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shandur polo festivals


Trek Name:   Shandur Polo Festivals
Nature Of Trip:   Cultrural
Accomodations:   Hotel + Camping
Transportation:   Air Conditionded/ 4*4 Jeep
Age Limite:   5 + Years
Maximum Altitude:   3,734m
Duration:   13 Days
Festival Date:   70,08,09 July
Best Time to Trek:   July

Shandur Polo Festivals

The world famous Shandur pass is a bout 3738 meter an above sea level and lies midway between Chitral and Gilgit. The distance from Chitral is 147 Km and Gilgit is about 211Km. These areas remains snow covered in winter and turn into the green heaven during summer season. There is a big lake in the area. The traditional polo tournament played between Chitral and Gilgit teams in the month of hot July. Foreign tourist and native came to see the festival. The first recorded polo tournament played at this ground was in 1936, since then every year in July a grand polo tournament takes place at Shandur pass. The Shandur Polo ground is in the district Chitral, and is situated at 72’ 35 east longitude and 36’ 06’ north la titude. It is bordered on the west by Yarkoon valley of Chitral and on the northerners by the valley of Gilgit district. It is dividing point between the caracara and the handout mountains ranges. The polo ground is about 168 Km from the main town Chitral and accessible by jeep. The road is closed during winter due to heavy snow.

Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit during the 2nd week of July every year. The tournament is held on Shandur Pass, the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meters. The festival will also include folk music and dancing and a camping village is set up. The first time a polo tournament took place at the Shandur Pass, was in 1936. A British Political Agent, Major Cobb, who was fond of playing polo under a full moon, had the polo ground near Shandur, named, "Moony Polo Ground". The most exciting polo tournament of the entire Northern Pakistan is played on top of Shandur Pass. It is a place unique and exotic in itself, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. The event marks the annual rivalry between the polo teams of Gilgit and Chitral. The Polo tournament has some added attractions for the visitors; trout fishing at the nearby streams and lakes and a festival of folk dances and music of the Northern Pakistan.

Shandur Polo Festivals Itinerary:

Day Activities Night
01 Arrival at Islamabad. Hotel
02 Drive to Taxila and then to Peshawar. Hotel
03 Drive to Khyber Pass and then to Dir. Hotel
04 Drive from Dir to Mastuj. Camp
05 Drive Mastuj to Shandur Top. Camp
06-07-08 Enjoying final Polo Match. Camp
09 Drive to Phandar. Camp
10 Drive to Gilgit. Hotel
11 Drive to Karimabad (Hunza) Hotel
12 Free day at Hunza for site seeing. Hotel
13 Drive to Besham. Hotel
14 Drive to Islamabad. Hotel
15 Departure from Pakistan.