Nag Tibba is one of the few summit climb treks in the Himalayan region that is relatively less explored. Standing high at an altitude of 9,915 ft Nag Tibba is known to be the highest peak in Garhwal range of Himalayas. This trek is perfect for a perfect weekend that takes you to the top of Nag Tibba overlooking some of the famous mountain peaks like Bandarpunch, Swaroghini and Kala Nag.
Two days trek of Nag Tibba takes you through some of the exciting challenges like ridge walk, trek through dense forests and beautiful clearings for camping. The ascent takes you through one side of the mountain while the descent introduces to another, giving you a change of scenery. If you are new to trekking and want a delightful weekend with a touch of adventure then Nag Tibba is the place to start for you.
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How to Reach:
The best way by public transport is getting a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in Delhi to Dehradun. The drive is around 8 hours long and will cost you INR 700 per person.
If you prefer a train ride over roadways for a longer distance then you can board a train from Delhi and get down at Dehradun, the nearest railway station. There are two trains that operate frequently i.e., Nanda Devi express and Dehradun express.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport and there are different flight operators that provide daily flights to Dehradun from all the major cities. You can hire a cab or get a shared taxi to the base camp from the airport.
What to Expect:
Adventurous Summit Climb
Whenever there is a summit climb included in the trekking trail, the trek becomes all the more appealing. The satisfactory feeling of conquering a mountain is immense. Nag Tibba trek gives you that satisfactory feeling with its summit climb resting at 9,915 ft. The top gives you a clear view of Kedarnath, Gangotri and mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kala Nag, Srikantha and others. If you are attempting Nag Tibba trek in the winter months the beauty of the view increases tenfold with the snow laden mountains.
Nag Tibba offers contrasting colours of sunset in the midst of snow-white fields. You can catch these mesmerising experiences right from the start of the trek without waiting to get to the top.
Two Different Trails
One of the unique traits of Nag Tibba trek is the different trails for ascent and descent. After you reach the top, you have two options- either trace back to the way you came from or descend from the other side of the mountain with a different route. This other route via Bhatwadi village gives you change in the landscape with beautiful clearings and water streams running down the hills at one side.
Distance of the Trail:
Nag Tibba is gaining its popularity for a perfect weekend trek with its 2 days trek. In the span of these two days, trekkers need to cover a total distance of 16 km. On an average the trek demands 6 hours of hike per day. The short distance of the trek is what the advantage of Nag Tibba holds.
The gradual ascent to the height of 9,915 ft is perfect for any beginner who is looking for an adventure packed weekend. You can do this trek with your family, friends or even a solo trip is perfect. All these factors make this trek of Easy to moderate difficulty level. The moderate part is for the weather and terrain of the trekking in the Himalayas. As Nag Tibba is still a part of the Himalayan trekking trails, it is surely to pose some challenges. Although it can be overcome by right trekking gears and proper layering for the cold.
When to Visit:
Nag Tibba gives life to every season. Although if we have to compare then the winter months of December to March are best for witnessing Nag Tibba covered in the blanket of snow every way you look. The trekking trail is also covered in snow and you can get to experience walking through the snow with your hiking boots. The summer season is great for pleasant hiking and clear blue sky. However, the nights tend to be cold so don’t forget to pack some warm clothes. Many trekkers also attempt Nag Tibba trek during monsoon to see the blooming flora and fauna at its peak. Trekkers should keep in mind the terrain of the trail gets slippery during the rainy season making the trek difficult.
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