Nag Tibba Trekking Expedition

while climbing towards Nag tibba summit

Firstly, we would like to thank our college department who gave us a lot of holidays hence we were able to go on this trek. As we are engineers we always have an attendance problem, that’s why every time we need holidays to execute any trip plan. This time our trip was a little different from our previous trips. It was not a general excursion, it was a “trekking trip”. And, we made this plan just one day before leaving. This time we went for instant planning.

We learned two basic things required for good traveling from this trip.

  1. Instant planning really works and it always has more fun and excitement. So just make the plan in your mind, pack your bags and March Out!!.
  2. Never wait for anyone. Just see whoever is ready, take him & move.
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About Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba trek is beautiful and best for beginners. If you are doing a trek for the first time then this would be best for you. The trek provides you all the things Himalayan beauty, dense forest, snow (winter season only), rocky areas, flora, and fauna, etc. The main advantage of this trek is that it takes very little time to complete the full trek. So if you are a student or a job person, you can do it on a weekend with ease.

Nag Tibba, also called “Serpent’s Peak”. It is the highest peak in the lower range of Himalayas. It is located in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand state. The peak is situated at an altitude of 3022 meters (9915 feet) and from the summit, one can experience the magnificent views of Bandarpunch and Swargarohini peaks.

View from the Nag Tibba base camp
View from the Nag Tibba base camp

Nag Tibba Trek Routes: 

There are mainly two routes to trek to Nag Tibba. One is the Pantwari route and the other one is the Devalsari route. The Pantwari route is the short one whereas Devalsari is the long one but the former one is more steep and difficult than the latter one. The best time to visit Nag Tibba is all around the year except the monsoon season. If you wish to see snow, then you have to visit there at the end of January or at the starting of February. However, this year in the month of March, snowfall occurred in the whole region due to bad weather. So it depends on your luck too.

Also Read: Snow Trek to Nag Tibba

Trek Features:

Total Trek Distance: From Panthwari: 17 km (up to Nag Tibba Base and down) & 3 km further Nag Tibba Top.
                                     From Devalsari: 28 km (up to Nag Tibba Base and down) & 3 km further to Nag Tibba Top.
Maximum Elevation: 2900 Metres (Nag Tibba Base) & 3022 Metres (Nag Tibba Top).
Level: Easy
Region: Mussoorie-Dehradun
Duration: 2-3 Days
Best Time: Round the year except for the monsoon

Do’s & Don’ts for Nag Tibba Trek:

  1. Carry sufficient water.
  2. Don’t make your bag too heavy.
  3. Carry sufficient food and the food which gives you energy like juices, fruits, dry fruits, chocolates, etc.
  4. Don’t go fast. Maintain your pace according to your stamina and stick to it.
  5. Carry a good pair of shoes. This trek doesn’t require trekking shoes, if not visiting during the snow.
  6. Carry a raincoat because in mountains you never know what’s gonna happen.
  7. Hire a guide. (If you are a first-timer).

Cheapest Trek Ever: 

Before the trip, we were sure that we will make it cheapest and Yes, we made it the cheapest trek. So, here is the cheapest itinerary for Nag Tibba Trek.

Nag Tibba Trek Itinerary:

Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi-Mussoorie-Panthwari
Day 2: Trek Day, Reach Nag Devta Temple & Nag Tibba Top and Back to Panthwari
Day 3: Panthwari-Mussoorie-Dehradun-Delhi

Long Itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi-Mussorie-Panthwari

As usual, our trip started from the national capital, Delhi. No, we are not Delhiites, we are only studying in NCR (National Capital Region). We all came from different places but belong to the same state “Uttar Pradesh”. We made our first step towards our destination from Kashmere Gate ISBT. We bought three tickets for Mussoorie and the cost was ₹317/head. If you are traveling through this ISBT, then don’t buy tickets from the people who stand near the bus. They are brokers. They will charge you more or you may have some problems as well. So either buy tickets only from the ticket counter or from the conductor. Our bus departure time was 21:30, but it left a bit late because the driver was busy with his work. Our journey time was around 8 hr. We reached Mussoorie in the morning at 6:00. The weather was cold.

Mussoorie Library Chowk
Mussoorie Library Chowk

After the journey, we got a little tired so we decided to rent one room in a hotel for some hours. We got a room in the Hotel Sartaj for 5 hours at ₹150/-. The hotel was located near the Mussoorie library chowk. After taking some rest and having breakfast, we boarded our bus for Nainbagh from Mussoorie library chowk. Nainbagh is a town situated near Pantwari. Since there was no direct bus available for Pantwari, we had to break our journey. Only private and shared taxis/jeeps were available for Panthwari from Mussoorie. The bus took 2 hrs to reach Nainbagh and charged ₹70/head. Then from Nainbagh, we took Mahindra jeep to reach Panthwari. It took 1 hr and charged ₹30/head.

But we recommend you to go by taxi/jeep. Don’t choose a bus for traveling, because the way to Panthwari is full of curves and the bus remains rushed most of the time so you won’t be able to get a single seat in the bus. This makes the journey more hectic and you may feel nauseous on the bus. We made a mistake by choosing a bus for which we had to pay for it. My friend “Ashwini” and I started feeling nauseous and puked. So if you go there, then don’t make this mistake. It can waste your time and spoil your journey.

On our way to Pantwari from Mussoorie
On our way to Pantwari from Mussoorie

We reached Panthwari, starting point of the trek at around 17:30. The weather was so cold. There was a shop named “Parmar Sweet Shop”, from there we ate samosas. Then we took a room for ₹300/day- for two days. As we were first-timers so we booked a guide for the trek. The guide’s name was “Suman” and he charged ₹600/-.  After having dinner at the same shop, we slept.

Pantwari village
Pantwari village
Shop at Pantwari
Shop at Pantwari

Pantwari is a small village, settled in the valley of Garhwal Himalayas. It has a very small population. The residents of Pantwari are very kind and have a very helpful nature. There are no big restaurants and hotels available.

NOTE: 

There are very fewer buses available from Mussoorie to Nainbagh. The timings for these buses are 10:30 & 13:30. Do check the timings once.

Also Read: Hampta Pass Trek – A Trek Full of Scenic Landscapes

Day 2: Trek Day, Reach Nag Devta Temple & Nag Tibba Top and Back to Panthwari

We started our trek at 7:00 am with our guide. The total length of the trek is 18 km (up and down). Initially, the route was lesser steep and easy. As we were moving towards the peak the route was getting difficult and steeper. After completing our first hour I asked the guide “Bhaiya aadha raasta toh ho gaya kya?”(Have we completed our halfway?) and the guide replied, “abhi aadhe ka aadha bhi nahi hua”(You haven’t completed one-fourth of the way yet). At that moment we felt that trekking is not that much easy as it looks.

View of Pantwari Village from the trail
View of Pantwari Village from the trail
Approaching towards Nag Tibba base camp
Approaching towards Nag Tibba base camp

Then we continued until we reached halfway. After reaching, we decided to take some rest and drink some juices and then filled our water bottles before resuming. The guide told us that further there were no sources of water. The scenic view from the trail was breathtaking and it was getting more beautiful with every step we were taking towards the peak. At 12:00 we reached Nag Tibba Base. Firstly, we visited the Nag Devta Temple and then we had our lunch. We brought juices, bread, biscuits, chips, and jaggery in our lunch.

Somewhere near the goat village
Somewhere near the goat village
We 3 (Ashish, me and Vini)
We 3 (Ashish, me and Vini)
Goat Village
Goat Village

After all this, we resumed the trek to reach the summit of Nag Tibba. The trail to the summit was much steeper than the previous one. The route was full of snow. Around 13:50 we reached the top. The view from the top was wonderful, it seemed like we were standing at the door of heaven. Really nothing is more beautiful than nature. After spending some time at the top and clicking photos, we started coming down. While coming down, the weather turned and we experienced hailstorm and rainbow as well. By around 18:30 we came back to our room.

Reaching the Nag Devta Temple
Reaching the Nag Devta Temple
First patch of snow
First patch of snow
Meadow near the Nag Devta temple
Meadow near the Nag Devta temple
Himalayan peaks view from the summit of Nag Tibba
Himalayan peaks view from the summit of Nag Tibba
After returning from the summit of Nag Tibba
After returning from the summit of Nag Tibba
While resting at Nag Tibba Base Camp
While resting at Nag Tibba Base Camp
Storm CLouds
Storm CLouds
Clouds of hailstorm
Clouds of hailstorm
Experienced Rainbow while coming down
Experienced Rainbow while coming down
Breathing view after hailstorm
Breathing view after the hailstorm
Sunset from Nag tibba
Sunset from Nag tibba

During the entire trek, we haven’t met a single trekker on the route. The guide told us that “you came a little early, most of the trekkers come in March and April”. But we haven’t faced any problem while trekking alone. It was a very safe trek.

NOTE: No mobile networks available at the top. On the way, only Airtel and Idea networks work (not properly).

Day 3: Panthwari-Mussorie-Delhi

At 8:00 we hopped on Mahindra jeep and said, “bye” to Nag Tibba. After 3 hrs, we reached Mussoorie and there we did our lunch. At Mussoorie library chowk there was a restaurant named “Laxmi Misthan Bhandar”. Its food was really delicious and it was not very costly thats why we are featuring this restaurant. We ate sandwiches, samosas, chole-bhature, bread-pakoda, gulab-jamun, ras malai, and some pan wali mithai. Every cuisine was tasty and desserts were just mouth-watering. If you go there, you must try some dishes at this restaurant.

Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar at Mussoorie Library Chowk
Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar at Mussoorie Library Chowk

Then we took a bus to Dehradun. Mussoorie to Dehradun buses are available after every half an hour but direct buses from Mussoorie to Delhi are less. From Dehradun till 23:30, every minute you can get a bus for Delhi. We reached Dehradun at 14:00 and we were left with the whole day, so we decided to watch a movie in a mall. We watched “Kingsman – The Secret Service” and after that, we came back to Delhi. The cost of the tickets from Mussoorie to Dehradun was ₹70/head and Dehradun to Delhi was ₹256/head.

Total Expense: Rs.2000/head (Approx.)

Important: 

  1. Don’t forget to bargain.
  2. Don’t listen to people who say, “Don’t go to Nag Tibba, there is nothing”, “there are no availability of rooms at Panthwari” and blah blah!!. Just stick to your plan.

If you need any help in planning your trip to Nag Tibba or any contact details then let me know in the comment section.

Happy Trekking 🙂

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15 Comments

  • Abhijit Ray May 16, 2015 at 10:31 am Reply

    So exciting. I envy you. Nothing like an impromptu hiking trip with friends. I had seen Bandepunch on the way to Khatling glacier.

  • vyomi malik May 16, 2015 at 11:29 am Reply

    An amazing post!!! Truly loved your write up and fabulous pictures!!! My day is made with this wonderful post! I can't simply believe the budget!

  • Bushra Muzaffar May 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Very detailed post and informative too…the pix are breathtaking.

  • Archana Chaurasia Kapoor May 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm Reply

    Wonderful place it seems like! Amazing pictures… 🙂 thanks for sharing buddy!
    Cheers, Archana – http://www.drishti.co

  • pixelvoyages May 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm Reply

    I only made it till Mussoorie last year ;-). Will try this the next time I am around that area. Wonderful pictures and useful advise. Keep going!

  • sadhvi mythili sarangula January 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Amazing pictures , thanks for the useful info

  • Mridula January 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm Reply

    You got the rainbow too, that is icing on the trek!

  • Ghoomna Phirna February 27, 2016 at 9:40 am Reply

    Beautiful writing, and thanks for all the pictures, they complement the narrative so well.

  • Manu Khandelwal February 28, 2016 at 12:17 am Reply

    That's amazing 🙂

  • Manu Khandelwal February 28, 2016 at 12:23 am Reply

    This is one the best comments on my blog. Your comments are my real motivation. Thanks 🙂

  • Ghoomna Phirna November 7, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply

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  • BornomadiC January 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Good Read. Would be going to Nag Tibba for a trek. Thanks for sharing all the information.

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  • SiNGH September 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm Reply

    Hello I really like the post I just wanted to know that us there any chances of raining ??

  • Manu Khandelwal September 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply

    It depends on the season in which you are going. Weather on mountains remain highly unpredictable. You never know when its gonna rain or the sun will shine 🙂

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