Fairy Meadows named by German climbers, German Märchenwiese, “fairy tale meadows”. But 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. In addition 1995, the Government of Pakistan declared it a National Park.

Its Altitude:

It is located at an altitude of about 3,300 metres (10,800 ft) above sea level. Also it serves as the launching point for trekkers summiting on the Rakhiot face of the Nanga Parbat.

Why Fairy Meadows is famous?

The main attraction of this place other than the meadows itself is the view of Nanga Parbat Mountain. Tourists usually hike to the base camp of the mountain from Fairy Meadows.

Tourism Season at Fairy Meadows:

The six-month tourist season at Fairy Meadows starts in April and continues until the end of September. Tourists lodge at the camping site spread over 800 hectares (2,000 acres) and known as “Raikot Serai”.

Flora and Fauna at Here:

The grassland is surrounded by thick alpine forest. The high altitude area and north-facing slopes mostly consist of coniferous forest. Which having Pinus wallichiana, Picea smithiana and Abies pindrow trees. While in the high altitude areas with little sunlight are birch and willow dwarf shrubs. While The southern slopes are concentrate with juniper and scrubs, namely Juniperus excelsa and J. turkesticana. In the low altitudes, the major plant found. Which are Artemisia, with yellow ash, stone oaks and Pinus gerardiana spread among it. Further Research has suggested similarities between Pinus wallichiana found in the meadows with a sister species, Pinus peuce, found in the Balkans, based on leaf size.

Among mammals, a few brown bears are found in the region, with their numbers declining. And also few No. of musk deer, regarded as an endangered species, are also present.

Access to Fairy Meadows:

It is approachable by a fifteen kilometer-long jeepable trek. Starting from Raikot Bridge on Karakoram Highway to the village Tattu (Tato). In 2013, the World Health Organization declared it the second-deadliest road on the planet. From Tato it takes about three to four hours hiking by a five kilometer trek to Fairy Meadows. The grassland is located in the Rakhiot valley. At one end of the Rakhiot glacier which originates from the Nanga Parbat. Which feeds a stream that finally falls into the River Indus. From 1992, locals have operated camping sites in the area.