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42 Days
Availability : May- September
Islamabad
Skardu
Min Age : 18+
Expedition Details

Conquering the Mighty Nanga Parbat: Pakistan’s Second Highest Peak

Nanga Parbat, also known as the “naked mountain,” stands tall as the anchor peak of the Great Himalayas and holds the distinction of being Pakistan’s second-highest peak. However, it has earned a grim reputation as the ‘Killer Mountain’ due to the unfortunate loss of climbers’ lives, trailing only behind Everest and Annapurna in its lethality. Among the fourteen peaks on Earth surpassing 8000 meters, the Nanga Parbat Expedition is considered the most challenging. In 1953, just a few weeks after Sir Edmund Hillary conquered Everest, Hermann Buhl led an Austro-German expedition that successfully completed the first ascent of this formidable peak. For renowned climber Reinhold Messner, his attempt on Nanga Parbat left an indelible mark, becoming a defining experience in his life.

The Treacherous Routes and Their Allure

The Rupal Face: A Vertical Challenge

Nanga Parbat’s south flank, famously known as the Rupal Face, presents a vertiginous spectacle rising over 5000 meters from the ground, culminating in an 8125-meter ice-covered summit. This route is accessed via the breathtaking Astor Valley, alluring climbers with its awe-inspiring beauty while simultaneously testing their skills and resolve.

The Raikot Face: A Gorge of Untold Depths

On the north side lies the Raikot face, boasting a sheer drop of more than 7000 meters from the summit to the Indus River. This remarkable descent creates the world’s deepest gorge and can be approached through the Diamir Valley and the enchanting Fairy Meadows. For those seeking unparalleled challenges, this route offers an opportunity to face the enormity of Nanga Parbat in its most formidable form.

Overcoming the Challenges

Conquering Nanga Parbat is a dream pursued by many, but only a select few have succeeded. Its treacherous slopes, extreme altitudes, and unpredictable weather make it a daunting task for even the most experienced climbers. However, the allure of taming the ‘Killer Mountain’ and standing atop its majestic summit continues to beckon adventurers from around the world.

A Testament to the Human Spirit

Despite its ominous moniker, Nanga Parbat stands as a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the unwavering determination to conquer nature’s most imposing creations. Climbers who take on this formidable challenge face not only physical hurdles but also an inward journey of self-discovery and resilience.

Preserving the Beauty and Majesty

As more adventurers set their sights on Nanga Parbat, it becomes crucial to ensure responsible climbing practices to preserve the natural beauty and majesty of this iconic peak. Conservation efforts and eco-friendly approaches are essential to safeguarding the delicate ecosystem surrounding the mountain.

Nanga Parbat’s grandeur and notoriety continue to captivate the mountaineering community and adventure enthusiasts worldwide. Its challenging routes and storied history make it an alluring yet humbling experience for those who dare to take on the ‘Killer Mountain.’ As climbers strive to overcome its formidable heights, they leave behind their own stories etched in the annals of mountaineering lore, forever contributing to the enduring legacy of Nanga Parbat.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad – Chilas

Price Includes

  • Liaison with ministry of tourism in Islamabad for permit process
  • Process of import and export permit from ministry of tourism
  • Assistance upon arrival and departure.
  • Welcome reception and meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan in Islamabad
  • Sleeping Tents on sharing basis ,mess Tent, kitchen Tent and toilet Tent, metresses etc.
  • Kitchen equipment. crockery. cutlery. Fuel and related community gear
  • Wages and basic kit of guide, Sirdar. Cook and low altitude porters.
  • Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters.(except helicopter rescue).
  • Letter of guarantee on behalf of team/client for environmental bond.
  • Reconfirmation of air tickets
  • Clearance of cargo before the arrival of the team and its storage.
  • Hotel accommodation and meals as per given hotels in the itinerary.
  • All meals during Trek and at base camp
  • All road transfers. And sightseeing as per itinerary. Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. To BC and 50 kg per person on return from base camp.
  • All expenses of Liaison officer
  • Pollution fee 200 $
  • CKNP fee 68 $ per person

Price Excludes

  • International air ticket and airport taxes
  • Visa fee to Pakistan and personal insurance of the client
  • Cargo fee and customs charges for import and export
  • Room services, laundry, beverages, personal phone calls, and soft drinks.
  • Medications ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges ( ca, 10,000 $) etc.
  • Food above base camp for members and high altitude porters etc
  • Porters and staff tips
  • Any other services which are not mentioned in given Services include
Itinerary

Day 1 & 2Arrival in Rawalpindi/Islamabad

Welcome to Islamabad! Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Rawalpindi or Islamabad, where you can rest and prepare for the thrilling journey ahead. Followed by the journey, a mandatory briefing session at the Alpine Club is part of the expedition.

Day 3Drive to Chilas

Today, we embark on a picturesque road trip to Chilas. The scenic drive offers mesmerizing views of the landscape as we make our way towards our destination. Once we arrive in Chilas, we’ll check into our hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 4 - 6From Chilas to Diamer Basecamp

Early in the morning, we depart from Chilas and head towards Bunar Farms. From there, we continue our journey to Halalay Bridge, a drive that will take approximately 3-4 hours. Upon reaching the bridge, we’ll be filled with excitement as we prepare to venture further into the heart of Nanga Parbat’s majestic surroundings.

Day 7 - 26Immersed in Climbing Activities

These days are dedicated to the ultimate challenge – the climbing activities! Our skilled team of climbers and guides will lead the way as we tackle the awe-inspiring Nanga Parbat. Each day will bring new obstacles and triumphs, pushing our limits and spirits. The memories forged during these climbing days will last a lifetime.

Day 27 - 29Trek Back to Hilalay Bridge

After successfully conquering Nanga Parbat’s mighty heights, it’s time to bid farewell to the base camp and begin our journey back. We trek back to Hilalay Bridge, cherishing the unforgettable experiences we had during our climbing expedition. From the bridge, we hop on jeeps that will take us back to Bunar Farms, and finally, we return to Chilas.

Day 30Return to Rawalpindi

We leave the breathtaking landscapes of Chilas and head back to Rawalpindi/Islamabad. This day allows us to unwind, reflect on our achievements, and relish the memories of our extraordinary adventure.

Day 31De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad

As our journey comes to a close, we have a de-briefing session at the Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad. It’s a moment to share our experiences, express our gratitude, and discuss the impact of our adventure on local communities and the environment.

Day 32Transfer to Airport for Next Destination

With hearts full of awe and accomplishment, we bid farewell to Pakistan and head to the airport for our onward journey. The memories of our Nanga Parbat climbing expedition will forever inspire and energize us, reminding us of the sheer power of human determination and the beauty of the world’s highest peaks.

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