Saturday, December 10

Nag Tibba Trek

Situated in one of the highest Himalayan regions of Uttrakhand, nag tibba means “Mountain of serpents’. At an altitude of 3,048 meters, this peak is at the foothill of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges.

Populated with tourists all over the year, this region is very much vibrant by the residents.

During winter, this trek goes through piles of snow. Trekking here can be termed as easy or moderate but the trail is not perfectly matched. One might need a navigator or group of experienced people to be on the right track.

The interaction with local people and their beliefs will introduce the tourist to their serpent god. Who is believed to protect their herds from serpents and is also regularly worshipped by the locals?

This trek is very suitable for beginners. This trek can easily be covered in 6 hours on both sides.

This trek somewhere also depends on the weather. Some winters are too cold, and during monsoon, a landslide can also occur. 

Whenever planning to trek it is mandatory to consult with the experienced or the locals for the weather updates and dangers.

Routes and trail

Tourists traveling from various parts of the country may find the easiest route from Mussorie. As the trek starts from the base camp of Pantwari village of Mussorie.

There are plenty of other villages around the site which makes it very lively and occupied. Villages that are found during the arrival are Kori village, Bandsari village, and many more.

The route from the Pantwari village goes through dense forest and natural beauties. Trekkers must walk through the trail and embrace beauty without harming nature.

This trek is very well suitable for weekend getaways from urban life.

The awe-spiring factors

At the very start of the trekking which goes through the forest, the first awe-spiring factor is the forest. The deodar and oak trees covering the whole area gives a welcome feel into the Himalayas.

The forest is also habitat with some village population so the sign of settlements will be visible and so does the local people.

The forest is very picturesque and an easy start to the trek.

If traveling in winters then the later trails will be covered in snow which will test the patience and skills of the trekker.

After reaching the top of the peak, another jaw-dropping view will be of several other peaks and most probably the sunrise or the sunset behind them.

Some of the famous peaks that are visible will be the peak of Nanda Devi, Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kalang, Srikanth, and Gangotri group of peaks, and many more.

This trek is surprisingly short but with lots of landscapes. It is hard to believe that just within a span of 2 days one can cover all the landscapes and activities. 

Camping at night time will be the perfect combination of stargazing, bonfire, and blissful weekend.

Accessories to carry

Sunglasses to prevent snow blindness would be the first thing to carry.

Suncap, socks, hand gloves come next on the list when planning for winter treks.

In general, trekking shoes, a pair of clothes, a first-aid kit, a few zip locks, a torch, a trekking pole, a water bottle, and few toiletries are advised.

More attention must be given to water and food supplies during the trek. No matter what season it be, being hydrated is very essential. 

Also, if traveling between monsoon and winter, do not forget to pack some fine tea to enjoy the weather at the peak of the Nag Tibba.

Things to keep in check

First thing first, the weather update. Too cold or too much rain can restrict hiking. Settling down at the nearby village or base camp is advisable.

Alcohol consumption or any drug consumption must be avoided from the very second you reach the destination.

The connectivity of SIM cards must be checked along with every other digital product. 

Water storage, food storage, and medical requirements must be taken in check for any uninvited urgency of any kind.

One must not ill-treat the local communities and respect their privacy and humble nature. 

One must not harm the forest or exploit the natural landscapes by any means.