Brief Description

Stretching over 65 kilometres between the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, Rupin Pass is undeniably one of the Grandest Cross-Over Treks of India. Every turn on the trail feels like a giant theatre curtain unfurling, revealing dramatic landscapes drenched in a mindboggling array of colors leaving you dumbstruck in its wake. Be it a hike through thick pine and rhododendron forests or meandering through a hanging village, crossing giant glacial valleys or trudging through the narrow and steep gully of Rupin Pass, glissading down snow chutes to Ronti Gad or making your way  to the top of a waterfall, there is never a dull moment once you are on the trail!

Read: Highlights of the Rupin Pass Trek

Climbing to an altitude of 4,650 M, the Rupin Pass is a moderate level trek perfect for trekkers who have done an easy trek previously & are looking to step up their trekking game. Although the distances covered each day are reasonable and the altitude gain on the trek is relatively steady, the trail does present some challenges demanding a unique skillset to navigate its terrain efficiently.

Read: Challenges of the Rupin Pass Trek

It is not only the landscape that undergoes multitudes of transformation. The Rupin River in itself changes avatars as we move from campsite to campsite. If we had to pick one, this would perhaps be our most favourite feature of the trek. What makes it special is that you get to trek from the riverbed in Dhaula all the way to the top of the Rupin Waterfall! Not many can claim to have witnessed the course of a river as intimately as one does on the Rupin Pass Trek!

The best time to do Rupin Pass is May - June, and September - October. This page contains a complete guide to the Rupin Pass Trek. You will find everything you need to know - Rupin Pass Route Map, Weather conditions, temperature, itinerary, photos, and videos. Scroll to the end for Rupin Pass Trek blogs.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Make Your Way from Shimla (2,276M) to Jiskun (2,099M)

Distance: 198 km from Shimla to Jiskun

Duration: 9-10 hour drive

If you have signed up with Bikat for a drive from Shimla to Jiskun, the day starts early. Everyone assembles at the meeting point by 7 in the morning so we can start our long drive up to Jiskun – a charming agricultural village in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Although there’s nothing more on the agenda for today other than the 10-hour drive, it is better to leave as early as possible for two reasons:

One, so we can reach as early as possible and give our bodies enough rest for what’s coming the next day. And, two, roads on the mountains are unpredictable and it is always better to account for delays when we start. It is also better to reach before it gets dark.


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Day 2

Bawta (2,350M) to Jhaka (2,750 M)

Distance covered: 6-7 km

Duration: 4-5 hours

The trail for today snakes up in a continuous ascent through dense forests after passing through the traditional high-altitude villages of Himachal Pradesh. Once we cross the last signs of habitation, we cross over a small wooden bridge and head on upwards towards our destination for today.


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Day 3

Jhaka (2,750M) to Saruwas Thatch (3,280M)

Distance covered: 8-9 kms

Duration: 6-7 hours

Today’s trail takes us all the way down to the river to walk alongside its beautiful blue waters as we follow all its curves and bends. The thicket of fir forests quickly transforms to patches of snow. On crossing these, a snow bridge and a wooden bridge, we hop and jump over some boulders and streams to enter another magical forest – this one rich in rhododendrons of varied hues. 

A few more kilometers and we reach our campsite for the day – a massive field of meadows rich in all kinds of fresh colours.


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Day 4

Saruwas Thatch (3,280M) to Dhanderas Thatch camp (3,566 M)

Distance covered: 3 kms

Duration: 2 hours

Today is a short day since we covered a major part of the distance yesterday. Don’t mistake short for unexciting, however because this might as well be the best day of the entire trek which offers some of the most beautiful landscapes. This short walk on the colourful meadows takes us straight to the foot of the roaring Rupin waterfall which doubles up as our campsite for today. The magnificence of this trek is the constantly changing scenery – while the first day took us through fir forests, the second through rhododendrons, today we walk through the luminescence of silver oak trees until we end up at the campsite for the day – Dhanderas Thatch.


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Day 5

Dhanderas Thatch camp (3566 m) to Upper Waterfall camp (4080 m)

Distance covered: 4 km from Dhanderas Thatch Camp to Upper Waterfall Camp

Duration: 3 hours to reach Upper Waterfall Camp

Today’s trek is relatively short but exciting! We will be making our way to the top of the Rupin Waterfall. This section is important because it gives you ample time to acclimatize to the changing altitude and prepare for what is to come next.

The morning begins at leisure allowing the trekkers to rest their limbs properly. For about 1 km, the trail is fairly level as you cross several streams on your way decorated with a display of wild flowers and marigolds. The next section is tricky as you reach the snow patches at the base of the waterfall. This is when your snow equipments like trekking pole and ice-axe would come into play. The trek on snow is particularly challenging as the trail is steep and narrow in many sections. This continues for the next 1.5 kms before you reach the meadow at the top.

The Upper Waterfall Camp is a gorgeous meadow on the banks of a gently flowing stream. You will get to see the spectacular mountain ranges covered in snow and several streams running down through them merging into the Rupin river and disappearing below your feet. While everyone has seen a waterfall closely, only a few can claim to have seen it right from the top and observe it fall down right into the valley. You will one of those lucky few. Capture this moment at the most cinematic location one can imagine. This campsite is a true sight to behold!


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Day 6

Upper Waterfall camp (4080 m) to Rupin Pass (4657 m); Rupin Pass to Ronti Gad Camp (4005 m)

Distance covered: 4 km from Upper Waterfall Camp to Rupin Pass; 4 km from Rupin Pass to Ronti Gad Camp

Duration: 6-7 hours to reach Rupin Pass; 2-3 hours to reach Ronti Gad Camp

This is perhaps the longest and the most thrilling day of the trek. We begin as early as 5 AM and carry packed lunch and breakfast along to reenergize ourselves on the way. The challenges begin to appear shortly after we begin the trek. The ascent to Rati Pheri is a steep incline veering through snow and gains a generous amount of altitude in an hour. The trail climbs over a ridge before reaching the campsite of Rati Pheri.

The landscape changes beautifully at Rati Pheri – a promise best kept by the Rupin Pass trek! The expansive views of the Rupin valley are replaced by the alpine Dhauladar range as you now move ahead over vast snowfields. Your trek leader will provide you with appropriate snow equipments such as microspikes and gaiters depending upon the level and density of snow on the trail. From Rati Pheri, the trek is steep and quite demanding as the snow makes it difficult to trudge through. It is slipper in some sections, while at others the snow may be knee-deep demanding every ounce of your energy to take that next step. All the snow techniques you have learnt so far are put to test and how so. In about 3.5 hours, you will finally reach the base of the Rupin Pass gully. Take some time to rest and rejuvenate for the gruelling trek ahead.

The Rupin Pass gully is a narrow and steep half tube in the mountain side that is prone to lose stones falling over. It stretches over 200 m and would take anywhere between 40 minutes to 1 hour to cover, depending upon the level of snow and the speed of the trekkers.

After a long and steep icy-climb, the sight of the saddle shaped Rupin Pass cutting its way through the Dhauladar Ranges rewards you with a feeling of pure bliss and euphoria. Hundreds of stone cairns and colourful prayer flags adorn the ridge line that offers impressive views of the Kinner kailash range in the north and the Rupin valley in the south. Spend some time at the ridge and relish the eternal glory of the spectacle in front of you.

The next phase of the trek steps up the fun quotient by a notch or three. To reach the Ronti Gad campsite, you get to glissade down the chutes of snow. The descent is sharp and rapid and sliding down the snow slope is the best way to cover the distance.

The slopes even out, after the steep descent, making for an easy walk. Once you cross snowline, be prepared for another sharp descent that leads you to an endless meadow with a stream flowing gently through the mountains. This is the Ronti Gad Campsite. You will be camping here for the night in the vicinity of the towering snow-capped mountains – yet another pleasant change in the landscape around.


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Day 7

Ronti Gad Camp (4005 m) to Sangla Valley (2675 m); further to Shimla (2276 m)

Distance covered: 13 km from Ronti Gad Camp to Sangla; 225 km to Shimla

Duration:5-6 hours to reach Sangla; 7 hours to reach Shimla

We begin the descent to Sangla after breakfast, at around 9 AM. The trail is a dusty shepherd’s path as you move out of the Ronti Gad campsite. You may come across mule traffic and shepherds tending to their cattle along the way. Almost 2 hours into the trek, you will see the Ronti Gad valley retreating slowly behind you and the trail ahead opening up to first glimpses of the snow-clad Kinner Kailash range. The sight is an absolute marvel to behold.

Soon afterwards, you will see the first signs of civilization afar in the tiny village of Sangla Kanda. Take a quick break in the Sangla Kanda village and have a hot cup of tea to give yourself some respite from the sharp descent.

The trail from Sangla Kanda to Sangla veers through blue pine forests that come as a refreshing surprise. The trek gradient is a rapid decline over a broad well-defined path going through terraced farms, apple orchards and old stone houses.

As you finally reach Sangla, take one last look at the giant mountains around and bid adieu to one of the finest cross-over treks of the country.

*We will reach Shimla late at night, so make your hotel reservations accordingly.



Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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. On Bikat scale Rupin Pass trek difficulty level is 4. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

One should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in his/her kitty. Rupin Pass trek is more than 4500 meters, a person must have prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 meters.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

Forward Journey
Rupin Pass Trek has different start and end point. The start point of the Rupin Pass 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.
By Road: 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.
By Rail: 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.
By Air: The nearest airport from Dhaula is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 213 km away. You can reach Dehradun by flight.
Return Journey
The endpoint of the Rupin Pass trek is Sangla in Himachal Pradesh which is located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
By Road: 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.
By Rail: 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).
By Air: 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?

Rupin Pass trek ends in Sangla Valley. The views of Chitkul and Sangla Valley are to die for. Tourists from all over the country come to this valley to especially enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the 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 artifacts and Kinnaur apples which you can take back as a souvenir from the trip. To know more read Top attractions near Sangla and Chitkul

Packing List: What to pack



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Eligibility: Requisite Skills

One should be familiar with the following:

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Rupin Pass Trek best time is - May-June and September-October

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Dhaula, your stay will be made at a homestay. The home stay cabin is tucked into the lush woods on a gradual mountain slope overlooking the river below. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

On Rupin Pass Trek - during the day, the temperature will range from 13-18 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0-7 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets. To know more follow Rupin Pass Trek Temperature Chart

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

You can expect a good amount of snow in the first season i.e. May-June. It is difficult to expect snow post monsoons in September-October when the trek opens again for its second season.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

Pick up point for Rupin Pass Trek is ISBT Dehradun, by 07:00 am - 07:30 am. We also provide optional transport from Sangla to Shimla at the end of the trek. In that case, you will reach Shimla from Sangla late in the night by midnight 12:00-12:30 am and will have to stay in a hotel room. Make the bus bookings from Shimla for the next day.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Sangla by early afternoon. We provide an option to book transport to Shimla. In that case, you will reach Shimla by midnight 12:30 am.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Dhaula is a quaint village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. There are hardly any shops from where you can buy. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Cellular networks are available till Jiskun. You will also find BSNL & Vodafone network at Jiskun.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.

About the activity: Why should I go for this trek?

Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin pass trek is one of the most scenic treks of the Himalayas. From the dense forests to the three-stage waterfall, Rupin Pass trek is unique in many ways. The highly varied scenery of Rupin Pass makes it a pleasure for your sore eyes. It's one of the best Himalayan crossovers and the campsites are unbeatable. The maximum altitude attained on Rupin Pass trek is 15,129 ft.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek (Starting Dinner on Day 1 till Packed Lunch on Day 8)
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including Oxygen cylinder
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Dome tents - on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Micro-spikes, Gaiters, Helmets, if required
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi

Whats Not Included?

  • Portage of personal bags during the trek
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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