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Three Faces of Nanga Parbat Trek

Three Faces of Nanga Parbat Trek

$2500 $2199 / per person
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Nanga Parbat (8125m) is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. It has three main faces known as Rupal, Diamer and Raikot, which are totally different in appearance and shape and their routes start from different valleys.

For Rupal Face, we start from Gilgit or KKH to Tarashing, a green alpine village at the head of the jeep track. It takes another two days to arrive at Rupal base camp. For Diamer base camp the track is the most lengthy as it needs three days to reach and the last is Raikot, where we go up to Raikot Bridge on KKH to switch over to local jeeps for Jail, a small place in Tato Valley at the foot of Fairy Meadows.

This program includes a visit to all three faces crossing high passes en route. This program can be shortened according to available time, as we have given different options to finish trekking at several points.

  • Departure
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 7.30PM

Tour Plan


Day 1 Arrival in Pakistan

Welcome in Pakistan at Islamabad and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we will make a city sightseeing tour to Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which offers a great contrast of culture, archaeology and planning. Rawalpindi is an old city with narrow lanes and bustling bazaars while Islamabad is a modern and the only planned city of Pakistan serving as the capital of the state. Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Lok Virsa Museum and Shah Faisal Mosque are the places of tourist interest included in the tour.

Day 2 Islamabad - Chilas

We depart from Islamabad and arrive at Besham crossing the famous towns of Abbottabad and Mansehra. Later on ffollowing the upstream course of River Indus, we will make photo stops at Shatial rocks with ancient graffiti's on it. After a long day aboard, we arrive at Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 3 Chilas - Gilgit

We will drive to Gilgit, where we enjoy a free time to explore bazaar and town. Gilgit River flowing through the town offers superb views and walk along its banks is rewarding.

Day 4 Gilgit - Tarashing

We drive by jeeps to Tarashing, a lovely village at the head of jeep track. Tarashing is one of the villages in northern areas, where we camp for overnight.

Day 5 Tarashing - Bizhin

An easy day of walking apart from crossing a tail of Tarashing Glacier, we camp at Rupal, a green and lovely place.

Day 6 Bizhin - Shaigiri BC

Shaigiri is a vast flower filled place, serving as base camp for climbing teams to Nanga Parbat. The south face of Nanga Parbat, known as Rupal Face is a steep rock of 4500 meters high.

Day 7 Shaigiri - Day Free

Day free at Shaigiri to enjoy the beauty of surrounding peaks and for side walks. ( Exit Option - returning back via Trashing to KKH & Chilas in 3 days )

Day 8 Shaigiri - Mazino Base Camp

After a comfortable walk with views of Leila and Rupal peaks on back, we arrive at a green campsite with stream of running water. Base camp is a good place for camping offering superb views around.

Day 9 Mazino BC - Mazino High Camp

A steady climb on loose boulders takes us the high camp, en route Mazino Pass can be viewed ahead. It's a short portion of the track but good to have a rest before crossing the pass.

Day 10 Mazino HC - Loiba

Very early start for a tough and long day as we cross the Mazino Pass at 5377m and descend into Bunar region. After crossing the pass we negotiate a portion with open and hidden crevasses on the slope, safety fixed ropes are must. After this portion, the walk is easy and we camp for overnight besides a stream.

Day 11 Loiba - Kachal

An easy and lovely descent up to the green meadows and birch woods up to Iril and then we cross a gali to arrive in Kachal. ( Exit Option - via Bunar, KKH & Chilas in 3 days )

Day 12 Kachal - Nanga Parbat ( Diamer BC )

It is a steady climb through birch trees to Kutgali, the last village towards Diamer face of Nanga Parbat. The campsite is a green plateau with a variety of lovely alpine flowers all around.

Day 13 Nanga Parbat Base Camp - Day Free

Diamer Face is the most popular climbing route for Nanga Parbat. We enjoy a free day at base camp among several climbing teams. From the base camp the whole face of Nanga Parbat is visible and routes can be watched with binoculars / telescopes.

Day 14 Nanga Parbat Base Camp - Kachal

We start walking down to Kachal, an easy walk of four hours and rest of the day is free at leisure and to prepare for next day's tough trek to Kachal Gali. ( Exit Option - via Bunar, KKH & Chilas in 3 days )

Day 15 Kachal - High Camp

After a steep hike, with no water or shade available, we cross Kachal Gali at 4400m, and descent into Patro Valley, leading to Gonar Farm. Our camp will be at a summer shepherd's settlement. ( Exit Option - via Gonar & Chilas in 2 days )

Day 16 High Camp - Jungle

We start our walk and arrive at place called as Jungle after a steep descent to Patro River. We camp across the river in the forest.

Day 17 Jungle - Lower Khusto

We start walking through pinewoods and arrive at fields of maize and barley with beautiful views of Ganalo Peak ahead. We camp in a high pasture with fresh spring water available.

Day 18 Lower Khusto - Jilipur Pass Base Camp

Climbing steeply, we cross the tree line and arrive at a small lake with a waterfall. Later proceed to the campsite, from where a trek leads to South Jilipur Peak.

Day 19 Jilipur Pass Base Camp - Beyal Camp

The path to the pass is a little tricky however the Jilipur Pass at 4837m gives magnificent views of Nanga Parbat massif. Across the pass is a steep descent in Raikot Valley, we keep on walking down and arrive at Beyal for overnight camping.

Day 20 Beyal Camp - Day Free

Day free for rest and enjoy the superb and grand view of Nanga Parbat, main peak at 8125m and other prominent peaks of the massif.

Day 21 Beyal Camp - Excursion Nanga Parbat Base Camp

( Raikot Face ) - Fairy Meadows We make a trip to the base camp crossing tails of glaciers with well identified track. At base camp, a monument had been erected in the memory of climbers died on the mountain. After a packed cold picnic lunch at base camp, we will return to our campsite. From Beyal, we walk down to Fairy Meadows, which is a comfortable walk. Fairy Meadows offers glorious views of Nanga Parbat and the beauty is unsurpassed and overwhelming. We have enjoyed a great day, which will be followed by a camp fire with local male dance and music. ( Exit Option - via Raikot Bridge & Chilas in 1 day )

Day 22 Fairy Meadows - Muthat

We walk down to Tato Valley to arrive in Muthat, a village on the other side of the main route to Fairy Meadows.

Day 23 Muthat - Glacier Camp

Following the Buldar Glacier, we arrive at the high camp for Muthat Pass. Different views of the surrounding mountains are superb as we are watching the Nanga Parbat Massif from every side and corner.

Day 24 Muthat HC - Rama Ridge Camp

We will start trekking to cross Muthat Pass at 4965m and walk down on Lotang Glacier and camp on the ridge of Rama.

Day 25 Rama Ridge Camp - Rama Lake

The last day of our trekking and end of a great expedition, takes us to Rama, where we camp besides the lake. A calm night with memory of the past days crossing several high passes and walking through valleys is rewarding.

Day 26 Rama Lake - Chilas

From Rama Lake, we will drive by jeeps to KKH and onwards to Chilas and transfer to hotel on arrival for a fresh water shower and a night on beds.

Day 27 Chilas - Islamabad

To drive back to Islamabad, we make an early departure from Chilas and following the course of River Indus, we arrive in Islamabad in the evening. Rest of the time is free for rest and packing.

Day 28 Departure

Our staff will provide transfer and assistance at departure and say bon voyage for your onwards journey

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Trip booking procedure: Once you booked the desired Tour package with The Karakoram Ventures. We will sent you an email for the confirmation of you booking. After that we will sent you the detailed materials which will be really useful to understand even the minor details about your tour. You should have a passport at least valid for the next 6 months. The Karakoram venture will help you to get a Pakistani visa for that purpose you have to send us a Scanned image of your passport. We will sent you an invitation letter, addressing the nearest Pakistani Embassy. There are 2 different ways to apply for the tourist visa. The conventional way – Filling the visa form and submitting along with required documents in the nearest Pakistani Embassy or consulate. You can also fill the visa form Online at: https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/tourist-visa/ . You have to upload the required informations. It might take 8 – 10 working days. Once your visa issued you have to pay the Trip booking charges (i.e. 30% of your ) What's not included? Foreign tourists (non-Pakistani) Government trekking permit fees/paperwork Licensed professional guide (government requirement) Airport transfer on first and last day All domestic flights and transfers Road transport in Pakistan Hotel accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing rooms) Trekking accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing tents) Hotel meals in Pakistan (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Trekking meals in Pakistan (breakfast, lunch and dinner) All camping site fees and bridge fees Trekking logistics (tents, non-personal equipment and tools) Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc.) Porters for trekking equipment, kitchen (supplies, tools, equipment, crockery, gas) and personal luggage Domestic tourists (Pakistani Nationals) Licensed professional guide Road transport from Skardu to Askole/Hushe and return Trekking accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing dome tents) All trekking meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) All camping site fees and bridge fees Trekking logistics (mess & kitchen tents, non-personal equipment and tools) Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc. – according to need) Porters for trekking equipment, kitchen (supplies, tools, equipment, crockery, gas) and personal luggage (12.5kg maximum allowed) Porters for mountaineering equipment What's not included? Foreign tourists (non-Pakistani) Travel Insurance (recommendations only) Visa to Pakistan (supporting documents offered) International airfare Personal equipment (list provided on registration or request) Tips for guides, porters, staff etc. Miscellaneous (drinks, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc.) Domestic tourists (Pakistani Nationals) Government trekking permit (not required) Airport transfers in Islamabad and Skardu (can be organized – additional charges) Domestic flights to Skardu and return (can be organized – additional charges) Road transfers from Islamabad to Skardu and return (can be organized – additional charges) Sightseeing in Islamabad, Skardu and surrounding areas Hotel accommodation in Islamabad and Skardu (can be organized – additional charges) Hotel meals in Islamabad and Skardu (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Travel insurance (recommendations can be requested) Visa to Pakistan (not required) International airfare for overseas Pakistani Personal equipment (list provided on registration or request) Tips for guides, porters, staff etc. Miscellaneous (drinks, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc.) Important Notes Early Bird Discount The given price for the trek is an early bird discount and will change after January. There will be an increase of US$ 80 every month after January. Our trekking holiday prices will not change once you have paid the deposit so the price when you book is the price you will pay. Register yourselves early to avoid increase in holiday prices. The given price for the trek is not negotiable unless you have a large private group. Price discrimination We strongly believe that foreign tourists should not pay more than locals. The reason for what may seem to be price discrimination is purely because of the additional and necessary services included as you will find under holiday information. Deposit amount for Pakistani nationals The deposit amount for Pakistani nationals is PKR 10,000 or 10% of total price, whichever is greater. The deposit amount is non-refundable and non-transferrable to other departures. Refund policy Deposit: Once paid, the deposit is non-refundable as it will be spent on making in-country arrangements. In case of visa rejection, a refund/partial-refund (if costs incurred) will be considered. In such cases, a valid proof of visa rejection must be submitted to our office within 72 hours of rejection. The deposit in non-refundable for Pakistani nationals in all cases. Balance: Pay the balance amount on arrival in Pakistan on the first day. Currency All foreign tourists are charged in US Dollars (USD) while Pakistani tourists are charged in Pakistani Rupees (PKR). Single Supplement Separate hotel rooms (single supplement) will cost additional US$ 390. This includes all hotel nights. This payment should be made with the balance amount. Separate tent (single tent) will cost additional US$ 160. This includes cost of additional porterage. This payment should be made with the balance amount upon arrival.
**Before requesting to register with us for this trip, we encourage intending participant that he/she should read and understand the following terms and conditions. Kindly note it, Do this tour at your own risk. For any query about the plan, please contact the mentioned contacts. Reservations: Reservations can be made by mailing. The Tour cost is strictly based on the itinerary and the total number of hotel and camp nights mentioned therein. If the trip has to be delayed due to bad weather, road washouts, canceled or delayed flights, sickness, Government restrictions or any other contingency for which “The Karakoram Ventures” cannot make provisions, the resulting extra cost for such delay is not included. Form of payment: Advance payment 30 % of the land cost for the booking confirmation will be accepted via online transfer or deposit to the Bank account of The Karakorum Ventures. Rest of the Payment only will be accepted only in cash or a certified cheque. Cancellation & Refund: Cancellation must be notified either by a phone call or by email to the mentioned email address of The Karakoram Ventures. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows: 30 days before departure 25 % of the advance booking fee, 29 – 15 days before departure 50 % of the land cost, 14 to 1 day before departure 90% of the land cost. No refund will be given for any unused portion of the trip. The host reserves the right to cancel the trip without prior notice for any reasons deemed appropriate by them. In such a case the registered participants will receive a full refund. Insurance: Visitors are advised to get the insurance that covers cancellation, accidents, health emergency evacuation, helicopter rescue, and loss or damage of baggage and personal effects. This insurance must be arranged directly with your agent/insurance company. Baggage: Every member is entitled to bring a maximum weight of 15 kg (International clients) and 10 kg (national clients) of personal baggage. Any excess baggage portage will be charged separately. Change of Itinerary: Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made only where deem advisable for the safety and comfort of the client. Liability: The Karakoram Ventures, its agents and employees will not be liable for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay, theft, irregularity or acts of God, either by the acts of any company or person engaged in conducting the tour. Responsibilities: The Karakoram Ventures will provide transports, accommodations, meals and other necessary requirements which are mentioned in the tour itinerary. Ethical Considerations: Each participant should treat other Club member with respect, dignity, and honor. Use of violent behavior including altercation, insinuations of indecent kind, verbal and physical abuse and assault, aggravated behavior, or any other act amounting to unbecoming of member are strictly prohibited. Special respect for female members would be exercised. Sportsmen spirit shall be displayed at all times. Drugs: Using drugs or found party to drug sale or possession is strictly prohibited. Team Work: Our trip is expected to be an adventure trip and we will be camping using tents which will be erected with the help of the participants. All participants are expected to help each other to erect tents and to follow the instructions of Team Leader. It should be noted carefully that we will not use hotels for lodging until and unless we are facing unavoidable circumstances. Cultural Considerations: Photos and movies are permitted to be shot during our trip provided it is not objectionable to local people or any participant particularly females. These photos and movies are aimed for personal use only. Environmental Care All members would give due care for the local environmental care. Garbage (tins. Water bottles, wrappers, etc.) Shall be suitably disposed of without polluting water sources.
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