Starting/ Ending point: Devalsari/ Pantwari village.
Duration: 1-2 days.
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
The Nag Tibba peak of the Garhwal Range is the highest peak in the Lesser Himalayas with an altitude of about 3,022 meters. Literally meaning the “Serpents’ Peak”, the Nag Tibba peak has emerged to be quite a popular destination among nature lovers. The peak also has its importance in Hindu mythology. Each year, a large number of trekkers and mountaineers visit the Nag Tibba trek to relish the jaw-dropping beauty and serenity of the magnificent Himalayan mountains and the beautiful valleys and grasslands alongside. The Nag Tibba peak also lends its name to the Nag Tibba range, one of the three ranges in the Lesser Himalayas (the other two being the Pir Panjal ranges and the Dhauladhar ranges).
One can begin trekking from either the Devalsari village or the Pantwari village. The former is at a distance of about 55 km from Missouri, and the latter one is at a distance of about 50 km from Missouri. Despite being a little more complicated than the former one, trekkers typically opt for the latter route as it is one of the shortest routes to reach the Nag Tibba summit. Starting from the base camp, one can witness the magnificent Garhwal Himalayan mountains covered in snow, along with the beautiful lush green valleys and alpine meadows.
The trek offers stunning views of some famous Garhwal Himalayan mountains, which include the Swargarohini peaks, the Bandarpunch peak, the Black peak, the Gangotri peaks, the Kedarnath peak, and the snow peaks of Changabang. Walking through all the beautiful meadows, ridges, dense forests of pine and oak, streams and waterfalls, and the small picturesque Garhwal villages with the magnificent mountains in the skyline, the Nag Tibba trek is no less than a heaven on earth for nature lovers. The region is also known for its rare and exotic flora and fauna, making it an absolute delight for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Also a photographer’s paradise, the region is home to many rare and endangered animals. Apart from all this, one can also explore the rich cultural diversity and the age-old tradition of the remote Garhwal villages on the lap of the mountains.
The Nag Tibba trek is considered to be an ideal weekend trek, owing to the extent of different landscapes and views one gets to witness within such a short span of time. One doesn’t even have to climb an extensive height to catch glimpses of the beautiful snow-covered mountains and valleys. It is also considered perfect for both amateur and experienced trekkers owing to the relatively gradual ascents. An easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty, some parts of the climb can be a little tricky, but they can be traversed easily with a little help from professional guides. With spectacular views all along the way, one can even barely realize the climb.
Another feature that makes the Nag Tibba trek a go-to trek for nature lovers is that it can be visited during both summers and winters. The monsoons can pose difficulties in the form of slippery roads and frequent landslides, but the trek is extensively visited during the rest of the year. It is especially known for its accessibility during the winters when most of the Himalayan treks become completely inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.
With its diverse range and variety of landscapes, flora, and fauna, the Nag Tibba trek is growing increasingly popular among trekkers and mountaineers. However, with the growing tourism industry, there comes unavoidable harm and damage to the natural ecological balance of the mountains. It is thus each and everyone’s responsibility to abide by the rules and protocols regarding waste management and other criteria in order to preserve and save the ecological balance of the mountains, while we continue being awestruck by the stunning views and scenic beauty of the mountains that nature has to offer.
Before one sets out on the Nag Tibba trek, here are some key points to remember:
- Inquire about the weather before setting out on the trek.
- Beginner trekkers are advised to seek help from professional guides as they are well aware about the routes and the climate.
- The Nag Tibba summit does not have any scope for accommodation; one can climb to the top and then descend to the base camp for a night stay.
- It is advised to carry one’s own food supplies and other commodities all along.