Shandur Polo

Shandur-Polo-Festival-2Pakistan the land has enough to offer the heritage, the leisure and the High ,Himalayas, Karakorum and the Hindukush ranges with their alpine meadows and permanent snow line, the vast Indus plain merging into the great desert, the coast line and wetlands.Shandur Top lies on 12,200 feet (3,700 m) located in District Ghizer of Gilgit-Baltistan.Shandur Top in Ghizer is often called the ‘Roof of the World’ where the Hindukush in Gilgit-Baltistan, between Chitral and Gilgit- Baltistan and 03-Shandur-Polo-Festival-1Karakorum mountainous ranges of Gilgit-Baltistan meet. The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November. The grade is very gradual, and the area is crossed by small streams of trout.
Shun door invites visitors to experience a traditional Polo tournament which since 1936 has been held annually in the first week of July between the teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The tournament is held on Shandur Top, the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meters (the pass itself is at 3,800 meters). The festival also includes Folk music, dancing and a camping village is set up. Various teams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. In the past, the British Rulers were the patrons of the game.