Planning on a trekking adventure you will live to remember? Think Nag Tibba Trek! Situated near Dehradun and Mussoorie, the Nag Tibba range belongs to the Garhwal Himalayas. Pegged as one of the most lucrative treks of Uttarakhand, the trail begins after a 6-hour drive from Dehradun and a 3-hour drive from Mussoorie. Treks tend to be infinitely more tempting if it involves the thrill of the summit climb. This is why trekkers and adventurers are seen flocking to the likes of Kedarnath, Deoriatal, etc.
But more often than not this summit climbs take days to achieve and the climb becomes both emotionally & physically taxing thus making the whole experience very bitter. But the climb to Nag Tibba can be achieved simply within two days and one night, the quintessential weekend trek adventure! The trek challenges and ultimately defeats the theory that the more laborious the climb, the better the view and the more memorable the experience.
Adventurers, who have been to the Nag Tibba trek, swear by it. The trek is a fan-favourite among veteran trekkers and adventure lovers owing to its picturesque scenery, meandering pathways, dense forests, and verdant meadows. If you are looking to make optimal use of your upcoming vacation or even the next weekend; to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city and the mundane simplicity of life, this trek to Nag Tibba is your answer. If you happen to be a solo traveller, searching for a thrill, adventure in a backpacking journey, the Nag Tibba trek is tailor-made for you!
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A Brief Outlook of the Nag Tibba Trek
A comparatively less explored trekking route near Mussoorie, Nag Tibba belongs to the range of Garhwal Himalayas, of which it also happens to be the highest peak. Along with the stunning spectacles of the Garhwal, one also gets to experience a wide and varied range of flora and fauna. Amongst the mighty Deodar forests, studded are beautiful, vibrant wildflowers that add a splash of colour to the scene, almost resembling a picture found in a luxury travel magazine. The total distance covered during the trek sums up to 25 km, which is quite reasonable for a beginner and enjoyable even for the skilled trekkers.
However, it is to be noted that the altitude to be covered on the second day of this adventure trek becomes relatively elevated and steeper in some parts. Resting at 9,915 ft, the summit of this trek, the Serpent’s Peak, is the highest point of the Nag Tibba wherefrom on a clear day; you get a 100-degree view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges like Srikanth, Swargarohini, Gangotri, Bandarpoonch and Kalanag.
To add to the splendour of the sight, you also get to bask in the glory of the Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon valley and the snowy peaks of Changabang. From the summit, you can see ranges of these mountains colliding into one another, playing a game of hide and seek amidst the clouds afloat. Even the idea that one can behold a sight of such gravity seems ludicrous. But Nag Tibba is as real as it can get with a dash of fantasy. One of the most lucrative aspects of the trek is that one can be privy to the most spellbinding sunrises and sunsets here at Nag Tibba. So, try to ensure that you don’t miss out on the glory of this Himalayan sunset and sunrise. The sight is sure to enthrall and capture you in a way like never before.
What makes the trek to Nag Tibba even more unique is its contrasting landscape; the circular and serpentine trail takes you through a journey where the scenery never seems to overlap. You are met with something new with every turn. To make the experience of trekking more engaging, the route taken to descend is different from the path taken to hike up. This presents you with the opportunity to explore diverse territories while covering the same distance. The quaint sleepy villages, gorgeous Deodar forests and the refreshing atmosphere is sure to eliminate the traces of tiredness that could have settled in. With views like this, you might just end up believing that heaven is, after all, just a place on earth!
Your Nag Tibba adventure trek begins in Dehradun near Mussorie. Located at an altitude of 447m, Dehradun is gaining increasing relevance as a tourist hotspot and is well connected to all major Indian cities. You can catch a direct flight to the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun or an overnight train to DDN from any metropolitan city. You may also choose to travel via car or bus from Delhi to reach Dehradun. Travelling by road always seems like a tempting option, as Dehradun is only a pleasant 6 hour-long drive away from Delhi. The meandering, scenic roads make for the perfect start to the adventurous Nag Tibba Trek.
There are two possible routes that can be taken to trek to Nag Tibba. One of them is via Auntar village while the other is through the Patwari Village. The latter happens to be the more popular choice among trekkers. Both the routes, however, meet at Nag Mandir and thus converge along the way. The trekking experience starts with a gentle slope and gets steeper in parts as it lands you in the quaint little Goat Village. This charming hamlet makes for an ideal pit stop, where you can rest, have light conversations with the villagers, fill your water bottles, before continuing on your climb to the summit. You will also be greeted with hidden ancient temples which will award you with breathtaking views. The camping experience on your first night here will be something you will never forget and would want to relive again and again. The camping is the very essence of the trip. A quiet night spent in the mountains gazing at twinkling stars and sharing stories in anticipation of the summit climb come morning.
The day you go for the summit climb is going to be a long and exciting one. And while it may be exhausting, the view at the top will be all worth it. On your way down from the summit, you will traverse through an extremely picturesque alternate route that will bring to the Bhatwadi village. You will also come across a clearing called Moriana, encircled by forests with a running stream on one side and a couple of shepherds’ huts on the other. It is a perfect place to laze around for a while and click those aesthetic Instagram pictures for your feed. You finally reach the ending of your trek when you climb down to a farm thus concluding your epic quest.
The Best Time to Visit
Trekkers often complain that they have barely gotten to experience trekking in the winter. All trekking expeditions planned in deep summer, never winter. The primary reason for so being that most of the trekking pathways in India especially the trekking hotspots, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, remain closed during winter owing to heavy snowfall. But the Nag tibba remains open throughout the year simply because the weather never disappoints. It sports a favourable temperature through the year quite similar to Mussorie. The temperature in the region varies from 6 degrees in December nights, to 25 degrees, during summer days. The best time to undertake the trek to Nag Tibba is either in summer (April to June) or winter (October to December). The trek is best avoided during the monsoon season as the torrential rainfall is sure to dampen your experience.
Summer: The temperature ranges between 19 degrees to 8 degrees during the summer months ensuring a pleasant and hassle-free trek. The skies remain clear and devoid of any fog so that you can witness the splendour of mountains in all their glory.
Winter: The Nag Tibba Trek makes for an ideal winter trek! The trail has just the right amount of snow to make it exciting and conducive enough to enjoy trekking as well! This particular trail remains open even when all other Himalayan treks have closed due to freezing temperatures and impenetrable snowy trails. The beauty of the trail around this time of the year is so impressive, that it will convince you to attend and relish the everlasting beauty of the Nag Tibba trek once again.
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