With its pine forests, lofty black mountains, waterfalls, and flowing rivers, Kumrat Valley has emerged as one of the famous tourist destinations in the northern areas of Pakistan. The valley, which lies in the upper Dir region, was previously closed off to outsiders. In addition to the region’s conservative traditions, Upper Dir was restricted for security reasons as well. However, due to several measures taken by the government, the place is now safe and open to visitors, boosting local economic growth.
Graana.com gives an overview of the valley below if you are planning to pay a visit soon.
About Kumrat Valley
The valley of Kumrat, located in KPK’s Upper Dir District, is unquestionably one of Pakistan’s most beautiful valleys. It is filled with waterfalls, meadows, freshwater springs, enormous mountains, gushing rivers, and serene lakes.
Its terrain is also dominated by deodar trees, which are also a huge attraction point. Visitors can take part in many different activities in the area, including camping, boating, hiking, climbing etc.
The closest town is Thall, which is around 45 km away from Kumrat Valley, and it is the base point for trips to the valley. Take note that Thall is perhaps one of the most conservative places in Pakistan, so make sure to adhere to local customs and traditions when you visit.
The weather is usually cloudy in Kumrat Valley for most of the year. During the monsoon season, the place experiences a lot of rain. Winters can also be bitterly cold and snowy. So take care to wear appropriate clothing, depending on when you visit.
Route to Kumrat Valley
In order to go to Kumrat from any city in Pakistan, you must first travel through Thall. Due to the area’s rugged terrain, you can expect the Utrar Road (that you must take from Thall) to have several twists and turns.
You can take a shared taxi for Rs. 400 to Rs. 500 per person to get from Kalam in the Swat Valley to a bazaar in the town of Uttar in KPK. However, it will cost you 1,000 Pakistani rupees per person to ride in a 4X4 Jeep from Uttar Bazaar to Thall, which will also be shared by other travellers.
Finally, to get to your destination, you would have to hire a private jeep with a driver, which will cost you around Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 6,000. Depending on the time of year and the weather, these rides’ prices may change.
Camping and Staying in Kumrat Valley
There are many camping spots at Kumrat, but if you would rather stay in a hotel, some options are Waterfall Resort Kumrat, Panjkora Hotel, Resort Kumrat, and Granite Hotel and Restaurant.
It is a pleasant place to stay because of the quiet environment and scenic surroundings.
There are two options available for an overnight stay: either rent a tent for the affordable price of about Rs. 2,500 per night or choose one of the hotels in Kumrat Valley. A hotel room can be purchased for as little as Rs. 5,000 per night. These prices may change during the peak seasons in summer and winter.
Must-Visit Places in Kumrat Valley
In Kumrat Valley, there are many stunning places to visit, some of which include the following:
- Wooden Canals
- Jandrai Village
- Waterfall in Jahaz Banda
- Do Kala Chasma
- Badagoni Pass
- Trek to Katora Lake
- Chahrot Banda
- Panjkora River
For more information on popular tourist spots in Pakistan, visit Graana Blog.