The Benog Tibba Trek is in Benog Mountain Quail sanctuary of Mussoorie. Established in 1993, the sanctuary is home to near extinct, The Mountain Quail.
The trek starts from the Indiahikes campsite near forest office of the sanctuary. Right from the very first campsite, you are in the wilderness. Trekking through lush green forests with the captivating sounds of birds makes this a trek almost 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, with pockets of villages and their farms dotting the hills. During spring, this section of trail has a growth of flowers that almost obscures the grass!
No wonder this isolated route makes for a very satisfying weekend trek out of Delhi.
What To Watch Out For
The forest walk
The trail is dominated by pine trees, thanks to the afforestation efforts by the Forest Department. To walk through a pine scented forest, 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 different flora mushrooming in between as well. Our explorers were picked this section of the trek as their favourite.
The birds on the trail
As the trek is inside Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, it is known to be a home to various birds and wildlife. The chirping of birds can be heard very clearly as you walk through this 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. For a birder, this trail is a treat.
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. in the mercy of a clear day, you may able to see Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi and Dronagiri. You may even spot Nag Tibba hill ahead. This vantage view is a worthy reward for the day’s trek!
Day 1: Reach Benog Tibba Base Camp; 2-3 hours drive from Dehradun. Transport will be arranged from Dehradun ISBT (bus stand) at 6.30 am. Stay in tents at the Benog Tibba Base Camp for the night.
Day 2: Benog Tibba Base (5,239 ft) to Benog Tibba Top (7,372 ft); descend back to Benog Tibba Base Camp; 9 hours. 52 km drive back to Dehradun; 3 hours.
Book trains or buses from Dehradun after 10.00 pm.
Please note: The breakfast during transit from Dehradun to Benog Tibba Base Camp is not included in the trek fee.
You will be staying in tents overnight (3 per tent).
When you plan your travel, avoid the Mussoorie Express. Take the Nanda Devi Express or Jan Shatabdi Express instead.
Day 1: Arrive at Dehradun, drive to Benog Tibba Base Camp. Stay at Indiahikes campsite
- Distance: 52 km drive
- Time Taken: 3 hour drive
- Altitude: 5,239 ft trek
Reach Dehradun ISBT in the morning by 6.30 am for Indiahikes pick up vehicle. As the drive climbs out of Dehradun, you feel the air get colder as you gain altitude. The view of entire city of Dehradun as you go higher is mesmerizing. Three hours later, you reach the Forest Check post. The rough motorable road ends at the forest check post.
As you start walking from the forest checkpost into the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, there will be a diversion after 200 metres. One route veers left and meets the bridge which crosses the stream, while other one goes right to Benog Tibba. Take the route going towards the left for the campsite of the day. Cross the bridge and walk for another 50 metres to enter a beautiful clearing in the middle of wilderness. Trails which you can explore lie in multiple directions. A private land sits opposite. Butterflies flit in and about.
This is the Benog Tibba Base Camp and we’ll camp here for the night.
Day 2: Base Camp to Benog Tibba and back
- Distance: 8 km
- Time taken: 9 hours
- Max Altitude: 7,372 ft
From the campsite, retrace to the point where the roads diverged. From there, start walking on the path towards the right which leads you all the way to Benog Tibba. It is a wide, forested trail with a steep ascent. The trek would be taxing on your legs today. Be prepared and carry two litres of water with you.
Seven hundred metres on the trail, you will see a board describing the details of afforestation. Although the forest department plants a lot of Pine Trees in the forest, it is still filled with variety of flora. Throughout the trail, you will see different kinds of plants and trees such as rhododendrons, deodar, box myrtle and nettle tree, to name a few. In between the trees, you will see the hills opposite with small villages and terraced farms doting it’s slopes.
The forested trail is covered with dried leaves and sometimes, hard to keep a track of. The chirping of birds can be heard very clearly and sudden sounds of a bird flying might startle you. This trail might be a birder’s delight!
In about 500 metres from the afforestation board, you will see ruins of old construction on your left. The trail is still steep. However, the cool forest cover ensures you don’t feel the stress of the trail. Two hundred metres of steep climb from here, you will come across a diversion. Take the route going upward towards the right.
After a kilometre, to trekker’s relief, the ascent becomes gradual. In another 500 metres, you will come across a clearing from where you get a panoramic view of villages around. This is the first time you get a sense of the height you are at and the scale of the valley below!
Continue on the same trail for a few hundred meters and you will start seeing a construction – that’s your summit. From there, it is an easy walk on grass. During spring, this section is filled with flowers.
The summit consists of a small temple of Jwala Devi – an avatar of Maa Durga. The temple is small, painted white and looks like a relatively new structure than the kind of temples you would usually see in the hills. If the weather is clear, you will get a 180-degree view of Yamuna valley below, the peaks of Garhwal and Nag Tibba hill ahead. If you are lucky, you may able to spot Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti and Trishul in the distance.
There is ample camping ground but no water source.Towards the east, one can easily see a concrete structure (also visible from other side hill). Take some time to soak in the view here. It can get quite windy here.
Retrace the same route back to roadhead. Under the shade of the forest, you are shielded from the afternoon sun as you make your way back, making it an enjoyable walk.
How to get to Benog Tibba Base Camp
Delhi → Dehradun →Benog Tibba Base Camp
The drive from Dehradun to Benog Tibba Base Camp is very picturesque through Mussoorie. Indiahikes organises transport from Dehradun to Benog Tibba Base Camp. The cost of the transport is included in the trek fee. The transport will be organised at 6.30 am from Dehradun ISBT (bus stand) on Day 1. You will reach Benog Tibba Base Camp by 10.00 am.
To reach Dehradun
The best way to reach Dehradun is to take a train from Delhi. Here are the options –
- 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 5.40
- 12055 DDN Jan Shatabdi – 15.20 – 21.10 (reach the previous night)
If you cannot find a train, then take a bus. To stay on the safe side, book buses online in advance. Book such that you have some buffer time to make it to Dehradun on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed.
The trek ends at Benog Tibba Base Camp. Indiahikes arranges transport from Benog Tibba Base Camp to Dehradun. The cost is included in your trek fee. You will reach Dehradun late in the evening. Book your onward journey from Dehradun after 10.00 pm.
If you want to get to Benog Tibba Base Camp on your own
Take an overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi (AC Special is the best option). Benog Tibba Base Camp is 52 km from Dehradun. It will take you around 2-3 hours to reach there. The journey takes you via Mussoorie.
You can take either a bus or a local taxi to reach Benog Tibba Base Camp. From the local bus stand take the early morning bus moving towards Kempty Falls.
There is good network coverage till Benog Tibba Base Camp. The network coverage on trail might be a little sketchy.
How to get fit for the Benog Tibba trek
The Benog Tibba trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek. In winter, it could be a little challenging with a lot of snow.
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.
Here’s a fitness routine that works:
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.
–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 45 minutes.
–>If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.
How to send us a proof of your fitness routine? It is not mandatory on this trek, but you can still send us.
–>Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.
–>Take a screenshot of the summary of your run and upload.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
What to take on the Benog Tibba trek
- Trekking shoes: The terrain may be rough and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Regular sports shoes will not be comfortable enough. You can watch this video to learn how to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (20-30 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
The Benog Tibba trek is a two day trek. You need to carry things depending on the season you go in.
On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.
- Four warm layers (Winter): The highest altitude you reach in this trek is 7,372 ft and the climate may require you to have more warm clothes. You will need at least four warm layers (two light layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket, in addition to thermals) for this trek. In non winter months, two warm layers should suffice.
- One trek pant: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry an extra pair just in case it rains. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
- Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness.
- Suncap:The sun is more harsh at high altitude. To prevent sunburn, we recommend wearing this.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves which is water resistant.
- Balaclava or a woolen cap
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. We do not like biodegradable wet wipes because they take a long time to decompose in the mountains. Use toilet paper instead.
- Sanitary waste: Make sure you bring your used sanitary napkins back to the city with you. Carry a zip lock bag to put used napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery:Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. We do not allow biodegradable or disposable cutlery on our treks..
- Two water bottles: 1 liter each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use Ziploc covers to compartmentalization of things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 3 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 2 tablets (Pain killer)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 4 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 5 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 3 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid –5 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 5 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury
- Anti fungal powder
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
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If you’re shopping or packing for the trek, you can download this quick and simple checklist for offline use.
Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek –
How safe is the Benog Tibba trek?
The Benog Tibba trek is an easy trek. Though it’s an easy trek there are certain things that you must be aware of. The trek is a short trek but it can get really sunny as you walk up. Dehydration is something that is really common if you don’t have enough fluids to hydrate yourself.
At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.
If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.
Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. There are plenty of exit points throughout the trek so any evacuation needed is taken care of. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. This can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.
What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety
Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.
Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:
1. Fitness criteria before registration
Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the Benog Tibba trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Benog Tibba trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.
2. Monitoring health on a trek
On the Benog Tibba trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required. Your blood pressure levels will be checked if the need arises.
3. High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.
4. High Altitude Trek Equipment
To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.
All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.
With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.
Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.
5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek
You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.
We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.
The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy
We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that.
Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies.
Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.
In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 20% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 7 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher
In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.
Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for.
If you cancel any rental gear from our store:
- Cancellation of rental gear 3 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
- Cancellation of rental gear less than 3 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a voucher of the whole amount you have paid for the rental gear. This voucher is applicable on your future treks.
If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:
The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge.
If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee.
Special Cases That Could Occur:
There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.
1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.
2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)
In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you.
Important note: Your offloading and rental fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.
3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one).
In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.
How to cancel your trek:
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps.
- Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link.
- Find your upcoming trek on your home page.
- Click on “Cancel Trek”
- Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
- Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable).
- Click on “Cancel Booking”
How long does the refund process take?
After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.
If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.
What is a Trek Voucher?
Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.
Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable.
How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?
If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek.
Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator.
The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)
At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.
So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.)
To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges.
Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.
Your trek includes –
- Accommodation – Stay is included. You will be camping in tents (3 per tent).
- Meals – All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
- Transport – Transport is provided in shared cabs from Dehradun to Benog Tibba Base Camp and back.
- Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
- Trekking equipment – You will stay in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Our high altitude sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC. We provide ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
- Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
Your trek does not include –
- Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to Benog Tibba Base Camp and back.
- Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 250 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed.
- Stay at Dehradun on the last day
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from inclusions
In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher
A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 5 km in 40 mins before the start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.
Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
Backpack offloading charges – Rs 250 per day plus GST of 5%. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.
Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.
All trekkers will be picked up at Dehradun Railway station at 6.30 am in the morning to Benog Tibba Base Camp.
Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.
Repeat Trekker Policy
At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.
These are the different policies when it comes to waiving off trek fee charges.
Scholarship Discount for Kids
Can I join directly at the basecamp?
Yes, get in touch with your Trek Experience Manager after registering for the trek.
If not the Benog Tibba trek, what is a good alternative trek to do?
Nag Tibba is another weekend trek from Dehradun station. You'll find details about it here - https://indiahikes.com/nag-tibba/
Do you have a locker facility or cloak room?
You can leave your extra clothes in the cab. You will be taking the same cab back to Dehradun after your trek. We don't have any other facility at the moment. Make sure you do not leave any valuables such as laptops and phones in the bag.
Can I change into trekking clothes before the trek starts?
You can use the Dehradun railways station rest rooms.
Do you have renting items?
We have a few items like pole, jackets and shoes on rent.
We will open up dates shortly. Click here to see other similar treks that might have dates.