Nag Tibba is one of the best weekend Gateway for Beginners to start with their trekking Adventures. It is a perfect escape nearby Delhi, for all the adventure seekers who are confused planning for short treks in the Himalayas. The summit offers a 360° view of snow-capped Himalayas peaks like Gangotri, Banderpoonch, Black peak, and so on. “Nag Tibba” 3018m is one of the representative ridge peaks in the foothills of the Gharwal Himalayas. These ranges make a perfect trio with ‘’Dhauladhar’’ and ‘’Pir Punjal’’ compelling all the 3 principal ranges among the highest in the lower Himalayas. Nag Tibba is also mentioned by an Australian climber ‘Heinrich Harrer’, in his popular writing ‘7 years in Tibet’. The biography is about the adventurous escape of the mountaineer from Dehradun Jail to Tibet.
The Range owes the name after a Nag Devta Temple. Nagas(serpent) hold a special position in the Vedic stories of Hindu Mythology. The locals living here also have a strong belief in Nagas, Nagas are believed as clan gods for many tribes in Uttarakhand. Nag tibba is mostly visited by trekkers during the Winter season but this trek offers stunning views throughout the year. The trek starts from a quaint Village pantwari and crosses a popular hamlet known as “The Goat Village”. The Goat Village is a group of people who are working towards a conceptually new blend of eco-tourism, Agro tourism, and Rural tourism. Every year people of the goat village perform a ritual in which goat Marriage is organized, and their marriage is held in spectacular Hindu tradition.
Day 1: Dehradun to Pantwari to Kathian Campsite
- Drive: 95 KM, Trek 6 KM
- Time Taken: 3 Hours (Drive), 2-3 Hours (Trek)
The journey begins early morning from Dehradun Railway Station. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Pantwari village, which covers a total distance of 95 km.The drive is along the Dehradun City and passes through local attractions like clock tower, Rajpur Road, Dehradun zoo and the most scenic hill station “Mussoorie”.
If you have heard that Mussoorie is known as “Queen of hills” than it is just an introduction but apart from this “Mussoorie” has many hidden gems in the outskirts of the region such as Dalai hills, Bhadraj Temple, Binog bird century and so on many more. It is a downtown of shivaliks which can be explored on a different tour. After some time, the drive starts along the Yamuna river. Meanwhile, you can spot a local river Badrigaad which is also known as Aalgaad, merging into the Yamuna River. Pantwari village is the base camp of Nag Tibba trek and a small hamlet located in Tehri district of Uttarakhand. There are many trails to reach Nag Tibba but the most used one is from Pantwari. We have to trek for 5-6 hours to reach Kathian campsite, which is 5 Km from Pantwari village. Before we start trekking to Kathian, our team leader will give you a short briefing about the trek. The trail has a lot of natural water sources, you can refill your water bottles at any of these spots. From the first water source the trail is steep till we reach “THE GOAT VILLAGE”. It is a conceptually created idea to promote local business and resolve the migration problems in village areas. The trail is rather straight around the Goat village.
A little ahead of the Forest Checkpost, the trail turns to steep ascent and zigzag section. There are certain changes in the vegetation of the area. You cross Rhododendrons and silver oak trees on your way to Kathian. Locally, Rhododendron is also known as Burans, this tree shows a display of bright red flowers which bloom in the month of late March to April. Burans is also known as the state tree of Uttarakhand. In Himalayan regions, each part of Burans is used for different uses, The flower has been used in juices and chutneys since ancient times.
Finally, as we reach Kathian, tents can be seen pitched on a small open clearing. Camping in this ground is the highlights of this trek. This campsite is a paradise for the shutter bugs and known for its mesmerizing sunset views.
In the spring season, one can spot many anemones and Irrigon flowers around the campsite area. At night have your dinner under the billion stars filled in the wide spreadsheet of the sky.
Day 2: Kathain to Nag Tibba Top to Pantwari and Back to Dehradun
- Trek: 14 KM, Drive 95 KM
- Time Taken: 6 Hours ( Trek), 3 Hours (Drive)
A morning call is given by our respective team leaders to wake you up and get prepared for the final climb. After breakfast, we start the trek from Kathian campsite to the Nag Tibba summit. The summit climb is around 3 hours away from our campsite, so all you need to carry is water bottle in our Day bag for today’s journey. The trail does not have a water source nearby, so to be on a safer side carry an adequate amount of water to keep you hydrated. The trail continues through a dense silver oak and rhododendron forest cover.
During the crossover through the jungle trail, you can listen to the melodious chirps of birds that include Himalayan Greenfinch, flameback woodpecker, Red vented bulbul and many more. These birds are usually found in distinct parts of the Garhwal Himalayas. Blessed are the ones who get an opportunity to spot these birds. After 20-30 minutes, the forested path opens up to a clearing area which is often used as a grazing ground for cattles. Two government guesthouses can also be seen in this field which are unoccupied since a long time.
This place also has few temporary wooden shelters constructed by the Gujars. During the spring season, when the snow melts and the lush grasslands grows. The Gujar tribe migrates from various parts of Dehradun along with their families and cattles and makes a home to this delightful place for next few months. This pasture land is a heaven for all the cattles as their routine is to just graze around for the whole day. The trail from here divides into two, one to Nag Devta Temple and another to the Nag Tibba Summit. Nag Devta Temple is just a few minutes away. This small temple is situated in the middle of the dense forest. There is no priest present in the temple, fewer times locals visit the temple to seek the blessing of Nag Devta.
Another trail which is not clearly visible gradually ascends up to Nag tibba summit. The Nag tibba top is an hour away from this point. With a uphill stretch, we trek around the dense jungle trail again. By the time we reach the summit, a jhandi on the top can be seen which is mostly offered with relegious offerings.
The tibba puts forth a face to face view of the snow-capped Gharwal Himalayan peaks like Bandapunch, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Black peak, Kedarkantha and many more. If the journey runs according to the schedule, we spend some time to survey the Himalayan peaks in a proper sequence. Finally, as we descend back to our campsites and hot lunch will be served upon your arrival. It takes an hour to reach back to Khatian from the Nag tibba top. After reaching Kathain, all trekers will have lunch and then head down to Pantwari. We reach Pantwari by evening and from there drive for dehradun with a heartful of memories.
- Trekking Shoes
- Trekking Pole
- LED Torch
- One Water Bottle (one litre)
- Lunch Box
- Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
- Trekking Jacket
- Warm Layers
- One trek pant
- Full sleeve dry-fit T-shirt
- Thermals (1 pair)
- Sunscreeen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
- Lip Balm (SPF 30)
- Synthetic hand gloves
- Woolen Cap
- Three pair of Socks
- Raincoat/Poncho is a must
- Daypack (Recommended), for summit Day
- Plastic cover (for wet clothes in winters and rainy season)
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID
Cancellation By Operator
- Cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances
If the trek is cancelled due to bad weather conditions (Flood, landslide, snow, heavy rainfall, etc) or any other circumstances( Bandh, strike, earthquake, etc). Mountainiax will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed within a period of one year for the same trek or any other trek from the date of the original departure date for which the booking was made.
Cancellation by Customer
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The following refund shall be payable to the user in case of valid cancellation as per the guidelines
- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date – 70% refund
- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure – 50% refund
- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer
your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
Note: The above-mentioned refunds are subjected to deductions for any expenses that may have been incurred for hotel booking or
transport etc. Refunds are applicable on the total cost and not on the advance amount.