Difficulty

Easy

Duration

2 Days

Highest Altitude

7,270 ft

Age

8 to 58 years

Duration

2 Days

Age

8 to 58 years

Difficulty

Easy

Highest Altitude

7,270 ft

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Benog Tibba Family Trek Trek

An Ideal Introductory Trek to the Himalayas

The Benog Tibba Trek is a short day hike in Mussoorie Wildlife Sanctuary, Benog. Established in 1993, the sanctuary is home to the nearly extinct Mountain Quail.

The trek starts from the Cloud End Forest Resort. Right from the very start,  you are in the wilderness. Trekking through lush green forests with the captivating sounds of birds makes this a perfect trek for beginners. The long forest cover ensures that you don’t feel the sun for a long time.  The fatigue of an otherwise steep trail doesn’t set in because of these settings.

Once the trail moves out of the forest, the view of the Yamuna valley below opens up to the west, with pockets of villages and their farms dotting the hills. During spring, this section of the trail has a growth of flowers that almost obscures the grass!

And to the east, the Greater Himalayan range -- Kalanag, Swargarohini, Gangotri I, II, III, Bhrigupanth, Kedarnath -- and a plethora of other mountains open up in a sweeping panorama.

The wildlife sanctuary is also home to a variety of flora and fauna. Himalayan Goats, Barking Deer, Flying Squirrel, Langurs and Mountain Quails can be spotted by keen observers. So keep your eyes and ears open for clues!

No wonder this isolated route makes for a very satisfying weekend trek out of Delhi, Dehradun, Chandigarh or any other surrounding cities.

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Quick Itinerary

An elevation map of the Benog Tibba trek

Day 1

Drive from Dehradun to Cloud End Forest Resort. Start Trekking

Drive Distance: 34.8 km drive | Drive Duration: 2 hours

Trek Distance: 8 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours

Altitude: 6,805 ft to 7270 ft

Transport will be arranged at 6.30 AM. This cost is included in the trek fee. Pick up Location: Hotel Grand Legacy (Near Lalpul), Dehradun

Trek gradient is easy-moderate Gradual climb through the forest and switchbacks all the way to the summit, and descend down the same way. Carry 2 litres of water as there are no water sources on the way.

Day 2

Drive from Benog Tibba Basecamp to Dehradun

Trek Distance: 200 m | Drive distance: 36.2 km

Time taken: 2 hours

Max Altitude: 7,270 ft to 5150 ft

You are scheduled to leave from Benog Tibba basecamp by 10.30 am. The cost of transport back to Dehradun is included in your trek fee. It will take you close to 2 hours to reach Dehradun.

Please note: DEHRADUN SHATABDI – 12018, DEHRADUN (DDN) To NEW DELHI (NDLS) leaves from Dehradun Station by 4.55 pm. It reaches Delhi by 10.50 pm.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in tents

- You will be staying 3 in a tent

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

An elevation map of the Benog Tibba trek

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

Plan to reach Dehradun a day before the start of your trek (Day 0). Stay at any of the hotels/hostels closer to Dehradun ISBT, your pick-up point for the trek. If you plan to reach on the day of your trek (Day 1), take the Nanda DeviExpress (Kota – DDN Express – 12401) from Delhi so that you reach Dehradun before 6.30 AM, in time for your pick-up.

Return Travel

You will reach Dehradun late in the evening. Book your onward journey from Dehradun after 2 pm.

Day 1

Drive from Dehradun to Cloud End Forest Resort. Start Trekking

Drive Distance: 34.8 km drive | Drive Duration: 2 hours

Trek Distance: 8 km | Trek Duration: 7 hours

Altitude: 6,805 ft to 7270 ft

Transport will be arranged at 6.30 AM. This cost is included in the trek fee. Pick up Location: Hotel Grand Legacy (Near Lalpul), Dehradun

Trek gradient is easy-moderate Gradual climb through the forest and switchbacks all the way to the summit, and descend down the same way. Carry 2 litres of water as there are no water sources on the way.

Day 2

Drive from Benog Tibba Basecamp to Dehradun

Trek Distance: 200 m | Drive distance: 36.2 km

Time taken: 2 hours

Max Altitude: 7,270 ft to 5150 ft

You are scheduled to leave from Benog Tibba basecamp by 10.30 am. The cost of transport back to Dehradun is included in your trek fee. It will take you close to 2 hours to reach Dehradun.

Please note: DEHRADUN SHATABDI – 12018, DEHRADUN (DDN) To NEW DELHI (NDLS) leaves from Dehradun Station by 4.55 pm. It reaches Delhi by 10.50 pm.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in tents

- You will be staying 3 in a tent

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

Plan to reach Dehradun a day before the start of your trek (Day 0). Stay at any of the hotels/hostels closer to Dehradun ISBT, your pick-up point for the trek. If you plan to reach on the day of your trek (Day 1), take the Nanda DeviExpress (Kota – DDN Express – 12401) from Delhi so that you reach Dehradun before 6.30 AM, in time for your pick-up.

Return Travel

You will reach Dehradun late in the evening. Book your onward journey from Dehradun after 2 pm.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.

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Highlights

Highlights of the Benog Tibba Trek

1. The forest walk

The trail is dominated by pine trees, thanks to the afforestation efforts by the Mussoorie Forest Department.  To walk through a pine-scented forest, with dried leaves crunching under your feet is a reward worth the effort on this steep trail. Although the forest is largely pine, there are various flora mushrooming in between like rhododendrons, oak, walnut etc.

It is a treat to walk under the shade of these trees in the initial section of the trek.

The forest section was an unanimous favourite of our explorers. Picture by Jothiranjan.

2. Birds on the trail

As the trek is inside Mussoorie Wildlife Sanctuary, it is known to be home to a variety of avifauna. The chirping of birds can be heard very clearly as you walk through the forested trail. Sudden sounds of a bird flying might scare you!

You may spot Black-headed Jay, Brown fronted woodpecker, Verditer Flycatcher, Blue Whistling Thrush, Great Hill Barbet, and Russet Sparrow, and if you are lucky, the near-extinct Mountain Quail. For a birder, this trail is a treat.

Birds in Benog tibba trek. Picture by Jothiranjan.

3. The summit view

Once you are at the summit, you see the expanse of Yamuna valley lying below you.  The snow-capped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas stand tall in the distance. On a clear day, you may be able to see Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi and Dronagiri, among other mountains. You may even spot Nag Tibba hill ahead. This vantage view is a worthy reward for a short day’s trek!

The complete Garhwal Himalayan range is spotted on a clear day from the summit. Picture by Izzat Yaganagi

The Benog Tibba Trek is in the Benog Mountain Quail sanctuary of Mussoorie. It is a charming walk through the forest. The majority of the Garhwal Himalayan mountain ranges can be seen from the Benog Tibba summit, in a wide panorama.

Picture by: Jothiranjan

Silver Oak trees forest

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Benog Tibba trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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