Region: Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh
District: Uttarkashi to Kinnaur
Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Difficult
Highest Altitude: 4,688 m / 15,380 ft.
Trekking Distance: 52 Kilometer
Temperature: In summer (May-June) - Daytime temperature: 13°C to 18°C and Night time temperature: 0°C to 7°C. In winter (September - October) - Daytime temperature: 3°C to 9°C and Night time temperature: -3°C to -1°C
Rupin Pass Trek is a classic trek with an amazing journey through the lower Himalayan ranges (Shivalik) tracing the source of the River Rupin. It starts with a gentle walk through villages and forests and thereafter gets exciting with rocky trails, flowery meadows, the edge of the cliff steep curves regularly leading to crossing the river Rupin jumping over stones and wobbly timber bridges. The real thrill is in spending a stolen moment in a hanging house permitting the Himalayan magic to seep in; to drink the pure Himalayan water from the numerous streams, enjoy the orchestra of the small and large waterfalls, stare upon the million stars in the sky, cross snow bridges in measured steps and finally cross the steep Rupin Pass only to slide down a snowfield into enormous green meadows of Govind National Park with mesmerizing views. Untouched by development, this is an extremely beautiful location to trek and observe Garhwal and Kinnauri culture. The style of housing differentiates between both these cultures very prominently. The Himalayas are addictive in a few ways, their mysticism exposed to the lucky ones who experience their grandeur from close quarters. You may encounter snow leading up to the pass in the early summer months further making it an exciting trek and great experience!
Best Time to Visit: May-June and September-October. Expect hiking on the snow at the beginning of May. September and October is a pleasant time to trek here. After October, it is generally not advisable to trek alone due to the extreme cold. After November, expect heavy snow in the area.
Day 1: Reach at Dhaula (5,100 ft.); 220 Km drive from Dehradun
Arrive in Dhaula, a hamlet in Uttarkashi, 10-11 hours’ drive from Dehradun. The Cab will be arranged at an additional cost from Dehradun Railway Station at 06:30 AM. Cost of the Cab – Rs. 6,000/- per vehicle. The journey from Dehradun to Dhaula passes through the towns of Mussoorie and the villages of Nainbagh, Damta, Naugaon, Purola and Mori. After Mori, it is a lovely drive alongside the Rupin River through mixed oak and conifer forests. Stay will be in Guest House/Home Stay/Camp on sharing basis. The trail will commence the next morning at 07:00 AM with light breakfast and a brief session of Rupin Pass trek by Trekkaro team.
Day 2: Dhaula (5,100 ft.) to Sewa (6,300 ft. appx)
The beginning of the Rupin Pass trek starts with an easy day. It takes about 5-6 hours from Dhaula to Sewa. You will cross the Rupin and walking on an undulating trail through the forests. The invisible singing birds lost in the trees will ardent company through the walk. The pebbled path has pine cones of different sizes strewn all over. The winding road leads you through small hamlets dotted with apple and apricot trees and village kids scamper about with their alluring smiles. As you reach Sewa, you will come to the history of the most renowned Lost Shiva temple. After a splendid day, spend the night in tents.
Day 3: Sewa (6,300 ft.) to Jhaka (8,700 ft. appx)
Today the trail is not easy. The initial climb will be steep and it progressively gets steeper with intermittent descents. It takes about 7-8 hours to reach the hanging village of Jhaka, a challenging but rewarding climb. You will walk on a narrow trail by the side of the mountains trying to keep as close to it as possible often casting a glance at the deep gorge on the other side. Soon the meandering trail brings you to the village of Jiskun. The highest and the last village on Rupin Pass trek is Jhaka which is very pretty and picturesque. It could be easily renamed hanging village with almost every house appearing to hang out from the mountains. Later in the night, retreat to your tents.
Day 4: Jhaka (8,700 ft.) to Saruwas Thatch (11,150 ft. appx)
The day’s walk is possibly one of the best you’ll ever do. What’s astonishing about Saruwas thatch is the sight of the Rupin gushing out of a gorge just ahead and to your left. Start off with a steep ascent which slowly leads into the wide valley. This trail takes about 5 hours to reach Saruwas Thatch. There are Bhoj Trees on the way – the leaves of which were used by our ancient sages to record the history of those times. After a while, a narrow trail ascends through the mountains and leads to you campsite through a lush green patch dotted with rocks. There is a sudden burst of colour as flowers bloom on the sides through the rhododendron trees. Relax well and admire the nature’s different shades on the perfect campsite.
Day 5: Saruwas Thatch (11,150 ft.) to Dhanderas thatch (11,700 ft.) (LOWER WATERFALL)
Today brings you lots of nature surprises on the trail from Saruwas Thatch to Dhanderas Thatch which takes about 3-4 hours to reach there. The trail ahead from the campsite will be rocky. Enjoy the gentle undulating walk to the first hurdle of your trek: a snow bridge over the thundering Rupin. Abruptly, it opens out to a wide expansive valley with waterfalls trickling and thundering down from all side and you will walk on a green carpet adorn with blue, purple, green, yellow and white flowers. Unwind at Dhanderas Thatch and get ready to participate in some amusing activities.
Day 6: Dhanderas Thatch (11,700 ft.) to Upper Waterfall Camp (13,100 ft. appx)
This will be the shortest walk in the entire stretch and the most important day of your trek which takes about 3-4 hours to reach Upper Water Fall. You will climb the waterfall, gingerly stepping on a glacier and a snow bridge lest it gives away. The fluffy white clouds held the mountain tops in the tight embrace; it is the kind of natural romance you want to get in the hall. For the first time, you see a view of what it is actually like at the top of the waterfall. It is quite the opposite of what you expected, keeping to the tradition of surprises of the Rupin trail. Dangle your legs over as you watch the Rupin crash down to the valley below and enjoy your day.
Day 7: Upper Waterfall camp (13,100 ft.) to Rupin Pass (15,380 ft.) via Rati Pheri, further on to Ronti Gad (13,100 ft. appx)
Today is the longest day of the Rupin Pass Trek with a steep ascendant and the most gruelling – and perhaps the most exciting too. It takes about 9-10 hours to reach the next campsite i.e. Ronti Gad. Get up early morning and make sure you are out of the camp by 05:00 AM. An hour of climbing, you will discover different and amazing sights from the Rati Pheri. The only views from the Rati Pheri are of the vast expanse of snow stretched all over, making your paths through them is your next exhausting task for the day to reach thrilling adventurous climb the Rupin Pass Gully. The Summit is revealing a 360° degree view of hundreds of little stone cairns, connected by the pass, which is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags and after a while at the sprawling Rupin Valley you will descend to the Ronti Gad- another green paradise on earth. After a splendid day, you will retire for the night in tents.
Day 8: Ronti Gad (13,100 ft.) to Sangla (8,600 ft.) via Sangla Kanda (11,427 ft. appx)
The descending path from Ronti Gad to Sangla will be quite gentle except for the small pebbles and rocks that make it tougher. With the river (a tributary of Baspa) on the right and vast meadows ahead; it will be a pleasant trail. You can see Sangla Valley from a distance and it so appears that you are walking straight into Kinnaur Kailash range. After about 3½ hours, you will be in Sangla Valley walking into a pretty town blessed by the Baspa River and snowy peaks around. You are at the end of the Rupin Pass trek journey, Sangla. At the bus stand, there are restaurants where you can eat and good places to stay. The last bus for Shimla leaves at 05:00 PM and gets to Shimla at 03:00 AM the following day. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Sangla to Shimla at 02:00 PM. Cost of the Cab – Rs. 7,500/- per vehicle.
How To Reach
Jolly Grant airport is located 25 kilometers from the city, serving to Dehradun. Daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the train from Delhi to Dehradun overnight
• Nanda Devi Express(12205):- Departure:- 23:50; Arrival:- 05:40
• Dehradun Express(12687):- Departure:- 21:10; Arrival:- 05:00
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Dehradun. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trustable.
Usually, the buses left you in the Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun railway station via Ola/Uber Cab/Auto Rickshaw/Shared Three Wheeler.
There is no direct bus to Dhuala run by the Uttrakhand Government, so you have to share a cab with Trekkaro co-trekkers.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• LED Torch
• One Water Bottle (one litre)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
• Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID)
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools. Stay from Day 1 to Day 7 (Dhaula to Sangla). In Dhaula, Stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (2-3 per tent).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 8. (Veg/Non-Veg food + Egg)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
5- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C), Pole, and Headlamp.
6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Dehradun to Dhaula and this will cost approx. Rs. 6,000/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicle. From Sangla, we will arrange a cab to Shimla. The cab leaves at 02:00 PM from Sangla and you reach Shimla at 01:00 AM. The fare for this ride is Rs.7,500/- per vehicle. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers.
2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 2,310/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Dhaula.
4- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeemed it within a year on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean feat to entertain, cook, guide and facilitate, but for our guides, they handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a LOT of moving part and potential for things to go awry. From last one year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and provide you nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others’ in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair for yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to do treks or survive in the not so pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we insure about the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware about the health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body not adjusted with the environment we always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carrying the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness specific medicines - Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons and Headlamp. Now, before registering the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gears and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gears to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags which can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degree Celsius. It’s always warmer in tent so we ensuring you with quality shelter.
So even we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps our bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks are come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or area we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.