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Rupal Valley Nanga Parbat South Face Trek

Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

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    Astore, Rupal Valley Astore, Nanga Parbat, Chilas, Islamabad

OVERVIEW TOUR

A Quick approach through lovely meadows leads to the base camp of Nanga Parbat’s enormous Rupal face. Nanga Parbats awesome south or Rupal face rises 4572m from the floor of the Rupal GAH, creating the greatest vertical rise from base camp to summit of any peak. The easy trails and two short no technical glacier crossings bring you directly beneath it for breathtaking close-up views, is less frequently visited than fairy meadows.

 

Nanga Parbat means the naked mountain. Its original and appropriate name, however is Diamir the King of the Mountains. Nanga Parbat massif is the western corner pillar of the Himalayas. It is an isolated range of peaks just springing up from nothing, and is surrounded by the rivers Indus and Astore. Nanga Parbat (Main) has a height of 8,126m) 26660 ft. it has three vast faces. The Raikot face is dominated by the North and South silver crags and silver plateau, the Diamer face is rocky in the beginning. It converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face is the highest precipice in the World. Nanga Parbat peak was discovered in the nineteenth century by Europeans. The Schlagintweit brothers, who hailed from Munich (Germany) came in 1854 to Himalayas and drew a panoramic view which is the first known picture of Nanga Parbat.

Nanga Parbat is truly an awesome spectacle. It is the ninth highest mountain in the world and the second highest in Pakistan after K2. The south face is the largest in the world extending over four kilometres above base camp. To date there have only been five ascents from the south. The north face is equally intimidating. In contrast to the south face’s steep rock and ice a broad barrier of seracs that extend the width of the mountain guards the snowy north face.

Climbing History: Nanga Parbat has been always remained challenge for the mountaineers and adventure seekers. It has so far claimed more than 50 lives. it was climbed by the legendary mountaineer, Hermann Buhl, first time in June 1953. A lot of mountaineers perished on Nanga Parbat since 1895, even today it is claming a heavy tell of human life lives from the mountaineers in search of adventure and thrill or becoming its victims in persuit of their eagerness to find new and absolutely unclimbed route leading to its summit.Climbers before the Second World War were convinced that the only way to climb the mountain was from the north via a long arc extending over Rakhiot Peak (7010m), between the two summits of Silberzacken and finally to the summit of Nanga Parbat thereby avoiding a more direct ascent of the north face. The route was dangerously prone to avalanche and exposed to bad weather. 31 people died attempting to climb the mountain leading to it acquiring the infamous name of the “Killer Mountain”. Nanga Parbat is a difficult approach because the over land journey to its valley involves an arduous trek across the rugged hills.Nowadays it is not such a killer and there are other peaks that could inherit the nickname (eg Ultar or Batura I).Hermann Buhl’s summit route has only been repeated once (Slovak, 1971) to this day. His ascent marked only the third 8000m ascent after Annapurna I (1950) and Everest and was the only first summit of all the 8000ers to be done without oxygen and of course solo. Most attempts nowadays are via the Westerly Diamer face, which is generally considered to be the easiest and safest with the Kinshofer Route, the normal route.

Departure Dates 

2021 Departures

April:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

June:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

July:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

August:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

September:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

October:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

November:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

 

2022 Departures

April:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

June:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

July:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

August:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

September:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

October:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

November:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

 

2023 Departures

April:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

June:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

July:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

August:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

September:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

October:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

November:  1st,  2nd,  3rd, 4th Saturday

Quick Facts:

Maximum Altitude: 3700 m

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Airport: Gilgit, Pakistan

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Skardu.

ATM: Chilas Bazaar has the last ATM point.

Best Time to travel to Rupal Valley Nanga Parbat South Face Trek

Travelling to these giant base camps has its on-peak and off-peak seasons. For ordinary tourists, the golden season to take a Mt. Nanga Parbat tour would be in May to  October. At these times of the year, the skies are clearer, with very few days where visibility is even slightly limited.

There is very little rain and snow, and daytime temperatures, while not the hottest in the year, are well above freezing, and quite comfortable for trekking and touring the region. Although, you will still need some warm clothes for the nights, which can still get quite cold.

However, tours to Nanga Parbat can be arranged at any time of year, given an individuals’ unique preference. As long as you are not a professional mountaineer with a particular time frame to summit the mountain, Nanga Parbat Base Camp welcomes you whenever you come.

Tips for Rupal Valley Nanga Parbat South Face Trek

  • Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in valleys, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buy trekking equipments in Skardu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.
  • Mentally prepare yourself:As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. This means, be prepared for extreme weather conditions, All accommodation on the trek to Rupal Valley Nanga Parbat South Face Trek is in tents. There are limited options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the camps they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl.
  • What to Carry: Warm clothes, sun glasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woolen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Skardu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 3-4 $ a day.
  • Prepare for extreme weather: If it’s sunny you might be surprised at how warm it can get during the day. Most trekkers wear t-shirts and shorts for the first few days while the elevation is still low. When the sun sets the temperatures drop quick. Wear a warm hat while sleeping and take a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water and keep it in your sleeping bag to stay warm.
  • Stay Hydrated:Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.
  • Altitude Headaches:A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems.  Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.
  • Avoid the Sun:Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Pakistan with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-ons.
  • Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking.  It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature.
  • Bring a camera: This trek is one of the most beautiful Karakorum Treks. So much so, that one would want to stop at every step and take pictures to make memories for life.
  • Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs:In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronic you’ll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.

The preparation before trekking to this area should be adequate. Beside some of the few obligatory items like hiking boots, warm clothes, UV sun-block etc, there are a lot of things that you need to carry on your way ahead. A lot of stuff that you might not have considered taking along are mentioned here; these things may seem unnecessary at first but would enhance your trekking experience once you start your trip.

Read more about  Essential Trekking Kit

WHAT TO EXPECT

This trek has an activity level of maximum, and is designed for serious hikers who are very fit and have experience hiking or trekking at high elevations. During our 14-day trek, we will hike 4 to 10 hours per day on moderate to steep grades, at elevations ranging from 9,318 feet to a maximum of 18,192 feet. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize. Your trip leader will set a suitable pace to minimize risk of altitude issues. Porters and pack animals will transport our gear.  This is a strenuous grade trek and need well preparation. Read More about fitness preparation about this trek here.Trekking Fitness

 

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ITINERARY

Welcome to Islamabad! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport after immigration and custom. The assistant will escort you to your hotel. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Rawalpindi and new markets of Islamabad. We may also drive to the modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.

Drive: 40 minutes
Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing
Accommodation: Hotel
We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Gilgit.

If the weather is good, we’ll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia and one of the deepest in the world.

To our east is Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Gilgit. On arrival we are met by our local staff with jeeps and make the short transfer to the hotel.

If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges.

The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass.

We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers.

We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rock carvings and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram.


Flight: 45 Minutes

Drive: 10-12 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari
Accommodation: Hotel
Drive from Chilas or Gilgit to Tarishing Astore valley.

Hiking,Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
Today after breakfast our walk start from Tarishing (2911m)village, climbing gradually to the Tarishing Glacier lateral moraine, near north edge, and crossing the glacier on a trail, continuing up to the gentle valley through Rupal village.
Rising gradually through Rupal valleys lush fields, the trail follows valley's north side up a narrow green valley, through groves of willow, poplar and juniper then you pass a small lake and round a corner of the Bazhin camp, a flat, green meadows between the lateral moraine of the Bazhin Glacier and the mountain. Ahead towers the solid ice wall of the east face of NANGA PARBAT. This is a perfect campsite with clear spring water, a wood full of birds this spot is called HERRLIGKOFFER Base Camp (3550m), a beautiful, although much used meadows along the Bazhin Glacier's east margin. The camp site is named after Dr. Karl M HERRLIGKOFFER the leader of eight German expeditions to NANGA PARBAT, including the first successful expedition in 1953.

A side trip of several hours up this ablation valley leads to a point on the moraine directly above the BAZHIN Glacier and across from icefall coming from the summit.

Walk: 5 Hours, Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 639m Descent: 120 m
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
In the monring, after breakfast crosses the Bazhin Glacier over a trail in one hour along a donkey path, the local shepherds come and go frequently, so you can follow their path or them but be careful there will be a lot of hidden crevasses and you can listen to the voice of flowing of under ground water so you must walk slowly and dont stop at the BAZHIN Glacier. From the top of the lateral moraine on the western side you look down on a huge grassy field known as LATBOH (3530m). LATBOH is also known as TUPP Meadows because it is like a TUPP which must once have been the bed of a lake. Herds of horses, sheep and goats graze in the centre. The summer villagers churn butter in goatskins and spin sheep wool while they sit and chat, offering bread and buttermilk to visitors.


Walk: 4 Hours, Distance: 5-6 Km, Ascent: 123m Descent: 30 m
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

After breakfast further two hour takes you around the end of a second moraine, with a lake on the top (Basically this Lake is less frequently visited & has no name and it exists at the foot of NANGA PARBAT so that is why I gave it a name NANGA PARBAT Lake to another broad field, LATBOI (meaning stony place) also called second Base Camp, with a summer settlement on one side, from here the path climbs gently over some moraine then follows the north bank of the river through the woods to SHAIGIRI (meaning a white stone in Shina) 30 minutes away. This is a good campsite at about 3660 meters, with fresh water, firewood and superb views of the south face of NANGA PARBAT.

Walk: 5 Hours, Distance: 6 Km, Ascent: 239 m Descent: 30 m
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
4-hrs.
The trail follows the Bazhin Glacier’s north margin and cross several streams before it reaches Mazeno Glacier’s terminus.
Afternoon trek back to Latobah.

Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
Trek from Latobah to Tarishing.

Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
After an early breakfast, we will start drive from Tarishing to to Chilas.

Activities: sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile camp
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing. If unable to fly on day 18th, this day will be use to transfer from Chilas to Islamabad by road.

Activities: Jeep Safari, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transfer to Airport for onward flight

Activities: None
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: None

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