Experience: The Garam Chashma was perhaps the most disappointing of all our excursions and it was a pity that the valley was so badly maintained. Personally, had I known, I would have skipped this leg altogether so that’s what I recommend you do. Our streak of ‘unlucky’ didn’t quite end at Garam Chashma, after sitting for two hours at the spot where a 100 Markhors had descended just yesterday we spotted only two faaaaar up on the hill. Right at the end of a highly disappointing day, a Grand Old Markhor with beautiful curving horns made our day by granting us a generous sight of its magnificent self. The guard told us that game hunters paid as much as $100, 000 to acquire a license to hunt this beauty in the season and often returned disappointed.
Experience: The drive no doubt was beautiful as one mountain unfolded after another… Red, Black, Green… each mountain had its distinct colour, quality and features… we were in awe for most of the drive and peeped out of the windows with our eyes WIDE open!! The Mastuj Chalets were comfortable and relaxing, the electricity voltage barely allowed for one to read even so we relied entirely on tiring ourselves dead walking around the orchids till we practically fell asleep. There isn’t much to do around Mastuj town, so after a nice, long and beautiful walk, we packed in the jeep headed back to the Chitral.
Experience: Qaqlasht festival was truly an experience and while most people might not be lucky enough to have their trips tied in with similar activities we spent a good half a day roaming about the plains enjoying the mountains sports, food, warm chai and breath taking sights. Nearing out hotel, we popped in the Chitral Bazaar to buy gifts for folks back home… (Chitral Patti Fabric Waist Coats and Hats being the most popular) and got back to the hotel for a relaxing night at the hotel.