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Julian R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This beautiful area is suffering an irresponsible tourist development that threatens the ecological equilibrium. The Fairy Meadows are not a "fairy" meadows anymore, but a bunch of Hotels that caters for noisy crowds of local tourists. The local forest suffered the demand for wood and there is garbage everywhere. It is a shame because this valley it is really magical. What it should be a hiker heaven, it is a tourist trap. I suggest to go to Beyal Camp, it is basic but for those who like lonely walks, shepherd culture and enjoy nature sounds it is a better choice.
Written 7 September 2021
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RobinMitha
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2011 • Solo
To reach base camp Nanga Parbat, you start with a gruelling 16 hour bus ride from Islamabad to Raikot bridge. This is where the adventure begins. A 2 hour jeep ride and a steep 3 hour climb by foot brings you to Fairy Meadow. Fairy Meadow is off the beaten track so few tourists, basic accomodation and very friendly locals.

From here a 2 hour hike to Beyal Camp and then, the next day another 3 hours to base camp Nanga Parbat, often called the Killer Mountain. Its stark, its beautiful and its unspoilt. You may meet a few people on the way otherwise its you and your guide, isn't that how it should be. The beauty of the mountains, the silence of nature and the only reminder of man is the receeeding glaciers.

A Japanese botanist did a count and recorded over 400 species of flowers in the area called Fairy Meadow. This is a unique place, as you stand infront of the Broadpeak Camp on the ridge you see Nanga Parbat , rising over 8000 meters on one side, the Raikot Glacier almost at your feet, the forest across the ravine and the flowering medows at your feet. No wonder its called Fairy meadow.
Written 18 January 2012
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Shoaib Q
Lahore, Pakistan326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
We visited fairy Meadows on 13 July 2017. 1st of all we have to understand what fairy Meadows is? Fairy Meadows, named by German climbers and locally known as Joot, is a grassland near one of the base camp sites of the Nanga Parbat, located in Diamer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
To get there there are few Routes to Fairy Meadows

Route 1:

Islamabd to Gilgit ( 2 Hours by Air)
Gilgit to Raikot Bridge ( 2 Hours by Road)
Raikot Bridge to Tatto ( 1½ Hours 4 X 4 Jeep Drive)
Tatto to Fairy Meadows ( 3 Hours Trek)

Route 2:

Islamabd to Chilas ( 11 Hours by Road)
Chilas to Raikot Bridge ( 2 Hours by Road)
Raikot Bridge to Tatto ( 1½ Hours 4 X 4 Jeep Drive)
Tatto to Fairy Meadows ( 3 Hours Trek)

Route 3:

Islamabd to Kaghan Valley ( 7 Hours by Road)
Kaghan to Chilas via Babusar Pass ( 4 Hours by Road)
Chilas to Raikot Bridge ( 2 Hours by Road)
Raikot Bridge to Tatto ( 1½ Hours 4 X 4 Jeep Drive)
Tatto to Fairy Meadows ( 3 Hours Trek)

1st when u reach Rai Kot bridge park your car at Shangri-la restaurant n hotel parking that cost u 1000 rupees for indoor and 500 for outdoor. You have to drop keys at reception. Use washroom there if need before getting up there coz it took 6 to 7 hours to reach up there.
Do carry a good bag pack that include your essentials like trouser jeans shirt a warm jacket a cap sun block cream toiletry items water some food like biscuits etc charger power bank camera and other stuff. U can carry ur bags either by ur self or by porter service up there if it's much heavy. They charge 1000 for a 25 kg bag. U will hire a jeep to reach at trekimg point it cost u 7000 per jeep it's their fix rate for max 5-6 people in one jeep. The route till treking point is very adventurous and narrow at many points. Once u reach at treking point do decide the time u come down with the driver as they will arrive at this point on ur specified time. Pay them 4000 and rest of the amount when they pick you again.
At the start of treking do carry a treking stick, it helps u to walk. You can hire a mule if u r not use to of walk to this extend. The route to fairy Meadows is difficult for people who r not use to of treking. There are refreshment points. It took almost 4 to 4 hours and 30 min to reach up there but it worths. Do book your cottage up there well before arriving as at times u don't get better room and have to stay in a tent which is not recommended especially for families.
There are two very good and recommended cottages up there one is fairy Meadows cottage which is run by Qari Rehmat Ulla sab and Mr farman the other is urdal Inn which is under Mr sher hayat n Irfan hayat.
U will get rooms for 3500 n tent for 2500 approx.hot water only come in morning.rooms are good n clean. We stayed at fairy Meadows cottages. Food is an issue up there and very expensive like Chicken one kg for 2500 so better have daal or veg that is around 350 per plate. Tea is around 80 to 100.
U will love the nanga purbat view at its best.its breath taking.the flow of water beside or cottage (nasreen Cottage) was awesome. U can spend two to three days and even go for the base camp point from here.
Else there is a lush green hay (ground) where locals play cricket and their animals run around. There is a small water point there that can be visited.the cottage provide a bone fire at night, where u can sit with friends and family. At night looking at the stars up on the sky is a treat to watch and if u go on full moon days it's like fairies in the sky so beautiful and life time experience.
It took us 2 hours to come down at jeep pick up point. Jeeps usually come late around 20 to 30 min.
On and whole it's an experience of a life time.
Written 30 July 2017
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James B
James B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
when I was going to Pakistan despite all security concerns that I wanted to make a trek to Nanga Parbat base camp. When I booked my airline tickets back in March I also looked at the possibility of treks there.
The trek was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever been on and most of that was thanks to my guide Saif and trek organizer Vertical Explorers Treks & Tours. You need to request them. Saif was not only a really nice guy but a real professional. He shared with us information on the Nanga Parbat, trail, cluture and people and was a consumate professional. The trek was one of the best experiences of my life. You will be completely amazed when you get to the base camp of Nanga Parbat after Bayal camp and even more amazed when you finally make it to advance Camp.
Here are a few things I suggest: Bring layers, it is pretty cold, Bring some light snacks, although our cook Ahmed provided us with snacks every day. The first few hours will beat you up but after that it is really great. Prepare for altitude sickness by taking oxygen pills. Have a great time!
Written 17 April 2015
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Ahmed J
Lahore, Pakistan101 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
Bus ride from Lahore or Islamabad is nerve wrecking and takes upto continuous 21 hours (Considering Breaks) till Raikot Bridge. Try to choose the tour that gives you Overnight stay in Chillas... From the Raikot bridge jeeps will take you the point where the only way to go till Fairy Meadows is 3-4 Hrs trek; needless to say Jeep ride is worst than the roller coaster. The trek can be substituted by hiring the pony ride for Rs. 3000 approximately. You will reach the beautiful Fairy Meadows where it is advisable to take a rest even the next day. The day after you must wake up 5AM and start trekking real early in the morning if you are intending to reach the Base camp and return. Well We were off at 5:30 for the base camp. Upto Beyal Camp it takes 2 Hrs and 30 minutes after you will reach the View Point... If you are tired enough; quit going to the base camp here since there is no place or shade to catch your breath. You need to cross the steep mountains; some 2 glaciers; jump on the rocky track and my most horrible experience passing through the mud track which is steep and rocks slide as well; without harness and any further safety gadgets. If you fall the recovery mode is the heli ambulance who will either recover you dead or alive... After 5 Hours you will reach the base camp.... Dont spend more than an hour then its your way back to the Fairy Meadows the camping site... Due to almost no trees ahead at view point your water bottles must be full and you must have the high potency pain reliever; get Synflex from Pakistan before your visit. During the day it will be hot but on your way back an upper is advisable (June-August). Children and ladies are advisable to make it till Fairy Meadows and not any further.... (Last week Jeep of 5 fell down and unfortunately all were found lifeless)... Its a tour with fit legs and fitter you as the luxury and help is minimal. For further inquiries leave a message at ahmedjahanzeb@gmail.com
Written 18 August 2014
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Crimson786
Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Route: Isb - Abbotabad - Naran - Babusar - Chilas - Raikot - Tatu - Fairy Meadows - Beyal.

Travel Time: Isb to Raikot - 11 to 12 hrs (you may like to plan night stay enroute, in case you want to enjoy Abbotabad, Kaghan, Naran areas)

Road Condition: The road is 10/10 from Isb to Babusar, KKH is 7/10. Raikot to Tatu is a narrow jeep track (not for the faint hearted) 10/10 for adventure seekers. Tatu to Meadows will be a hike of about 2-3 hours, although horses are also available.

Best Time to Visit: Summers (July & August)

Accommodation: you can camp there, if you like but huts & tents are available and one doesn’t even need advance booking for a small group. In case travelling with kids or in large groups, booking is highly recommended.
We stayed with “Fairy Meadows Cottages”, a small business operated by friendly and welcoming staff. Raikot Sarai lodges is also an option but FM Cottages offer much better view and more space to explore.

DOs: warm layers for evening, comfortable shoes for mountain walk, backpack, water.

Donts: Don’t carry extra load, if you plan to walk.

Attractions: Must walk to “Beyal camp”, you just can’t afford to miss such an amazing spot. Its just an hour (40 mins to an hour) from meadows. Most people go ahead to Nanga Parbat base camp as well.

Cheers.
Written 18 July 2018
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Juzmeantea
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
I was there last year summer. The another name for the Nanga Parbat basecamp is called the Fairy Meadow. I was really fascinated by the name and requested my guide to bring me there. Fairy Meadow is indeed a very beautiful and green meadow, filled with lush green grasses, evergreen trees, tall deciduous trees and many cows, sheeps and donkey. People live in simple wooden huts and lead a simple life there. I felt that i am Heidi running around the pasture.
The jeep ride is indeed a crazy ride for the adrenaline junkies. It is crazily dangerous. I would say half way through the 2-3 hours ride I was hoping to jump out off the jeep and trek to fairy meadow myself. The jeep ride will not bring you to fairy meadow. It will stop at a point and one has to trek for another 3-4 hours to reach fairy meadow. Unfortunately, it was raining heavily and I have to trek in the cold but it was a scenic and beautiful trek.

I would say a good 2-3 days in fairy meadow will be sufficient for one to explore the area. It is worth to see the " killer" mountain, aka Nanga Parbat.

Unfortunately, due to heavy rain, there was a major landslide and I have trek down the mountains for 7-8 hours. But it was still ok. Thanks to Hunza Adventure Tours who has made this trip pleasant and memorable and safe for me. To kill my boredom, the guide, Zahir and his uncle taught me to play cricket on the lush green field.
Written 10 April 2016
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Lara C
London, UK82 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
But it is now utterly spoilt by the total lack of respect shown by a vast majority of visitors. Rubbish strewn around, lime green plastic bottles just thrown by the track and around the camp site along with anything else that people can't be bothered to take with them. It is now overwhelmed with very large and noisy groups who have more interest in having a selfie and playing loud music instead of absorbing the amazing scenery. The people running the various huts and garish tents show no interest in a sustainable approach to managing this unique place. One of the biggest disappointments of my trip.
Written 3 September 2016
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Muneer A
Hunza, Pakistan25 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Business
If you want to do adventure in Pakista then Nanga Parbat base camp (Fairy meadows) is one of the best places to go. You will travel from Islamabad to Raikot Bridge in any vehicle and then transfer to local jeep. This jeep will take you up to Tato village and then trek starts. You will have option either ride on a pony (horse) or do a trek up to Fairy meadows. The next day, you will enjoy a beautiful trek through pine forest up to Nanga parbat base camp (it will take 6 hrs).
Written 14 March 2018
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MustafaR832
Rawalpindi, Pakistan24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
A trip that has it all. Beautiful scenery, pleasant weather, adventure, peace and views that will remain etched in memory. The journey starts from Raikot bridge on a jeep track. Make sure you keep your driver in check with respect to overtaking or talking on the phone though. Then, a 1.5-2 hour trek (depending on your fitness levels) to Fairy Meadows. Another option could be to stay at Bayal (spellings?) camp which is another 1 hour at least from Fairy Meadows. At Fairy Meadows, do take pics at the small pond in which Nanga Parbat reflects. The trek to base camp takes approximately 4-5 hours but is not very difficult. It just requires a certain level of patience and fitness. At the end, it's all worth it. The glacier and the mountain are beautiful.
Written 12 November 2014
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