After a total of three and a half hours' journey from Dehradun, we reach Pantwari village and begin our ascent to our camping site. 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.
The trek begins from the main road that cuts through village Pantwari itself. The trail climbs high up across the ridge face, right behind the village Pantwari, in the eastern direction. After a walk of 5 minutes we leave the main village behind. The trail is rather steep until almost halfway today, or until we arrive at the Goat Village on our left, an initiative started to sustain the way of living in the Himalayan villages, which is increasingly threatened by migratory trends. The trail up to this section is exposed with few areas with natural shade and it can be slighlty unpleasant during sunny days. The trail is rather level around the Goat Village and soon after we cross the forest checkpost a little further up ahead, we enter a dense forest with plenty of Rohdodenderon trees with bright crimson red flowers, found in full bloom during late winters and early springs, i.e. Feburary to April. The trail is mildly steep from here until the Kathian Campsite.
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.
The campsite at Katian is famous for the marvellous sunset views that can be seen from here and is a highlight of the Nag Tibba trek. The colors come out beautifully during the evening twilight hours.
Meals: L, D
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 1 hour of journey 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.
Meals: B, L
Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). From lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2
Accommodation is on Camp (Day 1)
Accommodation on sharing basis (Twin sharing available at extra cost INR 500 per person throughout the trek)
Guide and support staff
Any permit/ entry free
Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
Accommodation in Dehradun
Any kind of personal expenses
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage (available at extra cost of INR 350/day for 12 kg per beg)
Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes
When humans set their feet and eyes on the Himalaya, it is a romantic meeting between the Earth´s youngest species and the earth´s youngest mountain. As the Himalayan mountains have developed on Earth, the evolution of humans has also been accompanied by the making of an inner Himalaya. Every human has a Himalaya within himself or herself. It is the peak of human potential and challenge as well as a place of silence and peace. Our Journey started in the humble roots & persistent efforts of an authentic mountain trek leader, Bachan Rana, who founded Himalaya Shelter, after he had to forego his long journey as a Trek Leader at one of the finest Outdoor Activities organizer in India, in 2013, following Kedarnath Disaster which led to dwindling tourist influx, crippling the tourism sector in Uttarakhand.
Trip Terms & Conditions
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3. If the due amounts are not paid as per the payment schedule, bookings shall stand cancelled.
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Are there more compelling reasons than the ability to summit the top of the highest mountain in the Lesser Himalayas- the Nag Tibba in the Garhwal Mountains range, over the course of a weekend? Yes, it is a relatively easy trek and meant for beginners who want to enjoy the thrill of a mountain summit with spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks, rich valleys, and the sprawling, green meadows (Bugyals) and cherish this experience for a lifetime. Many amateur trekking enthusiasts embark on the Nag Tibba Trek from Delhi, and they return with some of the most remarkable memories and exciting stories worth sharing!
The Nag Tibba Trek best time is around the year, except the monsoons. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year. The daytime temperatures range between 16 to 25 degrees celsius, and the night-time temperature stays within 8 to 16 degrees Celsius across a significant part of the year. Hence, embarking on the Nag Tibba Trek will not intimate you to extreme and freezing climatic conditions. However, the peak trekking season between September till December (post-monsoon/autumn) encounters daytime temperatures between 14 and 22 degrees celsius. The nights are a bit nippy, with temperatures dropping down to 6 to 14 degrees celsius. Although this time of the year is dominated by clear blue skies offering you panoramic mountain views and natural beauty, the altitude might cause the weather to change drastically. You will experience snow during the winter months, and they start receding by April.
The trail type is round, with the 15-kilometer trekking distance taking you to a maximum elevation of 3022 meters at the top of the Nag Tibba. While you are on the trail, you need to stay in campsites comprising dome tents. Traveling with a reputed tour guide or operator will ensure that your Nag Tibba Trek cost is inclusive of the accommodation and meals.
Amongst the list of essentials that you need to carry on the Nag Tibba Trek, a pair of sturdy, well-made hiking shoes are the most important. A 20 to 30-liter backpack is enough for the Nag Tibba trekking experience. Apart from these, you need to carry a couple of full-sleeved shirts to prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt by the UV rays in the rarified air. Since the maximum altitude is 3022 meters, it might get really cold, and thus you should carry three insulation layers- 2 light fleece layers and 1 light, full-sleeve sweater. A regular padded/shell jacket on the outside keeps the wind out. A pair of quality hiking pants made from the same quick-dry, waterproof material as your full-sleeved shirts will serve the purpose.
Apart from these, other essentials include a pair of sunglasses for UV protection, suncap, woolen cap or balaclava, synthetic hand gloves, a few pairs of underwear, and a sports bra (for women). Always carry extra pairs of socks and rainwear like ponchos or raincoats because you never know when the weather turns murky. Rain cover for your backpack is essential, and you should also carry a daypack if you consider offloading.
Though the Nag Tibba Trek is rated easy to moderate, there are steep ascents and descents at specific points. Hence, carrying a pair of well-made trekking poles is essential. Apart from these, basic toiletries consisting of biodegradable soaps, excess toilet paper rolls, moisturizers, lip salves, etc., along with medicines and first-aid kits, should be taken. It would be best to carry water bottles and hydration packs to avoid polluting the Himalayas with plastic. Try carrying your own luggage; thus, you need to keep them lightweight and yet pack for all eventualities. Do not litter.
The trek is easy to moderate in difficulty and ideal for beginners. Therefore, you can just increase your cardiovascular endurance with swimming, jogging, and light running sessions along with custom indoor fitness routines.