Nag Tibba Trek Guide – 2018
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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Why choose Nag Tibba trek ?
Nag Tibba peak received fresh snowfall on 21st March 2018. The upper reaches of the mountain were covered with a white carpet of snow. Weather forecasts predict more snowfall in the coming days.
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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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 & qeunch your thirst from a natural water source.
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.
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 ?
– 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 easy forest walk on an easy gradient
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.
Did You Know ?
– 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
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).
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
Day 1 : Pantwari – Nag Tibba Vilage Huts™ / Campsite (5 km trek approx.)
Pick up from Dehradun at 7 am. Arrival at Pantwari by 10:30 am (take an overnight volvo/cab from Delhi to Dehradun). Trekkers can also drive or take a cab upto the Pantwari village via Mussoorie and Nainbagh and reach Pantwari by 10:30 am. After a little rest and refreshments, the trekkers start the trek from Pantwari to Nag Tibba base, our camping site. Reach the Nag Tibba base in the evening by 5 pm and learn the skills of pitching tents by our trek experts. Enjoy a hot cup of tea/coffee with yummy snacks and explore the scenic campsite for wild life (especially birds), photography and lots more ! Have your dinner beneath the stars and around a bonfire and sneak into your camps for a well-deserved sleep !
Day 2 : Nag Tibba Base – Nag Tibba Top – Nag Tibba Base – Pantwari (12 km trek approx.)
After an early breakfast served at 7 am, trekkers start to trek for the Nag Tibba summit (3,022m). Reach Nag Tibba top at around 10:30 am and witness the stunning views of the higher Himalayan peaks : Swargarohini, Bandarpoonchh, Kedarnath, Kala Nag, Gangotri and many other beautiful peaks. Enjoy your lunch at the summit and after that trail down towards scenic Teva village. Get surprisingly contrast views from the previous day and walk through the dense forests & rare wildlife to reach the picturesque Teva village. Take a dip into the river flowing by and get your energy back from its crystal clear water. In the evening, trekkers are driven upto Dehradun, from where they have an option to take an overnight train or a volvo bus to Delhi.
Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Level: Easy to Moderate
Trekking Distance: 17-18 km (approx.)
Location: East of Mussoorie
Ideal Season: All year round except July/Aug
Maximum Altitude: 9,915ft at the Nag Tibba summit !
Accomodation: Dome tents / Village Huts™
Food: All vegetarian 3 meals per day plus snacks !
Starting Point: Pantwari
End Point: Pantwari
₹ 3,650 per person
(1 night / 2 days Ex Dehradun)
5% GST is applicable on trek charges
Custom dates available for group of min. 5 pax
Dehradun Pick Up : 6:30 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 Campsite : 1:00 pm
Head Back Pantwari : 1:30 pm
Reach Pantwari by 4 pm
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Cab leaves for Dehradun 5:00 pm
Reach Dehradun by 8:30 pm
What 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 :
Mountains get quite cold in the evening/night so be properly equipped :
– 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 )
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 trek can be done in 1 nights 2 days from village Pantwari.
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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. “
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 ! “
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 ! “