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12 Days
Availability : June - October
Islamabad
Chilas
Min Age : 16+
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Nanga Parbat Rupal Face Trek & Fairy Meadows BC: Exploring the Enchanting “Naked Mountain”

The Nanga Parbat Rupal Face Treks & Fairy Meadows BC in the Himalayan range of Pakistan features two enchanting faces of the Killer Mountain – from Trishing via Astore valley and from Raikot via the Karakoram Highway.

Nanga Parbat, the “Naked Mountain,” stands tall as an enigmatic and formidable peak, luring adventurers and mountaineers from across the globe. The locals also refer to it as Diamir, which translates to “abode of fairies.” According to folklore, the Queen of fairies resides in a crystalline ice castle perched atop the mountain, guarded by colossal snow serpents and frogs. As we set forth on the Rupal Trek, we pay homage to the past triumphs and tragedies, knowing that the mountain demands respect and determination from those who dare to seek its summit. The journey to Nanga Parbat is not merely a physical expedition; it is a quest that delves into the essence of human courage and our eternal fascination with the world’s majestic heights. Join us on an expedition to explore the breathtaking South Face, also known as the Rupal Face, of Nanga Parbat.

The Magnificence of Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat ranks as the second-highest mountain in Pakistan and the ninth-highest in the world. Unlike the Karakoram range, it stands proudly as the westernmost extremity of the mighty Himalayas, separated by the formidable Indus River. Its imposing presence has beckoned numerous mountaineers to attempt the challenging feat of summiting this peak through various routes. However, only a fortunate few have succeeded, and the mountain’s history is marred with tragic incidents, earning it the ominous nickname of the “Killer Mountain.”

A History of Triumph and Tragedy

In 1895, the first British expedition, led by A. F. Mummery, faced a tragic fate on Nanga Parbat. Since then, several mountaineers have tested their mettle against the treacherous slopes, often with disastrous consequences. In 1934, a storm claimed the lives of four German climbers and six porters. Another devastating avalanche struck in 1937, burying 18 Sherpas and 12 climbers at their camp.

Amidst these tragedies, a ray of hope emerged in 1953 when a joint Austrian-German Expedition successfully reached the summit. Hermann Buhl’s remarkable achievement stood out as he completed the final ascent in a grueling 41-hour solo ordeal without the aid of oxygen. However, triumph turned bittersweet in 1970 when Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner, along with his brother Gunther, climbed the perilous South Face (Rupal Face). Tragically, Gunther was lost during the descent by the Diamir face.

The Allure of Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat’s storied history, with its triumphs and tragedies, continues to captivate mountaineers worldwide. Its challenging slopes and unpredictable weather pose constant tests to the skills and determination of those seeking to conquer it. The mountain’s allure lies in its ability to symbolize the indomitable spirit of human exploration, simultaneously showcasing the beauty and dangers of the natural world.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad – Chilas

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as per the list provided
  • Meals, breakfast, Lunch Dinner in Hotel and on the Trek
  • Private air-Conditioned Transport for all transfers and City Tours
  • Entrance fees to museum and sites during tour
  • 4WD Jeeps from Gilgit to Tarishing and Tarishing to Fairy Meadows
  • 50 USD per person trekking Permit fee
  • Seeping Tents on sharing basis ,mess Tent, kitchen Tent and toilet Tent, metresses etc.
  • 15 Kg personal baggage free on the Trek
  • Guide ,cook, helper and porters on the Trek

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Extras at hotels, like drinks, laundry, personal phone calls, etc
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal sleeping bags, and personal nature clothing/equipments
  • Visa fee
  • Insurance liability and other under force majure conditions, medical aid, and helicopter rescue coverage etc
  • Tip for Guide, Cook and Kitchen staff
  • Anything which is not mentioned at above given Programme
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Islamabad: Unveiling the Old City Charm

Welcome to Islamabad! Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a brief rest before embarking on an exciting sightseeing adventure. We will explore the captivating Old City of Rawalpindi, renowned for its bustling markets like Raja Bazaar, Muti Bazaar, and Sabzi Mandi. Later, we’ll proceed to Islamabad, the modern capital of Pakistan, where you will visit the magnificent Faisal Mosque and the cultural treasure of Lok Versa Museum. Savor the flavors of Pakistan with lunch and dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2Flight to Gilgit or the Mesmerizing Karakoram Highway

Today, we will transfer you to the airport for a flight to Gilgit, where the adventure awaits. If weather conditions interrupt the flight, fear not! We’ll take a scenic drive to Chilas on the legendary Karakoram Highway. Brace yourself for a thrilling journey as you witness the engineering marvel of this world-famous road, which stretches over 1300km, connecting Pakistan and China. The highway traverses through three mountain ranges and follows the ancient Silk Route along the Indus Valley to Khunjerab Pass, the world’s highest metaled border crossing. Along the way, you’ll encounter historical landmarks like Taxila and breathtaking landscapes comprising lush green towns and majestic mountains. Overnight at a hotel in Gilgit or Chilas.

Day 3From Gilgit or Chilas to Tarashing: Embracing Nature's Serenity

Gear up for an early morning start as we head by coach to Thalichi, where we begin our journey toward Astore Valley. The valley serves as a launching ground for treks to Deosai Plateau and expeditions to Nanga Parbat. The scenic beauty of the valley is unmatched, with tiny villages nestled on either side of the river. We’ll drive to the charming village of Tarashing, which marks the starting point of our trekking adventure. Prepare for a captivating experience amidst nature’s beauty as we set up camp in Tarashing.

Day 4Trekking to Bazin (Polish Base Camp): A Trek of Wonders

Today, we embark on a 5-hour trek from Tarashing to Bazin (3650m). The journey starts with a steep climb along the lateral moraine of the Tarashing glacier. As we cross the glacier, the enchanting Rupal village with its terraced fields and mesmerizing views of Nanga Parbat will greet us. After a refreshing lunch and rest at Rupal Base Camp, we continue our ascent through a narrow green valley adorned with willow, poplar, and juniper. The mountainside is a colorful tapestry of forget-me-nots, lavender, and edelweiss. Finally, we arrive at Bahzin camp, a serene meadow nestled between the Bazin glacier and the mountain. The awe-inspiring ice wall of Nanga Parbat’s eastern face stands tall before us. Camping under the watchful gaze of this majestic peak will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience.

Day 5Trekking to Latobo: Immersed in Nature's Splendor

After breakfast at camp, we embark on a hike to Latobo. The trail initially takes us on a steep ascent before we venture onto the glacier. After around one and a half hours of walking on the glacier, we descend to a flat meadow, arriving at the beautiful Latobo Campsite. The campsite is a perfect spot for camping amidst nature’s splendor. Enjoy dinner at the camp and spend the night in comfortable tents.

Day 6Exploring the Beauty of Sheyi Giri: A Day of Bliss

Today is dedicated to exploring the scenic wonders of Sheyi Giri. After breakfast at the camp, we set out for a day hike to immerse ourselves in the captivating landscapes. Amidst the awe-inspiring nature, we’ll have a packed lunch at Sheyi Giri Camp before returning to Latobo in the afternoon. Savor dinner at the camp and spend the night amidst the tranquility of Latobo.

Day 7Trek Back to Tarishing: Way Back Through The Enchanting Trails

As we bid farewell to Sheyi Giri, our journey continues on a trek back to Tarishing, a place that holds its own allure with its unique landscapes and cultural charm. The adventure doesn’t end here, as more captivating experiences await us.

Day 8 Fairy Meadows Rest day,

Prepare to be enchanted as we drive back to Raikot Bridge and take up an adventurous jeep drive to Tato. From there, we proceed to Fairy Meadows, a mystical place nestled in the heart of nature. The journey offers mesmerizing views of Nanga Parbat, a majestic peak first conquered by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl in 1953. Capture unforgettable moments with the Indus River and Nanga Parbat as your backdrop. Overnight at Riakot Sarai.

Day 9Excursion to Nanga Parbat Basecamp: A Close Encounter of the Killer Mountain

On this day, we venture further into the heart of Nanga Parbat as we trek to the basecamp, offering breathtaking views of the killer mountain. You will have ample free time to explore the surroundings and embrace the magnificence of this iconic peak. Return for overnight at the Fairy Meadows, cherishing the memories of this extraordinary journey.

Day 10Journey Back to Besham: Unraveling the Wonders of KKH

Today, we bid farewell to Fairy Meadows and retrace our steps back to Tato, where jeeps await to take us to Raikot Bridge. From there, a coach will transport us back to Besham along the Karakoram Highway. The journey will treat you to diverse landscapes and ancient rock inscriptions left by Chinese pilgrims and travelers. Overnight at a hotel in Besham.

The alternate option is to drive to Naran Valley via Babusar Pass.

Day 11Exploring Taxila En Route to Islamabad

As we head back to Islamabad, we take a captivating detour to Taxila, a historical marvel that dates back to the times of Alexander the Great. Taxila showcases rich archaeological finds, representing the ancient learning center and the historical progression of various civilizations. After this enlightening stop, we continue our journey to Islamabad, where you will be transferred to your hotel for a delightful evening.

In the case of the journey from Naran, drive directly to Islamabad and explore Taxila the next day before heading for the airport. 

Day 12Departure: Farewell to Pakistan's Northern Wonderland

All good things must come to an end. Today marks the end of our unforgettable journey through Northern Pakistan. After breakfast, explore the local market in Islamabad followed by a farewell dinner.  You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home in the evening.

In the case of a visit to Taxila, return to Islamabad for a farewell dinner and transfer to the airport. 

Take with you the cherished memories of Nanga Parbat’s grandeur and the warm hospitality of Pakistan. Farewell and safe travels!

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