About Rupin Pass Trek
(Best Summer Trek in Uttarakhand)
– A Scintillating Trek in the Himalayas
Rupin Pass Trek is one of the classic high altitude pass across the Himalayan mountain range trek in India. The trek lies on the traditional shepherd route starting from Ghaula in Uttarakhand to single in Himachal Pradesh. Trek is full of new vista scenery to unfold as the path itself is located across the uninhabited areas of the Himalayan range. The way of the Rupin Pass trek is through trails dig of rock faces, and wooden bridges cut through deep dark folds in the mountain. The Rupin Pass trek has got it all: hanging villages, terrific forests, glacial meadows, hundreds of waterfalls and an exhilarating pass crossing as a whole Rupin Pass Trek is a complete experiential trek to do.
Highlights of Rupin Pass Trek:
Best trek to explore tourist spots of Mussoorie- Kempty Falls, Naugaon, Damta and Purola.
Witness the beautiful view of Kinnaur Kailash range throughout the journey.
Witness the many waterfalls and stream flowing down through such a height that it appears as they are falling straight from the sky.
Mesmerizing campsite at the cascading water with the clean night sky of the billion stars.
Witness the rare flora and fauna among the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak.
Enjoy the beauty of the majestic Kailash peak.
Meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.
Basic Detail of Rupin Pass Trek:
Location: Sangla, Himachal Pradesh.
The height of the peak: 15, 350.
Activity Level: Difficult.
Age Group: 16-45 Years.
Group Size: Medium & Large Groups 7 & 15.
Km: One Way 58 Km.
Duration: 8 Days.
Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary:
Day 1 - Dehradun to Dhaula (Base Camp) - 210 Km.
Dhaula is our base camp for our trek. All trekkers need to assemble at the Dehradun Railway Station by 6.30am. Dhaula Camping site is a sleepy hamlet and the last road head of Uttarakhand.
Day 2 - Dhaula (Base Camp) to Sewa - 9 Km.
Our day today starts with an easy walk on the trail till we reach Sewagaon. Many water streams accompany us throughout our trek. We exit the Dhaula village via cattle shelter and incline upwards for 20 minutes. This incline would give you a completely different picture of the nature around you. We will reach the Rupin river bed with hills on both sides. From here we follow a meandering trail through the apricot and apple trees for 50minutes approx. To reach Gosangu (Sewa). Here we will witness a closed temple with a lot of trophies and medals hanging on its wall. Once we are outside Sewa, our team will arrange for your camp on the verge of the Rupin River. The campsite will not be pleasing with the humid climate, beach with sand beneath and smooth rocks asides. Rupin river is our camping site for today as we stay refreshed with the clear cold water of the Rupin River.
Day 3 - Sewa to Jhaka - 10 Km.
Our trail today is to Jhaka via Gosangu, so make sure to have enough rest, food and stretch. This trail is landslide prone as we start crossing a crop field and enter into the forest that is very thick not to feel the bright sunny day. Moving further we will come across two bridges on the road heading to Kwar. Cross the iron bridge and join the left trail which going forward merge with the hanging path going to Jiksun Village. Follow the instruction of your trek leader carefully as the trail is very uncertain, narrow & almost hanging on the steep slope of the mountain. As we reach Jiksun, we will notice a peaceful change all of a sudden. Relax and reflex enough as we have another snaky climb of 35kms to Jhaka which is through the forest of deodar and walnut.
Day 4 - Jhaka to Saruwas Thatch - 7 Km.
Also known as the hanging village for its location is the charming Jhaka village at the edge of the mountain with a magnificent view. The best part of today’s trek is having multiple rivers flowing in and through the Rupin. We start the trail from Jhaka village by entering the forests with pine and maple trees followed by a sudden curve, where the whole scene will change from greenery to white sprinkled landscape. That is where is the excellent snow bridge is which goes across Rupin. The post is crossing the bridge we walk and enter another forest in about an hour and a half. A bit further post the forest we reach our campsite for today at Saruwas Thatch.
Day 5 - Saruwas Thatch to Dhanderas Thatch - 6 Km.
Today is one of the best trek paths of Rupin Pass as we head towards Dhanderas Thatch. We walk along the trail as the snow patches stuck on the left walls of the valley keeps getting bigger as we walk the Rupin Water Fall. A climb between the forest and here we are at the top edge of the valley. The view is magnificent with the waterfall cascading to form Rupin below and green meadow spotted with yellow marigolds is spread across the miles. Walk further and climb through the crisscross path to reach another snow bridge to reach the valley with charming multicoloured wildflowers. Walk further, and we will contact the Rupin Riverbed. Cross the river using the most significant snow bridge of all today, and we are at the campsite for today in Dhanderas Thatch.
Day 6 - Dhanderas Thatch to Upper Water Fall - 4 Km.
We are at Dhanderas thatch – The biggest and most alluring meadows of Himalayas explored. Indulge in fun activities with the fellow trekkers while camping in nature’s full charming lap. The base of Dhanderas Thatch is a kilometre walk and in between hopping through the plenty of water streams followed by a walk through marigolds to arrive at snow patch of the waterfall. Cross the big boulder, and now it’s time for your ice axe as you may even need to cut through the snow patches till you arrive at a significant snow bridge. The sight is lovely from the snow bridge with tremendous of a waterfall flowing down from the sky and getting disappeared below the deck. Now we need to reach the other side of Rupin with a steep climb through the slopes, and here we are finally at our next campsite alongside the upper waterfall.
Day 7 - Upper Water Fall to Ronti Gad via Rupin Pass - 10 Km.
Today’s trek starts with a steep climb alongside the long stretch of snow patch for an hour till we reach the campsite of Rati Pheri. Rati Pheri is a total game changer in the scenery with an astounding distant view of Rupin Valley. We walk further on the trail of snow with our expertise from Rati Pheri to reach Rupin Pass Gully. Relax as what lies ahead is an arduous climb of 15-20mins. A few movements downwards and we reach a point where we slide down the snow line towards that Rukti Gad. Another hour walk and a sharp descendant to arrive at Ronti gad. Ronti gad is a chilling campsite with green meadows amidst the snow slopes.
Day 8 - Ronti Gad to Sangla - 12 Km.
Today will be very strenuous as we descend on the steep pressurizing your knees and foot. It is recommended to follow the instructions of the trek leader to fall without hurting your knees and foot. We support the Shepard trail heading towards Sangla Kanda for another 1.5 hours to reach the valley of Ronti Gad. The view is fantastic as we have to our left is Rukti Gad and to our right is Nalgani Pass covered with snow. The most amazing sight here is the peak of Mt. Kinner Kailash right in front with the meadows of Sangla Kanda asides you on edge. Below is the Sangla Kanda Lake far away surrounded by the small village is our destination. Our last and final trek to Sangle is the wide trail through the small forest of Pines, post which we descend further for half an hour to Baspa Village. From Baspa Village is our last climb of 20mins to a motorable road of Sangla.
The FAQ on Rupin Pass Trek:
1. How difficult is the Rupin Pass Trek?
Rupin Pass Trek in comparison is easy to moderate difficulty with another high altitude trek.
2. How much distance do we have to trek each day?
On an average, we cover roughly 8-10kms between our camping stations.
3. What will happen if a trek is extended?
Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.
4. Who will be our lead guide person?
Lead guide person is certified & experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members including local guides, cook, helpers and porters.
5. Is this trek safe for girls?
Our treks are planned with a male: female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.
6. Many people in a tent?
Our tents are all three person tents.
7. What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?
Good physical and mental fitness is expected to complete the Trek.
8. Ideal Food menu during a trek?
We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch and evening snacks are served. We believe and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable in high altitudes.
9. What if we encounter a medical emergency?
We are trained to manage emergencies in high altitudes. Our lead guide is professional and experienced. Our team do carry emergency first aid kits and oxygen cylinder.
What is included in the tour
- Transport from Dehradun to Dhaula on Day 1
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Dhaula to Sangla (VEG)
- All accommodation from Dhaula to Sangla.
- Forest entry charges for Indian nationals
- For non-Indian passport holders; there will be an additional charge
- Rent for camping equipment
- Clean sleeping bags and mats
- Good quality ‘A’ shaped or dome tents
- Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents with portable toilet seats
- Crampons if required
- Medical Kit
- Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment and NOT personal luggage
- Tented accommodation throughout the trek on a twin sharing basis
- Homestay accommodation day 3 at Jakha
- INR 3000 extra for single sharing throughout the trek.
- Professional Trek Leaders (Experienced Guide/Staff)
- All forests permits.
- Whats included in this tour - Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance and other emergencies.
- All Meals from Dehradun-dhaula.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
- Stay & Dinner at Sangla on the last day is not included.
- Mules (A Hybrid Animal) to carry personal luggage.
- Can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 2800 per bag for the entire trek (1 soft bag per person < 12 kg)
- Single room accommodations.
- Liquors and bottled beverages.
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
- What excluded in this tour - Items that are not covered in the cost of tour price.
- Accommodation in Dehradun
- Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc
- Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
- 1 Pair of Thermal
- 3 Pair of Socks + 1 Pair of woolen socks
- 2 Pair of Hand Gloves (Water Proof & Fleece material)
- Sun Cap
- Woolen Cap
- Neck Warmer (Scarf/Buff)
- 2 Quick Dry Full Sleeves (T-Shirt)
- 1 Full sleeves Fleece
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket (windcheater/Heavy Jacket)
- 2 Track Pants (No Cotton or Jeans)
- Sun Glass
- Sun scream, Lip balm, Moisturizer.
- Trek Pole
- Trekking Shoes (No Sports shoes or Woodland shoes)
- Poncho ( The Gear used to protect from Rain)
- Day pack (Small one)
- Back Pack 60 ltr (+ Rain cover)
- 2 Water Bottles
- Toilet Paper & Wet Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Antibactial Powder
- Tooth Brush
- Quick Dry Towel