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Nag Tibba Trek

(14 Reviews)

Duration – 1N2D

Max Altitude – 9,915 ft

Level – Easy

Distance – 18 km

Base Camp – Pantwari

Stay Type – Camps

Season – All Year

Min Age – 5+

 

Nag Tibba Trek Cost

₹2,999/- per person
Dehradun to Dehradun

5% GST applicable

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Tour Details

The Best Weekend Trek near Mussoorie

Nag Tibba Trek offers a great mountain camping experience and snow trail. Our campsites provide breathtaking views of the forest canopy and Himalayas, perfect for bird watching & photography. Nag Tibba offers scenic and pristine camping on snow covered meadows. The trek gives you an adventurous opportunity to climb the Nag Tibba peak (9,915 feet) which is the highest in the lower Garhwal mountain range of the Himalayas.

TrailHikers invites you to the Nag Tibba Trek in Winter 2023. 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 savor 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 !

Who can do Nag Tibba trek ?

Nag Tibba snow trek 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 savor the taste of a Himalayan trail in 2 days. The minimum recommended age group for the trek is 7+ years.

Starting Point

Village Pantwari (96 km / 3 hrs from Dehradun)

Nearest Roadhead

Village Pantwari

Nearest Railhead

Dehradun Railway Station

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant near Dehradun

What To Expect

Many Reasons To Do Nag Tibba Winter 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 winter trek 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

The 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

In the beginning, 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.

Forest Camping

Nag Tibba 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

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.

Price Inclusions

  • all veg snacks & meals during trek
  • camp stay for 1 night (3 per tent)
  • services of trek leaders, trek guides, cook, helpers
  • forest trekking / camping permits
  • camping equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bags etc.)
  • transport from Dehradun / Mussoorie to trek base & vice versa ( taxi / cabs from local travel vendors ) - Ex DEHRADUN package only

Price Exclusions

  • any kind of personal expense on food or medicines
  • any kind of travel, lodging or medical cost incurred in case a trekker decides to drop out of the trek
  • any kind of hotel or lodge stay
  • bonfire charges ₹ 50/- per person payable in cash at campsite
  • porter charges apply in case a trekker is unable to carry his / her backpack & wants to offload it on mule / porter (₹ 250-300 per backpack per day)
  • any thing which is not mentioned in the inclusions
Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun - Pantwari - Nag Tibba BaseDrive: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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: Base - Nag Tibba peak - Pantwari - Back to DehradunTrek: 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.

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.

Nag Tibba Trek Guide

Do It Yourself Guide For Trekkers

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.

 

Arrival In Dehradun

How to Reach
nag tibba trek guide

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

Weather

Temperature, Rainfall at Nag Tibba

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.

Reaching Pantwari

Starting point of Nag Tibba trek
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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 km 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

Nag Tibba From Pantwari

Starting the trek
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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.

Village Bandasari

The twin village of Pantwari
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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

Shady water sources on the way
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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

Valley Views At Nag Tibba

Scenic valley views on trail
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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 Trail On Nag Tibba

Full of rich flora & fauna
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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

Best campsite on Nag Tibba trail
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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.

Nag Tibba Base

Beautiful campsite & Nag Devta temple
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Altitude – 2,600 m

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 !

Climbing Nag Tibba Peak

The final 1.5 km ascend to 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 crop & cattle
– Highly skilled nomads called Gujjars come to Nag Tibba mountain during summer months to graze their goats & buffalos

Nag Tibba Summit 3,022 m

Highest peak in Shivalik range
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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.

Nag Tibba Campsites

1. Buranstikhol (1,900 m)

Buranstikhol is a huge flat clearing which is about 3 km from village Pantwari. It is located about 50 metre below to the left of the Nag Tibba trail, the point at which the actual forest path starts. Located at at altitude of around 1,900 m, it is an ideal campsite for winter season and for trekkers who are on a 3 day itinerary for Nag Tibba winter trek. Buranstikhol gives splendid views of the higher Himalayas to the north and forest views to the east.

Why Camp At Buranstikhol ?

  • Huge flat grassy clearing which is ideal for pitching camping tents
  • Piped water source is just 50 metre from the campsite
  • Ideal for winter season when there is snow on the upper reaches of Nag Tibba mountain
  • Nearby village huts where villagers live with their livestock – so you have access to village people in case of emergency
  • Awesome views of the higher Himalayan mountains

2. Kathian (2,250 m)

Kathian is the best and most recommended campsite on the Nag Tibba trail. Situated at an altitude of approx. 2,250 metre, Kathian is a huge rectangular grassy clearing which appears to be located on the edge of a mountain. It is almost half way to the Nag Tibba summit which makes it an ideal halt logistically. Also when there is heavy snow on the Nag Tibba base during winter months (Jan-Mar), Kathian naturally becomes the most preferred campsite for all.

Why Camp at Kathian ?

  • Large grassy clearing amidst forest, ideal for big camping groups
  • Natural water source just 75 metre from campsite
  • Perfect for winter season to avoid heavy snow
  • Located half way to the Nag Tibba peak, with picturesuqe treeline
  • Eye soothing views of Himalayan flora and fauna

3. Nag Tibba Base (2,600 m)

Nag Tibba base (2,600m) is located 7 km from Pantwari and 2 km from the Nag Tibba peak (3,022m). One has to hike through the 3 km dense forest trail beyond Kathian to reach the huge clearing called Nag Tibba base. Nag Devta temple is located on the northern edge of the base. The temple is dedicated to Nag Devta or “Snake God” which is worshipped by the locals who pray for the protection of their crop and cattle. Nag Tibba base also has a cemented hut made by the forest department. At Nag Tibba base, on one can view the Nag Tibba massif to the north and dense forest in all other directions. At night, one can catch a glimpse of wild foxes in the nearby jungle with their eyes shining bright. Often, wild foxes venture near campsite at night to scavenge for food.

Why Camp at Nag Tibba base ?

  • Huge grassy clearing to set up campsite for big groups
  • Natural water source at Nag Devta temple
  • Ideal campsite for summer season
  • Short distance to Nag Tibba summit
  • Views of dense forest & wildlife
  • Learn more about camping in our guide to Hiking & Camping Tips

Nag Tibba from Delhi

Nag Tibba is undoubtedly the best doable weekend trek from Delhi or the NCR region. One can take an overnight Volvo bus from Delhi to Dehradun on Friday night to reach Dehradun by 5:30 am. Make sure you book the Uttarakhand Transport Volvo ( https://utconline.uk.gov.in ) & not some private operator. Reach Dehradun by 5:30 am to join our pick up from Dehradun to Pantwari on Saturday morning scheduled at 6:30 am. Reach Pantwari,the starting point for Nag Tibba trek by 10 am, freshen up & start the trail. Do the trek on Saturday & Sunday and get back to Dehradun by 8:30 pm on Sunday evening. Take the night Volvo on Sunday night for Delhi. Reach Delhi by 5:30 am. Awesome right !

Nag Tibba Weather

The weather at Nag Tibba is just cool & pleasant all year round which makes it an ideal destination for trekking in any season. Winter season starts from October and lasts till March end. Days are warm with bright sunshine but nights are quite cold due to altitude & snow on the upper reaches of the mountain. Nag Tibba mountain receives its first snowfall in November end or early December. The mountain receives multiple snowfalls till almost March end which makes it snowbound for almost 4 months. December to February are the coldest months at Nag Tibba. Trekkers can enjoy a great snow trek during this time.

Nag Tibba Temperature

Day time temperatures at Nag Tibba range from 18°C to 25°C from October to March. At night the temperatures range from 10°C to -7°C depending on the altitude, snow & wind conditions. Nag Tibba base (2,600 m) is much colder as compared to the Kathian campsite which is located at around 2,200 m. If you are trekking up during the day time from Oct to Mar, you will feel very warm especially if its a bright sunny day. So its recommended to wear just a thick full sleeves t-shirt or light sweatshirt with a light track pant while trailing up on Day 1. However, when you reach the Nag Tibba base or Kathian campsite, temperature quickly falls after 4:00 pm. So put on the winter clothing as soon as you reach the campsite before you start shivering.

Nag Tibba Hotels

Nag Tibba trek starts from a small village Pantwari in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Village Pantwari has no hotels or guest houses as yet. But one can get a room for night stay in some village houses for around Rs 400-500 per night.

However, if you are coming to Nag Tibba a day or two prior to your trek date then you can choose to stay at some good hotels or lodges at Sumankyari or Nainbagh which are less than an hour’s drive from Pantwari (the starting point for the trek).

Here’s a list of some good hotels / guest houses near Nag Tibba :

1. Devbhoomi Hotel – Village Sumankyari (18 km / 40 minutes drive from Pantwari)

Tariff – Rs 800-1200 per night

2. Hotel Suman Palace – Sumankyari (18 km / 40 minutes drive from Pantwari)

Tariff – Rs 500-700 per night

3. PWD Guest House – Nainbagh (16 km / 40 minutes drive from Pantwari)

TrailHikers plans to open its own guest house or lodge exclusively for the trekkers coming for Nag Tibba trek.

Nag Tibba Trek Map

nag tibba trek map

FAQs

Is it necessary to hire a guide on this trek ?

Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for this trek whether you are trekking solo or in a group.

What is the best season for this trek ?

The best season for Nag Tibba trek is from October to March.

Is this trek suitable for kids ?

It is ideally recommended for 7+ age kids.

Is this trail safe for women & solo travelers ?

Yes, in fact all the Himalayan trails which start from small villages like Pantwari or Sankri are quite safe for women & solo travelers. People of the region are very warm, caring & hospitable in nature.

What type of accommodation is available during this trek ?

Camping tent accommodation (2-3 per tent).

Do we have to give tip money to guides / porters ?

Guides & porters in the region will never demand any tip money from you. They just need their daily wages paid by the trek operator. However, it is always encouraging if one can give a little tip to them if they provide good services.

Which currency is accepted during transit or in nearby villages on this trek ?

Indian currency is accepted

TrailHikers is taking all the precautionary measures & SOPs as per guidelines for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand state. Wearing of masks by camp / lodge staff, proper sanitisation of camping & trekking equipment. Our kitchen staff at campsite is taking extra care to deliver tasty & healthy meals by following proper sanitising practices. In fact, our team has devised a 7-point safety system to ensure the safety of all travelers. 

 COVID Safety Guidelines for Nag Tibba trek 

  • E-Pass registration on Dehradun Smart City portal (just takes 10-15 mins to register)
  • RT-PCR mandatory (should not be older than 72 hours of arrival in Uttarakhand) or vaccination (both doses)
  • Use mask during travel & in common areas in lodge / hotel stay on transit
  • Practice proper social-distancing while ordering or having meals at stopovers during road travel
  • Practice proper social-distancing while having meals on campsite at Nag Tibba base camp
  • Report any symptoms like fever, cough, breathlessness to our trek staff
  • Carry personal sanitizer & extra masks during trek
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Jayesh

Group Traveller

Nag Tibba was the first Himalayan trekking experience for all of us group of friends. We enjoyed the adventurous trek as well as camping at the base camp. Climbing the summit on Day 2 was the most thrilling & memorable experience of the Nag Tibba weekend trek. Our trek leader was very encouraging & supportive through out. We were served super tasty meals by the cook & the camp staff took great care of all of us. Looking forward to more treks with TrailHikers – Thanks so much

April 9, 2022

Mani

Group Traveller

I joined as a solo trekker for a fixed group departure for Nag Tibba trek. Initially, I was very skeptical about taking my first trek without any hiking experience, but I must say that TrailHikers made it all absolutely worthy. Right through initial briefing at Pantwari village, to trek guides & trek leader and campsite management – everything was extremely professionally managed. Even at high altitude camps, the camp staff provided us a nice variety of hot delicious vegetarian meals. High recommend TrailHikers team !

March 19, 2022

Yash

Group Traveller

I would hail the Nag Tibba trek as the best weekend Himalayan experience of my life. I along with my friend were actually planning a trek near Kasol in Himachal, but changed the plan as we had already done a couple of trails there. Nag Tibba was a wholesome experience in terms of a complete Himalayan winter trek. The trek offers everything – challenging trail in the beginning, eye soothing forest walk in the middle & snowcapped base and summit later. Of course, the trek experience was made more worth by the very professional trekking & camp team of TrailHikers – thanks a ton

March 12, 2022

P Sudhakar

Group Traveller

Awesome trek to Nag Tibba !!!

It was a awesome trip for our group. Nice trekking route . . . Finally when we reached to summit it was a amazing scenery and our special thanks to guide, cooks, and all other trek coordinating team. It was a unexpected to get such delicious food at such altitude. At night, we enjoyed with Bonfire….. The camping location was really different from other trekking groups. The trek staff was very warm and polite. I suggest people interested in snow trek to come trekking through the jungle route….. Plz do the Nag tibba trek with Trail Hikers… Thank u trail hikers !!!

December 27, 2020

Joseph

Family Traveller

Wonderful village stay, hiking experience to Nag Tibba region. Our village tour in the region was pretty awesome – organic local meals, warm village hospitality & amazing tour guides !

November 11, 2019
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