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A First Timer’s Guide to Kumrat Valley

Kumrat Vally
Kumrat Vally.

With tales of its deep pine forests, lofty, black mountains, waterfalls, and raging rivers, Kumrat Valley has emerged as the newest big favorite spot amongst Pakistanis and tourists. The valley, which lies in the upper Dir region, was previously closed off to outsiders. Currently, it’s one of the most scenic valleys in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa covered with green pastures and snow-clad mountains.

If you are planning on a trip to visit this valley, follow along for a complete travel guide:

About Kumrat Valley

As mentioned earlier, Kumrat valley is located in the Panjkora valley in the upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which borders Gabral’s Swat Kohistan region.

It was after the 1990s that tourism in Kalam continued to grow. However, the picturesque Kumrat only recently gained fame after a visit by Imran Khan in 2016.

Kumrat Valley is located 370 kilometers (230 miles) away from Islamabad, the country’s capital, and takes roughly 8 hours and 30 minutes to get there. You can also take the northern route through Kalam or the alternative southern route through Timergara (Dir) to get the breathtaking natural wonders of Kumrat Valley (Swat Valley).

History, Language, and Culture

Before being discovered, the valley of Kumrat was traditionally owned by the dwellers of the Thal and Kumrat villages. 

Kumrat Vally

Following Kalam Valley’s discovery and the ensuing surge in domestic tourism, outside investors arrived and started purchasing villagers’ land in order to develop hotels, stores, and restaurants there. The people sold their farms to these capitalists, who built huge hotels here, with little concern for the future. Soon, non-local investors acquired more than 90% of the commercial land in Kalam’s main town and tourism started growing in the valley as a result.

Pashto is the predominant language, spoken here in the valley. However, some locals here speak “GAWRI and Gujri. You might also find the locals fluent in speaking Punjabi.

When it comes to culture, the beauty and seclusion of the valley make it a peaceful place to be around for not just the locals but also the tourists.

Weather & Climate

Kumrat valley is known for its alpine climate, which is characterized by pleasant, cold summers with average temperatures between 20 and 25 °C. Winter temperatures range from -4 °C to -10 °C because of the severe snowfall, which is between 3 and 11 feet. There is a 255 mm maximum and 100 mm minimum rainfall.

The Valley has a more moderate climate than other plain areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, yet it is not recommended to travel here there during the monsoon season and winter because of the unpredictable weather.

 From October to May, the valet is an intense winter and you can expect significant snowfall. On the other hand, From June to September, it is a mild winter with temperatures averaging between 18°C and 22°C and sporadic showers. Therefore, even if you are visiting Kumrat in July, pack warm clothes and gear if you intend to go on an adventure.

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Kumrat Vally Summer
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Best Time to Visit Kumrat Valley

The best time to visit Kumrat is in spring and summer. The ideal months for a memorable trip include June, July, August, and September if you want to take in the stunning scenery of the valley, which includes verdant meadows, mountainous terrain, snow-capped mountains, and wonderful water streams.

Required Clothing

Since the weather can get chilly even unexpectedly, you might want to pack the right type of clothing. Here’s the recommendation based on when you decide to travel:

During Colder Months

If you’re visiting Kumrat Valley during the colder months when the average temperature is 40°F, here are the items you need to pack:

During Colder Months

If you’re visiting Kumrat Valley during the colder months when the average temperature is 40°F, here are the items you need to pack:

  • Fleece jackets
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard boots

During Spring

When you are traveling to Kumrat valley when the temperature is 60°F and it’s not too cold, here is what you need:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • A light jacket or a fleece jacket
  • Socks
  • Rain jacket
  • Standard footwear

During Summer

Summers in Kumrat Valley can be hot. Make sure you pack these on your trip:

  • Sunscreen
  • Extra socks
  • Breathable footwear or sandals
  • Light dresses
  • Breathable shirts
  • Shorts
  • Raincoat just in case

Kumrat Valley Location and Geography

As mentioned earlier, Kumrat valley is located in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province’s Upper Dir District on the slopes of the Hindu Kush Mountains. it is bordered by Lower Dir to the south, Chitral to the north, Ayun Valley to the west, and Kalam Swat Valley to the east.

Let’s take a closer look at its location and geography:

Location

On Google Maps, Kumrat Valley is specifically located at 35°32’13.5′′N 72°13’09.5′′E. The Main Road, Kumrat, Upper Dir, KPK 47281, Pakistan is the starting point for several tourist destinations and other sites to visit in the surrounding areas of the Valley.

Geography

The Kumrat valley is surrounded by the valleys of Chitral to the north, Kalam Swat to the east, Ayun to the west, and Lower Dir to the south. It is situated in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountain range. The valley has rugged topography, verdant meadows, snow-capped mountains, and streams that run through the area.

While You’re There

History, Language, and Culture

 Kumrat Valley is a picturesque valley that is popular among tourists and travellers. Thousands of travellers from across the country flock to the Valley every summer to unwind and enjoy the lush green views and pleasant weather.

If you are planning a trip to the Kumrat Valley, here is a list that is compiled to assist travelers and tourists have a smooth trip to this charming valley and enjoying all the hot spots that it has to offer:

Top Attractions

There is so much to do and see in the valley of course. For first-time visitors, here are the must-visit spots in Kumrat Valley:

  • Jahaz Banda

Jahaz Banda is one of the most gorgeous meadows in the valley. Located at the height of 3100 meters above sea level, it surely is no less than a reward after a tiring trek of 3-4 hours. When it comes to the most sought-after attractions in Kumrat, Jahaz Banda tops the list. You can take assistance from a local tour guide and start the trek and acquire a 4×4 jeep to take you ther

  • Panjkora River

The Panjkora River is located in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district’s northwest. The glaciers of the Hindu Kush Mountains are this stream’s main source.

The grave cultural legacies of the Gandhara heritages, including Timergara and Balambat, are located close to this river. Additionally, this river is well-known for being a habitat for exceptional varieties of trout fish. The native fish found in the river include cyprinids. However, you may also spot brown and rainbow trouts occasionally.

  • Katora Lake

Situated at an altitude of 9650 ft above sea level, Katoralake is spread over an area of about two square kilometers. The lake is in the shape of a bowl, hence the name Katora. It is in the midst of high mountains offering stunning views.

  • LokSar Lake

Although smaller than Katora Lake, it is worth visiting. You can see it below the road that goes towards Katora Lake. Locals call it Kar Lake.

  • VanuPushkar Falls

Combined with another river, the water from the Konar Falls gives a sparkling view of the waterfall that is 100 feet high.

  • Hamreen Falls

You can see this waterfall from a distance when you come towards the corner. Since it is located a two-hour walk, not many people can experience its serene beauty.

  • Thal

It is a town that comes after crossing the Panjkora River from where the paths to Jahaz Banda and Kumrat Valley get separated. It is located in Upper Dir, where you should also see the Hashmi Museum.

  • Corner Waterfall

The water from Katuralake falls into Corner Waterfall. In clear weather, you can also see a rainbow in the sunlight. However, since many tourists don’t know about it, not many people visit here

  • Jazz Banal

This lush green field situated at a high altitude is called Jazz Banal by the locals. A path passing through it leads to Katora Lake.

  • Konr

Located on the way to the Konar Falls, this is a stunning little field with a river zigzagging in the middle.

Things to See

Let’s move on to the list of things to see when you are on a visit to the Kumrat valley:

  • Thal Mosque

This historic mosque in Thal is an architectural wonder and a must-see location for visitors. This mosque, which has been there for centuries, has a calm setting made of wood and stone. There, the atmosphere is quite different. This mosque is located along the picturesque River Kumrat.

Built-in the 19th century, this ancient medieval mosque was destroyed by fire in 1950. Then, flowers and handcrafted art were added to beautify it. The mosque’s breathtaking views, which include crystal-clear blue water, verdant meadows, and masterful architecture, provide a sight to cherish forever.

  • Do Janga

Do Janga is the last spot in the Kumrat valley. Trekking to Do Janga takes 3 to 4 hours. While you are there, do visit Kundol Lake and Shahzore Lake, which are both about 9-hour’s walk apart.

  • Badogai Pass

Upper Dir District in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is connected to Utror and Kalam through the Badogai Pass. The trip to the Badagoi pass is particularly challenging for jeeps, and if you plan to trek, you need to have prior knowledge of the route. As a result, it is not simple for everyone to visit.

  • Do Kala Chasma

Although the word “kala” means “black,” the water in Do Kala Chasma is not at all that colour. Simply because the mountain from where the water is pouring is black, this place is given the name Kala Chashma. People frequently ask why the water at Kala Chashma seems black, although this is just their impression. Do Kala Chashma Lake contains cool and crystalline water. You can even drink it!

A gorgeous scenic place, you would find Kala Chashma ten kilometers from the Kumrat Valley. Also called Black Spring, it is a gorgeous place in Kumrat Valley and got its name due to the water flowing from Black Stones. The area has stunning thick forest, a river, and a beautiful spring.

  • Wooden Canals

The Kumrat valley Upper Dir’s wooden canals are thought to be the area’s top tourist destination. In the summer, tourists travel to the region to escape the heat and enjoy the pleasant weather.

Things to Do

The wonderful Kumrat Valley offers its guests a wide range of entertainment. The modest but wonderful valley where the settlement is located is a haven for both young and old. By visiting such a wonderful location, you may do and have more fun in Kumrat Valley.

Kumrat Valley is a great location that is worth seeing and is not just a vacation spot for fun. Here are some fun things to do if you come here for a visit:

Things to do in kumrat valley

Shopping and Nightlife

The bewitching natural beauty of the valley will make you lose in everything you see and experience. Kumrat isn’t a big shopping destination. It’s just a perfect place to escape and unwind.  There are several local shops of course from where you can buy souvenirs to remember your trip.

There isn’t much nightlife in Kumrat valley. However, some restaurants are open till late at night and you can always camp, light up a bonfire and create your own nightlife.

Best Restaurants

Don’t forget to savor the best cuisine of Kumrat by dining in one of its best restaurants:

1.    Aman Hotel

Address: H56X+JXF, Kumrat Rd, Kumrat Valley, Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Phone: 0320 8603863

2.    Jungle Inn Hotel

Address: G6MH+6VM, Kumrat Valley, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Phone: 0346 9380397

3.    Turkish Hotel & Restaurant Kumrat

Address: Raoshai, Kumrat Valley, Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Phone: 0347 9883582

4.    Kumrat Inn Hotel & Resort

Address: Kumrat Rd, Daranshay, Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 18001

Phone: 0303 7688999

5.    Bachelor’s Food

Address: H59R+G5J, Kumrat Rd, Kumrat Valley, Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Phone: 0304 8334040

Kumrat Valley Events

The popular event in Kumrat is the snow and cultural festival. This two-day festival is organized in collaboration with the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP). The festival features activities such as jeep and horse races, snow races, wrestling, snow rugby, traditional music, and other activities that would attract and entertain tourists.

Kumrat Valley Food

Like the rest of KPK, food in Kumrat valley is influenced by Pashtun cuisine. The food has its own distinct flavor, scent, and texture.

Cuisine in Kumrat valley is centered mostly on meat dishes, such as lamb, beef, chicken, and freshwater fish, as well as locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits, and is mildly spicy but rich in herbs. Of course, it’s easy to find desi (like chappli kabab, dum pukht) and a bit of continental variety here and there.

Plan Your Trip

Planning a trip to Kumrat Valley (AKA, “Heaven on Earth”) may not be a painless undertaking. However, at the same time, there are so many different ways through which you can experience its grandeur. Let’s discuss.

How to Travel to Kumrat Valley

First and foremost, Kumrat Valley is not a destination for family vacations it’s an adventurous location with minor camp-style hotels that only provide the basic essentials. It is a camping and hiking destination that requires extensive planning.

The valley is inaccessible all year. This location is not accessible during the winter heavy snow. The snow begins to melt in April and continues until the end of May when it becomes accessible to locals; however, after June, green space starts to emerge in the valley, and the valley begins to welcome visitors. As a result, the greatest and most enjoyable time to visit Kumrat Valley is from mid-June to mid-October.

Furthermore, there are two ways to get to Kumrat Valley: one from the south via Timergara (Dir) and one from the north via Kalam (Swat Valley). Kumrat Valley is bordered on the west by the Upper Dir district, on the east by Kalam Valley, Swat Valley, Drosh, Utrar, and Gabral, and on the north by parts of Chitral.

The Most Effective Method to Visit Kumrat Valley by Road

Depending on the city you are coming from, there are a bunch of different ways to travel to Kumrat Valley, particularly by road. However, in terms of a quick answer, the N45 pathway (also known as Chakdara Road) from Chakdara city in Lower Dir District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan is the quickest way to Kumrat by road. Chakdara, the starting point of your journey to Kumrat Valley in the north, is well connected to Islamabad in the south and Swat in the upper east via the Swat Motorway (M16).

Transport and Access

As previously stated, the Kumrat Valley is located in KPK’s Upper Dir District, so the journey there will be a mix of covered roads and grimy pathways. Thall is the nearest town to the valley. To get to Kumrat from any city in Pakistan, you must first travel to Thall, which is well-known as the valley’s opening. Kumrat trip organizers frequently use it as a starting point. You must take the Utrar Road from Thall, which is a roller-coaster of unexpected twists due to the region’s hilly region.

If you want to travel from Kalam in Swat Valley to a bazaar in Utrar, a trivial settlement in KPK, you can take a sharable taxi for PKR 400-500 per individual. However, from Utrar to Thall, you must take a 4X4 Jeep shared with other commuters, which will cost you PKR 1,000 per individual. Finally, in order to reach your location, you must hire a jeep; this time a private one with a driver, which will cost you between PKR 4,000 and 6,000. The cost of these rides varies according to the season and climate.

When you arrive in Thall, it’s best to spend the day trying to organize your next steps and supplies. It is possible, however, to arrive in Kumrat Valley on the very same day. The only official hotel is Hotel Green Hills, which is situated off the main road that runs through Thall Bazaar. During the season, there are numerous tent camps in Kumrat that provide similar arrangements at comparable prices. Basic food accommodations are available at the tent camps, and small convenience stores can be found on occasion. Because options are limited (and expensive), bring your own snacks and foods if possible.

Travel by Road

  • Via Coach

As you already know, Kumrat Valley is the most picturesque for travelers in Upper Dir. You can either ride on your own or choose to stroll through the valley on a coach, accompanied by a bunch of other curious travelers. Furthermore, tents are available for visitors in Kumrat, with prices ranging from300rs to 800rs depending on availability. It is preferable to travel in a group rather than alone. We believe it is not as safe as Naran or Kalam, which are popular tourist destinations, but travelers continue to visit this area.

  • Via Car

If you own a car, you will have no trouble switching vehicles on a regular basis. A 70cc or a car can even get to the valley (2wd vehicle till Thal). Those who wish to visit by public transportation must travel to Mardan and board a Timergara vehicle (Hiace/Coaster). Take the vehicle to Sheringal from Timergara.

Sheringal is a major town in Upper Dir with one university. So, from Sheringal, you’ll need to rent a Fielder/Probox until Thal. As mentioned earlier, you must book a Jeep from Thal so that you can move to Kumrat Valley.

Islamabad to Kumrat Valley (Distance/Route Map/Location)

The total driving distance for both Islamabad and Kumrat Valley is roughly 370 km (230 miles), or nearly 9 hours. The path between Kumrat and Islamabad is through M1 and then via M16 (Swat Motorway) to Chakdara at the Sher Khan Interchange. Moreover, the N45 trail, Dir Road, and eventually the Kumrat Road map will connect Islamabad to the Kumrat Valley.

Alternative Route to Kumrat Valley

Swat Valley is an alternate route to Kumrat Valley. The total length between Kumrat Valley and Mingora Swat is about 156 kilometers (97 miles), which takes about six hours to drive. This route can be taken from Airport Road via Matta or over N95 via Khwazakhela. Other tourist destinations and well-known destinations to visit in Swat include Kalam, Gabral, Bahrain, Madyan, and more.

The distance between Kumrat Valley and Kalam is approximately 63 kilometers (39 miles), which takes slightly more than three hours to drive. While in Swat, particularly in Kalam Valley or surrounding places, it may be very silly to take this alternative short route to Kumrat. Keep in mind that this “Utrar to Dir Road” path is not a seamless drive and thus can be demanding, but it can also be a great attraction for adventurers.

Where to Stay in Kumrat Valley

The most popular tourist attraction, Kumrat Valley offers majestic views, serene ambiance, and pleasant weather. You would have many accommodation options here so you can stay here comfortably and enjoy nature.

1.    Kumrat Valley Hotels

Planning a trip with friends or family? Listed below are some of the popular hotels in Kumrat Valley:

2.    Hotel Grand Palace

Hotel Grand Palace is situated in Tāl, the gateway to Kumrat Valley. The hotel comes with a gorgeous garden. You can enjoy room service as well as delightful food from its restaurant. There is free parking as well as a rent-a-car facility for the guests. All the rooms feature a flat-screen TV. It is one of the best hotels built in Kumrat. It contains 14 rooms that come with all the necessary facilities for the winter weather as well.

Address: Kumrat Road, Kumrat Valley, Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

3.    Kumrat Alamir Hotel

Located at Abshar Kumrat, this is a mid-range hotel. Kimrat Alamir Hotel offers facilities, such as room service, TV, parking, restaurant, heater, laundry, and geyser. This ensures that you enjoy a comfortable stay. The ambiance is cozy and comfortable and makes you feel right at home.

The Kumrat Alamir Hotel has 8 rooms and the price range starts from 4500. The rooms come with a TV, and room service, and there is a daily cleaning facility as well.

Every bedroom is tastefully designed and furnished. The rooms come with a lot of space, large beds, and comfortable bedding.

Address: Abshar Kumrat, Kumrat Dir, KPK, Pakistan.

4.    Seven Star Hotel & Restaurant

Positioned at a very vibrant location, the Seven Star Hotel & Restaurant offers visitors room service, TV, laundry, heater, geyser, restaurant, and 24/7 security. The price range is between 2500 to 7500 PKR. The rooms are equipped with a TV, room service, and a daily room cleaning facility.

Address: Thal Kumrat, Dir, KPK, Pakistan.

5.    Hasnain Hotel & Restaurant

An affordable option, Hasnain Hotel & Restaurant is located at Kumrat Road Kumrat, Dir. The hotel offers numerous basic facilities such as room service, TV, laundry, parking, geyser, heater, and restaurant ensuring a comfortable stay. The interiors are homely and comfortable making you feel right at home.

Hasnain Hotel & Restaurant offers a total of 8 rooms and the price range starts from 3000 PKR. The rooms are fully equipped and come with a TV, and room service, and there is a daily room cleaning facility as well. Each of the rooms in Hasnain Hotel and Restaurant is designed carefully and offers everything you need for a relaxing stay in Kumrat. The rooms are spacious and feature large beds.

Address: Kumrat Road Kumrat, Dir, KPK, Pakistan.

6.    Jahaz| Jehaz Banda Continental Hotel

It is one of the most sought-after tourist spots in Upper DirKohistan. It is renowned for its sprawling greenery. At Jehaz Banda Continental Hotel, tourists can easily find all the basic facilities for a relaxing stay. There are total of 12 rooms in the hotel. Each of the rooms comes with an attached bath. The hotel offers simple food and electricity.

Address: Jahaz Banda, Kumrat, Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Camping

The Kumrat Valley is renowned for having several streams and waterfalls. Base camping is perfect in this location. There are a few motels and resorts where you can stay the night if camping isn’t your thing. However, if you go camping, you’ll get to enjoy the picture-perfect night skies and the calming sound of water rushing down the hill.

Kumrat Valley Camping Pods

The wonderful camping Pods in the Kumrat valley are perfect for overnight stays. These camping pods come with all essential amenities. You can eat these pods well. The pods feature electricity, and you can easily reserve a pod online by calling to make your reservation. For an overnight stay on the Panjkora River bank, visitors can also bring their camping equipment. There are several interesting locations where you can set up camp and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Glamping Resort

The Kumrat Glamping resort offers a genuine sense of meeting up with nature in the center of Kumrat Valley. Make your holidays wonderful with the assistance of hospital professionals and all the needed conveniences. The Panjkora River’s raging waters add visual charm to the area.

Other Accommodations

Besides staying in the hotels and camping pods available in the valley, here are some alternative accommodations for staying:

  • At a friend’s place
  • Rental homes
  • Airbnb homes
  • Guest house

FAQs

How to Reach Kumrat Valley from Lahore?

There is no direct route from Lahore to Kumrat Valley. However, you can get to Kumrat Valley from Lahore by car, bus, or plane. The road distance between Lahore and Kumrat Valley is 688.7 km.

How Far is Kumrat Valley From Swat?

There is a distance of 165 km between Swat and Kumrat. If you are traveling by road to Kumrat from Swat by road, it will take 3 hours and 18 minutes to reach.

Which Network Works in Kumrat Valley?

No mobile service or internet work works in Kumrat valley. However, it’s reported that Jazz and Telenor signals work at Thall Bazar and Jahaz Banda.

Can We Go to Kumrat On Car?

It’s absolutely safe and possible to reach Kumrat valley in a car.

What is Special in Kumrat Valley?

Kumrat valley is known for its foggy cliffs, lush green pastures, beautiful deodar forests, mesmerizing lakes and rivers, and snow-clad mountains.

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