Nag Tibba

NagTibba - Weekend Trek for Beginners

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

Nagtibba 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. From Nag Tibba one can see the clear view of stunning Bandarpoonch peak, the Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath peak in the north, Doonvalley and the snow peaks of Chanabang.

It 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.

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Why Nag Tibba Trek?

Weekend Trek: It is a Ideal weekend trek from Delhi and Dehradun. It is a trekking destination which could be done in 2-3 days starting from Delhi.
 Easy to Moderate Trek: It is an easy trek and one the best for beginners.
 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.

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.

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

Best Time to Visit: October to April
Trek Level: Easy to Moderate
Total Trekking: 25 Kms (To and Fro from Base Camp)
Altitude: 3025 Mts
Region: Mussoorie-Dehradun (Garhwal Himalayas)

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: 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.
  • Best time to visit Nag Tibba is from October to April. The higher reaches of the region is covered with snow from January to March.

Nag Tibba peak doesn’t have any accommodation options and trekkers have to camp at Nag Tibba 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.

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.

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.

Nag Tibba Trek Location and How to Reach Guide

Nag Tibba Location: Nag Tibba is located 57 Kms from Mussoorie in the Garhwal Himalayas, including the trek of 13 kms

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.

For Overnight stay, camping gear is recommended for trekkers because there is no accommodation at the place. The nearest accommodation is Devalsari guest house. Same day trek is one of the option but it becomes very tiring and you will end up without enjoying the scenic beauty and nature.

Route 2: From Panthwari Village (8 Kms)
 Panthwari 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
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.

How to reach Devalsari Village : To reach Devalsari you have take a direct jeep or shared taxi. Alternatively, take any bus or jeep going down the Tehri Road and get off at Suakholi or Sukholi (10 km east). The side-road to Thatyur starts here; take the first jeep going that way (21 km north). All eastbound buses/jeeps leave Mussoorie from the Community Hospital on Tehri Road.

How to reach Panthwari Village: It is just 50 Kms from Mussoorie, and you have to take the route towards Kempty Fall, crossing Yamuna bridge and taking Purola road till Nainbagh. From Nainbagh you have to take right towards Nagtibba road. Panthwari Village is just 12 kms drive from Nainbagh.

Nagtibba Weather Information

Weather The climate is temperate and pleasant throughout the year except the winter months when the weather gets chilly. The higher reaches are covered with snow from January to March. The valley is prone to strong catabatic winds at night especially in the summer season.

Nag Tibba Photo Gallery

Snow on Nag Tibba and Bandarpunch
Bear Hill and Nag Tibba
Nag Tibba and Himalayas as seen from Lal Tibba
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What is Nag Tibba famous for?

Nag Tibba is famous among tourist as Trekking .

Nag Tibba is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Nag Tibba is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Camping, Emerging Destinations, Meadows, Trekking, Winter Treks.

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