Duration: 3 Days | 2 Nights
Area Covered: Deheradun - Pantwari - Nagtibba Temple - Yamuna River - Deheradun
Trekking Days: 3 Days
Best Season: Jan-Jun | Sep-Dec
Total Distance: 21 km
Maximum Elevation: 3100m Nagtibba Top.
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Getting from/To: Mussorie is connected by road to Dehradoon and is a 90 minute drive.
Equipment: None for walking
Nag Tibba lies on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, North-East of Mussoorie. The peak is at an altitude of 3100m. It offers spectacular views of Mussoorie, Vikashnagar, the banderpoonch range and spurs created by the Yamuna river valley. NagTibba is a typical ridge peak on the NagTibba Range of the lower Himalayas. In fact, along with the Pir Punjal and Dhauladhar; the Nag Tibba range forms one of the 3 main ranges of the lower Himalayas. It is mentioned in the very famous book '7 years in Tibet' which chronicles the escape of Hienrich Harrier from the British into Tibet. There is a temple dedicated to Nag Devta and the range owes its name to this temple. Snakes have always held an important status in the Hindu religion. According to Hindu mythology, snakes are considered as the representation of rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting of the skin and being symbolically "reborn". Since the days when religion and worship was a response to a way of life rather than a reason for existence; snakes have been given a cult status. In some places snake gods are associated with fertility. There are many snake god myths and iconographic symbols associated with them in the Hindu mythology like that of Sheshnag( Vishnu's resting couch),ananatnag( the endless snake), Kaliya( Krishna's dance),Vasuki (churning of the ocean), Padmanabha ( guardian snake especially in south India), Manasa devi( snake goddess) etc. For the villagers in this part of the mountains he is the protector of their cattle and sheep. Domesticated animals are their biggest assets and Nag Devta their protector.
Dep. Date from Pantwari
Sep : 2, 9, 16
Oct : 14, 21
Nov : 4, 11, 18, 25
Dec : 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Jan : 6, 13, 20, 27
Feb : 3, 10, 17, 24
Mar : 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Day 01 : DEHRADOON TO PANTWARI (95kms DRIVE) AND 6kms TREK TO CAMPSITE
We begin the day early from Dehradoon. This way we can avoid the traffic towards Mussoorie and Kamptee falls. Mussoorie is 22kms from Dehradoon and Kamptee falls another 17kms further. The road continues downhill from here towards the Yamuna river bed and reaches the town of Nainbagh. One road continues towards yamunotri while we take the narrower road which climbs uphill towards Pantwari village. This takes us behind the Mussoorie ridge and into shepherd territory. Gujjars with their domesticated sheep and goats are seen on hill tops. Terraced farms and hill slopes dotted with Bauhinia trees with their purple blossoms are a sight to photograph. These flowering trees are easily identified by their leaves which are in the shape of a camels' foot. After an hour later we reach Pantwari village and begin our ascent to our camping site. With mules carrying our luggage one can enjoy the village setting and life. Women are seen working on the wheat and green pea fields. Men are mainly employed in government jobs in the plains or work as porters and guides. There is still no relation between education and jobs in the Himalayas. The education system of the plains is instructed to them which only take the youth further away from the hills. Our trekking trail rises beyond the farms and enters wild territory. Flowers and birds are plenty here. Most prominent flowers are white anemones (a flowering shrub) while among birds the jungle babbler, red vented bulbul, blue cheeked bulbul, hill myna, warblers and tits are common. We reach our camping ground by evening to enjoy the sunset over the hill spurs. The camping ground is flush with mint leaves which can be mixed to form a delightful brew of mint tea or the kandali shrub can be washed and cooked to form a tasty saag.
Day 02 : TREK FROM CAMPSITE TO NAGTIBBA TEMPLE 3Kms AND TREK BACK TO PANTWARI 9Kms. DRIVE FROM PANTWARI TO YAMUNA RIVER CAMPSITE 35Kms
We start the second day post breakfast and climb to the Nag Devta temple. It is an ill maintained temple premise with no pujari but the locals come here frequently to pay their obeisance. There is a vast open space near the temple which is often used as a grazing ground for sheep and goats. The Nag Tibba ridge rises further up and is another 2 hours hike ahead. There is a distinct change in vegetation from here. The forest become dense and is dominated by oaks and rhododendrons. The forest floor is also damp indicating the lack of sunlight reaching it. This is an ideal habitat for a variety for orchids (locally called kachanar) to grow. However with the pressure of grazing, lopping of oaks and trekking; this region is under anthropogenic pressure. A variety of birds like the niltava and flameback woodpecker are seen in the barks of oak trees. We follow the trail back to our campsite and after lunch head down to Pantwari village. The trek down is easy and fast and can be covered in a couple of hours. The next destination is the river side camp of juddo on the banks of the Yamuna. We cross over to the right bank of the river from the Yamuna Bridge. The campsite is located right on the sand banks of the river. With the night and stars taking over one gets a feeling of being isolated and far from civilization. The gentle lapping of the Yamuna waters puts you to sleep.
Day 03 : RAFTING ON THE YAMUNA AND 60kms DRIVE TO DEHRADOON
We head to Yamuna Bridge by road post breakfast for our rafting session on the Yamuna. It's a 16km run and ends at our campsite. The cold and green waters of the Yamuna are scary initially but after a few splashes and dips it gets tolerable. There are very few falls and drops on this river but a lot of gorge sections are created by the Yamuna. The water has a lot of under currents and eddies which one needs to be careful about. Places where the gradient is high thrilling rapids are created. In fact most of the river is fast flowing and one can sit and enjoy the river run. After a couple of hours we reach our campsite by raft and bid adieu to our rafting guides. We have lunch at the camp and depart for Dehradoon by noon.
Comfortable Trekking Boots
Thermal inner wear
Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
Specific Medication Medicine
The climate is temperate and pleasant throughout the year except the winter months when the weather gets chilly. The higher reaches are covered with snow from January to March. The valley is prone to strong catabatic winds at night especially in the summer season.