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Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world elevating 8,126 meters above sea level. This enormous mountain is believed to be “The Western Anchor to The Himalayas” which majestically lies in the Diamer district near Indus River of Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir administered by Pakistan. The name Nanga Parbat is a descendent of two Sanskrit words: ‘nagna’ and ‘parvata’ making a reasonable combination that translates to “Naked Mountain”. The mountain is also locally popular by its Tibetan name Diamer or Deo Mir defining “Huge Mountain”.
The 8,126 metered elevated peak was first discovered in 1895 by Europeans, The first expedition was carried out by Albert F.Mummery and Geoffrey Hastings but failed to reach the summit. Due to its accessibility, the attempt at its summit began in the early nineteenth century. Several German, American, British, and other mountaineers endeavored but couldn’t achieve till 1953. On July 3, 1953, an Australian climber, Hermann Buhi succeeded as the first solo ascent of The Killer Mountain without bottled oxygen making a remarkable history in the mountaineering world. The peak has earned several nicknames for its unique nature. It is equally famous as The Western Anchor to The Himalayas, Naked Mountain, Diamer or Deo Mira, and The Killer Mountain because of its high number of climber fatalities.
Although the mountain isn’t as high as Mt. Everest and Mt. K2, it is still considered to be one of the deadliest mountains in the world. It firmly stands as the third most difficult mountain to climb with an enormous number of fatalities after Annapurna and K2. If there is one mountain that can match Annapurna and K2 in terms of physical, technical, and psychological difficulties, it is Nanga Parbat undoubtedly. With a 22.3% fatality rate, the mountain is also popularly known as “Man Eater’ where one has to face one of the most intimidating rock walls on Earth. Nanga Parbat is a challenging experience for those who are seeking drastic mountaineering experiences. However, the mountain demands an extreme level of psychological strength and physicality that one must have to endure its hardship as the heart of this mountain is forged with a large bulk of ice and rock.
The best season to climb Nanga Parbat
The most favorable seasons to attempt are spring and summer as the days remain warm in these seasons. The expedition to the summit of Nanga Parbat is more convenient in July and August than winter months.
Before your arrival at the airport, you must complete all the required procedures for your visa. You will be welcomed by one of our envoys as soon as you arrive at the airport. After a brief meeting, you will be escorted to the hotel booked for your convenience and relaxation. You can also stroll around The Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum, Faisal Mosque, and many more cultural places in Islamabad.
One the second day, we will carry out our official procedure which includes: travel permit, documentation, necessary formalities, bag pack, shopping and finalise every requirement for our journey. Moreover, every aspect of the trek will be clarified as an important part of the briefing and you will also feel opportune to introduce yourself to your fellow trekkers.
After our final preparation, we will drive to Chilas through Karakoram Highway passing Abbottabad, Mansehra, Besham, Dasu, and Saxin village. Completing a nine-hour drive, we will reach our destination, Chilas, and spend an overnight there.
On the fourth day of our expedition, we will resume our drive to Halala Bridge from Chilas. After a few hour drive, we will have our lunch and start the first trek of our journey to Kachal, a mesmerizing campsite from where you can enjoy some eye-catching landscapes. As soon as we arrive at Kachal, we will freshen up and get ready for our trek to the base camp.
After an early breakfast in Kachal, we will start our trek to Nanga Parbat Base Camp with great inquisitiveness. However, the trek will start getting tougher due to higher elevation. As soon as we arrive at the base camp, Nanga Parbat will majestically approach our sight with its outrageous enormity.
Our exhaustion will disappear with some magnificent sights of alpine forests, glacial valleys, and other peaks. We will spend our night on the lap of mighty Nanga Parbat dreaming of our glory to its invincible summit and prepare for our ascent.
We allocate about 38 days for the expedition from the Base Camp to the Summit and back to the Base Camp. Our team of Sherpas will fix the ropes throughout the trail. We will have the best possible and comfortable stay in our branded tents enjoying the hot meals prepared by our experienced cooks. We will continuously monitor the weather to fix a day for the Summit.
Our route will follow high camps 1, 2, and 3 making at least one rotation climb before our attempt to the summit. Our team will speculate the weather for the ascent to the summit. Most probably, we will reach the summit on the speculated day if everything goes as per the schedule.
After accomplishing the summit, we will start our preparation for descending back to the high camps and the base camp evaluating the weather. We will rest at the base camp for a night preparing to trek down to lower elevation.
After resting at the base camp for a night, we will continue to descend from the base camp to Kachal on the forty-seventh day. We will follow our descending route enjoying some exquisite sights and stay overnight in Kachal.
Following our travel schedule, we will start to trek back to Zangot after a scrumptious breakfast. After our arrival at Zangot, we will have our lunch and drive back to Chilas and rest for the night.
Following our night in Chilas, we will drive back to the capital and rest after a nine-hour drive from Chilas We will freshen up and get ready for a spare day in Islamabad.
After the completion of a forty-day expedition, you can relax in Islamabad strolling around The Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum, Faisal Mosque, Mragalla Hills, Daman-e-Koh, and many more cultural places of this great city.
Our expedition to the summit of Nanga Parbat concludes on this day. We will cordially implore farewell with countless memories. One of our representatives will escort you to Islamabad Airport a few hours earlier to your scheduled flight.
Trekking in Gilgit-Baltistan of northern Pakistan is always challenging because of its unpredictable weather. We effort our best to schedule our trips in the most appropriate seasons. The above-mentioned itinerary may change as per the trip’s complexities but we guarantee you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at all. In case of delayed or canceled flights, we must inform you that besides the total number of days included in the itinerary, clients shall be obliged to bear the expenses of the extra days themselves. Somehow, 8K Expeditions will undoubtedly facilitate necessary arrangements for your convenience at a reasonable extra charge.
Furthermore, we shall not be responsible for missed International Flights or your luggage before our reception. However, we would be delighted to minimize your loss. We advise scheduling flexible time frames before and after trip departure.
Climbers are suggested not to carry extravagant materials for their own comfort. They are advised to compose their mental and physical health which will be significantly required to resist remoteness, higher altitude, extreme weather, and diversion from their beloved families.
We are eternally thankful to you for joining us!