This 50 minutes flight operates 4 days in a week, subject to weather ((Flight status and schedule can be checked at the official website of PIA: ).You can also go to Kalash by road both from Islamabad and Peshawar.The hotel is run by its owner Siraj Ulmulk, an ex PIA pilot, and his wife Ghazalla Ulmulk.
As hours of dancing reach a climax on the final day, men and women separate in dancing areas and each take branches of walnut to wave as they dance. According to Kalash religious custom, the menstruating girls and women are sent to live in a separate building, called the “Bashalani”, during their periods, until they regain their “purity”.At the shout of a Shaman, they throw their branches in the air. They are also required to give birth in the Bashalani where they are shifted during the last month of pregnancy. Kalash people leave their dead on a wooden coffin exposed to the weather and let it rot.It takes around 10 hours from Islamabad to reach Chitral by road and about 7 hours from Peshawar.You can rent a vehicle with a driver to go to Kalash from Chitral and it takes about two hours to reach Bumburet valley. The best deal to visit Kalash is to book a trip through Hindkush Trails, one of the best tour operators in the area.The maximum temperature in summers varies between 23° and 27 °C (73° to 81 °F) and the minimum temperature during winters varies between 2° and 1 °C (36° to 34 °F).
The Kalash people have a distinctive culture which is completely in contrast with the other tribes living close by.
In their religion, sacrifices are offered and festivals held to thank their gods for the bountiful resources in their area.
Kalash valleys are made up of two peculiar cultural regions, the valleys of Rumbur and Bumburet forming one and Birir valley the other, Birir valley being the most traditional of the two.
In this photo, a Kalash woman is helping her daughter cross a stream on a bamboo pole, both dressed in black traditional dress. Teacher Noorzia Khan, 16, writes letters from the Kalasha alphabet on a blackboard during a lesson at the Kalasha Dur school and community center in Brun village, located in the Bumburet Kalash Valley. The Kalash people celebrate the end of winter in May each year with the Joshi (Spring) Festival. People go from house to house, dancing and singing.
Each household offers milk that has been saved for 10 days before the festival.
Women are kept in the same clothes, which they wore at the time of death.