Rupin Pass Trek is a high-altitude trek which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. Being a high-altitude trek, of about 15250 feet, Rupin Pass Trek is considered among one of the high range expeditions for trekking in India. Rupin Pass trek consists of trails dug out of rock faces and wooden bridges, cut through deep dark folds in the mountain, glaciers and icy slopes, and over snowfields. Along the way, there are white Rhododendrons and expanse of green meadows.
If you’re looking for the most beautiful treks one can take in the Himalayas, Rupin Pass Trek has to be one of your options while choosing.
80% of the route is in Himachal itself so you’ll be trekking there the majority of the time.
At about 15,250 ft, it’s considered one of the highest range expeditions. However, height is not the only reason why it’s popular.
Some interesting facts about the Rupin Pass Trek are that it’s got a variety of sceneries and trails that attract nature lovers quite a bit. Every day, the trail will surprise you.
In fact, with every turn you take, the scenery changes. Just 20 minutes into the trek, Rupin River will make an appearance that fans out into a wide bed.
You’ll also be able to witness many streams and waterfalls through the trek. At a height of 11,500 ft, the Rupin waterfall will provide trekkers with a sight to behold.
One of the most amazing sights you’ll encounter is that of thousands of waterfalls flowing down. The image looks like they’re falling from the sky directly.
Another surprise is the uniquely positioned village of Jhaka village. As it’s at the edge of the mountain, it appears to be ‘hanging’ from the cliff.
You’ll get a chance to feast your eyes on this as the Itinerary for the Rupin Pass Trek involves trekking from Sewa to Jakha. From Jakha, you’ll move on to BuransKandi.
Snow bridges are another aspect of the trail that adds variety to trekkers. Lush forests of fir Rhododendron and Oak are also enhancements to the experience.
The begin and end so abruptly that it seems like you’re in a movie setup.
Rupin Pass Trek tourism has flourished greatly due to these scenic images.
The two-story Kinnaur Temple at Sewa is much different from its surrounding. Additionally, the views of Kailash Peak is mesmerizing as you reach the end of the trek. They add to the richness of the history of Rupin Pass.
At a height of 11,500 ft, the Rupin waterfall will provide trekkers with a sight to behold.
The best time to visit Rupin Pass is September-November and May-June. As the trek climbs above 14,000 ft, the uppermost parts are in the zone of permafrost.
You can definitely expect to see snow patches all throughout the year in these sorts of regions. Weather in Rupin Pass during the post-moon season might not bring snow all the time.
This provides an extremely great opportunity to go through an easier trek without the snow. Additionally, you’ll get to experience autumn and its terrific colors.
This is also when you’ll witness the clearest weather here.
What’s the best way to reach Rupin Pass? Well, if you’re planning to travel by airplane, Jolly Grant Airport is about 25k away from the city.
If you want to go by train, there is an overnight train from Dehradun to Delhi. There are also regular buses for the same.
The difficulty level is moderate-high as trekkers need to have some level of physical fitness so as to clear this trek with no issues.
The reasons you need to check out Rupin Pass Trek in 2020 are far more than many. But, if you still have doubts then let us clear them up while you are on the Rupin Pass Trek with JustWravel.
Day 1 : Dehradun to Dhaula (235km)
Day 2 : Dhaula 1550m to Sewa (1980m). Trek 9km, 5-6hrs
Day 3 : Sewa (1980m) to Jakha (2680m)Trek12km, 6-7hrs
Day 4 : Jakha (2680m) to BuransKandi (3259m). Trek 7km, 5-7hrs
Day 5 : Burans Kandi (3259m) to DhandrasThach (3560m)Trek 5km, 3-4 hrs
Day 6 : Dhandras thatch (3560M) to Upper Waterfall camp (4054M).
Day 7 : Upper Waterfall Camp (4054M) to Rupin Pass (4650M) to Ronti Gad (4090M)Trek 10km
Day 8 : Ronti Gad (4090M) to Sangla (2682M)Trek 13km, 5-6hrs
For Rupin Pass Trek, you’ll be required to reach Dehradun early in the morning, by 6 am and get yourself onto a vehicle destined towards Mori.
A sleepy hamlet, amazingly scenic beautiful village, surrounded by greenish and yellowish paddy fields, Mori is located on the banks of renowned Tons River. Mori is a part of the Tons valley, has a unique culture and history. Retreat for the night in the tents as tomorrow your Rupin Pass Trek commences.
This day, enjoy the trek amidst rhododendron woodlands and fields. Post some hours of walking, you will arrive at Sewa. After a great day, spend the night in tents.
This is an exceptionally scenic day for shutterbugs. As you make your way through some hamlets, get a fine whiff of their local culture and lives. Enjoy the way amidst mixed forests and initial sights of snowy ridges of Dhauladhar range.
Arrive at Jakha, the final hamlet of the day that is also the highest in the region. Later in the night, retreat to your tents.
It is a beautiful walk through the blue pine and maple forest. After a while the trail starts to descend to the river. There is a small bridge taking the trail to the true left of the valley.
We camp overnight beside the river beside a spot frequented by shepherds.
You will encounter the first snow bridge upon the river. After snow bridge there will be a heavy ascent for a while. The scenic beauty of Rupin Valley and Rupin river is just mesmerising at this point. From here on, you will encounter lots of snow crossing and at some places snow will be very soft and even it immerses down to your knee level.
After few kilometres of snowy adventure, you will reach campsite in Dhandras Thach. This campsite will be having amazing view of Rupin Waterfall and snow-clad peaks.
This is the shortest trek but toughest than the earlier. There will be multiple climbs today that pass through 2 waterfalls. As if the snow will be melting the slippery will be much higher. You need to hike vertically from Lower Waterfall to the Upper waterfall amidst beautiful scenery.
This 3 km hike will be the toughest.
Dinner and overnight stay in Camps
There are excellent views of the hanging glaciers and snowfields on the way to the pass. It is a narrow and steep path through the boulders; in case of snow, a rope maybe used. From the pass, one can witness great views of the Kinnaur Kailash range.
We descend to the alpine meadows with lots of camping options.
Today is a beautiful short trek through blue pine, deodar and oak forest overlooking the Sangla valley. It is a steep descent to Sangla, which is a town connected by road to Shimla.
Sangla to Shimla. We will be reaching late night to Shimla. So plan your stay in Shimla well in advance. You can take the next day's Volvo to Delhi or to the base location.
Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 8 – you will be staying at hotel and camps on all days of trekking.
Transportation: Dehradun To Shimla
Meals: All Meals from day 1 dinner to day 8 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
Support Staff: Trek Leader and Local Guide.
Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10? c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
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Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
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*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Q. What will be the group size for Rupin Pass Trek?
Usually, we take a maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate Rupin Pass Trek..
Q. Who all will go along with us on the Rupin Pass Trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters, and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for the treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the Rupin Pass Trek?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the Trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes from a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. Waterproof shoes with ankle support will work well.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Rupin Pass trek?
During Rupin Pass Trek, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/homestay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degrees.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are an odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in the booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it. If you want to plan a Customized Itinerary for Rupin Pass, check our Private Trek section and connect with the team, we will help you plan it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will the doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. The minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents, and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
It differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s up to you.
Thanks Justwravel for making my trip memorable, It was my first trek and justwravel made it the best one. Thanks for being very responsive from starting till the trip end.Looking for more adventure with you Cheers Justwravel
Hi Justwravel team, I just returned from Rupin Paas trek and I had to tell you how absolutely wonderful it was! First, our guide was outstanding! He was professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging . Next, the route this trip takes may be long and difficult at times, but it has filled with majestic beauty and this beauty has changes at every turn. The quality of the food was awesome. The accommodation arrangement was also very good . I had specially like to appreciate your second and third day's wooden stay. I will recommend your company to everyone I know and I look forward to taking another trip with you all in the future." --Sushil
The kind of guidance JW team provides is brilliant.. They understand the terrain and provide best solutions..keep up the good work guys
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