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Nag Tibba Trek

 1 Night 2 Days  Uttarakhand, India 

TrailHikers invites you to the Nag Tibba Trek 2018. 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 wildlife.

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 this 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 !

Starting  3,650* per person 

Inclusions

  Food    Camp accommodation    Trek Equipment

Who can do Nag Tibba trek ?

  Nag Tibba is easy to moderate level trek with a challenging high gradient rocky trail in the beginning. The trek is suitable for first timers as well as trekkers who want to savour the taste of a Himalayan trail in 2 days. The minimum recommended age group for the trek is 7+ years.

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Many Reasons To Do Nag Tibba Trek

Choose Your Own

Nag Tibba trek is truly a marvellous weekend getaway if one is planning for a short adventure in the Himalayas. Nag Tibba has earned its place as one of the best beginner level weekend treks in India. The fact that one can hike through a dense forest trail to reach Nag Tibba summit at almost 10,000 feet within 2 days, makes it one of the must do treks near Delhi NCR. trailhikers organizes a complete Nag Tibba trek package which includes services like – trek guides, cooks, camp accomodation, camp & trek equipment and transport from Dehradun to Pantwari.

Amazing Forest Trails 

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Dense forest trail beyond Nag Tibba base

Nag Tibba trek has amazing forest trails through the dense sal, oak, deodar treeline which are a delight for nature lovers & photographers. If you are aware about the Himalayan birds, you’ll be able to spot many rare birds on this trail. In fact, Nag Tibba has forest trails on both Day 1 & Day 2

Rocky Terrain

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Trekkers on the rocky trail

In the beginning, Nag Tibba trek has a challenging rocky trail for about 2.5 km which is not very tough but enough to give you an experience of a steep gradient Himalayan trek. The best part about this rocky trail is that it has 2-3 natural water sources in shady places, enough to relax & get your energy back.

Forest Camping

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Camps on a grassy clearing in the forest

Nag Tibba trek trail has some very beautiful, scenic & huge flat grassy clearings in the forest region which make for a great campsite. Trekkers have a wonderful experience of camping in the lap of nature amidst dense forest where they are able to spot the rare Himalayan flora & fauna. In the evenings, one can hear & even spot wild foxes in the nearby forest.

Please Note : Our forest campsites are well chosen & safe from natural elements & wildlife.

Himalayan Views from Nag Tibba summit 

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Himalayan views from the Nag Tibba peak

Climbing the Nag Tibba peak (3,022m) on Day 2 is of course the best part of the Nag Tibba trek package. After a short visit to the Nag Devta temple at Nag Tibba base in the morning, trekkers start an ascent through a dense forest to reach the Nag Tibba summit. In winter season, this part of the trail is mostly covered in snow, so it becomes an adventurous snow trek. On a clear day, one can view the higher Himalayan peaks in full glory from the Nag Tibba summit.

Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun – Pantwari – Nag Tibba Base

Drive: 3 hours / 96 km
Trek: 7 km to Nag Tibba base

Reaching Pantwari

Reach the pick up point in Dehradun for the Nag Tibba trek at 6:30 am. Your ride leaves Dehradun by 6:45 am sharp from Prince Chowk, near Dehradun Railway Station. The road route from Dehradun to Pantwari is 96 km and takes around 3.5 hours. The journey is extremely scenic, passing via the famous hill station Mussoorie, tourist hotspot Kempty Falls and Nainbagh to finally reach Pantwari.

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Scenic Pantwari village

About Pantwari

Pantwari is scenic & pristine hamlet located in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Village Pantwari is at an altitude of 1,350 m and serves as a starting point for the Nag Tibba trek. Pantwari has a small market which supplies almost all day to day needs of locals. Pantwari also has a couple of good fast food shops which also cook regular Indian meals. Villagers are mostly farmers, some of which also earn their living by providing their services to the tourists coming for the Nag Tibba trek. In fact, Pantwari has large number of young men who provide porter, guide, cook & mule services for Nag Tibba trekkers.

Trekkers arrive in Pantwari at around 10:15 am. Our team member receives them on the roadhead & takes them to Nag Tibba Trekkers lodge in the village where the trekkers can freshen up, change & have breakfast. Trekkers are given 45 mins for all this. Trekkers are then introduced to our local trek team by the adventure trek leader. Trekkers are given a trail & safety briefing in which they are told the Do’s & Dont’s on the trail and also made aware about the trekking & camping regulations. Finally trekkers are given the trek registration form to fill up.

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Rocky trail in the beginning

Starting from Pantwari

Trekkers start the trek from Pantwari at around 11:00 am under the guidance of TrailHikers trek leaders & local forest guides. The trek actually starts from Pantwari’s twin village Banasari which gives a rich insight into the culture & lifestyle of hardworking hill people. Just at the start of the trail, their are two beautiful temples which also have a perennial water source which is used for drinking & cooking by the villagers. Trekkers have an option to fill up their water bottles from here as it takes another 45 mins to 1 hour to reach the next water source.

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Natural water source at “Naugaon”

Rocky Trail 

Nag Tibba trek has an intial rocky trail which starts right from the village Banasari. Though, this part of the rocky trail is on a moderate gradient but the rocks & small boulders make it a little challenging especially if its a hot & sunny day. After about 1 hour & inter-crossing four motorable roads, the trekkers reach the second water source which is called “Naugaon” by the villagers (not to be confused with Naugaon near Purola). Naugaon has a clean water source and a perfect shady place to relax on the trail.

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Forest trail starts from “Buranstikhol”

Buranstikhol – Lunch Point 

After another zig zag climb on the rocky terrain for 30 mins, the trail turns into an almost flat path. Trekkers have to walk further for about 15 mins to reach “Buranstikhol”. Buranstikhol has a piped water source & a huge flat clearing towards northern side which serves as a campsite during extreme winters when there is too much snow on the upper reaches of Nag Tibba. Trekkers can relax and have their packed lunches here.

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Kathian campsite

Reaching Nag Tibba Base (2,600m

Beyond Buranstikhol, the trail again turns a little steep crossing some dense forest & clearings to reach a huge grassy clearing called “Kathian” which is one of the primary campsites for the Nag Tibba trek. Located at an altitude of about 2,250 m, Kathian provides great Himalayan & forest views. TrailHikers also uses this campsite depending upon the weather, season & availablity. Beyond Kathian, the trail enters a dense forest of Rhododendron & Banj trees. After about 45 mins of forest walk on an easy gradient, trekkers reach the Nag Tibba Base, a huge clearing at the base of the Nag Tibba massif.

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Camping at Nag Tibba base

Nag Tibba base is situated at an altitude of 2,600 m from sea level. It has a small hut shelter which belongs to Forest department which is also used by local guides to keep their mules safe at night. Trekkers reach the campsite set up by the TrailHikers support staff. A campsite briefing is done by the adventure trek leader. Trekkers are given evening meals & served an early dinner at around 8 pm.

Day 2 : Base – Nag Tibba peak – Pantwari – Back to Dehradun

Trek: 2 km up + 9 km down
Drive: 3 hours / 96 km

Trekkers are woken up at around 6 am, as per the trip schedule for Nag Tibba trek. Trekkers are given one hour to get ready for the trek to Nag Tibba peak. Breakfast is served at sharp 7 am. A short briefing is done for the climb to the Nag Tibba summit. Trekkers start the trail at around 7:30 am under the guidance of trek leader & local forest guides. Trekkers visit Nag Devta temple near the base and start ascending for the peak. After about 1 hour of climb on a moderate gradient, the trekkers reach a ridge which culminates into the Nag Tibba summit, which at 3,022 m is the highest mountain in the lower Garhwal Himalayan range.

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Nag Tibba summit 3,022 m

After enjoying at the Nag Tibba summit for 30-45 mins, trekkers start descending towards the Nag Tibba base. It takes around 45-50 mins to descend from the peak to the Nag Tibba base. After reaching the campsite, trekkers are treated to tasty lunch after which they start to pack up their backpacks to descend further. Post lunch, at around 12:30 pm the trekkers start descend back to Pantwari.

Our trekking group usually returns to Pantwari by 4:00 pm. Trekkers can have an evening tea or snacks at food shop in Pantwari market. The cab leaves Pantwari at around 5 pm and reaches Dehradun at around 8:30 pm. Trekkers also have an option to get dropped en route at Mussoorie if they are on an extended holiday.

How To Prepare For Nag Tibba

Himalayan treks require a good amount of stamina & fitness level so its mandatory for all trekkers to get fit for a trek like Nag Tibba. Nag Tibba trek makes you climb from 1,350 m (Pantwari) to 2,600 m (Nag Tibba Base) in a span of 4-5 hours which is quite a hike. Trekkers can enhance their fitness levels by following different types of fitness regimen according to their interest and fitness level.

Walking & Jogging

You can include walking or jogging for 4-5 km in your daily routine which will increase your stamina & endurance for a trek like Nag Tibba.

Gym & Cardio

Doing light weight with high repetition alongwith 45 mins of cardio on a treadmill can equip your body muscles against fatigue, cramps & injuries.

Yoga & Pranayam

Doing yogasanas like sarvangasana, uttanpadasana & surya namaskar along with pranayam techiniques like Brahmari can work wonders for your fitness levels.

Getting There 

Reaching Dehradun

Dehradun is well connected to Delhi – NCR region via road, rail & air travel :

By Air – Daily flights are operated by Jet Air and Spice Jet from Delhi to Dehradun.

Nearest Airport at Jolly Grant is 24 km (30 min) from Dehradun city.

(This is just a rough idea on flights / please check with airline for current flight schedules)

By Rail – Dehradun is well connected to Delhi by daily service of Shatabdi Express and Mussoorie Express.

By Road – Dehradun is approx. 250 km by road from Delhi .

One can book for an overnight Uttarakhand Volvo bus, approx. 7 hrs (recommended)
or hire a cab from Delhi , approx. 6 hrs.

Reaching Pantwari

TRAILHIKERS provides transport from Dehradun to Pantwari for all trekking group departures. However, if for some reason trekkers want to reach Pantwari on their own, they can to so using public or private transport. The road from Dehradun to Pantwari is an fairly good condition especially the 16 km stretch from Nainbagh to Pantwari.

BUS : One can take an early morning bus from the Hill Depot to Nainbagh which is about 35 kms from Mussoorie. From Nainbagh, you can take a shared jeep to Pantwari.

TAXI : One can hire a taxi from a taxi stand near the Hill Depot, directly for Pantwari. By taxi you can reach Pantwari in 3 hrs, which is about 96 kms from Dehradun.

Try to leave Dehradun by 7 am so that you can reach Pantwari by 11 am. (recommended)

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Trek Cost

 3,650* per person

01 Night / 02 Days

(Dehradun to Dehradun)

* 5% GST applicable on trek charges 

Trek Dates

Custom dates available for group of minimum 5-7 pax

Custom dates available for group of minimum 5-7 pax

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Dehradun – Pantwari – Nag Tibba base
Drive: 96 km/3 hrs Trek: 7 km Time: 4-5 hrs Level: Moderate

Dehradun Pick Up : 7 am

Arrival in Pantwari : 10 am

1 hr for Breakfast/Freshen Up

Start trail at 11 am

Arrival at Campsite : 4:30 pm

Evening Tea / Snacks

Bonfire

Dinner at 8:30 pm

Day 2 Nag Tibba peak – Pantwari – Back to Dehradun
Trek: 2 km up + 9km down Time: 7-8 hrs Level: Easy Drive: 96 km/3 hrs

Wake Up time : 5:30 am

Morning Tea/Snacks : 6 am

Start trail to summit : 6:30 am

Reach Nag Tibba Peak : 10:30 am

Back to Nag Tibba base : 12 noon

Lunch

Head Back Pantwari : 1:30 pm

Reach Pantwari by 5 pm

END OF TRIP

Cab leaves for Dehradun 5:30 pm

Reach Dehradun by 8:30 pm

Quick Facts

  Duration
01 Night 02 Days

  Level
Easy-Moderate

  Ideal Season
Oct to Mar

  Distance
18 km

  Location
Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

FAQ’S

Who can do this trek ?

Nag Tibba trek is an ideal trek for beginners who are looking for a trail on an easy to moderate gradient. Any physically active & healthy person can do this trek.

How to physically prepare for this trek ?

The trek involves hiking almost 18 km in 2 days, so its better if you include jogging or walking in your daily routine at least a month before the trek. 

Is this trek suitable for kids ?

Nag Tibba trek is recommended for persons aged 7+ years. The trek involves at least 18 km of hiking which can be very strenuous for children below 7 years.

What is the best season to do this trek ?

The best season to do Nag Tibba trek is from October to March. Jan & Feb are best months if you want snow experience. 

What is the ideal duration for this trek ?

Ideal duration for this trek is 1 night 2 days from Dehradun. 

What Trekkers Say 

  • Day Hikes Mussoorie – 29th-31st Aug 2017

    ” We did 3 day hikes back to back in the Mussoorie region with TrailHikers – Benog Hill, Pari Tibba & the Village Trek. I must say it was a great outdoor experience for me & my friend. Mr. Manish was a great support as a guide & trek leader. Thanks TrailHikers for organizing such amazing day hikes for us. “

    Mr. Anand Mantri & Ms. Eva
  • Benog Hill Trek – 23rd Nov 2017

    ” Benog Hill is a great day hike on the outskirts of Mussoorie. It is a very pristine nature trail full of rich Himalayan flora & fauna. Benog Tibba is highly recommended if you want to flavour the taste of mountain hiking within 5-6 hours. Full marks to our trek guide Manish for being so insightful. The trek was well organized by TrailHikers ! “

    Ms. Shruthi Prabhu & friends
  • Nag Tibba Trek – 16th-17th Dec 2017

    ” Great trail organised by the very professional TrailHikers team. I ventured on this trek on 16th Dec just after season’s first snowfall in Nag Tibba region. Camping at the Nag Tibba base at 2,600 m was a unique Himalayan experience as we introduced our children the world of mountain hiking. All thanks to team TrailHikers ! “

    Mr. Jeff Martin & famliy

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