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With this winsome Rupin Pass trek experience, unravel the high altitude Rupin Pass and engage in the many thrills that come along the way. The Pass is perched at 4600m in the surreal Himalayan mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. Based on the intensity of the snow, this path might get challenging at times. Throughout, you will be greeted with stunning scenery such as cascades, verdant meadows, snow-kissed mountains, charming hamlets and big rivers.
Begin your Rupin Pass trekking by paying respects at the Pokhu Devta, an ancient place of worship. The delights of the tour include trekking amidst rhododendron woodlands, fields and ascending pictorial meadows. You will also have to brace yourself for climbing up snowy patches. As you make your way through some hamlets, get a fine whiff of their local culture and lives. Also, enjoy fabulous views of Kinner Kailash range along with the hamlets that dot the Sangla Valley.
Temperature Range: Depending upon the season, the weather would oscillate between 14-22 °C, 0-8 °C, 12-20 °C to - 4 to 5 °C
Dehradun - Mori (1100m) - Dhaula (1800m) (Drive/195 km) (7 -8 Hours)
Today, you will assemble at Dehradun Railway Station by 700 AM. Hop on to a vehicle and drive to Mori. This is a little picturesque hamlet that rests on the banks of lovely Tons River. Once at Mori, proceed in the vehicle amidst pine woodland by the Tons River to arrive at Netwar. Here, you can pay your respects at Pokhu Devta, an ancient place of worship. It displays a stunning and distinct architecture of the locale. Later on proceed to Dhaula hamlet. Positioned by Rupin Gad, this is where your trekking activity will begin. Retreat for the night in the tents as tomorrow your Rupin pass trek commences.
Dhaula (1800m) - Sewa (2100m) (Trek/3-4 hours)
This day, enjoy the trek amidst rhododendron woodlands and fields. Post some hours of walking, you will arrive at Sewa. After a great day, spend the night in tents.
Sewa (2100m) - Jakha (2700m) (Trek/6-7 Hours)
This day, brace yourself for an engaging route. As you make your way through some hamlets, get a fine whiff of their local culture and lives. Enjoy the way amidst mixed forests and initial sights of snowy ridges of Dhauladhar range. Arrive at Jakha, the final hamlet of the day that is also the highest in the region. Later in the night, retreat to your tents.
Jakha (2700m) - Suruwas Thach (3250m) (Trek/5-6 Hours)
Today, you will be trekking to the dewy and charming meadows at Suruwas Thach. At first, traverse by the river and then climb amidst a jungle stretch to arrive at Rupin Valley's entrance. At this place, you can enjoy the initial sight of Rupin waterfall. The salubrious environs make the camp area a delightful one. Spend the night in tents.
Suruwas Thach (3250m) - Waterfall Camp (3950m) (trek/6-7 hours)
Today, wallow in the marvels you will come by. First, you will ascend a pictorial meadow. At this place go trigger happy and unwind for a bit. Post this, you will engage in a steep trek amidst likely snow stretches till you arrive at the upper waterfall camping area that can be considered the best across the globe. Spend the night in tents.
Waterfall Camp (3950m) - Rupin Pass (4610m) - Ronti Gad (4000m) (Trek/8-9 Hours)
Begin early this day. Expect some challenges as you would have to ascend snowfields as well as a rocky path to arrive at the pass. Based on the situation, you might have to make use of ropes in some of the stretches. Conducive to snow, the ascend might take you around 4-6 hours.
Once over here, you can enjoy sweeping views of the mighty Himalayas. Witness summits of Kinner Kailash range and those near to Charang La. Unwind for a bit and then begin the descent. Trek for a couple hours and arrive at Ronti Gad pastures. After a long day, retire for the night in tents.
Ronti Gad (4000m) - Sangla (2700m) (Trek/5-6 Hours)
This day, expect a long and strenuous climb downwards to Sangla. The trail though is a rewarding one with some spectacular views. Accompanying you is the vision of Kinner Kailash range along with the hamlets of Sangla valley that dot the region. Later on, you will be greeted by Baspa River that meanders in the valley. When at Sangla, dash off for a piping hot masala tea. After a great day, you will retire for the night in tents.
Sangla - Shimla (Drive/ 6 hours)
Dig into breakfast early today and hop on to the vehicle to be transferred to Shimla. Enjoy the lovely drive. Arrive at Shimla by afternoon and continue to your destination. This marks the end of the Rupin Pass trekking tour.
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Rated : 5.0
Drive, Trek, Camp, Trek, Camp, Drive – Wow! What an eventful and mesmerizing break it has been. We had a really great 8 days here in this trek. Rupin Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful and the best treks to take in the country. With a high altitude of 4800 m this trek is indeed a thrilling experience. One can get to experience thrills at each level of the trek. It was a really brilliant and an awesome trek. We enjoyed it totally. I recommend this trek to everyone.
Rated : 4.0
Very good trek i would say. i went with my friends to enjoy and cheerish the himalayas. the trek was moderate. it was easy to climb but very tiring. the trek experience every day become better and better as we went ahead. the team was great and meet new friends. A beautifull place and a good height to trek. guys totally in love with the Himalayas.
Rated : 4.0
Feel rejuvenated on this trek! it is amazing and so adventurous. The path can get challenging at times but every step you take is rewarded with beautiful views!
Rated : 5.0
the most beautiful trek i have ever been to. I went as a solo traveller and being a girl was very skeptical. But it was just brilliant. very well organised, very safe and most importantly beautiful. it was so nice camping amidst the beautiful scenery, snow and hills. really enjoyed alot and also made some really good freinds during the trek. Rupin pass has actually tested me to my best capability.
Rated : 4.0
nice and chilling experience. enjoyed a lot during the trek. the trails are little difficult but the beautiful scenery will make you forget everything..you will be lost in the surroundings and never feel the pain of waling on those tough trails.
Rated : 4.0
just leave everything and GO on this trek, You won't regret a minute of it if you an adventure junkie like me. Best times ever!
Rated : 5.0
Ronti Gad, Sangla, Dhaula, Sewa, Rupin Pass and Dehradun were the most beautiful places we covered during the most wonderful trek I have done ever in my life. A group of we 4 planned to go to Rupin Pass for trekking. We found this package of 8 day trip and never thought another second but booked. No words. It is just cool. We did not even realize how those 8 days were gone so fast. We have been trekking through the hill sides and valleys and witnessed the beauty provided by a fresh nature. A lot of places are there en route, some with huts and some with only nature. Streams and rivers add more charm to each place we visited. Both the sides have the tall, commendable attractions created by the Himalayan Mountains. The snow covered peaks have a special beauty I felt. We ourselves pitched the tents in the middle of this beautiful nature and arranged campfire to escape from the exceeding cold. We played music and shared some stories and experiences. It was like a going back to the old memories and days of our lives. Rupin Pass is a picturesque land, when it not winter, we can really identify the original beauty of the area which is full of lush greenery. The steep climbs are also not so heavy. But we need high energy to compete with the trails. We were extremely happy after the trip. There was nothing to comment against the tour. There were some problems like sickness and all as usual. Also food. Other than everything went on well. You can also think about a trekking trip to Rupin Pass with your family or friends on your vacation. Any time is suitable to enjoy the incomparable beauty of this natural wonder.
Rated : 5.0
If you are a trek lover, then you should try Rupin Pass trek. The place become so beautiful during winter. The entire place will be covered in snow and that time is the most challenging to do trekking. We have gone through many villages and valleys to reach the top of Rupin Pass. The routes were simply awesome. Snow-clad peaks were just amazing. Trekking, camping, driving, walking and repeat. This was the routine and the people we found on the road were really friendly. Camping amidst the snow was challenging but I loved it thoroughly. Trek to the Rupin Pass was also challenging due to the cold climate. The group I joined was full of nice people and they helped me a lot during the trek. Also, the guide with us was a native of the region and has been doing the job of a guide for last ten years. He knows everything about the place. We have come across rivers, stream and short waterfalls. The area if filled with green trees but with snow on the leaves. The small villages were looking so simple and beautiful. After the first some distance, every place was deserted only with trees and snow. But we could see a lot of people doing trekking before and after us. That was a great sight to watch. Everyone had the same destination and same kind of excitement. That was amazing to see.
Rated : 4.0
The Rupin pass trek was like a dream come for me. being in himalays, trekking uphill, meeting people, and just the beautiful nature around me. it was all good right from Haridwar to shimla, the drive, trek , reaching rupin pass, and the way back down and most importantly camping and food. a complete package. the adrenaline rush to reach on top was enough for me to motivate myself in a very harsh climate situation. the best part were the people i meet and the guides i spoke to , it was just a life changing experience for me.
Rated : 5.0
Amazing experience, it still hard to believe that I finally went on this trek. Been to rupin pass trek on January last year with my 2 friends. It was a first trekking experience for me but had to go when they showed the photos. in start a bit difficult for me but later on got used to alltitude. The terrain is ever changing filled with surprises around ever corner. The trek was 8 days from Dhaula to Sangla. The temperature at top camp reached -10C. in all a good trip with my besties !
What is the best time to go?
The months of May,June and September are the best time to trek, a slight change in atmospheric pressure or a shift in the winds can bring rainfall or snowfall during the Rupin Pass trek.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.
I am a first timer. Can I go for this trek?
This is not a trek recommended for first timers. If you are confident enough and physically fit, you may still consider. Recommended good treks for first timers are Hampta Pass Trek and Kuari Pass Trek.
What are the clothing and equipments which I should carry at my end?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
How much weight will I have to carry? Will porters be provided?
A 60 Ltr backpack is advisable to carry but amount of weight to be carried depends on your requirements and capacity. Porters and mules will be available and costs are included in the trek package.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
You will be served Indian vegetarian food and during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.
Can we have alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?
One of the best things to keep your body warm while out on a trek is to have a rum or brandy. NO, IT IS A MYTH. No alcohol gives you body warmth. In fact contrary to this alcohol makes your body turn cold, internally. Alcohol consumption during trek can lead to AMS that is Acute Mountain sickness and Hypothermia. Both these can prove to be fatal when on a trek as lengthy as Rupin pass. So strictly avoid ALCOHOL.
How to reach Dhauala?
Dhauala is located in Uttrakhand. It is base camp for Rupin pass trek. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand. Nearest rail head is Dehradun Utrakhand. There are two buses that leave early morning 5:30 AM from railway station, you have to get down at Naitwar and can look for shared taxi from there to Dhauala. You can also hire a cab from Naitwar, it costs around 800 to 1000 rupees to book a cab. It’s a 40 mins drive from Naitwar.
Will there be mobile connectivity on this trek?
When you pick Rupin pass trek. It’s a 52 km adventurous trek that starts from Dhauala and ends in Sangla. The mobile connectivity on this trek is very fluctuating as you are in extreme interiors of the Himalayas. In Dhaula you have a full range of your cell phones but with each passing altitude, the network stick on your cell phone will start to dip. You will have no network from 2nd day onwards if you are lucky enough you may get BSNL networks but that is also monetary. In Sangla again you will see human civilization you will find your telecom networks.
Will there be snow on this trek?
Rupin pass is famous for its crystal clear snow. Right from you Dhauala you will find snow as you trek up to Rupin pass. The highest altitude that you will get on your trek on Rupin pass is 15.250 ft. from the sea level. If you love snow you will find the purest and crystal clear snow on the top of Rupin pass. Carry your snow boots together for this adventure and memorable trek.
How many kilometers will we cover in each day?
This is the highly subjective question. It depends to for how many days you have designed this trek and with which group you are planning to go. It generally takes 8 days for the trek to complete. The trek is 52 Km from Dhauala the base for Rupin pass trek. Initially, for first two days, you can expect to cover 7 -9 Km than 3rd to the 6th-day average distance covered will be 6-8 Km and on last two days it's 70-12 Km.
How many days does this trek require?
Rupin pass spread over 57 Km distance is one of trekkers paradise but it is classified in difficult treks to do by all its parameters. Rupin pass trek starts in Uttrakhand and ends in Himachal Pradesh. Thus the minimum time for this trek is 8 days. Justification to that is on average not more than 7 Km trek can be done. But do remember it’s like heaven paradise from Dhauala to Sangla. The 8 days journey will be incorporated in your minds for your life.
What will we see during this trek?
Rupin pass has all the surprises packages for its trekkers who come to explore nature in its most pure form. Right from sunrise and sunsets and snow beds of the crystal clear snow to waterfall views, hanging village. The village is actually hanging off the cliff view of Kinner Kailash, snow bridges, Lush forest, and highly visited Kennaur temple. It is called Kennaur temple because of its cultural of Kinnauri culture.
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