Fairy Meadow and Nanga Parbat Base Camp | Pakistan

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

Average Time:  2 days

DifficultyEasy to moderate

Start / Finish:

  • Fairy Point / Jhel
  • 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

Maps / Info:


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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