Nag Tibba Trek
Nag Tibba ('Serpent's Peak'), 3,022 metres (9,915 ft) is an ideal weekend trek suited for most people looking for a refresher from the boring routine. This trek can be done throughout the winter season when most of the treks in higher Himalayan ranges are closed. The trek can be done in 3 days from Delhi which makes it an ideal trek for weekends. Given its moderate level of challenge, anyone with a normal fitness can do this trek. The trek offers some of the best camping locations. The route goes through thick deodar forest. With only a day into the trek one reaches to very remote region with almost no habitation. A great refresher and trailer for new trekkers who are yet to see the full movie of a long trek.
Anyone who is new to the trekking and wants to venture into the experience should begin with this trek. This is a perfect trek for the people who want to peek into the world of great Himalayan treks. The trek provides a first-hand experience of mountain trekking and camping in the wilderness.
Since it is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running exercise is recommended.
1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
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The base camp of Nag Tibba Trek is in Pantwari Village of Tehri Garhwal District. Since it is a circular trek, the start and end point of the trek are different. The trek ends in Auntar Village.
How to reach Pantwari
Pantwari is located 90 km from Dehradun and 140 km from Rishikesh. You can take a shared jeep from Dehradun to Pantwari at a reasonable cost. Or hire a private taxi from Dehradun which will cost you around INR 2200.
Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport. Here is how you can reach:
There are not direct buses for Pantwari. You can take overnight HPRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate (Delhi) to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
The nearest railway station to Pantwari is 73 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings well in advance.
The nearest airport from Pantwari is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 155 kms away from Pantwari. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.
How to come back from Auntar
You can catch a local bus/shared taxi from Auntar to Dehradun. The frequency of these buses & taxis is quite less & most of them start in the morning. You can also book a private taxi @ 2500/- approx. Once you are in Dehradun, you can use any of the modes explained above (road/rail/air) to travel further.
There are no connectivity issues till Pantwari Village. BSNL network is available on most of the trail till the top but other networks are sketchy.
There are number of places to visit in Dehradun and Mussoorie. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand fold water spring’ in Dehradun are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwali Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.