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Introduction

Kumrat valley

Kumrat valley  is one of the scenic valleys of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a picturesque spot for travelers. Every summer season thousands of tourists from different areas of the country visit to Kumrat valley and enjoy the greenery and cool weather.

Kumrat is covered with green pastures, snow clad mountains, the river Panjkora, foggy mounds and forests are attractions of the region, which serve as habitats for variety of flora and fauna. It is located in the Upper Dir Kohistan region at the back side of which Swat Kohistan area of Gabral is located.

Deodar forest is fast depleting in Dir kohistan valley and it continues unhindered as the locals claim they have no other source of heating and cooking in the harsh winter season.

Nestled in the heart of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Kumrat Valley stands as a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by intrepid adventurers. With its towering peaks, lush forests, and glistening rivers, this pristine valley offers a paradise for vertical explorers seeking unparalleled natural beauty and thrilling outdoor adventures. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the enchanting wonders of Kumrat Valley, where every step reveals a new dimension of awe-inspiring landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

Overview  of  Kumrat Valley

located in the Upper Dir district, is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and diverse flora and fauna. Situated at an altitude of over 7,000 feet above sea level, the valley is surrounded by majestic mountains, including the towering peaks of the Hindu Kush range. With its temperate climate and pristine environment, Kumrat Valley provides an idyllic setting for a wide range of outdoor activities, from trekking and mountaineering to camping and wildlife spotting.

Things to Do:

  1. Trekking and Hiking:

    • Embark on exhilarating treks through the verdant forests and alpine meadows of Kumrat Valley.
    • Explore popular trekking routes such as the Jahaz Banda trek, which offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
    • Discover hidden waterfalls, crystal-clear streams, and serene glacial lakes tucked away in the wilderness.
  2. Camping and Outdoor Adventure:

    • Set up camp amidst the pristine wilderness of Kumrat Valley and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature.
    • Experience the thrill of outdoor adventure activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, and zip-lining against the backdrop of stunning mountain vistas.
    • Spend evenings around a crackling campfire, sharing stories and stargazing under the clear night sky.
  3. Cultural Exploration:

    • Learn about the rich cultural heritage of the indigenous communities that inhabit Kumrat Valley, including the Kohistani and Gujjar tribes.
    • Visit traditional villages nestled amidst the mountains and interact with local residents to gain insights into their way of life, customs, and traditions.
    • Sample delicious local cuisine, including hearty mountain fare such as chapli kebabs, sajji, and freshly baked breads.

Attractions:

  1. Panjkora River:

    • Marvel at the pristine beauty of the Panjkora River as it winds its way through the valley, offering opportunities for fishing, rafting, and picnicking along its banks.
    • Take a leisurely stroll along the river’s scenic trails and soak in the serenity of the surrounding landscape.
  2. Thal Forest:

    • Explore the dense forests of Thal, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including pine, fir, and cedar trees, as well as rare species of birds and wildlife.
    • Discover hidden trails and serene spots within the forest, perfect for nature walks and birdwatching excursions.

Accommodation Options:

  • Accommodation in Kumrat Valley ranges from rustic guesthouses and traditional homestays to camping grounds and eco-lodges, offering options to suit every budget and preference.
  • Experience the warmth of hospitality and authentic local hospitality by staying with host families in the valley, where you can immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the region.

Local Cuisine and Dining:

  • Indulge your taste buds with the delicious flavors of Kumrat Valley, where traditional mountain cuisine reigns supreme.
  • Sample local delicacies such as chapshuro, a savory pastry filled with minced meat and spices, or savor the aromatic flavors of biryani cooked with fragrant herbs and spices.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to try fresh dairy products such as creamy yogurt, butter, and cheese sourced from the valley’s lush pastures.

Travel Tips and Practical Information:

  • The best time to visit Kumrat Valley is during the summer months (May to September), when the weather is mild and conducive to outdoor activities.
  • It is advisable to carry appropriate clothing and gear for outdoor adventures, including sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, and waterproof jackets.
  • Respect local customs and traditions, and seek permission before photographing or interacting with local residents to ensure a positive and respectful experience.

Ready to embark on your adventure to Kumrat Valley? Contact us today to plan your bespoke itinerary and experience the magic of this hidden gem for yourself.

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