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Nag Tibba Trek, Mussoorie Overview

Situated near Mussoorie, Nag Tibba is a relatively unknown and a very exhilarating trekking trail. Known as one of the best weekend treks, the place offers a climb of about 10,000 ft amid the snow clad mountains.

Also referred to as Serpent's Peak, Nag Tibba is the highest peak of the Nagtibba range with an altitude of 9915m and is said to serve as a home to Nag Devta. The trail of the expedition is also highly fascinating and spectacular, being adorned with a rich variety of flora and fauna, a rustic Gharwali lifestyle and oak and deodar forest housing exotic birds and wildlife. The highlight of the trip is the stunning view of Bandarpoonch Peak, Kedarnath Peak, Gangotri Peak and Doon Valley from the Nag Tibba. The trek is for those seeking a weekend away from the hustle bustle of city and to indulge in some easy adventure amid serene surroundings.

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Water Availability

Carry your own water bottle, but you will also get the chance to refill your stock while on the trek.

Food Availability

Carry food while you are trekking. ItÕs always wise to carry packaged food and energy bars in case of urgency.


Hampta Pass does not offer any proper accommodation for the trekkers. Most of the tourists carry their own sleeping bags and tents.

General tips and tricks

1. Make sure you carry warm clothes irrespective of the fact that what season you are travelling in.
2. Carry your trekking gear and equipment and be always prepared.
3. Carry a medical aid kit and your medicines for the way.
4. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must.
5. Carry raingear no matter if you are travelling during monsoon season.
6. Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region.
7. Make sure you carry spare batteries and film roll for the camera as there will be no electricity supply.
8. A well-informed and trained guide is essential and does make sure to seek out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding.

Best Time To Visit Nag Tibba Trek

January -  Best time to plan your trek. Temperature touches minus degrees with snow
February - Best time to plan your trek. Temperature touches minus degrees with snow
March - Best time to plan your trek. Temperature is between 20 degrees C to 9 degrees C with few rainy days
April - Best time to plan your trek. Temperature is between 20 degrees C to 9 degrees C with few rainy days
May - Best time to plan your trek. Temperature is between 20 degrees C to 9 degrees C with few rainy days
June - Rainy season may want to avoid planning a trip
July - Rainy season, may want to avoid planning a trip
August - Rainy season, may want to avoid planning a trip
September - Rainy season, may want to avoid planning a trip
October - The temperature begins to drop.
November - The temperature begins to drop.
December - Temperature touches minus degrees with the hint of snow

Sample Itinerary For Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba Trek is a perfect weekend trip to rejuvenate your energy. With the spellbinding beauty of the place and awaiting adventure, this trek is quite fascinating. The recommended trek route is through the tiny village of Pantwari. The trail is laden with few steep ascends through dense forests and exotic flora and fauna. Reach Nag Tibba by evening and camp overnight. On the second day, follow the same route back from the summit till Pantwari Village and head back to Dehradun as per your planned schedule.

Route 1: From Pantwari Village

Day 1: Reach the hamlet of Pantwari from Dehradun, which lies approximately 96 km away. This route to the village passes via Mussoorie, Kempty and Nainbagh. On the way, you will find few fast food outlets where you grab a quick bite before the trek begins. The trail from the village is a well-laid path for the first 4 km, after which the ascending begins from the Banasari Village. The average amount of time taken to reach the peak summit is 4 hours. There are two cemented water reservoirs along your trail where you can refill your water stock. Your campsite at Nag Tibba base is one of the best things about the trip. Perched at an elevation of 2600m, the site is huge flat terrain perfect for pitching the tents. The view of a massive peak in the east and thick cover of forest in the south-east is beautiful. As the dark prevails, one can hear the wild fox in the close by jungle. However, the morning sight is quite unparalleled in beauty with a splendid sunrise from the Nag Tibba peak. You can also spot few rare and exotic birds in the morning hours adding charm to the scenic beauty. 
Distance: 5km

Day 2: Begin your second day of the trip early in the morning, for the day will going to be a long one with lots of walking to do. On the right side from your campsite, you will locate a trail going right into the thick forest. The trail is well laden, however, during the months of January and February; the snow makes it difficult to recognize the path. The approximate time it will take to reach the base of the peak is about 45 minutes to one hour. The trek mostly consists of gradual walk apart from 10 minutes of short climb. The base is a vast clearing with a temple dedicated to the Serpent God. It will take another one hour and 15 minutes to reach the summit which includes several steep ascends through a thick and dense cover of forests. If you are trekking during winters, snow will tend to slow down your progress. A flag signifies the summit of the peak offering spectacular views Himalayan ranges like Swargrohini, Kala Nag, Bandarpoonch, Gangotri and Srikanta. The whole part will be under the cover of thick snow during winters. Make sure to keep a good pace during trek, so that you can reach back Pantwari Village back on time, at least before sunset. 
Distance: 11 km
Time taken: 5 hours

Route 2: From Devalsari Village 
The first trek starts from a small village of Devalsari with a distance to be covered of 13 km one side. Here, you can stay at Forest Guest House with a prior permission from the Mussoorie Forest Office. The trail from this village that takes you to Nag Tibba, winds through the dense cover of trees, offering some spectacular views of Dhouladhar, the Pri Panjal range and the Doon valley below. One hour into the trek (about 2.5 km), you will reach a point called Oothad, which technically marks the beginning of the Nag Tibba. At Oothad, you will spot few houses and it is also the last place on the trail where you can refill your water supplies. The shortcut to the top is a steep ascend, which is mostly desolated. It takes around 2 hours of trudging along a well-laid track to reach Chhanni, lying at a distance of 3.5 km. A small settlement of Gujjars stays here, tending their farm animals. 30 minutes into the trek and you will reach an intersection where two different routes through Aunter and Magalori meet at same point. From here on, there is only a single trail. However, if you decide to pursue your trek from Devalsari you will have to hire guide to navigate through the forest trails. 

Route 3: From Aunter
To reach the hamlet of Aunter, you will pursue the motorable road through Thatyur going all the way to the village. Walk your way up to Aunter through a ridge top from here. You will not suppose to cross the stream, though. Trudging along the Pali River will lead you to Chhanni. The route is comparatively longer than the one through Devalsari, but much easier as well. The route is quite straightforward passing through the forest of Nag Tibba, gentle slopes, dense cover of Oak and Fir forest and gushing streams. Keep following your path westwards and you will soon reach your destination, even without a guide. 

How to reach Nag Tibba Trek

  • Rail: Dehradun serves as the nearest railway station to Nag Tibba or the base camp of Patnwari. The distance between the two destinations is about 85 km.

  • Road: If planning to go by road, you can book a cab or bus from Delhi till Dehradun and hail a vehicle from the Dehradun to your final destination. But the total distance from Delhi till Patnwari is about 335 km.

More about Nag Tibba Trek

Approx trekking distance (Both sides): 28 km

Base Camp: Patnwari

Difficulty: Easy - Moderate Gradient

Highest point of trek: 3,022 m/9915 ft

Nearest Railhead: 85 km

Region: Mussoorie-Dehradun (Gharwal Himalayas)

Snow: The place is covered in heavy snow duirng winter season. It starts snowing duirng the month of December ususally and continues till February.

Starting point of trek: Patnwari

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