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Rupin Pass – A bunch of different views
Rupin Pass lies in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 4,650m. The starting point of this trek is Dhaula which is in Uttarakhand and ending point is Sangla which is in Himachal Pradesh; it crosses Uttarakhand near Kinnaur. This is accessible through other routes too.
This trek is full of changing sights, adventure sights and thrill
The views surprisingly change at every turn, the trail will take you through dense woods, snow glaciers and you will come across many flowing and frozen streams. It is joyous to get everything in one trek and this trek offers the changing sights, adventure, and thrill; all at once and the experience remains with you for a lifetime to relish.
Here you can know about the local culture in close proximity to “Jhaka village” which is positioned at the edge of a mountain cliff, there is a Kinnaur temple and after seeing that you can have an idea about Kinnauri culture. The melting ice of Rupin Pass forms the Rupin River which gets merged with the Yamuna and the melting snow of the other side forms a stream that falls into Satluj. This trek is not for beginners as the trail gets challenging and climbing it needs a lot of effort and will power.
About Rupin Pass
Rupin Pass Trek is a High altitude Pass (4,650 m) which starts from Dhaula, Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla
Changing landscapes, Himachal Pradesh. Rupin river is formed by the melting ice of Rupin Pass.
It crosses Uttarakhand near Kinnaur. Dhaka village is a major attraction as it is uniquely positioned at the edge of a mountain cliff. A temple of “Karna” is made by the villagers in Kinnauri style where you can have a glimpse of Kinnauri culture.
Highlights of this Trek
Duration:- 8 Days Dehradun to Sangla Road Head
Best Time:- May, June, September, October and November
Level:- Challenging Moderate
Highest Points: – (4650 Meters )
Trekking distance: – (57 km.) Dhaula to Sangla Road Head
Weather: – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.
Summer temperatures: (Night -3°C to -5°C) (Day time 5°C to 15°C)
Location Chart : Drive- Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola, Netwar, Dhaula.
Started point: Dehradun, Railway Station (I.S.B.T)
Rupin Pass Trek is not for Beginners?
This is a high altitude moderate to difficult trek. Only experienced trekkers can choose this one, beginners should avoid this and go for other treks like – Kedarkantha, Har Ki Dun, Nag Tibba, and Rupin Supin.
Altitude you are going to cover
1. Dhaula- (5577 feet
2. Sewa- (6,300 feet)
3. Jhaka (7,700 feet)
4. Udaknal (10,100 feet)
5. Chandra’s Thach (11,700 feet)
6. Upper waterfall camp ( 13,100 feet)
7. Rupin Pass (15,091)
These points should not be avoided
1. Proper conditioning and training of body required
2. Proper gear and clothing for sub-zero temperatures
3. Sturdy hiking shoes are important
4. High altitude requires proper acclimatization
5. Intermittent or no signals
6. Carry travel light
7. Weather is unpredicted so the itinerary is flexible
Dhaula is the base camp of Rupin Pass trek. Our pick up point is railway station of Dehradun, the drive starts from there. Have your breakfast on the way at Kempty Fall fall which is a famous picnic spot. The drive is an interesting one through some of the beautiful places in Himalayas along the Tons River, the water of this river looks refreshing.
There is greenery all around and the villages on the way are Netwar, Damta, Nawgao, Purola and Mori. Reach Dhaula your campsite for today, you gain altitude when you reach this point. Enjoy your food and sleep as your trek starts tomorrow.
Have your breakfast and leave for Sewa village, in starting of your journey you will see many cattle, you can find cattles, goats and sheeps in every house of the village. The trail is steep in the starting which gets leveled in another 20 minutes, there are many steep climb on the way to Sewa. When you cross the first climb, the change in the sights can be witnessed and many more changes are ready to welcome you. Rupin River flows below and the sound can be heard; the melting snow of Rupin Pass forms Rupin River and then merges with Yamuna.
When you go further you will come across apricot and apple trees, the trail is steep and after crossing this region you will come to a shop which one of the villagers run. Sewa is your campsite for today there is a two store temple it is in Kinnauri style where you can have a glimpse of their culture, this temple is of “Karna” one of the Kauravas, it is said that he lived here in Sewa village. Spend your nights here with amazing views and wait for tomorrow to see the variety this place offers.
Today we are Follow on river side and then gradually up to reach Jiskon village perched at a height almost over confluence of rupin and Narayani Gaad. Proceed ahead till Jakha till the route crosses the Rupin and the retracing . Today’s trek is from Sewa to Jhaka and you’re going to gain (1,400 feet) altitude. Throughout your trek you will be amazed by the varieties this place offers, be ready to admire the beauty of nature.
Go through the dense woods, hear the birds chirping; look around to catch sight of colorful birds, walk over the leaves which makes a crunchy sound then you come along a riverside, it is pleasure to walk along the refreshing water. Now, the trail changes and gets narrow; the steep climb begins but the views get exotic, you can easily cover the distance by taking rest breaks as told by the trek leader and by drinking right amount of water. A major waterfall mesmerizes one’s heart, it looks beautiful and the water is pure.
If you get tired while covering up the steep climb, the sight of this waterfall will energize you and get all your attention, not just this but the streams, grassy fields and woods they are captivating too. Reach Jiskun which has two parts of it, one is “Lower Jiskun” and the other one is “Upper Jiskun”.
Pass through this village and continue your trek on the route which crosses Rupin, then you will reach Jhaka, the last Himalayan village on this trek, the changes in views you will see are breathtaking, Jhaka is your campsite for today. Delicious food will be served at your campsite, with the taste of food enjoy the taste of idyllic surroundings and have relaxing stay in your tents.
Jhaka the last Himalayan village on Rupin Pass trek, from here trek towards Udaknal. Go through the mystic pine forest, the trees are tall and suddenly you enter a fir forest there patches of snow are visible. The walk through the fir forest is a descending one and downwards there is eye catching snow bridge, you will only find snow patches on the trail but this snow bridge across Rupin is a major attraction, go and capture it in your gadgets.
The trail is on the other side so cross Rupin on higher reaches of Snow Bridge and now the trail changes to a narrow one, it is created by the shepherds for passing of cattle. Rupin River remains on your left it looks refreshing and the color changes and it becomes crystal clear, trek to reach a wooden bridge, a grassland is there where people often camp here. There is a change now, walk through boulders;not continuously and cross streams
Enter a forest and then you will come across a grassland which is not wide, a stream which is clear and pure flows on the side of the hill. Shepherds take their cattle to graze there, camp here for today and spend your night in tents amidst a grassland.
There is forest outside your campsite and there are plants and leaves everywhere. Starting of the trek is a short steep ascend and you can see many waterfalls on the way. When you go further the sight is beguiling, uncountable colored flowers of Rhododendrons are in full bloom which makes it a picturesque place further is a place which would leave you spell bound. The open place amidst the trees, on left of it Rupin flows dividing this area, the setting of this place is blissful.
Have sight of Rupin waterfall, there are many waterfalls which gets merged with Rupin, ahead you can see them, continue your walk on leveled trail, it takes you through beautiful meadows in full bloom and snow patches are there on the meadows. Reach the bank of Rupin River by crossing a snow bridge, the slope is too steep. Then the walk gets gentle through the meadows, wildflowers grow there blooming in different colors, the crystal clear river adds beauty to this place.
Climb higher and reach a meadow “Dhanderas Thach” it’s the most beautiful meadow you will come across and the perfect camping sight. From this campsite you can see walls covered by snow and many waterfalls, many streams flow around this place, set up your tents here in the serene environment of this place. Enjoy your stay and food in tents.
You are going to gain altitude today when you go higher, this climb to upper waterfall camp needs efforts and some people can suffer altitude sickness but it will help you climb Rupin Pass successfully. The yellow flowers are in large quantity and they together make a flower bed. On this trek you should have proper trekking equipment like ice axe to cut the ice, by cutting snow and walking further reach lower waterfall. You have to reach a snow bridge which is over Rupin before reaching it there are many climbs which you have to cross.
Reach there and have a look at surroundings, it looks entrancing. Now cross the other side of Rupin, the climb gets steep from here and takes you to the top of upper waterfall. Standing at a height of (13,100 feet) you will get a sense of achievement and it will help you gain confidence and strength for climbing Rupin Pass. There is a meadow, camp there on flat surface have your meal and relax in your tents.
You have come to the main day of your trek, journey starts which is full of thrills and adventure. The trek starts, first place you have to reach is Rati Pheri and the long climb is steep ascend after one hour of climb you will reach rati Pheri, the change in scenery will please you even if you are tired. Rest here for some time and leave for Ronti Gad.
Now, you will trek through snow fields and view of Rupin Pass can be caught from here, take rest breaks and be prepared to climb up which is going to be the exhilarating one. There are loose stones so be careful follow you guide, they are experienced and will take you on right path, the climb gets tough as the rocks and stones can fall from above.
You need to be patient and co-operative, climb in a single line and you will reach Rupin Pass. Dhauladar range is visible from there and colorful flags of wishes are on top, this thrilling climb to Rupin Pass boosts confidence now slide down it is safer and fun too. The trail gets levelled now trek towards meadow where you can camp, the look of these meadows are totally different than the meadows where you stayed in early days of your trek.
This place is Ronti Gad, the view of snowy mountains and green meadows is soothing. It is going to be cold there spend your night relaxing in tent as it was the longest day of your trek.
Today is your descend to Sangla and you will witness the changing sceneries it will please your mind. The beautiful Kinner Kailash range looks great from here. This trail goes to the valley and mostly shepherds use it. There are multiple trails that lead to Sangla Kanda, there is a lake of Sangla Kanda and a village far away, and you can reach there in half an hour and take a break there.
Descend down the forest of pines and you will across wooden houses and apple orchards of villagers. Trek towards Baspa and the blue pines accompany you, reach Sangla from there leave for Shimla.
Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
Forest Permit and entrance fee
Accommodation in Hotel
Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.
All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea,Coffee, Snacks, Soup, Dinner
All camping gear including
Separate Tent, High quality
Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, Chair, Dining table
Guide, Porters, cook, Helper
Mules, Kitchen team
Good Experience local Trek Leader guide
Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s
Personal Toiletry Items
Personal Medical Kit