Schooliye Northern Pakistan trip – Start of the Journey

Not all the wishes come true, not all the dreams are realized.  But we were lucky that finally the day arrived when we made our way to Islamabad.

I took a 30 hour flight to Islamabad (Via Beijing) to join my other friends who were already there.

 Next morning we reached Gilgit via PIA’s PK-605 flight. Manoj and I got a chance to visit the cockpit and witness the Majestic Nanga Parbat from there.

Aman, Ali, Manoj & Asif at Islamabad airport

In an hour’s time we reached Gilgit where our driver Inayat was waiting for us outside the airport. 

Aman, Ali, Asif & Manoj – Gilgit airport

After having breakfast in the city, we made our way to Raikot bridge. 

Nanga Parbat View Point – Thalichi

picture time at Nanga Parbat View Point on KKH

picture time at Nanga Parbat View Point on KKH

On the way to Raikot bridge, there is a small town where you can see the first glimpse of Nanga Parbat and due to this it is also called as Nanga Parbat View Point. We stopped there for some pictures.

It took us an hour to reach the Raikot Bridge. We hired the jeep from the bridge, round trip jeep rates to Jhel/Tatu for this year are Rs. 8,100. This couple of hours jeep ride is one of the most adventurous roads in the world. It was my 3rd trip to Fairy Meadows in last 12 years, a lot of things have changed since then but this road is still the same. 

Ready to start the trek to Fairy Meadows from Jhel

We took a short break at Fairy Point Hotel and left for Fairy Meadows leaving our bags at the hotel. As we trekked up hill we reached Fairy Meadows by the evening, it took us 2.5 to 3 hours.

Fairy Meadows Broad View Hotel

Fairy Meadows Broad View Hotel

Fairy Meadows Broad View Hotel

Fairy Meadows Pakistan Camping site

We decided to stay at the Fairy Meadows Broad View Hotel owned by Fazl-ur-Rehman, it was my 2nd time there. The hotel offers rooms in wooden cottages as well as camping facilities. We were served welcome tea (Tumuru) which I always enjoy. There were a lot more tourists in the valley then my previous visits and more hotels too. 

 

Reflection Lake – Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows Reflection Lake

Majestic Nanga Parbat – Fairy Meadows Reflection Lake

Fairy Meadows Reflection Lake

Its not just another meadow because of its stunning beauty this place is known as Fairy Meadows

Maoj & Asif at Fairy Meadows Reflection Lake

Manoj, Asif and the Nanga Parbat, there were only three of them in the Valley.

Next day I was up early in the morning to take some pictures, went to the Reflection Lake to capture the reflection of Nanga Parbat in the little pond.

Beyal Camp

One the way to Beyal Camp - Fairy Meadows

One the way to Beyal Camp – Fairy Meadows

After the breakfast, one of our friend decided to stay in the Fairy Meadows while three of us left for the Beyal Camp. This trek used to be a thick forest but due to increase in the hotels and expansion of the existing ones, locals are cutting the trees. This deforestation needs to be stopped, someone needs to step-in. As we got closer to the Beyal Camp, it started drizzling.

Beyal Camp Fairy Meadows Pakistan

Welcome to Beyal Camp

Its an easy trek following the trails going though the pines. Once you are near the Beyal Camp landscape becomes wider and more picturesque. Beyal Camp is not only a stop over point on the way to the base camp, its used by the local shepherds as summer home for their cattle. It took us almost 1.5 hours to reach Beyal Camp. We stopped there for tea and biscuits. Two of us (Manoj and I) left for the View Point which is 30 – 40 minutes away.

Nanga Parbat View Point

Nanga Parbat View Point

Nanga Parbat from the view point

Although we need almost a full day to visit the Nanga Parbat View Point but on a clear day it can be highlight of the trip.

Nanga Parbat View Point on a clear day

Views from the View point are a treat to watch. On a clear day one can see glaciers and peaks like Raikot Glacier, Boulder Peak, Chongra Peak and off course the majestic Nanga Parbat. Bad weather and shortage of time forced us to leave without visiting the Nanga Parbat base camp. In less than couple of hours we were back to our hotel.

Group photo at Broad View Hotel – Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows is not a pocket friendly place but this is due to the logistics issues, costs etc. We spent couple of nights in Fairy Meadows, met some very nice and friendly tourists and locals. Next morning we trekked down to Jhel where our jeep driver was waiting for us to take us back to the Raikot bridge.

Group photo with the jeep driver at Raikot bridge

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