VISITING FAIRY MEADOWS, NANGA PARBAT & THE HUNZA VALLEY
- Hike to the beautiful Fairy Meadows
- Visit the Hunza Valley & Khunjerab Pass
- Short trek to Rakaposhi Base Camp
- Travel along the Karakoram Highway
- Fully guided and supported journey
Nanga Parbat, Sanskrit for “Naked Mountain” is so named because some of its slopes are so steep that they are bereft of vegetation and snow. According to the local old legend, Nanga Parbat is also called Diamir, which means Abode of Fairies. It is believed that the Queen of fairies lives there in a castle made of solid crystal-clear ice, which is guarded by gigantic snow serpents and frogs. The earlier disasters in climbing this mountain are attributed to the displeasure of the fairies. Nanga Parbat is not a single peak but consists of a 20km-long series of peaks and ridges culminating in an ice crest at 8,125 meters. The mountain’s South Face, known as Rupal Face, 5,000 meters high, while the North or Raikot Face plunges over 7,000 meters from the summit to the Indus River and forms one of the world’s deepest gorges. The trip to Fairy Meadows takes us to the South side and the spectacular Rupal Face.
Despite its long history of contact with outside world, Hunza’s perceived isolation remains intact even today. Buddhism first reached China through the Hunza Valley around 200 AD and after arrival of Islam in 11th century Turks, Mongols, Afghan’s, Taimuris, Dogras and Chinese passed through as soldiers, pilgrims, traders and adventurers. This scenic valley spreads along the west bank of Hunza River, 110km north of Gilgit, providing rare views of a very spectacular mountain panorama. The Hunza Valley is the starting point and presents numerous options for climbers, trekkers, day hikers, sightseeing and cultural tours. The magnificent Rakaposhi Mountain (7,788 meters and 29th highest peak in the world) stands sentinel over this picturesque valley.
The Hopar Valley is a scenic portion of the Nagar Valley “Shangri-La” of Hilton’s famed “Lost Horizons” in northern Pakistan. It is about 10km away from Nagar Khas, the principal city of the Nagar Valley. It is the site of the Spantik and Hopar (Hopper) glaciers and is home to a cluster of villages situated around a natural bowl at a bend of Bualtar Glacier. Opposite Hopar the white Bualtar Glacier intersects the Barpu Glacier. This is a base camp for treks into the high, glacier-draped peaks called the Hispar Muztagh.
Gilgit is a key component for travel in the Northern Areas and a delightful place to spend some time before or after a trek, sightseeing, souvenir shopping and soaking in the beautiful views of Rakaposhi Mountain and neighboring peaks.
2018 signified our return to trekking in northern Pakistan. From 1988 to 2006 we have successfully led trekking groups to every corner of the Karakoram. For obvious reasons these treks have been less popular over the years but, with a top notch local agent and the tremendous success of previous groups, we are committed to rediscovering this gem among trekking destinations.
The Exploring the Northern Valleys Trip in Pakistan is part of our Worldwide Adventure Tours Series. We are able to arrange this incredible trek beginning on any date during the months of May through September for a group of 2 to 8 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1. Arrive in Islamabad and transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Chilas. Hotel.
Day 3: Raikot to Fairy Meadows (3306m). Mountain Hut.
Day 4: Exploration and hike around Fairy Meadows. Mountain Hut.
Day 5: Nanga Parbat Base Camp (3967m). Mountain Hut.
Day 6: Travel to Gulmit. Hotel.
Day 7: Full day for a hike to Kamaris and visit Ondra Fort. Hotel.
Day 8: Drive to Khunjerab Pass (4735m). Hotel.
Day 9: Drive to Karimabad. Visit Attabad Lake en route. Hotel.
Day 10: Sightseeing day around Hunza. Hotel.
Day 11: Day trip to Hopper & Bualtar Glacier (3000m). Hotel.
Day 12: Trek to Minapin & Hapakun (2804m). Tented Camping.
Day 13: Trek to Tagafari (3261m). Tented Camping.
Day 14: Cross over the Minapin Glacier. Tented Camping.
Day 15: Travel to Gilgit. Hotel.
Day 16: Drive the KKH to Besham in 10 to 12 hours. Hotel.
Day 17: Drive to Islamabad (5 to 6 hours) and visit Taxila. Hotel.
Day 18: Full day for guided sightseeing around Islamabad. Hotel.
Day 19: Transfer to the airport and depart Islamabad.