Fairy Meadows Pakistan
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Fairy Meadows
Once you have lived with mountains
Under the benedictory pines
And deodars, near stars
And a brighter moon
With wood smoke and mist
Sweet smell of grass, dew lines
On spider-spun, sun kissed
Buttercup and vine
Once you have lived with these
Blesses, God's favorite then
You will return
You will come back
To touch the trees and grass
And climb once more the windswept mountain pass

Ruskin Bond


Fairy Meadows is a lush green meadow on the north side of Nanga Parbat (elevation 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) 9th highest in the World and 2nd highest in Pakistan), a few kilometers south of the Karakoram Highway and the Indus River in the Diamer district of Northern Areas, Pakistan. This legendry name Fairy Meadows is everlasting gift of a German tourist Willy Merkl to the local people, local name of Fairy Meadows is Fantori.

Nanga Parbat is a Persian word, which means Naked Mountain, Nanga Parbat is also called the "Killer Mountain" as more then 40 climbers have lost their lives trying to conquer it during expeditions and locals call it Daimoryi, which is the end of Himalaya. Most tourists who come to see Nanga Parbat stay at Fairy Meadows, which is at an elevation of 3,300 m (10,827 ft). On the route to the meadow lie two small villages, Tatu/Jhel and Fanturi. 

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How To Get There

From Islamabad PIA operates two flights from Islamabad to Gilgit. Raikot is 75 km from Gilgit & further 50 minutes jeepable journey will take you to Jhel (Tatu) village. Jeeps are available round the clock, carrying 6 passengers on one vehicle, but they are expensive as they charge Rs. 3000 for such a short trek. A small cafe in Jhel village offers refreshments & lunch.

From there Fairy Meadows is a three hours scenic pine forest hike on foot or on ponies, its an unforgettable trek!

Islamabad -> Gilgit -> Raikot -> Jhel Village -> Fairy Meadows

Islamabad -> Chillas -> Raikot -> Jhel Village -> Fairy Meadows

Rawalpindi -> Kaghan Valley -> Babusar Pass -> Chillas -> Raikot -> Jhel Village -> Fairy Meadows

(Daily flights to Gilgit from Islamabad )

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Accommodation & Facilities

There are at least four hotels and camping sites available in Fairy Meadows. Best (but expensive) option to stay is Raikot Sarai owned by Rehmat Nabi, log cabins are available having the fascinating views of Nanga Parbat. It has a camping site where tourists can pitch their own tents or they can hire tents. Dining area & kitchen are located adjacent to camping site. Toilets & baths can be reached very comfortably from cabins & tents, hot shower is also available. Other options include Fairy Meadows Cottage, Broadway hotel and Fairy Meadows Viewpoint hotel.

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Hikes & Treks

The famous day hike from Fairy Meadows is for Beyal Camp & the base camp of Nanga Parbat. Friendly and experienced mountain guides, who are familiar with the terrain, accompany the visitor, taking them to different treks. Staff at cottages is experienced and help trekkers in planning their routes. Camping equipment & food can also be arranged for these treks. Natural rock climbing pitch is a part of this beautiful setting, where climbing may be practiced under the supervision of well trained staff.

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Fresh Pakistani and European meals are available in comfortable Dining Hall. Local food can also be prepared upon request, for more manager Dilber Khan can be contacted.

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