Fairy Meadows – A Quest to the Majestic Foothill of Nanga Parbat

Highlights of the Post:
About Fairy Meadows
Places to Stay

The picturesque beauty of Pakistan’s mountainous regions baffles locals and foreigners. Whether it is about Margalla hills in Islamabad or the valley of Kashmir, these tourist attractions are nothing short of a miracle. This blog, however, focuses on Fairy Meadows – one of the most famous tourist locations in the country. 

So, without further ado, let’s begin! 

More About Fairy Meadows 

Nanga Parbat & Fairy Meadows
Fairy Meadows lies at the foothill of the great Nanga Parbat

Located at the foothill of Nanga Parbat, Fairy Meadows is a place you must visit at least once in your life. However, the tracks leading to Fairy Meadows are extremely dangerous and extensive, nothing stops the globetrotters to witness the breathtaking view. 

While planning a trip to the mountains, some people tend to either overestimate the conditions, while others undermine it. It is extremely important to take fairy meadows’ weather, trek, food, and everything else into consideration. We will be giving you a list of things that you need to be mindful of setting-off to the foothills of Nanga Parbat. 

How Do You Get There?

Jeep Trek fairy meadows
There is a one-and-a-half hour long jeep trek to fairy meadows

When we talk about the most popular and majestic places for hiking in Pakistan – Fairy Meadows is the first name to pop-up into anybody’s mind. Situated amidst Nanga Parbat in Gilgit Baltistan, the height of Fairy meadows is 3,000 metres above sea level. 

One of the most talked-about things about the killer mountain is Fairy Meadows’ road and its trek. If you plan to reach fairy meadows on foot, you will be required to start your day early to get a headstart. 

Trekking at Fairy meadows
Following the jeep trek is a 3-5 hours long trek on foot

The journey starts with a one-and-a-half-hour jeep trek, crossing the Raikot Bridge, which is followed by a three to five-hour trek by foot. The inclined route can cause breathing problems for those that aren’t used to trekking frequently. Although the trek is draining and challenging, the views make the journey totally worth the hassle. When you reach the Meadows, you see the stark beauty of the luscious meadows spread across a distance with a startling background of the glorious Nanga Parbat standing strong. 

Where should you Stay?

Camps at Fairy Meadows
You can either opt for camping, or stay in cottages at Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows is dotted with resorts and guest houses. Most of them are occupied with tourists during peak holiday periods. Everything about the place is magical but the hospitality of locals deserves an applause. From their infamous kahwa to food and local games, they open their hearts, culture, and souls to the tourists, be it locals or foreigners. 

Before you start making bookings and travel plans, it is essential that you take a few things into consideration. In the next section we will talk about all the things that you need to be mindful of when you’re planning to visit Fairy meadows. 

Pro Tip: If you don’t want to trek or have a medical condition, you can always take a horse controlled by a local all the way up to the meadows. 

Things to Consider Before Visiting Fairy Meadows

No matter where you go, or what place you plan on visiting, it is essential to be fully prepared and understand the factors that affect everything on your plan. 

Here are a few things that you should keep into consideration when deciding to go trekking to Fairy Meadows: 

  • Altitude Sickness 
  • Take Precautionary Measures 
  • Keep all Medications 
  • Keep Extra Cash 
  • Pack Appropriately 

Altitude Sickness 

Most people believe that if you’re fit or healthy, the trek won’t bother you – that’s not entirely true. When you’re at an extremely high altitude, you are bound to experience some form of breathing difficulty. The path all the way up to Fairy Meadows is slanting, which makes keeping a grip on yourself extremely difficult, resulting in shortness of breath. 

Once you reach the meadows, you will be welcomed with a locally produced hot cup of kahwa that contains herb called tumuru, which helps you counter altitude sickness. When planning a visit, you should anticipate nausea and sickness.

Take Precautionary Measures

Even though the cold completely counters the heat of the sun, the rays are still harmful. Most people don’t realise this and usually end up burning their skin. The harsh weather conditions add to the difficulty of maintaining your skin. It is essential that you keep sunscreen and moisturiser to keep your skin protected. 

It is also advisable to wear a cap at all times to both protect yourself from the sun, and your head from the rough cold winds. 

Keep all medications

The drastic change in the weather at Fairy Meadows often leads to people falling sick, nauseous, and weak. It is advisable that you keep all medications to stay protected. You must carry a first-aid-kit in case you encounter any cuts or scrapes. 

Keep Extra Cash 

When travelling to Fairy meadows, there are a number of factors that people tend to overlook – one such factor includes the hidden costs that nobody talks about.  Besides bookings, food, and commuting, keep extra cash for the jeep rides, porter, and horse rides. The latter two are conditional. 

Pack Appropriately 

If you contact the locals for advice, they might tell you the weather is moderate. That’s mostly because they have adjusted to the temperature. Always remember that your body will not adjust to the temperature easily, so you should pack extra warm clothes in case you need them.

It’s always better to have more warm clothes than to have none and suffer.

All in all, Fairy Meadows is a beautiful destination that everyone must visit at least once boasting Nanga Parbat view point – one of the largest mountains in Pakistan. 

In this blog, we have talked about the location, trek, and everything you should take into consideration when planning a trip. If you’ve already been there, check out our guides on: 

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