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Nag Tibba trek

 About Nag tibba trek :

Nag tibba trek is the nearest trek route from Dehradun/Rishikesh for the trekkers visiting Garhwal region, Uttarahand. The trek destination can be reached within 9-10 hours from Delhi.The first name of Nag Tibba has been driven from ‘Nag Devta’.  ‘Tibba’ is a local word for hill or peak. In order to get the protection for the cattle, the local villagers come here to worship.

Nag Tibba trek (Altitude: 9915 ft) is one of the most liked short treks, near Mussoorie in Uttarakhand. Far from maddening crowd, those who want to view the panoramic sights of Himalaya range, dense forest and wild life, Nag Tibba trekking is best suited trekking route. 

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If the weather favours you  the himalayan range which can be viewed from Nag Tibba are Bandarpoonch peak, the Gangotri group of peaks,  Kedarnath peak in the north, Doonvalley and the snow peaks of Chanabang. 

The weather of the Nag Tibba can also be checked by Mussoorie’s weather. The aerial distance between Nag Tibba range and Mussoorie is apprx. 15 km.

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The short description is shown below:

Location : Nag tibba, distt.- Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Trekking route altitudes : Min: 4590 ft. (at Pantwari) & Max. 9915 ft.(Nag tibba top)

Total length of trek route : 28 km apprx.

Grade: Easy

Nag tibba co-ordinates: 78°09’04” N & 30°35’12” E

 The itinerary 1:
1st day : Dehradun to Pantwari (95 km) and Pantwari to Nag tibba top and back to base  (14 km trek)

2nd day : Nag tibba to Aunter village (14 km trek) and over night stay

3rd day : Aunter to Kempty falls, Mussoorie and finally Dehradun to catch the train/bus (105 km road)

The itinerary 2:
1st day : Dehradun to Pantwari (95 km) and Pantwari to Nag tibba base (08 km trek)

2nd day : Nag tibba base to Nag tibba top and back to Pantwari (14 km trek) followed by travel to Dehradun bus stand / railway station (95 km motor road).


The trek routes
6There are 4 routes for Nag Tibba trekking. One of the routes has been recommended, but other routes can also be arranged on demand. In Nag tibba trekking route from Pantwari, small vehicles like Bolero can be further used to shorten the trek till Lasser village. So, the  trekking option from Lasser village via Pantwari is most sought after. From Lasser village, further 6.5 km for Nag tibba base by trek and 3 km further for Nag Tibba top. The night stay is done at Nag tibba base and on second day, the Nag tibba top is climbed. From here one can feel at top and see the beauty of nature surrounding it.
From Pantwari, the first camping site is around 4 km at Burans streak khol. This route is steep and rocky trek. One has to tread carefully as the trek is narrow and check the stone pebbles while moving forward. There is no shop or temporary shelter to take tea or snacks. The eatables, glucose, medicines and the water should be carried along with. Normally, the bigger part of the luggage and the food is carried by the mules and the porters, so the basic necessity items like water, biscuits, glucose, chocolates or packed lunch should be carried with you.
2If the departure is early, then your lunch pack should be carried and be eaten at Burans streak khol where there is a water source. Here at this place, the availability of water will give you peace of mind after continuous trek of around 4 km. Here you can take rest for a while and freshen up before having your lunch. This place is also used as halting place by many trekkers in case of the delayed departure of the trek from Pantwari. The food and the rest will re-energize you to move further for another 4 km trek to your destination to Nag Mandir base camp. Another two km from Burans streak is Katiyan, which is not as difficult as initial 4 km trek. This trek is partially forest and open and more greener. This place is a big grass field, where 8 to 10 tents can be pitched. A small water source is nearby, which is used for drinking and cooking. This place is a beautiful place to spend your night. In the evening you can pick the fallen dry wooden branches from the ground to enjoy bonfire. The bonfire should be done in the presence of a professional supervision.3After Katiyan, the last camping site before Nag tibba summit is Nag Mandir which is another 2 km from here. This trek between Katiyan and Nag Mandir is relatively easier than previous trek routes and is mostly covered by forest trees. You can enjoy the forest greenery and the bird chirping along the route. Few lengthy left and right treads will lead you to an open small green grass field. You will want to sit here for a moment to enjoy the nature’s blessing, but just few more meters away is your final halting point of the day. The destination ahead is a ruined and old forest guest house and Nag Mandir temple. This place can boast of having largest grass fields, where the tents are pitched. The Nag Mandir camp will make you happier because of its bigger location and openness. Here you can lie on the ground and relax before you enter in your tents to change your clothes and freshen up. Your evening starts with tea and snacks followed by bonfire and the dinner. If weather is clear, then the sky will be lit by hundreds of stars. If it’s moon night, then you will be able to feel the power of moon light here. Moreover, your night will be spent at the bottom of the Nag tibba summit. The mountain walls will take your imaginations up to the summit, more eager than ever. The tiring journey will soon make you fast asleep as soon as you enter into your tent. Moreover, it is advisable to sleep early and wake up early.7Next day will be the big and final day. Early morning after refreshing and tea / biscuits, the trekker should depart with or without breakfast as soon as possible to spend most of the time at the summit. The 3 km trek from Nag Mandir base camp to Nag tibba summit is quite steep and covered by forest. You may see variety of birds like wood pecker, parrot, monal etc. on the route. This trek may not be as long as previous day’s trek, but make you feel tired because of last day’s exertion and the steep slopes. Don’t forget to carry wooden sticks, which you may either carry with you or you can also pick one lying on the ground in forest. It is also advisable to carry barsatis (windcheaters) with you to keep yourself safe from sudden down pouring of the rain. In the hilly areas you can always expect rain at any given time. After continuous steep trek, the last few meters of Nag tibba summit is relatively flat. Just after the end of the trek, you will land up on a big grass land which will end your anxiety to reach the final destination. As soon as you reach the ground, your feet will start moving fast to get hold of the pole grounded on the summit platform.

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Nag tibba summit is big grassland and you will experience a continuous wind blowing across you.  At an altitude of 3000 meters, even during hottest day in Delhi, you will have cool and chilled wind blowing every moment. You would not want to go back from here and watch the Himalayan peaks surrounding you standing on big grass field. But the time constraint will be against your wish. If you want to make this trek for three days, then it is possible to spend a good amount of time here. The journey back to the Pantwari is also difficult, because that trek is 11 km long to be covered after scaling Nag tibba summit. You will again pass through the treads which you scaled while trekking towards Nag tibba summit. Finally, after reaching back to Pantwari will end your trek. While going back you will be carrying with you the memories of Nag tibba trek.

The Pantwari village and camping sites ahead:
Altitude : 4590 ft.

Coordinates : 78°05’13” N  &  30°35’03” E

Pantwari is one of the base points to start the Nag tibba trek. This is a small town whereyou start feeling the excitement to start your trek to the summit. Though there is another 9 km kaccha road to shorten the trek by another 1.5 km, normally the trek is started from Pantwari only. This is because of the fact that the place is a little town where you can take rest for a while and refresh to start the trek. One can also buy basic items like water bottles, cold drinks, chips, biscuits and other food items.

The distance of Pantwari from Dehradun is around 95 km and takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach at a moderate speed. The motor route is via Mussoorie – Kempty falls – Nainbagh – Pantwari. The road condition from Dehradun to Pantwari is excellent except very few patches between Nainbagh to Pantwari. This road is also used by Yamunotri pilgrims till Mussoorie band, where there is a bifurcation for Nainbagh.

At Pantwari, the mules are available to carry your luggage. The night halt on first day’s trek to Nag tibba should be made after arrival at Pantwari. It is not possible to trek this route on same day unless you are a professional trekker. There are three traditional camping sites along the trekking route. The first camping site (Burans teak khol) is at around at a distance of 4 km from Pantwari, where there is a water source. The second (Katiyan) and third (Nag Mandir) camping sites are at a gap of around 2 km successively. For an average trekker, the time consumption between these camping sites may be over 2 to 3 hours. So if you start early from Pantwari, then you should make night halt at the last camping site (near Nag Mandir). If you start the trek after noon or later then the options should be 1st or 2nd camping sites.  The guide shall be more updated on this issue, since there are many other logistic issues involved. Sometimes weather condition, health fitness etc come into picture for proper planning of the trek.

The Aunter village
Altitude : 5470 ft.

Coordinates : 78°10’31” N  &  30°33’26” E

Aunter village is also one other option to start the trek. The picture is that of Nag dev temple at the village. From this village, Nag tibba trek till base is 14 km. This village is reached via Thathyur.

The weather conditions:
March to June : The temperature is between 20°C to 9°C at Nag tibba top and base. Very few days are rainy.

July to September: The temperature starts falling down at the end of rainy season. Almost the whole rainy season is full of rainy days.

October to February: The temperature starts dipping with advent of December touching minus degree. Snowfall can occur at any time between December to February.

The monsoon in Uttarakhand season generally starts at the end of June or at the start of July. The average temperature ranges from 15˚ C to 25˚ C at most of the places except the regions in inner Himalayas. Nag Tibba summit is bit colder region than other regions in plain areas. The minimum temperature near Nag Tibba may hit down to 10˚ C to 12˚ C at night and 20˚ C maximum at noon time. During monsoon, consider yourself lucky if you find a full sunny day along the trek, because 90% of rain in Uttarakhand occurs during monsoon.

 Nag tibba route map:

ddn-to-nag-tibbaThe route map of the trek is a rough sketch map. The map shows a general idea about the route to be taken by the trekker. The map starts the direction from Dehradun and shows two routes. One goes via Pantwari and other goes via Aunter. These two venues are the last road-heads where from the trekking is launched… read more

Nag tibba map

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