Rupin Pass Trek

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.


Show detailed itinerary
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: 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.

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

Packing List: What to pack

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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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