Rupin Pass Trek

duration Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
visit Best time to visit May to October
Camp Accommodation type Camps
About the Rupin Pass Trek

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!

Also see: Chopta-Chandrashila Trek

From easy walks to steep climbing, the trail is moderately difficult. Thus, keep the thrill and excitement throughout the hike. It's an ideal trek for everyone and will pass through every type of terrain. You will 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. 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.

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There are plenty of natural surprises, waiting for your arrival to uncover. Enjoy spending your first night at a homestay and experience the local lifestyles, starting with some delicious home-cooked meals. The hike crosses through rhododendron fields, and even cherishes walk over narrow zig-zag paths around the cliffs.

The difficulty of this trek itinerary is ideal for adventure seekers and experienced hikers. 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”.

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Take some 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.

Surprises are a constant thing on this trail. Such as the three-staged Rupin waterfall in 'The Land Of 1000 Waterfalls' Dhanderas. It will leave you awestruck and amazed by 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.

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The next phase of the trekking map is to reach the Ronti Gad campsite via Rupin Pass. The ascend to Rupin Pass height is steep and quite tiring, as the elevation distance is full of knee-deep snow and some slippery sections too. However, the effort seems worthy as you achieve Rupin Pass altitude.

Spend a blissful time, enjoying the 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.

Once you cross the snowline, 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.

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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.

Soon afterward, you will see 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.

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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

  • Hike 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!!

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.

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Inclusions

1. You will be greeted by our team on your arrival to Dhaula campsite.

2. 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.

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 8 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

6. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

7. 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

1. Transportation on Day 8, from Sangla to Shimla is not included.

2. The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).

3. 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.

4. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to

travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

5. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

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 canceled 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.

Q1. What is the best time to go on Rupin Pass trek?

Answer: Best time to travel to Rupin Pass Trek is in summers (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – October).

 

Q2. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants on Rupin Pass trek?

Answer: 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.

 

Q3. What are the clothing and equipments which I should carry at my end for Rupin Pass trek?

Answer: Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks.

 

Q4. Which type of shoes should I carry for Rupin Pass trek?

Answer: You will need a high ankle trekking shoe (generally called trekking boot) with a good sole, and strong ankle and heel support.

 

Q5. How much weight should I have to carry during the trek?

Answer: A loaded backpacking bag should not weigh more than about 20 percent of your body weight. (If you weigh 68 Kg, your pack should not exceed 14Kg for backpacking.)

 

Q6. What kind of food will be provided during Rupin Pass trek? What about safe drinking water?

Answer: Vegetarian meals and safe drinking water will be served throughout the trek.

 

Q7. Can we have alcohol if it's really cold during the Rupin Pass trek?

Answer: 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.

 

Q8. How to reach Dhaula?

Answer: You can reach Dhaula from Dehradun by taking a cab or bus easily.

 

Q9. Will there be snow on Rupin Pass trek?

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

 

Q10. How is the weather at Rupin Pass?

Answer: The temperature during the day range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius and the temperature during the night range from 4 to 5 degrees Celsius.

 

Q11. Can we do the Rupin pass trek in November?

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

 

Q12. I am a first timer and can I go for the Rupin pass trek ?

Answer: 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.

 

Q13. What will be the Rupin pass trek route?

Answer: It lies on a traditional shepherd and hiking route which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh.

 

Q14. How should I prepare myself for Rupin Pass trek?

Answer: 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.

 

Q15. Is Rupin Pass trek safe to do?

Answer: Yes, it is definitely safe.

 

Q16. What should I keep in mind before going for trek to Rupin Pass?

Answer: 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, woolen clothes are a must.

 

Q17. How difficult is Rupin Pass Trek?

Answer: The trek falls in the moderate to difficult category but will surely excite you.

 

Q18. Where is Rupin Valley located?

Answer: Rupin Pass is a high altitude pass across the Himalaya mountain range in state of Himachal pradesh India.

 

Q19. What is Rupin Pass Trek cost?

Answer: The price of the trek starts from 7499+5% GST.

 

Q20. What is the height of Rupin Pass Trek?

Answer: It is situated at a height of about 15250 feet above sea level.

 

Q21. Do I have to exercise for the Rupin Pass Trek?

Answer: If you are a person who is not physically fit and mostly leads a sedentary life, then it is advisable to indulge in some form of physical activity to make yourself fit for the trek.

 

Q22. Is the Rupin Pass Trek okay for solo travellers?

Answer: The Rupin Pass trek can be surely done as a solo trek but it is recommended to do it in groups given the difficult terrain and weather conditions.

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