Distance : 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
Maps / Info :
- Sketch map and trekking notes in Lonely Planet’s Trekking in the Karakoram & Hindukush are sufficient for navigation purposes.
- For more information on Fairy Meadow and Pakistan in general, see the Lonely Planet Guide Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway.
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.