Rupin Pass TrekHimalayan Treks
What's This About?
Rupin Pass is a high altitude trek which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla in Himachal with a major portion of the trek covered in Himachal. Being a high altitude trek of about 15300 feet, Rupin Pass is considered one of the high range expeditions for trekking in India.
The trek is full of many pleasant surprises and each day has something new to look forward to.
You will come across many waterfalls and stream thoughout the trek. A panoramic view of cascading waterfalls is seen from Rupin Valley. It looks as if the waterfalls are falling directly from the sky.
You will be blown away by the hanging village of Jhaka. Jhaka is positioned at the edge of the mountain which makes it appear to be hanging from a cliff. A sight like this is sure to bring out your inner photographer.
You will be crossing several snow bridges during the trek
You will get mesmerized by the views of lofty Kailash Peak while you reach towards the end of Rupin Pass trek.
You will pass through forests of fir, Rhododendron & Oak. The entrance and exit to the forests are again so sudden that you will feel that it is a movie setup around you.
Rupin Pass, Himachal Pradesh
All expenses from Dhaula to Sangla which include:
- Stay in tents/hotel/homestay on sharing basis
- Breakfast + lunch + dinner
- Evening snacks + Tea
- Expert Guides
- Sleeping bags + Mat
- Transportation cost to Dhaula and from Sangla
- Food expenses until Dhaula (trek start point) and from Sangla (trek end point)
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Individual mule + Porter charges.
Dehradun to Dhaula
Pickup in the morning from Dehradun and reach Dhaula (~ 1550m, 5100 ft). Distance around 200 Km and can take up to 12 hours with lunch break in between. The road is one of the most scenic in Garhwal region while we go up to the classy hill station of Mussoorie at the beginning, turquoise Yamuna river in the middle and conifer forests and meandering Tons river at the later half of the journey. The major points are Mussoorie, Yamuna Pool, Damta, Naogaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. Mori is the last place where you get a guaranteed mobile network!
Trek to Aligad via Sewa village
Our trek starts today. From campsite we take wide trail and cross the Rupin for the first time. (Hence onward we will cross Rupin on few occasions till the base of the Waterfall) . After crossing the bridge Rupin stays for the day on our right side. The walk is gentle along the river valley with very low gradient. Rupin runs in the gorge some 500 ft below. One moderate climb of 30 mins takes us to the village of Datadhar. There is a nice camping ground just another kilometer after the village on the bank of Rupin. After crossing a short jungle stretch we descent to the river bed and cross a side stream called Aligad. The bridge marks the boundary of Uttarakhand and Himachal. The campsite of Aligad (~ 1900m/6230 ft) is on the true right of Rupin in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It may take up to 6 hours.
Sewa to lower Jhaka village via Jiskun
From campsite we take the trail along the river and then a steady comfortable climb to hit a motor road under construction inside Himachal Pradesh.Another 3 or so kilometers walking on almost flat surface and then a climb of around 500 ft takes us to the first house of the village Jiskun. A tea and noodles shop welcomes the trekkers. Skirting the entire village we cross the last stretch (marked by a cozy lodge apple orchards) and descent inside the jungle to cross a over bridge. This is a good spot to have our packed lunch. From now onward a steady climb takes us suddenly to a turn from where Rupin appears deep beneath gorge. The view of the valley is surprisingly beautiful from here and remains green throughout the year.
Jhaka to Udaknal
Starting from the camp site at Jhaka, we gradually climb and cross the upper part of the village and enter into the magnificent conifer forest. Gently we lose altitude while walking through the forest and after an hour we cross the snow bridge on the Rupin river to go to the trail on the other side. We continue our trek on the boulder covered stretch to reach Buras Kandi. This trail is often used by the shepherds for grazing in summer and monsoon. A steep ascent and followed by walking along the river bed takes us to our today’s camp named Suruwas Thach (~ 3400m, 11150ft). Distance is 7 Km and may take 5 hours. Camp for the night.
Udaknal to Dhanteras Thatch/Lower waterfall camp via Suruwas Thatch
Today we walk on almost level ground and amidst the meadows while we can see numerous cascading waterfalls feeding Rupin. The trail goes through the lash green pastures to our campsite at Dhanteras Thach/Lower waterfall camp (~3550m, 11650ft). Distance is 6 Km and takes up to 4 hours. Camp overnight.
Lower waterfall to Rati Pheri base camp via upper waterfall
A small day’s trek will give us a much needed recuperation on high altitude before crossing the pass. Trail nature differs based upon the time you choose to trek. In the beginning of summer the trail is filled up with ice fields and semi hard frosty snow while in the later half after the monsoon there is hardly any snow. From the base of the waterfall the ascend is steep till we reach the top. called Rati Pheri/Upper waterfall camp (~4000m, 13100ft). Distance is 3 Km and may take 2/3 hours. Camp for the night.
Rati Pheri to Rupin pass and descent to Ronti Gad
We start early in the morning to cross the pass. From Rati Pheri the climb is steep and demanding. After an hour or so we reach the vast stretch of snow field and locate the pass above on the ridge line. We climb up slowly as the oxygen level depletes. The exhilarating climb ends at Rupin Pass (~4650m, 15200ft) and the view is mesmerising. This eternally snowbound pass puts up the snowy mountains of Kinnaur Kailash range on the northern side while the Rupin valley in the south. Spending around half an hour we start the steep descend towards Sangla side. Again depending on the season the level of snow will be determined. After crossing the snowline the descent is sharper till we reach Ronti Gad at the starting of the green meadows (~4100m, 13450ft). Distance is 12 Km and may take 10/11 hours. We camp for the night.
Ronti Gad to Sangla via Sangla Kanda
Today is our last day of trek and we start in the morning to descend to the Baspa river valley. The height loss is rapid till we reach Sangla Kanda. This is a meadow and has a small lake.There are small settlements of the villagers for summer and monsoon season. Number of trails cutting across the meadow but eventually leading to the main trail. We go down further to enter in to the tree line again and finally to the village of Sangla. There is a bridge to cross the Baspa river and climb up to the motorable road at Sangla (~2700m, 8850ft). Trek ends here. We plan to start for shimla on same day.
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Try to catch up to her pace on an uphill climb, I dare you, I double dare you. An accomplished mountaineer, Reetu's love for trekking and travelling started 8 years ago. From then onwards, she left her lucrative career as an electronic engineer and pursued her dream of travelling around the world. A good book, a campsite by the river and lots of dogs and puppies is what keeps her going. Don't forget to ask her to make a cup of masala chai and Maggi for you, it's delicious. 😃
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