Pakistan: A Heaven for Adventurists & Trekkers

These pictures are from a 10-day trek from Sor Laspur (Upper Chitral) to Kumrat (Upper Dir), one of the most exotic and challenging treks in Pakistan. It passes through glaciers, glacial lakes, mountain passes, pastures, and forests. The total length of the trek is 140 kilometers with 4400m maximum altitude. You will come across five...

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Snowflakes

Snowflakes

Snowflakes are nature’s spectacular manifestation that symbolize exemplary climate conditions in the mountains of Chitral, Pakistan. It is a critical source to replenish underground water reservoirs that feed fresh springs and streams vital to sustain subsistent agriculture locally. When snowflakes whirl along the wind and its white sheet drapes over trees, land, v-shaped valleys, ledges and icy lakes, it offers real excitement for adventurists, trekkers, and nature lovers. In winter, snowdrift is also a sensational phenomenon and it would be an outwardly experience on snowy day to stand atop a windy crest with fog engulfing all around and feeling the caress of snowflakes on one’s face. At this point pleasant melancholy overcomes and creative artistic vision is refreshed when thick snow layer mutes the gurgling streams and morning fog rolls into the village. With thigh-deep snow, steep landscape and mountain gorges, district Chitral is dubbed as ‘the land of avalanches’. In...

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English Translation of Yarmin Hamin, the Epic Khowar Song of Syar

English Translation of Yarmin Hamin, the Epic Khowar Song of Syar

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Booni, Pakistan: A heaven for paragliders, village tourism and indigenous culture

Booni--Chitral, Northern Pakistan A Must-vist Destination

 Booni—A Must Visit Destination Hemmed in by gigantic Booni Zom (6,542 m) to the East and Hindukush Mountain Range to the West, Booni Town is located 85 kilometers to the north-east of district Chitral (Lower). Spread around 8 square kilometers, it is the headquarter of the newly established district Chitral Upper. Traditional hospitality mark...

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Annual Kalash Chilimjusht festival falls victim to COVID-19

Annual Kalash Chilimjusht festival falls victim to COVID-19

Annual Kalash Chilimjusht festival falls victim to COVID-19 - Chitral News

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The Sultan of Strings

Sultan Ghani, 63, is Chitral’s celebrated sitar player. He was the founding member and an indispensable figure of Al-Fatah Music Group, named after Fatahuddin, a reputed Khowar singer, who fanned alive the dying ambers of Khowar folk music back in 1980s. Here goes the story of Mr. Ghani in his own narration. I started strumming fifty years back when I was only thirteen year old. In pursuing the passion, I was virtually impressed by my father Abdul Ghani and uncle Purdom, both fine-tuned instrumentalists of the time. They used to play sitting around the central hearth of traditional Chitrali house (baipash) and basking the warmth of oak fire during the long cold winter nights, and I intently listened and observed them. Gradually I felt the urge to touch sitar, caressed its strings and made up mind to play it secretly since children were then discouraged to look at musical instrument, let...

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When To Mountains Comes the Spring

Snow ebbed with snow glory abloom Mirth returned, withdrawn the gloom From wintry anchor breaking free Children on colleting spree, Of the gift so coveted to bring To herald and welcome spring   Thru chimney they hand the ‘glory’ A tradition telling wonderful story Receiving walnut gift, dry fruits and sweet With occasional reward of homespun tweet Elders enjoy peacefully sitting To herald and welcome spring   ‘Happy spring’ the hamlet’s abuzz A ripple of jubilation that it cause Children with snow playing foul Nature prevails stirring the soul Elders drum, kids doing swing To herald and welcome spring   Wears the earth green garments Refreshing aura, the soil ferments Thick is the air with butterfly And a group of dove overfly Juniper scent lightly wafting To herald and welcome spring   Sloughed into flute a branch of willow Rocking atop the rock looking below Engrossed as if in the midst...

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Welcome to Broghil Festival 2014

Dear All, Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) welcomes its guest to participate in Broghil festival 2014. The event, which will continue from Agust 22-24, comprises of traditional cultural music, folkdances, folksongs apart from traditional sporting event such as buzkashi, yak polo and free style polo. Your participation is welcomed. Please view CAMAT's banner, which has been uploaded to this website. Thanks!  

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CAMAT Organizes Cooking Training for Youths

PAKISTAN: Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) organized a 6-day cooking training for selected guesthouse owners from Broghil—the beautiful plateau in the extreme northern of district Chitral—in a local hotel of  Chitral where 8 selected youths participated.   The training was arranged through the financial support of Aga Khan Rural Support Program’s Market Development (MD) section under its Employability and Leadership for Youths (EELY) project with CAMAT as implementing partner.   The purpose of the training was to develop cooking skills of the selected trainees largely focusing on better hospitality management and food services with improved hygiene quality in their indigenous guesthouses. This will ultimately lead to creating self-employment opportunities for youths in the said destination.   The training focused on cleanliness, better hospitality management and high service quality. The expert chef in Pakistan Tourism Corporation (PTDC) Chitral transferred his cooking skills through ‘learning by doing’ or ‘learning by cooking’....

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CAMAT Qualifies for UIAA's Mountain Protection Award 2013

The Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) is a non-profit tourism association whose aim is to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Chitral district in Northern Pakistan and to support sustainable ecotourism activities in the region. It has developed a one-year project that focuses on tourism educational programs. The objectives of the project are: Protect and promote indigenous culture of the communities in the Hindu Kush region.Incorporate tourism into the education system of the region to impact positively on the tourism industry.Enhance the capacity and skills of the local stakeholders such as tour guides, drivers, porters and hoteliers.Identify and promote local destinations for sustainable tourism in the region. There are economic, cultural and environmental impacts as a result of this project. They include: Income generation for select stakeholders who will be linked with potential customers. They include tour operators, guides, artisans, festivals organisers who will all benefit from...

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