Fantasy - Fairy MeadowsHunza Valley – Khunjerab Pass – Fairy Meadows – Nanga Parbat B.C.
No. of days : 8
According to seasoned travellers, Rakaposhi and Nanga Parbat are the most beautiful mountains in the world. Similarly Hunza and Fairy Meadows have no match in their scenic beauty. Both places and mountains have been selected for a very exclusive program with a loose itinerary to enjoy the captivating beauty of the lofty mountains, green valleys and alpine meadows. Once in the mountains, there are short drives with ample time to enjoy the wonders of nature. This tour has been designed for people who intend to enjoy nature in quiet and serene atmosphere. 'Seeing is believing ' is proved by participating in this tour.
Day 01 Islamabad - Besham - Chilas
We depart early and drive to Besham via Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra. After a short break at Besham, we resume our drive on Karakoram Highway, along River Indus. We will make photo stops at Shatial Rocks with ancient graffiti's on it. We reach Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 02 Chilas - Karimabad ( Hunza Valley )
We depart for Hunza and en-route some interesting carvings can be seen on the rocks at Chilas, even from the window of your vehicle. Next to Chilas is the Nanga Parbat viewpoint offering breathtaking views. The next stop will be at the Unique Point where three mountain rages, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush meet, near the confluence of Indus and Gilgit Rivers. We bye passes the Gilgit Town and continue our drive on KKH. En route, we cross several villages of Hunza & Nagar valleys and make a photo stop at Rakaposhi view point. We take off from KKH and on arrival in Karimabad, transfer to hotel.
Day 03 Hunza - Excursion Khunjerab Pass
Today we will make an excursion to the Sino-Pak border at Khunjerab, crossing the villages of Gulmit, Passu and Sost en route. Khunjerab is the highest point on KKH at 4734 meters and considered as the highest trade route in the world. The route to Sost and to Kuksil is easy and then the road rises to Khunjerab Pass. Likely to see Wild Asses, Yaks and Marmots en route.
Once, we reach the pass, we will make a photostop at cool and thin air as we are almost equal to the height of the highest peak of Europe. Driving back to Sost, we make a tea stop and later drive back to Karimabad.
Day 04 Karimabad - Sightseeing
Getting up early in the midnight will enable us to witness unique natural phenomena of sunrise at Rakaposhi and other peaks. The day is free at Karimabad, the capital town of Hunza Valley. Ultar, Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik and Diran are famous peaks surrounds us at Karimabad, while Rakaposhi at 7788m dominates the whole panorama. We visit Baltit Fort Museum and walk around villages and famous terraced fields of Hunza.
Day 05 Karimabad - Gilgit - Fairy Meadows
After breakfast at hotel, we will drive to Gilgit, where we make a brief visit of bazaar. Gilgit River flowing through the town, offers superb views.
Our next destination is Fairy Meadows, which is a great but soft adventure. Fairy Meadows is located at the base camp of Nanga Parbat - 8125m, the lone giant of Himalayas and the second highest in Pakistan after K-2. We drive to Raikot Bridge on KKH and onwards to Jail ( Tato ), by jeeps at foot of Fairy meadows. From the end of jeep track, it is a hike of about three hours to the legendary place Fairy meadows, which is truly named with unsurpassed views of Nanga Parbat. At fairy Meadows tents or log cabins are available for accommodation.
Day 06 Fairy Meadows - Excursion Nanga Parbat Base Camp
A soft trek of two to three hours, walking through the dense pine forest and later through birch trees and along shallow streams, takes us to Beyal, a summer settlement of shepherds with stunning views of Nanga Parbat - 8125m.
Optional hike to base camp crossing tails of glaciers with well identified track. At base camp, a monument had been erected in the memory of climbers died on the mountain. After a packed cold picnic lunch at base camp, we will return to our campsite at Fairy Meadows and enjoy a unique and memorable night at the foot of Nanga Parbat and in the land of fairies with bonfire.
Day 07 Fairy Meadows - Besham
After an early breakfast, we start walking down Jail and drive to Raikot Bridge and onwards driving on KKH and crossing Chilas, we arrive in Besham in the evening. At Besham we enjoy a night along the swiftly flowing River Indus.
Day 08 Besham - Islamabad
Making an early departure for Islamabad, we arrive at Taxila, the famous capital of Buddhists. At Taxila, we will visit Jaulian Monastery and Archaeological Museum and resume drive to Islamabad and drop at a designated place.
End of the Tour