Kalam is a charming valley is located in upper Swat at a distance of 96km (59 miles) from Mingora and 326 km (202 miles) from Islamabad in Pakistan. The Kalam valley’s 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 is geographically surrounded by Matiltan in the northeast, Utrar in the west, and Bahrain Valley in the south towards the mainland.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Visit Kalam by Road?
- 2 Alternative Route to Kalam Valley
- 3 Kalam Hotels (Best Options)
- 4 Kalam Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Kalam
- 5 1. The Kalam Bazaar (Downtown)
- 6 2. Matiltan
- 7 3. Ushu
- 8 4. Utror
- 9 5. Gabral
- 10 6. Mahodand Lake
- 11 7. Kundol Lake
- 12 8. Izmis Lake
- 13 9. The Greate Forest of Kalam
- 14 10. The National Forest Kalam
- 15 11. Kalam Forest PlayGround
- 16 Kalam Summer Festival
- 17 Kalam Malam Jabba by Road
How to Visit Kalam by Road?
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 the Swat River will take you to 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.
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 during 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 of 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 a swat.
1. The Kalam Bazaar (Downtown)
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 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 trail. This hiking trail is 13km (8 miles) from Kalam to Matiltan through Plain Forest Kalam, Kalam Forest PlayGround, and other breathtaking landscapes. By walking, 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 the destination in Matiltan is a perfect day out in Kalam.
Ushu is approximately 21km (13 miles) of distance Kalam which is around a 60 to 80 minutes 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) 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.
6. Mahodand Lake
7. Kundol Lake
8. Izmis Lake
9. The Greate Forest of Kalam
10. The National Forest Kalam
11. 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, a local handicraft display, a jeep rally, cycling, canoeing, cultural shows, local music, dances, food stalls, etc.
Kalam Malam Jabba by Road
The easiest way to travel from Kalam to Malam Jabba is through the N95 route. The total distance from Kalam to Malam Jabba is 76 miles (122km) which can be travelled in just over an hour on a good day.
On the N95 road, carry on travelling downhills (southbound) towards the mainland of Swat Mingora for approximately 22 miles (35km). Towards Malam Jabba travel through; Bahrain, Madyan, Khwazakhela, and Charbagh. At the Manglor junction, take a left turn (eastbound) to words Malam Jabba road. On this route keep travelling uphill for approximately another 22 miles (35km) to reach the Malam Jabba ski resort.
4 thoughts on “Kalam”
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.
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.
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.
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.