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Explore the mysteries of the Killer Mountain from the north and polish your skill climbing either of the spectacular Jilliper Peak North (5245m), south (5206m) and have a close view of the challenging Nanga Parbat (8126m).
Visit memorial of German climbers killed in 1937 and explore around the base camp full of marmots, flowers, and rare mountain views. The approach trek of two days passes through the lush green alpine Fairy Meadows with superb views of the north face of Nanga Parbat. Drive to Gilgit and Hunza valley on famous Karakorum Highway, providing close views of the Karakorum giants, like Rakaposhi (7788m), Diran (7237m) Ultar (7388m), Golden Peak (7027m and many more above 7000m.
Nestled in the Raikhot valley high in the Himalayas, it’s not hard to guess why this lush green mountain pasture at the foot of a majestic snowy peak was named Fairy Meadows.
Known as “Joot” among locals, the place was given the name Märchenwiese (literally “Fairy Tale Meadows”) by German mountaineers who were no doubt astounded when they first glimpsed this idyllic landscape. At 3,300 meters (10,826 feet) above sea level, the wide grassy meadow surrounded by dense alpine forest is fed by waters from a glacier formed by the Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest mountain in the world (and second-highest in Pakistan, after K2) that towers over Fairy Meadows from the south. A magical setting indeed — made all the more wondrous by the dangerous road one must take to get here.
There is only one road to Fairy Meadows, and it isn’t your average tricky mountain road; in 2013, the World Health Organization ranked it as the second deadliest road on the planet. The windy narrow gravel mountain road is open to locals only (thanks to the high number of fatalities the way has claimed), who ferry visitors from Raikhot bridge to the village of Tato, one six-person Jeep-load at a time. If you make it through the ride without ending up a smoldering heap at the bottom of the ravine that stands in as the “shoulder” of the road, you still have a three- to four-hour hike from Tato before you can take in the hidden splendor of Fairy Meadows. But once you’re there, you’ll never want to leave! (Because you’ll be terrified to go back the way you came.)
Visitors to Fairy Meadows can find accommodation in small on-site cabins or designated camp sites (the Pakistani government declared the location a National Park in 1995). The site serves as a launching point for mountain climbers summiting the northern face of the Nanga Parbat.
Islamabad International Airport
Day 01 ✈ RAWALPINDI – ISLAMABAD: You will be greeted at airport and transferred to comfortable centrally located hotel. Reminder of the day is free for you to relax and recovered from long flight to Pakistan. In the after noon, for those who desire there will be a tour of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and bustling bazaar of Rawalpindi. In the evening we have a welcome dinner where you will have the opportunity to meet your guide and other member of group. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 RAWALPINDI – CHLIAS: (Drive & Hotel). Morning after break fast drive 11-12 hrs on famous Karakorum Highway. En route we will stop for photography, toilet break and lunch at Chatar or Besham. O/N stay in hotel.
Day 03: CHLIAS – FAIRY MEADOWS: (Drive, trek & Hotel). After Break fast drive by van/coaster to Raikot Bridge about 45 miles south of Gilgit. At Raikot, you will be transferred to jeep for drive till Tato. From Tato we will start our first day trek 3-4 hrs uphill till fairy meadows. O/N Stay in camp/hotel.
Day 04-05 FAIRY MEADOWS: Rest day/relax day. Now the surrounding affords a great deal of pleasure. True to its name, fairy meadows hold lush green meadows, gushing crystal clear spring water and towering pine trees which generously provide cool shade. About all, the majestic Nanga Parbat – the naked killer mountain stands tall and proud for you to behold. Snore panorama of the pasture, can sit and watch the sky scarping peak Nanga Parbat with having sip of tea/coffee. O/N stay in camp.
Day 06: FAIRY MEADOWS – BEYAL – Nanga Parbat BC: Trek to Nanga Parbat BC is an easy and pleasant three miles walk. The rest of the day is free for relax. O/N stay in camp/Cottage.
Day 07-09: Trek down to jeep point and ride on 4WD to Karakorum highway. Commence return journey via same route to Islamabad. In The evening transfer to airport for onward journey to their sweet home. End of services.
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