Located in Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, the Kalash Valley Road is one of the most challenging roads of the country
The road is gravel and very narrow with severe drops over the Kalash River. There are some narrow sections -scarcely wide enough for two cars- where if two vehicles have to pass each other, one might have to reverse for some kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass.
It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don’t know how to reverse. The drive is 17.6km long. It links Ayun and Grum. The last section of the road is called Rumbur Valley Road. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it.
It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Along the way there are some wooden bridges really scary.
The road is pretty steep, with an elevation gain of 400m, ending up at 1.923m above the sea level. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs.