Nanga Parbat

Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat Base Camp

Key Destinations

Islamabad- Besham-Chilas-Karakoram Highway- Tatto
Fairy Meadows-Nanga Parbat Base Camp
Trip Summary

Daily Walking: 2-3 hours

Max Altitude: 3500m/11483ft

Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights

Trekking: 2-3 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Offers easy access to an 8000m peak base camp and one of the world’s finest mountain panoramas
  • View of world’s Ninth Highest Mountain from its Base camp
  • Unique Trekking holiday in Pakistan’s Himalayan Mountain
  • One of the Pakistan’s top 5 trekking adventures
  • Experience the picturesque Fairy Meadows.




Trip Overview

Nanga Parbat (8125m), the world’s ninth- highest peak and the second-highest of Pakistan’s five 8000m peaks, is the west­ernmost peak of the Great Himalayan range. With a 20km long series of peaks and ridges, Nanga Parbat forms a huge mas­sif. Its solitary white appearance, visible from the south for at least 100km, prompted its name, which means `naked mountain’ in Urdu. It’s also known as the ‘Killer Moun­tain’ because of the difficulties moun­taineers have in reaching its summit.

 Beside the glacier are pine and fir forests, sparkling streams and open grasslands that have enchanted visitors and prompted the name Fairy Meadow. The gla­cier’s outwash stream carves a dramatic gorge that drops 2000m to the Indus River. The 7000m descent from the summit to the Indus forms one of the world’s deepest gorges.

 A trip to Fairy Meadow with side trips to its suburbs has a bit of everything Himalayan trekking can offer from glacier walking, climbs of easy peaks like Jilliper, Buldar peak, challenging jeep ride to  dusty trails and hiking on lush meadows. It’s the area’s best short trek

Holiday Itinerary



Arrive Islamabad
Arrival Islamabad. A member of the Snowland staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Rawalpindi or Islamabad; Islamabad, situated at the foot of Marghalla Hills is the modern City and Capital of Pakistan. The city was carefully planned and drawn up by Greek architects in the early 60s.With its wide boulevards, vistas, greenery and fountains; Islamabad is quite a pleasant city. Worth seeing places are: Shah Faisal Mosque, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Islamabad Museum, Daman-e-Koh and Rawal Lake. The-adjoining Rawalpindi is an old city, which has been the path of many invaders to south Asia. The British captured it in 1849 and made it their largest Army cantonment. Today it’s a lively and bustling city with colorful and crowded bazaars offering varieties of shopping opportunities. It shares an International Airport, Railway Station and Bus Terminal with Islamabad.



Islamabad to Chilas
Today early morning we will drive to Chilas from Islamabad on the Karakoram Highway (KKH). The KKH is one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300 km between Islamabad and Kashgar winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill Station of Abbottabad, lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there on ward the road snails along the bank of Indus with contrasting landscape after every two Kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila, Shatial and Chilas with many rocks carving and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient Travelers. Out of these sites Chilas and Shatial are easily accessible and most of them are from 5th century AD.



Chilas-Raikot Bridge-Tatto/Jhel to Fairy Meadows 7 hours
After breakfast drive to Raikot Bridge approx 2 hours and Raikot Bridge (1280m) to Jhel (2600m) likes four hours, by van by jeep to Tato & hike to Fairy Meadows. Tato: The steep and difficult ascent on a rocky trail will lead the group to a small hamlet of Tato which is comprised of few clay lofts scattered around. This village is inhabited by the upright and fierce yet very hospitable Chilasi whose origin is Kohistan. Fairy Meadows: The traditional base camp of Nanga Parbat, known as Fairy Meadows. The local people believe that this beautiful place is an abode of fairies and ghosts. The lush green plateau presents some of the most spectacular sights one can ever witness. One forgets the tiring walk up to this magnificent site when one beholds a landscape of rushing torrents with a panoramic back - drop of the mighty Nanga Parbat



Fairy Meadows to Beyal and Nanga Parbat Base Camp 5km
After breakfast we will trek to Beyal along with the Raikot Glacier's. The trail passes through lush chir pine and fir forest with a birch-lined stream for 30 minutes. For the next 30 minutes, it stays along the stream's true left bank, parallel to the glacier, but gradually moves away from the terrace's edge. After crossing the streams we pass through juniper and a few chir forests. The valley opens up as we reach the wildflower- filled meadows of Beyal (3500m) with great views down valley of the Indus Valley and Rakaposhi. Beyal, which means 'cave-like', is named for the rocks on the opposite side of the stream. Herders stay in sod-roofed huts. Late in the season, Beyal becomes dry when snow melt ceases to feed the Jalipur stream. Beyal is typically less crowded than Fairy Meadow, so it's worth moving your camp to this welcoming spot. Nanga Parbat Base Camp is between the Ganalo and Raikot glaciers, south of their confluence. There are two options to visit Nanga Parbat Base Camp. A view point and the actual climbers base camp. Option I: From Beyal, we will follow an easy trail that continues 30 minutes through scattered junipers and birches to an obvious huge boulder. People aptly call this place View Point (3667m). The breathtaking close-up views to the south-east in,. cMde the four major icefalls coming from the Chongra peaks (ranging from 6448m to 6830m), Raikot (7070m) and Nanga Par- bat' s north face that converge to form the incredibly serac-covered Raikot Glacier. To the north are impressive views over the Indus Valley, and far to the north-east is the 7000m Rakaposhi-Haramosh Range. Option II: If we further explore and hike towards climbers original base camp then we will pass through stands of birch and pockets of the fra¬grant solo punar, a primrose revered by local people, the trail climbs 125m in 45 minutes to the top of a moraine. After crossing a stream and an hour walk we reach the original climbers base camp of Nanga Parbat.



Rest Day at Fairy Meadows



Fairy Meadows-Tatto-Raikot Bridge-Chilas
Today we will descend from fairy meadows to tattoo where jeeps will take us further down to Raikot Bridge to continue our onward journey to Chilas town.



Chilas to Islamabad
Drive Back to Islamabad from Chilas in the early morning



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