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Rupin Pass Trek is definitely going to be one of the top entries for the most beautiful trek. While you are on Rupin Pass trail, every day is packed with surprises. The three-stage Rupin waterfall at a height of 11,500 ft is one of the best sights which leaves trekkers awestruck. The scenery changes with every turn you take on this trek. You start from Dhaula, a quaint village in Uttrakhand & End this trek in the beautiful Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh. At an altitude of 15,255 ft, it is a moderate plus level trek. The trek takes you through the traditional villages of Sewa famous for its Shiva Temple and Jhaka, known as the hanging village due to its location at the edge of a cliff. Taking you across ever-changing landscapes from vibrant meadows dotted with wildflowers to dense jungles, waterfalls to an exhilarating pass cross, the Rupin Pass Trek shows you the distinction of the two states and its culture.
Moderate ( experience of 1 high alti trek before)
Sunny during day, windy (-5 C temp at night)
4650 m (15255 ft)
Assemble in Dehradun by 7 AM and board your vehicles for Dhaula. Dhaula is a quaint village in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The homestay cabin is tucked into the lush woods on a gradual mountain slope overlooking the Rupin river below. Spend the night in one of the local guest houses in Dhaula. The Rupin Pass Trek begins from Dhaula the next morning after steaming-hot cups of chai and breakfast.
After a fresh start in the morning, you will leave for Sewa on Day 2. A 9 kms trail will take you to Sewa which is your next camping site. This is an easy trek with level tracks and as you proceed ahead, you will find the Rupin river flowing behind. The path towards Sewa has apple and apricot trees scattered which is truly a mesmerising view. Enjoy the awesome weather, with delicious snacks along with tea, taking a halt at mid point. Visit the famous Kinnaur temple Sewa after which you can end your day relaxing at the campsite.
This part of the trek is quite difficult and risky, so our trainers accompanying you will brief you and instruct you about the nature of this trail. You need to do some warm-up before beginning the trek. Parts of this trek are prone to landslides and also your endurance will be tested as the terrain varies frequently. You will come across a bridge during descent that roughly marks the border between Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. After another 15 mins of descent, you’ll reach a riverside at Haldi Khad. From the other side of this river, your journey will take a turn as the path begins to rise till you reach Gosangu. As you pass the different trails from here, narrow tracks will be visible. You will continue your trekking from Jiskun village to reach Jhaka which is at a height of about 8,700 ft and is an hour’s trek.
This village is the last village of Rupin Pass trek. Spend some time here relaxing and admiring the fascinating surroundings which is full of nature’s blessings. As you move forward, nature will unfold its beauty as you come across several small rivers and changing landscapes that will make your journey even more engaging.
As you leave Jhaka, the path you cover will have snow scattered on it. There is a bridge covered in snow that you need to cross the Rupin river. After a trek of a few kilometres, you will reach your final stop of the day, Saruwas Thatch. Spend the night here before beginning for the next phase of the trek.
A 5 kms trek from Saruwas Thatch to Dhanderas thatch will take approximately 4 hours of journey when you can experience adventure amidst the extremely rough paths, gorgeous waterfalls, snow bridges etc. There are many different kind of trails that you will pass, some through the dense forests, some climbing down a valley, meadows, snow bridge and wooden bridge. After crossing the various terrains, you will finally reach Dhanderas where you camp for the rest of the day.
Have your breakfast and start climbing to the top of a waterfall to adjust yourself to this environment as it is very important to adjust to the surroundings before proceeding further. This will also test your potential of trekking on snow using ice axe, trekking pole and you would know how to slide on snow. These techniques would help you when you cross a vast snow bridge. It is an outstanding experience watching the Rupin river flowing from high above through a waterfall. After reaching the top of the waterfall, there is a meadow which will be your campsite for the day.
Day 7 is the longest and the most challenging segment of this entire trek. A steep climb will take you towards the Rati Pheri Campsite.
NOTE: Refill your bottles at the Rati Pheri campsite as water sources are limited here.
There is a vast stretch of snow at this site which makes it impossible to follow any track. You will be trekking through the snow field to reach Rupin Pass gully. It will be the most fascinating thing to do, but, a lot of precaution needs to be taken as slips and slides are quite common here. Also, you need to be careful with the direction as there are good chances of ending up somewhere else because of less to no visibility of the path.
The 8th final day of your trek is a downwards trail to Sangla from 13,100 ft to 8,600ft covering a distance of 12 kms in 6 hours. Get amazed by the views of Kinner Kailash range and Sangla Kanda Lake on your way down. Firstly, you will climb down about 1,500 ft towards Ronti Gad which is a narrow valley after which a trek to Rukti Gad will follow. There will be little villages around, where you can stop for sometime before moving ahead. As you reach Sangla ending your trip, you will get private vehicles that will take you to Shimla.
By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun
If you prefer to reach Dhaula by yourself from Dehradun then take a direct bus to Sankri and get the ticket for Dhaula.
We can get a cab/ taxi shared arrangements for trekkers.
By Train :-
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
Nanda Devi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)
Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.
Himalayan Tahr’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
Pick-up is not included in the cost of the trek
You will reach Dhaula by 5:00 pm
Food from dehradun to Dhaula is not included in the trek cost
The trek fees includes
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