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Nanga Parbat Climbing Expedition

 

 

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Departure Dates June-July     See All Dates
Trip Length 38 Days
Activities mountaineering, cultural exploration
Difficulty Level Strenuous
Destinations Islamabad, Gilgit, Fairy Meadows, Khapulo, Nanga Parbat BC

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Nanga Parbat means the naked mountain. Its original and appropriate name, however is Diamir the King of the Mountains. Nanga Parbat massif is the western corner pillar of the Himalayas. It is an isolated range of peaks just springing up from nothing, and is surrounded by the rivers Indus and Astore. Nanga Parbat (Main) has a height of 8,126m) 26660 ft. it has three vast faces. The Raikot face is dominated by the North and South silver crags and silver plateau, the Diamer face is rocky in the beginning. It converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face is the highest precipice in the World. Nanga Parbat peak was discovered in the nineteenth century by Europeans. The Schlagintweit brothers, who hailed from Munich (Germany) came in 1854 to Himalayas and drew a panoramic view which is the first known picture of Nanga Parbat.

Climbing History: Nanga Parbat has been always remained challenge for the mountaineers and adventure seekers. It has so far claimed more than 50 lives. it was climbed by the legendary mountaineer, Hermann Buhl, first time in June 1953. A lot of mountaineers perished on Nanga Parbat since 1895, even today it is claming a heavy tell of human life lives from the mountaineers in search of adventure and thrill or becoming its victims in persuit of their eagerness to find new and absolutely unclimbed route leading to its summit. Nanga Parbat is a difficult approach because the over land journey to its valley involves an arduous trek across the rugged hills.

Itinerary

38 DAYS  ITINERARY (Day by Day)

DAY 01: ARRIVAL ISLAMABAD          

Arrival Islamabad today. A member of the Vertical Explorers staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Rawalpindi; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You will then continue on the main street linking the Twin cities - Murree Road - before arriving at the gleaming new capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and thousands of park areas - a full 50 percent of the 350 square mile site is set aside for parks. You will then stop at the Shakar Parian to catch a bird's eye view of Islamabad. Our next stop will be Shah Faisal Mosque which is the landmark of Islamabad. This evening   you will enjoy a welcome dinner with other trekkers.

Meals provided: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Green Palace Hotel, Civic Hotel, Regency Hotel

DAY 02:   GILGIT OR CHILAS

We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Gilgit. If the weather is good, we'll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia  and one of the deepest in the world. To our east is K2 (2nd highest in the world and Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Skardu. On arrival we are met by our local staff with jeeps and make the short transfer to the hotel. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rocks carving and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. CHILAS was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The drive through the Indus Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off! The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world.

Flight: 45 Minutes Drive: 10-12 hrs

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation:Chilas In Hotel (Chilas), Mashabrum Hotel, Concordia (Skardu)                          

DAY 03:  CHILAS / GILIGT   NANGAPARBAT BASE CAMP

After breakfast drive to Riakot on Karakoram Highway as it carves a swathe through the meeting points of world three largest congregation of mountains at Shigarpa before Juglot, is an adventure in itself. Then further drive by jeep to Tato & hike to Fairy Meadows.

Tato: The steep and difficult ascent on a rocky trail will lead the group to a small hamlet of Tato which is comprised of few clay lofts scattered around. This village is inhabited by the upright and fierce yet very hospitable Chilasi people whose origin is Kohistan.

     Fairy Meadows: The traditional base camp of Nanga Parbat, known as Fairy Meadows. The local people believe that this beautiful place is an abode of fairies and ghosts. The lush green plateau presents some of the most spectacular sights one can ever witness. One forgets the tiring walk up to this magnificent site when one beholds a landscape of rushing torrents with a panoramic back - drop of the mighty Nanga Parbat.

 

Walk: 02-03 hrs, Grade : Moderate, Altitude : 2900 M

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Riveria Hotel, Giglit Gateway , Chilas Inn Hotel

DAY 04 - 35 CLIMBING ACTIVITIES

This day may be needed for logistics or for rest. Alternatively, leaving Skardu today will enable us to enjoy an extra day of trekking.

 

Drive: 10-12 hrs. 

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

DAY 36:  NANGA PARBAT  BASE CAMP- BESHAM

After breakfast descend Tato and Raikot bridge by the same route all the way then drive to Besham on Karakoram Highway(KKH).

 

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Besham Continental, Midway Hotel, PTDC

DAY 37:     BESHAM - RAWALPINDI

Today we will have to drive the Karakoram Highway to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Indus River . The outcome is in the lap of the Gods, so we will be praying that they’re on our side! If we are able to fly down, for those who want to escape the heat of the city a very pleasant excursion is up to the former British hill station at Murree. The faded remnants of the town’s colonial past can be seen in its gable-roofed buildings and small Anglican churchyard. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if several members of the group wish to make this journey a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum. Back in Rawalpindi we enjoy a final evening meal usually taken at one of traditional food streets either in Islamabad or in Rawalpindi.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Regency Hotel or Green Palace Hotel 

     DAY  38:     RAWALPINDI  - ONWARDS

De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad. Private transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your departure flight.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: None

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2009 Group Departure Dates from Islamabad: 

June 10,  July  9      

 August 1

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