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Kalam – (Kalam Valley)

Kalam is a spectacular valley is located in the upper Swat at a distance of 96km (59 miles) from Mingora and 326 km (202 miles) from Islamabad in Pakistan. The Kalam valley town and hill station are situated at an elevation of about 2,000m (6,600 ft), yet its other tourist attractions raise up to approximately 6,096m (20,000 ft) in high.

Kalam - Kalam Valley


Kalam is geographically surrounded by Matiltan in the northeast, Utrar in the west, and Bahrain Valley in the south towards the mainland.

How to Visit Kalam by Road?

Kalam Valley - Kalam Road Map from Mingora Swat

Kalam Travel Map

The easiest way to get to Kalam by road is to take the N95 route (also known as Kalam Road) from Mingora in Swat. The N95 road along the bank of Swat River will take you Kalam passing through Manglor, Charbagh, Khwazakhela, Madyan, Bahrain to your final destination Kalam Valley. This road trip from Mingora to Kalam is about 96km (59 miles) which usually takes 3 (three) hours.

Alternative Route to Kalam Valley

There is an alternative road to Kalam through Kanju road. This route to Kalam starts from Mingora, going through across the Swat River to Kanju, passing through Swat Saidu Sharif Airport, Derai, Bandai, Ningolai Village, Shakardara, Baidara, Kalakot, Damlai, Madyan, Bahrain to your final destination Kalam Valley.

Kalam Valley - Alternative Road Map from Mingora Swat

Kalam Valley Alternative Travel Map

This route is also about 96km (59 miles) and roughly takes 3 hours to get to Kalam.

Kalam Hotels (Best Options)

Kalam offers a variety of hotels and other accommodation facilities 365 days a year for both short and long stays. Alongside Hotels in Kalam valley, there are motels, lodges, inns, B&B, etc. that visitors can choose from. Although on average a hotel in Kalam costs approximately Rs. 800.00 to Rs. 1,600.00 per person per night, the prices of hotel accommodation in Kalam valley in the busy season (both winter and summer) can go to Rs. 6,500.00 or more per person per night. The best and recommended way to secure your hotel or other accommodation bookings before your arrival in Kalam Vally to avoid disappointment should you visit Kalam in a busy holiday busy season.

Should you choose to book your hotel on the spot once you arrive at Kalam, the best and recommended way is to find the contact phone number of the desired hotel in Kalam and get at least a verbal confirmation on the accommodation available over the phone. For the hotel’s address, phone contact numbers, and other relevant information in Kalam, visit hotels in swat.

Kalam Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Kalam

There are many attractions and places to visit in the Kalam, covering a wide area which is just waiting for you to explore! Perhaps Kalam valley is the most famous gem of a place to visit in swat.

There are breathtaking lakes, soaring mountains, picturesque valleys, green lush forests, and other natural attractions in Kalam. These wonders of nature make Kalam the most beautiful place to visit on everyone’s list when they are in swat.

The Kalam Bazaar (The Downtown)

Kalam Valley - Kalam downtown bazar Swat

Kalam Valley – Kalam Downtown Bazar

The Kalam Bazaar is the main marketplace and commercial centre of the kalam valley. Despite being small, Kalam Bazaar has hotels, restaurants, cafes, medical stores, and a good number of general stores. This Bazaar serves as a high street or Downton for locals and tourists in Kalam and rounding areas.

Matiltan, Kalam

Matiltan is approximately 13km (8 miles) from Kalam which is roughly under 50 minutes of travel by drive. Alternatively, the journey to Matiltan through the Ushu road alongside the swat river is a wonderful hiking trails. This hiking trails 13km (8 miles) from Kalam to Matiltan through Plain Forest Kalam, Kalam Forest PlayGround, and other breathtaking landscapes. By walk, this journey is around 3 hours.

Considering a 6 hours round trip from Kalam to Matiltan by trekking and enjoying time on the way and at destination in Matiltan is a perfect day out in Kalam.

Ushu, Kalam

Ushu often spelled as Usho is a beautiful village is known for its beautiful cloudy and rainy forest. Ushu is on approximately 21km (13 miles) of distance Kalam which is around 60 to 80 munites travel drive. The journey from Kalam to Ushu is on the same road and direction towards Matiltan. Onwards from Matiltan this is a 7.5km (4.5 miles) of distance via Mahodand Lake Rd alongside the beautiful Ushu River.

The total round trip from Kalam to Ushu is approximately 42km (26 miles) which is a bit more challenging hiking trail of 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Only professional trekkers with appropriate hiking gear would normally walk this route, however, everyone else can travel this distance easily by car enjoying the beautiful suburbs of Kalam.

Utror, Kalam

Utror is also called Atror is a sub valley located in the greater Kalam region. Utror is 16 km (9.9 mi) away from Kalam and 116 km (72 mi) from Mingora. The total area of Utror Valley is about 47,400 hectares (117,000 acres) which provides a lot of room and perfect conditions for nature and wide life to sprout. The altitude of the Kalam at Utror region is around is 2,300 metres (7,500 ft) and reaches 2,900 metres (9,500 ft) 2900 at Kundol Lake.

Utror is famous for its snow-clad mountains, green pastures and waterfalls. Alongside scenic views, Utror is a great place to see amazing wildlife as this is with no doubt the best spot for their natural habitat.

Gabral, Kalam

Gabral is also called Gabrāl, or Ghabral is located at an average elevation of 2,286 meters (7,500 ft) in the greater Kalam region. The northern part of Gabral neighbors the western end of the Himalayas and its southern lower is mainly Gabral Valley, where the Gabral River joins the Utror River, a tributary of the Swat River.

By road, Gabral is about 7 km (4.3 miles) towards the northwest of Utror, 24.5 km (15.2 miles) to the west of Kalam, and approximately 20 km (74.5645 miles) of distance to the north of Mingora/ Saidu Sharif Swat.

Janshai Meadows, Kalam

Janshai Meadows is located at the elevation of 2796 m (91732 feet) in the north of the kalam region. The total one-way distance to Janshai Meadows from the Kalam town is approximately 13 Km (8 miles). The final 3 hours of this journey from Blue Water Point to Janshai Meadows is via trekking through beautiful mountains, lush green jungles, and breathtaking meadows.

These Meadows are full of colors and represent nature in its pure form. Janshae Meadows is an open and natural habitat for wildlife.

Mahodand Lake, Kalam

Mahodand Lake translates as “Lake of Fishes” (in the local Pashto language) is situated in upper Usho Valley at a distance of about 35 Km (22 mi) from Kalam. The Mahodand Lake lies at the foothills of the Hindu kush mountains at an elevation of 2,865 m (9,400 ft), surrounded by meadows, mountains, and dense forests. Similarly, the banks of Mahodand lake are covered by pines and pastures that serve as a camping site during the summer.

The Mahodand lake is fed by melting glaciers and springs of the Hindu Kush mountain and gives rise to Ushu Khwar, the major left tributary of the Swat River. Considering the current road condition from Kalam onwards, the best way to access this beautiful spot is via a 4 weel drive. Accommodation and hotel arrangements in this area are not inadequate but you can easily visit this beautiful spot while you are visiting and staying in Kalam unless you are considering camping up north. Every year thousands of tourists safely come to this place to visit the wonder of Kalam and enjoy their stay in both winter and summer.

Kundol Lake, Kalam

Kundol Lake also known as Kundol Dand locally, is located the north of Utror Valley in the proximity of 20.8 km (12.9 mi) from Kalam. Kundol Lake lies in the lap of Hindu kush mountains at an elevation of (9,950 ft), in the north of Utror, encompassed by snow-clad mountains and towering trees. This Lake has Max. length 1.5 km (0.93 mi), Max. width approx 1 km (0.62 mi), has a surface elevation of 3,032.7 m (9,950 ft), and is one of the favorite tourist attractions of Kalam among the locals and tourists.

There is a well-known 100 yers old mythical store story famous about the lake, that every night in a month, a golden bowl appears in the center of the lake and glistens like a moon but no one has ever touched that bowl due to magical powers inside it.

Izmis Lake, Kalam

Izmis Lake is located in the southwest of Kalam at a distance of 15 km (9.3 miles) approximately. Izmis Lake at the elevation of 3018.0m (9901.6 feet) and is accessible via trekking only as there is no proper road approaching this lake. The Lake is of attractive emerald color, surrounded by lush green mountains.

If Kalam is your base station then you can easily discover Izmis Lake on a day trip provided the weather is favorable and you are equipped with the right trekking gear or have experience or endomysium for adventure. A one-way trekking trip from Kalam to Izmis Lake can be approximately 3 to 4 hours this means around a trekking trip to Izmis Lake is approximately 8 hours of a full day of adventures trekking journey with a few hours to spend at Izmis Lake. Some Trekkers plan 2 or more days camping at Izmis Lake to allow themselves to spend more time at the lake to enjoy time in the lush and green meadows and make beautiful memories while rounded by scenic and majestic mountains.

Katora Lake Waterfall, Kalam

Dhamaka Lake, Kalam

Godar Lake, Kalam

Spinkhor Waterfalls, Kalam

Spinkhore Lake, Kalam

Paristan Jheel, Kalam

Jahaz Banda Waterfall, Kalam

Jahaz Banda Lake, Kalam

Spinkhor Waterfalls, Kalam

Spinkhore Lake, Kalam

Loypanghalay lake, Kalam

Jawara Lake, Kalam

The Great Forest of Kalam

The National Forest Kalam

Kalam Forest PlayGround

Kalam Summer Festival

Another best thing to do in Kalam is to go to the Kalam festival or Klam mela which is also known as the Swat summer festival. Kalam summer festival is a grand display of cultural and recreational events held yearly in July or August.

During the holiday season in summer, the grand Kalam festival gathering attracts locals and tourists from Pakistan and abroad to celebrate and enjoy holidays in the cold weather.

Kalam Summer Festival is a week-long activity that comprises paragliding, local handicraft display, jeep rally, cycling, canoeing, cultural shows, local music, dances, food stalls, etc.

4 thoughts on “Kalam – (Kalam Valley)

  1. Kalam is my most favorite place in Pakistan. In the past, I visited Switzerland, and surprisingly the landscape was almost similar. In summer 2021 I and my friends are planning to visit kalam valley to refresh our beautiful memories and of course to spend some time in nature. Our visit also includes attending the grand kalam summer festival (also known as Kalam Mela). Last year my friends attended this eventful Mala and according to them, they had a great time in this cultural and recreational event in the scenic valley of Kalam and Mahodand,100 kilometers from Swat. We also have been particularly recommended to attend the Kalam festival. I can’t wait to visit Kalam Swat in summer 2021.

  2. My 4 days trip to kalam was a great adventure for me. In winter 2019 I decided to tour the most picturesque place that comes to my mind when I think of snowfall. Luckily I traveled with 3 of my friends who have the same mindset. In total, we spent 3 nights and 4 days in the wilderness of Kalam Valley and captured the lovely moments of the valley in around 5000 pictures. I am really proud of my work and will soon present the top 100 beautiful pictures of Kalam in an Internation tourism exhibition. I wish I could share these pictures here so that I could show you the beauty of kalam valley in the winter.

  3. I visited the kalam valley twice; 1st time I visited this beautiful place with my university friends in 2003, the 2nd time I visited with my wife very recently in 2020. Both times I enjoyed my stay in its peaceful town and up in the mountains and nature. My most recent trip kalam valley actually organized by my wife and was mostly focused on hiking, exploring new places, and knowing the culture and people in more detail. I love the idea and enjoyed every moment of these activities during our stay.

    The downtown or the kalam Bazaar is small yet beautiful but do not expect much apart from hotels, restaurants, cafes, and small to medium-size shops. As a tourist, it will cater to your bais shopping needs but if you needed something special, it will be available on a bit of a distance in the main Mingora city. This is not a bit issues as you go through Mingora to get to Kalam. Apart from this Kalam valley is the core of nature and has a lot of attractive things such as freshwater rivers & lacks lush green forest, gigantic mountains, waterfalls, nice hiking tracks, beautiful wildlife, trout fish, etc. The people are hospitable and the food is excellent.

    One thing you might need to consider to have proper transportation arrangments. Some of the places in Kalam such as Mahodand lake, Kundol lake, Matiltan, Gabral, Utror, etc. are not within walking distance and therefore require you to have your own or rented transport to visited theses places. Other than that, you need a mindset that has some love for nature, passion for exploring places and have a desire for experiencing adventure alongside nature. If you do and you have enough time then soon you will find yourself in the dreamland of kalam valley.

  4. In 2019 a friend of mine recommended a trip to Kalam. At 1st I was a bit reluctant as I never been so far from my hometown but in August 2020 my wife and I decided to visit kalam valley for one week. Surprisingly, we had a great time in Kalm and celebrated our honeymoon in this beautiful valley surrounded by nature. These 7 days were the most enjoyable days in my life as you can imagine both the location and the company were great.

    There are many things to do in Kalam, especially in the high season in summer when tourists from all over the country run into this beautiful valley. We were mainly interested in discovering nature, photography, and spending some relaxing memorable time on our honeymoon. I am very thankful to my friend for suggesting such a nice place for our honeymoon as we experienced all we were looking for. Also in our experience, the local Pushtun food in Kalam was very tasty. The people are warm welcoming and hospitable. We felt very safe throughout our stay in Kalam and We had a safe and happy return home.

    Now looking back into those memorable pictures we took in Kalam, my wife keep telling me that we have to visit Kalam in summer 2021 for a longer time. I really want to go back next year and would recommend the same to all who are asking questions about kalam and reading this post.

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