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Nag Tibba Trek - A Complete Travel Guide

It's certainly said that - 

The best view comes after the most strenuous climb.

Mountains are the beginning and the end of the natural panorama.

One of the best destinations to escape from the reality of life is the mountains. To experience such a holiday, we are here to plan your next sought trip to the famous Nag Tibba trek in Uttarakhand. Considering an ideal destination for a mountain trek, Nag Tibba is the most famous and most visited trek.

Nag Tibba Base Camp
Enjoying a cup of tea at the Nag Tibba Base Camp

About Nag Tibba

Nag Tibba is located in the state of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3022 meters, making it one of the highest peaks in the lower Himalayan range. Located very near to the Hill Station, Mussoorie, the Nag Tibba trek is very prominent and the most alluring trek among visitors and nature lovers especially those who love adventures. 

Nag Tibba Base Camp
Nag Tibba Base Camp

The name Nag Tibba is assured by the local Garhwali articulation, Nagg means snake and Tibba means peak or hill. According to an old mythological tale, Nag Tibba hill is actually the residence of 'Naag Devta'. The trek is also called by the name Serpent's Trek. The villagers believe this a holy place and come to prey here. 

The Nag Tibba trek is one of the most famous treks in Uttarakhand, not only for the scenic beauty but also for the famous Shiva Temple at the top of Nag Tibba hill. If you are visiting in the winter, you can clearly witness the incredible and unbelievably beautiful snow-covered hills of Kedarnath, Bandarpoonch, Kala Naag, and many more.

My journey to this trek was fascinating and definitely a rememberable one. 

It was a sudden idea while deciding with friends what are we doing for the New Year celebration. It clicked out of nowhere to celebrate this new year not with loud music and partying but in peace and serenity with close friends. We planned to celebrate the New Year at the top of a mountain hill. Yes, we started our journey in the month of Dec on the 29th night and reached the top of Nag Tibba mountain hill exactly on new year's eve to celebrate New Year with a bonfire along with friends.

I must say this was one of the best New year celebrations we had!


What is the best time to visit Nag Tibba?

The best time to visit Nag Tibba and enjoy this trekking is the winter season i.e. from October to March as the routes are covered in snow, forming an incredible and beautiful panorama. Though the temperature goes very down and the night would be freezy. You have to be cautious about clothes and winter wear. Carry enough woolen clothes. But out of all, you will find peace and beauty of nature in the outstanding snow-covered captivating hills which are worth watching. If you are lucky enough, you may experience mesmerizing snowfall during winters.

The summer season i.e. from April to June is also a very suitable time to plan a Nag Tibba trekking trip. You will experience breezy and a perfect pleasant climate for trekking. The dense forests will provide you enough shade while trekking. Woolen clothes will not be required if you are traveling in summer.

The monsoons from July to October are not a very good idea to plan a trekking trip. Although you will get to see heavenly greenery and amazing scenery to view, the monsoon means slippery and muddy track which is not a good idea for trekking. 


How to reach Nag Tibba?

The main journey of Nag Tibba starts from Mussoorie. Being the queen of the hill stations, Mussoorie alone has a lot to explore. You can reach Mussoorie and spend a day here before starting your trek to Nag Tibba. You can reach here using the below options of transport:

Airway: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Mussoorie which is about 60 kilometers. You can easily find the cabs/taxi till Mussoorie as the airport is very well connected.

Railway: The nearest railway station to Mussoorie is the Dehradun railway station, around 36 kilometers. You can easily find the trains like Shatabdi Express or Mussoorie Express. This is the most convenient way to reach here.

Roadway: Another convenient option to reach Mussoorie is via Bus. Mussoorie is well connected with roadway routes. One can take a roadway route from Delhi to Mussoorie as luxury Volvo buses are easily available from Delhi which take around 5 to 6 hours. You can catch an overnight sleeper bus from Delhi and reach here by morning.

Since we were traveling via Delhi, we took an overnight luxury sleeper bus from Delhi and reached Mussoorie early in the morning around 6AM.


Where to stay in Mussoorie and Nag Tibba?

A Day Stay at Mussoorie:

Mussoorie, being a ravishing hill station and the center point of our trek to Nag Tibba, planning a day stay here is not at all a bad idea!

We reached Mussoorie in the morning via overnight bus from Delhi. We instantly scanned a few hotels near mall road and selected a fine one to freshen up and relax. 

Beautiful Morning View in Mussoorie
Beautiful Morning View in Mussorie

If you are planning for this trip, you can have a day's stay in Mussoorie or Dehradun for some relaxation before trekking. You can utilize a day to explore the place. There are plenty of options, good hotels, and resorts to stay in. You can do prior booking before reaching to reduce the last moment stress.

Stay at Nag Tibba Base Camp:

After checking out from Mussoorie hotel the next day morning, Booked a local cab from Mall Road and reached Pantwari Village.

After reaching the Pantwari village you will find a couple of trek operators who offer Trek camps, guides mules, and guide service. I would recommend booking it in advance or else you might face an availability issue.


What is the best trekking route to Nag Tibba?

The best trekking route for Nag Tibba is via Mussoorie.

Trek Route 1: The easiest and the most used way to reach Nag Tibba basecamp and Summit is from Pantwari Village.

Mussoorie or Dehradun -->Pantwari Village --> Nag Tibba Base Camp --> Summit

Distance: 8 kilometers

Trek Route 2: The second trekking route to reach Nag Tibba basecamp and Summit is from Develsari Village. This route is rarely used by travelers as it passes through thick deodar forest and is a bit far as compared to route 1.

Mussoorie --> Develsari Village --> Nag Tibba Base Camp --> Summit

Distance: 13 kilometers 

 

Day-wise Itinerary to Nag Tibba

Day 1: Reach Mussoorie -> Breakfast in Kalsang -> Kempty Falls -> Visit Mall Road -> Dinner in Little LLama Cafe

Day 2: Reach Panthvari Village -> Breakfast -> Start Trek -> Reach Base Camp -> Enjoy Sunset and Photography 

Day 3: Wake up early -> Trek to Summit -> Visit Nag Devta Temple -> Return to Pantwari -> Catch Bus/Train from Mussoorie.


Day 1 Itinerary:

Mussoorie Tour

Mussoorie is the most visited and the most romantic hill station due to its stunning weather and serene beauty. It is a small hill station to explore scenic beauty.

To start with, we first had a fantastic breakfast in Mall Road in a very famous cafe called Kalsang. This is a very colorful restaurant serving varieties of cuisines like Chinese, Thai, and many more. After spending enough time here, we decided to visit Kempty waterfall.

Kalsang Cafe in Mussoorie Mall Road
Kalsang Cafe in Mussoorie Mall Road

Kempty Waterfall

Kempty waterfall is the perfect picnic spot to enjoy with friends and family. The water stream falls from the height of around 40 ft. You will find stairs to reach up to the exact waterfall. The water is very cold and the surrounding is extremely beautiful. You will definitely spend a splendid and lavish time here. 

Kempty Waterfall in Mussoorie
Kempty Waterfall in Mussoorie

Kempty waterfall is around 15 kilometers from the main Mussoorie. You can easily get a cab or taxi or car. It will take a maximum of 1 hour to reach including traffic. Plenty of shops are available to provide swimming clothes, towels, floaters, and locker services to keep your belongings safe.

We arrived here in the afternoon and spent around 3-4 hours. We came back by evening around 4-5 PM to our hotel.

Rating: The rating from us would be 8 out of 10.

Dinner at Mall Road Mussoorie

After coming back from the Kempty waterfall, we took some rest at our hotel, freshen up, and decided to have a view of nightlife on the Mall Road of Mussoorie.

Mall road is extremely famous and situated at the center of the city. It has a series of shops of varieties of items like scarfs, hats, video games, bracelets, and many food shops. You will definitely get attracted by the mouth-watering street food stalls there. We tried some as starters and they were delicious.

Beautiful Mall road with delicious sweet shops in Mussoorie
Beautiful Mall road with delicious street shops in Mussoorie

For dinner, we reached Little LLama Cafe, a very cozy place with a mind-blowing view and fantastic music. The food was marvelous and the ambiance was just perfect. The overall experience of Mall road was perfect and happening. 

Rating: The rating of this from us - is 7 out of 10.

We finally reached back to our hotel at night and had a great sleep.

Day 2 Itinerary: 

The next morning was even more thrilling and exciting for us. We were ready for our rousing trek to Nag Tibba and checked out from the hotel early in the morning around 6-7 AM.

Road trip from Mussoorie to Pantwari Village

The journey of the Nag Nibba trek begins with the mesmerizing road trip to Pantwari village as we went through the beautiful sceneries and some of the most delightful countryside views. 

Pantwari Village
Spectacular view of mountains and rivers on my way to Pantwari Village

The mountain roads are long with survey outlines and are just amazing to watch. The views are definitely worth watching for the photographers. It took around 3-4 hours to reach Pantwari village, from where the actual trek begins. 

After reaching Pantwari village we had breakfast to get ourselves ready for the trek to Nag Tibba Base Camp. We contacted a local trek operator in Pantwari village and they assisted in providing a tent and guide for our trek to Nag Tibba.

Trek begins from Pantwari to Nag Tibba Base camp

As we were all set with our tent and guide. We began our journey around 11AM and were so excited to begin the trekking. Typically, this trek is considered the easiest one, even for beginners. 

A tip for you is that you should definitely hire a trekking guide as he is the one who will take care of trekking, food, and settling up the tent/camp. He will guide you on the complete trek and would tell the stories related to the place. 

From Pantwari to Basecamp is just 5.5 to 6 kilometers and the landscape of the trail is just marvelous. The trek begins from the cemented path from Pantwari, which moving forward turns into the rocky and uneven ground. 

As we moved forward in the uphills, the unseen view was opening up giving a beautiful view of the mountains. As we finished 1-1.5 kilometers, we passed through breathtaking views of mountains with dense forests

Approaching towards Nag Tibba Base Camp
Approaching Nag Tibba Base Camp

After covering 1.5 hours of our hike, We passed through the Goat Village Resort which is located in a very beautiful location. If someone wants to experience the luxury resort, you can plan your stay here. After covering half of the trek the difficulty level increases as the trail become more steep and rocky. Also, there is no place to have water so I would recommend you carry water bottles with you to keep yourself hydrated on the trek.

After completing more than half of the trek we got so tired and planned to rest for a few minutes and then continued towards Base camp, As we move forward we came across a dense forest of Oak trees and the trail also got very steep. It is one of the most challenging parts of the trek.

The dense forest just before reaching Base Camp
The dense forest just before reaching Base Camp

Reached Base Camp

We finally reached the Base camp at around 5PM in the evening and to be honest the view from the top is beyond words. We were surprised to see such a crowd in their colorful tents, settling and getting ready for the bonfire. 

We somehow found the perfect place for our camp set up at the top from where we could see the amazing scenic view. Our tour guide helped in setting up the camp and tents.

As it was about to get sunset, we did some photography and watched the sunset peacefully. It was new year's eve and we were over-excited about the fact that we are going to begin the new year in the most stunning way. As time passed, we were around our bonfire, talking, drinking, singing, and truly enjoying the moment. 

We finally slept inside our camp to wake up early as we wanted to reach the Summit to view the sunrise. 

Nag Tibba Base Camp
Nag Tibba Base Camp

Day 3 Itinerary:

Trek to Summit:

The next day morning we started our journey with our tour guide very early to reach the summit. It was around  4-5 KM from the base camp. We passed the trail of snow-covered forest which finally took us to the structure of the temple, a renowned Nag Mandir of Nag Devta (the serpent god). 

Nag Devta (The Serpent God) temple
Nag Devta (The Serpent God) temple

It was just a mesmerizing view to watch in the early morning. We kept trekking and finally reached the Summit point to witness the most beautiful sunrise ever. 

Snow Covered patches on our way to Nag Tibba Summit
Snow Covered patches on our way to Nag Tibba Summit

I was feeling at the top of the World at that moment. We could easily witness the mighty Mount Everest and the sun emerging from behind the mountain forming a breathtaking view. We felt lucky that we could watch this Sunrise.

Return to Pantwari Village:

After spending enough time here, we came back to our base camp. The trek while coming done was easier for us as it was daytime and we could actually watch the trails and the fabulous views as well.

Returning back to Nag Tibba base camp from Summit point
Returning back to Nag Tibba base camp from Summit point

After reaching the base camp, we took a break for some time to return to the Pantwari village. We had a return bus on the same day from Mussoorie. We came back to Mussoorie on time and finally took our bus back to Delhi.

Important Points for Nag Tibba Trekking:

1. Carry a water bottle as you will feel thirsty while trekking, also there are not enough options on the trail.

2. Wear trekking shoes. You definitely don't want to take risks in the mountain. Though this is an easy trek still there are heaps and climbing trails.

3. If you are traveling in the Winter season, take enough woolen clothes like gloves to cover yourself as the temperature might fall very very low. You will definitely gonna witness snow.

4. Carry snacks as you will feel hungry and there isn't much option to eat that too after reaching the Nag Tibba Base Camp.

Please let me know in the comment section in case you need any assistance or have any queries regarding planning a trip to Nag Tibba Trek.


Thanks for reading :)

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