How to get to Nanga Parbat: The Naked Mountain

The second largest peak of Pakistan succeeding K2, Nanga Parbat is the most mysterious mountain with an odd history that is a notoriously strenuous climb. Nanga Parbat lies among the west moors of the Himalayas, where the River Indus circles over it into the plains of Pakistan. It is the highest point where it starts, all the way into the Arabian Sea. The Kashmiris have named the peak as the “Naked Mountain” after its sides that are too sheer for the snow to blanket it.

The mountain has a most amazing history of climbers, where more than a thousand people have tries to succor it but not all were quite successful. Many attempts turned into brutal deaths where bodies were discovered near the base camps which is why it is also called the “Killer Mountain.” The locals there have an extraordinary tale to tell about the killer peak of Pakistan and the journey to visit is an eccentric expedition. The base camp of Nanga Parbat lies at the scenic destination of Fairy Meadows, named by the German climbers. It is basically the bucket list of many trekking buffs around the world to once go see the viciously beautiful peak surrounded by the gloriousness of Gilgit-Baltistan.

The journey to Nanga Parbat is a bumpy ride, but one filled with adventures. It begins with a straight flight to Islamabad, the cosmopolitan capital of Pakistan. Islamabad and Rawalpindi are the twin metropolitans of Pakistan, located around them are small wondrous but equally beautiful towns of Murree, Nathia Gali, Ayubia etc. So, while you are at the road you can always visit these towns for an extra little ounce of entertainment. The best season to visit Nanga Parbat is the time during early spring (April-May) to late autumn (October). In the winters the path that leads to the base camps or anywhere near the ranges is strictly cordoned due to the danger of land sliding and avalanches which seems to be a common thing for a three thousand and two hundred meter altitude.

However, onward from the twin cities, it is better to opt for the passage by-road as the weather up north is quite unpredictable which makes causes a fair amount of delays. So unless you like to enjoy waiting countless hours and are ready to brace yourself for an early emergency landing even after departure, you can always choose to go airborne. Before reaching the Tato village from where you can easily trek to Nanga Parbat base camp, there are a few towns that you pass through. The Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is illustrious due the striking attractions it is home to. Chilas and Astore are a must visit. It is about a 10 hour ride from Islamabad to Chilas and Astore, two picturesque small towns in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory from where you drive toward Tato all the way to Fairy Meadows.

The road to Fairy Meadows is the most treacherously intriguing 4WD path in all of Pakistan, as dangerous as it seems it is even more fun to cross through the highway of heaven. This is actually where the base camp of the ninth highest peak of the world lies. Many people camp there in search for a more wild adventure however, you always have a choice to visit the nearby locations such as the Hunza Valley.