Rupin Pass Trek Overview

Rupin Pass Himalayan Trek will take you 15,250 ft above the heavenly skies of the Himalayas to present you with the views of Kailash Peak. India’s most classical trek of all time, 7- day Rupin Pass moves you through the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. Trekking will start with surrounding hamlets, letting you witness the mountain culture near the Himalayas. You will be amazed on the first day of your journey by the charm of the Rupin River. As you ascend the mountains, you will be experiencing the lush greenery that turns into the white world of snow. The trek will make you encounter hundreds of waterfalls plunging from the mountains. You will be plunged into the deep dark forests and witness the big rivers.

Rupin Pass Himalayan trek surprises you with scenic views almost every hour you ascend. The trail will pass through snow bridges, snow-covered mountains, cascades, glacial valleys, glacial meadows, snowfields. While witnessing these wonders, the trek will give you a rush of adrenaline with its rapid variation of the tracking path. Some parts of the trail are too steep, making it difficult to climb but slowly change to simple walkways. The trek has a grade of 2, rating it among moderate to difficult levels. Moving successfully through all the precipitous trails, you will climb up to 15,250 ft or 4648 meters high to be stunned by the looks of the Himalaya summits of the Kinner Kailash range and other mountains near Charang La.

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  • Encounter hundreds of waterfall cascading down with a rush from high mountains, it may seem as Plummeting from sky.
  • Rupin Pass trek unfolds at an altitude of 15,250 ft, which will give you pictorial and mesmerizing view of the lofty Kailash Peak, and leave you smitten by the beauty
  • Explore the surreal Jhaka Village that gives it the appearance of hanging out from a cliff.

  • Discover the connection of Dhaula in Uttarakhand to Sangla in Himachal Pradesh via high passes, before reaching the Rupin Pass at 12,250 feet.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
  • The transfer can be opted at an additional price from Dehradun to Dhaula in a Shared Private Vehicle and from Sangla to Shimla in a Government Bus.
  • The Rupin Pass trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this Rupin Pass trekking.
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Quick Facts of Rupin Pass Trek

Quick Facts of Rupin Pass Trek
  • Maximum Altitude of Rupin Pass Trek - 15250 ft
  • Duration - 8 Days
  • Rupin Pass Trek Distance - 52 Kms
  • Trail type - Difficult
  • Airport - Jolly Airport, Dehradun
  • Snow Season - Winter, usually starting in the month of November
  • Base Camp - Dhaula hamlet
  • Best Season - May-June (Pre Monsoon), Sep-Oct (Post Monsoon)
  • Region - Uttarakhand
  • Who Can Participate - The minimum age required to embark on the most thrilling trek is 15 years. The maximum age for this trek isn't specified, however if you're above 70, it would be advisable to proceed with extreme caution.Participants are required to have previous experience of at least one high altitude trek of upto 5,000/16,400 ft.

Short Itinerary for Rupin Pass Trek

  • Day 1- On the first day, you will reach the base camp from Dehradun. The journey will start from Dehradun to reach Mori village first at the altitude of 1100 m. From there, you will reach Dhaula to rest in the camp overnight.

  • Day 2 - The trek will start the next day to reach Sewa at an altitude of 2100 m in 2-4 hours.

  • Day 3 - The next day, you will be ascending to Jakha at 7200 trekking for 6-7 hours from the Sewa campsite.

  • Day 4 - On this day, you will trek and reach the Rupin Valley’s entrance. For trekking for about 5-6 hours, you will reach Suruwas Tach at a whopping altitude of 3250 m.

  • Day 5 - The next day, you will ascend to Dhanderas Tach for 5 kilometers to reach the camping area.

  • Day 6 - marks the most difficult part of the trek involving steep climbs. Upon reaching 15,250 ft high at the Upper Waterfall camping area, you encounter views of Kailash Mountain Range and Himalayas. After some time, you will be descending to Ronti Gad Pastures.

  • Day 7 - This day you will be descending to Ronti Gad for 10 kilometers. The last day of the trek will take you to Shimla from the Ronti Gad campsite.

Rupin Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1

Dehradun to Mori (1100m) to Dhaula (1800m)

  • Travel to the base camp for 7-8 hours covering 195 kilometers.

  • Transfer from Dehradun railway station to Mori (1100m).

  • Witness the beautiful village of Mori on the banks of the beautiful Tons river.

  • From Mori, proceed through the pine woodland across the Tons river.

  • Reach Netwar to pay homage at the sacred place of Pokhu Devta.

  • Move to the base camp of Dhaula hamlet, located near Rupin Gad at 1800 m.

  • Rest in the tents overnight before starting the trekking activity.

Know Before You Go to Rupin Pass Trek

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  • Make sure to train yourself well before the trek to reach the endurance level of walking 10 kilometers in 60-70 minutes.

  • Visit a doctor before the trek to assess your fitness level and receive any necessary health checks.

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays, as snow reflects the sun and can cause snow blindness.

  • Have 7-9 hours of sleep on the days of your trek because moving restlessly will impede your journey and make you uncomfortable.

  • Carry a 50-60 liter backpack to store all of your essentials.

  • Trekking poles can cut your energy consumption by 30-40% by increasing your speed and decreasing your trekking time.

  • Practice ventilation techniques as atmospheric pressure drop at such high altitudes, resulting in reduced oxygen inhalation.

  • The sudden drop in oxygen levels can cause headaches, hypoxic conditions, vomiting, and a variety of other health issues.

  • Carry medications and take the necessary precautions to avoid these.

  • Wear thermal layers or multiple layers of clothing to keep yourself warm.

  • Cover your head as cold waves strike your head and face, lowering your body temperature.

  • Climbing too quickly will tire you out and may result in an accident.

  • Use ropes where necessary in Rupin Pass.

What to Pack for Rupin Pass Trek?

Other Essentials
  • Winter weather necessitates the covering of thermal clothing with inners, sweaters, jackets, and coverage even on legs.

  • You can beat the frigid temperatures on your trek by wearing multiple layers of T-shirts, which you can add/remove as the weather changes.

  • Scarves, caps, and woolen ear coverings are required because cold waves cause you to lose major of your body heat through your head. As a result, the head must be completely covered.

  • Carry several pairs of gloves and socks.

  • You must carry two trek pants with zippers.

  • In case of an emergency, you should carry rainwear.

  • Trekking shoes that are appropriate for hills and mountains, particularly snow.

General Trivia About Rupin Pass Trek

General Trivia About Rupin Pass Trek
  • In the autumn, the Apple season begins in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Apart from the views encountered on the trek, you will come across plenty of apple trees. Friendly localities of the region may even invite you to their homes for eating apples.

  • Jhaka Village is also known as the hanging village due to its presence at a high altitude. This village is a friendly stop to the difficult terrain of the Rupin Pass. A temple in the village is situated on a rock that gives you a view of the entire village. The temple walls of the village are carved with coins of pillars, wood, and many other things with precession.

  • Jiskun has a strange practice of extracting honey from the honey bees as they keep small boxes for them to form a hive.

Why to Go for Rupin Pass Trek?

You should choose Rupin Pass Trek as it is a classic trek that takes you up at a whopping altitude of 15,250 ft. It is one of the most popular Himalayan treks as it starts from lush green landscapes and ascends through dark forests to reach snow-covered mountain tops. The rapid variation in the trail makes you cross different terrain ranging from simple walkways to extremely steep climbs. Each point in the trek is known to mesmerize you as the journey encompasses trekking on the lush green landscapes and snowfields in a single route.

On the first day of the trek, you will come across the enchanting Rupin River and surrounding hamlets. As you ascend the trail, the journey will present you with views of hundreds of waterfalls throughout the journey. You will witness the beauty of Mother Nature through snow bridges, snow-covered mountains, cascades, glacial valleys, glacial meadows, and snowfields. Rupin Pass Himalayan trek makes sure to give you the thrills of trekking through the steep via ropes. As you reach the top, Mount Kailash Range and the Himalayas will reward you with their captivating views. Besides the enthralling trekking journey, you will get a chance to interact with localities as the trek is full of villages through the trek.

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How Difficult is the Rupin Pass Trek?

    Rupin Pass trek is graded as a moderate-difficult level 2 trek. It is because the trek has a fast-changing trail which sometimes is a simple walk but changes to a steep climb rapidly. The terrain becomes difficult to walk, ropes are used in the trek. The total trek distance is 52 kilometers for 7 days, an average of 7 kilometers per day. In reality, you would be walking 10 kilometers on multiple days of the trek. This makes the person go through constant altitude loss and gains within the journey. To reach 15,250 ft at the top, the trek follows the steep path from Dhanderas Tach onwards. Even in summers, snow bridges and snow fields are there to be crossed. For choosing this Himalayan trek, you should possess a cardiovascular endurance of moving 10 kilometers in 60-70 minutes before the actual trek starts. Prior practice is needed to gain this endurance by running, swimming, cycling, and climbing stairs without stopping.

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