Kumrat Valley is located in the Upper Dir District in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. It is located about 45 minutes from the town of Thal on the banks of the river Panjkora and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Each summer, the region sees an influx of approximately one million tourists hailing from various corners of the country, drawn by the area’s vibrant plant life and favorable climate. The Eid al-Fitr holidays witness a daily entry of around 2,000 vehicles into the region. Access is restricted to 4×4 vehicles only due to the absence of paved roads.
Kumrat Valley Location
It is a popular tourist destination located in the Upper Dir region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Province of Pakistan. It is located 370 kilometers (230 miles) from the capital Islamabad in an 8-hour and 30-minute drive. The natural attractions can be reached either by the southern route through Timergara (Dir) or by the northern route through Kalam (Swat Valley).
It is covered with lush pastures, snow-capped mountains, the Panjkora River, misty dunes, and forests are the attractions of the region, serving as a habitat for a variety of plants and animals. It is located in the Upper Dir Kohistan region at the back of the Swat Kohistan region of Gabral.
Another feature is its majestic Deodar forest in the lowlands near the river Panjkora. In a few places, the Panjkora River divides into canals, with only a few camping sites providing accommodation for visitors. There are also several waterfalls there as well. Kala Chashma (Black Spring) is also found there.
Places to Visit in Kumrat
There are many attractions and places to visit in the Valley, which includes a wide area waiting to be explored! Perhaps it is the most famous tourist destination in the Dir region.
There are magnificent lakes, majestic mountains, beautiful landscapes, lush forests, and other fascinating natural attractions. These natural wonders make it a wonderful place to visit on everyone’s list when they are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
- Kurmat City Center
- Jaaz Banda (Jahaz Banda)
- Katora Lake
- Panjkora River
- Majestic Mountains
- National Park
- Kumrat Wild Life
- Wild Trout Habitat
- Valley Jungle
- Kumrat Falls
- Camping Pods
Best Time To Visit Kumrat Valley
The best time to visit Kumrat for the summer holidays is between May, June, July, August, and September when temperatures are between 5.6 ° C (42.1 ° F) and 16.2 ° C (61.2 ° F)
Kumrat Temperature & Weather
The Valley in winter (December, January, and February) has a cold climate where temperatures drop to -16.1 ° C (3.1 ° F) or below and below which are suitable for ice skating and winter sports activities. Some months such as March, April, October, and November are very exciting, but still on the cold side.
How to visit Kumrat by road
The easiest way by road is to take the N45 (also known as Chakdara Road) from the town of Chakdara in the Lower Dir District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. The starting point of the N45 at the southern edge of the Lower Dir District in Chakdara is a well-known and well-traveled intersection on the Swat Motorway.
Chakdara which is the start of your journey towards the Valley in the north is well connected to Islamabad in the south, and Swat in the northeast via the Swat Motorway (M16).
From Chaddara, the total distance is estimated at 177km (110 miles) which is approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes of driving time. Most of the trip is on the banks of the beautiful Panjkora River which makes the trip fun and exciting. Panjkora River itself is one of the attractions to visit.
The Panjkora River is at an altitude of 3,600 feet (11,800 ft) and rises 220 kilometers (140 mi) through the lush green mountains of Dir District and the Kumrat Valley.
The first part of the journey from Chakdara to Baabe-e-Kumrat in Chutiatan is via the N45 which is about 100km (62 miles) and about 2 hours with 50 minutes. This part of the trip to Kumrat is relaxed and full of discoveries as you pass through major cities and places like Timergara, Barron, Toormang Wari, Sahib Abad, Darora, and finally reach Baabe-e-Kumrat Chutiatan.
The second leg of the trek from Baabe-e-Kumrat is a route from the N45 on Dir Road and is very dangerous and close to nature. The total distance from Baabe-e-Kumrat to the town called Kumrat Road is approximately 78km (48.5 miles) which is another 3 hours and 40 minutes drive.
This route is actually a right turn at Chutiatan if you take the N45 towards Lowari Tunnel and Chitral. The main point of attracting or at least places where you can take a short break is Sheringal, Biar, and Tall.