Exploring the Very Beautiful Kumrat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Home to many breathtaking scenic spots, Pakistan is a veritable wonderland of natural marvels. Almost every region of this country is dotted with dozens of natural attractions and historical sites that every adventure-seeker should visit once. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is a province located in north-western Pakistan, is a land ruled by mighty mountains. Hidden among these magnificent geological formations, you will find some of the most beautiful valleys on earth, one of which is Kumrat Valley.
In this piece, we will be discussing some key things you should know before planning your trip to this nature’s wonderland. But, first of all, let’s get familiar with the valley itself.
ABOUT KUMRAT VALLEY
Tucked away in the paradisiac land of Upper Dir District in KPK, the valley of Kumrat is inarguably one of the most scenic valleys on this planet. It is a magical land of waterfalls, lush green pastures, freshwater springs, colossal mountains, fast-flowing gushing rivers and peaceful lakes. The land is dominated by the vegetation of Deodar Trees. The place is also counted among one of the best places to visit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Owing to its immense natural beauty, Kumrat is often dubbed ‘heaven on earth by many who visit. Camping, bonfire, boating, trekking, climbing; this place offers everything that an adventure seeker looks for while travelling.
HOW TO GET TO KUMRAT VALLEY?
As we already mentioned the valley of Kumrat is located in KPK’s Upper Dir District so while getting there you will get to experience a mix of carpeted roads and under construction dusty pathways. The closest town to the valley is Thall.
So, to reach Kumrat from any city in Pakistan, you first need to get to the town of Thall, which is famously known as the entrance to the valley. Trip organisers to Kumrat often use it as a launching point. From Thall, you have to take the route of Uttar Road, which is actually a roller-coaster of twists and turns due to the mountainous landscape of the region.
[irp]While travelling from Kalam in Swat Valley to a bazaar in Uttar, a small town in KPK, you can hire a shared taxi, the cost of which is PKR 150-200 per person. However, from Uttar Bazaar to Thall, you need to take a 4X4 Jeep, which will also be shared by other passengers, costing you PKR 500 per person. Finally, to get to your destination, you have to hire a jeep; this time a private one with a driver that will cost you somewhere around PKR 2000-4000, depending on the season and the weather.
WHERE TO STAY IN KUMRAT VALLEY?
Why go to hotels in Kumrat Valley when you can spend a night camping? Actually, this place offers two options for an overnight stay, you can either hire a camp that is very cheap somewhere around PKR 200 per night or you can go for the option of hotels in Kumrat Valley. The price of a hotel room per night starts from as low as PKR 2000. These rates may also vary during the peak season of tourism that comes twice a year during summers and winters.
PLACES TO SEE IN KUMRAT VALLEY
Even if you have been to this heavenly place in Khyber Pakhtunkwa, we bet you still haven’t seen all of its tourist attractions. There are literally dozens of places to see in Kumrat Valley. Wooden Canals, Dojanga, Panjkora River, Waterfall in Jahaz Banda, Do Kala Chasma, Badagoi Pass, Chahrot Banda, Trek to Katora Lake, Jandrai Village are some of the most beautiful spots in this area to mention in this regard.
WEATHER IN KUMRAT VALLEY
Clouds dominate the skies in the valley of Kumrat most time of the year. The place experiences heavy rainfall during the season of monsoon. Similarly, it can get extremely chilly and snowy during winters. In a nutshell, the weather in Kumrat Valley stays pleasant almost throughout the year, which makes it one of the best places to visit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pro Tip: People visiting Kumrat Valley are advised to plan their travel capsule wardrobe after checking the weather forecast for the upcoming season.
Well, everything about the beautiful valley of Kumrat will make you fall in love with it. So, how helpful and interesting did you find this travel piece? Let us know about your feedback and suggestions at Youthtimes.youthforpakistan.org
Meanwhile, if you are a hard-core travel geek, then you should also check out one of our previous blogs in which we have listed down some of the coolest tourist spots in Pakistan that most of the travellers didn’t even know about. Plus, you might also want to take a look at our detailed travel guide on Swat Valley, which is another very popular tourist destination in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.