20 Nov Tips to Hike the Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat Base Camp
Pakistan is a country that is blessed with many beautiful valleys, meadows, hill stations, and mountain ranges. People from all over Pakistan head towards North-Pakistan in summer to make the most of their vacations. This gives a lot of business to rental car agencies, hotel owners, and the locals of north-Pakistan. One of the tourist attractions in North-Pakistan is the Nanga Parbat base camp, especially for professional mountaineers.
Nanga Parbat Mountain
Nanga Parbat is the 9th tallest mountain on the planet, 8,126 meters tall, found in the Himalayan range of Pakistan.
It is a strong mountain that is famous among experienced alpine climbers and mountaineers. Getting to the top is not a simple trip and numerous individuals lose their lives annually trying to climb it. It is a fabulous mountain that overshadows everything around it and an excellent background to the valley, named Fairy Meadows.
Nanga Parbat Basecamp hike takes you at an elevation of 4000 meters, where the air is thin and the memories of those who haven’t survived begin to show up. From here, it is onward to the beginning of the push up the mountain.
For those climbing, camp-one sits at a height of 4,600 meters, 2nd is at 5,900 meters, 3rd is at 6,750 meters and 4th is at 7,200 meters. In this post, some tips to hike the Nanga Parbat Base camp will be discussed. For getting to the Nanga Parbat base camp, one has to hike Fairy meadows first.
Fairy Meadows Trek
Fairy meadows are situated in Gilgit-Baltistan, North-Pakistan. Hike to Fairy Meadows doesn’t need any sort of mountain experience as most of the path can be covered by 4×4, except 6-7km at the end.
Getting to Raikot Bridge
Anyone willing to hike fairy meadows has to pass Raikot Bridge. The place on the KKH from where you can access the mountains towards Fairy Meadows.
Raikot Bridge is at a distance of 80km from Gilgit and 400km from Islamabad. If you don’t own a car or you’re not using rent a car, then the bus is the best option.
The bus that goes from Islamabad to Gilgit can easily leave you there. In Gilgit, the bus to Raikot Bridge starts its route from the main bus stop. Once you reach the Raikot bridge, you will have to register yourself at the police checkpoint.
Fairy Meadows Road
The legal way to go along FM road is by local jeep. There are a lot of jeeps available that provide you a round trip at a reasonable fare. These jeeps can accommodate up to 5 passengers and fare can be divided among these passengers. Journey on the jeep takes almost 2 hours.
FM road is very tight and almost 1000m high, which makes it one of the most terrifying roads of Pakistan. The height of FM road also makes it one of the most attractive and scenic roads of Pakistan.
Due to security reasons, walking on the FM road is not allowed. Some people discover some ways to skip the police checkpoint to walk on the road, which is not appropriate. And it is not possible if you’re on a bus/public transport. Plus, it’s quite tiring to walk up to the destination. So, it is better to take a jeep for yourself as per the rule.
Getting to Fairy Meadows
The Jeep will drop you a few kilometers before your goal destination. From this point, you have to climb for 2-3 hours through an alpine forest until you get to the FM-campsite.
When you are at the top, leave your backpack, relax, and enjoy the most wonderful scenes to the fullest.
Trekking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp
It takes almost 8-hours (round-trip) for trekking to Nanga Parbat base camp.
The 2nd base camp after Fairy Meadows is the Behal campsite. It’s recommended to spend a night here as it’s much quieter and has even more beautiful views than the previous one.
Getting to Nanga Parbat Base Camp
After Behal base camp, the path gets tougher, although more fulfilling. From an alpine forest, the way turns into an arid however remarkable landscape, surrounded by snow, and ice blocks.
After some more climbing, you are at the Nanga Parbat Base Camp. The place where the quietness is only interrupted by the sound of avalanches, which can be heard from far away.