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Rupin Pass Trek

Created with Sketch. Rupin Pass, Himachal Pradesh
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Duration

7 Days

Difficulty

Moderate-Difficult

Best Time

May-June, September

Length

52 km

Altitude

15200 ft

Temperature

0-20° C

Overview

Rupin Pass is one of the most beautiful treks in the Indian Himalayas. Every day is perfect postcard with a lot of surprises. The Rupin Pass waterfall gives you stunning views from 13,000ft leaving the trekkers awestruck. The scenery changes everyday and this is why the trek tops the chart in everyone,s bucket list.

You start the trek from a tranquil village Dhaula in Uttarakhand and the trek in Sangla valley of Kinnaur. The trek takes through the serene villages of Sewa known for its Shiva Temple then Jhakha (also known as the hanging villages) because it is located at the edge of a cliff. The trekkers and adventurers will be astonished to see the ever changing landscapes from verdant meadows with wildflowers, dense jungles thundering waterfalls to the thrilling pass cross, The Rupin Pass.

The best time to do the trek is May to June and September. The trek also shows you the cultural difference between the two states Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Heaven Riders India offers you an opportunity to conquer Rupin Pass trek. Trip starts from Dehradun and ends at ‘Sangla’.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • SHEPHERDS CROSSOVER FROM UTTARAKHAND TO SANGLA, HIMACHAL PRADESH
  • AMAZING AND SERENE THREE STORY WATERFALL
  • INCREDIBLE CHANGING ALPINE LANDSCAPES
  • AMAZING CAMPSITES AND TYPICAL HIMALAYAN VILLAGES
  • PICTURESQUE VERDANT MEADOWS OF KINNAUR

Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Dhaula (Drive 200 km)
Day 1: Dehradun to Dhaula (Drive 200 km)

• Altitude:- Dhaula 5,200 ft
• Meeting Point ISBT Dehradun, 6am
• 10 hour drive to Dhaula from Dehradun
• arrive Dhaula, Tea & snacks, meet the team
• enjoy the evening, followed by dinner


The team will welcome you by 6 am at ISBT Dehradun and get ready to board for Dhaula. It is a tranquil village in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. There are a dozen of homes in this small himalayan village adorned with lush woods and mountain slopes. Take a stroll around and spend the night in the local home stay in Dhaula. We will begin the trek next morning with yummy breakfast.

Day 2: Dhaula to Sewa (Trek 9 km)
Day 2: Dhaula to Sewa (Trek 9 km)

• Altitude:- 5,200ft to 6,300ft
• 9Km, 6-7 hr trek, greet kids
• initially moderate trail, short climbs & drops
• Enough water on the way, refill from Rupin river
• experience the rich culture of himalayan village

Today you will be starting the trek early morning. The trail from Dhaula to Sewa is pretty easy except some climbs and drops where you will find lot of apricot trees and dense jungle.

Small water streams will pass by which give the trekkers some kind of refreshment. Refill your water bottles from Rupin river. Local kids greets you with 'Namastey'.

Once you reach Sewa, you will find an ancient Shiva temple at the heart of the village that opens once every 12 years to welcome the locals visiting God. Do visit the temple, this temple is looks like Kinnaur style architecture and return.

Soup & dinner would be served.

Day 3: Sewa to Jiskun (Trek 8km)
Day 3: Sewa to Jiskun (Trek 8km)

• Altitude: - 6,300ft to Jiskun 8,700ft
• 8 km, 6-7 hr trek
• Carry sufficient water from Sewa, refill at Jakha
• initial 3hr easy, 2hr challenging ascent to Jiskun
• several stream crossings on trail


The trek to the village Jiskun is not an easy one, but somewhere between moderate to challenging. The climb is rewarding. It is a surprising trail blessed with potato and barley fields. Eventually you will find yourself amidst the dense jungle with deodar and walnut trees.

Today you will be crossing several streams and you will be welcomed by a Iron bridge that flows over Rupin river. The trail to Jiskun is a challenging one after crossing a stream. Overnight in home stay with followed by dinner.

Day 4: Jiskun to Buraskandi (Trek 10 km)
Day 4: Jiskun to Buraskandi (Trek 10 km)

• Altitude: - 8,700ft to 11,500ft
• 10 Km, 7 hr trek
• carry sufficient water, Refill from Rupin
• Jakha is highest & last village on trek
• initially steep ascent, gradual-easy walk


Today we will be trekking through deep gorge, dense forests , meadows and wooden bridges and forests. Hanging village of Jhakha will be seen, and Jhakha can be spotted through forests located high up on a mountain.

The Rupin pass trail will surely surprise you as you will walk through wildflowers carpeted with rhododendron all around. The walk through the endless meadows of Dhanteras Thatch of this trail will level up your adrenaline rush.

The thundering river awaits, the climb gets steeper. You have to cross the river carefully. Overnight camp stay at Buraskandi.

Day 5: Buraskandi to UWF Upper Water Fall (Trek 5 hr)
Day 5: Buraskandi to UWF Upper Water Fall (Trek 5 hr)

• Altitude: - 11,500ft to 13,200 ft
• 4 Km, 4 hr trek
• carry sufficient water, Refill at streams
• Moderate continuous climb, ascend slowly
• acclimatize walk, work high sleep low, drink liquids


Today you will get to witness the infamous high altitude Rupin Pass. It will be a challenging day, so we will start the trek after early breakfast. The trail will give you a good dose of adrenaline rush as you will be coming across snow slopes, cliffs, massive waterfalls. Entering into the
upper waterfall campsite is like entering into a new world.

Get your cameras ready to take scintillating snaps of the lower waterfall. You will feel elated because the Upper waterfall campsite is waiting for you at the top. The trekkers will leave the treeline far below and the landscapes turn into frozen landscapes embellished with black snow capped mountains all around.

Enjoy the evening with tea & hot snacks. Dinner will be served. Stay in camps.

Day 6: Upper Waterfall to Ronti Gad via Rupin Pass 15,200ft
Day 6: Upper Waterfall to Ronti Gad via Rupin Pass 15,200ft

• Altitude: 13,200ft - 15,200ft - 13,300ft
• 10 Km, 10-11 hr trek
• start early morning
• carry sufficient water, Refill completely
• Steep climb till Rupin Pass, steep descent down


The most challenging day is today, crossing Rupin Pass. Climbing the pass will not be cakewalk, it needs mountaineering skills. Be careful while climbing the Pass, icy climb to the saddle shaped Rupin Pass.

Once you reach the top, you will feel so elated. Relax and take pictures of astonishing himalayan views.

Witness the 360-degrees of the mountain ranges and on the other side the Kinner Kailash range and many more. After crossing the pass, there is a steep descent followed by jaw
dropping meadows of Ronti Gad.

On arrival Tea & snacks would be served. Camp stay at Ronti Gad, followed by hot dinner.

Day 7: Ronti Gad to Sangla (Trek 6 hours)
Day 7: Ronti Gad to Sangla (Trek 6 hours)

• Altitude: 13,300ft to 8,776ft
• 12 Km, 6 hr trek
• carry sufficient water, Refill at villages
• moderate-steep descend till Sangla

The trek from Ronti gad to Sangla is a steep descent. The photographers will enjoy the beauty of the Kinnaur ranges and keeping themselves busy with their camera. Slowly, you
will find yourself heading towards civilization as we pass through green pastures of land, fields of grazing lands, village farms and orchards and old stone houses. In the
afternoon, our team will give you refreshments after a tiring journey.

We will reach Sangla in 6-7 hours and will drop you to the Sangla town. You can book your tickets for your return journey and plan the schedule according to your convenience.

You can eat at Sangla bus stand, and last bus to Shimla leaves at 5pm in the evening or you can stay there at you own cost and spend a night at Sangla.



Note: Please spare a buffer day in case we stuck in bad weather conditions or some other. Buffer day not in the package. Pay on the Spot.

Included/Exclude

  • Accommodation during Trek in camps/rooms on shared basis.
  • Healthy & nutritious meals while on trek (starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 breakfast).
  • Morning & Evening Tea with Cookies, Maggie/Soup in the evening.
  • Pick Point ISBT Dehradun on day 1, Drop at Sangla on day 7.
  • Camping Equipment like Tents, Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Kitchen & Dining equipment etc.
  • All necessary Forest, Camping, Trekking Permits & Entry Fees.
  • Basic First Aid Medical Kit with Oximeter & Portable Oxygen.
  • Mountaineering Course Certified & Expert Trek leader & Support Staff (Local Guide, Cook, Porter, Mule & Helper).
  • Transportation as per itinerary (Dehradun to Dhaula on day 1).
  • & followed by full power fun.
  • Any Services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any Insurance, Airfare/Train-fare/Volvo Ticket, cost of Hospitalization, Emergency Evacuation, Rescue charges, off-loading, personal porter, mule charges etc.
  • Any expenses arising due to Bad Weather, Road Blockage, or any other reason beyond our control to be borne by YOU/TOURIST on the spot.
  • Any expenses personal in nature like Tip, Mineral Water and snacks/Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Taxes.

Things To Carry/Essentials

  • Wind & Waterproof Jacket.
  • Fleece-2, Trek Pant -2, Swetshirt-2, Collared Full Sleeve T-shirt-2, Warm nightwear set for night. 
  • Warmers/Thermal-1 pair (Top & Lower).
  • Woolen Cap, Neck-Warmer, Waterproof Gloves, Woolen Socks-2, Trekking Socks-7, Sun Cap, Early-Dry Towel.
  • Poncho/Rain Suit (Mandatory).
  • Waterproof Trekking Shoes with Good Grip (Mandatory).
  • Cold Cream, Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm/ Lip Guard, Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet Paper.
  • Personal Medicines.
  • Water bottle – 2 (Mandatory).
  • Goggles, Trekking Pole - 1 (Mandatory).
  • Inhalers (if any suffer from asthma).
  • Tiffin Box (for packed Lunch).
  • Backpack 45 Ltrs.
  • and most important the Adventure Spirit.
Note
- Trekker has to carry his/her backpack by own if someone wants a off-loading, kindly inform in advance while bookings so we can arrange accordingly. Off-loading charges extra.

Cancellation Policy

We totally understand that unforeseen circumstances might need you to change plans, and so HRI cancellation policy makes it easier to do that. Please read them very carefully.  
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 10% deduction (payment gateway & bank charges).
  • Between 30 days to 10 days prior to departure - 50% deduction.
  • Less than 10 days of departure - No Refund.
  • In partial payment system, Booking amount is Non-Refundable in any case.
In case of any unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions, road blockage or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled/skipped, or there could be change in the itinerary. In such cases, we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity or a voucher will be handed over (in case of cancellation or rescheduling of event) to you. However no refund will be provided for the same. In case the trip is cancelled by us for lack of minimum number of people in the batch, you will get a full refund. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, rentals, off-loading & other activities the amount will not be refunded.   In partial payment system, booking amount is Non-Refundable in any case.   All refunds will be processed back to the same bank account or the credit card account from which the amount has been paid. The amount for refund will be processed within 10 working days. Refund amount would always be calculated basis the net amount paid* for booking of the event & the Base Price of the event (excluding all additional services transport, rent, portage, etc.). Any voucher issued would not include the service tax amount paid while making the booking.

Why Choose Hri

  • Secure Bookings: We works with safe & secure bookings gateway. Don't worry about your credentials. Our expert team will help you to book your next Himalayan experience.
  • Safety:  We breath in the term ‘Safety’ as this our utmost priority. Suitable environment for Solo Woman Travelers/Trekkers so don't no worry in that case. We have tremendous trek leaders where all of them are well-trained professionals & certified with mountaineering courses (Basic and Advance as well). They know the safety protocols like the back of their hand. Also our support staff is well-behaved & they respect all.
  • Smaller Batches: We at HRI believe in the concept of Small batches' that improves quality & focus. Maximum 15 numbers of group strength that helps trek leader to get connect all members.
  • Itinerary: Our team of experts crafted all the itineraries very carefully so all the members can acclimatize properly & refined from our experience of leading hundreds of trekkers.
  • Equipment: While organizing trekking in Himalayas HRI uses high quality equipment as per the standards. From tents to sleeping bags to ropes & other technical equipment like rope, micro spikes, gaiter etc. everything is tested and certified. HRI trek leaders always carry portable Oxygen & Basic First-Aid Medical Kit, Oximeter with them.
  • Clean Trails: We at HRI, strong believers in the Leave No Trace policy and encourage our all members to don't throw garbage & plastic rapers during our expeditions. Also our aim is to improve welfare of local people and Keep Trails clean & green. We respect nature and working on it simultaneously.

Health & Fitness

The Rupin pass is considered as a moderate-difficult trek in nature. The trek goes upto over 15,000ft. There is a sudden altitude gain i.e. from Dhaula (5,200ft to 15,200ft), for that you need to have very strong lungs. Most importantly you need experience of two high altitude moderate trekking experience like Hampta Pass, Sar Pass. Rupin pass trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. And you might be thinking how to make your lungs stronger? Firstly, start by jogging every day. Start jogging at a slow pace and keep increasing day by day. This will make your lungs stronger than before hence cardiovascular endurance exercises are very important.   The Workouts
  • Walking is a great exercise that gives great shape to your legs and your body. It helps in burning calories and cut down excess weight and strengthens the heart.
  • Jogging is effective in increasing human lifespan and makes your lungs stronger. It is an aerobic activity that requires a lot of oxygen. This is a great exercise for fighting obesity and staying healthy.
  • Squats are the best form of functional exercises to improve stability. They also strengthen your legs, thighs, hips and hamstring.
  • 3 Sets each of Pull-ups, Push-Ups, Sprints, Mountain Climber, & 60 Seconds Plank.
  • Another great cardio vascular exercise is pushing your body upstairs after stairs. This is regarded as the best exercise for increasing strength and power.
  • & finally don't forget to give treat to your body with some Yoga and Meditation in the end.

FAQs

What documents I have to carry?
You must have to carry both original & copy of valid Govt. Id (Passport/Aadhar card/Driving License), NOC form (by participant), Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor), 2 passport size photos along with you and submit them to Trek Leader at base during briefing.
What kind of toilet facility you are providing?
Toilet tents would be there at campsite. Basically, we use dry toilets which is one of the best way to answer nature call in the wilderness. Dry toilets means, we dig a pit and keep mud & shovel so once you are done with your business you can cover it up using mud. It is the most hygienic way.You should carry toiletries as we mentioned in the things to carry/essentials.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
There will be three persons accommodating in one tent. If you want tent for One or Two, please ask while bookings. Customization available on extra cost.
I'm the solo female traveler, is it safe?
Girls safety is important to us. Our entire mountain staff & guides are extremely trust worthy. Many solo woman travelers trek with us so there's no worry about it. We would advise all to take care of your belongings.
Is Diamox advisable and I should bring some medicines with me?
No but in case you are having so please consult with doctor bcz there are lot's of myths about Diamox.

Yes personal medicines are advisable during any trekking expedition weather organizers carrying it or not.
What type of food is served during trek?
We serve nutritious Indian vegetarian food with eggs. Jain food also available on request please ask while bookings.
How big are the groups?
We at HRI believe in the concept of Small batches' that improves quality & focus. Max 15 members of group strength that helps trek leader to get connect all members. For private groups there's no limit of group size.
How much weight do I have to carry?
Your load will depends on things that are packed by you in the sack. On an average trekker's carry between 7-10 kg of weight with clothing’s, cameras, energy bars, dry fruits, water bottle etc. Off-loading option available on extra cost. Please ask while bookings.
What if an emergency occurred?
In any case of any emergency our mountain staff is skilled and trained for such situations held at high altitude. Our team always carry first aid kit, oximeter and portable oxygen with us and in any emergency we'll rescue the trekker till the road head. All of the costs of rescue/evacuation, hospitalization is to borne by the trekker. All and all it is trekkers responsibility to get a certified medical fitness document before coming for the trek, which certifies that the trekker is fit for the trek. We advise you to come with insurance.
Can I charge my phone on the trek?
No you won’t find any charging point. You have to carry a power bank to charge your phone & digital camera.
Can I do calls during the trek?
No you wouldn’t find any network during trek. Please share this with anxious family members in advance.
Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. Always buy .5 or 1.0 extra size for better results. You can buy trekking shoes from Decathlon which includes brands like Quechua.
Can take or have smokes or liquor on the trek?
No, absolutely not. Smoking & Liquor is strictly not allowed during the trek. This causes dehydration on higher altitude which is an invitation to Acute Mountain Sickness. We recommend you not to take such things along with or you would be disqualified and sent back to road head in between of the trek.
What if the trek is cancelled due to natural calamities?
Trek preparations are already done previously. We will be offering you any alternate trek or voucher having similar value for money in case of natural calamities. In case of non-completion of trek due to weather conditions etc there wont be any refund.

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Created with Sketch. Rupin Pass, Himachal Pradesh

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