Fairy Meadows is located 12 Kilo Meters from Raikot Bridge on Karakorum Highway to the village Tato, the area inapproachable by jeep. It takes almost three to four more hours hiking to Fairy Meadows. The grassland is located in the Raikot Valley; Raikot glacier originates from the Nanga Parbat and feeds a stream that finally falls in the Indus River. The place was named Fairy Meadows in 1953 by an Australian climber Hermann Bhul due to its mesmerizing beauty. He was here to climb the peak of Nanga Parbat.
The tourist season in Fairy Meadows is consisting of six months which starts from April and continues until the end of September. Fairy Meadows is partially developed, it generates about Rs. 17 Million revenue from the tourism sector, it includes food, transportation, and accommodation services. Tourist camping lodge area is spread over two acres, known as “Raikot Sarai”. Shangrila Resorts is the pioneer in the tourism Development in Gilgit Baltistan, will be establishing an eco-friendly resort.
Natural Beauty in Fairy Meadows
A night camping at traditionally constructed wooden cottage at Fairy Meadows with a breathtaking view of mighty Nanga Parbat’s North face is unique and wonderful experience, especially if the sky is clear and night is the full moon. The cool moonlight reflecting from the gigantic majestic icy peak shows the real meaning of nature’s beauty and peace.
The best time to visit Fairy Meadows is between the end of June and middle of August. The place becomes inaccessible in winter due to heavy snowfall.
There are many hotels and tourist lodges are available to facilitate tourists in Fairy Meadows. Most of them are available at very reasonable prices, but a very few are bit expensive. Mostly, tourists like to stay in camps in grassy places. Food items are expensive here as compared to other cities, but the availability of food at this remote area makes it worth paying.