Ancestral voices of the Himalaya

Why Pakistan?

Last Places team of anthropologists and historians visited Pakistan for the first time in 2015. By then Pakistan had experienced a sharp downfall in tourism due to its not-so-great reputation in Western media. In a selfish way we were delighted not to see tourists in most the regions we visited. During that first prospective trip we realised the great potential of that country, mixture of India and Iran, home to the unique Kalash shamanic mountain people, and home to some of the last true nomadic tribes in Asia. Besides our passion for ethnographical encounters, the historical and architectonic heritage is overwhelming. It is a haven for history and art lovers.

With a local Pakistani partner, a former mountain guide, we opened an office in Chitral (base to explore Kalash Valleys and to plunge into the Hindu Kush) and since then we have been offering tailor made trips and ethnographic and historical set departures to the Last Read More

Kalash

Also known as Kalasha or Kafir.

Population & Ecosystem
3.000 Kalash live in 3 valleys of Chitral namely, Rumbur, Brumbret and Birir. The valleys are surrounded by the Hindu Kush mountain range.

Economy & Society
Historically a goat herding and subsistence farming people, the Kalash are moving towards a cash-based economy whereas previously wealth was measured in livestock and crops. Tourism now makes up a large portion of the economic activities of the Kalash. To cater to these new visitors, small stores and guest houses have been erected, providing new luxury for visitors of the valleys. People attempting to enter the valleys have to pay a toll to the Pakistani government, which is used to preserve and care for the Kalash people and their culture. After building the first jeepable roa Read More

Festivals of Pakistan    

Kalash Festivals

The inhabitants of the Kalash Valleys celebrate a number of festivals all year round. The 3 predominant festivals are as follows:
 
Joshi Festival: It is celebrated in May and marks the arrival of spring. People wear new clothes and women accessorize heavily, girls are sent to the hill side for dancing and singing. Women decorate their houses and collect milk from the cattle, One year old babies and their mothers are also purified in this festival.
 
Uchau Festival: This festival takes place in mid-August at the altar of Mahandeo where newly made cheese is brought from the pastures. Dancing and singing again forms an integral part of the festival.
 
Caumus or Choimus Festival: It is the most important festival held in mid-December.
 
The Kalas Read More
Central Karakoram National Park
Central Karakoram National Park is among Pakistan's best snow leopard habitats. 
The Central Karakoram in the Gilgit-Balitstan of Pakistan is a mountain area endowed with rich biodiversity, natural beauty and important resources. The Park compasses the world’s largest glaciers, outside the Polar Regions. It was declared as the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) in 1993: today it is the largest protected area of Pakistan, covering over 10,557.73 km2 in the Central Karakorum mountain range and the highest park all over the world, it is characterized by extremes of altitudes that range from 2,000 m a.s.l. to over 8,000 m a.s.l., including K2, the second highest peak in the world. It falls into four administrative districts of Gilgit-Baltistan Region.

In order to facilitate the maintenance of Central Karakoram National Park ecological integrity while, at the same time, providing sustainabl Read More
Pakistan Visa
A valid passport and a visa are required for travel to Pakistan. Applications for visas have to be made in advance in the travelers’ home country. Last Places assists all travelers that need any type of help applying for the visa at the embassy. We recommend that passports be valid for six months from date of arrival.

Bring 50 passport & visa photocopies. It is good to bring loads of photocopies because, at some check posts, if you have a passport copy, you do not have to get out of the car. Otherwise, you are going to waste your time.

Vaccines and Travel Health in Pakistan
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to enter or travel through Pakistan. Said this, Polio is still a threat in some parts of Pakistan. Make sure that you have been vaccinated. Read More

Pakistán: Tribus remotas y reinos medievales

Ruta apta para todo tipo de viajero ya que no requiere gran esfuerzo físico. Es importante saber que se visitarán regiones remotas donde las pistas o carreteras están en mal estado y el alojamiento es sencillo. Durante la estancia en ciudades optaremos por alojamientos con encanto y bien situados. Ruta diseñada para convivir con diferentes etnias tradicionales, recorrer valles perdidos donde el turismo todavía es escaso, explorar centros urbanos históricos y ver interesantes Patrimonios de la Humanidad.

View Trip Details