Fairy Meadows is one of the most beautiful and perhaps few of the extraordinary natural scenes in the world. In the lap of some of the highest mountains, precisely eight humongous mountain ranges in the world, Fairy Meadows Pakistan is just what the name suggests. It is a Meadow of Fairies and habitat to some out-of-this-world beings that add to the bewitching beauty of it. Having embraced the world’s second largest mountain K-2 along with the Killer mountain Nanga Parbat, it is considered to be one of the most splendid and accessible hikes that will allow you to witness 8,000 m high mountains without doing a multi-day trek.
Since it is unlike the jeep-accessible places everywhere, Fairy Meadows asks more from you if you want to explore this wonderland and the foremost thing is to be a trek or hike lover. Here it is the natural wheels on your legs that are widely used instead of four wheeler. You will have to be fit and energetic enough to hike and trek the unsmooth paths as it is a mountainous terrain at some places but mostly it is a wide stretched lush green grass. A basecamp is a place that completely spell-bounds at the first sight and one feels utter serenity and solace being here.
The best time to hike Fairy Meadows is April to October, preferably on weekdays, as these are considered to be the shoulder seasons. The Fairy Meadows Weather might be a bit colder than during the midsummer months, you are more likely to have the place to yourself or a good arrangement for the coldness of the weather. Fairy Meadows is a very popular tourist attraction among the locals and it can get crowded at peak times like the midsummer months or during public holidays and the locals here also found of this place.
Moreover, it is not only the Fairy Meadows Night View but the enjoyment and adventure get doubled when you have the great Nanga Parbat in the vicinity. You know about Nanga Parbat right? No! Let’s make you familiarize yourself with it.
Nanga Parbat, also called the Killer Mountain, is an 8,125-meter high mountain that figures as the second highest peak in Pakistan (after K2) and the eighth in the world. Its hair-raising name is due to the fact that, throughout the years, Nanga Parbat has taken the lives of many climbers who tried to climb it unsuccessfully. Nanga Parbat is also considered one of the hardest mountains to climb in the world.
However, despite having such a terrifying name, the Nanga Parbat Base Camp is surprisingly accessible for even inexperienced trekkers, as it is located only 4 hours away from Fairy Meadows, a campsite that is normally used as a base to organize treks to the base camp.
There are two ways to get at there. If you travel by air from Benazir International Airport Islamabad You will land at the provincial capital, Gilgit City in about 45 minutes. From here you can have a transport that will drop you almost two hours away from the Fairy Meadows basecamp because there onwards it is a hike and it is always advisable to travel by a 4x4 because these are the only fit and pertinent vehicles to the dangerous road.
On the other hand, if you travel via public transport, a bus, from Islamabad, you will be dropped at the Raikot Bridge. You will find vehicles here onward to the end of the jeepable road. The roads here are extremely dangerous yet the drivers are well-familiar and trained. The Jeep will drop you some kilometers before your final destination, from where you will need to start ascending (on foot) for 2 to 3 hours through an alpine forest until you get to the FM campsite.
Once you are at the top, leave your backpack, relax and enjoy the most wonderful and privileged views ever. A camera will always remind you of this place even after you return and photographs taken here are just magical because they present an unbelievable backdrop. The mighty mountains in the background seem like a creation of an artist on paper. wish you a good journey.