Trek to Rupin Pass
Rupin Pass is a high altitude pass across the Himalaya mountain range in state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies on a traditional shepherd and hiking route which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. The path itself is located across mostly uninhabited areas in the Himalayan ranges at an elevation of 15,250 ft (4,650M) above sea level
Rupin Pass trek consists of trails dug out of rock faces and wooden bridges, cut through deep dark folds in the mountain, glaciers and icy slopes, and over snow fields. Along the way there are white Rhododendrons and expanse of green meadows.
There are different trails that access the Rupin Pass. One of them starts at the sleepy village of Gosangu which is the last road head of Himachal Pradesh. Generally, trekkers and adventurers travel to Gosangu by road from Shimla via Rohru. The alternate route to Rupin Pass starts from Naitwar, which is accessible from Dehradhun via Dhaula. From either of the two road heads, the first camp is Jhaka, the hanging village and the last stop for replenishing stocks and a look at the civilization. Traveling the Rupin Pass is a moderate - difficult level of climbing. The trails follow the Rupin river all the way to the top (Upper waterfall camp).
Grade: Moderate - Difficult (Based on Weather).
Duration: 9 Days (Dehradun to Shimla)
Location: Uttarakhand-Himachal Border
Day 1: Dehradun - Daula | Drive - 200km, 10-11hrs Start at 6-7AM From Dehradun railway station. We pass through the famous hill station of Mussoorie and then comes the turquoise waters of Yamuna river. Follow Tons river near the end of the journey. Mobile signal is available till Mori only. It is long drive with breaks for breakfast, lunch, tea. Dhaula is small village in the Rupin valley. We stay in camp beside Rupin.
Day 2: Daula (1555M) - Sewa (1920M) | Trek - 11 kms, 6-7 hrs
It is an easy 11 kms trek with apple, apricot (khumani) trees in abundance on the trail. After passing through farms route passes through dense jungle.
Day 3: Sewa to Jhaka (2650M) | Trek - 9 kms, 7-8 hrs
It is a bit tougher day of trekking. Route alternates between steep climb sections and some flat sections. The day’s journey ends on a rewarding note when the hanging village (being perched at the edge of mountain) of Jhaka welcomes trekkers.
Day 4: Jhaka to Saruwas thatch (3200M) | Trek - 6 kms, 4-5 hrs
This day holds many surprises in store. One encounters dense forests, beautiful meadows, rhododendrons trees and small streams along the trail. Camp at night in the Rupin valley while looking at Rupin waterfall at a distance.
Day 5: Saruwas thatch - Dhanderas thatch (lower water fall) (3560M) | Trek - 5 kms, 3-4 hrs
Today’s views are even more spectacular. Along with the views as spectacular as seen on previous day, on reaching close to Dhanderas one gets greeted by hundreds of waterfalls falling down the mountain slopes to meet Rupin river. Dhanderas is also known as lower waterfall camp.
Day 6: Dhanderas thatch - Rati Pheri (upper waterfall) (4000M) | Trek - 3.5km
It is short but steep day of trekking. This relatively easy day which helps in acclimatising and in recuperating for gruelling day ahead when team will cross Rupin pass.
Day 7: Upper Waterfall - Rupin Pass (4650M) - Ronti Gad (4090) | Trek - 10 km, 10-11 hrs
This is long and hard day of trekking. Today we will start early to get more daylight for trekking. It is steep climb till the pass. There is steep descent after the pass till the meadows of Ronti Gad where we will be camping.
Day 8: Ronti Gad - Sangla (2680M) | Trek - 12 kms, 5-6 hrs Last days trail is a steep descent. Spectacular views of Kinner Kailash brings joy to the trekker and offer plenty to the photographer’s eyes. We will reach Sangla in 5-6 hours. The trip ends here. One can stay in Sangla or depart on the same day to Shimla which is about 240km. One bus comes around 5pm and goes to Shimla. Else one can go to Rekong peo, stay there for night and then board a bus for
Shimla next morning.
Day 9 : Plan your return
High altitude medical kit (includes altitude sickness medicines). Trek leader would be carrying it.
Stay in tents during trek and homestay/ guesthouse (max 2/3 person per room/tent depending upon place and availability of rooms)
Toilet tent would be used during trekking
All meals during trek the trek (meals during travel not included). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Tea (thrice a day). Meals would be vegetarian .
All permits like forest permission, camping fee, etc.
Services of trek leader, guide and helpers.
Equipment - Sleeping bag, liner for sleeping bag, camping mattress
Micro spikes if needed for the trek (while walking on snow/glacier)
Personal backpack. Backpack can be offloaded (weight limit is maximum 8Kg) at a charge of Rs 500 per bag per day. Need to tell in advance. Last minute offloading would cost 600 per person per day as it cost more to arrange at last minute.
Entry ticket to any other place before or after trekking.
Anything not mentioned in the includes .
Cost: 15925 INR inclusive of all the taxes.
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