Rupin Pass Trek
It starts from Uttarakhand and ends in Himachal Pradesh, witness the dynamic sceneries and explore the Kinnauri culture.
Rupin Pass Trek Fee: Rs. 15000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)
Duration: 8 Days
Highest Points: (4600 m)
Best Season: May, June, September, October and November
Level: Challenging Moderate
Summer Temperature: (3°C to 5°C) (Day time 5°C to 15°C)
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Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
A high altitude trek
Rupin pass is a high altitude trek (4,600 m), which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends up at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh crossing Uttarakhand near Kinnaur. There are different magnificent views and sceneries at every km and at every turn it is a journey full of surprises and thrills.
Witness the Dynamic sceneries
The changing trails and jungle walk would be relieving, this place will give you magnificent views, many unexplored places and view of beautiful Rupin River. You will go through dense forests to snow glaciers from small water streams to frozen waterfalls and here you can find immense variety of nature which will make you admire and fall in love with it. Rupin pass trek is a bit difficult but the views are extremely mesmerising and beautiful.
Explore the spellbinding sights and Kinnauri culture
You will see meadows, charming hamlets, snow covered mountains, exotic fields and big rivers so much of variety in a single trek, and this trek gives you a chance to explore the unexplored places. This place has many species of birds and animals you can have a glance of local culture and lives of the people living there, there is a uniquely positioned village “Jhaka village” which is at the extreme edge of mountain cliff, which offers you a beautiful scenery. There is a multi-floored Kinnaur temple where you can have a glimpse of Kinnauri culture.
Key Points of Rupin Pass Trek
- Level is Challenging Moderate
- Proper conditioning & training of body required
- Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
- Shoes are the single most important equipment.
- High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
- Winter & Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains the region is prone to landslides.
- Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
- Travel light
- The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
Must read about Rupin Pass Trek
Duration – 6 Days
Best Season – May, June, September, October and November
Level – Challenging Moderate
Highest Points – (4600 m)
Trekking distance (total) –(56 km.) (Total) (57 km.) Dhaula to Sangla Road
Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season
Summer temperature –(3°C to 5°C) (Day time 5°C to 15°C)
Location Chart – Drive- Dehradun, Mussorie, Nowgaon, Purola, Netwar, Dhaula.
Starting point – Dehradun Railway Station
Starting point – Dehradun Railway Station
(It remains closed in winters due to the extreme weather conditions)
Day 1– Dehradun Railway Station to Dhaula Camp (1700 Mt.)
Day 2– Dhaula (5,100 feet) to Sewa (6,300 feet) (6 hours)
Day 3– Sewa (6,300 feet) to Jiskun (7,700 feet) (6 hours)
Day 4– Jhaka (7,700 feet) to Udaknal (10,100 feet) (5 hours)
Day 5– Udaknal (10,100 feet) to Dhanderas thatch (11,700 feet) (5 hours)
Day 6– Dhanderas thatch (11,700 feet) to Upper waterfall camp (13,100 feet) (2 – 3 hours)
Day 7– Upper waterfall camp (13,100 feet) to Rupin Pass (15,380 feet) via Rati Pheri and Ronti Gad (13,100 feet) (10-11 hours)
Day 8– Ronti Gad (13,100 feet) to Sangla (8,600 feet) via Sangla Kanda (11,427 feet) (6 hours)
Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
Forest Permit and entrance fee
Accommodation in Hotel Sankri
Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
(All camping gears)
High quality tents
Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
Radio Walky Talky for Communication
Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
Crampons and Gaiters
Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup.A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals which are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
Dehradun Railway Station to Dhaula (Drive (207km) (7/8 hours) (5,100 feet)
Base for Rupin Pass trek is Dhaula (5,100 feet).The drive to Dhaula Camp (from where the Rupin pass trek starts) is one of the most picturesque drives in the Himalayas through Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainbag, Damta, Nawgao, Purola, Mori, Netwar, along the Tons River.
Dhaula is at 5,100 feet and when you reach here, you gain altitude steadily. Rest for today here and enjoy your meal.
Dhaula camp to Sewa village /Godsangu (2000mt.) (10km) (via) Sewa (2000mt.) (12kmt) (6hrs)
Today’s trek is to Sewa village, the trail is an ascending one which levels up after some time. You will come across many flowing streams on the way to Sewa village.
The changing sights are a delight for trekkers, when you head towards your destination for today when you head further you will see cattles grazing, most of the villagers here have cattle, goats and sheeps. The sound of flowing Rupin River can be heard, it flows below.
The melting snow of Rupin Pass forms Rupin River which merges with Yamuna. Further there are apple and apricot trees above. The trail gets steep and at a point you will reach a shop which one of the villager runs. There is a temple made in Kinnauri style, you can get an idea about Kinnaur culture. It is said that Karna lived here and this temple is made by the villagers to remember him.
Enjoy your night here at Sewa village, have your food and stay in tents.
Sewa village to (2000mt.) to Jakha (2400mt.) Distance 12km. (via) Jiskun village (2500m)
While your trek you will see fields and then dark thick forest, so dark that it doesn’t allow sunlight to enter when you come out from there you trek along riverside and would love to walk there as the water is crystal clear and energizes if you get tired.
You will every time see the changing sights, the trail is changing, and the views from there are changing it turns narrow the climb also gets steep which you have to cover through gentle walk. After this steep climb you will witness a mesmerizing waterfall that it would refresh you by its purity. On the way you can enjoy the changing sceneries from waterfalls to streams, fields to forest.
Walk on the narrow trail after crossing the forest area, ascend is steep with eye catching views, further is Jiskun.
Jiskun is a village which is divided into two parts “Upper Jiskun” and “Lower Jiskun” Proceed ahead till the last village Jakha till the route crosses the Rupin. Reach your campsite, today was a long trek so setup your tents enjoy food and relaxing stay there.
Jhaka (7,700 feet) to Udaknal (10,100 feet) (5 hours)
Today leave this Himalayan village behind and proceed towards your destination for today, the trail and campsite both are heart-warming.
The forest is full of pine trees, they stand tall and then you will see a sudden change in scenery the pine trees changes to fir trees and the patches of snow makes this place look more beautiful.
Descend through this forest and look at the snow bridge present below, this bridge catches total attention by the way it’s built. It is across Rupin and the trail lies on the other side, it is a narrow path made by shepherds for their passing.
When you go through this trail, you can see Rupin on your left all along. The water of this pure River is bluish, then you will come across of bridge which is made of wood and then a grassland is visible there, it is a camping spot of many visitors. Cross this area and walk through a rocky part, the trail changes now cross a stream and step in a forest.
And, you will come across an area where you can see cattles grazing, it’s a small grassland and your campsite for today. Tomorrow you are going to need strength so relax and get good sleep in your tents.
Udaknal to Dhanderas thach (lower waterfall campsite) (5/6 km) (5/6 hours) (11756 feet)
As soon as you step out of the grassland you will enter a forest, ascend gradually through this forest, it is a short one and you can see many mini waterfalls on the way.
The climb is not steep for too long after some time you will be captivated by the beauty of colourful flowers blooming and the trail is covered by Rhododendrons which are in different colours.
Further you will notice an island between the forests by which you will be surprised as it’s covered by green soothing grass and you will see Rupin waterfall from a distance and other one’s merges with Rupin River. Now, the trail is levelled and the walk is through meadows.
Snow patches can be seen all over these meadows, after crossing a snow bridge you will reach bank of River Rupin. Crossing the snow bridge is tough as the slope is steep, but once you have crossed it; the path becomes levelled. Now, the meadows and wildflowers welcome you, walk through these meadows and higher is “Dhanderas Thach”.
The most beautiful meadow on this trek, snow covered walls can be seen on both the sides. Many flowing streams and waterfalls are around this place. Enjoy at this unique place, have proper diet and relax in tents.
Dhanderas Thach to Upper waterfall 3/4 hours) (13196 feet)
Climb to Upper waterfall camp helps you going to the summit“Rupin Pass” easily, some people go through altitude sickness but this help you out.
As you start your trek towards “Upper Waterfall” the yellow flowers of“Marigold”bloom in plethora, carry ice ace and other equipment because you will need them. You have to first reach Lower waterfall by cutting ice with the help of ice ace.
When you reach lower waterfall, you will see a snow bridge over Rupin and you have to pass many climbs to reach there. But, once you reach there the exotic views of the surroundings will amaze you and boost up the energy to go higher.
The steep climb starts which is worth your efforts and your efforts will take you to upper waterfall camp which is at a height of (13,100 feet). Have a glance of everything visible from there, stand amidst the inexplicable beauty and have joyous feeling of contentment.
It will give you enough strength and confidence to climb Rupin Pass tomorrow. A meadow is there where you will set your camps today. Today was an adventurous day and tomorrow’s day will be a thrilling one so have your food and get in your tents.
From Upper water fall to Rupin Pass via Rati Pheri and to Ronti Gad camp site ) (9/10 hours) (15398 feet)
Rupin Pass is at an altitude 4,600 m, the trail is exhilarating and you will be needing proper trekking equipments to climb it successfully. Start your trek early as soon as possible, it is going to be the longest day of your trek.
Climb to Rati Pheri is a long steep ascend, you can reach there in 1 hour, and you can take a break here for some time and then continue your trek. Start witnessing the changes in scenery, it is delight to see variety of sights on a single trek.
Trek through fields which are all covered by snow and from here you can have sight of Rupin Pass, and it looks far away. Now, climb to this pass is going to be thrilling, walk through the rocky area, there are loose rocks on the way and stones can fall from above so you need to be careful and keep following your professional guide.
Climb individually so that no one of you faced any difficulty, this steep ascent may tire you but standing on the summit will fulfil your hearts. When you reach at the top Dhauladhar Range is visible and you will see colourful flags flowing with the wind. Descending is fun, slide down it’s very exciting, reach a trail which is levelled and there are meadows of Ronti Gad where you can camp.
These meadows are different from the one’s which you addressed earlier, the view of snow covered mountains and meadows blooming in greenery looks entrancing. Today was a tough day, have delicious food and have a good tight sleep in tents.
Ronti Gad camp site to Sangla Road (5/6 hours) (8596 feet)
Many trails lead to Sangla, go through a trail which is mostly used by shepherds through a valley and you will see Sangla Kanda Lake on the way. At some distance there lies a village which is accessible through a forest.
The changing sceneries and majestic views of “Kinner Kailash” will blow your mind. Trek through pine forest and you will reach a village, there you can see orchards of apple and wooden houses.
Further reach Sangla and from there leave for Shimla.
Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Trekkers must bring :
- Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
- Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
- Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
- Daily wear socks
- Thermals are very important
- 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
- Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
- 1 raincoat or poncho
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-
ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Purola is the last point where you will find ATM.
The mobile networks are available at Jiskun and Dhaula but after reaching Sangla, no networks would be available. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting of the trek.
Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.
We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.
(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)
– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)
– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)
– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)
– Avil – (it treat allergies)
– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)
– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)
– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.
– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.
1 Jan to 6 Jan 2019 (Open)
7 Jan to 12 Jan 2019 (Open)
13 Jan to 18 Jan 2019 (Open)
19 Jan to 24 Jan 2019 (Open)
25 Jan to 30 Jan 2019 (Open)
1 Feb to 6 Feb 2019 (Open)
7 Feb to 12 Feb 2019 (Open)
13 Feb to 18 Feb 2019 (Open)
19 Feb to 24 Feb 2019 (Open)
25 Feb to 28 Feb 2019 (Open)
1 March to 6 March 2019 (Open)
7 March to 12 March 2019 (Open)
13 March to 18 March 2019 (Open)
19 March to 24 March 2019 (Open)
25 March to 31 March 2019 (Open)
1 April to 6 April 2019 (Open)
7 April to 12 April 2019 (Open)
13 April to 18 April 2019 (Open)
19 April to 24 April 2019 (Open)
25 April to 31 April 2019 (Open)
- If the trek is cancelled by us due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster etc.) then the refund would not be initiated but you can go on the same trek another year.
The cancellation charges are as follows –
(No bank charges deducted will be Refundable)
- Up to 30 Days – 90 precent cost is Refundable
- Between 21 to 30 Days – 50 precent cost is Refundable
- Less than 20 Days – No Refund
(Refunds are initiated in 7-8 business days)