Visiting Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat in Pakistan

Visiting Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat in Pakistan

adventure travel & photography

Destinations: Pakistan ◦◦ India ◦◦Turkey ◦◦ Egypt ◦◦ Bulgaria ◦◦ Mongolia ◦◦ Bangladesh ◦◦ Jordan ◦◦ Russia ◦◦ Turkmenistan ◦◦ Iran ◦◦ Kazakhstan ◦◦ Japan ◦◦ Hong Kong

Type: Photo stories ◦◦ Places ◦◦ Documentary ◦◦ Black and White ◦◦ Fine Art Prints ◦◦ Seascapes ◦◦ Urban

About the place

I visited Fairy Meadows, northern Pakistan with a small group of 7 people in July 2022 as part of my third trip to the country. I knew how difficult it would be to reach the place, but I decided to take a group there this time. However, I would not do it again. In 2013, the World Health Organisation declared it the second deadliest road in the world.

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We took two jeeps from Raikot Bridge on Karakoram Highway to Tattu (Tato) village. The dirt road gets pretty narrow after a while. After an hour and a half of driving, the jeep track ends about a kilometre before Tattu village.

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The dangerous and narrow dirt road is only accessible to locals who provide transportation for visitors. No other vehicles are allowed here. It was built by Brigadier M. Aslam Khan (M.C, H.J, F.K), the first commander of the Gilgit Scouts.

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Some group members continued on foot from Tattu (Tato) village, while the others rented horses (ponies), including me. I would not ride an animal to reach the place, but I was sick and tired. In general, I am against using animals on such places. If you can not walk, you should not use animals; you should hike. That was the first and last time I did that, and I did it because I could not walk that day.

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After about two and a half hours of walking and/or riding, we arrived at Fairyland, as beautiful and serene as you can imagine. The grasslands are located in the Rakhiot Valley, at one end of the Rakhiot Glacier, which emanates from Nanga Parbat and feeds a stream that eventually flows into the Indus River.

Most impressive is the view of majestic Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world and one of the 14 eight-thousanders. Nanga Parbat is a massive, dramatic peak that rises far above the surrounding terrain. It has been nicknamed "Killer Mountain" because of the many deaths among climbers.

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The activities in the area include visiting the base camp of Nanga Parbat (about 3-4 hours one-way), Beyal Camp (about 1 hour one way) and trekking along the Raikot Glacier.

You must go to Fairy Meadows with proper gear including shoes (most important), clothing, first aid and utility kits. It is going to be one outing that you won't forget for years.

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Books about Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage: The Lonely Challenge Paperback – February 1, 1999 To this day, Hermann Buhl's successful 1953 solo climb of 26,620-foot Nanga Parbat remains one of the single greatest achievements in mountaineering history. On this peak, which over the years had claimed 31 lives, Buhl achieved something far beyond the accepted limits of human possibility and reached the zenith of his career. Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage shares Buhl's life, from the physical frailty of his childhood through the many years he spent building his almost superhuman strength to his great triumph in the Himalayas.

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Visa requirements

Most probably you would need a visa for Pakistan. Pakistan's Ministry of Interior introduced the Single-entry Tourist eVisa for citizens of 175 countries. This eVisa has a validity of 3 months and allows travellers to enter the country for tourist purposes and it enables them to stay in Pakistan for up to 30 days. You can check out the procedure here.

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