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Rupin Pass trek, leading each one of us to a great height is yet another most sought after adventure activity in the Himalayas and you would love the reasons why everyone should try this amazing trek. The Pass is perched at 4600m in the surreal Himalayan mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. The trek holds some of the majestic views of the region with the snow-capped mountains and the verdant valleys. It is considered to be a classic trek with so many surprises on the way.
With every turn that comes up during the trek, you will be introduced to the new vistas of scenery and the enhancing Rupin River along the way. As you gain the heights, the passes will be filled with snow and it is more than enough to raise your adrenaline rush. The trek is consistent in presenting before you hanging valleys and villages, forest ranges, astounding glacial meadows, multiple waterfalls and many more. Thus Rupin Pass trek is believed to be a complete entertainment package anyone would love to take part in.
Your trek can be difficult at times but once you witness the beauty of the place you will just fall in love with it. For starting trek you will first pay your homage at the Pokhu Devta, an ancient place of worship. Pass through the rhododendron woodlands, fields and ascending pictorial meadows. This amazing trek would let you witness the local culture and lifestyle alongside the fabulous views of Kinner Kailash range and the hamlets dotting the Sangla Valley. Your ascents and descents on slippery mud, screen and hard snow are a part of the trek. Feast your eyes on the exotic waterfalls and the Jhaka village which is a uniquely positioned village at the utmost edge of the mountain. Get a chance to explore the vivid wildlife of this region with a variety of species of birds and animals.
About the Trek:
An eight day long Rupin pass trek is promised to let you walk through the unending surprises as the region is less explored and mostly untouched. Pass through Mori, a little picturesque hamlet that rests on the banks of lovely Tons River. Visit and pay tribute to Pokhu Devta, an ancient place of worship and then begin your trek. Trek amidst rhododendron woodlands and fields and spend some time admiring the beauty of nature and capture the enigmatic surroundings’ images with your eyes and keep your expectations about the upcoming sights live.
At the end of the tiresome trek, you will feel rewarded since each attraction and each sight you come across is part of the history and your struggles will be paid wholly. Pass through some small hamlets and get a fine whiff of their local culture and lives. One major destination you set your foot on is Jhaka Village, a hanging one in the valley. From there, the trails take you to cross snow bridges which offer a unique experience to all. Continue trekking through the forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak.
The passage and exit to the woodlands are again so sudden that you will feel that it is a film setup around you. Captivating views of the lofty Kailash Peak become visible as you reach the final stretch of Rupin Pass trek. There, you will be able to catch the glimpses of the two-story temple of Kinnauri culture at Sewa. You will cover a distance of 52 km within a period of 8 days. Get ready for this exciting Rupin Pass trek along with your friends and explore the beauty of nature.
Rupin Pass trek Highlights:
- Come across a plethora of waterfalls and streams through the trek. It is marvelous sight to behold when numerous waterfalls flowing down from a great height resembling them to be falling down from the sky.
- Enjoy camping near the cascading waters looking at the starlit sky at night. Also, enjoy the relaxation offered by the bonfire.
- Explore the thickets of fir, rhododendron and oak.
- Identify the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.
- Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the Kailash Peak right in front of you.
- And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.
Temperature: Day: 13°C-18°C and Night: 0°C-7°C
Trekking Distance: 52km
Maximum Altitude: 15,250 Ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Dhaula
ATM: Purola which is on the way to Dhaula has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Today, you will assemble at Dehradun Railway Station by 700 AM. Hop on to a vehicle and drive to Mori. This is a little picturesque hamlet that rests on the banks of lovely Tons River.
Once at Mori, proceed in the vehicle amidst pine woodland by the Tons River to arrive at Netwar.
Here, you can pay your respects at Pokhu Devta, an ancient place of worship. It displays a stunning and distinct architecture of the locale.
Later on proceed to Dhaula hamlet which is positioned by Rupin Gad, this is where your trekking activity will begin.
Retreat for the night in the tents as tomorrow your Rupin pass trek commences.
Overnight stay at the tents.
Today start trekking amidst rhododendron woodlands and fields.
Post some hours of walking, you will arrive at Sewa.
After a great day enjoy a wonderful dinner.
Overnight stay at tents.
Today you will start trekking through some hamlets and get a fine whiff of their local culture and lives.
Enjoy the way amidst mixed forests and initial sights of snowy ridges of Dhauladhar range.
Arrive at Jakha, the final hamlet of the day that is also the highest in the region.
Later in the night, retreat to your tents.
Overnight stay at tents.
Today, you will be trekking to the dewy and charming meadows at Suruwas Thach.
At first, traverse by the river and then climb amidst a jungle stretch to arrive at Rupin Valley's entrance.
Here you can enjoy the initial sight of Rupin waterfall. The salubrious environs make the camp area a delightful one.
Overnight stay at tents.
Today enjoy a delicious breakfast and then start ascending a pictorial meadow.
At this place go trigger happy and unwind for a bit.
Post this, you will engage in a steep trek amidst likely snow stretches till you arrive at the upper waterfall camping area that can be considered the best across the globe.
Overnight stay at tents.
Begin early this day and get ready to face some challenges as you would have to ascend snowfields as well as a rocky path to arrive at the pass.
Based on the situation, you might have to make use of ropes in some of the stretches. Conducive to snow, the ascend might take you around 4-6 hours.
Once over here, you can enjoy sweeping views of the mighty Himalayas.
Witness summits of Kinner Kailash range and those near to Charang La.
Continue trekking for a couple hours and arrive at Ronti Gad pastures.
Overnight stay at tents.
Today start your trail through some of the spectacular views. Accompanying you is the vision of Kinner Kailash range along with the hamlets of Sangla valley that dot the region.
Later on, you will be greeted by Baspa River that meanders in the valley.
When at Sangla, dash off for a piping hot masala tea.
Overnight stay at tents.
Start your breakfast early today and hop on to the vehicle to be transferred to Shimla.
Enjoy the lovely drive.
Arrive at Shimla by afternoon and continue to your destination.
This marks the end of the Rupin Pass trekking tour.
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How is Rupin Pass trek weather?
The daytime temperature at Rupin Pass is around range from 13 to 18ºC and nighttime temperature is about 0 to 7ºC. The weather keeps changing all throughout the trek. There will be a good amount of snow during the month of May from Saruwas Thatch. The snow decreases in June and remains moderate during this month. September has little snow. During the first week of October, there will be first winter snow in the upper reaches which usually melts in a few days.
Is Diamox is advisable?
Yes, you can take a Diamox during your trek as you will trekking on a high altitude. Advisable to be take only in the beginning do your trek. Acetazolamide sold in the name of Diamox if a medication that is used to treat mountain sickness for Trekkers. If you find any symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness like headache, nausea and vomiting then you can request your trek leader for one dose of Diamox. During your trek you will come across camps which will have first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations.
How do I get in shape?
This trek is a little difficult compared to the others for which you require a good amount of fitness and stamina. To get into shape you can start with the following to keep your body and mind fit. You can start by jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Make it a point to take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. A brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some exercise like stretching and core to get your body fit. Yoga every day is also advisable everyday to regulate your breathing properly.
What is the best time to go on Rupin Pass Trek?
The months of May, June and September are the best time to undertake the Rupin Pass Trek. A slight change in atmospheric pressure or a shift in the winds can bring rainfall or snowfall during the Trek anytime.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The expectation of fitness from the participants is high since it is a difficult trek. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trek. Start weeks before to get ready for the trek by doing the following. Opt for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength to get your body in shape. Walking for long distances carrying heavy weights of about at least 15 Kg will be a useful preparation to get your body and your lungs ready for acclimatization of the high altitude and its temperature.
I am a first timer. Can I go for trek Rupin Pass?
This is not a trek recommended for first timers and beginners because of its difficulty level. But, if you are confident enough and physically fit, you may still consider taking the trek. Best treks for beginners and first timers are Hampta Pass Trek, Kuari Pass Trek and its likes.
What are the clothing and equipments which I should carry at my end?
When packing make sure you have the right essentials, clothing and equipments needed during the whole trek. You need to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can go really low. Pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s necessary to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be a little strong and harsh. Water bottles and energy bars come helpful during the trek to get the dose of energy. Flashlight with spare batteries will help when it gets dark. Insect repellent and emergency medical kit are a must.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Most important aspect when packing the necessary clothing and equipments is the shoes. Only the right shoe will take you till the end. Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Avoid using sport shoes as the trails are uneven and tricky for your own safety. Owning good grip trekking shoes is the perfect choice. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, then you have to use them for at least a month to avoid show bites.
How much weight will I have to carry? Will porters be provided?
The essential that you need and require in a trekking backpack of 60 liters is ideal. Almost 7-10 kilos of weight is advisable to be taken . Porters and mules will be present at the campsite to carry your luggage’s at extra charges.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
The availability of food depends upon the package that you take. Vegetarian food is mostly preferred and ffered during the trekking course. Some trekkers might also get to have non-vegetarian momos and boiled egg with packaged cheese and bread. The breakfast is the usually light with chapati or bread, butter and jam for that extra energy. During the trek, boiled drinking water is provided usually. You can refill your bottles in the morning every day at the campsites. In the trip package, clean and safe drinking water is provided but you can also carry your own.
Can we have alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?
No, having alcohol will cause breathing problems at higher altitudes. Having alcohol to get rid of the cold is a myth. It will only cause breathing issue as you move to high altitudes. Alcohol consumption during trek can lead to AMS that is Acute Mountain sickness and Hypothermia. Both these can prove to be fatal when on a trek as lengthy as this Rupin pass trek.
How to reach Dhauala?
The base camp for the Rupin Pass trek is Dhauala. Dhauala is located in Uttrakhand. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun, Uttarakhand from where you can hire a taxi to Dhauala. Nearest railway station is Dehradun Uttarakhand. There are two buses that leave early morning 5:30 AM from railway station, you have to get down at Naitwar and can look for shared taxi from there to Dhauala. You can also hire a cab from Naitwar, it costs around 800 to 1000 rupees to book a cab. It’s a 40 mins drive from Naitwar.
Will there be mobile connectivity on Rupin Pass Trek?
The mobile connectivity will keep fluctuating as you keep climbing higher on the Rupin Pass trek. The mobile connectivity on this trek is very poor as you are in extreme interiors of the Himalayas. In Dhaula you have a full range of your cell phones. As you keep going on higher altitudes, the network on your cell phone will start to go down. Later only in Sangla you will find your telecom network getting some signal
Will there be snow on this trek?
Rupin pass is well known for its pristine snow. Right from you Dhauala you will find snow as you trek up to Rupin pass. The highest altitude that you will get on your trek on Rupin pass is 15.250 ft. from the sea level. Carry your snow boots together for this adventure and memorable trek as there will be snow all round the year.
How many kilometers will we cover in each day?
The answer is highly susceptible to chk age as per the Trekkers and their organizers. It depends on the number of the day's the trek has been planned and the number of people present in the group. It generally takes 8 days for the Rupin pass trek to be completed. The trek is 52 Km from Dhauala base. Initially, for first few days you can cover 7 -9 Km while from the 3rd-6th day 6-8 Kms on an average and on last two days it's 7-12 Km maximum.
How many days does this trek require?
This Rupin pass is about 57 Kms and its a trekkers pure bliss. But the difficulty level of the trek is wuiet high. Rupin pass trek starts in Uttrakhand and ends in Himachal Pradesh. Thus the minimum time for this trek is 8 days which will make to your memories forever. On an average 7-8 Kms per day can be covered thus making it a total of 8 days journey.
What will we see during this trek?
Rupin Pass is a place loaded with all the surprises. You get to witness sunrise and sunsets and snow beds of the crystal clear snow to waterfall views. The best part are the hanging villages where you get to experience their cultural wonder with view of Kinner Kailash, snow bridges and Lush forest. Another surprise place is Kinnaur temple. It is called Kinnaur temple because of its cultural of Kinnauri culture.
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