The best time for Rupin Pass Trek coincides with all other high-altitude expeditions- spring/summer and post-monsoon/autumn. If you are embarking on the trek during summer (mid-May to end-June), you will get to experience considerable snow on the trails. Along with snow bridges, unending snowfields, you will also appreciate the beauty of the gullies replete with snow. However, do not expect stable weather conditions. Due to the 4660 meters altitude, even during the summer season, it gets chilly after sundown, and the nights are frigid. From mid-September to end-October, the trails become gorgeous. There is no snow, exposing the rugged landscape and the colorful forests and golden meadows in October. The weather is stable, with clear, blue skies offering you crisp views and instigating you to turn into a shutterbug! If you are traveling with a well-known tour and travel agency that promise a host of offerings, try checking the Rupin Pass Trek cost in advance to avoid paying excess due to amenities you don’t even require.
Since the Rupin Pass Trek is a challenging trek and is not advisable for beginners and amateur trekkers, you should put in enormous amounts of hard work to prepare for this trek. Apart from the 4660-meter elevation, the trek distance is approximately 52 kilometers that you need to cover within 7 to 8 days. You can create custom workout sessions where you take weekly hikes across undulating terrain with your daypacks on your back. Alternatively, you can go the traditional way of increasing your cardiovascular endurance by swimming, jogging, running, cycling, etc., on most days of the week. Strength conditioning is also essential. Preparing mentally for this challenging trek is also a challenge. Try restorative therapies like yoga and meditation to improve clarity and make real-time decisions once you face any unprecedented danger on the trail.
Now comes the list of essentials that you need to carry along with you while participating in this high-altitude expedition. Your warm clothes should comprise thermal inners, quick-dry, full-sleeved t-shirts, insulation layers formed of fleece jackets, woolen sweaters, and a heavy, waterproof down jacket. Your hiking pants should also be quick-dry and synthetic. Try carrying extra pairs of socks, underwear, a windcheater, and a raincoat or poncho to cover your back during the unpredictable Himalayan weather.
The headgear should include suncaps, woollen caps, balaclava, gaiters, and sunglasses. Always carry synthetic as well as woollen gloves. You need to be aware of the treacherous and hazardous terrain. Thus, always take high-ankle, well-made, sturdy hiking boots, along with superior quality walking sticks or poles. Carry a waterproof backpack (50 to 60 liters) along with a daypack of 20 liters if you consider offloading. Rain covers are a must-have during this trek. LED torches and headlamps with spare batteries, extra batteries and memory cards for your camera, and power banks should be your necessary electronics.
The latest gear list includes your essential toiletries like biodegradable soaps, excess toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizers, moisturizers, lip balm, sunscreen, etc. Try carrying your own hydration packs or water bottles to avoid littering the beautiful Himalayas with disposable plastic bottles. You should also keep your personal medicines and a first-aid kit handy.