Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?
Rupin Pass Trek is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 4650 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 meters and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Rupin Pass Trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
Eligibility: Experience required
Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 meters, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters
Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?
Rupin Pass Trek has different start and end point. The start point of the trek is Dhaula in Uttrakhand which is 180 km away from the capital, Dehradun. There is no direct transport to Dhaula. You can take a bus from Parade Ground, Dehradun till Naitwar. Catch a local jeep from here to Dhaula. You would be taking Dehradun - Vikasnagar - Naugaon - Purola - Mori - Naitwar - Dhaula route. Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
There are no direct buses to Sankri from Delhi. There You can take overnight UKSRTC volvo buses available from Delhi ISBT to Dehradun. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
The nearest railway station to Dhaula is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
The nearest airport from Dhaula is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away . You can reach Dehradun by flight.
The end point of the trek is Sangla in Himachal Pradesh which is located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
There is a bus in the afternoon (around 1400 Hrs) from Sangla to Rekong Peo and from there you can get a bus to Shimla next morning, 0700 Hrs. But to get seats in season, you should reach the bus stand substantially earlier than bus departure time. Please find the hrtc time table link below: http://www.hrtc.org.in/bus-timetable-kinnaur.php Or you can take a bus/shared taxi from Sangla to Rampur. Good luxury buses are available from Rampur to Shimla at a good frequency. Shimla is well connected to Delhi via Volvo buses and air. You can also use many shared cab options from Sangla to Shimla. Quite a few people board shared taxis from Sangla to Shimla that are easily available in the morning. Our team would also help you in arranging the transport from Sangla, so it should not be a big worry.
The last railhead from Sangla is Shimla but there is only a toy train from Shimla to Kalka. The toy train is a fun experience if you have time but if you are lacking time, then choose a taxi or bus to reach Kalka from where you can get fast trains like Shatabdi for Delhi. Shimla to Kalka is a 2.5-3 hrs journey via road (90 Kms).
The nearest airport to Sangla is in Shimla. The air connectivity has been recently revived with UDAN scheme from GOI. Limited subsidized seats for Shimla - Delhi route are available but you need to book very early for that.
Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?
The views of Chitkul and Sangla Valley are to die for. Tourists from all over the country come to this valley to specially enjoy the breathtaking beauty of mountains. Get a glimpse of artistic legacy at Kamru Fort dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kamakhya Devi. Bering Nag Temple is an architectural wonder dedicated to Lord Jagas. The temple has an important mythological significance in the area. Brelengi Gompa is a beautiful monastery in Sangla that you ought to visit. If you have another day or two, you can add Chitkul to your program. Sangla is famous for wood carved artefacts and Kinnaur apples which you can take back as a souvenir from the trip.