Tourists can sit back and take in panoramic views of the Hind Kush Mountains and learn more about the unique Kalasha race.
United Arab Emirates, Dubai - April, 21st 2013: Offbeatours, a UAE based tour company introducing one-of-a-kind destinations that are quite beyond the usual tourist's wish-list, has added Pakistan to its portfolio of tours that already include Afghanistan, Kurdish Iraq and Yemen. The trip, planned for a week, promises to offer diverse experiences that are exclusive to the region. Touching upon history and culture, arranging insightful visits to local inhabitants, scenic views, savouring authentic cuisine, fishing and camping experiences will all be now wrapped into one trip.
'As the name suggests, Offbeatours believes in offering unique experiences, be they in the form of rare destinations, extraordinary thrills or distinctive cultural experiences. I have travelled to Chitral and the Kalash Valley myself and can safely say they are one of the most stirring and novel destinations I have been to. From the people to the food and surrounding scenes, everything is set apart,” said David Butler, Owner of Offbeatours.
“As advance planning for visas and permits are required we have already started receiving enquiries from enthusiasts who are willing to go that extra mile and dare to have an unforgettable experience,” added David.
During the journey, Offbeatours' prime concern is security and safety and will take all necessary measures to ensure visitors enjoy the trip. Offbeatours will also take charge of pick up and drop off of guests throughout using either four-wheel drive vehicles or minibuses with drivers and an English speaking guide.
Upon arrival at Chitral, tourists will be escorted to the Hindukush Heights Hotel, where they will be well looked after as well as made to feel at home. Offbeatours has specially picked this hotel for its fantastic location, situated in an elevated position to the north of the town with splendid views of both the Chitral Valley and the surrounding Hind Kush mountains. A trip to Chitral town and its lively bazaar to see the historic fort will also be arranged along with sampling delicious specialties on the way.
Following Chitral, Rumbur Valley, one of the three valleys that is home to the Kalasha people, will be next in line to be explored. Be prepared for an encounter with a special and unique society. With a mix of European features and following a different way of life that sets them apart from the others, the Kalasha people are said to be descendants of the troops of Alexander the Great. This race, maintaining their uniqueness, will enlighten travelers about a different way of life.
The next step of the journey is to remote Mastuj. The journey from Chitral to Mastuj passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in northern Pakistan. Explorers will be able to see some absolutely stunning views of 6,550m high Buni Zom, the highest peak in the Hindu Raj range.
Upon arrival at the Hindkush Heights, an offshoot from the main hotel in Chitral, accommodation will be provided in wooden chalets set in an orchard of walnut, apricot and apple trees alongside the remains of the 300 year old Mastuj Fort. There will be time to enjoy the local town, surrounding countryside and an opportunity to fish by a trout stream.
Perfect for ahead-of-the-curve adventure travellers, visitors are advised to add at least a day each at the end or beginning of a trip, as departure depends on weather conditions. Food, beverage, transportation and accommodation are all inclusive of the program.