The trek commonly called “Around Nanga Parbat” does not actually go all the way ‘around’ Nanga Parbat. Instead it goes halfway around Nanga Parbat, beginning on the south side of Nanga Parbat from Tarashing in the Rupal Valley. The route heads west up the Rupal Valley, and turns north to cross the Mazeno La to Fairy Meadows.
Nanga Parbat (8125 m), the western most peak of the Great Himalayan range, is one of five 8000 m peaks in Pakistan. This 20 km long series of peaks and ridges forms a huge massif. Its solitary white appearance, visible from the south for at least 100 km, prompted the name Nanga Parbat, which means “The Naked Mountain.” It is also known as the “Killer Mountain”, because of the difficulties of reaching the summit. The first ascent was an almost miraculous solo ascent without oxygen in 1953 by the German Herman Buhl. Its sheer south face, called the Rupal face, rises over 5000 m from the valley floor to the summit and offers trekkers breathtaking close-up views. The north Raikot face plunges over 7000 m from the summit to the Indus River, forming one of the world’s deepest, dramatic gorges.
The Rupal Valley, on the south side of Nanga Parbat, is accessed via the Astor Valley, which leaves the KKH at Jaglot 60 Km south of Gilgit. Short, easy treks in the Rupal Valley offer incredible views.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arrive in Islamabad. A representative of Karakorum Adventures will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. This representative will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to the hotel in Islamabad. Discover the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi is an old British -era settlement and Islamabad is the capital city and administrative centre built sometime after the partition of India in elevation in 1947. The cities are Located at about 1,500 feet in elevation in the hot and steamy plains of Pakistan’s upper Punjab. You may wish to explore Rawalpindi by wandering among its many and varied bazaars, or visit the imposing Shah Faisal Mosque superbly situated at the foot of the Margalla Hills. This mosque is one of the largest in the world, with room for 15,000 worshippers inside and 85,000 in the courtyard.
We will drive striaght to 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 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.
The trail climbs steeply from Tarashing (2,900m) up the lateral moraine of the Tarashing Glacier, and then crosses the glacier in 30 minutes along a clear path. First half hour of the trek is steep up to the lateral moraine of Trashing Glacier then it will take another half hour to cross the glacier. At the other side of the glacier is lower Rupal Valley with two large summer settlements and big fields of wheat. From lower Rupal Valley trek is green and gradually ascending. After about three hours walk from here and arrive Behzin just under the solid ice wall of east face of Nanga Parbat.
We will trek to Latoba from Bazhin. It takes 4 hours trekking to Latoba.
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. High Mazeno pass is the highest point of the entire Tour. We will come back to mazeno lower B..C.
Night in the tent.
We will trek back to latoba and we will stay night in latoba.
Night in the tent.
Early morning we start our trek toward latoba for Tarishing.
Night in the tent.
Morning after breakfast we will drive (2 hours) to Raikot Bridge. From here, drive one hour by 4 wheel jeeps to Tato village through the narrow gorge of Raikot. After Tato, 4 hours trek on the pony trails through the thick covered pine forest leads to fairy meadows. Meals and overnight in huts.
Excursion towards Nanga Parbat base camp. (north face of Nanga Parbat 4000m). An easy and gentle walk through the green meadows covered with thick pine and birch forests. After beyal we cross ganalo glacier and then we walk on lush green grassy meadows. Visit alfred drexel monument and explore the area. After lunch trek back to Fairy meadows.
Overnight in huts.
On Karakorum Highway We start walking down from Fairy Meadows in early morning, in three hours we arrive at the point where jeeps are waiting for us to take us through short jeep track to Raikot bridge on Karakorum Highway. We drive on Karakorum highway along the mighty Indus river to Sharkool, passing through the dry gorge of Indus that offers fascinating landscape of Karakorum. Arrive at Sharkool a small village on top of a green hill.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel. (Trek 3 hours, Drive Tatto – Raikot – Chilas 55 Km, 2 Hours).
After Breakfast we leave for Islamabad crossing Babusar Pass. After 14 hours drive we will reach islamabad.
Overnight at Hotel.
Transfer to airport for onward destination.