Nag Tibba – An inviting weekend trek near Mussoorie
Nag Tibba is a trekkers’ delight. Though it is a relatively unknown trail near Mussoorie it can easily be considered one of the best weekend treks for someone around Delhi. It is the highest peak (9,915 ft) in the Nag Tibba range of the Garhwal Himalayas. The trek takes you through dense forests rich in flora and fauna and presents stunning views of Bandarpoonch peak, the Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Chanabang.
The advantage of this trek is that you can reach the base of the Nag Tibba range by jeep. This makes it possible to do it over a weekend. If you’re looking for more weekend treks, Prashar Lake and Thakoor Top are other options.
Whom is the trek meant for?
If you are looking for a peek into the world of Himalayan treks, then this is your trek. It shows you what a trek can be like, gives you the feel of camping in the middle of nowhere and takes you to a summit with grand views! It’s perfect for first timers, especially those who live around Delhi.
Difficulty level and Preparation
The Nag tibba trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek. The trek on the first day starts off on a trail that keeps switching between steep and gradual ascent. However, the second day is a long day and you’ll be covering about 11km including the descent. During the month of January and February, snow makes it difficult to identify the trail. The distance and snow require you have a good amount of physical fitness and endurance. Click here to learn how to prepare and get fit for the trek.
What are the risks involved?
Though this trek is an easy one, it gets quite sunny as you go higher up. This means you can get dehydrated very quickly and you’re also more prone to muscle cramps. You can easily counter this by keeping yourself well hydrated. Drinking juice or electrolytes can help in preventing cramps.
Here’s a short itinerary for the Nag Tibba trek:
|Day 1||Assemble at Dehradun Railway Station at 6.30 am. Drive from Dehradun to Pantwari (4,642 ft); 90 km, 5-6 hours; Trek from Pantwari to Nag Tibba base|
|Day 2||Nag Tibba Base (8,530 ft) to Nag Tibba Summit (9,915 ft); 5-6 hours. Drive back to Dehradun. Book your return from Dehradun after 10 pm.|
Day 1: Getting to base camp: Dehradun- Pantwari
- Time taken: 5-6 hours to reach Pantwari; pick up from Dehradun at 7:00 AM
The four hour road journey (85km) from Dehradun railway station to Pantwari 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 Pantwari village which was is the starting point for the trek.
Day 2: Trek from Pantwari to Camp 1 5-6 hours
- Altitude: Pantwari (4,642 ft) to Camp 1 (7,627 ft)
- Trek gradient: Moderate. Continuously ascending trail alternating between gradual and steep climbs every 20-30 minutes.
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Pantwari. First water point is around 45 minutes into the trek, after the third road crossing. Second water point is about 1.5 hours from here.
There are three routes that you could take to go to Nag Tibba. This one via Pantwari village is the shortest, with a total trail distance of 8 km from Pantwari Village to the Nag Tibba Summit.
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 Pantwari village below.
Face the Pantwari 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 out for a small clearing. From here, you can locate the camp-site further up towards your right.
One can camp in a small clearing, near a small stream. Back-packers normally camp here instead of Nag-Tibba Base which is another 2 km up the trail. One has a 180º view of the valley from here.
Day 3: Camp 1 to Nag Tibba Summit via Nag Tibba Base; return to Pantwari and drive back to Dehradun
- Altitude: 7,627 ft to 9,915 ft via 8,530 ft
- 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 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.
The remaining 8 km trek involves retracing the same route taken to reach the summit. Pace the trek so that you reach Pantwari before sunset. Return to Dehradun with the transport you have arranged and catch the overnight train to Delhi.
From Devalsari village
This route to Nag Tibba starts from the tiny hamlet of Devalsari nestled in the Nag Tibba range. From Delhi, Devalsari can be reached by taking an overnight bus to Mussoorie via Dehradun, Bansil and then to Devalsari. Devalsari is 45 kms from Mussoorie. A ride along the unmettled road lined with Rhodendrons via Bansil gets you to Devalsari, the base of the trek. Devalsari is 1.5 km from Bansil – the last road head.
From Devalsari the trek to Nag Tibba is 10 km. The trail winds through the forest and serpentine tracks that give you the most stunning views of the Pir Panjal range and Dhauladhar ranges,and the Doon valley below. After an hour’s trek (about 2.5km) you will reach a place call Oothad. Technically, the trek to Nag Tibba starts here.
There are few houses in Oothad and it is the last place where you can replenish your water supply. The shortcut is a steep climb and is mostly deserted. From Oothad it is a 2 hour trek (3.5 kms) along the well trodden path which leads to Chhanni. There is a small settlement of Gujjars who stay here and tend to their livestock. Chhanni is perched on top of a ridge with mesmerizing views. After a 30 minute walk you get to a crossroads where the routes via Aunter and Magalori meet. The trek to Nag Tibba from this V junction is a single trail. On the route from Devalsari you will require a guide to help you navigate through the forest trails.
The motorable route via Thatyur goes all the way up to a horse trail near Aunter. From here you need to walk up the ridge top to Aunter. This route does not require you to cross the stream. Veering right takes you along the Pali River all the way up to Chhanni. This route, though longer, is relatively easier than the one from Devalsari. It passes through the forest at Nag Tibba base till you reach Aunter. A couple of hours later you get to the crossroads where the routes from Aunter and Oothad meet.
The Aunter route is pretty straightforward with gentle slopes all the way to the top. There are dense Oak and Fir forests along the way with tiny streams to your right. Follow the path west wards all the way up from Chhanni to the crossroads. It is a well trodden path and does not require a guide.
From Mangalori Village
This route has two ways to reach the village of Mangalori. One of them branches off from Thatyur (non motorable) and goes through the Mangalori village on the south western flank of Nag Tibba. This is a shorter route but very steep. You cross the river Pali and continue on your way up north. It is a very strenuous climb but takes only about two hours to reach the horse trail. Continue on the trail to reach the crossroads.
The other motorable route to Mangalori village can also be reached via Nainbagh. From Dehradun we reach Pantwari via Mussorie and Nainbagh. Pantwari to Nagtibba is a trek of 10 kilometres via Mangalori and vehicles ply till the village of Mangalori. Pantwari is on the southern face of the Nag Tibba peak. This route is also clearly marked and there is no need of a guide.
From the crossroads, the path to Nag Tibba is one long stretch. The trail is clearly marked and the dense forest continues right to the top. There is nothing to see en route as you are amidst thick foresst but now and then you can catch a glimpse of the lofty Himalayan ranges through the trees. Dry and dense forests and grasslands increase the charm of the forest.
Once you reach Nag Tibba, you can camp there a little away from the Nagdevta’s shrine. The panoramic view from the summit is breathtaking. From Nag Tibba, the highest point is another 3 km westward. This climb is spine breaking and steep – but well worth it. The majesty of the Himalayan ranges takes your breath away.
The route downhill is pretty straightforward. You follow the same path that was taken to head up. Again the crossroad is your branch off point to reach Devalsari, Aunter or Mangalori.
The best time to trek to Nag Tibba is February to mid-June, and mid-September to end-November. This is is an easy trek and the best weekend break to revitalize you.
The water sources are limited after Chhani. It is advisable that you carry all supplies from Dehradun or from Mussoorie. If you are camping, it is best if all camping gears are carried by you. Nag Tibba has a Bunglow in a dilapidated condition so book a forest guest house at Devalsari in advance. The camping permits can be obtained from the Forest office at Mussoorie.
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.
Cardiovascular endurance – Target 4 km in 30 minutes
On the Nag Tibba trek, you will cover an average of 11 km on the second day. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin your fitness regime by jogging everyday. Jog at a slow pace to start with and slowly keep increasing your pace day to day. You should be able to jog 4 km in 30 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.
Strength – Target 3 sets of squats with 20 in each
This is another area you should work on. You may have to walk through snow depending on the months you go in and this could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek in 4 weeks.
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. Suggested brands Forclaz 100, Arpenaz from Decathlon. 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, though, is just a two day trek, you need to carry things depending on the season you go in.
- Three warm layers( Winter): The highest altitude you reach in this trek is 9914 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.
- One trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
- 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.
- 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. If you plan to use wet wipes or sanitary napkins on the trek, make sure you carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. Lunch bo is a mandatory since there will be packed lunch provided during We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- 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
- Diamox – 6 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 3 ablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 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 – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
Since its not a very high altitude trek we do not need LSD’s ( Life saving drugs like diamox, Dexamethasone and Nife
dipine) the number of other tablets can also be reduced.
- 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.
Trek fee: Rs. 3,650/-
Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek (camping -3 per tent)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Transport to and from the base camp (Dehradun to Pantwari and back)
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Food during transit to and from the base camp
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs. 500. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
- Stay at Dehradun on the last day is not included
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from the inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen 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.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
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.
2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the Pantwari village to the end at Pantwari.
3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Dehradun bus stand at 7 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group.
4. Transport:Transport from Dehradun to Pantwari and return from Pantwari to Dehradun will be arranged by us.
5. Backpack offloading: 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.500/- plus service tax of 9%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 335 per day plus service tax of 9%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
6. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
7. Fitness: 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 4.5 km in 30 mins before 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. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
8. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
9. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
11. Safety Protocol
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
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
Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.
Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.
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.
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How to get to the basecamp: 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 this transport to Panthwari and the cost of the transport is included in the trek fee. The transport will be organised at 6.30 am from Dehradun Railway Station. You will reach Panthwari by 11 am.
To reach Dehradun
The best way to reach Dehradun is to take an overnight train from Delhi. There is one train available from Delhi to Dehradun that will suit your trek timings.
- 12205 Nandadevi Express: 23.50 – 3.55
Alternatively, you have the option of reaching Dehradun the previous day. For this, take the following train. It is usually on time.
- 12055 Jan Shatabdi: 15.20 – 21.10
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.
If you want to get to the basecamp on your own
Take an overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi (AC Special is the best option). From Dehradun, Panthwari is a 85 kilometer, four hour road journey that 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 Pantwari village which was our start point for the trek. The travelling option from Dehradun is by a bus or arranged private vehicle. From the local bus stand take the early morning bus moving towards Purola or Sankri till Nainbagh. From Nainbagh board a shared jeep for a 12 kilometer drive to Panthwari village.
Here’s what trekkers have to say about trekking with Indiahikes
“The medical facilities available on the trek as well as the knowledge of the guide was excellent! As a doctor, I really appreciate this. He was perfectly organizing, guiding and warning everybody in a very pleasant and professional manner. He was alert to the individual needs of all and all were quietly on his radar. The pace of walking was comfortable .
I was impressed with Indiahikes as an organization. Also, our ground co-ordinator Sandeep Verma kept everyone in the loop all through, as well as before the trek ! It was amazing how cooperative and prompt everyone is with phone answers as well as emails at Indiahikes ” – Ritu Singh, batch of November 2016
“As my first trek, I loved the experience. Be it climbing the steep trail, watching the picturesque sunset, breathtakingly beautiful night sky, the sense of achievement on reaching the summit I loved every bit of it! And I’m Hungry for more!” –Anjali Thomas, batch of November 2016
“Loved the trek! It was a good short weekend trek. My first overnight trekking experience and I really enjoyed it. What I loved best was how everyone in the group got along so well even though most of us came alone and so we were strangers when we started! The guide gave great motivation for those of us who needed it during the tough parts of the ascent! The food was great, special thanks to the lovely cooks who worked hard cooking our meals and chai etc. up in the mountains. The tasty hot food definitely made the experience all the more enjoyable! The sleeping bags and tents were super comfortable too.” – Neha Mathen, batch of October 2016
“It was my first trek and I really enjoyed it. I cannot ask for a better start than this. This trek had everything to make me take another one. The food was surprisingly amazing .Overall It was a great experience.” – Sudhankar Raw, batch of October 2016
“The trek went well despite a heavy rainfall. The trek leaders and guides were generally very supportive and good to engage in conversation. The food was great and camping was awesome.” –Manit, batch of July 2016
“Haven’t experienced anything like this before. It was a memorable experience to be in such beautiful surroundings and worked all the way up to it.” – Jyoti Makhijani, batch of July 2016
“Indiahikes offers the best among all trekking organisations! I must admit that for the first time in my life I did something which took me out of my comfort zone. Not only did this trek help me learn a lot of things but it even helped me inculcate discipline in my life.” – Abhishek Jain, batch of May 2016
“The trek was really awesome. I personally learnt a lot from the trek. Indiahikes provided us with good services, even at the time of emergencies. Also, the entire team is a group of concerned nature lovers!”-Aishwarya, batch of May 2016
“Haven’t experienced anything like this before. It was a memorable experience to be in such beautiful surroundings and worked all the way up to it.”- Jyoti Makhijani, batch of 2016
“I loved the trek and all the preparations on your part were up to the mark. But i would have loved it more if you could have shifted it to some other date owing to the heavy rainfall predictions, so that we could have enjoyed the beautiful night sky full of stars, bonfire and a good view from the summit which we missed because of complete white out. Despite all the adversities, your team didn’t let us feel worried and disappointed about the weather. Kudos to salman bhai and his team.”- Divyanshu Kumra, batch of 2016
“The beauty of the trail. The two of the guys who were with us throughout the trek were amazing. We were the last ones to finish every time, but they were very patient. They let us do it at our pace. The food was really good .” – Reema Majumdar, batch of February 2016
“The 2nd day of the trek actually reaps out the beauty of nature through Forests, Peaks and Snow. The camping arrangements and the accessories in the tents made by Indiahikes was really high in quality. The micro-spikes provided by Indiahikes helps us a lot while climbing up and descending through dense snow! “- Suman De, batch of January 2016
“1. Of course Rasesh tops the list. His unfailing sense of humor even under the most difficult of situations is inspiring 2. The weather turned rogue the 2nd day. However, the indomitable spirit of Rasesh, Neil and local boy Ashish led us to the summit. Without them, I could have never experienced scaling a Himalayan summit in hail/snow – its an experience worth remembering. ” – Syamantak, batch of March 2016
“Everything….Day 1…Day 2 Specially..Reaching the summit in zero visibility…so much snow…great team work…great co ordination…..Rasesh was brilliant”- Piyush Upmanyu, batch of March 2016
“Well managed time, right guidance, Coach managed all the varied (first timers, and regular) trekker efficiently. We’re impressed…” – Sunil Lokhande, batch of March 2016
“The best part was the way the whole trek was handled. The leader was too good. The way the trek was managed with all ups and downs.” – Biswendra Singh, batch of March 2015
“The location, food and equipment were all top notch. Really nice trek for beginners.” – Prateek pal, batch of March 2015
“Despite bad weather on the first day, our trek leader handled the journey to the camp competently. He was quite informative as well. All support staff contributed well to keep the trek environment-friendly. And there was good team-bonding, which is important for expedition.” – Diganta Biswas, batch of April 2015
“The trek (trail was very good), made me push my limits and at the same time it was scenic and enjoyable. I made a lot of friends on the trek. Indiahikes were perfect from arranging transfers to arranging meals and even snacks, morning tea etc. Our guide Rashesh was very professional, helpful and made us learn a lot. Thank you very much for this experience !” – Mansi, batch of April 2015
“The way our Trek leader and complete staff took care of us, in providing food, setting up tent and being proactive in explaining techniques, postures to maintain while trekking uphill or downhill. That was commendable. I loved the ideology that IndiaHikes has for its trekkers and how they promote keeping hills clean for everyone.” – Anjaneai, batch of April 2015
“Great trek for beginners.. I used it as a test for myself for treks in the future..gave me an insight on how difficult/easy you can make these treks for yourself.”- Sharad Sud, batch of April 2015
“Amazing scenery. I think you are doing all you can. Cheers!” – Varun, batch of April 2015
“Facilities , food and the summit were fantastic” – Sam sharma, batch of July 2015
“It was my first trek, the trek guide Surinderji motivated me all through. The trek was tough for a first timer with muddy trails while ascending and rocky trails while descending. There was a moment when there was no stopping me going ahead. I loved the challenge overall.”- Sumesh Sekhar, batch of July 2015
“Scenary, Beauty, Local guide. When one of our senior person was not able to carry the bag, everyone offered to help but our trek leader, Himanshu said, if anybody is going to carry the bad, it’s me and I thought that was great gesture despite he having a heavy bag. Our Local guide Surinder was fantastic in terms of motivation and knowing the place” – Vasant Mendon, batch of July 2015
“It was a wonderful weekend trek, perfect scenic beauty and test stamina as well due to its short duration. The trek is steep and provides a lovely view of Banderpuch peak. We have a great guide in Surinder ji, he is well knowledgeable about the area and always motivated evey group members. We received fresh and nice food…Thanks to IH for this. I have made so many new friends and it was a memory of lifetime.”- Mohit Sharma, batch of July 2015
“The overall time based on the number of days available. The beautiful surroundings The amazing basecamp site The summit climb.”- Shiva, batch of August 2015
“It was my first trekking experience and i just loved it. The view along the trek was captivating and our trek leader n guide took good care of all of us. All hearts were filled with endless joy and freshness. “- Roopika Sharma, batch of August 2015
“The staff, the service, basically everything! I didn’t have to worry about anything! I loved trekking with IndiaHikes and needless to say I will come back for more and more treks!!”- Surabhi Rawat, batch of August 2015
“climate was amazing as well as their was a curiosity to reach on top and see d snow but as it is shown in d PIC their was nothg like that .trek was good enough but basically not recommended for biggners. this place is away from d Hassel and crowd of d city as well as non polluted and very clean. arrangement was perfect .our driver(manipal) was also friendly.” – Ishaikh Ibrahim, batch of August 2015
“It was my first trek and Indiahikes turned me into a lover of hiking! I don’t have many words but yes, if it was not for the professionalism and dedication of the trek leader and staff, solo girl travelers like me would have a tough time to explore this wonderful country! Thank you founders from a grateful new hiker.” – Nandini Kumar, batch of May 2015
“Overall experience. Way our trek leader coordinate the whole event was excellent, he was keen to answer our questions and always had a good smile on his face. Moreover what I like of India Hikes trek is your endeavor to ensure minimum impact on natural surroundings from trekking activities.” – Kshitiz Sanadhaya, batch of May 2015
“The trek was indeed a splendid experience. The planning was good with sufficient buffer built in, logistics and infrastructure were all sorted. Our guide Chaman was very helpful and professional, as well as very knowledgeable. So were the support staff, who made the trek such a memorable experience. And special mention of Surender and team for the yummy food they served us throughout the trek! The whole experience has given me confidence to attempt a more challenging trek this year itself!” – Aditya Gupta, batch of October 2015
“It was really well organized trek. Being an amateur and this being my first trek the instructions provided with respect to the fitness level required and what things to get were clearly written. I really admire and wish to congratulate Indiahikes on promoting the idea of “Green Pledge” and respecting nature.”- Piyush Dhawan, batch of November 2015
“The summit was worth the effort. It gave me an opportunity to test my fitness levels and how much I could endure. The morning sky full of stars was spectacular. I love that closeness to nature which you can get only after you are far away in the woods.” – Swati Mehta, batch of November 2015
“Being from Himalayas, and having seen mountains many times, still this was an incredible experience. The trek was very well organised and the trek leaders too; Mozart and local guide Dinesh Rawat took great care of us. The highlight was the food during the trek. Mouthwatering food at that height;especially sweet dishes and Bounvita milk was a surprise. Looking forward to go on another trek with Indiahikes soon. ” – Yogendra Patwal, batch of November 2015
“Absolutely everything was fantastic! I’ve never been the kind to litter but neither have I been the kind to pick up other’s trash. Thanks to Indiahikes and the ecobags they provided, I felt like I was giving back to nature even if in the smallest way. ” – Sana Hasnain, batch of December 2015
“First of all, the weather was excellent, with very good visibility, so we could get full view of the snow capped ranges. Some snow along the way added to the thrill, and sliding down on snowy slope was an additional bonus. Never have I seen so many stars in the sky. Even the color of the sky is so different. Friendly trek staff, generous Tea/Pakoras/Bournvita in addition to the main meals was great.” – Sushil Gupta, batch of January 2016
“The group was amazing. We were all from various level of fitness and various range of trekking experience. I guess we all had loads of fun. The food and hospitality were absolutely great. The guides were absolutely great and helped us with the smallest of things and kept the spirits up. They took all possible precautions (with pulse/SpO2 check ups, oxygen cylinders etc) and guided every last one of us to the peak. A big round of applause for the team of cooks, who kept providing us wonderful, warm meals. ” – Sejuti Basu, batch of January 2016
“The Indiahikes team was super helpful and everything was well coordinated. Also had a nice time interacting with fellow trekkers.” – Rohit, batch of February 2016
“It was my first time on a trek and I was fortunate to witness snowfall and ankle deep snow. The campsite was beautiful and my fellow trekkers were also a joy to be with! The arrangements made for us was also perfect. The journey to the summit is something I’ll never forget! All in all, it was a perfect weekend! ” – Sandhya Jagannathan, batch of February 2016
“For a first time trekker, the support and motivation provided by Indiahikes was fantastic. If not for anything else, I’d love to trek again with Indiahikes. From adhering to time to entertaining us with the local knowledge of the area and its quirks, the guides were fantastic. The quality of food and the equipment provided at the base camp was really good.” – Arun S Bharadwaj, batch of February 2016
“The Indiahikes team was very supportive. I was moving slow and there was always a person accompanying me and constantly pushing me to go further.” – Ashutosh Verma, batch of February 2016