The drive 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 beautiful drive along the Rupin River through mixed oak and connifer forests. We reach Dhaula by evening. Overnight in camps.
This is the first day of our trek. The trail is on the true right of the valley climbing up gradually. Pisa and Khana villages are seen across the river. We climb up high above the river to Danti Dhar. The path passes through beautiful rhododendron forests. Sewa has a beautiful Hindu temple and lies on the border of the two states. We camp a little after the village on the banks of the river at a site known as Aaligad.
The trail continues along the true right of the valley. The trail is fairly gradual, going past the two large but remote villages of Dodra and Kuar. This region has recently been connected by road from Rohru (Shimla Region). The road is being extended till Jakha. We cross the bridge below Kuar village and take the path climbing up to the village. This path will join the trail on the true right below Jiskun village. From here the trail steeply climbs to Jiskun, which is located high above the confluence of Rupin and Narkund Khad. Jiskun has a small forest rest house. Continuing along the path, we descend steeply to a side tributary and after a short and steep ascent reach Jakha.
It is a beautiful walk through blue pine and maple forests. After a while the trail starts to descend to the river. There is a small bridge taking the trail to the true left of the valley. We camp overnight beside the river beside a spot frequented by shepherds.
The forest changes to silver Birch and rhododendron leading to alpine meadows. In season, the area looks spectacular with wild flowers and blue poppies. We walk on the large meadow surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. There is a huge and impressive waterfall in the middle of the valley leading up to the pass.
We start early today to make it to the Base camp of the Rupin pass by afternoon. We start our journey towards the Waterfall and after traversing the steep sections we reach the Upper Waterfall campsite, which is majestic. We spend some time here enjoying the views and have our packed lunch. It seems an ideal campsite but we approach the base camp as it will reduce our ascent to the pass and offer a very different camping experience. The base camp is covered in snow till late June and thus camping in snow from the winters, is a vivid summer experience, with the entire campsite largely to ourselves as we leave most of the groups behind. In the evening we can go climb up the nearby ridges to get panoramic views of the landscape covered in snow.
There are excellent views of the hanging glaciers and snow fields on the way to the pass. It is a fairly narrow and steep path through the boulders; in case of snow a rope maybe used. From the pass, one can witness great views of the Kinnaur Kailash range. We descend to the alpine meadows with lots of camping options.
Today is a beautiful short trek through blue pine, deodar and oak forest overlooking the Sangla valley. It is a fairly steep descent. Sangla valley is known for growing one of the best quality apples in the world. It is also one of the starting points of the famous Kinnaur Kailash trek. Sangla is connected by road to Shimla. One can get public or private transport from Sangla to Shimla.
Transport Support from Dehradun to Dhaula on Day 1
Guide and Cook Fees
Rent for Camping Equipment
Forest Entry Charges
Porter and Mule Support to Carry Camping Equipment. Please Note That Personal Luggage Can Be Carried by Mules And/or Porters on Chargeable Basis
All Veg Meals Starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 8 Lunch
Tented Accommodation Throughout the Trek
Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown
Transport from Sangla can be arranged separately on request
Accommodation in Sangla can be arranged separately on request
Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc
Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
Accommodation in Dehradun
Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 400 per day per bag
When humans set their feet and eyes on the Himalaya, it is a romantic meeting between the Earth´s youngest species and the earth´s youngest mountain. As the Himalayan mountains have developed on Earth, the evolution of humans has also been accompanied by the making of an inner Himalaya. Every human has a Himalaya within himself or herself. It is the peak of human potential and challenge as well as a place of silence and peace. Our Journey started in the humble roots & persistent efforts of an authentic mountain trek leader, Bachan Rana, who founded Himalaya Shelter, after he had to forego his long journey as a Trek Leader at one of the finest Outdoor Activities organizer in India, in 2013, following Kedarnath Disaster which led to dwindling tourist influx, crippling the tourism sector in Uttarakhand.
Trip Terms & Conditions
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Though the Rupin Pass Trek is a challenging trek, the things that lie ahead will convince you to embark on this journey. Especially the drastic change of scenery that you encounter at every interval during the trek- the mighty Rupin river, hanging villages across the trail, a deep plunge into thick pine forests, a meandering trail across glacial meadows, and valleys, countless waterfalls, snowfields, and bridges and a lot more. A bountiful natural asset awaits you in the Rupin Pass Trek. Besides, the three-staged waterfall of the Rupin river, culminating in a unique U-shaped glacial valley, is a sight to behold! The challenging terrain with sharp ascents and descents also makes it one of the favorite treks for seasoned campaigners and experienced trekkers.
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.