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Nag Tibba Trek: A Weekend Trek to the Serpent's Peak

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The Nag Tibba Trek is considered as a dream for every hiker! Not a very common trek, this climb is a perfect weekend getaway if you stay in and around Delhi. 9915ft. is the highest peak in this range of the Garhwal Himalayas. When you do this trek, you can see a lot of famous peaks – the Gangotri peak, the Bandarpoonch peak, Doon Valley, Changabang peaks and Kedarnath peak. The base of this trek can be reached by a jeep and thus it is possible to do this trek in 2 days. It's the perfect weekend trek that breaks the monotony and is a must for trekkers in and around Delhi.

A huge bonus of this trek is that the Thakoor Top and Parashar Lake Trek are also accessible from here!

Table of Content:

  • The Nag Tibba Trek: Overview
  • Touch of History
  • How to Reach
  • The Best Time to Visit
  • Discover the Journey
  • Cost Terms
  • Trekking Essentials
  • How to Get Fit for the Nag Tibba Trek
  • Backpacking Tips: Points to Remember for the Trek
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Summing Up

If you love trekking and nature is the love of your heart, then the Nag Tibba Trek is for you. With trails that lead you through mesmerising forests, chilling snow, and green pastures, this trek has some sort of magic that has the power to carry you into a different world.

The Nag Tibba Trek: Overview

  • Where it is Located: Uttarakhand
  • Number of Trekking Days: 2 Days
  • Trekking Grade: Easy – Moderate
  • Max. Altitude: 9,915 ft (3,220 m)
  • Total Trekking Distance: 20 km.
  • Livingit Rank: Enthusiast – Advanced
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Nag Tibba: A Dream Come True

This trek begins from the north east of Mussoorie in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan range and is also known as the Mountains of the Serpent. This place is of great sanctity as the locals here have been worshiping this place as they feel there is presence of the Snake God who, they believe, has been protecting them and their cattle.

This is an easy trek and is loved by veterans as well as amateurs. The visuals from the peak are pristine. The trail is marked by amazing flora and fauna and once you reach the top you can see a lot of snow-capped mountains, and lush green dense forests.

The starting point of this trek is from a village called Pantwari. This is a small hill station in Mussoorie. While reaching this village, you will come across many small and traditional villages like Kori, Bandsari, etc. The total distance from Pantwari village to the peak of Nag Tibba is 8 km. This walk is accompanied by dense forests filled with Oak and Deodar trees. This is a nature lovers’ paradise as along with the lush green dense forests you will also witness exotic range of wildlife here!

A Bit of History

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An Abode for Gods

This trek is in a place which is devoted to the Snake God (Naag Devta). The name of this trek is partially taken from the Snake God – Nag Tibba (Nag – snake & Tibba – small hill/peak).

The locals living around here come to this peak to worship the God and offer their prayers to him. This is mainly done because they feel that the god protects their cattle and them from all the wrong. This trek is on an attitude of 3048 mts. which is very adventurous for the budding trekkers as well as veterans. This region becomes very cold in the winters and the summers are extremely pleasant here. The place can be reached from Dehradun via road. There are three ways to do this trek one route from Devalsari and the other from Shrikot, Pantwari.

How to Reach

The Nag Tibba trek can be reached via three transport mediums – road ways, railways, and airways.

Roadways

As this trek lies in Mussoorie, the roadways connection is extremely good. You can take a lot of normal and luxury buses from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate Bus Stop in Mussoorie and can take your transport to other cities from here. The NH72 connects Dehradun to Nahan (95 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandigarh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Haridwar, which is at 54km from Dehradun. Dehradun is located at 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Dehradun to NH58 at Roorkee (67 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km).

Airways

The Jolly Grant Airport is located 60 km away from Mussoorie which is the nearest to the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun. You can book your car or take local taxis which are readily available from the airport to reach Mussoorie.

Railways

The nearest railway station to Mussoorie is the Dehardun station, which is about 40 km away. There are two daily running trains from Dehradun to Delhi and vice versa. These are the Shatabdi express and the Mussoori express. These trains can be booked and you can comfortably reach the Dehradun railway station from Delhi. There are many trains from Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata that can help you get here conveniently as well.

Alternate Routes

From Aunter:

This is a route that will take you via Thatyur to the horse trail near Aunter. From here you will have to walk to Aunter ridge which is on top. You will also see a stream on the way but you don’t need to cross it. On the right, you will see the Pali river. Walk along the river all the way up to Chhanni. This is a long but easy route that is mostly straight with slight slopes. You will find dense forests of Oak and Fir trees all along your way.

From Devalsari Village:

This is a small place which embarks the start of the Nag Tibba trek. This is one of the most common starting point for trekkers. Devalsari is around 50 km from Mussoorie. If you are coming from Delhi, Devalsari can be reached by taking an overnight bus to Mussoorie via Dehradun, Bansil and then to Devalsari. From here the Nag Tibba trek is only 10 km. If you start your trek from here, you will reach Oothad which is the start to the trek. You can refill your water bottles from the village here. This is a steep climb and is mostly deserted.

From Mangalori Village:

There are two ways to reach this village. You can get here either from Thatyur or via Nainbaugh. The route to Thatyur is steep and can be accessed via cars. You will have to cross the river Pali and make your way up north. This is a 2 hour climb you reach the horse trail. If you take the Nainbaugh route, you will have to drive for about 10 kms. to reach the southern face of the Nag Tibba trek which is the Panthwari village. You will not need a guide as this is a well-marked trail.

The Best Time to Visit

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Pretty in Every Season (Source)

This trek can be visited in the summers, monsoons or winters. If you are planning to visit it in the summer the best months are from April to June and the winter months are October to December. If you want to have fun in the snow and trek on snow blankets in the ‘Chopta’ region, the best months to visit the Nag Tibba trek are January to March.

  • Summer

The Nag Tibba summers are extremely pleasant. When you trek here in the summers you can see the glimpses of the Himalayas at a distance. Clear skies are what this place offers in the summers. Despite the months being warm there is always a cool breeze that is blowing here which is very comforting. The nights in the region can get cold so it is suggested that you carry light woollens to keep yourself warm. The average temperature for a summer day at Nag Tibba is 16 to 25 degrees celsius, while it can drop down to 8 degree celsius come nighttime.

  • Monsoons

If you do this trek in the monsoons you will fall in love with the greenery this place offers. The monsoons are heavy in this region and if you are rain lover then what better place to love your life and this trek even more. The temperature ranges from 14 to 18 degree celsius during the day, while it is as cold as 6 to 10 degree celsius at night. The hassle that adventurists face here is that the roads get blocked and hence it isn’t recommended to take the roadways in this season. Don’t forget to carry your raincoats to make this most of this memorable climb!

  • Winter

The Nag Tibba trek in the winter season is a delight. Calm surroundings and the chilled atmosphere is what this place promises to give you. While trekking here in this season, you will witness snowfall which is an extremely pretty sight and the views from the peak cannot be compared to any other close by treks in the same region. Always remember to carry woollens because this place has a very low temperature in this season and it is almost freezing in the peak months. During the day, the temperature ranges from 10 to 15 degree celsius, while it goes down to 0 to 5 degree celsius at night.

The Nag Tibba Trek: Discover the Journey

The Nag Tibba trek is a 2-day trek and takes about 12 hours to get completed.

Getting to the Base Camp via Panthwari

  • Altitude: 4,642 ft (Panthwari) and 7,627 ft (Camp 1)
  • Trek incline: This trek offers moderate slope. You will see continuous ascending trail and steep climbs every 30 minutes of this trek.
  • Water sources: Keep in mind to carry a lot of water from Panthwari itself. As this is a steep climb you will require it. The first water checkpost is around 45 minutes away from the start point and the second one is almost 2 hours away from here.
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The Beautiful Kempty Falls

It is an 85 km journey which can be completed in 4 hours from Dehradun railway station to Panthwari. On the road to Purola, you will cross over the Yamuna Bridge, Nainbagh, Mussoorie and Kempty falls. Once you reach the Nainbagh market, you should take the road on the right-hand side which goes upwards. This is called as the Nag Tibba road. Once you reach this road close to around 12 kms you should drive to reach the Panthwari village, the starting point of your trek.

To reach the Nag Tibba peak, you can take three routes. The shortest route is via the Panthwari village which is 8 kms. This is a cemented trail which leads you to the top via the heart of the village. As soon as you start the trek from this route on your left you will see the Nag Devta temple. As you cross this temple you will see a left bend to the trail and it will be replaced via big rocks now!

From here, another 10 minutes walk will lead you to a well-made road. You need to cross this road and find out the trail going upwards towards the peak. There will be three crossings that will come on your way here. The time between the first and the second crossing is close to 15 minutes. Once you reach the third crossing you will see the first water check post. Moving forward you will again reach a small road crossing which is the last one that leads to a small village. From here all you need to do is keep going up. It’s an easy and an enjoyable climb from here.

If you are facing the Panthwari village (that can be seen below when you climb) you will see the ridge that connects Nag Tibba. Walk for about 20 more minutes and then climb the hill from the left. There is a shortcut that is available too if you climb straight up and avoid the left. You will reach a T section in the trail after a stiff climb. From here, take the right and walk further for about 30 minutes.

From here the trail gets easier and just after a while you will reach the second water check post. You again need to look for the reservoir. The view from here is enchanting. From here you can see the left side of the hill too, for the very first time!

Once you cross from here you will see the dense forests. Again, you must do a 30-minute steep climb. The trails aren’t defined and you need to move zigzag upwards. Keep to your right and after walking for a short duration you will be able to see a campsite.

Camp 1 to Nag Tibba Summit via Nag Tibba Base; return to Panthwari and drive back to Dehradun

  • Altitude: 7,627 ft to 9,915 ft
  • Distance: 3 km to summit, 8 km descent
  • Trek incline: Moderate. This is a gradual ascent to Nag Tibba base with a 10-minute steep section followed by a steep climb to the summit.
  • Water sources: Carry at least 2 litres of water before you leave Camp 1

It is recommended that you wake up early as this is a long climb. From Camp 1, you should go straight inside the dense forests. Most of this trail is covered by the dense Oak and Deodar trees but the trail is well defined. But if you are doing this trek in the months of January and February, you cannot see the trail due to heavy snowfall.

From here you will take around 60 minutes to reach the Nag Tibba base. It is not a very steep decline. At the Nag Tibba base you will see a huge temple which is dedicated to the Nag Devata.

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A View of Garhwal (Source)

The Garhwal peaks are visible from the forests itself. If you are doing this trek in the winter, you will see a lot of snow here. Once you are about to reach the end of the trek you will come across a steep incline. As the forests are very dense there is hardly any sunlight here and so the snow of this region doesn’t melt. It is advised to have a guide to understand this trail and connect you with the correct routes.

This is the most challenging region of the trek as it is only covered with a lot of snow. You will take around 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the summit from here but it is a straight route. There is a flag right on the top of the summit called as ‘Jhandi’. When you reach here and look down on the other side you will see the views of Devalsari and Deolsari village.

On the left side from this point you will see the magnificient Himalayan ranges of Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikanta, and Gangotri. The downhill is the same stretch that you have taken to reach this point. This is about 10 kms long. If you want to see the pretty sunset at Panthwari, you need to walk down fast. You can return to Dehradun with the local transport or drive till the airport or railway station.

Cost Terms

The cost terms and what is included and excluded from the package differs from agency to agency and the type of package you choose. If you are headed on you own, the costs would differ to quite an extent. Here is a generic list of the inclusions and exclusions for the Nag Tibba Trek:

Inclusions

  • Stay
  • Trekking Permits
  • Mules (to carry the central equipments)
  • Medical kits and first aid
  • Transportation: Dehradun to Panthwari and return journey
  • Meals on the trek only
  • Tents
  • Mattress
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Toilet tent
  • Utensils
  • Kitchen and dining tent

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses
  • Mules for personal luggage
  • Meals during transit from one destination to another

Packing Checklist

It is obvious that you shouldn’t go to a trek unprepared. There is always a list of things you should carry with you for a trek. Let’s take a quick look at those.

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Packing up for an Adventure!

Essentials

  • Backpack (25 – 30 litres): Nag Tibba trek is a 2-day trek and a sturdy backpack is of utmost importance. Make sure that the backpack has a rain cover to it.
  • Trekking shoes: This is a rough terrain and it is always important to wear nicely gripped shoes. Regular sports shoes might not be of good use here.
  • You can also carry a trekking pole with you if you like.

Clothing

  • Thermals: This place could get cold in the night and to keep yourself extra warm you can wear or carry thermals.
  • A trek pant: Wearing lightweight and comfortable clothing is important when you trek. A pair of trek pants is more than enough for this trek. You can carry an extra pair just in case it rains.
  • Warm clothes: This is necessary when you are trekking in the winters! The maximum altitude that you will reach on this trek is of 9914 ft. You will need two fleece jackets and one well-padded sweater / jacket to keep yourself warm here. If you are trekking in non-winter months then 2 light weight jackets are also fine.
  • Tees/T-shirts: It’s important to carry a minimum of two light weight tees or collared t-shirts. A full sleeve one will be an ideal choice here so that you are protected from the sunburn.

Accessories

  • Pair of Socks: If you are trekking in the winters don’t forget to carry woollen socks other than the regular sport socks. The feet get very cold and woollen socks are a must.
  • Torch: This is a mandatory item that should be a part of any trekking list. Always carry a torch with extra batteries when you are going on an overnight trek.
  • Cap: A sun cap will help you avoid the sun and will make your trek more comfortable. This will also not let you tan as much as a bear head. You should also carry a woollen cap so that you stay warm in the night as the temperatures do drop!
  • Sun glasses: Sunglasses are always recommended to be carried to avoid snow blindness. As this place as a patch that is always covered with snow, it is advised to carry sunglasses with a good UV protection.
  • Hand Gloves: Fleece or woollen hand gloves would be carried so that your hands stay warm and don’t get numb because of the cold.

Other Essentials

  • Cutlery: Carry a plate, spoon, glass and a lunch box with you.
  • Water Bottles: Carry your own water bottle when you trek. A minimum of 2 litres of personal water is recommended to be carried when you do the Nag Tibba trek.
  • Toiletries: Towel, sunscreen, toothpaste, toothbrush, lip balm, moisturizers, hand sanitizers and toilet paper are all the essential toiletries which you need to carry on this trek.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  • Moov or Relispray for sprains and common aches
  • Avil 25mg for allergies
  • Crocin for fever
  • Diamox for prevention of AMS
  • Avomine for prevention of motion sickness
  • A small cotton balls
  • Small gauze rolls
  • Crepe Bandage
  • Combiflam
  • Omez for prevention of acidity
  • Band Aid

How to Get Fit for the Nag Tibba Trek

This is an easy to moderate trek and doesn’t require a lot of pre-trek fitness but if you are doing this trek in the winters it can get challenging.

This trek requires a good cardio endurance so that you can complete it properly. You can start your prep by cycling, swimming or jogging for an hour daily some weeks before your trek. Your exercise should be a mix of speed and target achieving activities. If you are planning to jog, you should be able to complete 5 km in 30 minutes. You also need to do strength training before you start your trek. You can also do sets of squats regularly so that you build strength in your legs which will make your walk through the snow. You can start with some Yoga activities as well so that you build on the flexibility of your body.

Backpacking Tips: Points to Remember for the Trek

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Making Memories, With Care

There are some things that you need to remember no matter what trek you’re going on. Let’s look at some of the essential ones.

  • The first, unspoken rule amongst trekkers is simple: Do not litter. The places you visit on treks are known for their natural beauty. Also, the wildlife in that area, sometimes entire ecosystems, depends on these places. So it is important that you don’t litter the place. In fact, carry garbage bags with you, not only to carry your litter but any litter you see on the way.
  • Another important thing to keep in mind is to always listen to your instructors. These people are experienced and they know what they’re doing.
  • Always carry your own medical kit, even if the travel agency is providing you one.
  • Most treks take you through heavy snow, forests or rocky areas, where it is easy to get lost. So it is advised that you always have a partner with you. Even if you’re travelling alone, stick to a group or a person who you’re comfortable with.
  • Always carry a map of the area. You can buy one at the base camp or a nearby city.
  • Irrespective of whether you’ve just bought it or you’ve been using it for a while, always test all your gear before leaving for the trek. You don’t want to be stuck on a cold night with a broken tent, or find out you have a frayed rope halfway up the climb, do you?
  • No matter how tempting, please do not consume alcohol or other intoxicants on or before the trek. You want to be as focused as you can while trudging through the snow or climbing up steep, slippery hills.
  • Always consult a doctor before going on any trek, even if you feel as fit as a fiddle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s quickly go over the basic questions and get them answered.

  1. What is the accommodation in this trek?

The accommodation which is available in this trek is in the form of tents. The tent can accommodate a maximum of 3 persons and will be shared amongst the trekkers.

  1. Will we be provided with sleeping bags and tents?

Yes, the tents and the sleeping bags will be provided. The type of tents and sleeping bags which are provided can take up temperatures as low as -10 degrees.

  1. What is the expected temperature range of this region?

The temperature in this trek is mostly pleasant depending on the season you choose to go. The afternoon to evening temperature ranges from 24 – 25 degrees Celsius and the nights go to 11 to 15 degrees Celsius. The winter temperatures are much lower than this.

  1. Can one see snow while trekking?

Yes, if you are trekking from January to April, you will see a lot of snow. If you choose to trek between January and February you will see snow as high as 2 feet.

  1. Are there good places to visit in Delhi?

Delhi has a host of different tourist destinations. So, if you’re going for the nag tibba trek via Delhi and happen to have a day to spare in the capital, you can visit places like the Red Fort, Qtub Minar, the Lotus Temple, etc. You can also visit the ever-busy Chandni Chowk or the fascinating National Gallery of Modern Arts.

  1. What if it starts to rain while trekking?

As planned, you can continue and should continue to trek if it begins to rain. Carry a rain coat when you do the Nag Tibba trek. Make sure that your back pack also has a rain cover so that it is safe. If there are heavy rains you can stop for a while with the people around you and enjoy the monsoons and views! The tents that will be provided to you are also waterproof so that you stay dry when inside.

  1. How can we reach the Panthwari village?

You can reach Panthwari from Dehradun. Dehradun can be reached by roadways, railways or airways from Delhi and other major cities.

  1. What is the best time to do this trek?

The beauty of this trek is that it can be done in any season! If you want to enjoy the summers and pristine beauties with a pleasant atmosphere this is a good trek! For snow lovers, this trek is a paradise! Snow-capped mountains and trails is what this trek offers when you do it in the month of January and February.

  1. How safe is the Nag Tibba Trek?

This trek is one of the safest. It is quite close to the cities of Dehradun and Mussoorie and doesn’t have a history of floods or landslides. That being said, it is better to take all safety precautions.

  1. When to book the tickets?

For any trek, or any vacation in general, it is better to book your tickets at least 3 months in advance so that you get enough time to prepare for it.

  1. Can first timers do this trek?

Yes, this is a great trek for a first timer.

  1. Are there any other treks that can be done if not Nag Tibba trek?

You can do the Parashar Lake trek and the Thakoor top trek if you don’t want to do the Nag Tibba trek. These too are a good weekend getaway and are easily accessible via Delhi.

  1. Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

You will get good network up till Mussoorie. There is no connectivity or electricity on the trek.

Summing Up

The Nag Tibba trek is a life time experience and you will cherish the memories of this enchanting trek forever. Giving the best of both worlds, rich in flora and fauna and mesmerizing views, this trek is a delight and a must do in any hikers list. The most amazing part about this trek is that you can plan on doing it at any time of the year and the experience will always be very pleasing and different.

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A Quick Getaway

The Nag Tibba trek is a short and easy weekend trek near Mussorrie. Nag Tibba Trek is an ideal weekend trek which can easily covered over any extended weekend. So, get your calendars out and spot those long weekends!

Plan this trip with your folks soon and enjoy the Serpent's Peak to the fullest.

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