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Shandur Polo Festival

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DAYS Destinations / Day by day itinerary Accommodation
Option I Option II
01 Shandur Polo Festival & Back Shandur Polo Festival & Back Hotel
02 Islamabad Arrival Islamabad Hotel
03 Islamabad-Taxila-Peshawar Gilgit Fly to Gilgit Hotel
04 Peshawar-Khyber Pass- Dir Gilgit Sightseeing of Gilgit. Hotel
05 Dir-Mastuj Gilgit-Phander Jeep to Phander Lake Camping
06 Mastuj-Shandur Phander-Shandur Jeep to Shandur Pass Camping
07 Final Polo Match Shandur Polo games, dancing Camping
08 Shandur-Chitral Chitral-Gilgit Back to Gilgit Hotel
09 Chitra-Peshawar Gilgit-Islamabad Hotel
10 Peshawar-Islamabad Hotel
11 Departure Hotel

Best Time For Climbing Duration of Expedition Group size Expedition package
April to October Every year 12 Days ISB-ISB 02-12 Members Depends on group Size
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Shandur Polo Festival

Remarkable History of Shandur Polo Festival

Polo is the game of kings and king of games.The first time a polo tournament took place at the Shandur Pass, was in 1936. A British Political Agent, Major Cobb, who was fond of playing polo under a full moon, had the polo ground near Shandur, named, “Moony Polo Ground”.Shandur is situated at an altitude of 37000 meters above sea level is famous for having the highest polo ground of world.handur can be reached from Gilgit and Chitral. It is about 197 kilometers (122 miles) from Gilgit and 147 kilometers (91 miles) from Chitral. When coming from Gilgit to Shandur one can see the charming valleys of Gahkuch, Gupis, Phandar and many beautiful lakes. When coming from Chitral one can see the beauty of Mastuj and Surlasp valleys.

the festival begins on the 7th of july with a polo match between the local teams of chitral kpk with the guest teams coming from ghizer, gilgit baltistan.

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“Thanks to everyone to make this climb come true!
Mat Auer, Hens Auer, Fabienne Götzenberger, Family Auer, Family Anthamatten, Rashid Ullah Baig, Khalid Amir Rana, Muhammad Iqbal from Shipton Treks & Tours, Nottaris Romolo, Lorenzo Gottardi, Charly Gabl, Newrock Family, Black Diamond Team, Mountain Hardwear Team, Scarpa Team, Julbo, Atomblock and many many more!!!
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“We recommend the best Partner for Trekking and Expedition in the Karakorum the Agency Shipton Treks and Expedition.S.T& Expedition is a self-help project under the auspices of the charitable, non-government, non-profit-making organization. “Himalaya-Karakorum-Hilfe e.V.”. It was founded in order to let the inhabitants of Baltistan – also known as “Little Tibet”, Situated in the heart of the Karakoram.


“My climbing and trekking experiences span five decades and encompass all seven continents. I have used Shipton Tours three times and they are, far and away, the best outfitter I have ever dealt with. Their attention to detail and their staff are both outstanding.
I just returned from a five week trek/climbing trip to the Biafo Glacier. Everything about the service provided by Shipton Tours was excellent.


“As a professional climber, based in Umhausen / Ötztal/Austria I want to recommend Shipton Tours, Treks and Expeditions as a partner to explore Pakistan, especially the Karakorum Mountains. I´m working together with the team since 2006. Furthermore I´m happy, that I led the first official expedition of Shipton Tours, Treks and Expedition ever, to Shipton Spire / Trango Valley in summer 2006.


“Thank you very much for supporting our Expedition to the great Trango. Every expedition need a strong Partner (Agency)!Thanks to Zahir, our very good cook. Thanks to Habib.
Thanks to Muhammad Ali our great Guide. Thanks to Iqbal to organization all things. Thanks to Rasool for their support in Skardu.
We are very happy to have chosen Shipton Trekking as Agency for our Expedition!”


“Shipton Treks was the ideal guide service for our needs. They have an incredibly knowledgeable staff, speaking both English and German, with key people located in all of the right areas in Pakistan. They have the basics down: travel logistics, lodging, transfers, food, security, etc. They were total professionals and adaptable when it came to servicing.