Fall in love with Nag Tibba

Are you looking for a Himalayan trek of a lifetime? Why not embody the spirit of carpe diem and go on a trek in Nag Tibba? Standing majestically at 3,022 metres, Nag Tibba, or the Serpent Peak is the highest mountain peak in the Nag Tibba Ranges of the lesser Himalayan ranges – known as the Garhwal Himalayas – in Uttarakhand. Nag Tibba derives its name from the words “Nag Devta”, meaning “God of the Snakes”, and “Tibba”, meaning “hill or peak”. According to local lore, Nag Tibba is the abode of the Serpent King and God, earning the highest peak the name “Serpent Peak”. Seeking refuge and protection for themselves and their cattle, the locals rushed to the peak and worshipped the God of Snakes.


Apart from its stunning beauty and pleasant weather – averaging at about 11° C – Nag Tibba is also a great spot for people looking to take a short Himalayan Trek. The Nag Tibba Trek is a must do for all trekking enthusiasts, particularly those looking to also visit Mussoorie or Dehradun. Only a short three hour drive away from Mussoorie, the Nag Tibba Trek is considered one of the best treks in the Himalayas for beginners. The Mussoorie weather makes Nag Tibba pleasantly cool all year round, ranging from about 6° Celsius at night to about 25° Celsius during the warmer Summer days. Trekkers undertaking the Nag Tibba Trek in the winter months can find patches of snow just ahead of the base camp.

The Nag Tibba trek is the closest trekking route from Dehradun and Rishikesh for trekkers visiting the Garhwal region. It offers a wonderful sight of the mystical snow capped Himalayas, dense and lush forests and wildlife, and a beautiful expanse of mountainous terrain.  The Nag Tibba Trek is an easy grade trek, and really challenges the idea that high altitude treks are extremely difficult. The view of Spiti on one side and Bandarpoonch on the other make the route all the more worthwhile.

There are two possible routes for the Nag Tibba Trek – one vie Auntar village and the other via Patwari Village. Both these routes meat at Nag Mandir and converge along the way. The selected route for this trekking package takes you through the route via the Patwari Village. The route takes you through a gentle incline, getting steeper in parts before it takes you to the quaint little Goat Village. Trekkers also get a chance to behold the ancient temple, set to a backdrop of gorgeous green meadows and breathtaking valleys.

The Nag Tibba Trek is perfect for those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a panoramic view of lush meadows, snow capped mountians, and camp under twinkling and starry night skies. The trek to Nag Tibba not only offers a stunning view at the top, but also gives trekkers a chance to pitch tents and camp at the foot of Nag Tibba. Boasting of large green fields, and a sky untouched by the pollution and smoke of the city, the Himalayan camping experience that the Nag Tibba trek provides you is like nothing else you could ever imagine.

The routes to the summit on the Nag Tibba Trek are breathtaking in their own right, but are incomparable to what awaits you at the peak. The Nag Tibba peak offers a panoramic view of the Garhwal ranges, and always has a cool and pleasant breeze blowing at the top, regardless of whether it’s the winter or the summer months.

The Nag Tibba Trek is suitable for both beginners and avvid trekkers alike. Because this short, two day trek takes you to some high altitudes, it is advised to prepare and start exercising two weeks in advance to the trek, since it is important to strengthen your lungs before attempting a high altitude trek. The best time to take up the Nag Tibba Trek is either between April to June, or from October to December.

This Nag Tibba Trek is a wonderful getaway, whether you’re just looking for a Himalayan trek, for a camping experience, for a chance to be one with nature and get away from the monotony of daily life, or if you’re looking to see the Nag Mandir and explore the folklore and mythology behind the region.

This trek is not one to miss, and is a superb experience. So go ahead and clear your schedule! Your weekend in the Himalayas awaits you.

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