Nag Tibba Trek is one of the best weekend treks from Delhi. It is one of those rare treks for which you don’t have to take a day off. But on a cautionary note, it will test your stamina as well as perseverance. So here’s my trip report for the weekend trek to Nag TIbba to help you in planning one if you are interested. The starting point is Delhi of course 🙂
Friday Night: Catch a bus from Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) near Kashmiri Gate. Spend the night sleeping on bus. The bus makes a halt around 12 O Clock for dinner. After that it is a nonstop (actually quite a few stops) drive to Mussorrie.
Day’s expense: 320 per person
Saturday Morning (Day 1): Early morning arrival in Mussoorie.
From here; wait for a connecting bus to Nainbagh. Ask specifically for a bus to Nainbagh as direct buses to Pantwari (Starting point of the trek) are not available and even people are unaware of the place.
In an hour or two, you will reach Nainbagh. Do shopping for essentials here itself as Pantwari Village market has not much option.
From Nainbagh, you could either wait for a shared cab or hire a cab which will cost you around 500-600 bucks. It takes half an hour from here to reach Pantwari Village.
From Pantwari Village take a right and start your trek to Nag Tibba. The trail till the Nag Devta Temple is 8 kilometers long. Do ask for directions from locals. The trail is pretty easy to get hold of but mind you not so easy to climb.
The initial stretch is steep gradients. You will cross 4 motorable roads. Upon arrival at each, you have to take the trail that you see on your right going up.
After the intersecting roads, the trail keeps true to your right and it is well defined which means you never lose track of the road to take to Nag Tibba.
After walking a few kilometers or to be more precise 4 kms, you will arrive at a modest settlement. It was here that we met with NIM guys who said they are making a model resort to help local economy. It will include goat farm and cheese making among other thing.
It is here that you should replenish your water supply because you won’t find any during your onward journeys. Even the water supply at the Nag Temple is not palatable for everyone although we did drink it and resupplied our stock from there during our return. So consider the fact when you think of your ‘stock of potable water’.
From here, it is a lonely walk till you reach the temple. It will take approx 1 ½ – 2 hours to rech there. In between there is no human settlements. Only the trail and you might find this stretch a bit taxing. Enjoy the panoramas, capture wildflowers in your camera or even some butterflies and soaring eagles.
Do keep replenishment to boost yourself. If you are using porters, make sure that you at least carry some chocolates and nuts/biscuits with you to recharge.
Upon arrival in Nag Temple base camp, either pitch your tent or check into the already pitched tent if you hired porters/guide.
Even if you are not carrying a tent, you could easily find shelter to sleep, provided you are carrying a good sleeping bag. There’s a government shelter and other tinned shelters near the Nag Devta Temple where you could spend the night.
Take your dinner in the night and recuperate for tomorrow is a challenging day as you’ll have to scale the Nag Tibba summit.
Day’s expenses: 73 per person to Nainbagh & 40 per person on shared cab or 600 for private hire + INR 100 for food on the way and self cooked magi during trek and at Nag Devta Temple which was the base camp
Day 2 Sunday: Rise early morning and after hearty breakfast and tea, leave for the Nag Tibba. The trail is a straight forward one as long as it goes up. If you are doing the winter trek to Nag Tibba, you’ll find a lot of snow after walking for half an hour.
Even as you reach near the summit, depth of snow will increase considerably. On the top, you’d find vast expanse of snow and awe inspiring panoramas of mighty Himalayan peaks. The peaks that you behold from the top include Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikanta, and Gangotri. However it is the view of Bandarpoonch that appears most majestic.
Do note that the trail to Nag Tibba is 3 kilometers long and steep one too. However, it could well be completed in 2-3 hours.
From the top, start your descent back to Pantwari Village. It will take a total of 2-3 hours from the Nag Devta Temple. The downward trail is comparatively easier but don’t rush thing as it is when you are descending that the strain on your calf muscle is most.
From Pantwari, catch a shared cab or hire a cab and reach Nainbagh. From here to Mussoorie and then to Delhi ISBT in the wee hours of the morning and thus concludes the weekend trek to Nag Tibba 🙂
Day’s expense: 80 per head till Mussorrie and 320 per person till ISBT + INR 150 on food along with self cooked magi at the Nag Devta Temple
Feel free to ask for assistance if you are planning your Nag Tibba trek 🙂
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