Nag Tibba Snow Trek
trailhikers invites you to the Nag Tibba Snow Trek – Winter 2017-18. This satisfying circuit used to be a classic three day trek but now, with motor roads reaching the furthest village, you can be at the base of the mountain in a morning’s jeep ride from Mussoorie. However the fact remains that four good reasons for doing this trek are still valid: Nag Tibba is a few feet short (9915ft) of the magical 10,000 ft mark. The mountain’s mixed oak and deodar forests are dense and isolated, and host to a rich variety of birds and widlife. It has a romantic association with Heinrich Harrer’s best-selling Seven Years in Tibet as he escaped, in 1944, from a Dehradun prisoner of war camp. And it possesses a unique cultural identity where the Garhwali lifestyle, traditionally based on reverence for the Ganga, has been influenced by her younger sister the Yamuna. The village of Lakhamandal on the Yamuna is reckoned to be the site of the Mahabharata incident in which the Kauravas tried to immolate the Pandavas in a palace made of lac.
You don’t really need porters for Nag Tibba weekend trek unless you are a group that wishes to savour the flavour of camping out. Many trekkers doss down in the village primary schools overnight, or head for the Gujjar grazing sites to sleep out under the stars on Nag tibba. The gujjars are extremely hospitable and make for another highly rewarding cultural study. Their dignity and integrity deserves to be emulated not destroyed.
WARNING: Bears are for real here and no villager will venture on Nag Tibba trek except in the full light of the day !
₹ 3,650 per person
(1 N / 2 D Ex Dehradun)
* 5% GST applicable on trek charges
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Suggested weekend trek itinerary starting from village Pantwari, the closest road head to Nag Tibba. Ideally, Nag Tibba trek should be done in 2 days i.e 1 night 2 days but it you if are on a relaxed itinerary, it can be done as a 2 nights 3 days trip from Mussoorie or Dehradun
TrailHikers recommends that the route from Pantwari is the best to do Nag Tibba trek if one is planning for a weekend trek. Also, Pantwari is the closest to the Nag Tibba peak. From here the trek to the Nag Tibba base is 7 km and further 2 km is the Nag Tibba summit. This route is highly recommended for beginner-level trekkers and young kids (9-15 yrs) as it is mostly on an easy to moderate gradient
Pantwari is a small village / hamlet which is located about 96 km from Dehradun. The road route to Pantwari from Dehradun is via Mussoorie, Kempty & Nainbagh. There are a couple of good fast food shops where trekkers can have quick meals before starting the trek. The trail from Pantwari is a well defined path for the first 4 km which starts ascending from the village Banasari. It takes around 4 hours for an average trekker to reach the Nag Tibba base (2,600m) on Day one.
Camping At Nag Tibba Base
Camp at 2,600 m altitude
The best thing about the Nag Tibba trek is camping out at the Nag Tibba base (2,600m). This place has huge flat clearing which is ideal for setting up a campsite. From here one can see the Nag Tibba massif to the east and the dense forest to the south-east. In the evenings and especially during night, one can hear wild foxes in the nearby jungle. The sunrise at the Nag Tibba base is amazing with the Sun rising just over the Nag Tibba massif, a true delight for photographers. One can also spot a lot of rare birds, especially in the morning hours.
Climb the Nag Tibba summit 3,022m
A good night’s rest at the Nag Tibba base and early morning breakfast will charge your energy levels to climb the Nag Tibba peak which is 2 km from the base. After just about 100m of rocky trail beyond the base, the trail enters a dense forest. An average trekkers takes about 2 hrs to reach the summit of Nag Tibba peak, which at 3,022m (9915ft) is the highest peak in the lower Garhwal Himalayas !
Suggested for trekkers & explorers who are looking for a longer trek to Nag Tibba. Routes given below are well explored & documented trails used by local villagers for decades but it is highly recommended to take a forest guide or local guide on these trails.
Distance : 25 Kms Time : 8-9 Hrs
In the early days trekkers used to start the Nag Tibba trek from Mussoorie and slog all the way up to Aunter for 25 km. However, now you can hire a taxi or a shared jeep to Suakholi, 11 km away or reach Devalsari from which trek to Nag Tibba is 10 km. TrailHikers organizes and recommends this trek from Pantwari or Devalsari, but for trekker’s insight we are giving the detailed account of this trek from Mussoorie : Start from the Tehri Road Bus Stand at the eastern (Landour) end of Mussoorie, or use the bypass that runs below it. Ruskin Bond’s Ivy Cottage overlooks this scene and and occasionally the author throws open his casement and gives a good impression of Nelson Eddy at his baritone best. Also, Jeet’s workshop nearby hosts the very first building in the hill station. Follow the well-wooded Tehri Road past the Woodstock Estate, which opens out on to the great views of the snow peaks to the north, as well as the clear vistas of the Doon Valley. (If you know where to look, you can even see the world’s most beautiful peak, Changabang, from this road.)
The shortest and the steepest is via the bridge over the Pali stream (1 hr from Thatyur), climbing westwards to the village of Mangalori (another hour). From Mangalori, a steep and rough path leads directly on to Nag Tibba’s south-western flank where, after yet another strenuous hour, you join the main forest bridle path. It winds up leisurely from the village of Aunter, situated at the south-eastern foot of the Nag Tibba Massif. From here, it is a short walk to the first evening’s camping site. In March, the wine-coloured rhododendron trees are in bloom. Walk along this mainly level ridge road for 11 km until you come to the village of Suakholi. Keep an eye open for short-cuts. Turn north at the last tea shop and head down sharply on the old British cheh-footiya bridle path through the pleasant forest that gives way to austere pines as you approach the junction of Thatyur and the Aglar river. The descent is for 5 km, and so steep that you can do it in less than an hour. A motor road also links Thatyur with Suakholi; so, on your return, it is less wearing to board a jeep / taxi up this incline.
Aunter is the second, and the easier route. From the bridge, you you continue to head due north for two hours following the Pali stream on a gentle ascent to the base of the dark forested Nag Tibba. Dense stands of deodar sway magically to remove your tiredness. Aunter, like Mangalori and Devalsari, has houses of character, and friendly people. The best camping site is about half-way up on the southern face of the mountain, where local shepherds and itinerant Gujjars graze their sheep and buffalo respectively. The bridle path from Aunter continues up, but less coherently, all the way to the western shoulder of the summit ridge where the British had built a bungalow which is now in ruins. From here its a 10-mins walk to our campsite.
The third but much longer approach, avoids crossing the stream and tends eastwards, bringing you to the village of Devalsari. TrailHikers operates the trek from Pantwari and Devalsari, so its recommended that you board a taxi or shared jeep from Mussoorie to reach Devalsari(45km drive). The has a magnificent wooden pagoda-style temple, set in a gloomy forest. The British built a dak bungalow here since this serviced the official route over the mountain to Uttarkashi. You can spend the night at Devalsari and walk the next morning for an hour westwards, skirting the magnificent forest at the base of the Nag Tibba till you reach Aunter, which is plumb under the main massif. From here, there is a village short that runs up the eastern face but the jungle is so dense that a guide is recommended. In fact, he will be indispensable during certain seasons to point out the water sources.
Snow Trek In Winter
A winding forest bridle path from Aunter announces the official mode of the ascent and runs along the southern face of the mountain. It gives a good view of Mussoorie’s “backside” as well delivers you to a Gujjar camping site half-way up. As noted, this is your first night halt unless you prefer the more easily found water at Aunter. Aunter is remarkable for its extraordinary, tall stone tower temple reminescent of the fortified style found in Lahaul. Enormous boulders form the base of this temple. The villagers make for friendly – if not talkative – companions on the trail. Thay are quite used to trekkers asking the way, and are accustomed to acting as guides.
Time : 1 Hour to summit and 5-7 hrs return
From your overnight Gujjar Camp, it is only an hour to the summit, but very strenuos. The path is overgrown and becomes steeper and more obscure as you ascend towards the 10,000 ft mark. You pass the Nag Devta Temple, a tiny replica of the Devalsari pagoda, where the local villagers pray to the Nag Devta (snake God) for the protection of their cattle. Eventually reach for the site of the ruined bungalow sited for a stunning snow view of Bandarpunchh, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Swargarohini , Changabang and many other peaks. From here, you have to force a way eastwards up the steep and densely forested summit ridge.
Nag Tibba peak 3,022 m
Formerly, musk deer were known at this altitude, but have been driven higher by the trappers. The Himalayan black bear is not uncommon here and, if faced by one, it is recommended you run downhill since bear has short forepaws that make downhill running difficult – atleast in theory ! Trees with the bark rubbed off at the base may be a sign of an even more dangerous beast – the wild boar that tends to frequent the muddy water holes, of which Nag Tibba has quite a few. From Thatyur, to the top of Nag Tibba takes nearly 8 hrs but, while getting down, using short-cuts and availing of the increasing transport facilities, you can be back in Mussoorie in the evening of Day 2. Indeed, you can be back in Delhi (via the Shatabdi from Dehradun) the very same evening !
If you have chosen to go for Nag Tibba trek with TrailHikers ( Pantwari route), you would camp at the Kathian campsite or Nag Tibba base on your first night. Day 2 would start with ascent of the peak and then descend back to village Pantwari followed by a transport assisted return to Mussoorie or Dehradun.
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