It was already 4 am, and we haven't yet crossed roorkee. After Roorkee, the driver got a traffic free stretch so he pulled off really fast, within the limits though. And by the time we reached Haridwar, it was already 7. So we insisted the driver not to stop here for breakfast. We decided to stop somewhere near Mussorie to have a healthy brunch( breakfast +lunch) . After a short halt of freshening up, we're again on the road.
Now, the road gets diverged from here for Dehradun and Mussorie. Although if you have any plans to visit Rishikesh and then there's also a way from Rishkesh towards Dehradun. But roads on the outskirts of Rishikesh are always jam-packed, so we left out that option and headed straight to Dehradun from Haridwar itself.
Now roads were very smooth till Dehradun and after that those beautiful mountain peaks appear to visible and in no time our Traveller was rolling zig zag in those mountain roads. We were on the outskirts of Mussorie, and our journey suddenly halted for like 2 hours again due to this parking facility which is being built just outside Mussorie. We reached kempty falls at around 1 pm. We have had a stomach full of delicious paranthas and weren't ready to travel on roads again. So, we decided to spent some time scrolling around Kempty falls . We hiked upwards towards the falls, clicked pictures, played with water and our clothes started to get wet. So at around 2 pm we again started our journey towards the starting point of the trek, which is Pantwari village. Pantwari village is like 50 kms away from Mussorie. Although you might get local cabs and buses from Mussorie till Pantwari Village which would cost you sowewhere around 200-300 per person if you're travelling with a group of like 5-6. Otherwise if you're travelling solo, then you might have to rent a cab fully for yourself, which would cost you more. So try booking on shared basis.
There is a single way from Mussorie towards Nainbagh and after that, there's a diversion. So you have to keep an eye on the information boards and keep asking the locals for Pantwari. Otherwise you will get lost and might reach some other place. GPS is fine, would work on most parts but still I would insist you to take suggestions from locals.
At around 4 pm we reached Pantwari Village. It is a village with serene and panaromic view of Mountains. Our group had already pre booked the trek with the local trekking and camping company- 'NagTibba Trekking and Tent center'. So we went to their office had a delicious lunch yet again but this was local food, so we liked it pretty much.
After our lunch, we were appointed a trek leader, who gave few basic guidelines about the trek. And after few formalities( paperwork) , we started our trek at around 4.30 pm.
The first 500 mts of this trek is a moderately steep climb on a rocky dusty surface full of stones. So proper trekking shoes are always recommended on these types of tracks. After constantly trekking for like an hour , we have had our first break, where trek leader served us with chocolates and bananas. So basically the break's sole motive was to restore our energy so that we could trek at a much faster pace since Sun was just about to set and trekking during night time is dangerous.
Then there was this series of steep climbs , which really made us exhausted and forced us to take small breaks. By the time we completed 1 km, it was already Dusk. Trek leader constantly motivated us to trek at faster rate.
And after few minutes, nothing was visible, lights were all gone. Trek leader stood in the middle with a torch and we all had our flashlights on( If you're travelling alone or without a trek leader, I would strongly recommend first to start for the trek as early as possible in broad daylight and prefer not to trek at night because the trail at night become dangerous and you might lost your way too).
We even passed Goat Village which have few accommodation options( but too costly) and few camping tents as well. At around 8 pm, after trekking for like 3.5 hours(4 kms) we reached Nag Tibba Base camp. The 4 tents for our group were already pitched and ready. There was this one more group camped just opposite to us , sitting around a bonfire. So we quickly rested our bags in the camps and put on jackets and gloves as it was freezing cold there.
So see basically Base Camp is a open ground where you can pitch your own tents easily.
Then the trek leader made arrangements for bonfire and snacks for us as well. Sitting, singing , chilling around that bonfire with a sky full of stars made us forget our pain and our exhaustion. And we were like ready for a dance party. So we along with that other group had a dance session- danced on some cool Bollywood numbers. At around 10 pm we did our dinner in a separate camp. I stargazed the open sky for like an hour and then went to my camp which I was sharing with another guy. We were provided with Sleeping bags which were so cosy, that we didn't even felt that cold. And then we're off to sleep.