A mountain town in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, lying at the foot of Tirich Mir, the highest peak of Hindu Kush Mountains (7,708 m), it boasts a wonderful juxtaposition of cultures. On one hand home to a polo ground and, on the other, gateway to the Kalash Valley, home to the ancient and pagan Kalash people. The nearby Shandur Pass, leading to Gilgit is a stunning 4,000m plateau.
It may sound lightweight, but far from it. Fierce rather than fairy comes to mind, given it’s the point where the three great Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges meet. The jewel in the crown is Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world (8,126m). Camp here to fall asleep under the stars, wake up with giants, get to grips with greatness and feel reduced to fairy status.