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Indian mythology is rooted deep in traditions and beliefs. Snakes or Nagas, as they are called in the local tongue, are highly revered in Hindu mythology. With festivals, temples, scriptures, Gods and Goddesses dedicated to snakes and snake deities, there is no surprise that we have sacred mountains and hilltops that are central to popular religious beliefs. As luck would have it, adventure junkies looking for some spiritual insight can undertake a trek that journeys to the snake mountain, popular by the name Nag Tibba.
Nag Tibba or Serpent’s Peak, standing at an elevation of 9,915 feet is your calling if you are seeking a quick rendezvous in the Himalayas! It is the highest peak in the lower Himalayan ranges of the Uttarakhand region.
Beautiful camping locations with glimpses of colossal mountain ranges such as Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Srikanth, Black Peak, meandering trails through thick Devdar jungles and some remote stretches interspersed with wild flora and exotic wildlife, Nag Tibba is flavored with all the elements of a great Himalayan trek. Being a circular trek, Nag Tibba trek treats you to a brand new vista and fresh trails while descending from the summit. There is no overlap of terrain and this contrasting landscape is the complimentary perk of this trek.
This trek prepares you well before jumping into the bandwagon of challenging treks and adventurous expeditions. In a nutshell, Nag Tibba is a refreshing trailer for amateur trekkers who are yet to experience the potpourri of a full-fledged trek.
Reach Dehradun by train. Dehradun is well connected to all the major cities of India like Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ujjain, Chennai and Varanasi through the train.
From Dehradun, drive to Pantwari (99 km), which takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes. Patwari is the mountain village from where the Nag Tibba Trek commences.
There is a flight of buses that connect Dehradun to major cities of India such as Delhi, Shimla, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Agra, and Mussoorie.
You can choose between Volvo, Deluxe, Semi-deluxe and Uttarakhand State Transport Buses. From Delhi ISBT, located at Kashmiri Gate or Anand Vihar, you can take buses till Dehradun. You can either book at ISBT or even book online. It takes 6 to 7 hours from Delhi to reach Dehradun, which is at a distance of 254 km.
There is a regular bus service, every 15 minutes to 1 hour from Dehradun Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) near Clement Town. Mussoorie Bus Station, located at Dehradun Railway Station and Delhi Bus Stand on Gandhi Road also provides bus services.
From Dehradun, drive to Pantwari (99 km), which takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Jolly Grant Airport is located 20 kilometres away from the main city of Dehradun. It is well-connected to Delhi through major airlines like Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet and 7 to 8 flights are operating each day in this sector. It takes 55 minutes to reach Dehradun from Delhi by air.
Total distance 94 km – 4/5 Hours journey
Mode of journey – By taxi -90 km – On foot – 4 km
Altitude – Khathiyan camp – 2325 Meter
Night stay – Our Campsite – on a twin share basis
The vehicles are arranged from Dehradun Railway Station and the journey starts from there.
Cover 90 kms by going through some fable tourist attractions like Mussoorie and Kempty Fall by following the route through Nainbagh towards Nag Tibba road.
Three routes lead to Nag Tibba but the route via Pantwari village is the shortest one.
Reach mini-market, enter the welcome gate and start trekking on the cemented trail.
Little ahead is a small temple of Nag Devta. Now, after 5 minutes of the hike, the trail changes to a rocky one full of loose rocks.
As you go higher the Pantwari village and the farmlands are visible below.
The connecting Nag Tibba ridge lies in front. Climb the hill and reach a water point, the water here is safe to drink. Continue trekking and great views which the trail offers are a feast for the eyes.
Now, enter the “Pravesh Dwar”; “Welcome Gate” of Nag Tibba and start ascending through the forest section.
Rhododendrons (Burans) are found in abundance here and its squash is very famous because it is very helpful in treating blood pressure.
The zig-zag trail is steep with many loose rocks.
There are many other short cuts that look alike and lead to the same place but do not go for these shortcuts and leave the group because there is a chance to get lost in the woods.
After a 15 minutes, hike reaches a small clearing and from here you can spot your campsite.
Reach there, have sumptuous food and retire for the night.
Total distance 102 km – 12/13 Hours journey
Mode of journey – By taxi -90 km – On foot – 12 km
Altitude Nag Tibba summit – 3022 Meter
Today wake up early because the distance is long, have light breakfast and get ready for the adventure.
Go through the densely forested area, in winter trekking here gets tough because the heavy snow makes the trail hard to identify.
Between your gradual walk cross some steep ascents and in 1 hour you can reach the Nag Tibba Base Camp.
It is a wide clearing and a temple is located there dedicated to Serpent God “Nag Devta”. It is worshipped by the local villagers for protection of their cattle and a “Bhagwat” is held here in which “Chief Minister is invited and almost 10,000 people attend it every year.
Now, the climb to Nag Tibba top is 1.5 km from Base Camp which is very steep through the thick forest cover. The snow makes the climb challenging in winters.
The trail is straight and you can reach the summit in 1 or 1 and a half hour depending upon the conditions.
The highest point is called Nag Tibba, there is a flag “Jhandi” on the top.
Get tremendous views of high Himalayan ranges i.e. Swargarohini, Bandar pooch, Srikanta, Kala Naag, Gangotri and snow peaks of Changabang.
On the other side of the ridge the route to Devalsari village is also visible.
Spend a good time there and start the steep downhill trek by following the same route to reach Pantwari.
Then, depart to Dehradun via Kempty fall and Mussoorie.