Fairy Meadow / Nanga Parbat Base Camp| Pakistan, 2008

oDistance : 18 miles (29 km) (including side trip to Nanga Parbat Base Camp)

Avg.Time :  2 days

Start / Finish :

  • Fairy Point / Jhel
  • For transport to and from Raikot Bridge on the Karakorum Highway, see the following link: http://www.fairymeadowscottage.com/
  • From the bridge, you will need to either walk (15km) or hire a private jeep to take you up the winding road to the trailhead at Jhel.

Season :  May – October

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Maps / Info :

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Route / Conditions :

  • A short, easy to follow out-and-back route, which acts as a great introductory walk to the Karakoram Range.
  • An extra thirty minute climb from Beyal brings you to the appropriately named “View Point”. Incredible 360° panorama.
  • If you are feeling energetic, continue on for another 1.5 hours or so from the View Point to Nanga Parbat Base Camp (8km round trip). Highly recommended.

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  • No problems finding water. All water below the village of Beyal should be treated.
  • There is a small, but expensive shop at Fairy Meadow. I recommend bringing supplies from Gilgit or Karimabad.

Sleeping :

  • Organised camping and huts at Fairy Meadow and Beyal.
  • If you choose to “wild” camp, there are lots of good options in the section between Fairy Meadow and Beyal.

Overview :

  • Short trek with fantastic views of Nanga Parbat (at 8125mt the world’s ninth highest mountain) and the dramatic Raikot glacier.

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