Nag Tibba Trek

The Nag Tibba trek is the perfect trek for newbies and also for a short weekend trek with just one night of camping. It has spectacular views, and a scenic trail through Himalayan villages and fields.

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Nag Tibba Overview

Nag Tibba - abode of the God of Snakes

Nag Tibba Range, or the Serpent's Peak, is one of the three principal ranges of the Lesser Himalayas, along with Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal. It is barely a few hours away from Dehradun and Mussoorie and is one of the most popular short treks in Uttarakhand. The locals believe it to be the abode of 'Nag Devta' or the God of Snakes, and often come here to offer prayers for the protection of their cattle.

The Nag Tibba Trek

The Nag Tibba trek is an easy trek that begins at an elevation of 3,500 feet and ends at 10,000 feet. The trek begins from Pantwari which is located 90 km from Dehradun. The trail of the Nag Tibba trek cuts through dense and misty forests of oak with orchids and scarlet rhododendrons at your feet.

You also get to see the hills lush with purple blossoms of bauhinia trees with the white anemones being here in plentiful. While trekking, you'll also get to see some rare birds like flameback woodpeckers, jungle babblers, red and blue bulbuls, and hill mynas

At the summit of the trek you'll be stunned by the gorgeous views of the Great Indian Himalayas towards the Yamunotri side. There’s also the magnificent views of various peaks of Bandarpoonch range, Kedarkantha, Chanabang, Black Peak and Srikanth. During the nights, you'll also see the lights of Mussoorie glimmering and dancing in the distance.

Great for beginners

The Nag Tibba trek is perfect for beginners for various reasons. First, it is a wholesome trek of just 2-3 days but it showcases most of the things that a much longer Himalayan trek has to offer: rhododendron forests, ankle deep snow and splendid views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

Second, the trek itself is not that long. It is only 10 km from the base to the top and the trail is gentle without long stretches of steep climbs. Hence, very little fitness is required to trek to Nag Tibba. If you are a beginner and already follow a basic workout routine, you're already fit enough for the Nag Tibba trek.

Nag Tibba trek Itinerary

The Nag Tibba trek will take you to the top of a ridge peak in the Nag Tibba range of the lower Himalayas. You'll trek through delightful paths, meeting friendly farmers and locals along the way. It's about 4 to 5 hours of trekking with some steep patches. At the top, your campsite will be set up for a complete outdoors experience with basic comforts like tents, sleeping bags, toilet tents, all led by a friendly team of guides and porters.

The ground is covered with wild mint, which the cook will pluck to make you a deliciously refreshing cup of tea. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore the campsite, pluck some fresh mint, and admire the spectacular views of snowy peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Srikanth and Black Peak.

You will camp at two different campsites, walking through mountain pastures and oak forests by day, and sleeping under the stars by night. In the morning, you'll wake to see gorgeous views of the peaks all around. On the way back you’ll visit the Nag Devta temple before beginning your descent.

The Nag Tibba trek is considered to be an easy trek that beginners can do in summer or winter. Check out other snow treks recommended for beginners.

Nag Tibba Weather

The Nag Tibba trek can be done all year around. It is the perfect place for camping during summers, with bright and sunny days with temperature highs of 22 degrees C and lows of about 12 degrees C at night.

During the winter, it is one of the best short winter treks as other trails become hard to navigate due to heavy snowfall. The weather in Nag Tibba during winter varies between 0-8 degrees C. For those looking for a snow trek, Jan-Mar is the right time depending on the snowfall that year.

Getting there

The pick-up point for the Nag Tibba trek is Dehradun, located 90 km from Pantwari. Dehradun is a famous tourist destination in India. Dehradun is famous for various adventure activities like trekking, rafting, bungee jumping, camping, etc. The city is well connected to the rest of India by means of road, rail and air.

If you prefer flying, then you can book your flight tickets to the Jolly Grant Airport which serves Dehradun. The airport is well connected to most major cities of the country by regular flights and to Delhi by daily flights.

Dehradun also has a railway station which is connected to major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Allahabad, etc. by regular express trains.

There are also well-marked and well maintained roads connecting the city to major towns and cities of North India. Many state as well as privately run bus services ply between Dehradun and rest of North India.

Packing list

For the Nag Tibba trek, the tour operator will provide all the technical and camping equipment, so that's something you don't have to worry about. All you need to carry is personal gear and essentials. You need to carry a comfortable backpack which can hold all your essentials. You also need to carry sun-cap, sunglasses, a walking pole, personal first med kit and toiletries, etc.

One of the most important gears while trekking is a pair of quality trekking shoes which are comfortable, sturdy and preferably waterproof. If you buy new shoes, make sure you ‘break them in’ well before the trek to avoid blisters.

Apart from this, you need to get clothes that are weather appropriate. You should wear quick-dry, full-sleeve t-shirts and full length pants. If you're going during the winter season, then you also need to wear inner thermals, down and fleece jackets, woollen/synthetic gloves and socks, neck gaiters and balaclava. Avoid wearing any kind of restrictive clothing, especially denim jeans.

The tour operator will provide a packing list which you need to follow properly to ensure a safe and comfortable trek to Nag Tibba.

Trek Summary

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Nearest city: Dehradun
  • Total days: 2-3 days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Max altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 19 km
  • Season: Summer and winter
  • Avg temperature: 0 to 20 degree Celsius

2-Day Nag Tibba Trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Pantwari and trek to Camp 1

  • Altitude: 7,630 feet
  • Pick-up time: 06:30 hrs
  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 3 hours
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 2: Trek to Nag Tibba top and return to Dehradun

  • Altitude: 9,910 feet
  • Trekking distance: 11 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Drop-off time: 20:30 hrs
  • Trip ends here

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Drive to Dehradun and trek to Camp 1

Today, you'll be picked up from Dehradun at 06:30 hrs. and driven to Pantwari through a scenic route. From there, you'll begin your trek to Camp 1 near Nag Tibba Temple and spend the night there in tents.

Day 2: Trek to Nag Tibba top and return to Dehradun

Today, you'll begin early and trek to the Nag Tibba top. From there, you'll trek back to Pantwari and board the transit vehicle to Dehradun. The trip ends once you reach Dehradun.

Inclusions:

Transport arrangements from Dehradun to Pantwari Camp 1 and return to Dehradun post the trek will be included. Accommodation will be provided on triple sharing basis. There will be meals included during the trek. Sleeping bags, mattresses, toilet tents, kitchen and dining tents will be provided to you.

Any trekking or safety gear, if needed, first aid medical kits will be arranged by the operator. Qualified and experienced trek leaders and staff will be guiding you all along to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. Porters/mules will be available to carry common equipment. All permits required and all applicable taxes are inclusive.

Exclusions:

This package does not include any personal expenses, food during transit, or porters/mules for your own luggage. It also doesn’t cover adventure or travel insurance, or any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuation, etc.

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Best time to go/Weather

The Nag Tibba trek is a year-round trek. During the summer season, it is a perfect place for camping as temperatures range from 12 to 20 degree Celsius, with clear bright skies and cosy nights. Also, during the winter season, it is one of the best short winter treks in Uttarakhand as the trail is not as challenging to navigate. The temperatures ranges from 0 to 8 degrees Celsius during this season, and the best months to visit during winter are from January to March.

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Getting there

The pick-up point for the Nag Tibba trek is Dehradun, a famous tourist destination in India. The city is well connected to other major cities of the country by rail, road and air. The Dehradun Railway Station is well connected to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad, etc. with regular trains. Most major cities of North India are also connected to the city by road and a lot of state buses, private buses and taxis ply to and fro Dehradun.

As for air travel, the Jolly Grant Airport serves Dehradun and there are regular flights from most major cities of India to the airport. There are also daily flights operating between Delhi and Dehradun.

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What to wear

For the Nag Tibba trek, you need to wear full-sleeve dry-fit t-shirts/shirts paired with synthetic trek pants. You also need to carry a sun-cap, sunglasses, raincoat or poncho and cotton socks along with sturdy trekking shoes.

If you are going for the Nag Tibba winter trek, you also need to carry thermal inners, down and fleece jackets, woollen caps and socks, neck gaiters, balaclava, and synthetic gloves. Regardless of the weather, avoid wearing restrictive clothing like denim jeans.

What to carry

For the Nag Tibba trek, the tour operator will provide all the camping and technical equipment. However, you need to carry all the personal essentials like a comfortable backpack, sturdy trekking shoes and walking poles. Along with these, you also need to carry a personal first aid kit with toiletries. Once you book the trek, the operator will provide you with a packing list that you need to follow properly.

Preparation/Fitness

The trek to Nag Tibba is an easy endeavour, requiring basic fitness levels. If you already follow a decent work-out routine like cycling, running, cardio, etc. then you will be able to manage the trek comfortably.

FAQs about the Nag Tibba Trek

What is the packing list for the Nag Tibba trek?

The tour operator will provide all the camping and technical equipment for the Nag Tibba trek. All you need to carry is personal gear and essentials. Carry a sturdy backpack, sun-cap, sunglasses, walking pole, personal first aid kit and toiletries, etc. You also need to carry a pair of comfortable trekking shoes, preferably waterproof.

Apart from this, you should carry quick-dry apparel including full-sleeve t-shirts and full length trekking pants.

For the Nag Tibba winter trek, you should carry thermal inners, fleece jacket, down jacket, synthetic or woollen gloves and socks, neck gaiters and balaclava. The tour operator too will provide a packing list when you book the Nag Tibba trek, do follow the list properly to ensure a comfortable and safe trek to Nag Tibba.

Is the Nag Tibba trek suitable for beginners?

The Nag Tibba is an easy trek, great for beginners. It takes place over a duration of 2-3 days and showcases most of what longer Himalayan treks have to offer like rhododendron forests, snow, and splendid views of the Himalayan peaks.

Additionally, it is also a short trek of 19 km and has a gentle trail with very few steep sections. Hence, only basic fitness is required for the trek to Nag Tibba. If you are a beginner trekker who already follows a basic workout routine like cycling, running, etc. then you can easily do the Nag Tibba trek.

It is not too far from Dehradun and involves only one night of camping, with two days of trekking. It’s suitable for those who have never been camping or trekking before and want to try a short experience. It’s also suitable for those who have been trekking before but are looking for a short mountain getaway.

What can one see on the Nag Tibba trek?

The Nag Tibba trek offers views of peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Srikanth and Black Peak. In the evening, from Nag Tibba top, you’ll be able to see the lights of Mussoorie glimmering in the distance.

Apart from the gorgeous scenery, the trek also follows a mesmerizing trail that cuts through dense and misty forests of oak and rhododendrons. And en route, you'll also spot some rare birds like flameback woodpeckers, jungle babblers, red and blue bulbuls, and hill mynas.

When is the best time for the Nag Tibba trek?

The trek to Nag Tibba can be done throughout the year. During the summer months, it is a perfect camping place with bright and sunny days. During these months, the temperatures range from 12 degree Celsius to 22 degree Celsius.

During the winter months, it is one of the best short winter treks. In this season, the temperature ranges from 0 to 8 degree Celsius. January to March are the best months for snow trek to Nag Tibba.

How to prepare for the Nag Tibba trek?

The Nag Tibba trek is an easy trek, so you only require basic fitness to make the trek. If you do any form of regular exercise such as running, yoga, cycling, swimming, or walking, you will be able to manage the trek quite easily.

How do I reach Dehradun?

Dehradun is the pick-up point of the Nag Tibba trek. It is a popular tourist destination in India, and hence, it is well connected to other major cities of the country by rail, road and air.

You can reach Dehradun via air by booking your flights to the Jolly Grant Airport. There are daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun and regular flights from other major cities of the country.

If you prefer trains, then you can take a train to Dehradun railway station from major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Allahabad, etc. Most towns and cities of North India are also connected to Dehradun by a network of roads. Many state and privately run bus services ply to Dehradun.

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Trip Description
For those looking for a quick Himalayan escape, this 1 night itinerary on the Nagtibba route is a fantastic option. It takes you to the top of a ridge peak in the Nag Tibba range of the lower Himalayas, in just a day trek. You'll pass charming villages, terraced fields, and flowering trees en route to your campsite. You'll catch a beautiful sunset over the hills, and at night, you'll camp in comfortable tents with the sounds of nature outside. In the morning, you'll see gorgeous views of the peaks and of Mussoorie in the distance. On this route, you visit the Nag Devta temple on Day 2 before beginning your descent. You can expect to be back in Dehradun by 21:00 or 22:00 hrs.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip and requires a minimum of 4 persons to book.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between Dehradun-Pantwari in private vehicles
  • Accommodation in tents for 1 night on twin-sharing basis
  • In-tent amenities: sleeping bag, mattress
  • Access to shared washroom tents at the campsite
  • All vegetarian meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 2
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city to Dehradun
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 300 per day, per bag weighing a maximum of 12 kgs)
  • Any accommodation in Dehradun
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuations, etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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The Nagtibba trek begins from the Pantwari village, located about 10,000 feet, around the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas. You will be immersed in midst of nature, with lush green forests, chirping birds, and the cool, fresh mountain air.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation on triple sharing basis
  • Meals on trek
  • Any trekking or safety gear, if needed
  • Sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Toilet tents
  • Kitchen and dining tents
  • All permits if needed
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • Porters/mules to carry common equipment
  • Transport from Dehradun to Pantwari and return
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
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    Inclusions
  • Accommodation during trek
  • Meals while on trek (2 veg lunch, dinner & breakfast)
  • First-aid and medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide, and support staff
  • Transport from Dehradun to base and back
    Exclusions
  • Meals during transit
  • Mineral water
  • Anything other than that mentioned in ‘includes’ section
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