Kalam is a valley 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 hill station is located 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.
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 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 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 places to visit on everyone’s list when they are in swat.
1. The Kalam Bazaar (The 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 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 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 trails 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 which comprises paragliding, local handicraft display, jeep rally, cycling, canoeing, cultural shows, local music, dances, food stalls, etc.