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|North face of Nanga Parbat from Fairy Meadow.|
Nanga Parbat (also known as Nangaparbat Peak or Diamir) is the ninth highest mountain on Earth and the 2nd highest in Pakistan. Nanga Parbat means "Naked Mountain" in Hindi, parbat deriving from parvata "mountain". Nanga Parbat was one of the deadliest of the eight-thousands in the first half of the twentieth century; since that time it has been less so, though still an extremely serious climb. It is also an immense, dramatic peak, with great local relief.
Nanga Parbat has tremendous vertical relief over local terrain in all directions. To the south, Nanga Parbat boasts what is often referred to as the highest mountain face in the world: the Rupal Face rises an incredible 4,600 m above its base. To the north, the complex, somewhat more gently sloped Rakhiot Flank rises 7,000 m from the Indus River valley to the summit in just 27km, one of the ten greatest elevation gains in so short a distance on Earth.
Fairy Meadow is a meadow on the north side of Nanga Parbat, a few kilometres south of the Karakoram Highway and the Indus River. It is the best place to view the majestic beauty of Nanga Parbat. Many consider it one of the beautiful spots on earth. Hermann Buhl, the Austrian climber who made the first ascent of Nanga Parbat in 1953, named it Fairy Meadow due to its wonderful scenery.
Most tourists who come to see Nanga Parbat stay at Fairy Meadow, which is at an elevation of 3,300 m is a very nice place; accommmodations and good food are available there.
On the route to the meadow lie two small villages, Tato and Fenturi; nearby the meadow is Tarar Lake. Many visitors continue to Beyal, where is possible found simple accommodations, and then to the standard (northern) base camp of Nanga Parbat (3975 m).
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This is a sweet mountain reflection image. I get a wonderful sense of the high altitude and peace of the place. Crispy air.
- [2007-08-20 9:47]
Nice landscape. Wonderful mountains and reflections.