Nag Tibba Trek

Location
:Nag Tibba, Garhwal Himalayas
Season
:May
Duration
:3 Days2 Nights
Event Type
:Adventure, Experience
Level
:Easy
Start From
:Dehradun
Ends
:Dehradun

Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba, Garhwal Himalayas
3 Days2 Nights

Event 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, Vikashnagar, the banderpoonch range and spurs created by the Yamuna river valley. NagTibba is a typical ridge peak on the NagTibba 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. It is mentioned in the very famous book '7 years in Tibet' which chronicles the escape of Hienrich Harrier from the British into Tibet. 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".

Since the days when religion and worship was a response to a way of life rather than a reason for existence; snakes have been given a cult status. In some places snake gods are associated with fertility. There are many snake god myths and iconographic symbols associated with them in the Hindu mythology like that of Sheshnag( Vishnu's resting couch),ananatnag( the endless snake), Kaliya( Krishna's dance),Vasuki (churning of the ocean), Padmanabha ( guardian snake especially in south India), Manasa devi( snake goddess) etc. For the villagers in this part of the mountains he is the protector of their cattle and sheep. Domesticated animals are their biggest assets and Nag Devta their protector.
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Event Details

Schedule

Day 1 - Dehradun- Water Campsite (3-4hrs Drive/3hrs Trek)
  • Dehradun- Water Campsite (3-4hrs Drive/3hrs Trek)
  • We begin the day early from Dehradoon. This way we can avoid the traffic towards Mussoorie and Kamptee falls. Mussoorie is 22kms from Dehradoon and Kamptee falls another 17kms 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 later we reach Pantwari village and begin our ascent to our camping site.
  • With mules carrying our 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. There is still no relation between education and jobs in the Himalayas. The education system of the plains is instructed to them which only take the youth further away from the hills. Our trekking trail rises beyond the farms and enters wild territory. Flowers and birds are 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 evening to 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 2 - Water Campsite - Nagtibba Top (3-4hrs ) - Nagtibba Base Campsite (1hrs)
  • We start the second day post breakfast and climb to the Nag Devta temple. It is an ill maintained temple premise with no pujari but 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 forest 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 for 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 Nagtibba campsite. With the night and stars taking over one gets a feeling of being isolated and far from civilization.
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Meal

Lunch

Adventure Activities

Camping
Trekking

Amenities

Firstaid
Parking
Washrooms
Accommodation
Guide
Transport

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 08.00 AM Drop Time: 06.00 PM

Things To Carry

  • Woolen Cap
  • Woolen Gloves
  • Thermal Inner-wears
  • Warm Fleece
  • Torch
  • Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Towel
  • Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
  • Identity Cards
  • Slippers
  • Specific Medication Medicine
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Waterproof Rucksack
  • Comfortable Trekking Boots
  • One Raincoat
  • Windproof Jacket
  • 2-3 T-shirt/Shirt
  • 2 Trouser/Jeans.

Policy

Included

  • Transport from Dehradun - Dehradun
  • Experience mountain guide & Cook
  • Camping Arrangement (Tents + Sleeping Bag + Camping Mattresses + Camping Stool/Chair + Mess Tents + First Aid)
  • Meals: lunch on Day 1 to lunch on day 3
  • Porter/Mule for Carrying camping equipment & ration
  • Forest Entry
  • Service tax

Excluded

  • Insurance
  • Porter mule charges for your personal bag
  • Any service not mention above
  • Weather :
  • The climate is temperate and pleasant throughout the year except the winter months when the weather gets chilly. The higher reaches are covered with snow from January to March. The valley is prone to strong catabatic winds at night especially in the summer season."

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