Nag Tibba Winter Trek 2018
Nag Tibba is an all season trek which offers something unique in every season – snow capped slopes in winters, cool forest breeze in summers & lush green scenery during monsoons. Nag Tibba trek package is one of the best weekend treks near Delhi-NCR which takes you to the 3,022 m high Nag Tibba peak, the highest in the Garhwal Himalayas. Camping in the mountains, scenic forest walks, rocky ridges & panoramic Himalayan views – Nag Tibba trek has it all ! Nag Tibba is a complete adventure trek destination whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker. Nag Tibba trek is a beginner’s trek but it can test your endurance level on the first 1.5 km rocky terrain & tricky gradient on the trail especially if you are hiking on a sunny day or in summers. But on the whole, Nag Tibba trek package is an excellent trek for starters who want to experience Himalayan trekking.
Why go for Nag Tibba ?
Nag Tibba mountain received season’s fresh snowfall on 21st March 2018. According to weather forecast there will be more snowfall in the Nag Tibba region in the following days !
Want to join Nag Tibba Snow Trek ?
Many Reasons To Do Nag Tibba
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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 winter trek package which includes services like – trek guides, cooks, camp accomodation, camp & trek equipment and transport from Dehradun to Pantwari.
Amazing Forest Trails
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.
Adventurous Rocky Terrain
In the beginning of the trek, Nag Tibba 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.
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.
Climbing the Nag Tibba peak (3,022m) on Day 2 is of course the best part of the Nag Tibba trek. 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.
Day 1 Dehradun-Pantwari-Nag Tibba Base
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.
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.
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.
Nag Tibba 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.
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.
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 Rodhodendron & 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.
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 Nag Tibba peak-Pantwari-Back to Dehradun
Trekkers are woken up at around 6 am, as per the trip schedule for Nag Tibba winter 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.
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.
1) 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.
2) Gym & Cardio
Doing light weight with high repetition along with 45 mins of cardio on a treadmill can equip your body muscles against fatigue, cramps & injuries.
3) Yoga & Pranayam
Doing yogasanas like sarvangasana, uttanpadasana & surya namaskar along with pranayam techiniques like Brahmari can work wonders for your fitness levels.
Travel Guide To Nag Tibba
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
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.
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).
Things To Carry
– A medium size backpack (for carrying essentials) max. 35-40 Ltr
– rain jacket / poncho ( it can rain any day in Mountains )
– a small hand towel
– a spare T-shirt & lower ( just in case you wanna change )
– sunscreen ( in case its sunny)
– a sun cap
– a personal torch (for camp tent)
– a proper water bottle ( must . . we try to avoid using disposable bottles on trails)
– a personal plate / spoon (must)
– a small poly bag for keeping all food/snack wrappers ( leave nothing on trails except your footprints 🙂
Clothing suggestions for the trail :
Hiking up the mountain during day time / in the sun will be quite hot & sweaty so use light & comfortable clothing.
– a loose / comfy long sleeve cotton t-shirt ( use light colored one )
– a good track pant / sports lower
– a sun cap
– good hiking shoes ( Quechua / Salomon etc. ) or good sport shoe will do ( Nike / Addidas )
SHOE SOLE MUST BE THICK & GRIPPY
Clothing Suggestions for Evening/Night at Campsite :
– woollen sweater / sweatshirt
– proper winter jacket ( not a bulky one )
– a warm woollen cap
– gloves ( optional )
– inner thermals ( keep them as you might feel cold at night )
Mountains get quite cold in the evening/night so be properly equipped.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can do this trek ?
Nag Tibba trek is an ideal beginner level Himalayan trek on an easy to moderate gradient. Any physically active & healthy person can do this trek.
How to physically prepare for this trek ?
Nag Tibba trek involves a total hiking of almost 18 km, 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 kids aged 7+ years. The trek can be done by any physically active kid.
What is the best season to do this trek ?
The best season to do Nag Tibba trek is October to March.
What is the ideal duration for this trek ?
Nag Tibba winter trek can be done in 1 nights 2 days from village Pantwari.
Level – Easy to Moderate
Duration – 1 night 2 days
Distance – 18 km (9km up + 9km down)
Location – Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Best Season – Sept to March
– all veg. meals & snacks on the trek
– forest camping permits
– camping tent accomodation for 1 night
– services of trek guides, cooks & helpers
– services of certified trek leaders
– transport from Dehradun to Pantwari & vice versa (on return)
– any kind of hotel / lodge accomodation
– any kind of personal expense on food or medicines
– any kind of travel, lodging or medical expense incurred in case a trekker drop out of the trek
– offloading of personal backpacks on porters / mules is chargeable @ 250/- per backpack per day
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
Dinner at 8:30 pm
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 Huts : 2 pm
Head Back Pantwari : 2:30 pm
Reach Pantwari by 5 pm
END OF TRIP
Cab leaves for Dehradun 5:30 pm
Reach Dehradun by 8:30 pm
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What Trekkers Say
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 ! “
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. “
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 ! “