About Nag Tibba Trek
Level of Difficulty – Easy
Highest Elevation – 9915 feet
Starting Point – Panthwari Village in Uttarakhand
Nag Tibba, also known as Serpent’s Peak, is located at a height of 3022 metres near Mussoorie. Nag temple, dedicated to the local deity, Nag Devta is present on the top. Locals have been worshipping the Nag Tibba for several years. Although unknown by many, Nag Tibba trek is an ideal winter trek. It can be done anytime during the winter when most of the treks to the Himalayan ranges remain restricted to the public.
Some of the most beautiful camping sites are located in this trek. While going on this trek, people will pass through thick deodar forests at times, and will also reach a point when they will reach a clearing without any sign of habitation. The beautiful Bandarpoonch Peak, the Kedarnath Peak, Doon Valley, Gangotri group of peaks and the snow covered peaks of Changabang are visible on this trek.
Best Time to Visit:
The Nag Tibba Trek can be done during any time throughout the year. This trek is a favourite winter trek for many trekkers due to the presence of the snow and the cold weather. During Autumn, the scenic beauty can be enjoyed properly because of the clear skies.
To undertake this Trek, you will first have to reach Dehradun in Uttarakhand. There are a number of ways to reach Dehradun –
- By Air
The airport in Dehradun is known as Jolly Grant Airport which is located 25 km away from the city. There are regular flights from Delhi to Dehradun. Time: 50 min
- By Train
Trains are available from Delhi to Dehradun – New Delhi Dehradun AC Express, Dehradun Janshtbdi, Dehradun Shatabdi. Time: 7 hrs
- By Bus
From Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate, you will find regular bus service to Dehradun ISBT. The fares start from Rs. 440. Time: 7.5 hrs
Day 1: Dehradun to Panthwari to Khaitan (4642 feet to 7627 feet; 3 hours drive + 4.5 km of trekking; 6 hours of trek)
From Dehradun railway station you will have to drive or take a ride to Panthwari village. You will be driving by Mussoorie, the Kempty falls, cross over the Yamuna Bridge before you reach Purola. The road on the right side coming out of the Nainbagh market is known as Nag Tibba road and you will have to take this road. After a 12 km ride, you shall reach Panthwari village whcih serves as the starting point of this trek.
After trekking for about ten minutes, the height starts to increase. You will have to cross several roads before you reach the connecting ridge to Nag Tibba. Continue trekking up for some time till you reach a small farm. From here, the forests start. Crossing the forest you will reach a small clearing, known as Khaitan, where you can camp for the night.
Day 2: Khaitan to Nag Tibba Summit (7627 feet to 9915 feet; 11 km; 5-6 hours)
The starting of this day’s trail is through a series of thick forests. If you are trekking during the winter months, be careful about identifying the correct trail. Soon you will reach the Nag Tibba Base where you will find a temple dedicated to the Nag Raj or the Serpent God. While passing through the forest, you will get a glimpse of the Garhwal ranges. After trekking for about an hour, you will reach the Nag Tibba Summit. You will get a picturesque view of the entire valley from Deolsari village to the Himalayan ranges, Gangotri.
Begin your descent down till you reach the Bhatwadi Village. One has to stay on the main trail to reach Panthwari. The Panthwari village is around 8 km away from Bhatwadi. Coming back there marks the end of Nag Tibba trek.
The cellular connectivity is stable till you reach Mussoorie, after that the networks will start fluctuating. There are no electrical charging points during the trek.
Looking for another winter trek in Uttarakhand? Click on ‘Brahmatal trek‘ to read about it.