Nag Tibba trek is famously also known as the ‘Mountain of the Serpent’, starts at the northeast of Mussoorie in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan ranges. Nag Tibba is located at an altitude of 3,048 meters where the snake God Nag is worshipped. People offer prayers to the snack god believing that the snake god protects their cattle from snake bites. Every trekker whether an amateur or a veteran will be delighted by this trek, which is an ideal weekend trek for all those visitors coming from Delhi. The views offered to the visitors are an enchanting experience from the dignified snow-capped mountains to camping under the star-lit night sky and walking in the verdurous lush forests, everything makes this an experience to savour upon.
The trek begins at Pantwari a village near the hill station Mussoorie, which is also surrounded by various other small villages such as Bandsari village, Kori village, etc. Total distance from the village till the peak of Nag Tibba is of 8km which shall pass through other villages namely Devalsari and Thatyur. Nag Tibba trek takes you through some of the old forests filled with deodar and oak swarming with fascinating wildlife. This is a trek that can be cherished for a lifetime for the ones who come looking for nature or peace as well as for adrenaline-seeking adventure buffs.
Highlights of this beautiful trek include scenic villages of remote Uttarakhand, lovely meadows, stunning views, and delightful walk through deodar, oak, and pine forests. The climb to the peak itself is fascinating packed with adventure activities and awe-inspiring views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Bunderpunch, Chaukhamba, etc.
Location of Nag Tibba
Nag Tibba is located at the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas found to the north-east of Mussoorie, the peak of which is at an altitude of 3048 meters. A regular trip to the top of the peak is taken by the villagers who offer prayers to the Snake God to protect their cattle from snake bites. There has been a belief that Nag Tibba peak is an abode of Snake God or ‘Nag Devta’. The same reason why it is also called Serpent’s Peak at an altitude of 9915 feet, stands as the highest peak of Nag Tibba range in the Garhwal Himalayas. Trekkers and Nature enthusiasts visit this peak frequently for its elevation and panoramic beauty it offers. One can enjoy some of the panoramic views of various peaks, Kedarnath peak in the North, Bandarpunchh peak, the Gangotri group of peaks, Doon Valley, and the snow peaks of Chanabang.
Best time for the Nag Tibba Trek
The best time to take part in this trek is from April to June in summers and October to December in winter. If you want to experience the snow trekking, it is suggested that you take up the Chopta trails. The best months to visit Nag Tibba is specific would be January to March.
Summers– Cool breeze to comfort you, the view of Himalayas from the distance and the pleasant weather during summer. The days might get warm while you trek which would need light cotton outfits, while its good to have fleece and clothes alike to withstand the chill during the evening and night times.
Monsoons– Enjoy a gaze at the snow-clad peaks while you sip on your warm cup of tea as it rains in this region making the lush greenery even more bountiful. Not sure if you will be able to trek to the peak as there will be a high chance of a landslide which will also result in rad blocks around. But the beauty of the region is worth all the trouble. Carry along some raincoat and gears which will withstand the rains if you plan to trek.
Winters– There might be chances of snowfall which will only make the view even more cherishable, you cannot go wrong with the place if you are looking for peace and solitude. The incomparable sights will make you feel that you are looking at heaven on Earth. Carry some heavy wool and warm clothes as the temperatures will soar down to freezing measures.
How to Reach Nag Tibba
By Air- The nearest airport is at a distance of 60km from Mussoorie.e Jolly Grant airport which is connected with well-maintained roads. You can hire taxis from the airport conveniently to the city of Mussoorie.
By Railway- Railway station at Dehradun is the nearest one to Mussoorie distanced at 36 kilometres. The Shatabdi Express and Mussoorie Express connect the city with all other major cities of north India.
By Road- There are well connected motorable roads to the city and frequent buses from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate which include normal as well as luxury ones. Its a few hours drive from the nation’s capital too making it an ideal getaway.