A thrilling weekend summit out of Mussoorie
We all know summit climbs are incredibly rewarding in a trek. This is why we have trekkers flocking to treks like Kedarkantha or Deoriatal – Chandrashila. In a trail like Nag Tibba, you get to experience the thrill of a summit climb in just a weekend!
Resting at 9,915 ft, the summit of this trek is the highest in the Nag Tibba range of Garhwal Himalayas. From here, you see a 100-degree view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges such as Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikantha, and Gangotri. You also see Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Changabang. With views like this and a climb to make you earn them, this weekend trek may be one of the best.
As you go up one side of the mountain and come down from another side, you also experience a variety of landscapes. This trek takes you through dense forests, clearings and ridge walks. All within two days!
This relatively unknown trail near Mussoorie is a good fit for trekkers living in Delhi and National Capital Region, who want to have an adventure over the weekend. For beginners, this trek great for an introductory trek to the world of trekking
What to Watch Out For
The view of sunset from campsite
This is one of the few treks we have where you can see spell binding sunsets. This is because of the direction this trail faces. On a clear day, you see big snow-capped mountains like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Srikanth, and Gangotri lighting up a shade of fiery orange. Below you, you see a bed of clouds float. You don’t even have to climb to a high point to see this sunset. You can see it right from your campsite!
The trail to Bhatwadi village
The summit day for Nag Tibba is a long one. Right after you touch the summit, you start descending down to a village called Bhatwadi. This route is extremely picturesque. An hour into your descent, you enter a clearing called Moriana where there is a stream on one side and you see a couple of shepherds’ huts on the other side. This place is encircled by forests. It is a lovely spot for taking photographs! From here, the trail goes through a lovely forest cover that moves along the stream. When you enter farms after an hour or so, you are disappointed by the end of this trail.
Day 1: Reach Panthwari; 2-3 hours drive from Dehradun. Transport will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station at 6.30 am. Trek from Panthwari ((4,642 ft)) to Camp 1/Khatian (7,627 ft).
Day 2: Camp 1/Khatian (7,627 ft) to Nag Tibba Top (9,915 ft) via Nag Tibba Base (8,530 ft); descend to Bhatwadi, 5-6 hours. Drive back to Dehradun. Book trains or buses from Dehradun after 10.00 pm.
Please note: The breakfast during transit from Dehradun to Panthwari 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: Getting to Panthwari; trek to Camp 1 (Khatian)
The four-hour road journey (85 km) from Dehradun railway station to Panthwari village takes you via Mussoorie, Kempty falls, over Yamuna Bridge and up to Nainbagh on the road to Purola. From Nainbagh main market, take a road going up on the right side (also known as Nag Tibba road). From here, after a 12 km drive, you reach Panthwari village which is the starting point for the trek.
- Time taken: 2-3 hours to reach Panthwari; 5-6 hours trek from Panthwari to Camp 1/Khatian (4.5 km)
- Altitude: Panthwari (4,642 ft/1,415 m) to Camp 1 (7,627 ft/2,325 m)
- Trek gradient: Moderate. Gradual ascent throughout the route. Follow the stone trail made by the forest department. The trail has long patches of loose stones.
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Panthwari. The first water source is 1.5 km from Panthwari. The next one is at the Forest department gate, 3 km from Panthwari.
There are three routes that you could take to go to Nag Tibba. This one via Panthwari village is the shortest, with a total trail distance of 8 km from Panthwari Village to the Nag Tibba Summit. However, you will not go all the way to the summit today but stop at Khatian, 4.5 km from Panthwari.
A cemented trail goes up from the heart of the village market. Look for a welcome gate as the trail goes up. A minute into the hike, a “Nag Devta” temple will appear on your left. From this point, the trail curves towards the left and the cemented trail is now replaced with a rocky shepherds’ trail.
After walking for 10 minutes on this well-defined trail you reach a motorable road. Cross this road and locate a trail going up the mountain straight ahead of you. Here on, the route involves ascending the steep trail which crosses the motor road three more times.
It is a 15-minute walk between the first and the second road crossings. As you walk past the third crossing, you find your first water point. The stream drains into a cemented reservoir. After the fourth and last road crossing, you reach a small village. From here, take a trail going up towards the left. It is an easy ascent and you can enjoy walking past vast tracts of farmland and the Panthwari village below.
Face the Panthwari village, and you will find the connecting ridge to Nag-Tibba behind you. After a gradual walk for 20 minutes, climb up the hill from the left side. There are several other trails that are semi-defined. You can also climb straight up as a short-cut. After a stiff climb of 20 minutes, you reach a T-section on the trail. Turn right and walk for another 20 to 30 minutes.
The trail from here is a gradual and pleasant walk till you reach your second water point. Look for another cemented reservoir of drinking water. This point is right below an isolated hut next to a small farm making for a picturesque view. You will now be able to see the left side of the hill for the first time.
In front of you now lies a trail going up through the forest cover. Expect another 20 to 30 minutes of a steep climb over a semi-defined trail which zigzags upwards. 15 minutes into the hike, look for a small clearing. From here, you can locate the campsite further up towards your right.
Day 2: Camp 1 (Khatian) to Nag Tibba Summit via Nag Tibba Base; descend to Bhatwadi and drive back to Dehradun via Panthwari
- Altitude: 7,627 ft (2,325 m) to 9,915 ft (3,022 m) via 8,530 ft (2,600 m)
- Time: 2 hours to summit (3 km), 3 hours descent (8 km)
- Trek gradient: Moderate. An hour’s gradual ascent to Nag Tibba base with a 10-minute steep section followed by a steep climb to the summit.
- Water sources: Carry at least 2 litres of water before you leave Camp 1
Rise early to get a head start as it is going to be a long day with a lot of walking to do. From Camp 1, locate a trail towards the right going straight into the forest. Most of the trail is in a thickly forested area. The trails from here are well defined. However, during the months of January and February snow makes it difficult to identify the trail.
The landmarks on this 2 km trail to reach Nag Tibba Base are the two small open patches of land which you pass 20 minutes and 35 minutes from Camp 1. The estimated time it takes to reach Nag Tibba Base is around 45 minutes to 1 hour. The route is mostly a gradual walk with a small section of steep ascent for 10 minutes in between. Nag Tibba Base is a large clearing with a temple dedicated to the Serpent God.
You get a view of the Garhwal peaks through the forest. In winter one will encounter a lot of snow here. The last 1 km is a very steep incline going into a forest with hardly any sunlight. This prevents the snow from melting. An able guide who knows the trail can come in handy in such conditions. There are 4 steep climbs while trekking in the forest.
The snow makes the climb more challenging. It can take anywhere between 1 to 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the summit. The summit is straight up and does not require you to go left or right. As you reach the top, you will see the trail re-appear and curve towards a ridge on the left. Walk for a minute till you see an open patch of land sloping downwards on the other side of the mountain.
Look for a flag on the highest point called Nag Tibba “Jhandi” or summit. Looking down towards the other side of the ridge you will see the route from Deolsari or Devalsari village.
On the left-hand slope from the summit, one can get a terrific view of the Himalayan ranges of Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikanta, and Gangotri. The whole section looks beautifully carpeted in snow, making it a true winter weekend trek.
After spending some time at the summit, begin your descent. Retrace your way to Nag Tibba Base. Here, you can see a trail going down into the forest to the right. Two cemented structures mark the beginning of this trail. This is a single trail that goes all the way to Bhatwadi.
After 45 minutes of descent on this trail, you start moving along a stream. The stream goes down all the way to Bhatwadi village.
After an hour of descending on this trail, you reach a clearing called Moriana. The stream flows on one side here and there are a couple of shepherds’ huts on the other side. This place is encircled by forests and makes for a beautiful spot for photography.
From Moriana, the trail descends into the jungle again. You continue to move along the stream. In about 1.5 hours, the forest cover ends and farms appear. You reach the Forest Department gate in 10 minutes. Bhatwadi village is clearly visible from here but it takes another 45 minutes to reach there. Continue on the main trail and avoid the smaller ones which go off inside the village. This trail reached the entry gate for the Bhatwadi Gaon route and marks the end of the trek.
Panthwari is 8 km from Bhatwadi. Proceed to Dehradun, stopping at Panthwari if you need to collect any bags from the cloakroom.
How to get to Panthwari
Delhi → Dehradun → Panthwari
Panthwari is a small village in the Garhwal Himalayas. The drive from Dehradun to Panthwari is very picturesque through Kempty Falls and Mussoorie. Indiahikes organises transport from Dehradun to Panthwari. The cost of the transport is included in the trek fee. The transport will be organised at 6.30 am from Dehradun Railway Station on Day 1. You will reach Panthwari by 11.00 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 Bhatwadi. Indiahikes arranges transport from Bhatwadi to Dehradun via Panthwari. 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 Panthwari on your own
Take an overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi (AC Special is the best option). Panthwari is 85 km from Dehradun. It will take you around 4 hours to reach there. The journey akes you via Mussoorie, Kempty falls, over Yamuna Bridge and up to Nainbagh on the road to Purola. From Nainbagh main market, take a road going up on the right side (also known as Nag Tibba road). Panthwari is 12 km from here.
You can take either a bus or a local taxi to reach Panthwari. From the local bus stand take the early morning bus moving towards Purola or Sankri till Nainbagh. From Nainbagh board a shared jeep for the 12 km drive to Panthwari village.
How to get fit for the Nag Tibba trek
The Nag Tibba trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek. It is not a very difficult trek in summer and autumn. 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 Nag 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 Nag Tibba trek just 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.
- Three warm layers (Winter): The highest altitude you reach in this trek is 9,914 ft and the climate may require you to have more warm clothes. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) 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. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
- Suncap: The sun is more
- 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 Nag Tibba trek?
The Nag 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 Nag Tibba trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Nag 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 Nag 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.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please log in to your account and cancel.
Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.
The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 7 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellations less than 7 days from the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
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 35 mins before the start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.
In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.
Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
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%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. 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 Panthwari.
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.
In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.
On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.
Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.
These are the different policies when it comes to waiving off trek fee charges.
Scholarship Discount for Kids
At Indiahikes, we firmly believe and encourage children to trek. There’s so much to learn from the outdoors. We want to see more children trekking. Keeping this in mind, Indiahikes has now introduced a 50 percent Trek Scholarship for children on Himalayan treks.
Children between the age of 8 and 12 are eligible for this scholarship. Indiahikes will sponsor half of the trek fee for each child. This scholarship is applicable for easy to moderate treks.
Note - We will have a maximum of three children eligible for the scholarship in each batch. So check with your Trek Coordinator for this.
Discount for a group of 10 and above
If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.
Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.
You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.
If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.
This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.
Can you pick me from Mussoorie?
We can pick you from Mussoorie as its on the way, it is about 1 hour from Dehradun.
The pickup will take place from Library Road end at 7.30 am.
If not the Nag Tibba trek, what is a good alternative trek to do?
Deoban trek is another weekend trek from Dehradun station. You'll find details about it here - https://indiahikes.com/deoban-weekend-trek/.
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.
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