Fairy Meadows, named by German climbers (German Märchenwiese, ″fairy tale meadows″) and locally known as Joot, is a grassland near one of the base camp sites of the Nanga Parbat, located in Diamer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.  At an altitude of about 3,300 meters above the sea level, it serves as the launching point for trekkers summiting on the Rakhiot face of the Nanga Parbat. In 1995, the Government of Pakistan declared Fairy Meadows a National Park

Fairy Meadows is approachable by a twelve kilometer-long jeepable trek starting from Raikhot bridge on Karakoram Highway to the village Tato. Further from Tato, it takes about three to four hours hiking by a five kilometer trek to Fairy Meadows. The grassland is located in the Raikhot valley, at one end of the Raikhot glacier which originates from the Nanga Parbat and feeds a stream that finally falls in the River Indus. Since 1992, locals have operated camping sites in the area.

The six-month tourist season at Fairy Meadows starts in April and continues until the end of September.

How to Reach at Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows can be easily approached from the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operates two flights to Gilgit daily, which is the main city of Northern Areas of Pakistan. Further via silk route (KKH) up to Raikot Bridge, 76 km from Gilgit & further 1½ hour jeep able journey.

A road journey from Islamabad on Karakoram Highway (KKH) takes 11 hours to Chillas. From here, Raikot bridge on silk route is 61 km away. Another scenic approach by road from Rawalpindi is through the Kaghan Valley. Jeep able road passes through the Kaghan Valley via the Babusar Pass (4173 m) through Chillas, reaching the Raikot Bridge. Jeeps are available at Raikot Bridge round the clock, carrying 6 passengers on one vehicle. A small cafe in Jail village offers refreshments & lunch.

 

Routes to Fairy Meadows

 

Route 1:

Islamabd to Gilgit ( 2 Hours by Air)
Gilgit to Raikot Bridge ( 2 Hours by Road)
Raikot Bridge to Tatto ( 1½ Hours 4 X 4 Jeep Drive)
Tatto to Fairy Meadows ( 3 Hours Trek)

 

Route 2:

Islamabd to Chilas ( 11 Hours by Road)
Chilas to Raikot Bridge ( 2 Hours by Road)
Raikot Bridge to Tatto ( 1½ Hours 4 X 4 Jeep Drive)
Tatto to Fairy Meadows ( 3 Hours Trek)

 

Route 3:

Islamabd to Kaghan Valley ( 7 Hours by Road)
Kaghan to Chilas via Babusar Pass ( 4 Hours by Road)
Chilas to Raikot Bridge ( 2 Hours by Road)
Raikot Bridge to Tatto ( 1½ Hours 4 X 4 Jeep Drive)
Tatto to Fairy Meadows ( 3 Hours Trek)