Day 4: Fairy Meadows & Reflection Lake
The morning at Fairy Meadows was alluring, and having a breakfast at this picturesque is a lifetime experience. We wouldn’t be trekking or riding to any other place today, but to roam around and explore the Fairy Meadows area.
Finishing our breakfast we wandered around and after a while started walking toward Reflection Lake, it is on the other side of Fairy Meadows from where we were staying. Reflection Lake is a small lake at Fairy Meadows, it is famous because of its feature that one can view the reflection of the whole Nanga Parbat in the water of the lake.
On the way to Reflection Lake, there is a big grassy plain where local boys were playing. At one side of the grassy plain there were some hotels and a camping ground, close to these hotels there is also a tuck shop and a Public Call Office (PCO) but that tuck shop only operates in tourism season. The camps that are set up at that station were very colorful and are fully ready to suit those who want to experience the adventure of camping at Fairy Meadows. Capturing some photo shoots at that place our journey toward Reflection Lake started again.
Along the other side of the grassy plain are wooden houses that belong to the residents of Fairy Meadows. Aside from TV Channels, Mobile Phones, Facebook, and WhatsApp they live a simple and innate life. There were horses, goats, and sheep and cows grazing all around the grassy ground, these cattle belong to the resident and provide milk, butter, and meat for their daily use.
It is very much mesmerizing to walk about in this place, the luxuriant green grass the mighty mountains covered with snow and the pine forest surrounding the field, producing an enthralling environment. Walking slowly we reached the reflection lake, during this season the water at reflection lake is really low and most part of the lake is filled with dry weeds and woods.
Along the position of the lake where we were standing there is no clear reflection of Nanga Parbat in water, but on the other side in that respect, there is small mound from where reflection can be seen clearly so we walk around the lake to arrive at the mound. From that place the reflection of the whole Nanga Parbat is clearly visible, creating a ravishing ambiance, we caught some pics at that spot and then climbed that mound and sit on it. The lake in front of us looks like a large mirror lying on the floor in which one can clearly see the reflection of the spectacular Nanga Parbat, the Pine Forest, and the surrounding region.
While we sat on the mound, my wife decided to visit the residential area. At that place the children were playing all round and the women busy in their everyday jobs. The women there were so pleased to see my wife among them, and they were so courteous that one of the women invited my wife to her house and attended to her with their local bread and tea. Not only she served the tea to my wife, but she also sends tea for me and my son on the mound. The tea was prepared with the goat’s milk and tastes great, this is the first time in our life that we had a cup of tea prepared with goat’s milk.
At the rear of the mound there is a pine forest that leads down into the valley, and below in the valley, there’s a water stream flowing, creating a breathtaking scenery. While sitting on the mound we observed that clouds started to appear around the Nanga Parbat and it's surrounding trying to curtain Nanga Parbat from our eyes.
Roving the area, capturing some photos and enjoying the stunning panorama we slowly started to return to our hotel. It was midafternoon and the Fairy Meadows is fully covered with clouds, the clouds were so deep that the Nanga Parbat peak that was clearly visible few hours back is now totally disappeared. While arriving at our hotel we didn’t run into the room despite we wander around the field close to our hotel. Gradually the Pine Forest also disappears into the clouds and the clouds are now drifting down in the vale.
Suddenly it began to drizzle and enjoying that fascinating climate, we take back to our hotel and sit in the corridor. It was raining outside with loud thunder and while we were adoring the view, the night started to cover the Fairy meadows with darkness and nothing can be seen outside the corridor except the darkness and only the sound of the raindrops can be heard with the cold blowing wind.
Now is the time for dinner and the kitchen was a little far from the rooms and it was continuously raining outside. With the help of umbrella that we brought from Karachi, we manage to go till the kitchen and place the order. We return back to the room and waited for the dinner to serve while discussing the next day plan.
After about an hour the dinner of Biryani (Rice and Meat) was served. It was simply a nice Biryani (Rice and Meat) but it was after a long time we had a food that tastes good. The night was too cold outside but the blankets and the structure of the room do not let us feel the coldness and we have a nice comfortable sleep.