Nag Tibba

Nag Tibba - Best Weekend Trek

Nag Tibba means Serpents Peak, is the highest peak in lower Himalayas of Garhwal region near Mussoorie. It also gives a name to the Nag Tibba Range, which is one of the three ranges of Lesser Himalayas, the other ranges are Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal.

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Nag Tibba Trekking Guide

It is one of the best weekend treks that can be commenced by the beginners as well as experienced trekkers. A small temple is enshrined atop the hill, from where one can have a panoramic view of the entire Banderpunch ranges of the Great Indian Himalayas towards the Yamunotri side.

Nagtibba is a perfect place for camping during spring and summers and one of the most suitable trek for winters, when most of the treks are closed due to heavy snow. Due to its easy access it is one of most popular weekend treks in India.

Nag Tibba 1 Night Trekking Package

Why Visit Nag Tibba Trek?

Nag Tibba is located at an altitude of 3025 mts and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Nagtibba offers majestic scenic beauty and a good trek for adventure lovers. Nag Tibba experience a salubrious weather throughout the year and is one of the best places to camp. 

This comforting Nag Tibba trek offers spellbinding views of the massif peaks of Banderpunch, Swargarohini, Srikanth, Gangotri group of peaks, Black Peak, Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon Valley and the snow-shrouded peaks of Chanabang. 

The Nag Tibba trek route is a circular trek, at some places, you’ll see a completely contrasting landscape having the dense mixed forests of Oak, Rhododendrons, Cedar and Alpine. The trekkers can camp, indulge in bird watching and savour the beauty of the meandering meadows and thick jungles. 

  • Weekend Trek: It is an Ideal weekend trek from Delhi and Dehradun. It is a trekking destination which could be done in 2-3 days starting from Delhi.
  • Easy and Short Trek: It is one of the easiest trek and best suitable for beginners. 
  • Complete Trek: Offers jungle trail, Himalayan views, Meadows, waterfalls, snow during winter
  • Safety: One of the safest trek, as being close to Mussoorie and Dehradun, with no rivers for floods or does not have any history of landslides.

Nag Tibba Trekking Routes

There are 3 trekking routes which are used to reach the summit of Nag Tibba. The details of the trek route is given below.

Trek Route 1: From Devalsari Village  (13 kms)
The trek to Nag Tibba starts from Devalsari (13 kms) where one can stay Foresh Guest House by taking permission from the Mussoorie Forest Office. You can trek further for 3 kms to Nag tibba top which offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. The route goes through the thick deodar forest and reaches to the remote place with almost no habitation.

Trek Route 2: From Panthwari Village (8 Kms) 
This is the most used route for trekkers to reach Nag Tibba base camp and summit. Pantwari village is 50 Kms by road from Mussoorie and 85 Kms from Dehradun. It is one the shortest route to reach Nag Tibba (just 8 Kms) from Panthwari village. Though the route is is little complicated and requires a guide.

Trek route 3: From Aunter (via Thatyur)
The motorable route via Thatyur goes all the way up near bridle path near Aunter. From here you walk up to the ridge top to Aunter, from here the route is quite straight with few slopes.

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Best Suggested Nag Tibba Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Pantwari village drive and trek to Nag Tibba Temple
Day 2: Nag Tibba Temple to Nag Tibba top and return to Nag tibba base camp.
Day 3: Trek down to Pantwari Village and drive to Dehradun.

Activities in Nag Tibba

  • Trekking: The whole trek route to Nag Tibba involves easy trekking that takes 5-6 hours to complete. The trail takes one through enchanting lush green valleys, hushed hamlets, and conifers and oak forests. Trek to Nag Tibba via Pantwari is shorter (8km) as compared to Devalsari route (13km).
  • Photography: Nag Tibba offers ample opportunities for nature photography and astro-photography. The clear dark nights are ideal constitution to capture some star trails and the mesmerizing Milky Way.
  • Camping in Nag Tibba: Camping under the clear night sky with a bonfire beside the lake is an experience to remember at Nag Tibba. It offers various beautiful locations where a group of friends can erect a tent and start a campfire.

Nag Tibba Travel Tips

  • Nag Tibba is a perfect weekend trek from Delhi and Dehradun. This trek is recommended for beginners.
  • It is highly recommended to have an experienced guide to accompany you on your trek.
  • It is wise to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions during monsoons before you actually start your trek.
  • Nearest working ATM you will find at Mussoorie, but we recommend try to use any ATM in Dehradun. As most of the times Mussoorie is too crowded and a lot time will be consumed if you look out for ATM in Mussoorie.

Staying in Nag Tibba

Nag Tibba peak doesn’t have any accommodation options and trekkers have to camp at Nag Tibba Base Camp to stay the night. Travelers usually bring their own camping equipments or are supplied by the trek operators. One can find few budget guesthouses at Devalsari or Pantwari depending on which trek route is taken.

However there is one Forest Rest House at the base camp of Nag Tibba Trek, one can stay over there by taking permission from Mussoorie Forest Office. The forest building is a four-way intersection with - a trail to Pantwari, another to Taal and on to Deolsari village, the third to Jhandi Top and the fourth to Digon Thatch.

Nag Tibba Food Guide

There is no food stall or even a tea stall at this elevation. Trekkers usually bring their own food supplies. If you are trekking with a group, it is advisable to find a local cook to travel with you so he can prepare meal for you when you halt and set up camp for the night. Also, carry some packaged food with you as a light snack for the route.

Mythology about Nag Tibba

The first name Nag refers to 'snake' and Tibba refers to 'hill or peak' in the local language. According to the religious beliefs of the local populace, Nag Tibba is the abode of ‘Nag Devta’, a Hindu mythological character that is worshiped by the devotees. Local villagers come here to offer their prayers to the Nag Devta for the protection of their cattle.

Best Time for Nat Tibba Trek

For those planning to embark on the Nag Tibba Trek, the optimal periods are the summer months, spanning from April to June, and the winter months, extending from October to December. For enthusiasts seeking the enchantment of snowfall or snow trekking, the prime months to visit Nag Tibba are January to March.

Nag Tibba Trekking FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Is Nag Tibba trek good for beginners and what is the difficulty level?
A: Yes, it is a perfect trek for the beginners. Trekking at Nagtibba is not difficult can be done easily by first time trekkers.

Q: What is the best time for Nag Tibba trek?
A: The best time to trek to Nag Tibba is February to mid-June, and mid-September to end-November. If you want an easy snow trek then from Last week of December to March is good time. You can also experience snowfall in Nag Tibba in winters. This is is an easy trek and the best weekend break to revitalize you.

Q: Will there be mobile connectivity?
A: Mobile connectivity will be very low and no Internet services. You will not have any mobile signals at the Nag Tibba Summit top. However, on the way, you can get some broken signals of some network providers. Make sure to make all important call till Mussoorie, after that mobile network is week.

Q: What is the total trekking distance for Nag Tibba Trek from Pantwari Village?
The Nag Tibba trek is around 8 kms from Pantwari, which makes the total trekking distance of 16 kms for the route Pantwari - Nag Tibba Base Camp - Nag Tibba Summit - Pantwari

Q: What is height of Nag Tibba?
The Nag Tibba height (altitude) is around 9915 feet (or 3025 mts). It is one of highest peak in Mussoorie region. 

Read More: Nag Tibba Questions Asked by Travellers

Nag Tibba Mention in the Book: The trek through Nag Tibba Range, finds mention in the book Seven Years in Tibet, which chronicles the journey of mountaineers, Heinrich Harrer, Peter Aufschnaiter in May 1944, towards Tibet. It is also mentioned in the Jon Martin, 1979 Handbook: Your Handbook to Hiking around Mussoorie

Important Note: water is scarce along the route and it is recommend to carry enough water for the trek.

Nag Tibba Photo Gallery

Nag Tibba during snowfall
Nag Tibba Summit during winters after snowfall
Nag Tibba winter trek
Himalayas Views from Nag Tibba Summit
Nag Tibba Trek during winters
Group at Nag Tibba Summit
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Tourist Map of Nag Tibba

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Nag Tibba Tourist Map

Nag Tibba Weather

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Nag Tibba Weather in May

The minimun and maximum temperature in May in Nag Tibba is 3°C and 16°C respectively. The weather is generally sunny and clear in May and you would feel pleasant throughout the day. Light Woolen clothes are recommended for Nag Tibba in May.

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