August 6, 2019
FAIRY MEADOWS AND NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP
Written By Kanza Khan
Nanga Parbat complex has several routes but the famous treks are Rupal valley, Fairy Meadows and the around Nanga Parbat. In the west seen from the Karakoram Highway, the scenery is just as overwhelming, even though the ramparts here slopes rather than plunge down. Wherever the Indus Valley broadens out it dominates the horizon. For sheer size Nanga Parbat is almost without equal, not a single peak but in fact, an entire massif culminating in an ice summit 8125 meter high. The rumpled flanks of its subservient attendants climb up out of the Indus Valley and there, beyond the blue-grey whaleback ridges, ringed by a halo cloud, rises its long ridge. Of all the great mountains that form the great mountain ranges of Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindukush it is the most frequently seen.
|Day 1||Arrive Islamabad and transfer to hotel.|
Drive by air-conditioned Hiace vans to the ancient city of Chilas located next to the Indus river. Overnight at Chilas.
At Fairy Meadows to aid acclimatization- overnight camping.
|Day 4||TREK TO NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP:
After an easy morning the going is fairly difficult as we make our way to Nanga Parbat base camp at 13,000 ft. we have river crossings and also skirt a glacial moraine. Overnight camping.
|Day 5||CROSS GLACIER:
The base camp area is delightful, high open pasture, with a shaded stream near to our campsite. The views all around are superb, and even better from the Great Moraine an island of rock and trees 2000 ft. above the base camp, which is virtually surrounded by glaciers. It is also possible to make an excursion to cross the glacier, well north it for the views. However only trekkers with ice axe and crampons, and experience in their use will be able to undertake this. Overnight camping.
|Day 6||CROSS JULIPAR PASS(16,000 ft):
We turn westwards to cross the Julipar pass. The pass takes us over the principal northern ridge of the main peak of Nanga Parbat, and gives us excellent views of the many subsidiary peaks, Raikot Glacier and Raikot valley. These are two difficult days over rough terrain, often with No clearly defined paths. Overnight at camping.
|Day 7||CLIMB JULIPAR PEAK:
Today there is the possibility of climbing the south Julipar peak, which is also at a height of about 17,000 ft. This is a difficult and rugged exercise of D grade, and will require experience of ice axe and crampon techniques. those who do not wish to undertake the climb can relax and explore the environs of the camp.
|Day 8||DESCEND BACK TOWARDS INDUS VALLEY:
We begin to descend back towards the Indus valley. The going is not always easy but today, in the Patro Valley, we walk some of the time in alpine forests and meadows strewn with flowers.
|Day 9||TREK/DRIVE TO GUNNER FARM:
Today is most steeply downhill, some of it heavy going. At the end we rejoin our transport to take us to our camp at Gunner Farm. Overnight camping.
|Day 10|| DRIVE TO CHILAS:
On arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.
|Day 11||CHILAS TO ISLAMABAD:
on arrival transfer to hotel.
Transfer to airport for onward flight
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