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Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand

A thrilling weekend summit trek with incredibly rewarding trail, Nag Tibba trek is one of the easiest yet stunning Himalayan treks to do in weekends. Nestled at 9915 feet, Nag Tibba summit is the highest point of the Nag Tibba range in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. A trail endowed with luscious grassland, deodar Forest, clearings, and ridge walk, Nag Tibba trek is a popular trek among the trekkers from Mussoorie, Dehradun, and Delhi who want to revitalize in the weekend from the daily hectic life.

Nag Tibba has a myth aassociated to it. Nag Tibba‘Nag’ means ‘snake’ and ‘Tibba’ means ‘hill or peak’ in the local language. The legend according to the local populace is that Nag Tibba is the dwelling of ‘Nag Devta’, a Hindu mythological character signifying the lord of snakes and is revered by the devotees. Local villagers come here often to offer prayers and seek blessings fromNag Devta for the protection of their cattle.

As you go up the hill and then come down from the other side of the mountain, you see a myriad of landscapes from dense green forests to lush grasslands to rocky paths and with a consistent backdrop of lofty hills which are covered in snow. If you visit the Nag Tibba during winters, you will witness a majestic sheet of white snow sprawled all around you which takes the beauty of the summit to another level. The trek is an easy climb and can be done by beginners as well as a great introductory trek in the exhilarating world of trekking.

What to See in Nag Tibba Trek

From the summit you get a mesmerizing 100-degree view of the snow-capped lesser Himalayan ranges such as Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikantha, and Gangotri. You also see Kedarnath peak in the north, along with the Doon valley, and the snow peaks of Changabang. With some mesmerizing views like this, the short climb you must make for this trek is worth every effort. A trek to Nag Tibba will offer you some of the fantastic photographic views in and around the area –

  • Capture the view of the jaw-dropping views of the sunset in the summit when the hues of red, purple, and orange contrast perfectly with the green and blue of the of the mountains.
  • Take several pictures in the Bhatwadi village while trailing down from the summit which is also a shepherd’s village and has a small stream flowing nearby.
  • Visit the Nag Devta Temple and offer prayers along with the trekking.

Important Information on Nag Tibba Trek

Difficulty Level

Nag Tibba trek is not difficult at all and is beginner-friendly which can be done within 5-6 hours from the base. It is called as a weekend trek because the elevation is not very high and the trekking is not tough, which can be done by beginners as well in just a weekend.

Weather Conditions

The weather conditions during summers remain moderate with mild swift cold winds grazing your skin. During the day the temperature here is around 8 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius during summers and at night it comes down to 5 to 8 degrees Celsius which is not very bad either. During winters, the temperature remains 3-5 degrees during day and at night drops to sub-zero temperature with snow falling all around.

Staying in Nag Tibba

Nag Tibba peak doesn’t have any accommodations so you will have to trek back to the base and camp at night. Trekkers generally get their own camping equipment or are provided by the trek operators. If you come from the Devalsari or Panthwari route, then you can stay at the guest houses for which you may have to take permission from the Mussoorie Forest Officer.

Trek companies

There are some famous trekking sites which organize trekking camps to Nag Tibba and other beautiful sites. These sites make sure that the trekkers are guided by professional guides with mountaineering knowledge and provide full food and accommodation facilities in camps. Some of the best sites for trekking in Nag Tibbaare:

  • Trek The Himalayas – INR3500/person (info@trekthehimalayas.com)
  • IndiaHikes – INR3500/person (info@indiahikes.com)
  • Trekking Peaks – INR2,199/person (booking@trekkingpeaks.in)
  • Thrillophilia – INR1299/person
  • Himalayan Hikers – INR3000 (himalayanhikers.dun@gmail.com)
Things to Keep
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card.
  • Medical certificate stating that you don’t have any breathing problems
  • Trekking shoes, backpack with rain cover, thermals, waterproof jacket in case it rains, trek pants
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, sun cap, woolen cap in winters, headlamp, torch, backup batteries
  • Personal toiletries, cutlery, water bottles, knife, plastic plates, and snacks.
Food Stops

There will be no food or tea stall at this altitude so you will have to keep your own food items and other related stuff. There will be some small shops in the villages at the base camp such as Devalsari or Panthwarivillage from where you can collect some snackable. If you are travelling in a group, it is better if you get a cook with you to travel or if you are going through a private trekking company then all the food and tent accommodation will be provided by them.

Nag Tibba Trekking Routes

There are 3 trekking routes through which Nag Tibba summit can be reached. The details are given below:

  • Route 1 – From Devalsari Village (13km) – Devalsari Village is in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, 52km from Mussoorie. The trek to Nag Tibba can be done from Devalsari Village which is at 13km distance. You can either stop at a guest house here at night or continue to trek 3km more to reach Nag Tibba summit. The trail offers lush green deodar forest with stunning views of the Himalayas and reaches to a remote place with almost no inhabitation. .
  • Route 2 – From Panthwari Village (8km) – This is one of the most common routes to Nag Tibba which is 50km from Mussoorie by road and 85km from Dehradun. It is one of the shortest routes to Nag Tibba, just 8km from Panthwari Village. The trail can be a bit complicated and rocky so you might require a guide if going for the first time. .
  • Route 3 – From Aunter (via Thatyur) – The route from Thatyurto Aunter is a motorable route which is a bridle and rocky path. From here you walk up to the ridge top to Aunter after which the route is straight with only a few slopes to Nag Tibba.

Best Time to do Nag Tibba Trek

If you want a trek with lush green meadows and dense Deodar Forest, then the months from March to May and last week of September to mid-December is a good time. If you wish to see snow-covered valley, then the months of January and February is the ideal time to visit Nag Tibba when there will be snow all around.

How to Reach
  • By Air: You can get a flight to Dehradun Jolly Grant airport from all major cities of India which is the nearest airport. From here you will have to take a taxi directly to Mussoorie or Panthwari village or you can take buses at different phases.
  • By Train: Dehradun Railway station connects all major cities via train and taxis and buses are available from the station to Mussoorie. From Mussoorie, buses are available to Panthwari or Devalsari village.
  • By Bus: You can reach Dehradun from Delhi or other neighboring cities by bus which are available all times.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Is Nag Tibba trek difficult for beginners?

No, the Nag Tibba trek is one of the easiest treks in the lesser Himalayan region and can be attempted by beginners as well.

What is the best time for Nag Tibba trek?

Nag Tibba trek can be done at any time of the year but during the monsoons it can get a bit tough to climb. If you want a snow-covered path then trek in Last week of December and January, otherwise, the months of February to May and Mid-September to November are good for trekking Nag Tibba.

Is there mobile connectivity in Nag Tibba trek?

During the trail you will have very low mobile connectivity sometimes and no internet service. There will be absolutely no signals once you are near the Nag Tibba summit. Make sure you make all important call once you cross Mussoorie or you can get lucky and get some signals in Devalsari or Panthwari village.

What is Nag Tibba famous for?

Nag Tibba is famous for trekking, hiking, and camping and mainly as a weekend trek. It is mostly visited by people from Mussoorie, Dehradun, and Delhi during weekends as it is an easy trek and does not require much expertise.

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