Nag Tibba Trek

Duration
2 Days 1 Night
Trek Altitude
9,915 ft
Destination
Uttarakhand
Trek Distance
20 KM
Group Size
12
Best Time
All Year

Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba lies on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, northeast of Mussoorie, and is a popular trekking destination in India. This trek is one of the best short treks in Uttarakhand, India. The peak is at an altitude of 3,022 m and offers spectacular views of Mussoorie, Vikasnagar, the Banderpoonch range, and spurs created by the Yamuna River valley. Nag Tibba is a typical ridge peak on the Nag Tibba Range of the lower Himalayas, making it one of the popular spots for Nag Tibba trekking. In fact, along with the Pir Punjal and Dhauladhar, the Nag Tibba range forms one of the 3 main ranges of the lower Himalayas. The Nag Tibba trekking experience takes you through dense forests and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. It is mentioned in the very famous book '7 Years in Tibet' which chronicles the escape of Austrian climber Heinrich Harrer from the British jail into Tibet. The Nag Tibba trek is a must-do for all trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers who want to explore the beauty of the Nag Tibba valley.

Why to Choose Himalaya Shelter

 
Qualified and Experienced Trek Leaders
  • Every trek leader at Himalaya Shelter is not only passionate about mountains but also highly qualified. They have done intensive training such as Basic Mountaineering Course, Advanced Mountaineering Course, Search and Rescue Course, and First Aid Course. This wide range of training prepares them with the required knowledge and experience to handle any situations that may come up while trekking.
  • Our trek leaders have been to the trails multiple times before and know the local landscapes, weather conditions, and people well. You can trust that you are in capable hands with leaders who are not only passionate about the mountains but also equipped with the necessary expertise.
 
High Altitude Medical First Aid Kit
  • The kit we provide consists of all necessary medical supplies and equipment for altitude trekking. From emergency first aid training to dealing with altitude-related symptoms so much more, we are ready to respond quickly to different medical situations.
  • We know the difficulties of high altitude and to avoid any risks, we carry oxygen cylinders in every trek. This equipment proves to be a lifesaver in cases of altitude sickness or emergencies, giving instant relief to trekkers.
 
Small Group Sizes
  • Our commitment to keeping group sizes small, with a maximum of 12 trekkers, is rooted in the belief that this approach enhances the overall safety and well-being of every participant. Thus making our trek leaders experts who provide individual attention to each trekker and ensure incident prevention and safety protocols are followed thereby creating a more engaging and enjoyable trekking experience.
 
High-Quality Equipment
  • Himalaya Shelter is known for its high-quality trekking equipment and gear. From tents to safety harnesses, we make sure that all the equipment is of international safety standards and therefore reduce potential risks through the trek.
 

History of Nag Tibba Trek:

The Nag Tibba range gets its name from the temple dedicated to Nag Devta, a significant figure in Hindu mythology. Snakes have always held a crucial status in Hindu religion as they represent rebirth, death, and mortality, symbolically "reborn" with the shedding of their skin. In ancient times, religion and worship were responses to a way of life rather than a reason for existence, and snakes were given a cult status. In some places, snake gods are associated with fertility. In Hindu mythology, there are many snake god myths and iconographic symbols associated with them, such as Sheshnag (Vishnu's resting couch), Anantnag (the endless snake), Kaliya (Krishna's dance), Vasuki (churning of the ocean), Padmanabha (guardian snake, especially in South India), and Manasa Devi (snake goddess). For the villagers in the Nag Tibba valley, Nag Devta is the protector of their cattle and sheep, which are their biggest assets.

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Peaks visible from Nag Tibba, such as Bandarpunch Massif on the right & Swargarohini on the Left

 

Best time to do Nag Tibba Trek:-

Nag Tibba stands out as one of the shorter treks in Uttarakhand, nestled near the popular tourist destinations of Dehradun and Mussoorie, Queen of the Hills in India. Accessible throughout the year via road from Dehradun, it offers a unique experience in each season. Generally, the optimal time to visit the Nag Tibba Trek is between September and January. Throughout the year, Nag Tibba showcases distinct vistas, each with its own charm. In Summer: If you opt for a summer hike, you'll witness the mountains adorned in shades of yellow or brown due to the colder weather, which tends to scorch the grass on the slopes. In Monsoon: During the rainy season, Nag Tibba offers a lush green landscape with clouds drifting below as you ascend. The top offers an experience of fresh, crisp air, and breathtaking greenery. However, hiking during or after rain poses challenges as the trails might feature red soil, known to be slippery during both ascent and descent. In Winter: This trek ranks among the best top 5 winter treks in Uttarakhand. In the winter season, it transforms into a snow-covered wonderland, providing an enchanting camping experience amidst the pristine snow. Witnessing the sunrise and sunset from the campsite or the summit is truly majestic, with snow-clad mountains gracing the surroundings. The Nag Tibba Trek extends its warm welcome in every season, leaving the choice up to your preferences. Whether it's the allure of a quick day hike or an outdoor adventure, camping under the sky, or witnessing the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset, this trek has it all. It's an ideal destination for spending quality time with family within a short day, offering a beautiful experience in the lap of nature. Rhododendron arboreum The best period for observing the flower blooming of Rhododendron arboreum in the Nag Tibba area is usually during spring –from March to April. During this season, the forest turns into a cacophony of colors as wild species and sub-alpines position their colorful floras. Thus, the exquisite flowers not only present a sight of visual delight for human beings but also serve as a shelter to different birds and insects thus contributing towards the diversification of life on earth. Cultural Significance: The region had the zeal to have a cultural momentum and thus portrays that in its rhododendron. During this period, there are usually festivals that involve the local communities celebrating the season when flowers bloom because various products of these types count on us in myriads. It is medically known that the nectar of these flowers bears medical preparatives and, at times it may be used in some traditional remedies. The scenic Nag Tibba trek of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand not only provides an excellent view of the Himalayan from a great height but also to see the wonders and beauties found in nature like – landslides, boulders, etc. Arboreum Rhododendron is one of the typical mesmerization that comes with this Himalayan area.
 

Highlights of Nag Tibba Trek:-

The Nag Tibba Trek is a popular choice among the top 5 weekend treks in Uttarakhand, India. It is renowned for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, enchanting forests, and serene meadows. Here, we'll explore some of the captivating highlights that make the Nag Tibba Trek an unforgettable adventure:- Panoramic Himalayan Views: When you reach the summit of Nag Tibba, standing at an impressive elevation of 9,915 feet, you're treated to a magnificent spectacle of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks that surround you. Among them, Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikantha, and Gangotri are some of the notable peaks you can spot. The breathtaking panorama from this vantage point transforms the entire trek into an utterly rewarding experience. Easy to Moderate Difficulty: Designed to cater to both beginners and seasoned trekkers, the Nag Tibba Trek is celebrated for its manageable difficulty level. The ease of the trek is evident from the fact that many people choose it for their first solo trip and successfully complete it. The well-marked trails eliminate any technical challenges, ensuring accessibility without sacrificing the rewarding nature of the adventure. This characteristic makes it an ideal trek for those looking to embark on their first Himalayan expedition without compromising on the grandeur of the experience. Diverse Landscapes: One of the most captivating aspects of this trek is the ever-changing scenery that unfolds with each step. Traverse dense forests adorned with majestic oak and rhododendron trees, and then emerge into expansive meadows. It's like taking a journey through different types of nature, each with its own special charm. Weekend Getaway: The Nag Tibba Trek's allure is further heightened by its convenience as a weekend retreat, easily accessible from Delhi or Dehradun. With a duration of two or three days, this trek provides a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It's a refreshing journey that effortlessly combines adventure with moments of relaxation, providing participants with the opportunity to soak in the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas without the need for an extended time commitment. Camping Experience: Making the adventure even more exciting, the Nag Tibba Trek gives you a special chance to camp under the starry sky of the Himalayan night. Surrounded by Himalayan peaks, this camping experience adds a bit of magic to the journey, helping you feel a strong connection with nature. It's a time to relax, think, and really enjoy the untouched beauty that the Himalayas share with those who love to explore.

Nag Tibba Trek Itinerary

  • The journey starts early from Dehradun to avoid traffic towards Mussoorie and Kempty Falls.
  • The road leads downhill from Kempty Falls towards the Yamuna river bed and reaches the town of Nainbagh.
  • The route towards Yamunotri continues, while a narrower road leads uphill towards Pantwari village.
  • Gujjars with their domesticated sheep and goats are seen on hilltops.
  • Terraced farms and hill slopes are dotted with Bauhinia trees with their purple blossoms.
  • After a journey of three and a half hours, Pantwari village is reached, and the ascent to the camping site begins.
  • The trekking trail passes through wild territory, and flowers and birds are in abundance.
  • The trail is rather steep until the Goat Village on the left, which is an initiative started to sustain the Himalayan village’s way of living.
  • After the Goat Village, the trail enters a dense forest with plenty of Rhododendron trees with bright crimson red flowers.
  • The camping ground at Kathian is reached by late afternoon, and the sunset views are marvelous.
  • The camping ground is flush with mint leaves, which can be used to make a delightful brew of mint tea, or the Kandali shrub can be washed and cooked to form a tasty saag.
  • The sunset views from the campsite at Kathian are the highlight of the Nag Tibba trek, and the colors come out beautifully during the evening twilight hours.

  • We begin the second day with breakfast and a hike to Nag Devta temple.
  • The temple is not well-maintained and has a pujari who is occasionally present.
  • Locals frequently visit the temple to pay their respects.
  • There is a vast open space near the temple which is used as a grazing ground.
  • The Nag Tibba ridge is another hour’s journey ahead, and the vegetation changes from here.
  • The forests become dense and are dominated by oaks and rhododendrons.
  • The forest floor is damp, indicating the lack of sunlight.
  • This region is an ideal habitat for a variety of orchids to grow, but it is under anthropogenic pressure due to grazing, lopping of oaks, and trekking.
  • Various birds like the niltava and flameback woodpecker are seen in the barks of oak trees.
  • After returning to the campsite, we have lunch and head down to Pantwari village.
  • The trek down is easy and fast, taking only a couple of hours.
  • We then proceed to Dehradun by our transport.

Upcoming Treks

  • September 7, 2024 open
  • September 14, 2024 open
  • September 21, 2024 open
  • September 28, 2024 open

  • October 5, 2024 open
  • October 12, 2024 open
  • October 19, 2024 open
  • October 26, 2024 open

  • November 2, 2024 open
  • November 9, 2024 open
  • November 16, 2024 open
  • November 23, 2024 open
  • November 29, 2024 open

  • December 7, 2024 open
  • December 14, 2024 open
  • December 21, 2024 open
  • December 28, 2024 open

FAQ

The Nag Tibba trek is a fantastic adventure suitable for families and individuals of all ages who have a reasonable level of fitness. This captivating trek is tailor-made for young adventurers aged 8 and above, offering an extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in the wonders of the great outdoors while relishing the exhilarating joys of hiking.

 

While the Nag Tibba trek may not be a challenging trek, making sure your adventure goes smoothly requires careful planning. Choose comfy, sturdy hiking shoes, bring enough water and tasty snacks, and dress smartly for any weather changes to stay both stylish and comfortable.

The Nag Tibba trek offers a unique and beautiful experience throughout the year, with each season showcasing its own charm. If you really love snow, the ideal time to visit is December and January. During these months, the trail is draped in a beautiful layer of white snow, creating a magical winter wonderland that promises an unforgettable experience.

 

During the summer months, the trail transforms into a beautiful landscape, with colorful Rhododendrons and Wild Mint adorning the campsite at Kathian. The lovely weather and vibrant green surroundings make it a perfect time to visit for nature lovers and those who enjoy picturesque hikes.

However, it is recommended to avoid the monsoon season as the excessive rainfall can make the trail less accessible and potentially hazardous. Trekkers should exercise caution and plan their visit accordingly to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Customizing a trek enables participants to design their own itinerary, including appropriate accommodation, medical facilities, and support staff. Customized treks can be arranged for celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions, creating unforgettable memories.

Daily 30 minutes of jogging before 7 days of trek

Daily 15 minutes of running before 7 days of trek

Yoga and Surya Namashkar  for flexibility

Pick up point will be Prince Chowk Dehradun

The starting point of Nag Tibba Trek is Pantwari village

At Himalaya Shelter, we see our trekkers as part of our community, like an extended family. We truly appreciate the dedication you put into taking a well-deserved break and heading to the mountains. We understand that some of you wait for months, or even a year, to plan that perfect getaway. That’s why we want it to be “a perfect excursion” for you.

Safety is our top priority, and we make sure our team is well-trained to handle any emergencies.

For a more comfortable experience, we offer twin-sharing accommodation throughout the trek. Unlike many other trekking operators who often provide triple or even quad-sharing arrangements, we prioritize your comfort by providing twin-sharing options.

Our Accommodation will have attached washrooms

 

Furthermore, we provide the essential safety gear for your trek –

Without any additional charges.

We treat you to delicious meals that keep you energized throughout the trek. (On our google maps out of 300 reviews over 80 Trekkers mention great food😋)

We do not outsource services to ensure topmost quality throughout your journey. We use our own vehicles to take you to the starting point and back.

 

The cost of Nag Tibba Trek is ₹3500 + 5% GST

Yes! Our team will  provide camping equipment

Yes! it’s a safe trek

You do not need a permit to visit Tibba Trek if you are an Indian citizen.

Two Night Three Days are sufficient to do this trek you can also customize this trek to add or reduce days

The charm of this trek lies in its scenic trails, lush forests, and the breathtaking 360-degree views from the summit of Nag Tibba.

Yes! We offer a free cloakroom service for you to store any extra luggage you don’t want to carry while trekking.

The maximum strength of our group is 12 people

Certified Trek Leaders, Cook, helpers, and supporting staff

 

The Nearest ATM  you will find in Pantwari, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, And Union Bank of India

The height of Nag Tibba peak is 9,915 feet (3,022 meters). This impressive altitude of 9,910 feet, marks it as the highest peak in the Lesser Himalayan region of the Garhwal Himalayas. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of neighboring peaks including the Doon Valley and Kedarkantha Peak. While the summit may be lofty, the breathtaking vistas offer more than justify the climb.

This trek is located roughly 100 kilometers from Dehradun and about 70 kilometers from Mussoorie. To embark on this adventure, you’ll need to reach Pantwari Village, which serves as the base camp for the trek.

The trekking season typically commences in March, with the region still adorned in snow. However, by the end of the month, the snow begins to melt, giving way to sunny days. Daytime temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, providing a pleasant atmosphere. As night falls, the temperature dips to around 8-13 degrees Celsius.

During the monsoon season, rain is a common occurrence, especially in the lower portions. At higher altitudes, rainfall is comparatively lighter. Post-monsoon, from September to December, the days are marked by clear skies. During the day, temperatures range from 14 to 18 degrees Celsius, and in the evenings, it cools down to around 10 degrees Celsius.

Pantwari serves as the basecamp or starting point for the Nag Tibba Trek.To get to Pantwari Village, you can either take a bus or a taxi from Dehradun. The journey covers a distance of 100 kilometers and usually takes around 2 to 3 hours.

Unlike many other treks, the Nag Tibba trek remains open throughout the winter season. It’s one of the rare Himalayan treks that can be undertaken even in winter.

You can anticipate snowfall on the Nag Tibba Trek between December and March. For the most abundant snowfall experience, January and February are the prime months when the higher stretches of the trek are blanketed in a thick layer of snow.

Remember, Himalayan weather can be unpredictable, so it’s crucial to check the latest weather forecast before starting your trek. Additionally, be well-prepared for various weather conditions, especially during the winter season.

Absolutely, April is an excellent time for a Nag Tibba trek. It’s considered the most favorable period for trekking and various adventure pursuits in the valley. During the peak winter season, trekking and outdoor activities are limited or closed due to heavy snowfall. Nag Tibba special is its convenient starting point in Pantwari, making it an excellent option for a trek.

Yes, It’s entirely possible to reach the summit of the Nag Tibba trek in just one day. It typically takes around 7-8 hours to cover the approximately 8 km distance from the base camp to the summit. While some trekkers opt for an overnight camp to unwind and engage in activities like bonfires, many choose to complete the trek in a day for a fulfilling experience.

Nag Tibba Trek Package Inclusions
  1. Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 2.
  2. Guide, Cook and Other Support Staff
  3. Tented accommodation throughout the trek
  4. Forest Permits
  5. All Meals from Day 1 Lunch to Day 2 Lunch
Nag Tibba Trek Package Exclusions
  1. Any expenses incurred on anything beyond the above inclusions, such as tips, accommodation in Dehradun etc.
  2. Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 350 per day per bag.