Shandur Polo Festival is one of the wildest polo festival played in the world. The polo ground at Shandur is located amidst Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan in the North West and Chitral District. It is a common shared pass between these regions. Shandur is a flat plateau and is also a border between the province of KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan. The first time polo was played at Shandur Polo ground in 1936. Ever since it has become the greatest polo ground of entire North Region. The polo ground is approximately 155 kms away from the Chitral Town and about 200 kms from Gilgit City.
Shandur Polo Festival is incredibly different than any other game festivals around the world. The elevation of this great polo ground is about 3,743 m above the sea level. The birth of this ground is also an incredible story of local wisdom. This polo ground attracts many tourists from around the world. Matches are played between different teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but the final match is a contest between Gilgit Team and Chitral Team.
The field measures about 200 meters by 56 meters (normal polo field is about 270m by 150m), with 60 cm high stone walls running the length of the field on both sides instead of boards. As six players make up one side, the field can get fairly crowded.
Day-01 : Arrival to Islamabad
Day-02 : Drive to Swat Valley,
Day-03 : Drive to Chitral via Lawori Pass
Day-04 : Full day excursion to Kalash Valley
Day-05 : Drive to Mastuj 5-6 hrs
Day-06 : Ridding to Shandur Pass (3800m)
Day-07 : Ridding around the lake and Pass
Day-08 : Shandur to Tero
Day-09 : Continue to Phunder
Day-10 : Phunder to Gupis
Day-11 : Gupis to Gakuch
Day-12 : Gakuch to Sher Qila or Single
Day-13 : Continue to Gilgit
Day-14 : Drive to Besham
Day-15 : Continue to Islamabad
Day-16 : Departure from Islamabad