The Rupin Pass Trek is a spine chilling experience and a fulfilling holiday destination for trekkers to explore the unknown region – situated at an altitude of 15100 ft in the Himalayan mountain range of Himachal Pradesh with lush green valleys all around. Though graded as difficult, the trek just hypnotizes trekkers and presents variants in the form of cascading streams, flourishing meadows, snow covered peaks, beautiful small villages and flowing rivers. Pay respects to the Pokhu Devata, and pass through the Rhododendron forests, fields and meadows. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Kinner Kailash range that is surrounded by Sangla valley. During the trail, trekkers cross exotic snowfields which urge them to explore much deeper. The challenging ascents and descents on the slippery muddy trails and hard snow surfaces are the most difficult parts of the trek. Views of waterfalls and the Jhaka village on the mountain edges are most unique atop mountain. One can explore the vivid biodiversity of the region and see the different species of animals and birds. As always, interacting with the locals helps to understand the regional culture and lifestyle.
About Rupin Pass Trek:
The trail passes through some of the unique / unexplored areas of the region. Trekkers pass through Mori, a beautiful little village that rests amidst the backdrop of the flowing Tons River which is the largest tributary of Yamuna. Passing through the small and quaint villages trekkers get a chance to witness the local culture and tradition. The waterfalls, hanging valley at Jhaka village, snow bridges and the forests of Fir and Rhododendrons presents a unique experience. The passage and exit through the woodlands, are so sudden that trekkers feel as if something dramatic is happening around. Get mesmerized by the gigantic peaks of Kailash as trekkers gradually reach to complete the Rupin pass trek.
The magnificent two story temple of Kinnauri culture at Sewa, is altogether different from similar surrounding structures. Trekkers cover a total distance of 52 Kms in total.
Highlights of Rupin Pass Trek:
- See the beautiful streams and enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls, flowing from a height and appearing to fall from the sky!.
- Enjoy camping near the gushing water and clear night sky, under the beauty of the stars. Also enjoy a small bonfire with friends.
- Trek through the most alpine and dense forests of Oak, Rhododendrons and Fir.
- See the rare flora and fauna of the region.
- Enjoy the majestic view of the Kailash peak that mesmerizes trekkers.
- Meet the locals and learn about their culture and tradition.
Facts About Trek To Rupin Pass:
|Region||Garhwal Region, Uttarakhand|
|Starting Point||Dehradun – Uttarakhand|
|Ending Point||Shimla – Himachal Pradesh|
|Duration||8 Days 7 Nights|
|Ideal Time||The best time to visit this region between March-May as the temperature is warm and pleasant with clear and sunny skies. June- September receives heavy rainfall and is not a good time to visit.|
|Temperature||The day temperature is between 13*C- 18*C and in the nights it drops to -7*C.|
|Level||Difficult. This trek requires high physical stamina and endurance. Suggested to undergo regular aerobic training exercises, toning and cardio vascular programs before this trek. Most importantly, trekkers should be free of ailments.|
|Total Distance||52 Kms|
|Maximum Elevation||The trek starts with a minimum elevation of 8500 ft at the Dhauladar ranges and reaches a maximum elevation of 15250 ft at the Sangla pass.|
|Weather||The best time to visit this place is in summer as the temperature is warm and pleasant and ranges between 20*C-25*C. In winter the temperature drops to -5*C with heavy snowfall. Post monsoon the region is prone to landslides and is not recommended for visits.|
|Communication||There is connectivity till Dhaula, and Jiskun. After trekkers reach Sangla the mobile connectivity is completely lost. Sometimes, the mobile connectivity may fluctuate. In case of emergency there are lot of landlines, PCO and satellite communication.|
|ATM Point||The last ATM point is at Purola before the trek starts.|
Dehradun – Mori 1100 m – Dhaula 1800 m – Drive – 195 Kms – 7 – 8 Hrs – Trekkers assemble at Dehradun Railway station by early morning. Take a vehicle and proceed to Mori. This beautiful village is beside the banks of Tons River. Once trekkers reach Mori proceed to Netwar that passes through the pine forests along the banks of Tons River. Pray at the Pokhu Devta temple, and later on proceed to the small village of Dhaula. At the Rupin Gad mountain range the trekking commences. Overnight stay will be at tents and trekkers get ready for the next day of the Rupin pass trek.
Dhaula 1800 m – Sewa 2100 m – Trek 3 – 4 Hrs – This day enjoy the trek amidst the Rhododendrons, woodlands, fields and meadows. After some long walk arrive at Sewa village. Spend the day here and overnight stay will be at tents.
Sewa 2100 m – Jakha 2700 m – Trek 6 – 7 Hrs – This day pass through few small beautiful villages, and get a taste of the local culture, daily life and traditions of the locals. The route is a feast to the eyes – enjoy the forests, snowy ridges and the Dhauladhar mountain range. Finally they come to Jakha that is a small village and also the highest altitude place in this region. Overnight stay will be at tents.
Jakha 2700 m – Suruwas Thach 3250 m – Trek 5 – 6 Hrs – Trek to the beautiful meadows of Suruwas Thach. Pass by the river and traverse by the thick jungle, to come to the Rupin valley. Enjoy the sight of the Rupin waterfalls here. The warm and pleasant environs adds beauty and charm to make the camping a happy one. Overnight stay will be at tents.
Suruwas Thach 3250 m – Waterfall Camp 3950 m – Trek – 6 -7 Hrs – This day the trekkers start ascending from the meadows – Relax and enjoy the surrounding nature. The trail then leads to a steep snowy stretch until reaching the upper waterfall camping area. Overnight stay will be at tents.
Waterfall Camp 3950 m – Rupin Pass 4610 m – Ronti Gad 4000 m – Trek – 8 – 9 Hrs – Trekkers start early, and this day is full of challenges – They have to climb snowfields and traverse across rocky paths. This could involve making use of ropes, but only if needed at some points. Depending on the snow the ascend might take 6 hours. Enjoy the beautiful Himalayan and the majestic Kinner Kailash ranges, close to the Charang La pass. Relax for sometime and again start the descent. After trekking for a couple of hours arrive at Ronti Gad pastures. Overnight stay will be at tents.
Ronti Gad 4000 m – Sangla 2700 m – Trek – 5 – 6 Hrs – This day will be a strenuous and steep downward descend to Sangla. The route is beautiful, as trekkers get splendid views of the Kinner Kailash peaks, along the small villages of Sangla that surround this place. After this trekkers see the beautiful Baspa River, that winds through the valley. Enjoy a cup of masala tea unique to the Sangla region. Spend sometime here and overnight stay will be at tents.
Sangla – Shimla – Drive – 225 Kms – 6 Hrs – Have breakfast and board vehicles to go back to Shimla. The drive is beautiful and lovely. After arriving at Shimla, relax and then proceed to respective destinations.
“Hotel Lemon Tree and Madhuban” are the best hotels in Dehradun. These hotels have got Green Hotelier Award from the International Hotel and Restaurant Association in an effort to promote eco- friendly tourism. These hotels provide warm and hospitable services to the customers, with clean and hygiene environments. There are lot of buses to reach these hotels. The hotels are leisure cum business hotels and is hardly 1 km from the railway station and 26 km from the airport. The hotel offers the following facilities:
- Free Wi-Fi facilities
- Ample parking and drivers’ accommodation
- Special Tariffs for Corporate guests and other groups
- Wedding Hall
- Spacious Rooms
- Banquet / Conference Halls
- Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
Online travel portals offer lot of choices to book accommodation at desired prices, preferred time and conveniences. Besides, on early bookings travelers can avail discounts and offers. Some of the other recommended hotels are:
|Hotel Siddhartha Residency||3 Star|
|Hotel Pacific Dehradun||4 Star|
|Hotel Madhuban||4 Star|
|Hotel Crown Royale||3 Star|
|Ramada Dehradun Chakrata Road||4 Star|
|Hotel The Onix||3 Star|
|The Golden Oyster||4 Star|
|Hotel Doon Regency||3 Star|
|Hotel Vishnu Inn||4 Star|
|Hotel Inderlok||4 Star|
|Hotel President||4 Star|
|Lemon Tree Hotel, Dehradun||4 Star|
|North Star Residency||3 Star|
|Hotel Sand Stone||3 Star|
|Hotel Rajpur Heights||4 Star|
|Imperial Clarks Inn||4 Star|
|Hotel Abhinandan Grand||3 Star|
The cuisine of the region are called “PAHADI” OR “KANGRA” cuisine, and both vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisine are cooked in this region. The people of the region use lot of spices in the preparation of their dishes and the dishes are cooked in a low flame. The people of this region also consume lot of dairy products specially ghee, buttermilk and curd to add an extra taste to their dishes. During the local food festival called “Dham” food is specially prepared by traditional cooks. The vegetarian dishes are Kafuli, Phaanu, Bhang Ki Chutney, Til Ki Chutney, Stuffed and Aloo Chapatti, Aloo Tamatar Ki Jhol, Gatak Ke Parate, Chainsoo, Aloo Ke Ghutke, Rice, Kumaoni Raita, Pahari Rajma Daal, Sisunk Ka Saag, Thhattwani, Jhangoraa Ka Kheer and Arsa. The non-vegetarian dishes are Chicken curry, aadab gohst, marinated chicken, chicken anaardana, grilled fishes and Kullu trout. The cuisine of this region reflect the geographical and cultural diversities of the culinary and cooking habits of the people of this region. All these dishes keep the body warm and give lot of heat and energy to the body. The people of this region cultivate lot of pulses, wheat, buckwheat and legumes that are organically cultivated and grown according to the climate of this region.
Other Inclusions For Rupin Pass Trek:
The other inclusions of the trek are:
- Charges of 2 guides, for the group – maximum 12 trekkers 1 guide and 6 group members for all activities.
- First aid/ medical kit.
- Forest entry charges, permits and camping fee (if any)
- All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
- Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
- Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
- Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)
- Kitchen / dining / toilet tents as required during the trek.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Food during the transit
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
- Rent for trekking shoes (if available) at additional cost (Presently, Rs.200/ – per trekking day). The charges are applicable irrespective if the shoes are worn or not during the trek.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
- Stay at Sangla on the last day is not included. Stay at Shimla, during the return journey, will have to be booked by trekkers on their own.
Dehradun can be reached by either air, train or road.
The Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport that is 25 Kms from the city. There are flights to Delhi and other metros on a daily basis. Besides, this is well connected with Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur, Raipur, Madurai and Srinagar. Travelers can get taxis and cabs outside this airport to reach any part of the city from here.
The Dehradun Railway station serves as the nearest railhead of all Northern railway. This station is 2 Kms from the city. This is well connected to many cities spread across India. In all there are 19 different train services. Travelers can hire lot of taxis/ cabs just outside the station to go anyplace.
Dehradun has good services that starts from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate – Delhi. The distance is approx. 250 Kms with a travel time of around 6 Hrs. There are regular and deluxe buses that connect Dehradun to different destinations like Meerut, Roorkee and Nahan on a daily basis. There are different bus services operated by Uttarakhand Tourism from Delhi to reach Dehradun.
Dehradun can be reached by the National Highway 72 from various destinations. The ISBT Delhi has frequent buses to Dehradun that takes around 6 hours. Buses of private and state operators leave from the ISBT Dehradun to different destinations.
There are couple of buses from Dehradun to Sankri, which is 200 Kms away with a travel time of around 6 hours.
- There are many private and public buses in Dehradun that cater to local transportation.
- The Uttarakhand State Road Transport Corporation serves as the main hub for many government interstate, and intra state transport service.
- The ISBT Dehradun, is just 10 minutes from the railway station.
- There are cabs/ taxis and even auto rickshaws for commuting within Dehradun, the rates are negotiable. The cost can be shared among the trek members.
- There are car rental available with different packages for sightseeing around Dehradun. Bikes are also rented out that is one more exciting option.
- The distance / travel time between Dehradun and some major cities are:
Distance From Major Cities To Reach Rupin Pass:
- Faridabad- Dehradun: 259 Kms / 5 Hrs
- Jaipur- Dehradun: 500 Kms / 8 Hrs
- Allahabad- Dehradun: 750 Kms / 13 Hrs
- Delhi-Dehradun: 237 Kms / 5 Hrs
- Sankri- Dehradun: 200 Kms / 6 Hrs
- Chandigarh- Dehradun: 168 Kms / 5 Hrs
- Lucknow – Dehradun: 550 Kms / 13 Hrs
- There are also lot of shared jeeps/ buses available till Sankri that start from Dehradun.
- Trekkers on their last day take reserved vehicles from Shimla, and the cost will be shared by the team members. The driver/ transportation cost should be paid directly to the driver/ owner and is excluded from the trekking charge.
- The taxis have their own association, Dehradun Taxi Service association and the drivers are friendly and hospitable.
Some of the basic essentials recommended are:
- Comfortable footwear (trekking shoes, sneakers -with good grip and thick sole).
- Comfortable warm clothes (water proof linings, jackets)
- Inner garments
- Snow/ normal gloves
- Muffler/ Scarf
- Thick fleece jackets or sweaters
- Ruck sack/ Extra polythene bags (for carrying wet clothes).
- Warm T-shirts(full sleeve)
- Light micro fleece pullover
- Sleeping bags
- Backpack and Daypack (to carry daily essentials).
- Trekking pants (water resistant, for extra warmth 2).
- Full sleeve woolen pullover / Sweaters
- Thermal inner wear/bottoms/ Woolen cap
- Thick woolen and cotton socks (4-5 pairs).
- Trekking poles.
- Gore-Tex jackets
- Raincoat/ raincover
- Towel/ small / Camp towel/ sarong
- Duffel bags down/ synthetic camp booties
- Headlamp/flashlights with extra batteries
- Insulated water bottle/ Hydration pack/ one liter water bottle
- Sun glasses/ goggles.
- Sunscreen lotion, moisturizer, lip balm and skin ointment.
- Sun hat/ baseball cap
- Video camera.
- Extra passport photos
- Wind and rain gear with hoods
- Money pouch/ belts
- Energy bars and drinks.
- Mobile charger and power banks
- Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- One pair cotton trousers / shorts
- Personal toiletries and medication
- Medications for common ailments:
- Diamox- To prevent acute mountain sickness
- Dexamethasone- One strip
- BP tablets as necessary
- Crocin- for fever
- Vitamin tablets for energy
- Avomine- to prevent motion sickness
- Avil- for allergies
- Combiflam- Painkiller
- Disprin- Headaches
- Norflox TZ and Lomofen- Diarrhoea
- Digene- for acidity
- Omez/ rantadine- antacids
- Crepe bandage- 3 to 5 meters
- Guaze- 1 small roll
- Band aid- 10 strips
- Cotton- 1 small roll
- Oral Rehydration solution fluids- 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches and sprains).
Some guidelines to follow are:
- Climatic conditions in the high altitudes differ from those of that in the plains hence, trekkers should take enough time to get themselves acclimatized to the high altitudes.
- Listen to the Guide’s instructions and follow the guidelines given by him for a safe, smooth and enjoyable trekking experience and to prevent mishaps.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol or any other intoxicants during the course of the trek.
- Do not bring any sort of non- biodegradable materials.
- Trekkers should always keep themselves hydrated.
- During extreme snowfall, carry goggles to prevent blindness from the bright reflection of the sun’s rays.
- Carry sugar and energy bars to keep the sugar levels balanced and ensure that they do not drop.
- Carry matches, spray or deodorants to keep away from the danger of wild animals.
- Carry identification proof.
- Dress religiously and modesty while visiting temples.
- Avoid carrying snacks and junk food
- Travel in small groups.
- For extra porters, an extra charges should be paid, per day to avail their services, and to carry the personal belongings throughout their trek.
- In case trekkers prefer their own sleeping bags they can buy new sleeping bags from the store.
- One can even opt for personal trekking gear and an extra oxygen at an additional cost.
- Proper waste disposal.
- Respect local cultures and be sensitive towards the wildlife.
- General precautions and steps should be taken for altitude acclimatization, with the assistance of the trek guides.
- Always pack light and carry only the essentials
- Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items
- Do not roam and trek during nights.
- Consult a physician to know whether the individual is fit enough to undertake the trek.
- Do not litter the local sites or campsites as the whole trek takes place through eco- friendly zones.
- Physical and mental preparation is essential, be ready to trek in high altitudes. Trekkers should be ready to trek in high altitude terrains and face rough weather and trek in harsh climate.
- Trekking crew is essential since they may help in dealing with any sort of emergencies that arise on the way.
- Getting a proper insurance is necessary and it should cover medical rescue evacuation in case of emergencies. It is advisable to have safety backup like oxygen pressurize altitude chamber in emergency cases.
- To prevent frostbites from extreme freezing temperatures, wear proper trekking boots and socks to keep warm.
- Always carry a couple of pairs of thermal innerwear.
- Avoid wearing more than one pair of socks to have good blood circulation.
- Wear track pants instead of denim jeans.
- Vision and contact lenses- A spare will help in case the one in use is damaged.
- Suture Kit- Kit is for use by local health care providers and requires a letter from the doctor on a letterhead stationery.
- Medical / Clinical Items:
- Syringe Kit- ( for diabetics)
- Medical alert tags, necklace, bracelets ( for emergency identification)
- Antifungal ointments
- Insect bite ointments
- Bandages- Multiple sizes, adhesive tape and gauze
- Moleskin or molefoam for blisters
- Elastic compression bandage wrap for sprains and strains.
- Disposable gloves
- Digital thermometer
- Scissors and safety pins
- Eye drops
- Cotton swabs
- Oral re hydration drops
- Health insurance cards and policy waiver.
- Proof of yellow fever vaccination – If in case the trip needs travelers to take completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical waiver.
- Copies of all prescriptions- Be sure to have copies of all prescriptions that have generic drug names. Also, carry prescriptions for eyeglasses/ contact lenses and other essential medical supplies.
- Photo Identity ID card, PAN, Driving License, Voter ID (better to carry copies for submission to any higher authorities).
- Disclaimer form to be duly filled and signed by a certified trek leader.
- Contact details
- Travelers must carry cards having contact numbers and e- mail-id of their friends/ relatives in case of any emergencies.
Weather Conditions During Rupin Pass Trek:
The best time to visit the Rupin Pass Trek is between May-June as the temperature is warm and pleasant with clear and sunny skies or after monsoon – ie. October-November.
Winter (December- Mid March):
The winter season receives heavy snowfall. The day temperature is between 10*C-15*C and in the night it drops to -5*C and the region is frozen. Not recommended for visit.
Monsoon (July- September):
This season has heavy rainfall, and the roads are blocked. The trails are muddy and slippery with chances of landslides and other natural calamities. Not suitable for treks.
During this time the temperature is warm, pleasant and salubrious. The temperature ranges between 20*C-25*C during the day with cool winds, sunny and clear skies. The temperature drops to -7*C at night. The Himalayas are clearly visible and the meadows come back freshly to life with carpet like green cover and Rhododendron flowers in full bloom. Ideal season for visit.
Autumn/ Spring (October – November):
During this time the temperature is warm and pleasant between 15*C-20*C. Hues of different flowers – Crocus, Dahlia, Nerine, Sternbergia, Cyclamen Hederifolium, Winter Aconite, Snowdrop, Cyclamen Coum, Gladiolus Murielle, Rhododendrons, Orchids and Roses fully blossom and is a visual / colorful sight to watch. Brahma Kamal flower is unique to this region which bloom on the rocky edges. The grass turns into golden hue! Another best season to visit and trek.
The “Rupin Pass Trek” provides an opportunity to explore the unexplored and a distinction of having different starting and ending points. The waterfalls, hanging valley adds charm to this exciting trail. Venture out and experience the thrill yourself!