8D/7N
Duration
Moderate
Grade
6.5/10
Physicality
60 Km
Trail Length
4685 m/15370 ft
Highest Point

Rupin Pass Trek:

About:

There are several passes which connect the Baspa valley of Kinnaur to the Garhwal in south. Once these passes were used by shepherds and traders rather than using the circuitous Hindustan-Tibet road in present days. The route offers wide range of landscape, altitude and gradient. Initially the trail is inside the Govind National Park (Govind Vanya Pashu Vihar) and passes through Oak and Fir forests , interior villages in the river valleys at lower elevation while beautiful meadows (referred as Thach in local language), alpine wild flowers, waterfalls, steep ice fields on higher altitude. The route is typically rich in wild flowers, specially just after monsoon. Famous Brahma Kamal flourish in abundance in the surrounding areas of the pass. During summer, the trail above the meadows remain covered in heavy snow. In monsoon the snow melts and the shepherds cross for grazing opportunities. From the pass there are spectacular views of Kinnaur Kailash range and other peaks of Charang Ghati ridge. The other side of the pass i.e. Kinnaur is famed for its “Golden Delicious” apple orchards.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Dhaula – 200 Km by car – 10 hours
Day 2: Trek to Sewa – 10 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 3: Trek to Jhaka – 12 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 4: Trek to Suruwas Thatch – 7 Km – 5 hours
Day 5: Trek to  Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall) – 6 Km – 4 hours
Day 6: Trek to Ratapheri – 5 Km – 4/5 hours
Day 7: Trek to Sangla Kanda over Rupin Pass – 12 Km – 8/9 hours
Day 8: Trek to Sangla – 4 Km – 2 hours

Rupin pass trek – Altitude profile and Distance:

Below is a graphical representation of the altitude and distance of major points on Rupin pass trek trail.

rupin pass trek altitude and distance profile
Rupin pass trek altitude and distance profile

Access to Rupin pass trek base (Dhaula):

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Dhaula. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 6000 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx/Bolero one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 9000 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE.

While returning from Sangla either one can take the overnight bus to Shimla at 5 pm or board the bus next morning at 8 am. The 235 Km journey will take 10 to 12 hours. From Shimla there are frequent bus services for Chandigarh and Delhi.

To reach the trek base Dhaula independently/public transportation check the details in GETTING THERE TAB.

Duration: 7 days of trekking from Dhaula to Sangla over Rupin pass; Dehradun to Sangla in 8 days. Add another full day to return to Delhi via Shimla.

Prerequisite: One or two prior Himalayan trekking experience is advised. Heavy to moderate snow in pre monsoon. Trekkers must be in good physical condition to endure sustained walk and climbs.

Grade: Moderate

Physicality: 6.5/10

Trail Length: 60 Km

Highest Point: Rupin Pass ~ 4685 m/15370 ft

Seasons: May/June (summer/pre monsoon) & September/October (Post Monsoon/Fall)

Further Option: There are other trekking passes like Borasu Pass, Lamkhaga Pass, Nalgan Ghati, Shinkha Ghati (Lamea Pass)  which connect western Garhwal to Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. It is possible to do a round trip while reaching Sangla and returning through another pass to Garhwal.

Access: Trek starting point (trek base) is Dhaula, 200 Km from Dehradun.

Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)

Airport: Delhi; Nearest airport at Jolly Grant, 20 Km from Dehradun (Code: DED)

Map:

Fixed Departure Dates:

All dates are Dehradun to Sangla.

*** Trekkers need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 morning (by 6 am) or the previous night. While returning you reach Sangla on Day 8 by noon. Take the bus for Shimla in the afternoon that you reach in 12 hours. From Shimla, Delhi is another 8/9 hours.  Arrange your tickets for inward journey and to back home accordingly ***

Trek Code: RU16F1 -10th Sep (Day 1) to 17th Sep’16 (Day 8)

Trek Code: RU16F2 – 24th Sep (Day 1) to 1st Oct’16 (Day 8)

Trek Code: RU16F3 – 1st Oct (Day 1) to 8th Oct’16 (Day 8)

Trek Code: RU16F4 – 8th Oct (Day 1) to 15th Oct’16 (Day 8)

To Book a Fixed Departure trek click here:

Getting to Dhaula (The trek base):
We will arrange a car pickup from Dehradun to Dhaula and from Sangla to Shimla back. This will be shared equally by the availing team members.

Dehradun is well connected by train with New Delhi and Kolkata. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 20 Km away. Frequent bus service for Dehradun is available from New Delhi Kashmiri Gate ISBT.
If a trekker wants to reach the trek base by public vehicle then:
1) There are 2/3 privately operated buses from Dehradun (near DDN railway station on Gandhi road) To Sankri. Get down at Netwar (may take up to 10 hrs) which is 190 Km away. Hire a private taxi to Dhaula. Dhaula is another 12 Km on bumpy road. The buses start at 5:30/6/7 am.
2) While returning from Sangla one can either take the overnight bus to Shimla at 5 pm or board the bus next morning at 8 am. The 235 Km journey will take 10 to 12 hours. From Shimla there are frequent bus services for Chandigarh/Delhi and takes 4 and 8/9 hours respectively.

Click here on how to reach Dehradun

DEPARTURE LOCATION Dehradun Railway Station
REPORTING TIME 6:00 AM for a prompt departure to Dhaula (Day 1)
RETURN LOCATION Sangla
RETURN TIME Approximately 12 noon (Day 8)

Access to Dhaula (The trek base) & Return:  We will arrange a pickup from Dehradun to Dhaula and drop from Sangla to Shimla. This will be shared by the team members on actual basis. Dehradun to Dhaula is Rs 6000 for a Ta Ta Sumo/Mahindra Maxx whereas Rs 9000 for a Tempo Traveller.
Otherwise if a trekker wants to reach Dhaula by public vehicle then here is how:
1) There are 2/3 privately operated buses from Dehradun (near DDN railway station on Gandhi road) To Sankri. Get down at Netwar ( may take up to 10 hrs) which is 190 Km away. From here hire a private taxi to Dhaula.The buses start at  5:30/6/7 am.
2) While returning from Sangla either one can take the overnight bus to Shimla at 5 pm or board the bus next morning at 8 am. The 235 Km journey will take 10 to 12 hours. From Shimla there are frequent bus services for Chandigarh and Delhi.

For the treks at Uttarkashi district in Garhwal , one has to reach the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, specially the trek starting from Sankri, Yamunotri etc. Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun are 3 nearby cities in the area and one can move from one to another by public vehicles like bus or shared Jeeps.

For more options to reach Haridwar you can check here.

Haridwar to Dehradun: 55 Km and may take one and half to 2 hours.

Dehradun to Rishikesh: 45 Km and may take around one and a half hour.

There are direct trains from Kolkata to Dehradun.

KUMBHA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12369 ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; You can take a bus from the terminus just opposite to the railway station referred as Roadways bus stand/ISBT and reach Dehradun in one and half hour. Spend the night in Dehradun and start your onward journey by car next morning.)

UPASANA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12327 ( Very good option to reach Dehradun directly by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)

DOON EXPRESS – Train No. – 13009 (Don’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berths and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

Following trains are good to reach Haridwar and run daily.

DDN JANSHTBDI – Train No. 12055 (Arrives HW in the evening @ 9:10 pm, good choice when you stay the night in Dehradun and have a long drive ahead next day)
NANDA DEVI EXP – Train No. 12205 (arrives HW early morning @ 5:40am)

Always avoid booking waitlisted (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

Govt. Road Transport (Roadways of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab etc.) buses are frequently available in day time and night from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/doit_transport/Transport/Home/ISBT/Fare+Chart). Tickets are available on board for these regular type buses. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS and can be reached easily by booking an auto rickshaw.

For privately operated bus, you can book online from different portals (http://www.redbus.in). Select a boarding point suitably. Overnight Volvo/A.C/Push back bus service. Normally these buses take up to 7 hours to reach Dehradun ISBT. You can book an auto rickshaw for Railway Station (5 Km away)/Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT.

[There are two major bus terminus in Dehradun. The buses from Delhi/Haridwar goes to the ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus) and the other one is the Parvatiya Depot (Hill Depot, from where you can get the buses going up the hills like Uttarkashi, Barkot, Purola etc) located just beside the Railway station.

For night stay in Dehradun:

Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Dehradun. There are several options in Dehradun for spending a night while staying in Premium, Standard or Budget accommodation. Options vary from Privately operated Hotels/Lodges, to state run Tourist Rest Houses.

State run GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) operates Hotel Drona complex is 10 minutes walking from the railway Station. You can book an auto rickshaw. From ISBT it is around 5 Km. You can book an auto rickshaw to Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus). This is a reliable and a decent choice for Standard accommodation. The have restaurant and room service.
Check the following for online booking of the above: http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/tour/booktrh.asp
You can call or visit GMVN nearest office or even send an email for more information.The information is available at:
http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/online_reservation/#

Normally you reach Dehradun from any trek base  by 7/8 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 9 pm or regular bus service as mentioned above to reach Delhi or directly to your homeward journey in the same night.

Day 1

Drive to Dhaula: 200 Km - 10/12 hours


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 Mussorie 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 Mussorie, Yamuna Pool, Damta, Nawgaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. Mori is the last place where you get a guaranteed mobile network! From Netwar onward we are inside Govind National Park area and at the Forest Check Post entries are made. We cross the Tons River and enter into Rupin valley.  Dhaula is a small village with handful of homes and few home-stays for shelter. We camp for the night beside Rupin.

Day 2

Trek to Sewa: 10 Km - 5/6 hours

Our trek starts today. From campsite we take the wide trail and cross the Rupin for the first time. (Hence onward we will cross Rupin on few occasions till the base of 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. Then we traverse and encircle the mountains for couple of hours gently along Rupin to reach the village of Sewa (~ 2000m, 6550ft). The village is a small one with a tea shop and a small lodge.  Wooden crafted temple in the village depicts the influence of Kinnaur culture. The Distance is 10 Km and may take up to 6 hours. 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 ours.

Day 3

Trek to Jhaka: 12 Km - 6/7 hours

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. This area is under Shimla district and the motor able road on the left goes to Rohru over Changshil top. We take the wide and leveled road on our right along the Rupin to walk around an hour to get a diversion on the road. Our road is on the left towards Gosangu. 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. From here we climb for an hour inside the blue pine forest to see the first glimpse of the village Jhaka. The portion of the village seen from here on a steep slope and looks like hanging on the cliff. There are couple of Home-Stays offering bedrolls and food. It may take 6/7 hours. We can either pitch our tents or stay in the Home-stay. It may take 6 to 7 hours to reach lower Jhaka (~ 2650 m/8700 ft).

Day 4

Trek to Suruwas Thatch: 7 Km - 4/5 hours

Starting from the camp site at Jhaka, we gradually climb and cross the upper part of the village and enter in to the magnificent conifer forest. Gently we loss 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.

Day 5

Trek to Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall): 6 Km - 4 hours

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 Dhanderas Thach/Lower waterfall camp (~3550m, 11650ft). Distance is 6 Km and takes up to 4 hours. Camp over night.
Day 6

Trek to Ratapheri: 5 Km - 4/5 hours

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 water fall 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.

Day 7

Trek to Sangla Kanda over Rupin Pass: 12 Km - 8/9 hours

e 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 startthe 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.

Day 8

Trek to Sangla: 4 Km - 2 hours

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 motor able road at Sangla (~2700m, 8850ft). Trek ends here. Distance is 12 Km and may take 6 hours.

P.S.: Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.

CLICK HERE For List of Things to Carry in Rupin Pass Trek OR DOWNLOAD PDF BROCHURE.

TREK COST: Rs 13500 (Dhaula to Sangla) + 4.5% Service Tax

Book for 3-5 persons and get a discount of 5% and for 6 or more persons get flat 10% discount

Inclusions:

 All Meals ( vegetarian/egg) during the trek (breakfast, hot/packed lunch, dinner, tea/coffee/soup)

 Professional Guide, Cook & Helper

 Porters/Packed animals to carry the central logistics

 Stay as required in tents on sharing basis during the trek

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Gaitors, Micro spikes/Crampons

 Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek

 Basic Medical & First Aid kit

Exclusions:

Transportation from Dehradun to Dhaula and from Sangla to Shimla back (Rs 2500 per persons both ways for the pick up and drop)

We assume that you will carry your Rucksack/Backpack including all your personal belongings. If you prefer to offload your bag and carried by our horse/porter then an additional Rucksack offloading charge (Rs 3500 for the entire 7 days of trek) is to be paid. One bag should not weigh more than 10 Kg.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staffs

Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit

Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature

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Booking:

  • We assume that you have read and understood the “Terms & Conditions” before any payment.
  • To book for a Fixed Departure or Customised Trek you need to pay 25% of the Trek Cost as the initial “Booking Amount”. You can pay by Online Transfer/Draft. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek. You need to pay the remaining amount at a later stage.

 Cancellation:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e. 25% of the Trek Cost is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If you cancel a trek before 15 days, we will refund 75% of the Trek Cost.
  • If you cancel a trek before 14 days to 7 days, we will refund 50% of the Trek Cost.
  • If you cancel a trek before 6 to 1 days there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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Rupin pass trek

Tour Reviews

4.00 based on 1 review
Sridevi Warrier
October 10, 2015

This was my first long trek. I came to this trek through recommendation of my friend and I am glad that I came. The group and the support staff was very good and friendly. It was planned well. There was enough time for good rest and enjoy.

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