kalash for about 7 hours and 40 minutes. The total distance from Gilgit to Kalash is about 378.6 km.
day 03 is free in Kalash for exploration and sightseeing. In the evening, we will drive to Chitral which is 45 km from Kalash. We will spend this night in Chitral, accommodation in the hotel.
On this day, we will drive to Shandur from Chitral. Shandur is located at a distance of 160 km from Chitral and it will take 5 to 6 hours to reach there.
We will stay two days in Shandur for the final event. After enjoying two days in Shandur we will drive to Phunder in the evening of day 2 for the overnight stay.
On day 07 we will drive to Hunza from Phunder. Firstly, we will drive to Gilgit and have our lunch in Gilgit. In the afternoon we will continue our drive to Hunza which is 100 km away and takes about an hour to reach.
day 08 is free in Karimabad Hunza for Exploration and sightseeing. We will explore some famous tourist points in Karimabad Hunza for the whole day and in the evening, we will drive back to Gilgit for an overnight stay.
On day 09 we will drive to Naran from Gilgit via Babusar pass. On Babusar pass we will take a quick stay to explore Babusar top and photograph. Continuing our journey, we will reach Naran by evening. Overnight in Naran.
On this day we will travel back to Islamabad. On the way to Islamabad, we will again take a break to explore Buddha sites at Abbottabad/ Harripur. Then continued our drive to Islamabad. Overnight in Hotel. We may also arrange a final farewell dinner in Islamabad.

Terms & Conditions

1. Early Bird Discount:

The given prices are the discount offers for holidays and are limited. These prices may be changed accordingly. The local services providers and airlines as well as hotels increase prices in the season. So early reservation cost us less price.


2. Limited Space in Peak Months:

The peak months of the year attract a great amount of national and international tourists and hence sold out earlier. We will have a maximum of 15 travellers in one group. Our registration is on a first come first serve basis.


3. Limited Flight Seats:

We use the deposit to book your domestic flight in advance because domestic flight seats for the Himalayas and the Karakoram sell out very quickly in the peak season. Another reason is that there are only two flights in a day.


4. Pay Balance after arrival in Pakistan:

You may have concerns regarding paying your final balance. According to our policy, we receive your final balance only once you arrive in Pakistan. Deposit is the only Payment before arriving in Pakistan.


5. Pay Minimum Deposit:

The advance payment for the holidays also incorporates early bird discounts and may change automatically based on the late deposit schedule. The same dates in the schedule will be applicable for the next season's deposit as well.


Advance Deposit for Pakistani Nationals:

The advance deposit for Pakistani Nationals is PKR 100,000 or 30 % of the total price whichever is greater. The deposit amount is nonrefundable.


Extra Stays at Base Camp:

•For Extra Stays at base camp, extra charges will be charged.
01-04 pax US $ 130/. Per person per day
04-06 pax US $ 100/. Per person per day
06-08 pax US $ 90/. Per person per day
• If Government of Pakistan demands for any fee or new condition ensuing extra, the same will be charged in addition to normal Package offer.


• Reservations and Advance Payments:
For the confirmation of your reservation, you have to pay your advance into our account 50 days before the arrival of the group/ client in Pakistan. The rest of amount will be received once you arrived in Pakistan.

• Mountain Tigers Treks and tours
reserves the right to deduct, in respect of hotel reservation, confirmation of airline ticket, documentation and other necessary works which are being done before the arrival of client.

• 25% of the total amount will be deducted in case of cancellation in less than 15 days before the arrival date. If cancellation is made in less than 30 days, 10% of the amount will be deducted as in shape of paper works. Mountain Tigers trek and tours reserves this right.

• Anyone deciding to abandon after arrival, or may want to leave the trip during the expedition or tour, due to health issue or any other issue, will not be eligible for any refund. The same policy is applicable in case of entire group. If the group abandons or completes the trip early than the itinerary. No money will be refunded.


Refund Policy for All Deposit:

The deposited amount is non-refundable once it is paid. Because this amount will be spent in making all the arrangements. This deposited amount is also nonrefundable in case of Pakistani clients.


• Balance: Only pay the balance on the first day after arrival in Pakistan according to the Payment guidelines which will be shared later.


• Currency: International clients have the option to pay in US Dollar (USD). Or they may also pay in Euros (EUR) or Pound Sterling (GBP). Pakistani clients have the option to pay the equivalent amount in Pakistani Rupees (PKR).


• Single Supplement: Separate rooms will cost extra charge of 290 USD. This includes all hotel nights.


For separate tents, it will cost the extra charge of 180 USD including additional porterage cost. Both the payments must be made with the balance upon arrival


LIABILITIES:

Mountain tiger treks and tour endeavors to ensure comfort and safety during tours. However, the company is not liable for injury, damage, death, loss, accidents, delays, public disturbances, or any other unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control.

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Tour Information

Max Guests
7
Min Age
18+
Tour Location
Summer
Languages Support
All