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.