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 Changabang.
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. You go up on one side of the mountain and come down from another side, getting to experience a variety of landscapes.
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 out for a small clearing. From here, you can locate the camp-site 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 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 cloak room.
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.
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, you can phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
- Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin
- Gradually increase the distance to 7 km. Target completing this in 63 minutes
- Before you go on the trek, you should be able to walk at least 10 km at a stretch. Target completing this in 90 minutes
In terms of speed, make sure you’re able to jog 5 km in 35 minutes before the start of the trek. If you are 45 years old and above, your target should be completing at least 3 km within 29 minutes before you go on the trek.
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.
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.
- 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. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet 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)
- 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)
- 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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What you need to know about the trek fee
The trek fee of Rs. 3,650 + 5% GST covers all costs of the trek from Dehradun to Dehradun.
Here is what the trek fee 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 Panthwari 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.
- Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering courses.
- Services of an expert Trek Team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of well trained guides, cooks, helpers and porters.
Here is what the trek fee excludes:
- Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to Panthwari and back.
- Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 500 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Panthwari (Rs.335 per day + 5% GST).
- Stay at Dehradun on the last day
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from 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 login 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.
2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the Panthwari village to the end at Panthwari.
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 Panthwari and return from Panthwari 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 GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 335 per day plus GST of 5%. 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
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.
1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?
You will be staying in tents on the trek. Each tent accommodates 3 people and will be shared accordingly amongst trekkers.
2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, Indiahikes trekkers will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
3. What will the temperatures be like during this trek?
Day time temperatures will range from 24-25ºC and night time temperature will range from 11-15ºC. Expect temperatures to be lower in Jan and Feb.
4. Will there be snow on this trek?
Those trekking in the months from January to April will experience snow. In January and February there will be close to 2 feet of snow towards the end of the trial.
5. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.
6. How do we reach Panthwari?
Indiahikes will arrange pick – up vehicles/shared cabs from Dehradun to Pantwari at 6.30 am. This will be in shared cabs. The transportation cost is included in your trek fee.
7. How do we get back after the trek?
Indiahikes will arrange for shared cabs from Bhatwadi to Dehradun via Panthwari. This cost is included in your trek fee. If you have left any bags in the cloak room at Panthwari, you can collect these on the way from Bhatwadi to Dehradun.
8. Which are the best seasons for the Nag Tibba trek?
This is a trek that can be done anytime of the year. If you’re looking for snow, then it’s best done from January – March. Autumn views are usually crystal clear. Summer is a good time to do it if you want to beat the heat of the plains. And monsoon will give you the thrill of being in the open in the mountains when it’s raining.
9. Are backpacks, raincoats and other equipment available for rent from Indiahikes?
No. There are several websites that rent out trekking equipment. Indiahikes does not rent any equipment. You may purchase trekking poles and other equipment from the Indiahikes store.
10. Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Yes, being an easy trek, Nag Tibba is good for first timers. However, you still need to be physically fit to enjoy the trek.
11. If not the Nag Tibba trek, what is a good alternative trek to do?
Thakoor Top and Prashar Lake are good weekend trek options that you could consider as alernatives. Both of these are easily accessible from Delhi.
12. Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?
Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.500 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Pantwari, the amount will be Rs.335 per day + 5% GST. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. We suggest you read “5 Tips to make Carrying your Trekking Backpack Easy” before making a decision.
13. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
The minimum age requirement for this trek is 8 years. You can bring children along if they’re at least 8 and physically fit.
14. Who will be with us on the trek from Indiahikes?
An Indiahikes team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
15. What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
Toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. There will be 2 to 4 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. There will be a room freshener as well. It’s the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not bio-degradable.
16. What kind of food is served on the trek? Should we carry any food?
Indiahikes uses a well planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. Dry ration of biscuits and chikki will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
17. Will there be water sources on the way? Will two litres of water be enough?
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough. You will find a couple of water sources on the way on Day 2. However, on Day 3, there are unlikely to be any.
18. Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?
You will receive good network up to Mussoorie, after which it will be intermittent. Make sure you inform anxious family members about limited connectivity on the trek. There will be no electricity charging points anywhere on the trek.
19. Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend the Forclaz 500 or 600 from Decathlon. Of these, the Forclaz 600 is more water resistant. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
20. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
We suggest you watch this video to for a better understanding of why a trekking pole is necessary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=LXezaCVjEao
21. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Indiahikes treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Indiahikes treks.
22. How long do we trek every day? What is the distance covered?
Day 1 – You will reach Panthwari from Dehradun. The 5 km trek from Panthwari to Camp 1 (Khatian) will take 5-6 hours.
Day 2 – The distance from Camp 1 (Khatian) to the summit is around 3 km; descent to Bhatwadi is 8 km. Total trekking time will be around 5 hours.
23. How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek? Do I need special jackets?
At high altitudes, temperatures are sure to dip into negative at nights.. For these extreme cold temperatures, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dip to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woolen, inners and lower wear.
Follow this guide:
Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woolens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of track suit. If you are prone to more cold, just add a layer.
The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking.
A woolen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.
24. What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Click here to get the list of all the things you need to carry on the trek.
25. Is it safe to trek with Indiahikes?
All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek.
26. Are there any alternative routes to this trek?
There are three other alternative routes to do the Nag Tibba trek –
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 Panthwari via Mussorie and Nainbagh. Panthwari to Nagtibba is a trek of 10 kilometres via Mangalori and vehicles ply till the village of Mangalori. Panthwari 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 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.
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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