Fairy Meadows – Nanga Parbat Trek
Nanga Parbat, Sanskrit for “Naked Mountain” is so named because some of its slopes are so steep that they are bereft of vegetation and snow. According to the local old legend, Nanga Parbat is also called Diamir, which means abode of fairies. It is believed that the Queen of fairies lives there in a castle made of solidice crystal is guarded by gigantic snow serpents and frogs. The earlier disasters in climbing this mountain are attributed to the displeasure of fairies. Nanga Parbat is not a single peak but consists of 20km long series of peaks and ridges culminating in an ice crest of (8125m). Its South Face known as Rupal Face is (5000m) high, while the North or Raikot Face plunging over (7000m) from the summit to the Indus forms one of the world’s deepest gorge. This expedition takes us to the West Side, which is known as Diamir Face.
Nanga Parbat is the second highest mountain of Pakistan and ninth highest in the world. It is not part of the Karakoram as it is the western extremity of the mighty Himalaya. It is separated from the Karakoram by the mighty Indus River. Since the first disastrous British expedition led by A. F. Mummery in 1895, mountaineers have tried to ascend its summit through different routes but few lucky ones have succeeded. In 1934 four German climbers and six porters perished in a storm. In 1937 disaster 18 Sherpas and 12 climbers were buried alive by avalanche that covered their camp. In fact Nanga Parbat has claimed more lives than any other 8000er relative to the number of attempts, hence the frightening nickname of Killer Mountain. It was first climbed in 1953 by a joint Austrian – German Expedition. Hermann Buhl made the final ascent in a tortuous 41 hours solo ordeal without oxygen. Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner climbed the south face (Rupal Face) with his brother Gunther in 1970, descending by the Diamir face, where Gunther lost his life.
Day 01: Arrival Islamabad Upon Arrival transfer to the Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Chilas – Gilgit Drive to Gilgit the capital city of Northern areas of Pakistan. At Thakot, we cross Chinese made bridge to enter the gorge of Indus river. For centuries this branch of Silk Route was used by the traders and Buddhist missionaries.
Day 03: Gilgit-Hunza We drive out from Gilgit to re-enter the town from the historic route, crossing a suspension bridge over river. At Kargah to visit the rock-carved Buddha from 7th century AD.
Day 04: Hunza Day free in Karimabad for short walks to Altit and Baltit Forts, and for other explorations in Hunza Valley The people of Hunza are famous for their long lives.
Day 05: Drive and Trek Fairy Meadow We will drive back to Gilgit on Karakoram Highway after crossing Gilgit we will arrive at Raikot; at Raikot board on 4×4 soft top jeeps after one hours drive we will arrive at Jaile, a small village inhabited by Shina speaking Chilasis. Our trek commencement point.
Day 06: Short Walks Around Fairy Meadow Morning light brings the surprise view of Nanga Parbat massif from the campsite. After breakfast at dinning tents at camp, we commence short walks around Fairy Meadows.
Day 07: Trek to Base Camp of Nanga Parbat An ideal day’s walk to the base camp of Nanga Parbat. We walk through the pine tree covered valley with Raikot glacier flowing on our left side and the summit of Nanga Parbat straight ahead.
Day 08: Trek and Drive back to Besham Three hours down hill walk from Fairy Meadows along Tato river to Jaile. At Jaile board on your jeeps once again and arrive at Raikot bridge on KKH over Indus river.
Day 09: Drive to Islamabad Continue drive on KKH, towards Islamabad by pass the important archaeological site of Taxila and by afternoon arrive Islamabad, transfer to hotel.
Day 10: Islamabad-Depart Morning transfer to the airport for the onward flight to abroad.