Broghil Valley – Valleys in Chitral, Pakistan

Broghil Valley - July 2014

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The Northern Areas of Pakistan without a doubt have one of the world’s most stunning valleys and their grandeur cannot be explained by words alone. Broghil Valley is one such place among them, whose dotted wetlands, green fields, superb wildlife and extensive glaciers all leave one enthralled. Located at about 250 kilometers from main Chitral, on the foothills of Pamir mountain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Surrounded by high mountains and grassy plains, the valley has been largely disconnected from the rest of the country, but the journey to Broghil Valley itself provides tourists with a unique experience. The total area of peatlands and lakes is almost 3,400 ha. Its extended glaciers, incredible wildlife, scattered wetlands, rich wilderness, green meadows and mighty mountains are a testament to the untapped tourism potential of the area.

Another sight truly worth seeing in the Broghil Valley is the Broghil Pass. Also spelled Broghol, it is a high mountain pass at a height of 12,460 feet (3,798 meters) along the Durand Line border, which crosses the Hindu Kush mountain range and connects the Wakhan District of Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan with the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Also, on the route to the Broghil Valley, there is the Darkot Mountain Pass which connects Baroghil Valley in Chitral and Rawat valley of Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. It is also known as Darkut“.

Moreover, the Broghil Valley is renowned for the Broghil Festival which is held every year from the 15th to the 17th of July. The event includes Yak Polo, Yak Race, free style Polo, Buskashi, Horse Race, Donkey Race and Polo, Tug of War plus the Traditional Wakhani Music. The Yak Polo and Yak Race are the main attractions of this event, and they are perhaps exclusive to these parts of the world. As the Yaks cannot sustain high temperatures, the ideal time for the sport is morning or early afternoon. For the locals, Yaks are also useful means of transportation and support the livelihood of the local people.

Broghil valley is one of the beautiful valleys located in Khyber Pakhton Khawa near Afghanistan border.  Broghli valley enhances more than 30 smaller and bigger lakes, all of them are natural and the water of lakes coming from glaciers and stones. The main attraction in Broghil valley is Karambar (Qurumber) Lake. However, there are no proper road towards this lake the lake is covered with mountain from all sides having green lush grass and flowers in it the water of lake is crystal clear and having trout fish in it. There are no advanced facilities in Lake but you can manage adventurous tour like camping there. The other famous spots to explore around Broghil are, Showrsheer, Lashkargaz, Swinj, Sohktarabad, Chittiboi Glacier, Virgoth, Mitrandas, and Gakuch.
Broghil valley is a house of different connecting passes and tracks. The connecting tracks connects Broghil with Gilgit, Hunza , Pamir, Wakhan corridor, and Tajikistan. One can access Ishkoman valley through the Suktarabad glacier. The connection of Hunza valley and Broghil bears wonderful sceneries and high altitude which is one of the highest tracks in Broghil valley. The Darkot pass is famous for Yak riding and Yurting which is also one of the shortest ways to enter in Gilgit from Broghil. Recently the route from Chianatar glacier to Immit Ishkoman is discovered by Italian Tourist group
Baroghil Valley is homeland of ibex, wolves, snow leopards, white and brown bears, fox, rabbits, marmots and many more wild animals. The bird species are, hawks, eagles, falcons are found in the high mountains, while pheasants, partridges, hoopoes, larks, sparrows, quails, doves, swallow starlings, nightingales, crows and vultures.

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Broghil Valley
Broghil Valley is dotted wetlands, green fields, superb wildlife, extensive glaciers and more than 30 small and big lakes all leave one enthralled
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