Nanga Parbat Pakistan is the most beautiful Fairy Meadows on this Planet. This place is everything in itself. Most beautiful, garnished with nature, unobstructed views of mountains, and words can’t describe nature’s beauty.
For hiking, this place is popular and beautiful for good reasons. When you hike towards the fairy meadows, you’ll see the unobstructed view of Nanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat is the second highest peak in Pakistan, and the first one is K2. The height of Nanga Parbat is 8000 meters. If you are traveling in Pakistan, a visit to Fairy Meadows is a must. I am here today with complete information on the Fairy Meadows hike and getting to the Nanga Parbat base camp.
Let’s start then without any delay!
- 1 Best Time to Visit Fairy Meadows
- 2 Things to Pack for Hiking in Fairy Meadows
- 3 How to Get to Fairy Meadows
- 4 1.5 Hours by Jeep
- 5 Two Hours by Walk
- 6 Where you should have to stay in Fairy Meadows
- 7 Hiking to Beyal Camp
- 8 Nanga Parbat Base Camp
- 9 What to pack for Lahore’s visit, Pakistan?
Best Time to Visit Fairy Meadows
Fairy Meadows is a very famous tourist attraction among the locals. Local tourist visits this place, usually in midsummer or on public holidays. It can get very crowded, so I’ll suggest you not visit this place in peak times. The best time to visit and hike Fairy Meadows is April – May or in September – October. In these months, the weather might be a bit cooler than during the mid-summer months. At this time, you are more likely to have the place to yourself.
Things to Pack for Hiking in Fairy Meadows
When it comes to hiking, excellent preparation goes a long way. Here is the list of some things to prepare before you make a list:
Weather – Proof Jackets: The famous proverb is: “Prevention is better than cure.” If you are traveling in this region, where most mountains started crying (rain/snow) or too windy without notification. So, it is always smart to be prepared for any situation.
Sturdy Shoes: There are just a few steep places; otherwise, the trails are pretty simple and well–leveled. So, regular shoes with good grip should be adequate. It depends when you are traveling to fairy meadows. If you are visiting Fairy Meadows in snow, so you have to prepare yourself accordingly snow-covered trail. Ordinary shoes are good enough in early October.
Get Maps. Me: This is the best app you should have install in your cell, especially when hiking. This app is available on both Android and IOS. You will never get lost with their offline capabilities and their comprehensive list of available hiking trails.
Get Some Snacks: Food is quite expensive at Fairy Meadows (150 -500PKR), so if you want to save money, buy some snacks beforehand. Getting some snacks with you, it’s a good option, especially if you plan to hike to Nanga Parbat in one day because you will have to take lunch with you. You could refill the water-free at the Greenland Resort if you decided to stay there. Otherwise, you can buy the water from huts or shops.
If you want free, then you can refill it from the water stream. I always carry the hydration pack that I recommend, so you don’t have to stop to stay hydrated.
A Daypack: A daypack to carry all your stuff with you are out and about.
How to Get to Fairy Meadows
There are several stages that you have to cross before getting to Fairy Meadows.
The first thing is, first, you’ll have to reach Gilgit, the capital city of Gilgit Baltistan. This is the province in the north of Pakistan. After that, get to the Raikot Bridge, and then you’ll have to rent a jeep to get the trailhead, and then the hiking of Fairy Meadows will start.
1.5 Hours by Jeep
Getting a jeep on rent would be expensive for independent travelers like us. From the Raikot Bridge, you will rent a local jeep, and that would be costly to you 8000 PKR, almost 50 USD per jeep for a round trip.
You can share the jeep with local travelers or other backpackers. Jeep carries up to 5 passengers. If you have time, then you should have to wait for some other travelers to show up at the bridge. On the other side of the picture, you don’t want to be late and don’t want to go hiking in the dark. So, then, my friend, you will have to bite the bullet and pay for the entire jeep.
When the payment will be confirm, the jeep will take you through one of the bumpiest, narrow, and scary roads you will ever experience in Pakistan. That was one of the scariest roads I ever experienced in my life. After spending 1.5 hours on a deadly and zigzag road, I arrived at a village where the trailhead begins.
When you arrived at the village, where your driver of jeep dropped you, after that, he’ll ask you the date of your returns and the exact time you will arrive back. Make sure you give your driver the correct detail and be sure to stick to it. This is important for the driver as they will have to come back and pick you up. Also, remember your driver’s face.
Two Hours by Walk
The trail starts from the village, and you have to walk for about 2 hours. Then the 30 minutes steep track until you arrive in Fairy Meadows.
Where you should have to stay in Fairy Meadows
Greenland Resort – 12 USD/Night (Double Room)
I choose this resort for one reason; this resort offers the best view of Nanga Parbat with an unobstructed view over the Glacier towards the Mountain. The room was clean and well–built. The food costs 150 – 500 PKR. The owner of this resort was also humble and friendly. He helped me with all the booking, transportation and food. If you want a place with the best view in Fairy Meadows, this is the one.
Point to be noted here, the prices of accommodation changes depending on the season.
Hiking to Beyal Camp
The hiking timing of Beyal Camp is 2 hours almost. The hiking trails are not challenging; I mean to say the trail is easy, anyone can hike. That was our first trail that starts with a well–leveled path through a thick forest. The trail continues on an easy landscape for about an hour through the forest. You will pass several streams until you get yourself out from the forest. When the forest ends, you will see a village being overshadowed by Nanga Parbat from a distance.
Congrats and give a pat to yourself, you have reached the Beyal Camp. Take a breath, get some rest, grab a cup of coffee, then continue your journey for almost 30 minutes. You will arrive at a viewpoint, where you’ll be to see the Raikot Glacier and Nanga Parbat up close.
This was the easy hiking trail. It is a simple stroll, so it is suitable for those who are not looking to hike a lot. On the other side, if you want to hike further, you can continue the Nanga Parbat Base Camp trail.
Nanga Parbat Base Camp
The hiking timing of Nanga Parbat is almost 3 hours. The hiking of Nanga Parbat is challenging.
I tried to get the base camp with a couple of folks, but the weather mood was not good. Snowing heavily, and we had to turn back just after the viewpoint. Maybe you will have more luck than me.
In the end…
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I almost covered everything related to Fairy Meadows. Now it’s time to plan your trip to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan!
What to pack for Lahore’s visit, Pakistan?
As I am a light traveler and I like light packing for a trip, this is an art in itself. Here are few tips for packing for the Lahore trip, Pakistan:
- Hiking Shoes: I love to explore cities or go on a small hike, so I prefer to take comfortable shoes with you on this trip. I wore mostly shoes of Timberland shoes, in most situations.
- Breathable shirts & outer shell jacket: You have to take multiple breathable shirts with you when the sun is out it is quite hot. If you go to the north, you need some hoodies to cover yourself.
- Microfibre Towel: This is the perfect towel you have in your Backpack as its light, easy to dry and can be easy to compress to save place.
- Fleece jacket: You have to take a fleece jacket with you when it’s cold there. I prefer layers which you should have a fleece jacket I recommend Bata jackets.
- Camera: The camera is one of the most important items when you go out with your Backpack. The camera is one thing that captures your memorable and amazes moments. I recommend the Sony a6600 camera with the Sony 16-55mm F2.8 lens.
- Power bank: I recommend taking a 20,000+ mAh power bank with you t keep your electronic charge.
- Water Bottle: As water is the necessity of life, you need to take a life straw bottle with you, as you are not sure how much water is clean during hiking trails and running around different cities.
- Universal adapter: The universal adapter is the most important thing while you travel, you always need to plug in your electronics wherever you are in the world.
- Packing cubes: Packing cubes are helpful in space savior and it also makes your belongings organized.
- Daypack: Herschel Little America Backpack is one of my favorite go-to daypacks. It’s large enough to carry all your belongings in an organized way. The thing I like about this daypack it comes in many colors and it’s damn stylish!
- Large Backpack: you will need a large backpack to carry all your belongings while you are traveling. I recommend the Osprey Atmos AG 65L backpack is lightweight and has a lifetime guarantee you will always find perfection in osprey.