Day Hikes and Overnight Camping Trips

Woodstock School has a long tradition in day-hikes, multi-day hikes & overnight camping trips. Often, students remember these trips as “special memories” while at Woodstock.

During term time there are scheduled hikes and overnight camping trips taking place on most weekends. These range from short half day hikes to longer two to three day trips. Each trip is designed to suit the respective age-group of students across grades, from KG through to Grade 12.

A system of hiking points and awards is used to recognise students who are able to commit the most time and effort in this direction.

As an important resource, there is a library of Hike descriptions of many of the most popular and most accessible hikes. They can be viewed, downloaded and printed for convenience.

Rating: Moderate

Best Time to go: May

Length: 5 hours from the Woodstock School Gate to a meadow near Kimoi, 2 hours from Aglar River, 20 minutes to Thatyur

Distance: Approximately 25 km

The walk starts at the Woodstock school Gate. Proceed along the road to Tehri for 3 km to a point before Suakholi at a sharp bend in the road where a path leads up over a small ridge past a collection of homes, and splits at the foot of Pepperpot Mountain.

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Rating: Moderate

Best Time to go: June

Length: 2 Days

Distance: 18 km

Benog Tibba is a rather bare looking mountain conspicuous on the western horizon of Musoorie. All but the last 7 km is accessible by jeep during the dry season. Take the road going up the hill to the left of Library bazaar. After a few switchbacks, the road descends gently above the Botanical Gardens.

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Bhadraj is a peak at the far Western edge of Mussoorie, sacred to both Muslims and Hindus, from where you can look down on the Jumna River cutting through the outer Himalaya and entering the plains.

Thatyur is a small bazaar, town, and government administrative centre located on the banks of the Aglar River.

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Rating: Difficult

Best Time to go: Year Round

Length: 1 Day or more

Distance: 27 km

Altitude: 2440 m

Devi is easily recognised by its pyramidal shape. It lies to the left of Nag Tibba on the same ridge. The south face and peak are quite grey The easiest and most direct route is by going to the Aglar River via Childers (see hike) and then straight up for 1700 meters. It is recommended that the hike from the Aglar River to Devi and back be done in one day or more.

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Rating: Easy

Best time to go: Year round

Length: 6 hour round trip

Distance: 20 km

On the south side of the Mussoorie ridge is a rather out-of-the-way spot, which is ideal for a short hike. This is the Cobra Temple, not far above the confluence of Dhobi Ghat stream and Nali stream which forms the Song River.

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Rating: Moderate

Best time to go: March April, when the rhododendrons are in bloom

Length: 2 to 3 days

Distance: Approximately 70 km round trip

This is an interesting trek simply because it is part of the same route Heinrich Harrer followed in the forties after his escape from a POW camp in Dehradun into Tibet. The 23 kilometres to Dhanolti from Mussoorie can be covered by bus or taxi in approximately one hour.

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‘Benog Tibba is a 7500 ft (2265 m) hill situated at the Western corner of Mussoorie, beyond Library Bazaar, beyond the Clouds End Estate. We will approach it from the forested valley to the North- East rather than the normal approach from the Library – Clouds End road.

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Flag Hill derives its name from the many Tibetan prayer flags that usually adorn its summit. It is an easy climb from Tehri Road on a well defined but unmarked trail.

Bear Hill is less visited than Flag Hill. It is neither quite as high nor quite as close to the road and tends to be skipped by the casual hiker.

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‘Kimoi village is reached by walking down Tehri road about 3 kms to a gap in the ridge, from where a wide path starts down the North side of the ridge, with a signboard at the top. On a clear day, this is the first view of the snows after Bataghat. There is a roadside shrine dedicated to the local Snake Deity (Nag Devta) just before the gap.

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This is a scenic walk which takes you up to the top of the hill to the Lal Tibba property called Childers Lodge. From here, you enter the gate into the Nahata estate, and walk straight along, all the way to the end of the estate. You are at the very end of the ridge. From here, you drop down on a wide path- almost a road, which quickly becomes narrow and steep after a couple of bends.

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Rating: Easy

Best time to go: Any time but Monsoon

Length: 2 hours

Distance: Varies

This hike is not suitable for small children, as there are frequent steep drops along the trail. It is an interesting hike because one gets to see the water development projects in action. 2 km of the trail runs along canals. Villagers have very interesting and sometimes conflicting stories about the canal system.

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Distance: 4-5 kilometers (Cemetery on the chukka to Kolti)

Total Ascent: 0 feet

Total Descent: 2090 feet

Kolti is a small farming village northeast of Mussoorie. It is situated on a promontory with a good view of the valley to the north. Kolti can be reached by any of a number of routes starting at various points along paved road.

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Rating: Moderate

Best time to go: Any time except the Monsoon

Length: 5 hours

Distance: 12 km

This is approximately a 5 hour hike. Start at Lal Tibba, which is a low peak about half way around the figure eight route near Sisters Bazaar. Follow the trailhead just below the tower at Lal Tibba.

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Rating: Easy

Best time to go: Year round

Length: Varies

Distance: Varies

Nali is a pleasant and easily accessible spot (24 km) that is set in a pine forest. At Nali there is a Dak bungalow and a Forest Rest House. If the pipe from the spring is hooked up, there is plenty of water.

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Distance: 9 kms

Total Ascent: 0 feet

Total Descent: 2965 feet

Rajpur, a small town south of Mussoorie, was once on the main road from Dehra Dun to Mussoorie. The auto road with its lesser grade now bypasses the town. Rajpur is known for its retreat centers, its large Tibetan population, and Tibetan products.

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Distance: 2 kms

Total Ascent: 540 feet

Total Descent: 350 feet

Pari Tibba (Hill of the Fairies), also known as Witches Hill, is the high point of a prominent 10- kilometer long ridge stretching southeastward from the Mussoorie ridge until it ends above Sahastradhara.

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This is a small natural cave, to the East of Mussoorie, on the North- facing slope of the ridge at 2373 m. The southern approach to Pepperpot Cave is shorter and begins at the southern point of the horseshoe curve near the 48K roadside kilometer marker. It climbs steeply out of the road cut and passes by ruins of an old forest rest house.

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Rating: Easy

Best time to go: Year round

Length: 4 hours

Distance: 8 km

Pepperpot, a mountain so named because the squareness of its top resembles a pepperpot or shaker, is a leisurely one-day walk to the east. There are many approaches to this mountain, but the easiest is to follow Tehri Road out 9 km to just before the village of Masrana.

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Pepperpot Cave and Deo Ki Tibba (Mountain of the God) are two destinations situated near each other that can be visited together in a short hike from Tehri Road. Deo Ki Tibba at 7690 feet is the high point of the ridge that runs eastward from Mussoorie to Suakholi.

It has a long summit ridge with the West Summit separated from the Middle Summit by a prominent notch. The East Summit has a lookout tower. The view from any of the tops is one of the best in this region since it includes both the high Himalayas to the north and northeast and Dehra Dun and the Shiwaliks to the south. Pepperpot Cave is not on Pepperpot Mountain, but it is a small, dry, natural cave that is fun for children.

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Distance: 11.5 kms

Total Ascent: 280 feet

Total Descent: 3970 feet

Sahastradhara is a tourist town known for its cold sulphur springs and swimming in the Baldi Nadi. The hike from the Mussoorie Bypass Road is mostly downhill, not too strenuous, and takes 2-4 hours. The return hike can be avoided by taking a taxi or bus back up to Mussoorie.

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Rating: Easy

Best time to go: Year round

Length: 4 hours return

Distance: Approximately 12 km return

The hike to Suakholi is simply a pleasant walk along the road to Tehri. Along the way to Suakholi the road follows the Mussoorie Ridge going southeast. The hike can be done in 4 hours. From the Gap (see Bear Hill and Flag Hill) the road descends to Bata Ghat (also known as ‘2nd JB’), where the New Road to Tehri meets Tehri Road.

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Tehri Road is the original motor road east from Mussoorie. The road is also referred to as Chamba Road or the Mussoorie-Chamba Road since Chamba is the nearer town and the city of Tehri will some day be submerged under the reservoir behind the Tehri dam. In fact the kilometer markers along Tehri Road indicate the distance to Chamba.

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Rating: Easy

Best time to go: Year round

Length: 3-4 hours

Distance: 12 km

Top Tibba is the high mountain to the east of Suakholi. There are several ways to reach the summit. The shortest was is to go up the path behind the little village of Jhalki:

  • Straight up the ridge.
  • Follow path below the ridge in the forest on the north side.
  • Follow a path below the ridge in the open grassland on the Doon side (very steep).

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Rating: Moderate 

Best time to go: Monsoon

Length: 3-4 days

Distance: 35 km

An interesting spot to the west of Mussoorie is the sacred Yamuna River. Near where is finally comes out onto the plains makes a spectacular curving sweep through the mountains and at this point the Aglar River joins it from the east.

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