Nag Tibba Weekend Trek, Uttarakhand

TT1721

 Nag Tibba, Jaunpur Range, Uttarakhand, India

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  • Maximum Altitude: 3100m
  • Best Season: Apr-Jun; Sep-Nov; Possible in other months, subject to weather conditions
  • Level: Easy
  • Weather: The nights can be cold. Day temperatures are pleasant during summer
  • Restrictions: None
  • Getting from/To: Pantwari is connected by road from Dehradun and is about 95 Km.
  • Equipment: None for walking

Day 01: Dehradun to Pantwari - 95km drive and 5km Trek to campsite

We begin the day early from Dehradun. This way we can avoid the traffic towards Mussoorie and Kempty falls. Mussoorie is 22km from Dehradun and Kempty falls another 17km further. The road continues downhill from here towards the Yamuna river bed and reaches the town of Nainbagh. One road continues towards Yamunotri while we take the narrower road which climbs uphill towards Pantwari village. This takes us behind the Mussoorie ridge and into shepherd territory. Gujjars with their domesticated sheep and goats are seen on hill tops. Terraced farms and hill slopes dotted with Bauhinia trees with their purple blossoms are a sight to photograph. These flowering trees are easily identified by their leaves which are in the shape of a camels' foot.

After an hour, we reach Pantwari village and begin our ascent to our camping site. With mules carrying the luggage one can enjoy the village setting and life. Women are seen working on the wheat and green pea fields. Men are mainly employed in government jobs in the plains or work as porters and guides. Our trekking trail rises beyond the farms and enters wild territory. Flowers and birds are in plenty here. Most prominent flowers are white anemones (a flowering shrub) while among birds the jungle babbler, red vented bulbul, blue cheeked bulbul, hill myna, warblers and tits are common. We reach our camping ground by late afternoon and enjoy the sunset over the hill spurs. The camping ground is flush with mint leaves which can be mixed to form a delightful brew of mint tea or the Kandali shrub can be washed and cooked to form a tasty saag.

Day 02: Trek from campsite to Nagtibba top and back to Pantwari – 12km; Drive back to Dehradun

We start the second day post breakfast and climb to the Nag Devta temple. It is an ill maintained temple premise with a pujari, who is present occasionally. The locals come here frequently to pay their obeisance. There is a vast open space near the temple which is often used as a grazing ground for sheep and goats. The Nag Tibba ridge rises further up and is another 2 hours hike ahead. There is a distinct change in vegetation from here. The forests become dense and is dominated by oaks and rhododendrons. The forest floor is also damp indicating the lack of sunlight reaching it.

This is an ideal habitat for a variety of orchids (locally called kachanar) to grow. However, with the pressure of grazing, lopping of oaks and trekking, this region is under anthropogenic pressure. A variety of birds like the niltava and flameback woodpecker are seen in the barks of oak trees. We follow the trail back to our campsite and after lunch head down to Pantwari village. The trek down is easy and fast and can be covered in a couple of hours. We then proceed onwards to Dehradun by our transport.

  • Garhwali villages with unique wooden Houses.
  • Trail is over ridges and a few grass fields.
  • Views of some snow clad peaks, subject to weather conditions
  • Walk through oak and rhododendron forests
Stay Envisaged Stars Destination Nights
Tents
Nag Tibba Base 1
Inclusions
  1. Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 2.
  2. Guide and cook fees.
  3. Rent for camping equipment.
  4. Forest entry charges.
  5. Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.
  6. All veg meals starting from day 1 breakfast to day 2 lunch. 
  7. Tented accommodation.
Exclusions
  1. Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
  2. Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  3. Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  4. Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes need to be confirmed with us.
  5. Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the stick is used or not.
  6. Accommodation in Dehradun.
  7. Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 250 per day per bag.
Terms and Conditions

Things to carry:

  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Comfortable Trekking Shoes: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket/Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 T-shirts/Shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 Trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Torch/ Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Thermal Inner-wears
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Woolen Cap
  • Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
  • Identity Cards
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Specific personal Medication
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen cream/ Moisturizer/ Lip Balm
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunglasses (it should be U/V protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation

If the user wishes to cancel any booking due to any reason whatsoever, the same shall be only valid if the vendor is notified of the cancellation in writing on its official address or via e-mail, at least 15 days before the commencement of the trip or adventure activity. Any refund due to the user by the vendor shall be subject to cancellation charges.

Written cancellations will only be acknowledged if they are received by the vendor on their official address or e-mail on working days. Cancellation request received on Sundays and public holidays shall be processed only on the next official working day.
 

Refunds

The following refund shall be payable to the user in case of valid cancellation of a booking:

  • If the cancellation request is received before 30 days from the commencement of the trip, the whole amount paid for the trip will be refunded.
  • If the cancellation request is received between 15 to 30 days from the commencement of the trip, 50% of the trip cost shall be refunded.
  • In cases where the cancellation request is not received before 15 days from the commencement of the trip Himalaya Shelter shall not be liable to pay any refund.
  • Cancellation for booking made within 15 days of departure date will not be liable for any refund.

NOTE: 3% processing fee would be charged for cancellation refund.

The above mentioned refunds are subjected to deductions for any expenses that may have been incurred for hotel booking or transport etc., by the vendor.

In cases where the request for cancellation is received after the commencement of the trip or if the user voluntarily drops out of the trip for any reason whatsoever, the vendor shall not be liable to pay any refund. Furthermore, no refund shall be payable by the vendor for any of the service or facility provided by them in their packages, but not availed by the user.

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    Trail Overview

    Nag Tibba lies on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, North-East of Mussoorie. The peak is at an altitude of 3100m. It offers spectacular views of Mussoorie. It can easily be considered one of the best weekend treks. NagTibba is a typical ridge peak on the Nag Tibba Range of the lower Himalayas. In fact, along with the Pir Punjal and Dhauladhar; the Nag Tibba range forms one of the 3 main ranges of the lower Himalayas. There is a temple dedicated to Nag Devta and the range owes its name to this temple. Snakes have always held an important status in the Hindu religion. According to Hindu mythology, snakes are considered as the representation of rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting of the skin and being symbolically "reborn". The trek takes you through dense forests rich in flora and fauna.

    Duration : 2 Days
    Trail Type : Fixed Departure
    Location : Nag Tibba, Jaunpur Range, Uttarakhand, India
    Maximum number of people : 10
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