8 Days 7 Nights
This high altitude trekking experience of Rupin Pass offers you diversity in every form. During the trek, you experience every kind of terrain with sudden variations. From snow cover fields to rocky terrain; from lush green meadows to deep folds in the mountain; from glaciers, snow bridges, icy slopes to habitations, and religious sites- you have it all in one trek. Although summits are a highlight of most trek routes, Rupin Pass’ diversity and the experience it offers all through the trek route has proven to be the attraction of the trekkers from all over the world. Even with trekking for 5 to 6 hours on an average while advancing 10 km each day can prove strenuous for some, but the thrill of adventure and the experience it offers along with the marvelous sights makes it all worth the effort.
After hiking through the dense forests of fir, rhododendron, and oak, the woodlands open up to a magnificent view of the Kailash Peak as you reach towards the end of the trek. After the summit day, you pass through Ronti Gad and Sangla with your trek ending at Shimla, and after an experience in the mountains, the local culture feels distinctively different from the place that you started. Your trek route will be of 52kms in length with beautiful scenic beauty to treat your eyes. The Rupin Pass trek is divided into 8days, with you covering about 7 to 8kms on an average each day.
On the trek trail, you will experience a distinctive change in landscape and terrain with changing altitude. At first, the trail takes you through the Govind National Park or Govind Vanya Pashu Vihar. The trek route is through coniferous woodlands and small towns and villages that have settled on the banks of the stream valleys at lower altitudes. You experience the mesmerizing view of vibrant and rich colourful meadows, also known as Thach; wildflowers with a varying range of colours; waterfalls; vast stretches of ice-covered fields overwhelm you as you reach a higher elevation. In the summer season, these stretches of land stay covered with snow while in the post-monsoon season you can find wildflowers blossoming along your trek trail. This looks beautiful and creates a serene ambience as you experience the beauty of nature in your trekking route. From the Rupin pass summit, it’s a different spectacle altogether. The view of the Kinnaur Kailash range and Charang Ghati ridges from the pass will leave you spellbound.
The base camp of Rupin pass trek is Dhaula. But with Dehradun being a more accessible location, we arrange a pickup from Dehradun itself. You can contact our team for further details.
Nearest airport- Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. From the airport, there are several bus services as well as cab services available to Dhaula via Mori. From Dehradun, it is a beautiful 198km drive of 7 to 8 hours.
Nearest railway station- Haridwar Railway Station and Dehradun Railway Station. From the railway station, there are several bus services as well as cab services available to Dhaula via Mori. It is a beautiful 198km drive of 7 to 8 hours.
Dehradun is accessible with all the major cities of India by road, and there is bus service available from most of the major cities of India. After reaching Dehradun, you can opt for a bus or a cab as there are several bus services as well as cab services available to Dhaula via Mori. It is a beautiful 198km drive of 7 to 8 hours.
Day 1 would involve a 10-11 hour’s drive from Dehradun to Dhaula, the base camp for the trek. You can reach Dehradun by boarding an overnight train from New Delhi Railway station.The journey to Dhaula would introduce you to the clean waters of the river Yamuna that flows through the Himalayan ranges. You would also get to see a mythical village that reveres Kaurawas from the Maharbharata. Similarly, the meadows of the valleys garlanded marigold flowers would make for a pleasant sightseeing.
Today you be trekking to Sewa village; it is a small Himalayan village, and the trail to reach there is an ascending one. On the way, you come across multiple streams. Trek further and witness the changing sceneries, which are a real bliss on this trek.
Cattles can be seen in the fields grazing, most of the villagers here have goats, cows and sheep, and locals also here own apple and apricot orchards.
While you are hiking, you can hear the sound of the gushing Rupin River, which feels peace of mind. Tous flows below, this river formed by the melting waters of the Rupin Pass Summit, which ahead merges with Toms River and Supin River.
According to the Mythological fact, the Rupin River and Supin River are sisters.
While trekking from Sewa to Jhaka, you see green fields, from here trek through the thick dark forest, so dark that it doesn’t allow sunlight to enter. Exit this section and now walk along the riverside, the crystal clear water energize you if you get tired.
It is one of the best experiences of your life.
On the trek, you will every time see the changing landscapes, trail, and incredible views. It is hard to believe that a place can have so much variety. Now, the path turns narrow, and you have to climb gradually.
After you cross the steep climb, you witness a mesmerizing waterfall that it would refresh you by its purity.
Walk on the narrow trail after crossing the forest area, cross the steep ascent with snow-covered views of snow-covered mountains. Further lies Jiskun village. It is a beautiful village divided into two parts “Upper Jiskun” and “Lower Jiskun.”
Go ahead till the last village Jakha till crossing river Rupin and reach your campsite for the day. Today was a long trek, so set up your tents and settle for the day.
After having breakfast, leave this quaint Himalayan village behind and proceed towards your next campsite, “Udaknal.” Go through the forest of pines, and ahead, you can spot a change instead of pines trees. There will be Fir trees.
A descent through the forest and look at the snow bridge present below, this bridge catches the complete attention.
By the way, it’s built. It is across Rupin, and the trail lies on the other side, it is a narrow path made by shepherds for their use.
Take this trail and trek along the left bank of Rupin and come across a bridge that made of wood and grassland is visible ahead, it is a famous camping spot. Cross this section and hike through a rocky zone, and the trail changes now cross a stream and step in a forest.
Udaknal is a small grassland and your campsite for today, cattle’s graze here. Set up your tents and after having a meal retire for the night.
As soon as you step out of the grassland you enter a forest, the ascent is gradual through this forest, it is a short one, and you can see many mini waterfalls on the way. Further, the trail turns beautiful with many colorful flowers blooming together, and it remains covered by Rhododendrons with different coloured flowers.
Continue the trek and notice an island amidst the forests covered by lush green grass, and you can also see Rupin pass waterfall from a distance that merges with the Rupin River.
Now, the trail levelled, and the walk is through meadows.
Snow patches can be seen all over these meadows. After crossing a snow bridge, you reach the bank of River Rupin.
Crossing the snow bridge is fierce as the slope is steep, but once you have crossed it, the path becomes level.
Now, the meadows and wildflowers welcome you, walk through these meadows, and higher lies “Dhandaras Thach.”
As you start your trek towards “Upper Waterfall,” the yellow flowers of “Marigold” bloom in plethora, today Himalayan Hikers provide to you technical equipment like spikes and gaiters carry ice axe and other equipment because you will need them.
First, reach the Lower waterfall by cutting ice with the help of an ice axe.
When you reach the lower waterfall, a snow bridge will become visible over Rupin, and you have to pass many climbs to reach there.
But, once you reach there, the exotic surroundings amaze you and boost up the energy to go higher.
The steep climb starts, which is worth your efforts, reach the upper waterfall camp, which is at the height of (13,100 feet). Have a glance of things visible from there, stand amidst the inexplicable beauty, and have a joyous feeling of satisfaction.
It gives you enough strength and confidence to climb Rupin Pass tomorrow. A meadow is there where you set your camps today. Today was an adventurous day, and tomorrow’s day will be a thrilling one, so have your food and get in your tents.
Today we have to wake up early in the morning because it will be going a big day for us. Have some excellent and hygienic breakfast.
Start your trek early, and it is going to be the longest day of your trek.
Rupin Pass is at an altitude of 4,650 meters, and the trail is exhilarating. Today you need proper trekking equipment to climb the pass successfully.Climb to Rati Pheri, which is a steep ascent, reach there in 1 hour, and take a break here for 10-15 minutes. And then start hiking. Witness the extraordinary changes in the scenery, and it is a real delight and bliss to explore so much variety on a single trek.Climb individually so that no one of you faces any difficulty. This steep ascent may tire you but stand on the summit fulfil your hearts.
Reach the top, and the first thing you see is colourful flags flowing with the wind with a lovely view of Dhauladhar Range.
After spending some time on the summit, plan your descent. Descending is fun, slide down in excitement and reach levelled trail, which leads to the meadows of Ronti Gad.
Many trails lead to Sangla, go through a path frequently used by shepherds through a valley, and you see Sangla Kanda Lake on the way. At some distance, there lies a village that is accessible through a forest.
The changing sceneries and majestic views of “Kinner Kailash” are mind-blowing. Trek through the pine forest, and you reach a village; there you can see orchards of apple and wooden houses.
Further, reach Sangla and from there leave for Shimla.