Fairy Meadows: The Unexplored Beauty Of Pakistan

Fairy meadows

Written by Usman

May 23, 2022

Indeed, Pakistan has some of the most fascinating places in the world, especially at its best in the northern areas of the Pakistan and Kashmir region. This part of the country is famous worldwide because of sky-high mountains, lush green valleys, mighty rivers, beautiful lakes, and fantastic wildlife. And Fairy Meadows is also one most beautiful places to visit.

These beautiful and heart-attractive places in Pakistan help people feel more calm and relaxed, thus decreasing anxiety levels. Increases attentiveness and memory. Moreover, their green environment indirectly impacts our health by improving air quality and limiting the impact of heatwaves by reducing urban temperatures.

Furthermore, this beautiful place in Pakistan attracts tourists from all over the world to come and see the beauty of nature, which is profitable for people living there and the country’s economy. Let’s have an in-depth view of the importance of the place and the facilities provided there.

Fairy Meadows

Fairy meadows

A Beautiful View Of Nanga Parbat from the valley

Fairy Meadows was named by German climbers and is locally known as Joot in the local Shina language. It is famous for its beautiful lush green plateaus and the world’s ninth-biggest mountain, Nanga Parbat (the Killer Mountain). It is present in the Diamer District of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, at about 3,300 meters above sea level. Indeed, visiting here is worthwhile because you can go close to Nanga Parbat.

The government of Pakistan designated Fairy Meadows a national park in 1995. Raikot Glacier flows down from the Nanga Parbat massif, giving clear water and a beautiful view. Indeed, it is “The heaven on earth” due to its matchless beauty. 

Fairy Meadows Location

It is located in Diamer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

Fairy Meadows Track

Fair meadows track

Track Contains Many Barriers

Reach Fairy Meadows doesn’t require mountain experience, except for the last 6 or 7 km.  You have to cross the Railkot bridge first, 80 km from Gilgit and 400 km from Islamabad.  Fairy Meadows can only be reached by jeep from Raikot Bridge, and it is the only legal way to get there.  

An hour’s drive will lead one to the end of the jeep track around a km ahead of Tattu village, and from there, one will have to walk on foot. After another 1.5 to 3 hours walk, one reaches the fairyland.

The Fairy Meadows can be reached via a 12 km-long jeep track from Raikhot bridge on Karakoram Highway to the village of Tato. Additionally, it takes about 3 to 4 hours to hike a 5 km track or by horse to reach there.

Fairy Meadows Road

Fairy meadows road

World’s 2nd Dangerous road

It’s known as one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Also, Ranking as the second deadliest highway in 2013, globally because it’s a ‘treacherous high altitude, unstable and narrow mountain road .’Its horrifying 10 km path indeed can be called the “Road of Death.”

The path is roughly formed from rocks and dirt, no actual pavement was done. But, the worst part is that the narrow winding road does not have guard rails on the sides.

There is no way two 4×4 vehicles can fit into the path side by side. When driving through this treacherous road, ensure that your jeep is in perfect working condition and you have a local guide.

Fairy Meadows Height

Fairy meadows height

The average height of Fairy Meadow is 10800 ft (3300 meters). Even in summers, it gets pretty cold at night. In winters, Fairy Meadows receives heavy snowfall and becomes almost inaccessible.

It is not itself a city, but trekkers use it to reach the summit of Nanga Parbat’s Rakhiot face. The nearest town near it is Chilas which is 1265 m high above sea level.

Fairy Meadows Night View

NIght view

No doubt, Fairy meadows night view is a beautiful sitting place with the tiny lamps lights in the night giving a romantic touch. This place is at 3300 m above sea level and surrounded by a blanket of stars, making it the perfect place to admire nature’s beauty.

Beyal Camp

beyal camp

Beyal Camp is accommodation in Diamer. It is situated near Bial Camp, which has an elevation of 3,522 meters. You can reach Beyal Camp in 3-4 hours. Must walk to “Beyal camp,” you can’t afford to miss such a fantastic spot. There are many hotels, lodges, camps, and wooden huts in Fairy meadows where you can stay at very affordable rates.

Moreover, the most fascinated and adventurous experience is camping here. A small water stream, snow-covered mountains, lush green grassing carpet, and rich green trees are the main attraction of Beyal Camp. Hence, many foreign tourists visit and enjoy camping at Beyal Camp. 

Nanga Parbat Base Camp Trek

Nanga parbat track

The Nanga Parbat base camp is a place of complete silence, only broken by the occasional sound of snowfall, which you can hear from a very long distance away. Nanga Parbat base camp is around 38500 m, which is almost 4 hours away. 

A few kilometres after Fairy Meadows lies another campsite called Behal; I recommend staying there on your second night because it has much better views and is much quieter than it. The trail gets tougher after Behal, but it is much more rewarding. You are at Nanga Parbat base camp now.

Nanga Parbat Base Camp Height

Among the activities, you must do when in Fairy Meadow are a visit to Nanga Parbat at 13500 ft, the Beyal Camp at 11600 ft, and trekking along the Raikot Glacier and on the surrounding hills. When at Nanga Parbat base camp, don’t forget to pay tribute to Alfred Drexel and Karl Unterkircher, two great mountaineers who perished while climbing the killer mountain.

Fairy Meadows Hotels

They should need to renovate some facilities’ availability and management. Hotels are very basic, and there is little effort to clean the place. This will entitle you to hotel facilities, including toilets, a warm shower (early mornings only), a kitchen, and a bonfire. It would be best if you visited the given hotels for the best experience of your tour.

Fairy Meadows Cottage

Fairy meadows cottage

Fairy Meadows Cottages is present at Bunar Das, and it is 30 minutes drive from Chilas and before Raikot Bridge. It is a beautiful location for tourists travelling from Islamabad/Naran to Gilgit Baltistan. It is a quiet and peaceful place on KKH at Buner Das and is significantly facilitated for your night stay if you are travelling to Fairy Meadows, Astore, Gilgit, or Skardu.

Fairy Meadows Cottage Bunar Das has 20 spacious rooms and a suitable dining hall with a kitchen facility to cater to individual travellers, students, families, and corporate groups coming from local and foreign destinations. Enjoy lovely weather and beautiful Nanga Parbat at Fairy Meadows Cottages. The cost of living at Fairy Meadows Cottages varies depending on the date, the rate, the number of guests, etc. 

Facilities:

  • Sehri and Iftar meals will be available for all who want to do fasting
  • Parking, Pets allowed, Free parking, On-site parking, Private parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant, Room service
  • Garden 

Address: Trail to Fairy Meadows Tatto, Gilgit, Pakistan 

Contact Number:  0301 4493725

Fairy Meadows Inn

fairy meadows inn

Fairy Meadows Inn Hotel & Restaurant is situated at the junction point of Gilgit Baltistan on the famous Karakoram Highway. It is the most famous stop-over and rest point for families, especially tourists trekking to the Nanga Parbat base camp.

A flat-screen TV and a seating area are present in each room. Each morning, a continental breakfast is available at North Inn Hotel.

Facilities:

  • Free parking, private parking, on-site parking
  • Garden and terrace
  • Restaurant, room service
  • 24 hours front desk
  • Jeep car rental

Address: Raikot Bridge, Main Karakoram Hwy, Chilas

Contact Detail: +92 355 5395000 

Raikot Serai

hotel in fairy meadows

It is a camp resort located atop the heavily forested Fairy Meadows. It was established in 1992. This tourist destination is top-rated among mountaineers and trekking enthusiasts for its exhilarating ‘Nanga Parbat Experience.’ The Raikot Serai is the most expensive place and costs 7000 rupees for one night.

Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hours front desk
  • Breakfast free, Room service
  • Full-service laundry

Address: Nanga Parbat Base Camp Trail, Gilgit-Baltistan

Contact Number: 0300 5065407

FAQs

What is Fairy Meadows famous for?

Fairy Meadows features beautiful green plateaus and the world’s ninth-biggest mountain, Nanga Parbat. It is a very popular tourist attraction among the locals and outsiders. The government gave the valley national park status in 1985. 

Is the road to Fairy Meadows safe?

The road leading to the valley is dangerous, and thus it has also known as the “Road of Death. ” It was named the world’s second most dangerous highway in 2013. The path is rough due to the presence of rocks and dirt; no actual pavement it has.

Is Fairy Meadows worth visiting?

Yes, the most important thing for tourists and mountaineers is that visit to Fairy Meadows allows them to have a close and personal with Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world.

Final Words

So, Fairy meadows is one of the best tourist spots for mountaineers and people who want to take a close view of Nanga Parbat. The spot provides many facilities, and you will reach there after passing many security checking. You also have to give a dangerous road to reach there, and here you will see Nanga Parbat. Try to avoid the over luggage because you have to walk also.

 

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