It was long weekend hence I planned a short trek. Nag Tibba was already on my radar. If you have only three days chutti and if you are in & around National Capital Region (NCR), go for it.
I booked the trek online through India hikes. (https://indiahikes.com/). This is my second trek with India hikes.
I travelled Delhi – Dehradun by a private bus. It was to start by 2300 hrs. Finally left at 0030 hrs. Driver took 30 minutes driving all the way to take an U turn to come back to same spot where he had started, to fill fuel.
We were to reach Dehradun by 0530 hrs. By 0700 clock driver was still driving around at 30 kmph in some remote jungle road. He had no clue of the road, we understood, when an exasperated co passenger bashed him and became his navigator.
Finally I landed at ISBT at 0800 hrs. Quickly took an Auto to reach the railway station, which was our first meeting point with all other group members. We were to start from railway station by 0630 hrs.
We were already connected through watsapp group. Group lead young Shivam was waiting for me. Felt sheepish reaching so late, holding all others. But a small solace was that three more girls reached ten minutes later than me.
Guys – forgive me for reaching late.
We were total 24 members divided into two minibuses. We started off by 0900 I think.
On the way we had good breakfast and moved on to reach our starting point Pantwari.
It took nearly three hours to reach Pantwari from Dehradun. Soon we picked up pack lunch and started off. I was hungry and finished half the pack lunch (Puri and Aloo) there only.
Dressed up applied some sun cream, wore layers of warm clothing and started off with my camera hanging out on my shoulder.
I share an anecdote here from one of my previous trek.
Just before starting the trek, two guys, completely unknown to each other, took out sun screen lotion and started applying as I was curiously watching. ( I have less inclination to use it somehow). One of them peeked into the other guys lotion and asked the SPF number. He said 30. This fellow who had a lotion with SPF 40, gave a free lecture on SPF and announced that it should be minimum 40 to be really effective. The guy with SPF 30 refused to be cowed down and said he would apply two coats !!!!!
Back to our trek now.
Our base camp was about 5 km uphill through dry hilly patch. It was getting chillier as we crawled up.
…. Selfie to banta hai before the walk.
The patch was steep in some places and mostly uninteresting like. Just dry patch.
We soon after had good dinner with Roti Daal, Subji and Rice.
Way up through snow.
View of peaks at a distance. Nandadevi, chowkamaba….
The Summit. Near 3000 mtr altitude.
We finally made it to Nag Tibba