Nanga Parbat

Code: ERQSR

Name:                                Nanga Parbat
Other name/spelling:      Nangaparbat Peak, Diamir
Elevation:                          26,658ft (8,125m)
Location:                           Karakoram, Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakistan
Importance:                      9th highest mountain in the world

Nanga Parbat is important favored by utmost rovers, but those were the Germans, who gave it the name, killer Mountain. The discoverer, Albert Frederick Mummery, was the first to venture on this mountain. Daunting and wild, bearing the rush of eating wind and torrential rain during the showers, Nanga Parbat is full of the troubles of the unknown. The Sherpas, points of the Himalayan region call Nanga Parbat, “ the man-eater” or the‘Mountain of the Devil’. No other peak has claimed lives with similar sickening chronicity and the list of tragedies is heart- wrenching. In the last century, roads have been erected in the Karakoram range, but little additional has changed in this region.
Nanga Parbat has a height of 8126 measures/ft. It has three vast faces. The Rakhiot (RaiKot) face, world’s deepest couloir (1000m), is dominated by the north and south tableware zenith and tableware table; the Diamir face is rocky in the morning. It converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face is the loftiest rockwall in the world.
Nanga Parbat peak was discovered in the 19th century by Europeans. The Schlagintweit sisters, who hailed from Munich, Germany came in 1854 to Himalayas and drew a panoramic view which is the first given picture of Nanga Parbat. In 1857 one of them was boggled in Kashgar and this was the morning of curse of Nanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat was first successfully climbed by Herman Buhl in 1953.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 ARRIVE ISLAMABAD- transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day free.(briefing about Nanga Parbat rout)
Day 2 DRIVE TO RAIKOT BRIDGE- as we approach Chilas on the way we have our first views of Nanga Parbat seeming to fill the eastern horizon, though the best views are further on. At Raikot the highway crosses the Indus , but we remain on the south bank. Overnight camping.
Day 3 DRIVE TO TATO- a new jeep track has been built up the Raikot gorge, and we should be able to take a ride for part of the way; if this is not possible we begin the trek, beneath the north ridge of Nanga Parbat. A narrow path high above the gorge takes us up to the village of Tato, which has a hot spring. Overnight camping.
Day 4 TREK TO FAIRY MEADOWS- we continue the climb through Tato towards Fairy Meadows quite a strenuous ascent. This delightful spot takes its name from the local belief that fairies live there, and any spare time can be spent strolling in the pine woods or bathing in the nearby lake (said to be an invigorating experience). Overnight camping.
Day 5 REST- at Fairy Meadows to aid acclimatization- overnight camping.
Day 6 TREK TO NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP- after an easy morning the going is fairly difficult as we make our way to Nanga Parbat base camp at 13,000 ft. we have river crossings and also skirt a glacial moraine. Overnight camping.
Day 7-8 CROSS GLACIER -The base camp area is delightful, high open pasture, with a shaded stream near to our campsite. The views all around are superb, and even better from the Great Moraine an island of rock and trees 2000 ft. above the base camp, which is virtually surrounded by glaciers. It is also possible to make an excursion to cross the glacier, well north it for the views. However only trekkers with ice axe and crampons, and experience in their use will be able to undertake this. Overnight camping.
Day 9-10
CROSS JULIPAR PASS(16,000 ft)- we turn westwards to cross the Julipar pass. The pass takes us over the principal northern ridge of the main peak of Nanga Parbat, and gives us excellent views of the many subsidiary peaks, Raikot Glacier and Raikot valley. These are two difficult days over rough terrain, often with No clearly defined paths. Overnight at camping.
Day 11
CLIMB JULIPAR PEAK- today there is the possibility of climbing the south Julipar peak, which is also at a height of about 17,000 ft. This is a difficult and rugged exercise of D grade, and will require experience of ice axe and crampon techniques. those who do not wish to undertake the climb can relax and explore the environs of the camp.
Day 12 DESCEND BACK TOWARDS INDUS VALLEY. We begin to descend back towards the Indus valley. The going is not always easy but today, in the Patro Valley, we walk some of the time in alpine forests and meadows strewn with flowers.
Day 13 TREK/DRIVE TO GUNAR FARM Today is most steeply downhill, some of it heavy going. Resume the drive to Chilas. Overnight stay at Chilas
Day 14 DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD, on arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 15 FLY TO ONWARDS DESTINATION. End of our services.

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