The Nag Tibba Trek, located in the lower Himalayas near Mussoorie is the highest peak in the Garhwal mountain range. It is a short and relatively easy trek that can be done by beginners as well as experienced trekkers. Set at a height of about 3025 meters, it is one of the best places to camp. It offers the opportunity to treat your eyes to the picturesque landscape. An amalgam of these reasons is sufficient to add the Nag Tibba Trek to your bucket list!
A temple is located on the hilltop which attracts devoted tourists. The Banderpunch Range of the Mighty Indian Himalayas is seen from the summit of the trek. This trek is an ideal place for pitching tents and enjoying star gazing under the starry nights. This trek is a window to the picture-perfect peaks of Kedarnath, Black Peak, Srikanth, Gangotri, Doon Valley, Chanabang, and Swargarohini. You might also be lucky enough to spot mountain birds. It attracts photographers because it has picture-perfect views. Not only do nature photographers visit the Nag Tibba Trek but also astrophotographers who wish to capture pictures of the stunning Milky Way.
About the Nag Tibba Trek Route
The trek route is somewhat circular. The trek starts and ends at the base village Pantwari. It is surrounded by thick forests of Oak, Cedar, Alpines, and Rhododendrons. It is an easy route that can be done even by someone with no trekking experience. The trek route is safe. It is close to Dehradun and Mussoorie and is not prone to natural calamities like floods or landslides. It can be covered in 5-6 hours. The cascading waters of the waterfalls are indeed a sight to behold. The distance of the trek is approximately 15 kilometers. The trek route is initially rocky with boulders coming your way but after a few kilometers, it becomes easier with the forest trail.
If you visit in the summer months, you will come across lush green valleys with flowers blooming, while in the winter months you are bound to come across a snow-covered trek route. Both of them are equally pleasing. The Nag Tibba Trek has three routes, and each of them is equally easy.
The first route has its base at the Devalsari Village which is 13 kilometers away from the summit of the trek. This route is less inhabited and remote. It is covered with dense deodar forests. The Forest Guest House is located in the vicinity and serves as a place to stay during the night however, this requires the allowance of the Mussoorie Forest Office.
The second route commences from Panthwari Village and is an 8-kilometer-long trek to the summit. This is the shortest of the three routes however it is a little tricky and requires the assistance of a guide. This is also the most popular route to complete the Nag Tibba Trek.
The third route is from Aunter via Thatyur. This route is a comparatively straight route with fewer complications and slopes.
Best Time to Visit the Trek
The most suitable time to visit the Nag Tibba Trek is during the winter months when most other treks are inaccessible. It can be visited from February to mid-June. Mid-September to the end of November months are also suitable.
If you are interested in a short and easy snow trek, then you can visit the Nag Tibba Trek from December to March.
Mythological Link of the Nag Tibba Trek
In the local language, the words “Nag Tibba” stand for “Snake Hill or Peak”. It is believed to be home to ‘Nag Devta’ i.e. the God of Snakes. Religious tourists visit this place to offer prayers to Nag Devta.
Tips to Ace your Trek
- Carry light luggage with you since you need to carry it all along the trek route.
- Ensure that you carry all the necessary items for your trip- from tents to extra clothes, from sunscreen to energy-giving food, from personal care kit to medical box.
- Do check the weather conditions before you plan your trek. Monsoon rains make the route slippery and difficult to cover.
- Make your accommodation arrangement with guest houses or hotels beforehand. If you plan to stay in tents, do carry all the camping equipment like sleeping bags and insect repellant sprays or creams.
- It is advisable to do the trek with a guide if you are trekking for the first time.
The Nag Tibba Trek is certainly the perfect weekend getaway to spend time in the surreal green valleys, oak, and rhododendron forests with a breathtaking view of various mountains and peaks.