Nanga Parbat, Sanskrit for “Naked Mountain” is so named because some of its slopes are so steep that they are bereft of vegetation and snow. According to the local old legend, Nanga Parbat is also called Diamir, which means abode of fairies. It is believed that the Queen of fairies lives there in a castle made of solid crystal-clear ice, which is guarded by gigantic snow serpents and frogs. The earlier disasters in climbing this mountain are attributed to the displeasure of fairies.
Nanga Parbat is not a single peak but consists of 20km long series of peaks and ridges culminating in an ice crest of (8125m). Its South Face known as Rupal Face is (5000m) high, while the North or Raikot Face plunging over (7000m) from the summit to the Indus forms one of the world’s deepest gorge. This expedition takes us to the Southside, which is known as Rupal Face.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Karakorum Adventures representative will meet at the arrival gate of Islamabad International Airport. We will drive straight to the town of Chilas via Babusar Pass. All day trip (approx. 450 km) on the Karakorum highway (KKH) northward into the mountains. Our goal is the small place called Chilas on the Indus. Night in the hotel.
Still, on the Indus, we will continue on our path north. On our way, we will have a view of the Nanga Parbat, famously known as Killer Mountain. Shortly thereafter we will leave the Indus and drive by a spectacular ravine on adventurous runways over Astor into the small mountain village Tarshing (2900 m). Directly behind the village the highest steep wall of the earth rises up into the sky, the Rupal wall high over 4500 m, which rise to fame in 1970 when two brothers Günther and Reinhold Messner reached the summit via a direct route on the huge, difficult Rupal Face. First night in the tent.
Start of the Trek. From Tarshing we walk to the Herrligkoffer Basecamp (approx. 3500 m). The migration leads directly below the enormous Rupal flank and offers fantastic views of the Nanga Parbat. night in the tent. (Trek time approx. 5h).
The rather pleasant stage leads across idyllic Pastures after Shaigiri (3660 m). You have a wonderful view of steep slopes of the Nanga Parbat, the south wall and the neighbouring Rupal peak (5584 m). Night in the tent. (Trek time approx. 5h).
This day is allocated for Acclimatization in the Shaigiri camp. We can spend the day walking on the pastures or go take a trip towards Rupal peak. Night in the tent.
The trek will now take us to Mazeno Basecamp (4200 m). From here we will have a magnificent view of the Toshain peak and the impressive rugged summits and glacier of this group of mountains is offered. Night in the tent. (Trek time approx. 5h).
The trek continues on steep slopes of Mazeno pass. We will break our camp on the slope of mezano pass (approx. 4700 m) directly on the debris-covered Mazeno glacier. Night in the tent. (Trek time approx. 4-5h).
The 5377 m crossing of the high Mazeno pass is the highest point of the entire Tour. We will start early. From our camp on Mazeno glacier we can reach to the pass in 4-5h but newly fallen snow it can take much longer. The efforts of climbing the pass will be compensated by the view from the top and you will feel refreshed. The descent of the day can be tricky, with unfavourable conditions rope will be used to climb down. The condition at the top makes the climb down even more adventurous. Once down to the foot of the pass few more kilometre will lead to our camp for the night at Upper Loiba. (4200 m) (trek time approx. 8-11h).
Trek down from upper Loiba to Lower Loiba which is also called as Loiba Meadows. Today we have an easy walk through the lush green meadows and trees. Overnight camp is surrounded by shepherds huts(3350 m). night in the tent. (Trek time approx. 6h).
Steadily we continue the drive down the mountain until valley is reached(Upper Jale, 2750m). From here it goes again upwards to Ser(2900 m), where one of the Reinhold Messer initiated school stands. Night in the tent. (Trek time approx. 4h).
Today the trek is very easy through pine and birch trees, We will walk up and over lower Kachal(approx. 3400 m) until Kutgali(3900 m), where at foot of steep rock tower we will camp for two nights. We have stunning views of Nanga Parbat all the way. Night in the tent. (Trek time approx. 6h).
Today we will have a day trip to the base camp of Nanga Parbat on Diamer side we will walk on the beautiful green meadow of flowers and in direct view of the Kinshofer route up to the summit of the Nanga Parbat. Kinshofer route was open by the german expedition in 1962 it is the consideration to be easiest of all route toward the summit. We will return to our camp in the evening. A night like a day before. (Trek time approx. 4h).
Moring jeep Drive to Raikot
You are going to Experience world’s most adventurous one hours drive by 4 wheel jeeps to Tato village through the narrow gorge of Raikot. After Tattoo, 2 hours trek on the pony trails through the thickly covered pine forest leads to fairy meadows.
A soft trek of 1 to 1 and half 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.
Excursion to Nanga Parbat 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.
Overnight in huts.
In the morning short descent after Tato. From there we will ride a short but amusing jeep trek which down into the Indus valley and meet KKH at Rakhiot bridge, where your bus awaits and take you to the nearest town known as Chilas. In the evening arrival in Chilas. NIGHT in the hotel.
Last part of the long trip along the KKH back after Islamabad. Over Besham and Abbottabad you reach the capital of Pakistan after all day trip in the evening. NIGHT in the hotel.
Day off for inspections and purchases in the capital Islamabad or the neighbouring Rawalpindi. In the evening common parting meal. Late at the night transfer to the airport.
Transfer to airport for onward destination. Bon voyage