Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea level. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus river skirts into the plains of Pakistan. It is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and is locally known as ‘Deo Mir’ (‘Deo’ meaning ‘huge’) (‘mir’ meaning ‘mountain’).
Nanga Parbat is one of the eight-thousanders, with a summit elevation of 8,126 metres (26,660 ft). An immense, dramatic peak rising far above its surrounding terrain, Nanga Parbat is also a notoriously difficult climb. Numerous mountaineering deaths in the mid and early 20th century lent it the nickname “killer mountain”.
Nanga Parbat forms the western anchor of the Himalayan Range and is the westernmost eight-thousander. It lies just south of the Indus River in the Diamer District of Gilgit–Baltistan in Pakistan. Not far to the north is the western end of the Karakoram range.
Nanga Parbat has tremendous vertical relief over local terrain in all directions. To the south, Nanga Parbat boasts what is often referred to as the highest mountain face in the world: the Rupal Face rises 4,600 m (15,090 ft) above its base. To the north, the complex, somewhat more gently sloped Raikot Flank rises 7,000 m (22,966 ft) from the Indus River valley to the summit in just 25 km (16 mi), one of the 10 greatest elevation gains in so short a distance on Earth.
Nanga Parbat is one of only two peaks on Earth that rank in the top twenty of both the highest mountains in the world, and the most prominent peaks in the world, ranking ninth and fourteenth respectively. The other is Mount Everest, which is first on both lists. It is also the second most prominent peak of the Himalayas, after Mount Everest. The key col for Nanga Parbat is Zoji La in Kashmir, which connects it to higher peaks in the remaining Himalaya-Karakoram range.
Nanga Parbat along with Namcha Barwa on the Tibetan Plateau mark the west and east ends of the Himalayas.The core of Nanga Parbat is a long ridge trending southwest–northeast. The ridge is an enormous bulk of ice and rock. It has three faces, Diamir face, Rakhiot and Rupal. The southwestern portion of this main ridge is known as the Mazeno Wall, and has a number of subsidiary peaks. In the other direction, the main ridge arcs northeast at Raikot Peak (7,070 m / 23,196 ft). The south/southeast side of the mountain is dominated by the massive Rupal Face, noted above. The north/northwest side of the mountain, leading to the Indus, is more complex. It is split into the Diamir (west) face and the Rakhiot (north) face by a long ridge. There are a number of subsidiary summits, including North Peak (7,816 m / 25,643 ft) some 3 km north of the main summit. Near the base of the Rupal Face is a beautiful glacial lake called Latbo, above a seasonal shepherds’ village of the same name.
Day 1: Islamabad
Arrival at the airport in Islamabad, our guide and drive will greet you here and take you to your hotel
Day 2: Islamabad – Chilas
Departure for Chilas via Karakoram Highway (if Babusar Pass is open then via Naran valley) short stop en-route for lunch and photography, arrive and transfer to the hotel..
Day 3: Chilas – Tarashing (2,900 m 9,500 ft)
Departure for Tarashing, after about 04 – 05 hours of rough jeep driving we reach the village of Tarashing in the Rupal valley.The Rupal valley is a beautiful forested valley, here we will camp tonight.
Day 4: Tasashing – Herrligkoffer Base Camp (3,600 m 11,800 ft)
The trek begins today. We walk through lush and gentle fields and cross the snout of the Tarashing Glacier. The walk only takes about 4 – 6 hours, this few hours walk brings us to the beautiful meadow campsite. Our camp is located near some springs and at the edge of the Bazhin Glacier. From here one can view Rakhiot Peak and Chongra Peaks of the Nanga Parbat massif.
Day 5: Herrligkoffer Base Camp – Latobah (3,650 m 11,970 ft)
Today is another beautiful and short trek which will lead us to the famous campsite right under the largest wall in the world; the Rupal face of Nanga Parbat. The wall rises about 5,000 m. to the summit of this great mountain. On the way we cross the Bazhin Glacier.
Day 6: Latobah – Shaigiri (3,700 m 12,140 ft)
Today is a bit longer day then yesterday which gives awesome view of Rupal face of Nanga Parbat and en-route we will cross the snout of the Shaigiri Glacier.
Day 7: Shaigiri – Mazeno Base Camp (4,000 m 13,120 ft)
Today we will cross the mountain streams, leave the pastures behind and enter the high meadows of the Mazeno valley. This takes about 3 to 5 hours of walking. Here we have outstanding views of Mazeno peaks.
Day 8: Mazeno Base Camp – Mazeno High Camp (4,700 m 15,400 ft)
Today is another long day of the trek which takes about 5 to 7 hours of steep hiking up the hill to reach the camp located near Mazeno Glacier.
Day 9: Mazeno High Camp – Laibh Meadows (4,200 m 13,780 ft)
Today is the longest day and can be tough day! It is 8 – 9 hours of walking. This is the apex of the walk. We will ascend Mazeno Pass (5,399 m.) and descend very steeply on the other side. The ascent is easier than the descent. Ropes will be fixed on the descent on 35% plus slopes. As always, we will be assisted by our experienced staff.
Day 10: Laibh Meadows – Zangot (2,700 m 8,850 ft)
This takes about 6 hours of walking. We enter a land inhabited by people and walk through pastures. The day is long and involves an exhaustingly steep descent. However, it is not technical as the descent from the Mazeno Pass.
Day 11: Zangot (2,700 m 8,850 ft)
Enjoy your rest day!
Day 12: Zangot – Kutagali (3,000 m 9,840 ft)
This takes about 4 to 5 hours and we walk along paths used by herders to reach their summer settlements.
Day 13: Kutagali – Shaichi (2,900 m 9,500 ft)
Today’s trek is about 6 hours and we will cross Karu Sagar Pass (4,900 m.) which is non-technical and we reach another summer settlement called Shaichi. The Diamir face of Nanga overwhelms us continuously.
Day 14: Shaichi – Gutum Sagar (3,500 m 11,480 ft)
Today we will walk through beautiul forest and summer pastures. We will cross some beautiful streams and reach Gutum Sagar in about 6 – 7 hours.
Day 15: Gutum Sagar – Julipur High Camp (4,300 m 14,100 ft)
Today we have an ascending walk for about 6 hours which gives good views of Julipur Peaks and the other surrounding mountains.
Day 16: Julipur High Camp – Beyal (3,400 m 11,150 ft)
Today we will cross the non-technical Khutsu Pass (4,840 m.). From the top of the pass Nanga is seen once again. The steep ascent to the pass takes about 3 hours and the descent to Beyal will take about 5 hours. At Beyal we will sleep in wooden huts next to the Raikot Glacier which is kind of resorts on the high mountain.
Day 17: Beyal – Fairy Meadows (3,200 m 10,500 ft)
Today we have an easy walk of 45 mins through the pine forest leaving Nanga Parbat behind and reach Fairy Medows which offer the best view of Nanga Parbat from raikot face, again we will stay in wooden huts today!
Day 18: Fairy Meadows – Chilas (1,000 m 3,280 ft)
Trek down to Tatto village which will take about one and half hours and ride the jeep for onward journey to raikot bridge where we will transfer to our comestible car and drive to Besham
Day 19: Besham – Islamabad
Departure for Besham, en-route visit Taxila museum and sites, later drive to Islamabad, arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Day 20: Rawalpindi/Islamabad
Day to explore the twin city, in the evening drive to the airport and fly to destination
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Services included in this price
- Rooms: Twin sharing basis in hotels
- Trekking Tents and Sleeping Bags
- Trekking permit if required
- Cook and Kitchen Helper
- Land Transportation for all tour
- English speaking Mountain Guide
- Meals (Breakfast, lunch, diner) In hotels and during the trek
- Airport transfers
- Visa supporting documents
- Entry fees in fort/museums ect,
Service not included in this price:
- Any kind of insurance
- Personal shopping
- International Airfares