Nagtibba means the place or abode of the Snake God. It is believed to be the abode of 'Nag Devta' or God of Snakes, from which it borrows the first part of its name; 'Tibba' is a local word for hill or peak. It is the highest peak in the lesser himalayan region of Uttarakhand state (Garhwal Division). It is situated 16 km away from Landour cantonment, and around 57 km from Mussoorie in Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The 'Nag Tibba Range' is amongst three principal ranges of the Lesser Himalayas, which includes the Dhauladhar, and the Pir Panjal, which branched off from the Great Himalayas.
Nag Tibba is slowly and steadily becoming a popular trekking spot and a good fit for trekkers living in Delhi and National Capital Region, who want to have an adventure over the weekend. For beginners, this trek is great for an introduction to the trekking adventures.
What to Watch Out For
The view from campsite
This is one of the few treks we have where you can see spellbinding sunsets and sunrise. This is because of the direction this trail faces. On a clear day, you see big snow-capped mountains like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Srikanth, and Gangotri lighting up a shade of fiery orange. Below you, you see a bed of clouds float. You don’t even have to climb to a high point to see this sunset. You can see it right from your campsite!
Trekkers often ask us these questions about the Nag Tibba trek:
The comforting trek with a salubrious weather offers mesmerizing views of the massive peaks of Banderpunch, Gangotri peaks, Doon valley to name a few. With its circular trek, you can see contrasting landscapes combining dense mix forests of Oak, Cedar and Alpine.
Trekkers can spend free time bird watching and savour the beauty of meandering meadows and lush forest tapestry.
Trek: Ideal trek and takes only 2-3 days start to finish.
Easy & short trek: The trail is easy and ideal for beginners too.
Complete trek: Jungle trek, Himalayan views, meadows and waterfall.
Safety: One of the safest treks, close to Mussorie and Dehradoon with safer route to camp along.
Nag tibba has a temperate and pleasant weather throughout except Winters when it gets chilly and snow engulfs the valley.
April, May & June: Pleasant during the day and cooler in the night. Cool breeze comforts you. Carrying light woolens is suggested. During summers plenty of greenery can be seen.
July, August & September: The trail goes lush and serene in the monsoons. The valley becomes pure bliss with the mist, rains and clouds all around. Prepare yourself for some heavy showers. Its advisable to carry rain jackets in this season.
December, January & February: If you are looking for peaceful solitude amid nature’s best then this is the best time to trek. The snowfall will cover the valley in mystic white. Winters witness freezing temperatures so remember to carry heavy woolens.
For Nag tibba you have to reach Dehradun, located at a distance of 236 kms from the National capital, New Delhi and can be easily accessed from all major Indian cities.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Dehradun and the nearest railhead is also located at Dehradun.
By Rail: Dehradun is well connected and you can reach Dehradun by train from major cities in India. There are many trains that ply between Delhi and Dehradun and vice- versa. Shatabdi express and Mussoorie express are two major trains connecting Dehradun with cities like Amritsar, Howrah, Delhi, Mumbai etc.
By Road: Luxury and normal buses are easily available from Delhi. One can also opt for private cabs and self -driven cars.
If you have a personal vehicle or a cab you can directly reach Mussoorie as well.
The trek starts from Pantwari situated at a distance of 100 km from Dehradun.
It is just 50 kms from Mussoorie and you have to take the route towards Kempty Fall, crossing Yamuna Bridge and taking Purola road till Nainbagh. From Nainbagh you have to take right towards Nag Tibba road. Pantwari village is just 12 km drive from Nainbagh.
Both Private and shared taxis ply from Dehradun to Pantwari.
Private cabs are available at 5000 INR and shared cabs charge 250 INR per head. Please feel free to crack a negotiated price.