Nag Tibba Trek Guide

Nag Tibba Trek Guide

A Complete Trekking Guide To Nag Tibba

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Nag Tibba Trek Guide 

A complete trek guide to Nag Tibba, this travelogue provides all necessary information about how to do Nag Tibba trek on your own. Just read on & get equiped with the most accurate & handy information about the starting point, availablity of guides & porters, packed food for trail, weather, trek equipment so that you don’t have to depend on any trek operator and just embark on a unique mountain adventure called Nag Tibba.

Nag Tibba peak, situated in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, is fast becoming an ideal weekend trek near Mussoorie for the adventure lovers in North India, especially of Delhi & NCR region. The fact that one can have an evening coffee on Friday in Delhi, be the Nag Tibba summit on Sunday morning and can have a breakfast in Delhi on Monday morning, makes Nag Tibba trek, a perfect weekend trip near Mussoorie.

Nag Tibba Trek Guide gives you a complete, accurate and latest information about how one can do / plan this trek on their own. This Trek Guide covers the details of the Nag Tibba trek from the Pantwari side, as it is the ideal route to do it as a weekend trek. Our adventure team regularly explores this trail alongwith the trekkers. We have tried to make this trek guide as accurate as possible.

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Scenic Dehradun

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Arrival In Dehradun 

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

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Nag Tibba Trek Itinerary

Weather

Weather

In January, the weather in Dehradun is pretty cold with min. temperatures dipping upto 3-4 degrees Celsius at night, this is because of the frequent snowfalls in the higher Himalayan region directly affect Doon Valley’s climate. The Nag Tibba range receives good snowfall in the months of Jan/Feb. So there are high chances of snow beyond Nag Tibba Base (2600m).

Did You Know ?
Dehradun has a unique & pleasant weather due to its proximity to the Shivalik mountains. The famous hill station Mussoorie is just 35 km (1 hr drive) uphill from Dehradun.

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Village Pantwari

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Reaching Pantwari

Day 1 : Reach the Mussoorie Bus Stand or Hill Depot near Dehradun Railway station in the early hours. There is also a big taxi stand here:

Travel Options for 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)

Did You Know

State transport buses don’t ply in the hilly region after 4 pm. Its better to catch an early morning bus to Nainbagh

Start From Pantwari

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There are a couple of good tea / fast food shops in Pantwari where you can have paranthas or maggi for breakfast and also get “poori-sabzi” packed for your lunch break up in the mountains. If you have bulky backpacks or trek equipment, you can also hire mule (called “khacchar” locally) from here. Hiring a local guide is advisable but if you are hiring a mule then it not necessary as the mule owner doubles up as a guide. Though, for big groups, a trek guide is a must.

Start the trek by walking on the main road of the village till about 100 metres, when you find a right turn that goes straight up into the village. After ascending for about 50 metres, you’ll reach a big cemented gate which welcomes you to “Gramsabha Banasari”, the entry to Pantwari’s twin village Banasari. In fact, village Banasari is the actual starting point of the trek. As you cross the gate you’ll see two temples to your left – one of Maa Bhavani and a small one dedicated to Nag Devta.

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Village Banasari

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After a moderate ascent of 10 mins, you’ll reach a water tank and then a ‘kuccha’ motorable road. Just across the road, there is a trail going up the mountain, take that. At this point you will get a good aerial view of Pantwari village down the valley. Walk on a zig zag trail with regular flat patches for 25-30 mins till you reach a point where this trail bifurcates into two – one goes to the north and the other to the south. Take the south one. In 5-7 mins you’ll walk past a small fodder house on your left. In a few minutes you’ll start ascending a zig zag path on a grassy mountain. In about 15-20 mins, you’ll reach a level platform in the shade of huge trees where there is also a water tank in which water is fed by a running pipe. One can sit and relax in this shady place and also fill water bottle.

Just towards a little left of this point, a zig zag trail which starts near a cattle shed, goes up the mountain. Take this path and after a moderate ascent of 15-20 mins, you’ll reach an almost flat path which heads south. On your left are the grassy mountains and on your right is an amazing view of the valley and forested mountains across it.

Relax Points On Trail

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There are some amazing relax points on the Nag Tibba trail which will compel you to stop over & relax in the lap of nature. You will appreciate the shade of the trees on a scorching day, the ringing cow bells will give you a soothing feeling & quench your thirst from a natural water source.

Did You Know

– The first rest point on Nag Tibba trek has a huge tree shade & a crystal clear water source
– The next best rest point is Buranstikhol which has a water source & panoramic views
– Natural water sources in the mountains are actually underground water channels which find an opening in the mountain rocks
– Water from natural source is rich in essential minerals and is much better than bottled mineral water
– Water flow in these natural sources increases manny fold during rainy season due to the absorption of water by the mountains

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Scenic Valley Views

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After about an hour of walking on this flat patch which does have some moderate ascents as well, you’ll see a forested mountain with an almost flat ‘plateau’ like top. When you walk a little more, you’ll notice some village huts and cattle sheds built on it. In a couple of mins you’ll walk past some village houses on your left and reach the point where the forest trail begins. From here, you will get a first glimpse of the forest ahead. One can sit in the shady trees beyond a water ‘haudi’ on the right side of the trail before beginning the jungle ascent.

Did You Know 

– Village Pantwari is located an an altitude of 1,350 m
– The first 2.5 km of high gradient rocky trail takes you to an altitude of 2,000 m within 1.5 hour of hiking
– In fact the first patch of rocky trail is the only tough part of Nag Tibba trek and beyond that its just a forest walk on an easy gradient
– There are 3 natural water sources on the first 2.5 km of the trek
– TrailHikers offer some amazing village homestays near village Pantwari

Forest Trails

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Start of the forest trail

The trail enters moderately in the forest and after a hike of 15-20 mins, you reach the first big grassy clearing with valley views to the south. The trail from here again enters a forest patch and in about 25-30 mins of hike you’ll reach an almost flat path of about 100-120 metres which opens up in a second huge grassy clearing which is an ideal campsite but doesn’t have water nearby.

Did You Know

– Nag Tibba mountain has some of most dense forests in Uttarakhand
– Rhododendron trees are found here in abundance, the flowers of which are you to make a refreshing juice called “Buraans”
– Forest in this region is mix of deodar & banjh trees
– Himalayan herbs like ashwagandha, vajradanti are found on the higher reaches
– Forest in this region are home to Himalayan eagle “Griffon”, wild fox, Himalayan black bear & leopard

Kathian Campsite

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Altitude – 2,250 m

A huge grassy clearing with amazing views of nearby forests & Himalayan peaks, Kathian is an ideal campsite, especially if you are planning to trek to Nag Tibba base on day 2.

After this grassy clearing, the trail again enters a dense forest. From here, its almost an hour’s hike to the Nag Tibba base. As you hike on this trail for 30 mins, a third big grassy clearing comes which again leads to the forest. After about 30-35 mins of a hike on a very moderate gradient, you’ll reach a huge ground like flat grassy patch with a visible big cemented hut like structure (constructed by the locals). Atlast you have reached the Nag Tibba base. This is your campsite for Day One for the Nag Tibba trek.

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Nag Tibba Base

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Setting up Camping Tents

There are many flat patches at this place where you can pitch your tents, but we would recommend you pitch your tents to the left side just beside the cemented hut (if its not already taken).

Drinking Water

Water for drinking & cooking purposes can be fetched from a water body near Nag Devta temple, which is just about 200 metres away. Its good to carry small buckets to fill water.

Bonfire

If you are visiting Nag Tibba in the winter months (Nov-March), then a bonfire is a must. If you have a guide or mule guy with you, he’ll arrange or collect the firewood otherwise there is plenty of drywood around in the winter months which you can collect yourself !

Have a freshly cooked meal around the bonfire and beneath the stars and then huddle into your tents for a well-earned sleep !

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Nag Tibba Village Homestay

Climb Nag Tibba Peak

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Wake up early morning to the chirping birds and an enchanting view of the mountains around, bathing in the rising sun. Look towards east and you’ll see the Nag Tibba massiff, the mountain that you’ll climb in a few hours. Try to have an early breakfast and start the trek for the Nag Tibba summit by 8 am.

A rocky trail that starts just few metres from the cemented hut takes you straight to the Nag Tibba peak. Just as you start this trail, look towards your left, you’ll see the first glimpse of the higher Himalayan peaks between the gaps in the trees. After about 100 metres this trail enters a forest which is full of chirping birds and beautiful fauna. In about 30 mins of hike on a moderate gradient you’ll reach a big clearing in the forest which is usually snow covered in months of Jan & Feb.

Did You Know

– Nag Devta is worshipped by the locals for the protection of their grop & cattle
– Highly skilled nomads called Gujjars come to Nag Tibba mountain during summer months to graze their goats & buffalos

Nag Tibba 3,022 m

Nag Tibba

A further one hour hike through the dense forest will bring you to a ridge with steep falls on eastern side. Climb this ridge and in 10 mins you’ll reach an almost flat path which leads to the Nag Tibba peak or “Jhandi” (local name). As you walk about 50 metres towards east on this path, you’ll see a ‘Jhandi’ tied over a wooden pole. You have reached the Nag Tibba peak, which at 9915 ft (3022m), is the highest peak in the Nag Tibba range of mountains. From here you can witness a 180 degree panoramic view of the higher Himalayan peaks like Bandarpoonchh, Swargarohini, Kalanag, Kedarnath, Chanabang & Gangotri group of peaks.

Photo 11 Nag Tibba summit

You can now descend back to the Nag Tibba base in about 1 hour. If you reach the summit at 10 am, you can easily start to descend at 10:30 am. So you can be back at the Nag Tibba base by 11:30 am. Have lunch & take a little rest there and pack your stuff. Start to descend at around 12:30 pm. Retrace your steps through the same trail to reach Pantwari at around 3 pm. You can have a refreshment at a fast food shop in Pantwari.

If you leave Pantwari by 3:30 pm in your booked taxi, you’ll reach Dehradun by 6:30 pm. From here you can hire a taxi or take an overnight Volvo bus to Delhi.

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