Rupin Pass Trek
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Rupin Pass Trek

If there is a poll on the topic which is the most beautiful trek in Indian Himalayas then Rupin Pass Trek is definitely going to be one of the top entries. While you are on Rupin Pass trail, every day is packed with surprises . The scenery changes with every turn you take on this trek.You start from Uttrakhand & End this trek in Himachal Pradesh. Be it novice or Experienced trekkers, this one is recommended for everyone.

1 Region Uttrakhand & Himachal
2 Grade Classification Moderate Plus
3 Maximum altitude 15200 ft
4 Accomodation type Camps
5 Food Nutritious food suited for trekking / 3 meals a day
6 What is included in the fee Food as per menu on the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges,if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Safety Equipment
Trek guide, cook, helpers, & porters for carrying common supplies
Services of a Trek Leader
7 What is not included in the fee 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.
8 How to Reach Dehradun by Road You can check availability & book seats in Volvo or Ordinary buses between Delhi & Dehradun on Uttrakhand Roadways' Website
alternatively you can also book this travel with us. In case you wish to do so please select this option while booking.
9 How to Reach Dehradun by Train You can check availability & book seats in Trains between various stations & Dehradun on Indian Railways' Website
10 How to reach from Dehradun to Dhaula You can travel from Dehradun to Dhaula in bus or taxi on your own.
Alternatively you can also book this travel with us. Seat/s will be booked in Tata Sumo or similar vehicle (Only Front or Middle Row ). If you wish to do so,please select this option while booking.
11 GPS Distance Elevation Data Click Here
12 Daywise Altitude Graphs
13 Max. Group Size 15

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Dhaula to Sangla

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Trek Dates

05-05-2018 - 12-05-2018(Open)
12-05-2018 - 19-05-2018(Open)
19-05-2018 - 26-05-2018(Full)
26-05-2018 - 02-06-2018(Open)
02-06-2018 - 09-06-2018(Full)
09-06-2018 - 16-06-2018(Open)
15-06-2018 - 22-06-2018(Open)
23-06-2018 - 30-06-2018(Open)
30-06-2018 - 07-07-2018(Open)
01-09-2018 - 08-09-2018(Open)
08-09-2018 - 15-09-2018(Open)
15-09-2018 - 22-09-2018(Open)
22-09-2018 - 29-09-2018(Open)
29-09-2018 - 06-10-2018(Open)
06-10-2018 - 13-10-2018(Open)
13-10-2018 - 20-10-2018(Open)
20-10-2018 - 27-10-2018(Open)


Day 1: Report in Dhaula (5,100 ft). Overnight in homestay 180 Kms drive from Dehradun.

Arrive in Dhaula by late afternoon on your own. You can also book your trip from Dehradun to Dhaula (180 km approx.) with us. This facility is optional. If you want to avail this please add this component while booking your trek. Your seats will be booked in a Tata Sumo or similar vehicle on sharing basis only in the front or middle row. You have to report in Dehradun by 7 AM. Dhaula is a quaint village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The home stay cabin is tucked into the lush woods on a gradual mountain slope overlooking the river below. Spend the night in one of the local guest houses in Dhaula. The trek begins from Dhaula the next morning after steaming-hot cups of chai.

Day 2: Trek 7 km to homestay in Sewa (6,300 ft). Time to reach: 6 hours

An easy 11 kms trek from Dhaula to Sewa with apple & apricot trees in abundance on the trail. The initial walk is through farms till you enter the dense jungle. The richness of number of streams in the last leg of trek is refreshing. As you reach Sewa, the crowned jewel of the village is an ancient Shiv temple that opens once every 12 years to welcome a local visiting god. Camp overnight at Sewa.

Day 3: Trek 9 km from Sewa to homestay in Jhaka (8,700 ft). Time to reach: 7 hours

Today we will trek to the Hanging Village of Jhaka, a challenging but rewarding climb. The final section is through beautiful deodar & walnut trees. Rising up from a deep gorge, Jhaka can be spotted through the forest perched high up on a neighbouring mountain. The Hanging Village gets its name from the way it seems to vertically climb the mountain itself, with your homestay balcony jutting right over the edge of the cliffs.

Day 4: Trek 6 km to Saruwas Thatch camp (11,150 ft). Time to reach: 5 hours

Your ascent today brings many surprises with it. Dense forests, meadows and snow bridges dot the way. The river is your companion today, and a thundering river waits for you to carefully cross it overhead on a log bridge. As you approach Saruwas Thatch, your climb levels off into a meadow tucked beneath the mountains, painted in purple rhododendrons all around. The proximate distance to Saruwas thatch is 5kms which will take about 4-5 hours. Overnight camp at Saruwas Thatch.

Day 5: Trek 5 km to Dhanderas Thatch camp (lower waterfall) (11,680 ft). Time to Reach: 4 hours

Today brings you your first glimpse of the infamous high-altitude Rupin Pass waterfall, and it is well-worth it. Only a 500 ft ascent today for acclimatization purposes, the day’s hike is gentle but stunning, tempting all who walk the trail to take a quick detour and slide (or glissade, as us trekking nerds say) down the snow slopes for a dose of adrenaline. Overnight camp at Dhanderas Thatch, where the waterfall you will climb tomorrow can be heard thundering above you.

Day 6: Trek 3 km steep to Upper Waterfall camp (13,120 ft). Time to Reach: 3 hours

Get your cameras ready- today’s hike is straight up the side of that massive waterfall you’ve inched a little closer to each day. We trek straight up the same cliff that the mighty Rupin River cascades down from just a few feet away. Dhanderous Thatch camp is waiting for you at the top, and it’s like entering a new world. You’ve left the treeline far below, and the landscape turns to a frozen landscape blanketed in deep untouched snow with jagged black mountains all around.

Day 7: Trek 10 km to Ronti Gad camp (13,420 ft) via Rupin Pass (15,200 ft). Time to Reach: 11 hours

Today is what you’ve been waiting for- and you’re going to have to work for it. We will break camps early in the morning to have more time. Your newfound skills on the snow will be put to the test (depending on the season), and you will use our snowshoes to traverse the steep, icy climb to the saddle-shaped Rupin Pass itself. The summit is worth the icy climb, revealing a 360 degree view of multiple mountain ranges, connected by the pass, which is adorned with prayer flags. The steep descent down the other side brings you to Ronti Gad camp tucked into a meadow just above the treeline.

Day 8: Trek 12 km to Sangla village (8,800 ft). Time to Reach: 6 hours

What goes up must come down- like on most treks, the last day’s trail is a steep descent. The spectacular views of Kinner Kailash Ranges will keep the photographer in you busy. Slowly but steadily, we glance our first view of civilization far below as we pass through old stone house ruins, fields of grazing chupas and village farms & orchards. The lush green fields are a welcome refreshment after several days in the white landscape of the high mountains. We will reach Sangla in 5-6 hours. The trip ends here (we know, but all good things must come to an end- only so the next can begin, of course). You can stay in Sangla or depart on the same day.

Trek FAQs

All you need to know about Rupin Pass

Why Bikat
  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking knowledge & skills like:
    • Morning Yoga & Evening Stretching
    • How to properly pack a rucksack
    • Elaborate discussion on aspects related to mountain sickness (AMS, HAPO, and HACO)
    • How to ascend and descend on snow
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Tips & tricks to identify trail signs & signals
  • Cover the full itinerary, taking no shortcuts, from Dhaula to Sewa. Get a flavor of homestays in the local villages and not just camping.
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our 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.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We focus on acclimatization We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.
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

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
Requisite Skills
  • 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
What to Pack

Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.

  • Trekking Gear
    • A rucksack with rain cover
    • A water bottle or a hydration pack
    • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
    • UV protection Sunglasses
    • A trekking pole
  • Clothing: Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites like Upper waterfall are strongly recommended.
    • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 3
    • Full sleeves T-shirts- 3
    • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 2
    • Fleece Jacket - 1
    • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (needed if you generally feel very cold despite 4 layers)
    • Warm Padded Jacket - 1 (goose down or feather is usually better)
    • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
    • Thick woolen socks- 3 pairs
    • Cotton socks - at least 4-5 pairs
    • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
    • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
    • Woolen cap - 1
  • Footwear 
    • Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes with high ankle protection -1 pair
    • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
  • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
  • Utensils
    • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunchbox - preferably aluminium
    • A plate and a spoon
    • A mug - preferably aluminum
  • Miscellaneous
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Epi-Pen - If you are allergic to a common ingredient and have a history of reaction, then please inform us. Carrying an EpiPen helps in case of any accidental intakes.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars
How to Reach

Rupin Pass Trek has different start and end point for the trek. 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.

Dehradun - Vikasnagar - Naugaon - Purola - Mori - Naitwar - Dhaula

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 buses and Volvos 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 from Sankri. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.

The end point of the 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 the season, you should reach the bus stand substantially earlier than bus departure time. Please find the HRTC timetable link below:

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 is 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 Km)

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 Attractions


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 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.

Trek Blog
The journey to Rupin Pass and beyond

We arrived at Dehradun early in the morning. Deciding to eat light for the hilly journey ahead, we had a cup of chai and biscuits and hired cabs to take our group from the town of Dehradun to the starting point of our trek- Dhaula. During the eight hour journey on the hills, we enjoyed the picturesque views Uttarakhand had to offer, stopping to grab some lunch on the way. We entered the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary and proceeded to Dhaula late in the evening, where we camped for the night next to the lovely Rupin river. The noise of the gushing river water had a surprisingly calming influence and the moonlight gave us a glimpse of all that nature was going to offer us on this trek. We retired early for the night taking a long night’s sleep to prepare us for the first day of the trek ahead of us.

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The first day of the trek always starts with high enthusiasm. We started off at around 8 in the morning after a light breakfast, crossing the hanging bridge and taking photos by the dozen. It was a well-marked trail most of the time, ascending through a few villages and crossing several rivulets on the way. The first few kilometers were an easy walk alongside the river, following it upstream. Step-farming & large fields of the wine colored “cholai” formed a large part of the terrain. The trail then ascends to gain altitude by almost 1400 feet to reach the village of Sewa. The view of the Sewa temple and a few shops nearby greeted us as we sat down for lunch. The temple remains closed most of the time as there is only one idol which is shared among 15 – 17 temples. Although the temple was closed, the sight of the several offerings by the locals to the temple deity gave us a sense of the deep devotion among the people of the village. We camped a little ahead of the Sewa village, next to the river. A bonfire and some interesting conversations with the porters turned the evening into the moonlit night. The pitch dark of the night, the sound of the flowing river, the moon light, the starry night sky… the magic of nature had just begun to mesmerize us.

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After having a decent sleep at Sewa camp we all woke up early to avoid walking under the scorching sun. It was told by our local guide that 2nd day of trek from Sewa to Jhaka village will be of approx. 10-12 Kms consisting of around 7 Kms walk on motorable road. After having our breakfast & tea we all started off from Sewa camp. After walking for 30 minutes, Five of us from the group took some other trail and reached a dead end. They tried to reach other members through whistle and shouting out but unfortunately they weren’t able to contact the other team members. After roaming for around a hour in jungle, they decided to walk along the river bed to reach the motor able road which was quite visible from the dead end point. But after walking for few stretch, water in the river roused to a higher level and it was not feasible to walk along the riverside. Then few villagers who were bypassing the road saw them and through their help they escaped and reached to a motorable path & met other team members who were searching for them. Then, we all started off a 7 Km walk on dusty, rugged road which was under construction & will be ready soon. Other than 2-3 small waterfalls, this stretch of the trek was pretty uneventful. After completing the 7 Km stretch we all reached at Bawta Village which is basically a lower Jiskun. In Bawta, we all had maggi & tea at a small shop, which was not less than a surprise welcome break for us. Soon after trail winds endlessly up, until we reach upper Jiskun. Jiskun was a good place to replenish our supplies as it had a good local stores having the availability of most of the items. Jiskun was one of the bigger villages on our way with around 100 houses. We came across many school kids on the way, they looked cheerful & greeted us. In return, we distributed chocolates & candies to these kids during the trek. After Jiskun the ascent wasn’t there but the trail was uneven and full of bigger rocks. The trail out of Jiskun descends rapidly through a forest of deodars and walnut until it reaches an enchanting dark fold in the mountain. However the toughest part of the day came after we crossed the bridge. Then, started the steep climb to Jhaka village with a trail mostly made of broken rocks for over 3 Kms, where we gained about 400 mtrs in altitude. Finally we saw a village that seemed to hang on a cliff. This was Jhaka, our night halt at an altitude of 2800 meters. Thankfully, we didn't have to stay in tent tonight as the locals here rent out rooms in their houses to trekkers. It had rained and the place seemed pristine and beautiful. Luckily the owner of the house where we got home stay had an apple tree in the backyard and we all had a treat of fresh apples.
Later in the evening, we had our dinner and had a small round of antakshri for reviving the energy we all require in further days of trek. It was quite a bit of fun.

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We were all relaxed after having slept adequately in a comfortable environment in home stay at Jhaka. We started our day after a good breakfast. Our destination for the day was Saruwas Thatch. It is a trek of 6-7 KMs from Jhaka.
Jhaka is the last place to replenish the stock if required as no village or human soul would be encountered for next four days except some co trekkers of different group or few shepherds with their heard of sheeps. We had stuff required for next four days. We all stuffed our bags with chocolates, dry fruits and other necessary items for next few days.
The altitude shift from Jhaka (8700 ft.) to Saruwas Thatch (11150 ft) is around 2500 ft. We all were excited to cross our first snow bridge today. Our bags were packed and with our local guide we left around 8. We crossed village play ground and entered into the forests which had Pine Trees, Deodar Trees and few Maple trees.
However, the weather had different plans in store for us. After trekking for some 3 hours it started drizzling and our local guide could sense the temperament of weather. We took a halt at Udaikanal for an hour. We were just short of 2 KMs from our destination.
We had a beautiful snow bridge in front of us. We had our queries about crossing snow bridge and it was adventurous enough to see the sudden weather change. After the rain had settled down we started trekking again and crossed our first snow bridge with certain level of difficulty created by bad weather. Guidance of our local guide was enough to keep us motivated and safe. Soon we reached Saruwas Thatch and after the tents were setup we were all packed in our tents and sleeping bags. One of the trekkers among us had bought playing cards from Jhaka which came as a pleasant surprise. We spent some time playing cards and had dinner and slept after a long adventurous day.

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The trail from Saruwas thatch to Dhanteras is one of the best day on the entire trek. It is very diverse in landscapes taking you along a gorge, waterfalls, meadows, forests. We walked on an almost level ground and amidst the meadows while we can see numerous cascading waterfalls feeding Rupin. The trail goes through the lush green pastures to our campsite at Dhanteras Thatch/Lower waterfall camp (~3560m, 11650ft). Distance is 6 Km and takes up to 3-4 hours.
The climb through forest and shrubs makes way to a grand amphitheater of green. As you peep from the lip of the U-Shaped valley you notice hundreds of waterfalls cascading down its brown walls to meet the Rupin. In contrast, laid out in front of you are miles of green meadows. And in between the undulating meadows the Rupin gracefully snakes its way up to its waterfall source. To top the scenery you have white snow patches lying scattered all along on the edges of the meadows. The climb is like inching along near the top of a roller coaster ride, waiting, anticipating for the view next. It doesn’t disappoint you. You have arrived at the prettiest meadow of the trek, a site so beautiful, that you want to setup camp right there. You are in the middle of the valley’s bowl. Ahead, the Rupin thunders down its three stages of waterfall. Beyond the waterfall is the alpine Dhauladhar Range looming large. This is Dhanteras Thatch.
While we were still awe-struck in the astonishment of the view, we felt a sudden urge to get acclimatize. It was a biting cold there with wind flowing at a speed of Shatabdi express. While few group members got engaged in Yoga and breathing exercises, few opted to collect thin small wood logs for a warm bonfire evening. The meadow is home to hundreds of non-milk feeding cows, left strayed by their owners for 5-6 months, accompanied by thousands of sheeps, who regularly come for an evening stroll, along with their shepherds.
Being lucky, Full Moon welcomed us soon. Her glow was serving us as an Icing on the cake at this picturesque camp. The Moon, at a hand’s distance & looming large, was accompanied by Milky way in the background and devoid of any clouds. You simply can’t ask more for a better view from the Himalayas.
We got a clear view of our next Upper waterfall camp. Along-With excitement for tomorrow was a thinking about how I am going to climb this with a 12 kg backpack but then said to myself - "He who walks with the company of God never had to fear the darkness". With satisfaction in hearts, soon we settled inside our tents.

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An evening before: Dhanteras Thatch was a beautiful high altitude meadow bigger in size and more even than Saruwas Thatch. After reaching here last afternoon, everyone was trying to get acclimatised to the conditions. Jishnu, Prateek and Rahul went with the Porters to bring in some broken n dead wood for the bonfire, which could be our last opportunity on the trek, as on further altitude, the chances of any form of vegetation were pretty bleak. Ujjwal went right upto the foothills of waterfall to get acclimatised and also to find some wooden stick, which can be used on ice as support. He had hard luck with finding the stick, but he did have a pretty good walk upto the waterfall. Ankit, as usual was doing his yoga, while Jitender was helping porters to collect dry leaves and small sticks from nearby and start some initial fire, he was also clicking some pictures around. Jaireen was feeling a bit tired and uneasy, so Priyanka was helping her out in tent with some medicines and also talking to her. Later on Priyanka joined us outside at the bonfire.
Morning of climb to the Upper Waterfall: (The fateful day we separate) The morning of climb had a clear sky and bright sun, which was a big motivating factor for the day, as previous days, had rains or cloudy skies, giving a gloomy atmosphere. However, the freshness of morning sun and enthusiasm for climbing to the top of waterfall, took a hit when we came to know that AMS had got it's first victim from the team.
Jaireen, was facing severe head ache the last night, so she was given a Diamox and combiflame but today morning her hands and feet got numb, and she was feeling dizziness and had lost appetite. These were clear symptoms for AMS. Everyone got pretty low, on how to continue the trek ahead, and all options started coming in, like possibility of staying over a day, like everyone returning from trek, like collecting nominations from everyone to be appointed as a person assisting Jaireen safely back home. Finally, we settled for the latter option and Jitender was nominated by the group to return with Jaireen.
With a heavy heart, everyone started the day after bidding goodbyes and rearranging luggage and ration. We had a delayed start to the day, but the shining sun, gave us hope to be able to complete the day comfortably. Today was a pretty steep climb. The waterfall stood tall in front of us, and we could only see the snow capped peaks beyond in horizon. We started the trek for the day and everyone stayed close to each other, as the ascent was both rocky and steep. We took the route towards the right of waterfall and it was a good 2-3 kilometres climb through the rocky route to reach our first resting point, i.e the lower waterfall. After a good rest here on top of Lower Waterfall, we crossed the glacial patch between Upper & Lower Waterfall.
A slip here would have ensured that we go down along the waterfall but the good snow conditions provided us grip and made our task less threatening. This glacial patch appeared pretty small from down the valley, but it was a good plain snow bridge for crossing the waterfall from one end to the other side. We were slowly feeling the rise in altitude, as everyone was taking a break quite often in their climbs.
The view from here of the entire valley is really a treat to the eyes, as you can see clear waters of Rupin river, with its several twists and turns flowing down, right up till the horizon. But, we still hadn't reached the Upper Waterfall Camp, and only the halfway mark. The climb from here was much steeper and even though we had only 1-2 kms more to cover, the ascent was almost at 80 degrees, with low oxygen adding to our fatigue.
The climb further took us only 1-2 hours more and finally we reached the Upper Waterfall Camp. Porters were arranging the campsite for us, and the sound of waterfall up-close was amazing. It was a good plateau area and we were right in the base, of snow covered mountains. Learning from Jaireen's experience everyone decided to stay outside only and get involved in some activity to get further acclimatised with the rise in altitude. Some of the guys, even went to check Ratapheri Campsite. Others, were spending time by the river and climbing upto the snow points, in the nearby hills.
Today was no bonfire, but we were sitting outside and discussing the day, and everyone was missing our wonderful team members Jaireen and Jitender, who had to sacrifice his journey ahead to help Jaireen, so that the rest could cover the pass and trek ahead.

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It was a chilly morning today with a temperature dip of 20 degrees below freezing point at night as recorded by our Guide Gajendra. The small stream by the campsite was frozen. However the Hot cup of coffee and noodles for breakfast made our spirit come alive. We could see the beautiful valley of Dhanteras Thatch below from the height of 13000 feet. The Sky was blue without a single spec of cloud. The sun felt warm and relieving. “ Beautiful day to cross the pass”
Announced our Guide. We started for our trek immediately after breakfast. The climb was steep and steady. We had to take frequent breaks in between and gasped for the small amount of oxygen in the air. We crossed Raat-feri camp within an hour. The half a kilometer steep slope of the pass was clearly visible from that point. Within half an hour after that, we were at the bottom of pass ready to begin our ascent. 5 minutes into the ascent felt like ages on the slippery ice.
We were crawling and reaching out for any small pieces of precariously placed rock between the slippery ice. A small slip in the ice was potentially fatal. Half way along the ascent and we were drained of all available energy. Looking down the treacherous trail felt mind bogglingly frightening while staring up was tremendously demotivating. However, gathering all the courage we could summon coupled with the distressed ATP generated through anaerobic respiration in the muscles, we were able to reach the beautiful summit.
For a couple of minutes, we couldn’t sink in the feeling of having made the death defying climb. It was a moment of great achievement for the team. We congratulated each other on reaching the top and savored the amazing moment.
It felt like heaven at the height of 15,300 feet with the beautiful fresh snow. As we posed for our Group Picture, small snow pallets started falling. Playing with the whitest crispy fresh snow, sliding down the sloppy trail and gasping for more oxygen was fun. We trekked for another 6 kms down the trail, which was equally dangerous and reached Ronti Gad completely exhausted.
It was our campsite for tonight. We sat near the stove inside the porter’s tent, removed our wet socks to make our feet dry. Hot tea and tomato soup was served that helped to get our body temperature back to normal.
With the absence of Camp fire due non availability of wood at that height, we quickly retired to our tents after dinner for a long night sleep.

All you need to know about Rupin Pass

All you need to know about Rupin Pass

All you need to know about Rupin Pass

Consequent to the exhilarating day-crossing the pass, we woke up relatively relaxed at Ronti Gad as compared to previous days.
With the adrenalin-charged feeling of having accomplished a major life event, we prepared ourselves well for the trek journey towards our final destination –Sangla a small city also referred to as the Sangla Valley in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh.
Our local guide Gajendra Ji quickly briefed us about how the day’s trek was going to be. As he informed, a long 12 km descent was ahead of us that would take around 4-5 hours’ time to complete. After having our breakfasts and a small group photo session at Ronti Gad, our motivated group of six started moving ahead gradually.
Unsurprisingly, we were greeted by shepherds with hundreds of mountain goats and sheep crossing our way. As usual, Shepherd dogs were accompanying and guarding the herd, suspiciously looking at our faces for any possible clues. As we crossed them, the Sun over us was shining and so were we – the quick learned trekking beginners.
We descended steadily along the river in group of two to three. As we witnessed similar type of ecology comprising the fauna and flora along our way, it was evident that theRupin Pass was truly acting as a flawless mirror in this so far unadulterated and untainted space on planet earth. Overwhelmed with the splendid beauty of surroundings, we walked past few houses clustered in asymmetrical manner along the trail. Most of us wanted to take rest after an hour long descent so we decided to get ourselves relaxed a bit. As we sat on the ground partially covered with grass, the native women sitting on the boundary wall, busy with their daily chores greeted us warmly with ‘Namaste’.
We keenly observed these houses; the best thing about these houses was the fact that mostly locally available and indigenous raw materials like timber, stones and other items were used to build them, thereby less polluting the environment at local as well as global level. Secondly, solar panels in various sizes were installed at the roof top of most of the houses, utilizing the free and easily accessible source of energy. We started moving again towards our final destination along the river. And somebody from the group hailed ‘Got the Network!’ with mobile phone in his hand raised high in the sky. Every one cheered the moment as finally the mobile network was accessible after couple of day’s gap. We all were able to contact our family members and inform them about our wellbeing. We also contacted Jaireen & Jitendra and enquired about their part journey. Luckily, everything was fine at their end and we also shared our Rupin Pass experience with them.
Now we reached a location from where, we could easily see the roads, light traffic moving over it, pedestrians walking in both directions, the Sangla Valley at large. It was just past noon, and a sensation that represents the physiological need to eat food stuck us. We were feeling hungry and with nothing substantial left in our backpack to munch, we pulled few apples from the nearby trees situated on our way using climbing sticks that some of us had brought for the trek – “the optimum use of sticks !”, someone of us whispered. We kept on moving steadily leaving behind the apple orchards, a primary school, a small temple and a truss bridge over the river. Crossing the bridge implied that we were positioned in the Sangla Valley at Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh. Welcome to Sangla! Mission Accomplished!! hailed all of us reaching our final destination of trekking expedition. A bit to our surprise, our local guide whistled to move further. We were not allowed to wait here for long and our little moment of joy perished in seconds.
Ahead of us was precisely quarter of a kilometre ascent that too paved one located in a village- outskirts of Sangla Market. Leaving behind the river course, we started climbing the ascent way after nearly a four hour long descent trek. With the knees & the toes exhausted by the continuous descent, this petty ascent appeared another Rupin Passwinking at us. On the way, school children returning back home greeted us, the villagers smiled at us as if they were seeing a neighbour after a long time.
Six, Five, Foour, Threeee, Twooooo and the laaast step. A glimpse of contentment spread on our faces and we congratulated each other for the remarkable success of trekking expedition. We walked relaxed on the streets of Sangla Valley until we reached a guest house where we stayed up till next morning. We started early next morning and on our return journey, we met Jaireen & Jitendra at Shimla and proceeded further to Delhi after having a break for dinner at Shimla.

Participants Speak

Trek Reviews

Neha Rai
Rupin Pass Trek - 2014

"From forests to meadows to super friendly people of Himalayan villages everything was amazing. I loved the experience of Rupin Pass Trek mainly for two reasons : first was the our trek leader who constantly kept us motivated and high on energy. Second is the trail itself which was something out of dreams and i had not seen something like this before.I would highly recommend this trek."

Vandana Yadav
Rupin Pass Trek - 2015

"While trekking on the day when we cross the pass i was telling myself what the hell am i doing here . I could have been lying in my cozy bed at home & watching my favorite flick on tv but here i was gasping for every single breath trying to believe that this will be over soon. But now when i am actually back home i think i miss that moment the most. This was my first high altitude trek and since i have returned i cant wait to be out there again with team Bikat. Thanks"

Prashant Singh
Rupin Pass Trek - 2015

"The trek is definitely not the easy one but every bit of it is worth. For me the view of the waterfall on the day when we camped at Dhanderas thatch was very special. The waterfall looks like the hair locks of lord shiva itself. Its so dramatic to see it for the first time. The view of Rupin river spiraling its way through the valley was very soothing. One more side benefit of a trek like this is the physical fitness you gain just over a period of one week, you cant get it in one month in planes."

Neha Shandilya
Rupin Pass Trek - 2015

"The trek was well planned and executed. I learned a lot of things about outdoors which i had not in my previous ventures in Himalayas. I specially liked the idea of learning based approach followed by Bikat where focus is to impart knowledge to the participants. If i want of objectify, i have learned how to pitch my own camp, How to keep myself fit during the trek, The importance of height gain and some basic rope knots. I have also come to know the importance of getting a mountaineering certification. "

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