Rupin Pass Trek

duration Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
visit Best time to visit May to October
Camp Accommodation type Camps

Rupin Pass Trek is the Grandest Cross-Over Treks of India

The Rupin pass trek is a scenic rollercoaster that takes you on an urban adventure across the Himalayan range. Walk alongside the Rupin River on traditional shepherd routes, plunging into deep pine forest trails! That's not all, though. There are glacier meadows, snow bridges, glacial valleys, snowfields, and hundreds of waterfalls along the walk!

From easy walks to steep climbing, the Rupin Pass Trail is moderately difficult. Thus, keep the thrill and excitement throughout the Rupin Pass Trek distance. It's an ideal trek for everyone and will pass through every type of terrain. The Rupin pass map start your trek from the greener and comparatively hotter landscapes and move towards the coldest areas over snow.

The trek begins with your arrival in Dehradun, India. From there, you will be traveling to the starting point of your trek- Dhaula, a quaint village located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 1,580m.

Constant Scenery Change throughout the Rupin Pass Trek Height

There are plenty of natural surprises, ready to uncover on the way to Rupin pass trek height. The hike crosses through rhododendron fields, and even cherishes walk over narrow zig-zag paths around the cliffs. With Rupin River as your constant companion, the trail ascends steeply through lush pine forests. Eventually, opening up to spectacular views of the Jhaka village. The portion of the village is startlingly set on a steep slope. Thus, making it look like it's hanging from the cliff earning it its name “the hanging village”.

Enjoy taking rest by the stunning snow bridge over the Rupin River. Meanwhile, soak in the contrastingly beautiful view. A short while going down the narrow shepherd's path, the hiking path opens up to a beautiful grassland called Udaknal.

Also, do not forget to cherish your stay with the locals. Of all the amazing things in this trek, homestays has a separate fan-base and is often considered as Rupin pass trek best time. With Moustache Escapes, enjoy spending your first night at a homestay.It's the best way to experience local lifestyles, savoring some delicious home-cooked meals.

Unmatched Series of Ethereal Vistas all along the Rupin Pass Trek Route

You should get used to surprises, halfway on the Rupin Pass Trek Route. As they are a constant thing as you trail towards Rupin pass height. One such surprise is the three-staged Rupin waterfall, situated in 'The Land of 1000 Waterfalls' Dhanderas. We bet, it’ll leave you awestruck and amazed with its spectacular beauty.

Observing the waterfall disappear into the valley is a sight to behold. It makes you feel like the luckiest person out there to witness such artwork of nature. You can take photos at this most picturesque and cinematic location one can imagine.

In addition to this, enjoy the blissful sight of saddle-shaped Rupin Pass cutting its way through the Dhauladhar Ranges. Later, as you continue hiking you can notice the landscape changes beautifully. Just like we promised in our Rupin Pass Trek Package. Once done, get ready for a sharp and rapid descent over a snowline.

Rupin Pass Trek is entitled the Grand Himalayan Adventure that’s Must-Visit

The difficulty of this trek itinerary is ideal for adventure seekers and experienced hikers. The next phase of Rupin trekking map is to reach the Ronti Gad campsite via Rupin Pass. The climb on Rupin pass trek map is steep and quite tiring. Moreover, the elevation distance is full of knee-deep snow and has some slippery sections too. However, the effort seems worthy as you achieve Rupin Pass altitude.

Get a chance to walk on the snowline. Later, be prepared for another sharp descent that leads you to the Ronti Gad Campsite. Camp overnight in the vicinity of the towering snow-capped mountains, on an endless meadow with a stream flowing gently through the mountains.

Near the end of your trek, you will witness the Kinner Kailash Mountain in its complete magnificence. Standing tall at the height of 19,849 feet, the peak is considered sacred by both Hindu and Kinnauri Buddhists.

The trek concludes with the first signs of civilization afar in the tiny village of Sangla Kanda. Take a quick sip of tea, relax and admire the beauty of this village and its tiny old stone houses and prepare yourself to bid goodbye to this journey through the wonderland.

Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Dhaula

Stay - Homestay / Guesthouse
Meal - Dinner
Drive - 180 km

  • Arrive in Dehradun and drive to Dhaula.
  • Enjoy your ride through crossing Kempty Falls, deep gorges, misty pine forest, with gushing Yamuna and Rupin rivers on the side.
  • Reach Dhaula by evening to have dinner and later retire for the day.

Day 2: Dhaula to Sewa

Stay - Camps
Meal - Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Trek - 12 km

  • Post breakfast, start your trek to Sewa.
  • Hike on a dusty trail with gradual ascents and descents.
  • Journey through the pink trail of rhododendron forest alongside the Rupin River.
  • Once arrived, rest and acclimatize in your homestay.

Day 3: Sewa to Jakha Village

Stay - Camps
Meal - Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Trek - 14 km

  • Wake up early for a brief session of Yoga and stretching.
  • Afterwards, begin trekking on a moderately steep trail followed by a descent to Rupin Riverbed.
  • Crossover from Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh on a wooden bridge over the Rupin River.
  • Stay in a homestay for the night.

Day 4: Trek from Jakha to Burash Kandi

Stay - Camps
Meal - Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Trek - 9 km

  • Start hiking on a fairly narrow and zigzag path, alongside a cliff.
  • Take a steep ascent, getting a glimpse of The Hanging Village- Jakha.
  • Enjoy changing vistas at every turn, from narrow & rocky paths to magnificent fir forest.
  • Cross the snow bridge to reach the beautiful grassland called Udaknal.
  • Reach the campsite set in the backdrop of Rhododendron and colossal mountain views.

Day 5: Trek from Burash Kandi to Dhanderas Thatch

Stay - Camps
Meal - Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Trek - 5 km

  • Start your hike through the mixed forest of Oak, Fir, and Rhododendrons.
  • After a steep incline get the most gripping sights of the U-shaped valley nestling the majestic Rupin waterfall afar.
  • Continue trekking through the patches of sacred Bhoj trees, finally reaching the expansive green meadows of Dhanderas Thatch.
  • Camp at Dhanderas Thatch- also known as the “Land of a Thousand Waterfalls”.

Day 6: Trek from Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall) to Upper Waterfall Campsite

Stay - Camps
Meal - Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Trek - 4 km

  • Have your delicious breakfast, making a short hike to the top of the Rupin Waterfall.
  • Trek on the snow till you reach the meadows at the top.
  • Once arrived, rest in your campsite located in the gorgeous meadow on the banks of a gently flowing stream.

Day 7: Trek from Upper Waterfall to Ronti Gad via Rupin Pass (4650m)

Stay - Camps
Meal - Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Trek - 8 km

  • Start early around 5 AM for a steep ascent to Rati Pheri. Hike with your packed breakfast & lunch, since it's the longest and the most thrilling day of the trek.
  • The expansive views of the Rupin valley are replaced by the alpine Dhauladhar range as you now move ahead over vast snowfields.
  • After a long and steep icy climb, get the blissful sight of saddle-shaped Rupin Pass cutting its way through the Dhauladhar Ranges.
  • Spend enough time at the Rupin Pass. Afterward, trek down to the Ronti Gad campsite.
  • Enjoy camping in the vicinity of the towering snow-capped mountains around.

Day 8: Ronti Gad to Sangla and then Shimla drop

Meal - Breakfast
Trek - 8 km
Drive - 225 km

  • Trek on a dusty trail crossing the traffic of cattle.
  • Get the first glimpses of the snow-clad Kinner Kailash range.
  • Take a quick break in the Sangla Kanda village.
  • The trek gradient rapidly declines, crossing terraced farms, apple orchards, and old stone houses.
  • Reach Sangla, followed by a drive to Shimla.

The trek ends here!!

How to Reach Rupin Pass Trek Base Camp

By Air:- Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is 25km. away from the city.     

By Train:- If you are planning to go from train best option is to catch an overnight train from Delhi to Dehradun.

By Road:- There are plenty of bus services available from Delhi to Dehradun.

Things to Carry for Rupin Pass Trek Package
  1. Shirts/T-shirts –2/3, Jeans/Trekking Pants -2
  2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  3. Warm and thick Fleece/Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)
  5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  8. Raincoat/Poncho, Small quick dry towel
  9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty plastic bottels bottles!!)
  10. Cap/Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick/Trekking pole
  12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch/Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  14. Personal toiletries
  15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack
  16. Hand Sanitizer
  17. Extra face masks
  18. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries).

Inclusions in Rupin Pass Trek Cost
  • You will be greeted by our team on your arrival to Dhaula campsite.
  • All stays included from Dhaula to Ronti Gad on a sharing basis:
    (i) Guest House on Day 1.
    (ii) Dome tents from day 2 - 7.
  • All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 8 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.
  • Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route
  • Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.
  • Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.
  • All trek essentials included –
    (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, etc
    (ii) Safety equipment - microspikes as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.
    (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.
Exclusions in Rupin Pass Trek Cost
  • Transportation on Day 8, from Sangla to Shimla is not included.
  • The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).
  • In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", a medical emergency, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.
  • Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

Rupin Pass Trek Cancellation Policies
  1. If cancellations are made 26 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.
  2. If cancellations are made between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 25% of the total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee.
  3. If cancellations and rescheduling are made within 7 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
  4. Guest can reschedule the tour/trek/activity between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity (Depending on the availability), after this period no rescheduling can be done and no amount can be refunded. 
  5. Rescheduling of the tour/trek/activity is applicable only once, after that if you want to cancel or reschedule the trek/tour/activity again, it will not be possible and no refund will be processed.
  6. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 26 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.
  7. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.
  8. In case if your tour/trek/activity gets cancelled because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes between 0-7 days from your date of travel, you will be eligible to reschedule the date of your trek/tour/activity or you can get a credit note of the amount paid, however no cash refund will be possible in this case.
  9. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
  10. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Rupin Pass Trek FAQ's

Where is Rupin Pass?

Rupin Pass is a high-altitude pass through the Himalaya mountain range in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on a traditional shepherd and hiking route that runs from Dhaula in Uttarakhand to Sangla in Himachal Pradesh.

What is the best time for Rupin Pass trek?

The best time for Rupin Pass Trek is in summers and Post Monsoon. And if you’re looking for the best month to visit Rupin pass trek, then you must visit in April, May, June and then back in September and October.

What is Rupin Pass trek difficulty level?

The Rupin Pass trek is a medium to difficult level trek. So, if you’re a beginner then please prepare yourself physically fit before a month.

How to reach Rupin Pass?

Rupin Pass is a high-altitude trek that begins in Dhaula, Uttarakhand, and ends in Sangla.

How to reach Dhaula?

In order to reach Dhaula, you have to arrive Dehradun. Once arrived, take a cab/bus to Dhaula.

Will there be snow on Rupin Pass trek?

Yes, if you want to experience the taste of snow in the summer time then Rupin Pass Trek is the perfect one for you.

How is Rupin Pass weather?

The Rupin pass temperature during the day range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. After the night falls, the temperature ranges from 4 to 5 degrees Celsius.

Can we do the Rupin pass trek in November and December?

No. As Rupin Pass trek will not be accessible due to snow at that time.

I am a first timer and can I go for the Rupin pass trek?

As a first timer, it’ll be difficult to go for this trek, but you can prepare yourself physically for it before a month to go on a trek.

How should I prepare myself for Rupin Pass trek?

It requires you to have a certain level of physical fitness. If you are a person who is not physically fit and mostly leads a sedentary life, then you can also do some form of physical activity like yoga, exercises or sports to make yourself fit for the trek every day to regulate your breathing properly.

What should I keep in mind before going for trek to Rupin Pass?

Before embarking on the trip, it is best to indulge in some physical workout to prepare for the trek. Additionally, it can get quite cold in the mountains, woollen clothes are a must.

How safe is Rupin Pass solo trek?

The Rupin Pass trek solo is completely safe. However, it is recommended to do it in groups given the difficult terrain and weather conditions.

Can we have alcohol if it's really cold during the Rupin Pass trek?

First and foremost precaution is to neglect or avoid the alcohol while trekking. Outfit must be woollen fabrics and no body parts must be exposed.

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