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Rupin Pass is a high altitude trek which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla. Majorly you will do trekking in Himachal as 80% of the trek route is there itself.
Being a high altitude trek, of about 15250 feet, Rupin Pass is considered among one of the high range expeditions for trekking in India. The high altitude in not just sole reason for its popularity among trekkers, the diversified number of sceneries and sudden variation in trails also attracts many nature lovers.
You will get surprised at every hour by the number of variety which mother nature has to offer you in Rupin Pass Trek. The trails at times are very difficult with its steep climbs which suddenly changes to an easy walks.
Rupin Pass is an ideal trek for any adventure as it offers trek to every type of terrain, be it on snow, rocky terrain, along and through the water streams or meadows. You will start trekking your route from greener and hot landscapes and move towards and through the coldest of areas over the snow as you reach to the end.
Surprises on the trek
Waterfalls views: You will encounter many waterfalls and stream though the trek. The best of the sights you will face at Rupin Valley which is of thousands of waterfalls flowing down through such a height that it appears as they are falling straight from the sky.
Jhaka Village, A Hanging Village: it is a unique positioned village at the utmost edge of the mountain making it appear to hanging through the cliff.
Snow Bridges:The feeling of walking on the snow bridges you come across is another enhancement to the variety of the treks. You will come across numerous snow bridges on the trek.
Lush Forests: The trek at various places also passes through the forests of fir, Rhododendron & Oak. The entrance and exit to the forests are again so sudden that you will feel that it is a movie setup around you.
Kinnaur Temple: It is a two storey temple of Kinnauri culture at Sewa which is very different from its surrounding.
Views of Kinner Kailash: You will get mesmerized by the views of lofty Kailash Peak while you reach towards the end of Rupin Pass trek.
Get engaged with TTH Team to make the best of this adventurous journey, we will ensure that no essential task to be left out while taking care of your safety on the suddenly variably trek.
Day 1 :- Pick up from Dehradun railway station 6AM in the morning.
Day 2 :- Daula (5,500 ft) to Sewa (6,300 ft), 7 kms, 6 hrs
Day 3 :- Sewa (6,300 ft) to Jhaka (8,700 ft), 9 kms, 7 hrs
Day 4 :- Jhaka (8,700 ft) to Saruwas thatch (11,150 ft), 6 kms. 5 hrs
Day 5 :- Saruwas thatch (11,150 ft) to Dhanderas thatch (lower water fall (11,680 ft), 5 kms, 4 hrs
Day 6 :- Dhanderas thatch (11,680 ft) to UpperWaterfall camp (13,120 ft), 3 hrs. (2 hrs steep climb)
Day 7 :- Upper Waterfall (13,120 ft) to Rupin Pass (15,250 ft) to Ronti Gad (13,420 ft) 10 km, 11 hrs
Day 8 :- Ronti Gad (13,420 ft to (Sangla 8,800 ft ) 12 kms, 6 hrs
Day 1 : Dehradun to Dhaula
By taxi or private vehicle it will take 10 hrs to reach Dhaula via Mussorie passing Damta, Nowgan, Mori till Naitwar and then to Dhaula, or else you can take a bus going to Sankri village, de-board at Naitwar and then can take a shared vehicle to Dhaula, it will save your cost.
If you want TTH team can arrange your pick up from Dehradun Station at your convenience.
The ride till Dhaula can be a bit hot and humid depending on the weather conditions but the sights on the way are amazing.
If you have some spare time, you can spend some time at the very famous hill stations of Dehradun or Mussorie or at the villages which you will come across the journey. Among the villages here, Mori is one unique cultured village with beautiful sights of green and yellow patches along the tons valley.
On reaching the base camp, Dhaula, a delicious and substantial meal will be served by TTH team.
Day 2 : Dhaula to Sewa
Your second day’s trek will be an easy walk on the waving trail till Sewagaon. You will be accompanied by many water streams on the trek. Exit from Dhaula village is via a cattle shelter, the trail sharply inclined upwards and in 20 minutes it eases out also giving you a complete different picture of the nature around you.
A diverge from your earlier landscapes you will reach Rupin river bed with hills on the both sides. Next the zigzag trail through the apricot and apple trees and another climb of about 30 minutes you will reach Sewa.
At Sewa, you will see a towered temple with lot of trophies and medals hanging onto its wall, the temple remains close most of the time as they have only one idol to share among 15 – 17 temples.
TTH team will arrange for your camping at the campsite which is at the verge of Rupin river outside Sewa. The whole look here will be like of a beach with sand beneath and smooth rocks asides you, still campsite will not be very pleasing due to the humid climate. Getting refreshed into the clear cold water of Rupin river will make you regain your energy.
Day 3 : Sewa to Jhaka
Eat enough and stretch your body well for today’s trail to Jhaka via Gosangu. TTH team will prepare you for the day’s trek as it is mildly difficult and filled with lot of thrills. The trail is landslide prone and routes are so variant that a gentle wide stretch suddenly turns to a narrow trail.
Trek start by crossing a crop field and a sudden entrance to a forest, so thick that you will feel its dusk, even on a bright sunny day. After approx. 30 minutes of crossing the wooden bridge that separates Himachal from Uttarakhand, you will reach Gosangu.
After some walk from there again you will come across two bridges on the road heading to Kwar Cross the iron bridge and join the left trail which going forward merge with the hanging trail going to Jiksun Village.
At this point you need to carefully follow the instructions of TTH as the trail is very uncertain, narrow & almost hanging on the steep slope of the mountain. Moving forward on the trail with sudden changes in sceneries you will reach Jiksun. Relax yourself there for another snaky climb of 3.5 kms to Jhaka. The one hour trail is again through the mixed forests of Deodar and walnut and is considered among best of the trails of Rupin Pass.
Day 4 : Jhaka to Saruwas Thatch
Jhaka is a beautiful village known as hanging village for its location at the edge of mountain and magnificent views it offers of the hills.
The best thing about today’s trek is that the whole trail to Saruwas Thatch is stocked with lots of rivulets flowing in and through the Rupin. Many a times you get a chance to cross through the water stream, which can at times be intricated, but it doesn’t matter as the TTH team will there be to aid you to cross it smoothly without any slip or fall.
The trail from Jhaka village starts by entering into fir forests having tall pine and maple trees, a descendant walk through the forests followed by a sudden curve and whole scenary will change from greenery to sprinkled white landscape. Among the snow patches there is a magnificent snow bridge which goes across Rupin. After crossing the bridge, An hour’s and half walk and you will enter another forest, Rhondoderon of many colours spread across the forest.
A bit further walk after passing the forest, you will reach Saruwas Thatch. A Place which perfectly contrast the view of U shaped valley emerging from sky with waterfall in front and lush greenery on the valley.
Day 5 : Saruwas Thatch to Dhanderas Thatch
Today’s trek to Dhanderas Thatch is one of the best treks of Rupin Pass. Walk along the trail which goes along the Rupin Water fall, snow patches sticking on left walls of the valley will get bigger as you walk the trail. A climb in between the forest you will reach a trail at the utmost edge of the valley.
The sight here is extremely amazing with thousands of waterfall cascading to form Rupin below and green meadow spotted with yellow marigolds is spread across the miles. To perfect this nature’s scenery s are stick along the edges of meadow.
A descendant climb to the beautiful valley though criss cross path and you will reach another snow bridge.
Cross the bridge, a gentle climb and you will find yourself amidst the charming multicoloured wild flowers. Again a walk on the boulder of Rupin, you will now reach Rupin river bed. Get to the other side of river by crosssing the second snow bridge of the day which is biggest of all and you are now finally in Dhanderas Thatch.
Dhanderas Thatch is one among the biggest and most alluring meadows of Himalayas.TTH Team will indulge you all in some fun activities while camping in the nature’s utmost charming lap.
Day 6 : Dhanderas Thatch to Upper Waterfall camp
Today altitude sickness is quite obvious as altitude gain to upper waterfall camp is immense of about 4000 mts. So today, TTH Team will let you acclimatize adequately in two stages, first will only at your camp and next at 1500 mts above at top of upper waterfall.
And also TTH team will make you learn some techniques of trekking in the snow such as Side Stepping, kicking and plunging the snow, way to slide on the snow harmlessly.
Reach the base of Dhanderas Thatch through a kilometre walk hoping through the plentiful of water streams, followed by a gentle walk through marigolds and you will arrive at snow patch of waterfall. We suggest you to walk on boulder across the hill side to avoid any slip from ice. After crossing the big boulder, now is the time when your ice axe will come in handy as your need to cut through the snow patches unless it has already been made by the previous trekkers.
This series of walking through the snow and climbing intermittently will continue till you arrive at big snow bridge. The sights from the snow bridge is totally tremendous of the waterfall flowing down from the sky and getting disappeared below the below the bridge.
Reach the other side of Rupin, a steep climb through the slopes and you finally reach four next camp alongside the upperwaterfall.
Day 7 : Upper water fall to Rupin Pass to Ronti Gad
Today’s long and tiring trek starts by a steep climbs alongside long stretch of snow patch which will last for an hour. A turn in the trail and campsite of Rati Pheri is there to welcome you with total change in scenery and an astounding distant view of Rupin Valley.
Long walks on undulating paths on snow will be exhausting and moreover trails on snow are not defined clearly, there is a chance of yours to get out of way, the TTH team experts will make sure that you are on the right track.
After a walk of 1.5 kms walk from Rati Pheri you will reach Rupin Pass Gully, let yourself relax here as to reach the top of Rupin Pass there is another arduous climb of about 15-20 mins.
Rupin Pass is a low point of the hill from where Dhauladhar Range starts and sight of Sangla Kanda is visible here for the first time. A few minutes steep movement downwards, and you will reach a point where you have to slide down your way to the snow line going towards Rukti Gad. About an hour’s walk, a sharp descendant and you are at Ronti gad, a chilling campsite to admire the green meadows amidst the snow slopes.
Day 8 : Ronti Gad to Sangla Via Sangla Kanda. Over Night drive to Shimla.
The trek to Sangla will be very strenuous for you, as the descendants are so steep that it will pressurize your knees and foot, follow the instructions of TTH team to do the trek calmly without hurting your knees and legs.
At starting there is shepard’s trail heading downwards to Sangla Kanda, after 1.5 hours you will reach the valley of Ronti Gad. To your left is the view of Rukti Gad and to the right its Nalgani Pass covered with snow throughout. Now you have reached a plateau warmer where snow is out of your sight. The most amazing thing you will see here is peaks of Mt. Kinner Kailash right in front with the meadows of Sangla Kanda asides you on the edge.
Look below at the lake of Sanla Kanda far away surrounded by a small village which is your nest destination and is again through a steep descendant. TTH team here will serve you with refreshment to get you regain your energy.
Your last and final trek to Sangla is a wide trail through the small forest of Pines. After passing forest, another half an hour downward movement to Baspa Village, next is your last climb of 20 mins from Baspa village bridge to a motor able road of Sangla.
How to Reach
By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun
By Train :-
An excellent rail network connects Dehradun to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. From Delhi- DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
By Road :-
By road, Dehradun is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Dehradun to Nahan (95 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Haridwar, which is at 54km from Dehradun. Dehradun is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Dehra Dun to NH58 at Roorkee (67 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Dehradun from Delhis ISBT Kashmere Gate.