Kumarat Valley is near about 348 kilometer from the capital city of Pakistan. It’s in district Deer Bala in the KPK province. The local people call it the Switzerland of Pakistan and probably they are speaking the truth because the some Swiss people also testify this statement
If you intend to spend a few days in the natural environment away from the lakes of the world, and if you choose to visit Kamrat Valley, keep in mind that you will have some difficulties.
But as you approach the destination, the valley can become even more beautiful than the image you have in mind
There are many lush pastures between the snow covered mountains that are surrounded by the clouds.
Everywhere the stones hit the rocks in water of the Panjkora River makes you look like light music and the aroma of the cedar forests reminds you of the natural beauty you had dreamed of coming here.
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The distance from Islamabad to the Kamrat valley is 384 km, which is less than the distance from Islamabad to Lahore but it is fixed in at least 11 hours.
The journey upto Deer Bala is covered easly due to the clean road which is covered quickly but the real test starts from here after that the mobile signel will be go off.
The mobile signals will be off in Sheringal area and the road will be rocky from the village Thal. The distance from this location to Kamrat is only 12 km but it takes about an hour and a half.
Entering the Kamrat valley, at the foot of the mountains, the branch of Panjkora River flows down the river Kamrat, and on the other side there are small villages and then the landscapes surrounded by natural sceneries where only tourists come to see the beauty.
Cost of accommodation
Here you also see some recently constructed hotels whose local owners appear to be trying to provide tourists with basic necessities of life.
If you are looking for the details of the hotels booking. You can contact the KKH resorts they are managing the hotels in northern areas of Pakistan with full package guide for hotel booking in karakoram
If you want to enjoy the natural beauty and have your own camping arrangement, there is no charge for camping there, you can find the place between the trees for camp.
You may have been fooled by the name of trout fish several times in the cities, but here you can eat the real trout fish, and you also have the choice of whether from pond or river.Trout hunting is banned all over Pakistan but these fish are farmed here.
Travel via Jeeps
If you do not have a four-by-four jeep in the Kamrat Valley, you cannot plan ahead so if you have a situation like this you need to get the help of locals who seem to be ready in helping lighten your pockets.
Jeeps are available for rent. Upon discovering that the fare for fountains is seven thousand, and for going to Dojanga, ten thousand will have to be paid.
Dojanga is the final destination of jeep now onward we need to travel without any convince. The distance from the hotel to Djonga is only 24 km but it is done in at least three and a half hours and the reason is that there are rocks in the path there is no galaxy
The first spot of the Kumrat Valley is RaoshiDubb. Locals call it a field that was once full of flowers but now potatoes are grown here for two reasons – one for economy and the other for fear.
Nawaz Sharif came here when he was the Prime Minister, he asked to give this place to the government, which the local Kohistanis forbade because they consider the land here as their property. After that, Imran Khan also came on the helicopter and he wished to make it a national park which was rejected by the people again.
According to him, pink potatoes started to grow in place of flowers so that the government did not think about acquiring agricultural land.
Continue ahead of the Raushi dub there come the Kamrat waterfall. It takes 20 minutes to get off the jeep to reach the waterfall.
The fall from the high mountains continues throughout the year except during those few days in winter, when severe cold and snow cover it.its water was very cold even in the summer and could not be bathed in the heat of July.
If you go ahead, a cupboard shaped ground will welcome you and it’s name is Tobot Dub. There is also farming, but in addition to potatoes, peas, turnips, cabbage and salads are also grown, but the purpose of this farming is to feed the local people and their families.
There is a fountain which namedKALA CHUSMA we don’t know why the name of this fountain is Kala Chushma even it has so clear and sweet water.
The water of the springs is so cold that it’s difficult to keep hand one minute in it. Local also drink the water as a medicine. According to then it refreshes the body and there is a dewiness in the body which prevents from the diseases
Going forward the KALA CHUSMAit makes your travel test more stringent.There is also a small village of Bacharatan and a beautiful pasture or bandana where there are still flowers.
Perhaps the reason is that the route to this place can only be pedestrianized and very few tourists dare to travel.
In fact, locals cut a large tree and placed it on the river to cross the river. The locals bravely pass through this bridge, but for us citizens, this bridge is straightforward.
Only eight kilometers from Bacharatan to Dojanga were left but it is painfully difficult.There are many difficult and narrow paths.
Dojanga is actually a crossroads of three different valleys and no further vehicles can be reached from here.
On the east there are Kundal Shi Banda, Kakshin Banda on the west and Shazur Banda where one can go hiking.Dojanga is an area with no accommodation and you cannot stay overnight but your heart will not be ready to leave this place.
Difficulties and ease
There are only two things you’ll find in the name of ease in the Kamrat Valley. A pure and healthy diet and a natural environment. In addition, the market will be full in the name of difficulties.
There is no road and that is why people do not go here. Most of the cars that people have in Pakistan are not able to drive here. Jeeps are mandatory here so visitors cannot be encouraged. The route is daunting and then has to go hiking.
There is no administration. So the garbage tourists who throw them have no one to pick them up.
If you get stuck in a problem, there is no way to report it. There is no mobile service or internet name. Satellite phones also work only on top because of the dense forest.
All the way there is no toilet arrangement that is often needed. There is also no arrangement of light on the way so you will have to finish the journey day or arrange for the light yourself.
There is no place to eat on the way. So you have to make some arrangements to get food along the way, or you will have to come back and eat.
The locals speak less to the tourists and they understand the Urdu little bit. Most people here speak Pashto or Kohistani, forget the English!
Local women are not visible, and even if one looks, they covered with the black cloths upto the knees, even the eyes are not visible. This is probably why female tourists are reluctant to come here.
However, the area is very peaceful and locals respect and protect tourists, especially women. The risks generally posed to women in urban life are minimal.