Fairy Meadows Trek offers an adventure of a lifetime in just 5 days. It offers a drive along Indus River, a small hike, a view of Nanga Parbat (8126m), clear view of stars and short hikes into meadows through small valleys of diamer district. Fairy Meadows Trek starts with a jeep ride from Raikot Bridge to Tatu Village. The first stop of the trek is Chilas, a city located in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan.
There are three ways to reach Chilas for the Fairy Meadows Trek, the first one and most feasible in terms of exploring scenic beauty is via NaranKaghan. It takes about 10-12 hrs to reach Chilas via Naran-Kaghan and Babusar Top. The second option is via Karakoram Highway. Babusar Top is closed due to heavy snowfall in winters from November to May, so the alternate route that adventurer’s take is via Karakoram Highway through Mansehra, Besham and Kohistan region. This route takes about 14-16 hours from Islamabad. The third option is to take a one hour flight from Islamabad to Gilgit and a 2-3 hour drive to Chilas by road.
The best time to do this trek is from April-September, the greenery of the meadows with snow on the top of the mountains takes you close to nature, away from hectic urban life. Any healthy person can do this trek, it is an easy, short and perfect for beginners. This trek also offers a lot of adventure. The jeep track from Raikot Bridge to Tatu village is one of the most dangerous jeep tracks in the world, yet the local jeep driver will drive like a walk in the park.
The tour guide along with the driver for the trip will pick the participants up from the airport. After airport transfer, Participants will check in to the hotel and they will have time to refresh and get ready for a quick city of the beautiful city of Islamabad. The international flights to Islamabad are mostly in the morning time so our guests will have a whole day to explore and enjoy. City tour includes visits to the Shakarparian, Pakistan Monument, Faisal Mouque and Daman-E-Koh. We will also include a quick city tour of Rawalpindi if the time allows. Participants will have lunch at the famous Monal Restaurant in Islamabad and Dinner at the hotel.
The route for the Fairy Meadows Trek would have been be decided before the trek. Flights operating to Gilgit are subject to weather so the suitable option is via Karakoram Highway, driving along Indus River. The drive through begins from Taxila, Haripur, Mansehra, Besham and Kohistan. We will have lunch after reaching Besham. Participants should expect a lot of road traveling this day as the roads are bumpy and mountainous. It will take about 14-16 hours to reach chilas. Dinner will be served at the Chilas hotel.
The participants will have to leave for the Fairy Meadows Trek early in the morning. The distance between Raikot Bridge and Chilas City is about one hour. Participants will take jeeps at Raikot for jeep track to tatu village. Participants can make the videos of the jeep ride to the village as it amazes a lot of foreign and local tourists. Jeep track will end at tatu village and the participants will have to hike for 3-4 hours towards the meadows. Once the participants reach the fairy meadows, they will feel fresh and tiring faces will turn in to fresh faces. Participants will stay camps for the night stay.
Breakfast will be served in the camps, on this day of the Fairy Meadows Trek participants can have some alone time, they have the option to spend the whole day in the camp or they can explore the meadows by doing a short hike. They can also interact with locals, fill in travel diaries, paint, draw a sketch or take photographs. Stars Gazing at night, Sunrise and sunsets in the meadows are amazing. Lunch and dinner will be served in the camps. Night stay is also in camps.
We will leave the camps early in the morning and hike down towards the tatu village. A jeep ride back to Raikot Bridge. We will then drive to Karimabad, Hunza Valley. We will be passing through Danyore and will have a short stay for tea at Rakaposhi’s viewpoint. If we get time, we can go for an evening walk around karimabad baazar. Stay will be at Karimabad (Baltit Inn – Serena Hotels).
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will visit and presentation inside Baltit Fort (more than 900 years old) in Karimabad. Then, on the same day, we will have a trip and presentation inside Altit Fort (more than 700 years old). Participants can enjoy a walk of Royal Gardens of the Altit Fort. In the evening time, participants can enjoy the sunset at the Eagle’s Nest View Point. It is the highest view point of Hunza Valley. Stay will be at Karimabad (Baltit Inn – Serena Hotels).
After having early breakfast at the hotel, We will depart for the Pak-China Border which is one of the highest road borders in the world. On this day we will be covering Ganish Bridge, Attabad Lake, Pak-China friendship tunnels, have a view of PassuCatheral, we will be passing through Batura Glacier and Wildlife Conservation Area in Khyber. If we get lucky we can experience a view of wildlife habitats i.e. ibex, snow leopards, and marmots. One can witness the snow in summers and interact with Chinese tourists. We will drive back to Karimabad. Night stay in Karimabad (Baltit Inn – Serena Hotels)
Nagar Valley is adjacent to Hunza Valley. It is as beautiful as Hunza Valley. Participants will be taken to Hooper Glacier View Point in Nagar Valley. Participants can also have ample amount of time to relax and shop around Karimabad. Participants can have local dishes, local street food especially walnut cake of Hunza is a must. Night stay in Karimabad (Baltit Inn – Serena Hotels)
We will drive back to Chilas for the night stay. We will be driving along KKH.
*If Babusar Top is open we will opt for Naran for the stay on Day 8.
Departure for Islamabad and drop at the Hotel.
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The maximum size of our groups is 10 persons. The average size of our groups is 8 members.
We can organize solo treks if your dates do not match our dates of departures or if you enjoy hiking solo (with the guide – government requirement).
Solo treks cost more than trekking in a group. However, it is important to understand that a trip to K2 is not possible without a guide and most importantly porters (even when a guest does not ask for them). Reason: According to law, guides do not carry anything. They require porters to carry tents, food supplies, equipment, gas, personal luggage etc for everyone including the porters themselves. Unlike Nepal, there are no tea-houses or any other arrangements. The supplies for 12-14 days have to be taken there.
On our fixed departures, people travel in groups but on the trail, almost everyone walks alone and the guide walks behind the last person of the group. One of the assistants/porters walks in front of the group. The difference between the first and last person can go up to 1-2 hours. No one is rushed since all treks on Baltoro are very long and everyone sets his or her own pace.
We also organize treks for private groups. If you are interested to trek in a separate group with your own friends or family, please get in touch and inform us about your dates that are suitable to your group.
The cost of treks for private groups decreases as the number of people increase in a group.
It would be very reasonable to spend some time to prepare yourself before your departure. You can seek professional advice from a professional trainers or on the other hand you should follow the fundamental rules (hike, long walks and other cardio exercises that will help you build stamina) knowing the fact that your body should be healthy enough to walk for long hours, ascend for hours on rugged terrain from boulders to dirt, from snow to glacial ice.
It is very common that the participants at least tip the hardworking porters for their jobs that include carrying loads of supplies and luggage. If the participants are satisfied with the services of the guide kitchen crew, assistant(s)a contribution can be made consisting of 95-120 US Dolar (or equivalent in your currency) would cover the total cost of this element. Tour guide/leader will be key in helping with the tip amount for all crew and staff members of our trek. At the conclusion, a “thank you’’ ceremony will be organized for participants to handover the tips. Those porters who leave early will be tipped earlier
During this trek, all three meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be served to the participants. A combination of Foreign and Pakistani meals will be included in our food plan. The ingredients for the food will be procured in Pakistan. Breakfasts will have coffee, cereal, tea, eggs, muesli/porridge, bread/chapatti included. Lunches will be consumed during lunch breaks on the trek with options include canned/tinned meals (meat, fish), pickles, crackers, chapatti, pate, cheese, etc. The weather has a very important role in deciding our lunch menu for the day; the participants will begin the lunch with consuming or end it with tea or coffee, juice, soup, etc.
The dinner will always be served in the mess tent and the participants will gather to eat the food freshly prepared by the cooks traveling with our group. The first few days of the trekking, fresh vegetables will be served in food as long as they are fresh and healthy. All the participants who are vegetarian, they must communicate with our office and inform us on the advance basis if they need a vegetarian food plan during the trek.
During the trek, Iodized water will be available for the participants throughout the mornings, while taking breaks and camping. Everyone will be consuming spring water every time it’s available otherwise if we run out of options the participants may drink glacier water that possibly has silt. The kitchen containers which are very large in size are used to keep the water storage and it is also helpful in settling down the silt particles at the bottom. If any participants have any issue with the odor of iodine, they may bring their own supplies of bi-carbonated soda. Traditional methods are effective and work very well for everyone there is no harm in the experimentation of new methods.
The participants on day 1 must arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad. Our staff/guide will receive our guests at the gates of International arrivals at the airport premises. The guide/staff will escort the guest to their hotel. In case any of our guests do not require to pick up from the airport he/she must inform us in advance.
They must also give us the details of their flights both inbound and outbound two days prior to their arrival in Pakistan. Upon confirmation of your registration and payments, our office will send you the names and contact numbers of our office personnel.
While few nights will be spent in the capital city of Islamabad and the town of Skardu, the rest of the nights will consist of camping in tents between the magnificent mountains. The accommodation arrangement is Islamabad is of standard hotels while our hotels selected in Skardu town are among the best. Rooms at our provided hotels will be on twin sharing basis with en-suite amenities.
At the time of camping, the participants will be sharing a tent fit for two persons. If any participant is coming alone on this trek he/she will be accommodated with one of the other members for tent and room sharing. For strangers and solo trekkers, first preference will be given to same-gender stays. Nevertheless, a participant can opt for the separate tent of hotel rooms as he/she likes, however, the additional cost will be incurred for making separate arrangements. Any participants seeking separate accommodation must inform our office in advance.
During the trekking days, Our guide will wake up the participants for coffee or a warm cup of tea which we are followed by a decent breakfast inside the mess tent. There will be plenty of time before breakfast to pack the bags. After breakfast, the camps will be closed and the porters will get back to their work handling supplies and luggage ahead of the participants to reach the lunch site and make preparation for meals. Porters will repeat the process as they will follow the ‘trek earlier’ approach in order to prepare dinner for the participants. Standard trek duration before the lunch will be between 3-4 hours.
Generally, one hour is required for lunch which makes it a very good time to gain your strength back, relax, write and read, etc.
Trekking after lunch will be shorter as compared to trek before lunch. Once you arrive at the next campsite, the camps will already be set up or in progress. Upon arrival at the camp, the participants will be served a hot beverage and dinner will be served when it’s prepared. Participants can rest, read, write, socialize, film and photograph upon reaching a camp. Temperature decreases at night normally, participants can get comfortable in their sleeping bags and get a good sleep before the next day.
To reach Skardu, the participants will take a flight that is subject to weather conditions as the region is surrounded by high altitude mountains and it requires clear visibility in order to operate. Most of the time the flights operate as per schedule but there is always a chance of flight cancellation due to bad weather conditions. In that case the participants will continue their journey by road (Karakoram Highway), this will be the backup plan to reach Skardu on time as we cannot take a risk to take the flight the other day, complex airline booking for following route and high traffic flow is also a reason to continue the journey by road.
Participants must be very aware of other companies that offer this trek that might result in increased waiting time in hope of taking the flight; this will end up in causing you non-completion of the long-awaited trek on time.
Our professional guide will manage all the participants for the complete trekking holiday. These guides have government granted licenses which is recognized from Pakistan’s Tourism Department. During this trek our guide will be the focal person for any kind of assistance, communication, help or any kind of complaints and feedback. These guides have a background of working with foreign tourist in the past and have facilitated many of them from around the world. English is widely spoken our guides.
They are trained to have a very professional interaction with the participants, we recommend the participants to keep a very friendly relation yet professional with their respective guide. In case you are a private group with several members and a speaker of a different language like Spanish, we will try to reschedule our Spanish speaking guide (If available). Other than guide kitchen crew, assistance depending on the size of the group and porters will accompany the participants on this trekking holiday.
The porters are the locals and belong to villages around these areas and most of them are small subsistence farmers. During the trekking season they engage themselves for porter jobs while their kids take care of the farms. They are very welcoming and tourist friendly people who keep the environment healthy in these remote regions by having laughs, singing and dancing whenever they get a chance. These indigenous communities of porters and their elders have been affiliated with this industry from decades and watching the porters with such unbelievable energy is another important experience this holiday offers.
Other than your trekking holiday cost you may carry amount of 250 USD/ 240 EUR/ 1700 CNY/ 200 GBP (or equivalent amount in your local currency). This amount can be used for other expenses and tipping the supporting staff and porters. Upon arrival at the airport you can exchange your currency to Pakistani Rupee, for a good conversion you may seek help from our office.
Any tip to porters will be in Pakistani Rupees or any other shopping you want to do in Pakistan.US Dollars can be easily exchanged in most of the areas but we advise one-time exchange. For shopping in Islamabad credit cards come handy for any shopping of gifts/souvenirs or items like rugs. In Islamabad and Skardu Town Automated Teller Machines will be available to withdraw cash from credit/debit cards but you will be only able to with draw Pakistani Rupees.
All the luggage/baggage will be carried by the porters which includes equipment, supplies etc. 12.5(20 pounds) kilograms is the limit maximum for packed trekking bag. The maximum limit of load will include sleeping bag and sleep mattress. It is very important to bring only required items on the trek. Parts of your luggage can be left at the Skardu Hotel.
The maximum limit of 12.5 kilograms which is strictly followed is assigned by the organization of local porters. On this trek, the mountaineering equipment will not be included in personal baggage allowance (12.5kg). The mountaineering equipment will be collected from you in Skardu that porters will carry separately.
We provide three lists for all our k2 holidays. List 1 includes must-bring items for all our K2 adventures. List 2 is only for treks that include the Gondogoro La pass. The 3rd list contains items that you may need during your trekking holiday. Based on your past experience and judgment you may select equipment or things required from 3rd list.
List 1 – Must Bring Items:
– First Aid Pack (Diamox (Altitude), Dioralite (re-hydration salts), antiseptic cream, blister treatment, throat lozenges, plasters, – – – – Imodium (diarrhea treatment), painkillers)
– Hiking Backpack (Day Pack) 32-42 Litres
– Fleece jacket with hood or a warm jumper
– Mittens or gloves
– Gloves (Thermal)
– Headtorch with spare batteries
– Hiking boots (over the ankle boots. low cut boots not recommended)
– Sleeping bag (-16°C comfort rated)
– Sandals (sports) or old shoes (to cross rivers)
– Sun protection cream (including total block for nose, lips etc.)
– Thermarest or any similar mat/pad for sleeping
– Warm hat
– Warm jacket (down)
– Water bottles 1litre (x2)
– Waterproof jacket
– Waterproof over-trousers
– Antibacterial handwash
– Small towel
– Spare laces
– Underwear (normal and thermal)
– Trekking poles (highly recommended)
– Wash-bag and toiletries
– Walking socks (2/3 pairs)
– Baselayer – leggings (Thermal)
– Trekking Trousers
Baselayer thermal shirts (2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves)
List 2 – Mountaineering Equipment (for Gondogoro Pass treks only):
– Mountaineering boots (compatible with your crampons. Minimum Grade B2. Many trekkers including the guide/porters use their hiking shoes with crampons as mountaineering boots are required on one day only. However we are not suggesting you do the same.
– Ice axe (Few people including the guide/porters don’t bring ice axe and do fine. We are not suggesting you to do the same)
– Climbing harness
– Karabiner/Carabiner (screwgate type x 2)
– Climbing helmet
– Prusik loops X two (2) – (4 meters of 6 mm cord makes up 2)
– Sling (120 cm)
– List 3 – Optional:
– Buff or scarf
– Small padlock (for locking your bag)
– Insect repellant
– Pen-knife (important: pack sharp tools in hold luggage)
– Repair kit (e.g. thread, needle, duct tape)
– Liner (for sleeping bag)
– Travel clothes
To conduct the “Fixed departures” a registration number of six (6) participants is required. We receive several guest numbers for each of our fixed departures. We believe it is important to communicate it with our potential guest.
However you can make sure of the holiday status on our website and page. Status “available” means that we are accepting further registration from our guests while “guaranteed” means we have achieved the required number of guests and the trip will start as per the given dates. We will be in touch with our registered guests constantly. The guidance will be given step by step regarding flights reservations to Pakistan and visa applications etc.
To apply for visa to Pakistan, a passport is required with at least later than 6 months. For more updated and reliable information we advise you to contact the nearest Pakistan’s Consulate in your city or country. We believe you will responsibly carry the task of ensuring right documents required for travel. If an individual is visit non-EU nations, the individual must ensure 2 vacant pages in his/her passport (travel documents) for each country you are planning to travel.
Tourist (Visit) Visa is normally required for individuals who are visiting Pakistan for trekking, foreigners already living in Pakistan on work visas require a No-Objection-Certificate (NOC) which normally takes up to 6 week time. It taken around 200 USD for visa fee but our recommendation still stays with consulting Pakistan’s High Commission or Consulate nearby. An invitation letter from us (Apricot Tours) and at times a copy of “government trekking permit” for the group is required to apply for Pakistani Visa. We will assist you in obtaining the visa by providing you the necessary documents once you register with us. The trekking permit is not compulsory to apply for visa.
A relevant doctor of health consultant should be consulted before travelling to Pakistan. You should consult the doctors for any necessary vaccination, communicate your plan and list down every prevention measures. Our guest must be secured with the approved vaccines and boosters in your country and also consider discretionary vaccine shots for example Malaria prophylaxis. Although Malaria does not exist in parts of Islamabad. Your accommodation will be in safe and clean areas. However there are reports of Malaria and Dengue cases during rainy season in hospitals in Islamabad.
Even though there a little but chances of Malaria in Skardu and other towns of Gilgit-Baltistan. Long pants, Long sleeves and mosquito repellents eliminate the chances of getting infected by Malaria but as a best practice it is better to get the relevant vaccine to avoid any of it during the trekking holiday. Consulting a dentist is also recommended before commencing the holiday in the remote mountainous region.
After the trek, all the guests who wish to extend their stay up to 4 (four) weeks or further must know that on exit from the country, a proof of vaccinations will be required if you are coming from countries (more than 12 hours transit country also included) with serious threats of transmission of yellow fever.
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Portable chargers, storage cards and extra batteries may be required during the trekking holiday. We advise you to make a relevant list of adapters, sockets and any other kind of electrical items you might require to keep your devices function as long as possible.
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We recommend and support all travel and safety of health campaigns by different countries around the world and therefore strongly advice our guest to take out some time to read official travel advisory on their countries Foreign office’s website. The safety of our guest is our top most priority. We will only start the trips once we are satisfied with safety and security. We will be always in touch with the guest booked for Pakistan and have a bilateral communication.