Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fairy Meadow

One of the recommended attractions and side-trips in northern Pakistan and the Karakoram Highway is to Fairy Meadow. My guidebook has good reviews on it, and so does online information. After been to it, I completely agree with them!

The journey there was a broken down into several segments. Although I hired my own guide and jeep, it can only reach a place known as Raikot Bridge. From there, I had to transfer to another jeep (further payable) and undertake a harrowing winding journey up to a point known as Tato. From Tato, you'll then have to trek your way up to Fairy Meadow. It took me 3-4hr for the climb!. My accommodation in Fairy Meadow is the popular Raikot Serai camp.

Raikot Serai afforded fantastic views of Nanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat is the 9th highest mountain in the world (8125m). It is also known as "Killer Mountain" as it had claimed many lives of those who attempted to ascend her. In fact, just few days before, there was a rescue operation on one of the climbers who was trapped in the mountains! Besides fantastic views, you can actually do a 1-day trek to the Nanga Parbat basecamp for a closer view of Nanga Parbat! Which makes it special, as you don't get many opportunities to trek to a basecamp in just 1 day!!

Even if you don't do the trek, the surroundings of Fairy Meadow is just so beautiful. And with my tent facing Nanga Parbat, the morning and evening views were sheer pleasure. And photographers dream.


Anonymous said...

can see it's a good place to stone and let time passes u.


Dr Shahid Iqbal said...

this is very nice place to visit. wonderful and excellent.

Wanderer said...

Yes, everybody agrees that its a wonderful place! :)
Thanks for dropping by!