2 Days Trek to Nag Tibba from Delhi

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 🙂

Nag Tibba Trek

The Summit or the Nag Tibba

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.


Sunrise in Mussorrie

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.

Mussorrie Chakrata Highway

On the Mussorrie Charkata Highway towards Nainbagh

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.

Pantwari Tibba

Beginning of the trail to Nag Tibba from Pantwari Village

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.

Trail from Pantwari Village

This is the motorable road and you see on the right a trail coming from Pantwari and on the left going towards 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.

Preparing Maggi

Preparing Magi just after crossing the second intersection of motorable road

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.

Himalayan Eagle

Shot this Himalayan Eagle midway to Nag Tibba 🙂

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.

Nag Tibba

Awe inspiring views of Himalayas from Nag Tibba

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.

Nag Tibba Trek

The snow cover at the Nag Tibba summit

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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18 thoughts on “2 Days Trek to Nag Tibba from Delhi

    1. Nikhil Chandra Post author

      Just let me explain…no offense intended. The thing is that in our corporate life we have only so many days to explore places. And when I do get a chance I take it. Well joining office on Mondays is kinda mandatory so I plan my trips on weekends and manage to return on Monday. No matter how hectic it might appear but actually its kind of liberating and relaxing to take these trips…always.

  1. Ankit

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    Unlike Others All of our trek’s will start & end at Rishikesh. Not only on Saturday’s We Also have departure’s available on Friday & Sunday.
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  2. Pratibha S Iyengar

    Hey I’m planning a trip to Rishikesh and Mussoorie in December. We wanted to go to kanatal but that seems difficult due to unavailability of staying options. But Nag tibba trek seems to be very interesting. Do you think we could squeeze this camping between our itinerary?plan is : Rishikesh :3 days(includes travel from Delhi to Rishikesh)
    Nag tibba: 2 days trek
    Mussoorie : 2 days stay (includes returning to Delhi)

    Is this a good plan ?

  3. Gaurav Dogra

    Are there any guest-houses or other options available up top?
    Just in case we don;t want to spend the night in tents/sleeping bags?

    1. Nikhil Chandra Post author

      No there are no guest houses or homestays up top. In fact even camping in not possible up top due to strong wind. The camp site is near Nag Devta temple which serve as base camp where all trekkers pitch their tent. Tent and sleeping bag would be required for night stay.

  4. Anisha

    2 of us are planning it in March. You suggest we stay overnight at Nainbagh or Pantwari before heading out for Nag tibba. We will carry our tent and camping stove, water filter.. Can we camp on the summit or do we need to get to base camp? Is there any life threatening wildlife that we need to be aware of? How safe is it for women trekkers?

  5. Shaifali Mishra

    Thank you for your help. It’s still exactly the way you have described it in your article. I was traveling with a friend to Nag Tibba for the first time.I enjoyed my trek and so did my friend. It’s safe for women travellers to . But I would suggest taking a porter or a pony to carry your luggage if you are camping by yourself as the climb is pretty rock and steep. The water is not easily available thus makes stay here a little uncomfortable. Thanks for all the help. had a great trip

    1. Nikhil Chandra Post author

      Yep water is definitely a problem up top. Better to carry along as much as one can. Taking a porter depends on person’s strength and stamina. There were many who were carrying their own camping gear. Climb to Nag Tibba is definitely taxing and it is not as easy as many claim it to be.

      When you said thanks for the help, do you mean that you read this post of mine before trekking to Nagtibba or is it that you foung this blog after finishing your trek. Just curious about how much time did you take and did you go on your own or with some travel company like GIO or Indiahike?

  6. julesj610

    Sounds like a very hectic but worthwhile weekend trek.Wow! the photo of the eagle’s a beauty.It seems like you’ve been doing a lot of exploring just lately…fantastic! 😉
    There’s nothing like escaping for a while in to the peace and tranquility of nature is there?… And where better but in the lap of the mighty Himalyas.
    Happy travels as always Nikhil 🙂 😉

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