Verdant meadows, cascading waterfalls, vast snowfields, glacier bridges and ruggedness of the mountains helps Rupin Pass Trek to be classified as the Iceland of India. It is one of the most beautiful high altitude pass in the Dhauladhar range. Rupin Pass Trek begins from one end of the western region of Garhwal Himalayas and ends at the far corner of Kinnaur in Himachal.

Rupin Pass Trek  is overall a moderate trek but few dangerous intersections and the length of this trek makes it a Hard expedition. Rest assured after completing Rupin Pass Trek, your greed for beautiful and challenging treks will multiply.

    • Total Duration of the trip: 08 Days
    • Type: Extreme Trekking Expedition
    • Maximum Elevation: 15,250 ft
    • Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult
    • Starting Point of the Trek: Dhaula
 

Per Person Cost

₹17,440.00

All Inclusive: Accommodation, Meals, Trek Guide, Equipments. Includes Service Tax of 9%

Itinerary

Day 01- Dehradun – Netwar – Dhaula, Drive – 200kms 8hrs

There are early morning buses to Sankri that leaves at around 5 am from Mussoorie Bus Stand near Dehradun Railway Station. If you miss that, then you can break the journey in two parts by taking a bus or shared cab from Dehradun to Purola and then Purola to Netwar.

Dhaula is another 12kms (half an hour drive) from Netwar. Dhaula is the last road head for Rupin Pass Trek. Village Home stay is the only accommodation option available.

Note: If you want to make the most of road journey and are on a budget, then you should take a bus to Purola from Dehradun and hire a cab from Purola to Sankri. The drive from Purola to Sankri is gorgeous. The route till Mori passes through Oak forest and after reaching Mori the road goes against the gushing Tons River as you enter the valley.

Day 02: Dhaula – Sewa – Gosangu: Trek 13 Km

On Day 2,have fresh breakfast and follow an under-construction road which is being built to connect Dhaula with Sewa. After walking for couple of Km you come across a well defined trail. While trekking you constantly encounter the Rupin River flowing towards your right.Taking a A sharp turn on the trail and you start walking towards cliff. After few hours you reach Sewa Temple.

The temple has a unique structure which depicts cultural mix of Jaunsari and Kinnauri people. Rest for a while at the ground near Temple and then continue trekking towards Gosangu. Soon you will be walking right next to the beds of the gushing Rupin River. Continue trekking to reach a bridge over a small stream, Horli Gadh which acts as the border between Uttarakhand and Himachal. Gosangu is not far from here.

Day 03: Gosangu – Jhaka: Trek – 11kms

Follow the road which is being built to connect Gosangu with Jiskun. For most part of this trekking stretch the trail is evenly laid with occasional climbs. After reaching Batwa the trail ascends and goes around a ridge to enter Jiskun Village. Jiskun is a a tiny hamlet with some shops to stock up ration. Jhaka becomes visible from Jiskun Village.
The trail from Jiskun to a bridge over a small stream is flat with a short descent followed with a steep climb to Jhaka Village (2650mts). After climbing halfway into the climb you’ll encounter a well made trail going left which goes to Dhara Village, ignore it and continue trekking towards the original trail which ends up at Jakha.

Jhaka is the last place to stock up your supplies. You can either camp at the school ground in Jhaka or stay at a village homestay.

Day 04: Jhaka – Saruwas Thatch: Trek – 7kms

After laid back hiking for previous 2 days, this trekking stretch will start bringing surprises at every turn. Jhaka is a large village and it will take you almost an hour to exit its boundary and fields. Soon you’ll reach a beautiful pine forest. Do make some voice while hiking through this stretch and walk in a group because this region is frequented by bears.

After crossing the trail a sharp descent brings you to the busy Rupin River meandering through sharp cliffs navigating its way. For the first time during this trek you will cross the river and follow the trail on the right. After hiking for a few kilometers you’ll come across a lush area called Buras Kandi which makes a good campsite in case of emergencies.

The trail climbs up from Buras Kandi and enters a forest rich in Rhododendrons (buransh). Soon you’ll reach Saribasa Thatch where Rupin River spreads out forming a wide river bed. There are a few camping options available at Saruwas Thatch. This area is facing naked rocky cliffs and is rich in Birch trees.

Day 05: Saruwas Thatch (3250 mts) – Dhanteras Thatch (3500mts) Trek – 5kms

This is the most beautiful day of the Rupin Pass Trek. The trail is short and sweet with occasional punch of adventure where you get to traverse snow bridges.

Once you cross the second snow bridge you’ll reach a scenic spot where the Rupin River flows gently enough to form a still pool of crystal clear water. This makes a good campsite but Dhanteras Thatch is well within reach so it is better to hike further.

An hour of hiking and you’ll reach the widespread lush green meadows of Dhanteras Thatch. Rupin Waterfall is a treat to eyes and so is the view of the Rupin Valley if you look back. At Dhanteras Thatch you might realize that this is the best campsite you ever stayed in.

Note: We may complete Jhaka – Dhanteras Thatch (Day 04 & Day 05) in one day in order to save 1 Buffer Day for the trek. Weather is unpredictable at high altitude which might slow us down later.

Day 06: Dhanteras Thatch (3500mts) – Upper Waterfall Top – Rathi Pheri (4350 mts) Trek – 6kms

From Dhanteras Thatch it is 2kms walk on flat meadow till you reach the foot of the Rupin Waterfall. The climb to the waterfall top goes through some tricky intersections and glacier bridges. During May and June most of the trail from Dhanteras Thatch to crossing Rupin Pass will be covered with snow but in September and October you will have to traverse on boulders and just a few snow bridges.

It takes around 2 hours to reach the top of Upper waterfall from the foot of the Rupin Waterfall. Overlooking the Rupin Valley, Upper Waterfall Top makes a stunning campsite. If you are not well acclimatized then camp here and cross the Rupin Pass the next day while skipping the camp at Rathi Pheri.

Stretching the trek upto Rathi Pheri on the same day has its advantages. The trail from Upper Waterfall Top to Rathi Pheri involves steep climb and altitude gain of another 350mts. Thus, camping at Rathi Pheri will make the crossing of Rupin Pass and reaching Ronti Gad Meadows less tiresome.

Day 07: Rathi Pheri (4350mts) – Rupin Pass (4650mts) – Ronti Gad Meadows (4100mts) Trek – 9kms

A long walk starts from Rathi Pheri on boulders followed with vast snowfields. Soon you’ll spot the Rupin Pass Gully in the Dhauladhar ridge line. It is one steep climb from the base of the Rupin Gully to Rupin Pass. During May and June the gully will be covered with hard slippery snow. Cutting steps with ice axe and shoe spikes are a must if trekking during this time because one slip will take you back to the base.

During September and October the gully will be devoid of snow but it will be full of loose gravel. You might even use your hands while climbing the Rupin Pass Gully, yes, it is that steep. You’ll see several cairn markings at Rupin Pass.

The lofty Kinner Kailash peaks will be the first thing you’ll notice after reaching Rupin Pass along with the glimpse of Sangla Valley. Perform a pooja for safely reaching the pass.

A sharp descent over boulders covered with snow awaits you on other side of the Rupin Pass. After a couple of kilometres you’ll encounter snow covered slopes spreading down to the Ronti Gad Meadows. It is a long but rewarding walk to Ronti Gad meadows.

Day 08: Ronti Gad Meadows – Sangla Kanda – Sangla ( Trek – 12kms)

Ronti Gad is a beautiful meadow that showcases the vividity of green pasture. You may encounter flock of sheeps while traversing this stretch. After laidback walk for couple of hours you’ll see a quaint little hamlet, Sangla Kanda.

Sangla Kanda acts as the temporary summer settlements for the people living in the villages of Sangla valley. They come here during summer to grow their crops and graze their herds. It takes another 6kms to reach Sangla from Sangla Kanda.

After reaching Sangla you need to cross a bridge over the Baspa River followed with a steep climb to the market of Sangla town.

FAQ's

Question 1- Is this Trek Safe for Amateurs

Some Degree of Fitness is required to Complete this trek. An experience into High Altitude Trekking Expeditions is required and can safely complete this trek with in the designated time.

Question 2- What is the maximum Altitude Covered

The maximum altitude covered during the trek is 15,250 ft,(Rupin Pass)

Question 3 -How will we deal with altitude acclimation?At higher altitudes

The kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

Question 4 -How do I Reach Dahula

Dhaula Being one of the trek start points for Number of treks in Uttrakhand is well connected by Dehradun.

Question 5 -How do Foreign Nationals Make the Payment

Prices, Inclusions and Exclusions are different for Foreign and Indian Nationals.Please read the Inclusion and Exclusion thoroughly before making the payment
All Payment solution is available securely by Net banking, International Debit and Credit Cards and Pay pal.

Question 6- What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

Question 7- What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Question 8-What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will rescue you to the nearest Sattelite town.

Question 9-Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?
We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Indian himalayas, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Question 10-What communication options exist while trekking?
What communication options exist while trekking?
It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage.

Inclusion

1- Accommodation in Hotel/ Guest house in Dhaula on Day 1 and Sangla on on Day 08
2- Accommodation in tents on sharing basis while camping during trekking.
3- All meals – starting Breakfast on day 2 to dinner on day 08 (All Veg Meals + Egg meals )
4- Eccentric Travels Trip Leader.
5- Services of an experienced and certified Mountaineer & trekking route guide.
6- Cook & attendant during the trekking
7- All necessary technical equipments required for the trek(Sleeping bags,Sleeping Mats, Camps)
8- Camping Fees, Entry fees and Trekking Permits.These charges are different for Foreign and Indian Travellers.
9- Porterage fees for Carrying Kitchen/camping equipments/Luggage.
10- Service Tax of 9% as per updated government regulation

Exclusion

1- Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare or airport tax.
2- Meals other then mentioned in cost inclusion
3- Trekking Shoes and clothing and other items of personal belonging.
4- Any kind of insurance, Medical evacuation charges, Travel insurance, repatriation charges, Damages/ claims of any nature, Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, Laundry, Any kind of hard or soft drinks.
5- Any kind of personal clothing
6-Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
7- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides , road conditions and any other circumstances
beyond our control.
8-Personal porter to carry Luggage
9-Any Transport from Dehradun to Dhaula and Sangla to Shimla/delhi

Cancellation Policy

Case 1- Cancellation from Customer's end

1-30% of the deposit amount if cancelled 30 days prior to trip start date.
2-50% of the deposit amount if cancelled 20 days prior to trip start date.
3-90% of the Full amount if cancelled 10 days prior to trip start date.

Case 2- Cancellation due to Natural Contingency,Political Turmoil, Disaster

No Money will be Refunded in Case 2.

Essentials List

1 High Quality Winter Jacket
3 High Quality Winter Fleece
1 Rain Cover for Body
2 Pair Warmers
3 Pair Tre/Riding Pants

Other Essential

1 Winter Cap
1 Pair High QualityGloves
1 Scarf and Muffler
1 Trek/Riding Shoe
1 Think Outer and Thin Inner Socks
12 Pair: Change Socks Everyday
1-Back Pack (50-70 lt.)
1-Rain Cover For Bags
1-Sandals Slippers for Evenings
2-Insulated Water bottles
1- Trekking Pole

Electronics

2-Battery packs
2 10000 MAH BATTERIES
4-6 Camera Battery pack
1-Head lamps

Toilet Essential

1 Winter Face Creme/Sun Protection
1 Face Wash
1 Hand Sanitiser
1 Deodorant

Documentation

  • Documentation for Indian Travellers


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form

  • Documentation for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form
    4- Self Attested scanned copy of Indian Visa 30 days prior to trip start date
    5- Self Attested scanned Copy of Passport 30 days prior to trip start date
    6-Schedule for Arrival and Departure in India.
    Available Dates
    Adults:

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