Located in the Diamer District of Gilgit-Baltistan and the city of Chilas, the grassy alpine pastures surrounded by a lush pine forest, called Fairy Meadows, lies near a base camp of Nanga Parbat, near Raikhot Valley, at an elevation of 10,826 feet above sea-level. Declared a national park in 1995, the area is referred to as “Joot” by the local population of 214,000 in Chilas, whereas it got its current name from German mountaineers. The current language dialects spoken by the locals who operate the camping sites are Urdu and Shina, with
The road to Fairy Meadows has been declared as the second deadliest in the world, but tourists say that the trek is well worth it to see the idyllic plateaus, justifying the namesake of the magical meadows. Although the population in the meadows is a few hundred, the camping experience is exhilarating due to the beautiful forest and species of rare flora and fauna found there, such as the brown bear and ‘musk’ deer.