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The mountains are an interesting geographical feature on the face of this earth, and rather a gift bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. Apart from providing a warm cradle for a varied lifeform base in both the flora and fauna kingdom, they are the source and home to all out fresh water needs, oxygen and medicines to keep us healthy and fit. While these functions of the mountains make them an important driving force of the plant’s ecosystem, they are home to some of the most mesmerizing scenes to be witnessed. This is what has always led trekking expeditions to the hills, which is an undying passion.

 

In the northern Indian mountains of the Himalayas, there is one such trek which is extremely popular amongst adventure seekers and nature lovers, and is thronged by trekkers all around the year. The trekking trail looks to be straight from a fantasy movie from Hollywood, complete with deep mountain folds, wooden bridges, green meadows and a lot of snow. There are various routes through which trekkers can approach the trekking trail, the most commonly used one commencing from the small village of Gosangu in Himachal Pradesh. The other route is through a village called Naitwar, situated above the hills of Dehradun in Uttaranchal. The trek and the hike are not very challenging and thus is appropriate for novice trekkers as well, who want to experience the wonders of the mountains in a span of less than 10 days.

 

The great thing about this trek to the Rupin Pass is that it takes you through the entire length of the Himalayas. The world’s highest mountain range is predominantly concentrated in two states within India – Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. During the trek, the trekkers commence their hike from a small village called ‘Dhaula’ in Uttarakhand, and completes with the trekkers crossing over to Himachal Pradesh, finally taking them to Sangla. This stretch of the mighty Himalayas is what is known as the Dhauladhars , and is home to some absolutely breathtaking views.

 

The beauty and the serenity of this trekking trail lies in the fact that most parts of the trail passes through areas which are far away from any human establishment. Thus there is this encounter with raw and untouched nature, which awaits trekkers, as they pass through scenes which change very rapidly; from forests, to stoned paths and snow laden stretches.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 : Report in Dhaula (5,100 ft). Overnight in homestay 180 Kms drive from Dehradun.

 

Arrive in Dhaula by late afternoon on your own. You can also book your trip from Dehradun to Dhaula (180 km approx.) with us. This facility is optional. If you want to avail this please add this component while booking your trek. Your seats will be booked in a Tata Sumo or similar vehicle on sharing basis only in the front or middle row. You have to report in Dehradun by 7 AM. Dhaula is a quaint village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The home stay cabin is tucked into the lush woods on a gradual mountain slope overlooking the river below. Spend the night in one of the local guest houses in Dhaula. The trek begins from Dhaula the next morning after steaming-hot cups of chai.

 

Day 2 : Trek 7 km to homestay in Sewa (6,300 ft). Time to reach: 6 hours

 

An easy 11 kms trek from Dhaula to Sewa with apple & apricot trees in abundance on the trail. The initial walk is through farms till you enter the dense jungle. The richness of number of streams in the last leg of trek is refreshing. As you reach Sewa, the crowned jewel of the village is an ancient Shiv temple that opens once every 12 years to welcome a local visiting god. Camp overnight at Sewa.

 

Day 3 : Trek 9 km from Sewa to homestay in Jhaka (8,700 ft). Time to reach: 7 hours

 

Today we will trek to the Hanging Village of Jhaka, a challenging but rewarding climb. The final section is through beautiful deodar & walnut trees. Rising up from a deep gorge, Jhaka can be spotted through the forest perched high up on a neighbouring mountain. The Hanging Village gets its name from the way it seems to vertically climb the mountain itself, with your homestay balcony jutting right over the edge of the cliffs.

 

Day 4 : Trek 6 km to Saruwas Thatch camp (11,150 ft). Time to reach: 5 hours

 

Your ascent today brings many surprises with it. Dense forests, meadows and snow bridges dot the way. The river is your companion today, and a thundering river waits for you to carefully cross it overhead on a log bridge. As you approach Saruwas Thatch, your climb levels off into a meadow tucked beneath the mountains, painted in purple rhododendrons all around. The proximate distance to Saruwas thatch is 5kms which will take about 4-5 hours. Overnight camp at Saruwas Thatch.

 

Day 5 : Trek 5 km to Dhanderas Thatch camp (lower waterfall) (11,680 ft). Time to Reach: 4 hours

 

Today brings you your first glimpse of the infamous high-altitude Rupin Pass waterfall, and it is well-worth it. Only a 500 ft ascent today for acclimatization purposes, the day’s hike is gentle but stunning, tempting all who walk the trail to take a quick detour and slide (or glissade, as us trekking nerds say) down the snow slopes for a dose of adrenaline. Overnight camp at Dhanderas Thatch, where the waterfall you will climb tomorrow can be heard thundering above you.

 

Day 6 : Trek 3 km steep to Upper Waterfall camp (13,120 ft). Time to Reach: 3 hours

 

Get your cameras ready- today’s hike is straight up the side of that massive waterfall you’ve inched a little closer to each day. We trek straight up the same cliff that the mighty Rupin River cascades down from just a few feet away. Dhanderous Thatch camp is waiting for you at the top, and it’s like entering a new world. You’ve left the treeline far below, and the landscape turns to a frozen landscape blanketed in deep untouched snow with jagged black mountains all around.

 

Day 7 : Trek 10 km to Ronti Gad camp (13,420 ft) via Rupin Pass (15,200 ft). Time to Reach: 11 hours

 

Today is what you’ve been waiting for- and you’re going to have to work for it. We will break camps early in the morning to have more time. Your newfound skills on the snow will be put to the test (depending on the season), and you will use our snowshoes to traverse the steep, icy climb to the saddle-shaped Rupin Pass itself. The summit is worth the icy climb, revealing a 360 degree view of multiple mountain ranges, connected by the pass, which is adorned with prayer flags. The steep descent down the other side brings you to Ronti Gad camp tucked into a meadow just above the treeline.

 

Day 8 : Trek 12 km to Sangla village (8,800 ft). Time to Reach: 6 hours

 

What goes up must come down- like on most treks, the last day’s trail is a steep descent. The spectacular views of Kinner Kailash Ranges will keep the photographer in you busy. Slowly but steadily, we glance our first view of civilization far below as we pass through old stone house ruins, fields of grazing chupas and village farms & orchards. The lush green fields are a welcome refreshment after several days in the white landscape of the high mountains. We will reach Sangla in 5-6 hours. The trip ends here (we know, but all good things must come to an end- only so the next can begin, of course). You can stay in Sangla or depart on the same day.

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