Region: Garhwal, Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 8 Days
Max Altitude: 15,250 feet (4,650 mts) – Rupin Pass
Approx kms: 63kms
Best Season: May to Sep
Max group size: 12
Rupin Pass is a high altitude Mountain pass across the Himalaya mountain range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It lies on a traditional shepherd and hiking route which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. The path itself is located across mostly uninhabited areas in the Himalayan ranges at an elevation of 15,250 ft (4,650M) above sea level. The trek consists of trails dug out of rock faces and wooden bridges, cut through deep dark folds in the mountain, glaciers and icy slopes, and over snow fields. Along the way there are white Rhododendrons and expanse of green meadows. Your trek starts at Dhaula, a sleepy hamlet of a dozen homes and the last road head of Uttarakhand. Dhaula overlooks the Rupin curving down a stony gorge in the river – the sound deafening. In the evening step down to the cable drawn sway bridge and catch a wall of mist hanging over the gushing Rupin. The stillness of the mist in contrast to the rush of the river right under is the start of the many surprises in store.
Day 1:- Dehradun–Dhaula - 10hrs drive
Day 2:- Dhaula (1560mts) to Gosangu (1920mts) via Sewa (5-6hrs)
Day 3:- Gosangu to Jhaka (2650mts) via Jiskun 2320 mts (5-6hrs)
Day 4:- Jhaka 2650 mts to Saruwas thatch 3400 mts via Uduknal 3000 mts (4-5hrs)
Day 5:- Saruwas thatch 3400 mts to Dhanderas thatch 3560 mts (lower water fall camp) (4-5hrs)
Day 6:- Dhanderas thatch 3560 mts to Upper Waterfall camp 4000 mts or Rati Pheri camp 4250mts
Day 7:- Upper Waterfall camp 4000 mts to Rupin Pass 4650 mts (via Rati Pheri), further on to Ronti Gad 4100mts
Day 8:- Ronti Gad 4100 mts to Sangla 2679 mts Via Sangla Kanda 3600 mts (6 hrs of steep descent)
Day 01: Dehradun -Dhaula - 10hrs drive
The route is Dehardun -- Mussoorie -- Damta -- Nowgaon -- Purola -- Mori -- Naitwar -- Dhaula. After Purola, the road is just divine. To top it, the last 11 km stretch to Dhaula from Naitwar is through the most enchanting forest that you will ever drive through. It is a 10 hour long, but lovely road journey. Dhaula (5500 ft) is the base for the Rupin Pass trek. Dhaula is a sleepy hamlet of a dozen homes and the last road head of Uttarakhand. We will be taking a private vehicle for the road trip. Night stay at Dhaula camp.
Day 02: Dhaula 1560 mts to Gosangu 1920 mts via Sewa (5-6hrs)
We take the trail that starts at the village and heads up the valley to Sewa Gaon. The climb eases out in 20 minutes into the first change of scenery: The Rupin fans out 500 ft below you into a wide river bed.The trail cuts across a mixture of barley and potato fields and suddenly dips into a deep dark jungle, so thick that the darkness is overpowering. The descent through the mixed forest over a slushy and often smelly trail pops out into the bright river bed of the Rupin. For the first time on the trek you actually trek on the river and not alongside it. Gleefully hop and crisscross across the many rivulets of the river. In fifteen minutes you get down to the bank of the river where you can easily pictch 7-8 tents. This place is called as Haldi Khad. The next day's trek carries ahead along the trail until you climb up from the banks to the road head of Gosangu.
Day 03: Gosangu 1920 mts to Jhaka 2650 mtsvia Jiskun 2320 mts (5-6hrs)
Prepare yourself for a bit of huff and puff that the trail has in store for you for the day. The good bit is that the climb sections are always followed by gentle level walks. Cross the wooden bridge and head towards the iron bridge over the Rupin. Once on the main trail to Jiskun, the changing sights start to assault you relentlessly. A picturesque waterfall cascades down on the trail, its source so high above that you can’t see it. Another few anxious moments of over-hanging trail walk and you come to a rapidly flowing stream, the Raj Gad. This is an ideal place to take a breather, after this there is an hour long climb to Jiskun village. It is a further 3½ km walk to Jakha, the highest and the last village on the Rupin pass trek. The trail out of Jiskun descends rapidly through a forest of deodars and walnut until it reaches an enchanting dark fold in the mountain. The next one hour climb to Jakha is through one of the best trekking trails. The scenery changes frequently. The trail winds through an enchanting mixed forest – with cliff faces on the other side of the valley and whistling birds keeping you company on this side.
Day 04: Jhaka 2650 mts to Saruwas thatch 3400 mts via Uduknal 3000 mts (4-5hrs)
The well defined trail ascends past the playground, passing through fields of the upper Jakha village before entering a magnificent fir forest. The towering blue pines, each more than few centuries old, takes you through a civilization that is pristine and untouched. On the other side of the trail, high above, cliffs hang over the V-shaped valley. Stretched under is a vast snow bridge across the Rupin. The Rupin changes colour to a glorious icy blue – the water clear as crystal.After an hour and half of intermittent boulder walk, and hoping over many cascading streams that feed the Rupin, the trail climbs heading for a clump of forest. This is Buras Kandi and an excellent place to rest. The ascent is steep. The Rupin on your left climbs along rapidly in a series of mini waterfalls. The sight of the U-shaped valley and the Rupin climbing down from the clouds above will make you hold on to something just to steady yourself. Bet on excitement to set in as you relish the prospect of an amazing adventure in store. This is Saruwas thatch.
Day 05: Saruwas thatch 3400 mts to Dhanderas thatch 3560 mts (lower water fall camp) (4-5hrs)
The day’s walk is perhaps one of the best we will ever do. What’s amazing about Saruwas thatch is the sight of the Rupin gushing out of a gorge just ahead and to your left. While everyone’s seen a gorge from above, very few can claim to see a gorge at eye level. As you peer from the lip of the U-Shaped valley you notice thousands of waterfalls cascading down its brown walls to meet the Rupin.
The slope of the snow bridge is much steeper than you can anticipate. Get a good grip and try to climb upward and higher. The steep bit isn’t for long and the flat of the snow bridge is a thrill to walk on. Crossing the snow bridge is easy and soon you are on the left bank of the Rupin.
Climb on to the snow bridge and cross the Rupin once more bringing you to the base of a short climb that leads to a plateau above. The climb is like inching along near the top of a roller coaster ride, waiting, anticipating for the view next. You have arrived at the prettiest meadow of the trek, a site so beautiful, that you want to setup camp right there. You are in the middle of the valley’s bowl. Ahead, the Rupin thunders down its three stages of waterfall. Beyond the waterfall is the alpine Dhauladar Range looming large. On your two sides are the snowy valley walls with their numerous waterfalls. This is Dhanderas Thatch.
Day 06: Dhanderas thatch 3560 mts to Upper Waterfall camp 4000 mts
From Dhanderas Thatch the altitude gain for the Rupin pass crossing is almost 4000 ft. It is considerable and it is almost certain that many will suffer from altitude sickness. It makes better sense to climb up about 1,500 ft to the top of the waterfall, allow your body to feel the effects of the altitude. Acclimatized somewhat, your body is better prepared for the grueling climb to the Rupin pass the next day. It is about a kilometer to the base of the waterfall from Dhanderas Thatch.
It is another similar series of snow patch crossing and intermittent climbs before you are on to the big snow bridge over the Rupin. For the first time you catch a view of what it is actually like at the top of the waterfall. It is quite unlike what you expected, keeping to the tradition of surprises of the Rupin trail. It is a wide meadow, reaching out to a flat bowl. Streams fed from the alpine snowy flank that converge on the bowl merge together to form the Rupin. Get down to the snout of the waterfall and sit on the edge. This is the top of the waterfall, a spot that has been on your sight the last two days.
Day 07: Upper Waterfall camp 4000 mts to Rupin Pass 4650 mts (via Rati Pheri), further on to Ronti Gad 4100 mts
This is the longest day of your trek and the most grueling – and perhaps the most exciting too. The trail to Rati Pheri starts out to the left of the meadow, climbing steeply along a snow patch that looks a mile long. The climb gains altitude in bountiful. An hour into the climb, the ascent veers left rounding the shoulder of a ridge and opens out to the camping grounds of Rati Pheri. The Rupin valley that has been your companion for the last six days is lost to view, and the alpine Dhauladar range takes its place to your right and across the valley.
The slow walk over the undulating snow fields is endless. The rocky world is surreal. It won’t take you more than fifteen to twenty minutes to get to the top of the pass.The pass is a saddle on a ridge line cutting its way through and across the Dhauladar range. For the first time you catch your views of the Sangla side of the mountain – and you are again spun into the world of eternal surprises of the trek. It takes slightly more than an hour to get to the edge of the snowline. Looking back, Rupin pass is high above, a speck in the ridge line. From the snowline, there is a sharp descent to the endless meadows that stretches all the way to Sangla Kanda. At the base of the descent there is a clear bountiful stream. Pitch camp at the even grounds that is around it. This is the camping grounds of Ronti Gad – another green paradise on earth.
Day 08: Ronti Gad 4100 mts to Sangla 2679 mts Via Sangla Kanda 3600mts
The descent to Sangla is exciting with its ever changing scenery. For the first time you get to view the Kinner Kailash range and the blue pines of the Baspa valley. The meadows abound the entire slope of the mountains, the snows behind and out of sight. What takes your breath away is the sudden appearance of the Kinner Kailash range right in front. Far below are the first signs of civilization – the lake of Sangla Kanda and the tiny settlement of the village. It takes another hour and half to get to the village. The trail is broad and descends rapidly to Sangla passing quaint wooden houses and step farms. The woods of the blue pine give way to apple orchards and more of civilization. Cross the muddy waters of the Baspa, look back one last time at the blue pines behind and above you – a symbol of a trek that is part of the best that the country can give you.
At the lower camps, temperature at night range 6-10°C degrees at night. At the higher camps the temperature can go as low as -1 or -2°C outside the tent. Day temperatures are pleasant, generally around 16 - 18°C.
1. Shirts / T-shirts
2. Trousers / Track Pants
3. Windproof jacket
4. Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
6. Woolen cap
7. Mittens (Woolen gloves)
9. Woolen socks (extra pairs to be carried)
10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
11. Raincoat / Poncho
13. Water bottle
14. Cap / Hat
15. Walking stick / Trekking pole
16. Sunscreen Lotion
17. Lip Balm
18. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
19. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
22. Personal toiletries
23. Books, if you like reading
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
3. Trek equipments.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced Professional trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
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