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Nag Tibba – An Easy Two Days Trek

The Nag Tibba or The Serpent’s Peak lies in the Garhwal Hills of Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 3022 meters / 9915ft. It has been a perfect stop for the trekkers to surmount.
It’s a pretty easy trek which starts from a small village called Panthwari and ends at the ‘Tibba’ or the top or as the locals call it ‘Jhandi’. If you have two days in hand and you want something naive, then add this to your travel list.

How to Reach the starting point of the trek? 

There are two options. First, you can take a Bus from Kashmiri Gate – New Delhi to Dehradun or Mussourie. Second, take a night train from New Delhi to Dehradun. I find the latter one more comfortable.
You can book buses from New Delhi to Dehradun/Mussoorie from any of these websites:
(a) [This website is for the government buses. I would suggest you take a Volvo or an AC Bus for this journey. The good thing about these buses – they adhere to their schedule.]
As far as trains are concerned. I would suggest you taking the ‘NANDA DEVI EXPRESS’ as it sticks to its schedule avoiding any delay. I have had some really bad experiences with other night trains.

My Journey

Day 1

I opted for this train from New Delhi Nizamuddin Railway Station – The Madurai Dehradun Express (Big Mistake). The schedule departure time was 9.10 PM but the train did not reach the platform till late 10.30 PM. I boarded the train expecting to get some rest before the hike. But it did not happen due to the pilgrims traveling from South to Haridwar. All night I heard moms shouting, kids crying, men talking about politics and know what. Finally, after multiple stops, we reached Dehradun. Around 7.45 AM.

Day 2

From the Dehradun railway station, I took an autorickshaw to the Local Bus Stand. Hoping to get a direct Bus to Panthwari. But I was unable to find one. Someone suggested me to take the ride till Nain Bagh. It was almost a 2 hours journey from Dehradun to Nain Bagh, I was famished by then. So, I had some parathas and a cup of coffee at the Dev Bhumi Restaurant, Nain Bagh.
View from the Dev Bhumi Restaurant
After waiting for half-an-hour or so. I got a Jeep to Panthwari. The ride was rough but worth it as I got the view of the fine green step farmed lands and beautiful hills all through the way.
Amazing view of the Green-Brown Hills of Garwhal
Narrow and steep road leading to Panthwari
Around 12 noon, I started walking up the 7km incline from Panthwari towards Kathiyali (my camp site for the trek)
Carrying my load up the trail
During this hike, I came across several mud huts with distinctive roofs made of stone sliced to plain tiles. It’s not just the scenic beauty you encounter during the walk but also the culture of the hills. Everything seems so reasonable.
View of the hills from the roof-top
The gravel trail ended and I walked into the forest. It offered me shade from the scorching heat of this winter sun. After covering my way through the woods, I paused and lied down at a plain hill top to grasp the enormous beauty of these mountains, gazing at the blue sky and enduring the liberty of a bird.I felt that the whole universe is being friendly to me and has conspired to provide me the best.
After resting for a while. I got up and started walking again. I reached Kathiyali in an hour, set up my tent and walked to the nearby Nag Temple. The temple was completely deserted, so I used this opportunity to spend some time with the almighty.
The sun started to set and the darkness crawled upon. I got up walked to my tent. The sunset looked majestic.I was pretty tired by them. So, I unwrapped the packed food and started gobbling. Soon after the scanty supper, my drowsiness totally dominated the coordination of my body and I went off to sleep.

Day 3

Next morning, my sound sleep broke after hearing some unfamiliar voices. And, I slowly got out of my tent and saw some locals at the nearby forest guest house. I strolled towards them and they warmly invited me for a cup of tea. During our chit-chat, they told me about the significance of the Nag temple. One of them was trek guide – Naresh Ji. He said that he is going to the top and I can accompany him.
Wandering in the woods
I packed my stuff and wore a warm jacket on Naresh Ji’s suggestion. He guessed that it would be cold and windy at the top. We made our way through the woods covered with a white sheet of snow.
We reached a point where everything was covered with a thick blanket of snow. I was awestruck by all this snow. It a moment of celebration for me. I knew I was approaching the summit. The proximity anticipated me to increase my pace towards my goal.
The Nag Tibba Top
I endured a powerful feeling of accomplishment. I sensed peace when the cold breeze blew through my hair and my sweaty brow. Yes, blessed I was.
I lied down at the summit for a couple of hours and went through this journey again in my mind. Lost in my wonderland and blissful thoughts when suddenly Naresh Ji intervened saying that I should leave now else I would miss the bus to New Delhi. I reluctantly got up and prepared myself for the journey back.
Walking down the trail
I reached Panthwari around 5.30 PM after a continuous walk. From Panthwari, luckily, I got a jeep that was going to Dehradun. Within few hours I was on a private bus to Delhi.

Things you may need while you trek to Nag Tibba!

(a) Trekking Shoes – they prevent ankle twist and have better grip
(b) Full sleeve T-shirts
(c) Full sleeve woolen
(d) Thick Jacket (for winter season)
(e) Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (may need while sleeping)
(f) Gloves(1 pair for winter season)
(g) Woolen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season)
(h) Raincoat/Poncho
(i) Gaters – Prevent Snow from entering the shoes
(j) Water Bottle
(k) Light towel and Toilet paper
(l) LED torch
(m) Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
(n) 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch
(o) Band Aid – 2 strips
(p) Disprin (in case of a headache) – 3 tablets
(q) Moov spray
(r) Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
(s) Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
(t) Vomistop – 2 tabletsN
Humble Request to all fellow travelers/trekkers – When you visit the Nag Tibba, carry a trash bag. This is a beautiful place and I am sure you would love to visit this again. Let’s keep it the way it is 🙂

Guys if you need a guide for solo or group trekking. You can contact Naresh Ji. He can get you trek done at a nominal price. You can reach him @ 09456515433

Thank You for reading this post. If you enjoyed it. Do comment and share!

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bornomadic • February 10, 2017

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  1. Sara Broers April 3, 2017 - 1:41 am Reply

    Great tip on carrying a trash bag and toilet paper. It seems pretty simple that if you pack it in, you pack it out, but some don't get it. Wow- what a drive and a hike! I love how you went from rocks to dirt to snow and a great view. You have put together a great list for what to take on this hike, for anyone wanting to tackle this same trek.

  2. Tony Wilson April 3, 2017 - 7:17 am Reply

    Well done on your travel. No sleep on the train and a long walk would piss me off. Jumping in the jeep was a great idea. I would have driven it all the way. Was handy to have the guide help you to the peek and the view was stunning.

  3. The Travel Ninjas April 4, 2017 - 6:15 am Reply

    Those are some beautiful climbs and spectacular views. Cool post. It's motivational and informative too. Thanks for all the tips, especially on the NANDA DEVI EXPRESS train. Having the right transport is so vital.

  4. Kristin – SiDash Travels April 5, 2017 - 11:23 am Reply

    Great post. Were off to India next week and we cant wait. Were open for things to do in our 2 weeks there and this looks like a stunning opportunity. Some the photos and views you saw look amazing. Well done on getting to the peak and thanks for sharing you adventure.

  5. Dexter And April Wong April 26, 2017 - 12:11 pm Reply

    Oh my, this is beautiful! We recently did a hiking trip here in England and we just love being outdoors. I've never experienced camping out for days though, I'm not sure if I'll be up for something like that!Looks like you had a fairly wonderful adventure – hopefully we get to do this too!

  6. D of Love C and D April 26, 2017 - 12:20 pm Reply

    Congrats on reaching the top. Some of those views were absolutely stunning, well worth the terrible journey (although I'm not sure I could have done it). That was great timing to meet with the guide, always handy. A good and helpful packing list for others, thanks for sharing.

  7. Tania Mukherjee April 28, 2017 - 4:43 am Reply

    I loved reading this and Naresh ji sounds like an experienced man. Wasn't it beautiful when the landscape just changed from brown hills to snowy white? I Would love to do this trek sometimes in future!

  8. Glimpses of The World April 28, 2017 - 6:28 am Reply

    I'm not much of a trekker, but your post just made me rethink that. 🙂 I mean, look at your photos! Such an amazing view! It's well worth going up there. And thanks for all the tips, you've made it easy for us to get organized and find these amazing spots to enjoy the landscape!

  9. Gelli De asis April 29, 2017 - 11:25 am Reply

    The hike itself is already a very difficult adventure. However, you tell your story with helpful links and info, and everything is greatly put. You did amazing on your photos as well. Enjoy on your next trip!

  10. Sridhar @InterludJourney April 30, 2017 - 6:44 am Reply

    Awesome trip and great blog with complete information. I am planning to go to Nag Tibba Trek. I have been reading its reviews these days and I am quite impressed and excited at the same time. I am planning to book next Feb.

  11. Marceline Pillette November 6, 2017 - 4:55 pm Reply

    Thank you for share this. I’m looking for water bottle. That’s why I’m here. In case you have any experience about this, please share with me.

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