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Pantwari to Pantwari
If you’re looking for a breather from your hectic work schedule and experience the peace and serenity of the mountains just over the weekend, Nag Tibba is the trek for you. It is a beginner level trek near the charming hill station of Mussoorie and is famous for its stunning sunsets from the campsite and terrific summit views. Resting at 3,022 m and spanning over 19 km, this trek is an absolute delight for all trekkers as it is open for the better part of the year and can be done by anyone with a basic level of fitness.
“Nag Tibba” means the serpent’s peak and is said to be the abode of the serpent God. This short trek is wholesome in its own way. It starts from the quaint village of Pantwari over a rocky uphill trudge and eventually envelopes into a local shepherd’s trail with gradual ascents and steep descents.
The trek runs through dense Rhododendron and Oak forests on snow clad terrain that is challenging to navigate in some sections. After trekking for about 5.5 km, the forest opens up to a small clearing with the Nag Mandir at the centre of it, offering mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks. This is the campsite for the day.
Tip: The trek is more enjoyable when done over a span of three days instead of two. Find out why here.
Thanks to the open ground, the sunsets from this campsite are magical to behold only to have the magic surpassed by the starlit skies that follow.
Next day, the trek to the summit is steep and rugged but rewards you with glorious views of some prominent Himalayan Peaks like Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak &Gangotri amongst others.
And this is why the Nag Tibba trek is special. It treats you to an outstandingsummit view of an impressive range of snow-clad Garhwalian Peaks on the second day of the trek itself making it a must-do weekend winter trek in the Himalayas.
Although short in duration, the Nag Tibba trek does not fall short on the many attractions it holds. Read more about the Highlights of the Nag Tibba Trek.
The best months to do the Nag Tibba Trek for snow are December to March. The trails are completely snow-laden during these months and can be a challenge to navigate in some sections. We have discussed more about the skillset and gear one requires to complete the Nag Tibba Winter Trek here.
Drive to Pantwari & trek to Nag Mandir campsite (2325 m)
Distance covered: 90kms from Dehradun to Pantwari; 5.5 km trek to campsite
Trekking duration: 4 hours to reach Pantwari; 4-5 hours to reach campsite
The journey begins at 7AM from the Dehradun bus stand. The drive to Pantwari (approximately 90kms) takes around 3-4 hours to cover, gaining an altitude of about 1400 m.
We will be driving through the Queen of hills – Mussoorie and passing by the lovely Kempty Falls along the way. Swift mountain streams run parallel to the roads in many sections. Although the journey is a charming one to behold, the roads can be rather coiled with sharp turns and steep climbs.
After crossing Mussoorie, the roads become emptier, the gorges on the sides seem bottomless and the mountains more rugged & lofty. We will be taking a quick halt on the way to freshen up and have breakfast.
Expect to be at Pantwari, the starting point, by 11 am. We will begin our trek to Nag Mandir as soon as we reach here. Packed lunches will be provided for this day.
The trail to the Nag Mandir campsite stretches over 5.5 kms and will take approximately 4-5 hours to cover. It begins with 2 kms of an uphill trudge on a cemented path that goes through the village market. Soon this path translates to a rocky uneven trail.
All along, one can enjoy the mesmerising views of the layered mountains, the small village of Pantwari lying down in the valley below & patches of farmlands on the way.
The next 1-1.5kms is a dry and narrow shepherd’s trail with gradual ascents and descents. After this the trail nosedives into a dense canopy of Oak and Rhododendron forests that allows only a little sunlight in. The red and pink flowers of the rhododendrons don’t bloom in the winters.
The path inside the forest can be snow-laden in some sections. After trekking for 1 km, the forest finally opens up to a small patch of land. A structure of a temple sits at the heart of this clearing. This is the famous Nag Mandir. We will be setting up camp here for the day.
The campsite offers panoramic views of a snow-covered Himalayan range at the horizon (on clear days).
Tip: The sunsets and starlit night skies are lovely at this campsite. The temperatures can dip down to -7 degrees in the winters. So please ensure you are layered well.
Note: In the winters, when the snow is heavy, we may set up camp at Khatian; a camping ground 2kms before Nag Mandir.
Nag Mandir campsite (2325 m) to Nag Tibba Summit (3022 m) & back to campsite
Distance covered: 2 km from campsite to Nag Tibba summit; 2 km trek to campsite
Trekking duration: 2-3 hours to reach Nag Tibba summit (depends on the snow density); 2-3 hours to reach campsite
The morning begins quite early. After having breakfast, we start the trek around 6AM and carry packed lunches along. The trekkers are also briefly trained for the ascent on the snow trail.
Beyond the Nag Mandir base, the trail climbs steeply uphill making the stretch a demanding one to navigate, especially with the snow. Since this stretch is thickly forested and barely gets any sunlight, the snow does not melt easily even during day time.
Usually, the snow is soft, granular in texture and ankle deep requiring the trekker to pull through at every step. During extremely cold days, the snow can even be knee deep.
Eventually, the trail turns through a ridge and the views finally start to open up towards the summit.
The Nag Tibba summit throws itself open to expansive views of some of the major Himalayan peaks like Swargarohini, Nanda Devi, Black Peak & Banderpoonch. Nag Tibba is one of those rare treks that allow a 180-270 degree summit view of the snow-clad Garhwal ranges on the second day itself.
We pause for a long break at the summit and have our lunch there as well. We then begin the descent towards the campsite by the same forest route we took to the summit.
Nag Mandir Campsite to Pantwari (1400 m) & drive back to Dehradun Bus Stand
Distance covered: 5.5kms trek from campsite to Pantwari; 90kms from Pantwari to Dehradun
Trekking duration: 3-4 hours to reach Pantwari; 4 hours to reach Dehradun
We start the day in the morning and prepare for a quick descent to Pantwari post breakfast. This would take around 3 hours to cover considering it is a downhill trek. We would arrive in Pantwari by 2PM and begin the drive to Dehradun at 3PM. It takes about 4 hours (7 PM) to reach the city. This would conclude our Nag Tibba winter trek.
Note: To be on the safer side though, arrange your return journey expecting to be at the Dehradun Bus Stand at around 9 PM. This could help account for any delays we may run into along the way.
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/she 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.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.
The months of December to March are the best to do this trek.
We will be trekking on the same day as we reach the basecamp of the trek. During the trek, we will be camping on the trail.
We use four-season tents and the sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.
In case you opt for transport, we will drive you to Pantwari the base camp of the trek from Dehradun and back to Dehradun at the end of the trek.
The temperature drops up to -3 degree celsius during the nights.
A trek leader will be assigned to lead you on the trek.
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For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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