Delhi to Pantwari Village
The Nag Tibba trek is an easy trek which is suitable for beginners. This trek is located in the Garhwal range of lower Himalayas. It is easily accessible from Dehradun- Mussoorie, which is not far away for individuals coming from neighbouring cities especially Delhi NCR. The nearest village to Nag Tibba trek is Pantwari village which is very well connected to Mussoorie. You can easily find a taxi or shared cabs from Dehradun-Mussoorie which will take around 2-3 hours drive to reach the village. Along the ride enjoy beautiful scenic view of mountains which also encounters famous Kempty Falls, Mussoorie. We took a personal cab from Delhi and reached Mussoorie by early morning. I would personally recommend to leave Dehradun or Mussoorie early morning such that you'll be able to reach Kempty Falls by sunrise. The route from Kempty Falls to Pantwari village is a very scenic route and you'll witness breathtaking sunrise, beautiful cloud formation, rainbow ( if you're lucky 😅 we were!! ), pahadi locals along the way.
Trek Begins 🚶🏻♂️
We had booked our trip through Trekkers of India, so we didn't had to worry much about our lodging and all. Their services were very good from food to guide, everything was very professional. On reaching Pantwari Village, we went to our rooms and after getting fresh, had proper breakfast and trust me guys a good breakfast is a must for such a hectic trek. After having breakfast, we left for the trek with our guide and his son Tukkun, who was our guide for most of the trek. If the weather is a bit gloomy, then trek can be easily traversed but we weren't lucky that much and the sun was right above our head during the initial trek. First day trek to our base camp was of approx 5-6 km, of which it took us around two hours to complete the initial 2-3 kms, as we were slowly getting used to the trek. But after those initial stage was over we took up pace and were going with good pace. Along the trek, some light food was arranged by our guides which we had during the trek and our little guide Tukkun introduced us to one of his friend who brought us fresh cucumber straight from his mini field where they grow such vegetables indigenously. At that time of the day, when sun was right over our heads and the scorching heat was unbearable, those cool cucumbers were truly a relief. There is Goat Village along the way, which is a very small village where you can take rest and have some food. People were building small houses for travellers which was pretty cool as they look if they were made by early men. The trail of Nag Tibba trek from Pantwari Village to our base camp is not a very one with path in very bad condition. So I'll recommend to have proper trekking shoes for this one.
Finally we reached our base camp around 5:00 p.m. where we were welcomed with hot tea and Maggie. We unloaded our backpacks in our tents and enjoyed the beautiful sunset from that place which was so serene and mesmerising. We helped our guides in arranging some tents which was exciting as I personally had no prior idea how to arrange a tent. Then we took some photographs of sunset as we saw day turned into night and we were left with a sky full of stars. The night was so peaceful and relaxing as we could hear wind flowing through our ears and in front of us was the whole galaxy telling us to forget everything and just get lost in its beauty. Then we had dinner in the home of our guide which was the most beautiful thing that day as we had dinner inside a small house made of mud and straw. We sat on the floor inside the house where there was no electricity and lamps were used to light up the place. The food served was very delicious as no one can expect such yummy food at such an isolated location. Then bonfire was arranged by them where we enjoyed the stary sky and played some games. Then we left for sleep as we have to leave early next day. So this way our day one came to end.