Brief Description

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.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • 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 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 ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1: Report in Dhaula (5,100 ft). Overnight in homestay 180 Kms drive from Dehradun.
2 Day 2
Day 2: Trek 7 km to homestay in Sewa (6,300 ft). Time to reach: 6 hours
3 Day 3
Day 3: Trek 9 km from Sewa to homestay in Jhaka (8,700 ft). Time to reach: 7 hours
4 Day 4
Day 4: Trek 6 km to Saruwas Thatch camp (11,150 ft). Time to reach: 5 hours
5 Day 5
Day 5: Trek 5 km to Dhanderas Thatch camp (lower waterfall) (11,680 ft). Time to Reach: 4 hours
6 Day 6
Day 6: Trek 3 km steep to Upper Waterfall camp (13,120 ft). Time to Reach: 3 hours
7 Day 7
Day 7: Trek 10 km to Ronti Gad camp (13,420 ft) via Rupin Pass (15,200 ft). Time to Reach: 11 hours
8 Day 8
Day 8: Trek 12 km to Sangla village (8,800 ft). Time to Reach: 6 hours

Big Questions

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

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 4 Kms in 35-40 mins or Walk continuously for 8 Kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  2. Hold your breath for 25-30 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 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 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 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?

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.

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?

May-June, 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 with 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 type: 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?

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. Higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

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?

We have two pick-up points: ISBT, Tikonia Chowk in Haldwani and Railway station in Kathgodam. The dropping point will be in Sangla. We also provide optional transport from Sangla to Shimla. In that case, you will reach Shimla from Sangla late in night and might 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 in the night.

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 Dhaula. You will also find BSNL network at Jhaka.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 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 includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Services of a Trek Leader

What's 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
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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