One of the most exquisite passes that Himalayas has in store, is the magnificent Rupin Pass. It is a high-altitude pass located across the Himalayan mountain range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated amidst a remote Himalayan valley, the pass offers classic attractions of breath-taking trails, densely populated conifer and oak forests, alpine meadows, traditional villages and spectacular mountain peaks. You will come face to face with the untouched beauty of some of the valleys in Garhwal and Kinnaur regions including the lovely Sangla valley. This trek will take you through the gorgeous Rupin Pass which is located at an altitude of 4625 meters with majestic views of Kinnaur Kailash range along with some other peaks.

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The thrilling trek to Rupin Pass has a lot of surprises in store for its visitors. You will be tempted to walk further just so that you discover what the trail brings to you round the next corner. With intriguing twists and turns in the scenery from beautiful towering waterfalls, fir forests, vertically constructed hanging villages, appealing yellow marigolds, snow-bathed glacial valleys and dancing rivulets to icy blue rivers, you will remain spell-bound throughout your trek.

Your trek trail will also lead you towards interesting swaying wooden bridges, pathways carved out of rocks, small routes amidst deep, dark forests in the mountains where the Sun can never reach you. The beautiful meadows that redefine greenery have been enticing every adventurist who has come to explore this location. From thick Rhododendron forests, icy slopes and trails made through huge snow fields to gushing streams that echo in your minds, this trek has got it all for you.

There are three stages of Rupin waterfalls that seem to be spouting out of the clouds. The sight of Saruwas Thatch or the Upper Rupin waterfalls is simply marvellous. It is an enormous basin with icy rims of mountains surrounding from all directions. These icy rims melt into thousands of streams that gracefully merge with the Rupin River. The lower Rupin Waterfalls or the Dhanderas Thatch has three sets of beautiful snow bridges leading the way to it in a wide open valley which is surprising.

The glorious Rupin River walks with you through every footstep on this trek forming a huge river bed below your trail. It is amazing to experience the sounds and feel of water flowing ferociously under your feet. Temples in these locations are commissioned according to the classic Kinnauri tradition and for first timers, it can be a huge surprise. The four storeyed temples stand royally like a water tower with a sloping roof. This architectural marvel will awe its visitors every single time. You will also come across a small wooden bridge in the middle of your trail where as you spend time, you will realise that you have two different states on either side of you. The States of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are divided by this tiny bridge.

The incredible village of Jhaka hangs out from the walls of a mountain side like a cluster tiny of houses. It is fascinating to see such shades of nature where an entire settlement is hanging vertically from a mountain. A little ahead of the Jhaka village, doors of fir forests open continuing till the confluence of River Rupin with a tributary. The colours of violet, white and pink Rhododendrons dwarfs make up a fantastic sight stretching for about a thousand feet into the mountain slope. The last climb to the Rupin pass is through a valley. While standing in this snowclad valley, you can hear your voice ring and echo. Packed with heart thumping excitement with every passing footstep, this trek will be one of the most memorable trips of your lifetime.

Trip Highlights
  • A Trans Himalayan trek passing from Gharwal to Kinnaur
  • Witness Kinnauri and dodra kwar culture
  • Most Popular must do trek in Himalayas
  • Trekking trails in Panoramic landscape and valleys
Trip Facts
  • Start & End Point : Sangla
  • Best time to visit : May - June and Aug - Sep
  • Difficulty level : Moderate
  • Duration : : 7 Nights - 8 Days
  • Dhaula Campsite : 5100 feet
  • Sewa Campsite : 6300 feet
  • Trek Length : Approximately 65 kilometres
  • Dhanteras Thatch : 11,700 feet
  • Upper Waterfall Camp : 13,100 feet
  • Rupin Pass : 4650 metre/ 15,300 feet
  • Ronti Gad Campsite : 13,100 feet
  • Jhaka Village : 7700 feet
Why to choose?

As a Himalayan lover it is necessary to understand the reason for choosing Rupin Pass Trek ..

  • See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 110 Km and on foot 65 km which is to be covered into 8 days. Dehradun to via Dhaula Sewa, Jakha to Sangla
  • Rupin pass trek is a High-Altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 4650 Meters.
  • Rupin pass is a trans Himalayan treks, which starts in Gharwal and ends in Kinnaur.
  • The Starting trail is moderate as compare to other treks this is difficult trek. So, this trek is not for first timers.
  • You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, you can see pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna of different regions.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12 and Above.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Any trip extensions, Stay due to road blocks or landslides, extra meals, Accommodation
Itinerary:
Day one - Meet and Greet at Airport/Railway station Dehradun.
Meet and Greet at Airport/Railway station Dehradun. Breakfast and Lunch enroute .Drive to Dhaula. Dur 6 Hours. Overnight stay in Dhaula.
Day two - Trekking from Dhaula to Sewa (6 hours, 14 kilometres – 2040 meters).
On your arrival, our representative will meet you and escort you to a hotel to freshen up. After a brief relaxation period, you will start on the trek to a village named Sewa. As it is your first day, you may start at a slow pace and gradually gain momentum.
After an initial steep slope of 20 meters, the trail will ease into a gradual slide. Rupin River forms a sparkling river bed 500 feet below the ground level and you can hear sounds of the gushing water throughout your way. Soon, you will be met by apricot and apple trees. As you reach the small village settlement of Sewa, you can stop at the village temple and pay a visit. The temple follows Kinnaur traditions along with local beliefs and is adorned with medals and an electric clock. Tents will be set up for resting the night at a campsite.
Day three - Trekking from Sewa to Jhaka (8 hours – 4970 metres).
You will begin your trek from Sewa towards the last village of the trail called Jhaka. Endless fields of barley and potato greet you as you start your hike. The path leads you into a densely populated mixed forest which is deep and dark. You will then see the brightness of the river bed formed by Rupin River and for the first time you will walk on crisscross across many rivulets of the river instead of walking alongside them. A small wooden bridge will help you cross the stream that graciously merges with River Rupin. When you are standing on this bridge, you will have Himachal Pradesh towards one side and Uttarakhand State towards the other.
You will pass through small villages of Dodra and Gosangu before reaching Jhaka which is locally known as the ‘Hanging Village’ as it was constructed vertically upwards. You will build tents to rest the night in this homely village.
Day four - Trek from Jhaka to Upper Rupin Valley Camp (8 hours – Approximately 3000 meters).
You will wake up to the adorable tunes of Satsang this morning as the village is known for pious residents. You can stock up some of the basic essentials for the days to come after which you will begin your trek. You will hike towards the upper Jhaka village and the gigantic fir forests will follow your trail. The untouched civilization lying in the cradle of ageless blue pines and beautiful maple trees is a blissful sight. After a long stretch, you will catch glimpse of snow patches coming your way. A surprising snow-bridge across River Rupin and the scenery around you will change instantly. Many cascading streams that feed the river along with tiny rivulets lead your trail towards lovely green patches of endless grasslands.
You will arrive at the Upper Rupin Valley Camp in no time and relax through the rest of your day in this enchanting land.
Day five - Trekking towards the Waterfall Camp (8 hours, 6 kilometres).
You will wake up to the magnetic beauty of the Upper Rupin Valley this morning. As you begin your trek towards the Waterfall camp, you will have snow patches getting bigger and lower on the mountain side. You will catch the sight of Silver birches, also called as Bhoj tree in this location. It is believed that Hindu epic Ramayana was written on these leaves. You will proceed on the trail and cross through endless yards of green meadows which have thousands of yellow marigolds. Wild flowers of all possible colours soon become your enchanting pathway towards the waterfalls
The sudden gain in altitude can cause breathlessness among first timers. You are advised to take your steps at a slow pace to get accustomed to thin air. Soon, you will reach the spectacular waterfall camp and set up tents.
Day six - Trekking towards Alpine Camp via Rupin Pass (8 hours).
The bewitching beauty of morning hues will relax you till the very core. You will wake up amidst one of the most gorgeous locations present in Himalayas. Trek towards Rupin Pass begins soon after you freshen up. This is the last ascent in your trip and you will soon pass through a beautiful snow-dressed valley. This valley will surprise you as you can hear the echo of your sounds which will be an unforgettable experience.
You will reach the photographic location of Rupin Pass and after soaking its beauty whilst standing amidst the lap of nature, you will start your downward trek towards an Alpine camp. On arrival, you will rest for the evening in your camps.
Day seven - Trekking from Alpine Camp to Sangla (6 hours, 12-14 kilometres).
On this day, you will be trekking back towards civilization after 3 days. The downward slope will help you cover your distance soon but will hurt your toes, ankles and knees especially if you are a first timer. You will soon arrive at the Baspa River Bridge which is the starting point of Sangla which is a small town in Himachal Pradesh. You will be checked into a guest house on arrival.
You can either spend your days at leisure here or choose to join us on our other on-going treks in this location. If you have reservations for your journey back home, our representative will see you off at the bus/train station at the time of your departure.
Day eight - From Sangla, Journey to Shimla by road.
It is the final day of the trek and you will be heading downward. The trail is steep and you have to take care of your knees and ankles, so they don’t get hurt.
A mild climb followed by gentle walk finally heading to Ronti Gad Valley. After a descent of about 1600 ft, you leave behind the Rupin Valley and you will be greeted with Mount Kinner kailash, means you are in the land of Kinners. From here you get a birds view of next stop. Sangla Kanda lake surrounded by small habitation around it. Relax at the village and you will be welcomed by Villagers.
From here there are many trails going to Sangla from Sangla Kanda, follow the trail which passes through the forest of Blue Pines. The final trail is wide and clearly marked with a steep descent to Sangla, after a leisure walk of 30 mins you will reach Baspa Village and 15 mins last climb and your trek comes to an end. At Sangla, you can hire any vehicle from the road of Sangla to Shimla.
What to Expect?

A trip graded as a Moderate takes you to high altitude regions - above 3000m / 10,0000 ft and will involve considerable altitude gain 800 ft - 1200ft over the course of the trek. Altitude will have an effect, hence one would need to be careful about Acclimatization. The guide will educate about acclimitization procdure.Moderate treks will have multiple days which involve considerable amount of ascents and descents and would require walking for more than 5 - 6 hours.
There might be a day or two of camping in relatively high altitudes above 4000m / 13,000ft. A typical trek will last around a week to ten days depending on the region and is fro those who have exposure to Himalayan treks, for people who have completed a beginner trek.
Good fitness levels are needed to enjoy these trips.Preparation of your body by doing some fitness actitivies before the trip would help. Prior trekking experience would be an added advantage.

Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Routes to reach
    • By Train:We recommend to Overnight train to Dehradun from Capital city of Delhi. New Delhi to Dehradun A/c special train from New Delhi is the best option. The Scheduled reaching time to Dehradun Railway station is at 5:40 am.
      Nanda Devi Express – Train No 12205 (Departure 11:50 pm: Arrival 5:40 am)
      Dehradun Express - Train No 12687 (Departure 21:10 pm: Arrival 5:00 am)
    • By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There are daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
    • By Bus: Buses ply frequently from New Delhi to Dehradun from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses options too are available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the suitability clause for this trek?
A. This trekking expedition is definitely suited for a person who is physically fit to walk approximately 5 to 6 kilometres per day without facing any health issues on a normal day. A person suffering from heart ailments, asthma and such similar problems may consult a doctor before registering for this trek. It is suggested that the doctor is aware of the schedule and climatic conditions before approving for participation in the trek.

Q : How can I best prepare myself for the trek?
A: You are advised to exercise and go on daily long walks and jogs for a few weeks before your trek.

Q: What are the expected adversities in climatic conditions during the trip?
A: The temperature can get as cold as -2 degrees in few regions during the night. It basically depends on where you come from. If you are an Indian, you will feel very cold in these places and it is advised that you carry warm clothing and other required supplementary like a high-altitude professional jacket along with your other essentials.

Q: What type of food will be provided during the trip?
A: Summiters give plain vegetarian food which is not too heavy and apt for hiking. Pizza hut or Anand Bhavan will not be in the picture nor will hunting be an option. There will be enough to sustain and apt will be served when hungry.

Q: Does mountain water cause harm?
A: No. The mountain water is clean. But if you are skeptical – a mineral water can be bought.

Q: Do mobile phones work in these locations?
A: You may charge your phones wherever electricity is available during your stay. The last point where you can charge your phone is at Dhaula .Although, there is a chance you might get electric points in villages further high up