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Experience free style Polo on the Roof of the World

Located at an altitude of 3700 meters/12,200 feet above sea level, Shandur Pass is a high mountain pass that connects Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan regions. It is often referred to as the “Roof of the World” due to its high altitude and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The pass is also known for its annual polo festival that takes place in July, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Shandur invites visitors to experience a traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit in July every year. The festival includes folk music, dancing and a camping village. The first Polo tournament took place at Shandur Pass in 1936. A British political agent major Cobb, who was fond of playing polo under a full moon, had polo ground near Shandur named, “Moony Polo Ground”.  The trip includes a visit to Hunza, Ghizer, Chitral and Kailash valleys. The trip has been destined combining cultural experiences, visit of enchanting valleys & free style polo tournament.


Trip Highlights
Trip Code: ATP-SPF-01
Ideal trip duration: 12 nights/ 13 days (9 hotel nights & 3 camping nights)
Festival dates: June 28 to 30, 2024 every year (please re-confirm dates)
Maximum Elevation:  3734 meters
Route:   Islamabad- Gilgit-Hunza-Phander-Shandur Pass-Chitral-Kailash Valley- Islamabad. 



Days Visiting Location Overnight
01 Islamabad Arrival at the Islamabad International Airport, transfer to hotel. City tour of Islamabad.


  • Shah Faisal Mosque – the largest mosque in Pakistan
  • Lok Virsa (Folk Heritage) Museum
  • Pakistan National Monument 
  • Daman-e-Koh (Islamabad View Point)
  • Golra Sharif Rail Museum or Pakistan Railways Heritage Museum
  • External view of Parliament House, President House, Prime Minister House  &  Supreme Court of Pakistan
02 Islamabad-Gilgit-Karimabad Islamabad-Gilgit: 1 hour’ flight

Gilgit – Karimabad Hunza: 104 kms/2 hours’ drive 

A morning flight to Gilgit. Upon arrival drive to Karimabad Hunza. After lunch half day sightseeing. 


  • Rakaposhi View Point Ghulmet 
  • Baltit Fort
  • Karimabad Bazaar
  • Walk Along Barbar Water Channel 
03 Central Hunza Full day for exploring the unique culture of central Hunza & Nagar. 


  • Hoper Nagar Valley 
  • Stop at Ultar & Lady Finger View Point 
  • Optional Walk to Barpu Glacier 
  • Altit Fort
  • Altit Cluster/Altit Village 
  • Sunset from the Eagle’s Nest View Point in Duiker
04 Karimabad-Upper Hunza-Gilgit Karimabad-Atta Abad Lake: 30km/40 minutes’ drive 

Atta Abad Lake-Gilgit: 135 km/2.30 hrs drive

Drive to Atta Abad Lake. Visit Gulmit, Hussaini Bridge, & Passu. After lunch drive back to Gilgit for overnight stay.  Visit Kargah Buddha in the late afternoon. 


  • Ganish Cluster- the oldest settlement in Hunza 
  • Dong Rock Inscriptions
  • Atta Abad Lake
  • Gulmit Village 
  • Hussaini Bridge
  • Passu Cones/Passu Cathedrals
  • Kargah Buddha Gilgit (Time Permitting)
05 Gilgit-Phandar Gilgit-Phandar: 165 kms/7 hours’ drive 

Drive from Gilgit to Phandar visiting Kargah Buddha on the way. 


  • Kargah Buddha
  • Drive to along Ghizer river 
  • Beautiful villages along the road
06 Phandar-Mastuj Phandar – Shandur Pass: 50 kms/3 hours’ drive

Drive to Shandur Pass. Overnight in camps 


  • Phander Lake
  • Shandur Pass- the highest polo ground in the world 
07-08 Shandur Pass/ Shandur Polo Festival Experience Shandur Polo Festival at Shandur “The roof of the world”. 


  • Polo tournament
  • Music & dancing 
  • Short hikes around 
09 Shandur Pass-Chitral Shandur- Chitral: 150 kms/7 hours’ drive

Drive to Chitral via Mastuj.


  • Chitral Fort
  • Shahi Masjid (Royal Mosque)
10 Chitral-Kailash Chitral – Bumburet Kailash: 22 kms/1 hour’s drive

In the morning visit Chitral Gol National Park. After lunch drive to Bumburet via Rambur. 


  • Kailash Museum
  • Traditional House to explore the way of life 
  • Sacred places
11 Kailash-Mingora Swat Bumburet Kailash – Mingora Swat: 246 kms/7 hours’ drive 

Drive from Kailash to Swat. Upon arrival visit Swat Museum. 


  • Swat Museum-showcasing collections of Gandhara Art  
12 Mingora Swat-Islamabad Swat- Islamabad: 230 kms/4 hours’ drive 

Drive to Islamabad visiting Ghandhara sites on the way. 


  • The Buddhist sacred Area of Butkara
  • Barikot Archaeological site


13 Departure From Islamabad Transfer to the Islamabad International Airport for home bound flight.