Nag Tibba Trek

Photo of Nag Tibba Trek by Jaiveer Yadav

Nag Tibba which translates to Serpent's Peak in English is the highest peak in the lesser Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state.

On way to Nag Devta Temple

Photo of Nag Tibba, Jaunpur Range, Uttarakhand by Jaiveer Yadav

It is a picturesque and beautiful short trek of 16 km. It is ideal for the beginners to learn the basics of trekking. I have been there twice, once in 2012 and other time in 2013 as the trek leader of my college team.

It was a wholly different experience both the times and the place is so good that I can go there any number of times.

Day 1

Day 1: Dehradun to Pantwari

The first bus leaves from Dehradun at around 6 o'clock. One has to get down at Nainbaug village. We got down at the Naibagh village and had our lunch there.

After the lunch, we had a ride of another 14 km by a pickup van to Pantwari village. Pantwari village is the starting point of Nagtibba trek.

Jeep travel from Nainbaug to Pantwari is an experience in itself

Photo of Nainbagh, Uttarakhand, India by Jaiveer Yadav

The ride in the van was an experience in itself. We were around 28 persons in two vans. Some were sitting inside, others standing at back while a few dare-devils were sitting at the top. We were full of enthusiasm and shouting random things, slogans and any other sound which a human throat can make. It took dangerous turns at times and the dare-devils would have their heart in their mouth.

Now, Pantwari is a small village which had a few shops and some guesthouses for night stay. We already had booked our place and stuffed ourselves in the rooms available.

Waterfall in Pantwari

Photo of Pantwari, Uttarakhand, India by Jaiveer Yadav

There is a small waterfall nearby where we had lot of fun. We slept on the roof counting the stars at night and doing all other random stuffs. At one time, our host has to intervene. We went back to sleep after that.

Day 2

I woke up by the sound of the alarm on the next day. It was still dark outside. We quickly packed up, only doing the tasks which were absolutely essential and skipping the others.

Nag Tibba trek has rich flora

Photo of Nag Tibba Trek by Jaiveer Yadav

After having the morning tea, we left with the guide at 7 o'clock. The sun had just risen and the sky was still red. Dew was all around. We passed through the village, alongside the paddy fields and soon entered into the forests with high trees of pine.

Photo of Nag Tibba Trek, Nainbag, Uttarakhand, India by Jaiveer Yadav

A Shepherd skinning his sheep

Photo of Nag Tibba Trek, Nainbag, Uttarakhand, India by Jaiveer Yadav

There were waterfalls in the way where we filled our bottles. We stopped at regular intervals, sometimes to catch our breath at other to click some photographs.

The Meadows

Photo of Nag Tibba Trek by Jaiveer Yadav

After almost 4 hours of trek, we reached the Nag Devta temple. It is in the middle of a vast meadow. The site is perfect for spending some time.

Nag Devta Temple

Photo of Nag Tibba Trek by Jaiveer Yadav

The ascend becomes steeper and challenging from here. I couldn't go to the summit both times, first because of paucity of time and second time due to the bad weather. Weather is really unpredictable in the mountains. One moment you will see the bright sunlight and the next moment, you will see clouds out of nowhere.

The descent is relatively easy and quick. We headed back and booked a jeep directly for Dehradun this time.

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