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Rupin Pass Trek - Bridging Kinnaur and Jaunsari valleys

Lush green valley, wide open snowfield, Colorful flowers, Gushing rivers & waterfalls, Shepherds and more surprises each day
- Popular Names: Rupin Pass

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Rupin Pass Trek

Lush green valley, wide open snowfield, Colorful flowers, Gushing rivers & waterfalls, Shepherds and more surprises each day
- Popular Names: Rupin Pass

A Himalayan High Experience
  • a different view of rupin valley
  • rupin waterfall
  • enroute upper waterfall camp towards rupin pass
  • the mighty climb to rupin pass
  • rupin pass summit
  • the real face of rupin pass
Introduction To The Rupin Pass Trek
- Popular Names: Rupin Pass

Rupin Pass Trek
The Rupin Pass

If there exist any treks in the Himalayas which is continuously exciting, increases it beauty, difficulties and charm day-by-day, it's the Rupin Pass trek. The valley itself changes its appearance on weekly basis. In May you will need to trek through wide and deep snow field which thins out by June. The same valley becomes vividly colorful during the monsoons and a by September, it offers a barren rocky scree zone, revealing itself in true colours during the September and October season.  It then again starts covering itself with a thick blanket of snow starting November till April again when the snow starts to melt. Each of these changes makes Rupin pass a wonderful trek, any time of the season - pre-monsoon or post-monsoon.

Rupin Pass Trek
Upper Waterfall Camp

The pass can be approached from both the sides but it is advisable to start from Uttrakhand or Gosangu in Himachal Pradesh and not Sangla. This adds to the charm of climbing for multiple days before crossing the pass, rather then descending down after crossing the pass on the second day. 

When starting this trek from Dhaula, the trek climbs up steadily passing by the villages of Baota, Jiskun, Jhakha before entering into the remote serenity of the pious Rupin valley. The trail continuously follows the Rupin river and starts to climb up steeply passing through thick and thin forests of conifers and birch, before reaching the beautiful meadow of the Dhanteras Thatch. Here, the intimidating three-stage waterfall of the Rupin river welcomes us. While in pre-monsoon season, the waterfalls are frozen and only few can be seen falling during the peak time of the day, in the post-monsoon season, you are literally surrounded by numerous waterfalls.. These waterfalls are formed by the melting snows on the higher reaches and forms a major feed to the Rupin river.

Rupin Pass Trek
The Rupin Valley

We are required to tackle the traverse of the Rupin waterfall and cross it to reach the platue of Rata Feri from where the pass if visible for the first time in the trek. During pre-monsoon the snow may put a formidable challenge and accounts for a major thrill factor of this trek Post monsoon too, this becomes a bit tricky and requires safe steps. Once you reach the top of the waterfall, the view of entire rupin valley down below is just breathtaking.

Rupin Pass Trek
The Rupin Valley

Its from here where the trek reveals its true colour. A steep pass through the gully just adds to the thrill of crossing it. At 4650 meters, the climb to the top of Rupin pass is a grand gift to any trekker, not only by the view it has to offer, but also by the feeling of successfully negotiating a very steep L-shaped climb to the top of the pass. While in post-monsoon, we camp right at the base of the pass, but in pre-monsoon, snow may prevent us to do so, and hence the crossing of the pass becomes bit more challenging.

Rupin Pass trek is about the pass itself but its not just about it. It is also about so many other things which makes it one of the best experience of the Himalayas. The architecture, temples, local culture and way of life of the villages of Sewa, Jiskun, Jhakha is a unique are just an enriching experience. The innocent and naughty kids adds to the charm and fun. The apple orchids and other nearby villages at a distance are some of the unique add-ons of this trek to take with you.

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The Gush Of Rupin

 

Why Do We Start The Rupin Pass Trek From Sankri ?

There is a reason why we accommodate our trekkers in Sankri instead of Dhaula on the first day of the trek. Firstly, Sankri is very beautiful place with grand views of the Swargarohinis. It has shops and other required amenities to help you do the last moment shopping like few medicines, making few phone calls, proper hotels, hot shower, rations, etc whereas Dhaula has nothing but just a couple of home.

 

Dhaula is very remote and bit dirty too with flies flying all over due to dungs of domestic livestock. We have our own Homestay or Trekker's Lodge in Sankri where we provide full fledged hotel experience on the first day of the trek. Amenities like hot water, proper toilets, drinking water, etc especially after a hectic drive from Dehradun and your hometown. These are very important for any trekker on the first day of the trek.

Morever, our gear rental and trek equipment shop is in Sankri which is used by many trekkers to hire or buy gears for the trek. Keeping in Sankri helps our trekkers hire equipment easily.

From acclimatization point of view, staying in Sankri is better as it is about 500 meters above Dhaula and and about 400 meters above the first camp in Sewa. So comparatively, the height difference between Jakha and Sankri is just about 750 meters but that between Dhaula and Jakha is about 1250 meters. This helps your body acclimatize faster as compared to camping in Dhaula for the first night.

The travel cost from Dehradun to Sankri is little lesser than that of Dhaula.Moreover, there are 4 busses that arrives in Sankri from Dehradun everyday. So anyone willing to take the bus to Sankri ro save some extra money can do so. Communication to Dhaula is very problematic and demands hiring of a private vehicle.

 

The Future Of The Rupin Pass Trek

The road till Jhakha is yet to be functional but the road is currently cut from Dhaula connecting Gosangu and about 2 kilometers beyond Jhakha. Once that gets functional, it will definitely change the dimension of the Rupin Pass trek. Another road is also proceding towards Kanda Sangla from Sangla side and currently is cut till Kanda Sangla. It is expected to reach Ronti Gad in few years. Also a tunnel is being planned in the Rupin valley, below the pass area to connect these roads to connect Jakha to the rest of Himachal.

So when all of this becomes a reality, the future of this trek is at stake too ! Can't say about the impact of it on the ecological and environmental factors of the Rupin Valley, but it will definitively be of great relief to the locals of Jhakha and Jiskun to get properly connected with rest of Himachal. It will also make crossing Rupin pass similar to crossing the Rohtang Pass. 

Rupin Pass Trek
View from Upper Water Fall Camp

  

WHY SHOULD YOU TREK THE RUPIN PASS WITH US ?

Unlike the mass-trekking and hand-held trekking groups in our country, we, on all of our treks, inspire and motivate to boost more of the Intrinsic and Inheritent Adventure Sense of a human being when it comes to our work ethics. We human beings are born to Survive. Its just about letting yourself free to get back your intrinsic senses to adapt, survive and then excel.

Having said that, we take safety as a first matter of concern on any of our treks, and hence provide the Guides and Leaders who are tremendously experienced, knowledgeable, responsible and capable of handling such treks. We keep our group size limited to 15 people on a trek to create a ambient Himalayan experience of Solitude, giving priority to Safety, Easy Management, Maximum Attention, Utmost care, Friendly attitude, and a Learning experience to make you a better and a humble trekker.

The equipment that we provide on the treks are some of the best in the industry. Few of those are designed and custom-made just to suit our purpose of a safe and comfortable trek experience. From the 2 layered insulated tents to the sub-zero sleeping bags, thick foam mattresses, dining tents, Safety gears like the anti-slip ice traction crampons, ice axes, gaiters, helmets, etc.. we take care of all what is required to meet your expectations of a safe and comfortable trek.

The quality of local resources, cooks and porters are not neglected and we make sure that we hire responsible local resources for your group accompanied by one of our leaders who further ensures that the quality of services are delivered as promised and forms a liaison between the group and the local hires.

Right from the food that we serve on the trek to the toilet tents and camping toilet seat that we provide, dining tents to a separate camping stools, pre-trek orientation to proper coordination, SOS arrangements, etc - Everything is taken care of with utmost professionalism and expertise of the field.

Moreover, we have our own EQUIPMENT RENTAL STORE IN SANKRI from which we give all the required gears like waterproof shoes, rain ponchos, headlamps, down jacket etc on rent. The prices are extra reduced for our own trekkers. Visit the site to know more about what you can rent from Sankri without purchasing these highly expensive gears.

We have until now worked across the Himalayas of India, Nepal and Bhutan with tremendous client satisfaction and reviews. We have always kept and delivered our promise of keeping the team small, like minded, tidy by proper selection and filtration through discussion and with utmost safety and no incidences of mishaps so far due to our proper planning by experts of the field. We are a transparent and flexible organization and have kept our reviews online. You may read our reviews on our Google Business Page: https://goo.gl/ezyw13

Come, join our group for the super exciting Rupin Pass Trek. Let us get the mountains into our lives.

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Want Us To Help you Arrange For This Epic Journey ?

We believe that a smaller group gives you the best of the Himalayan Experience and specialize in organizing customized groups for the Rupin Pass Trek. Do get in touch with us if you want us to arrange this trek for you.

You can use the link - Customized Plan For Rupin Pass Trek to drop us an email with your specific requirements and service required. We will get back to you with the detailed plan and quotation as per the group size and service requested.

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Passes At Glance: Rupin Pass ( 4650m )

Lakes At Glance: Rata Feri Lake ( 4532m )

Rivers At Glance: Rupin, Baspa, Tons

Villages At Glance: Jhakha, Jiskun

National Parks / Forest Reserves: Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary

  • Surprises on every corner and turns.
  • Snow and lots of it during May June season.
  • The hanging village of Jhakha and its people.
  • The pious valley of Gods - Rupin Valley. The┬átop of Rupin pass not only gives you a sense of accomplishment, hbut also a grand view of surrounding peaks and the Baspa Valley.
  • Sangla, a lovely scenic place where you end your trek. Chitkul is just an hour drive from Sangla.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Dehradoon To Sankri , Via - Purola, Mori

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Take a drive to get deeper into the mountains. It's one of the picturesque drives in the Himalayas. On reaching Sankri, we serve you jot snacks and tea, post which we check your gears and help you buy or rent the missing items. Trek briefing is done and support staffs are introduced. We serve hot dinner of local delicacies and call it night

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner, Hot drinks

Photos From The Day:

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Day 2From Sankri To Aligad Camp, Via - Dhaula, Sewa

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Early morning we wrap up our breakfast and take a 30 minute drive to Dhauladhar from Sankri. The Mules and porters are loaded and then we start our trek towards Sewa, which is the last village of Uttarakhand near the Himachal border.

Trek to Sewa starts on the half constructed Dhaula - Jhakha road for most of the time before entering some forest cover to reach Sewa. We pass by the village of Sewa and camp near available water source beside the Rupin River. Enroute we cross the Sherkude Mahadev temple in Sewa

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • the temple of sewa

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Day 3From Aligad ( Sewa) To Jhakha, Via - Gosangu, Jiskun

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The trail from the village of Aligad to Gosangu campsite takes about some 30 to 40 minutes. From our camp beside the Rupin River in Aligad, the route climbs up to reach the road head at Gosangu. Its about 2 kilometer in distance 

Starting from the Gosangu campsite, we initially hike up for some 10 minutes to get to the road-head. From there our trail is mostly flat for some time on the Dhaula - Jhakha road. Watch out for vultures flying above you or on the branches of trees around you. The mighty Rupin river gushes down below. Our trail follows the river upwards. After couple of hours, trekking on the flat winding motor road, crossing multiple waterfalls, we reach a point just below the village of Bauta from where steep switch backs to Jiskun starts.

It takes us some 45 minutes to an hour to negotiate the steep climb which brings us to Bauta village, or lower Jiskun. From there Jiskun is about 2.5 kilometers away and a gradually climbing trek swirls up to takes us to the village of Jiskun. Here we find few shops, and we may chose to buy some chocolates or pair of socks/ gloves, etc if we want. Gang of curious and playful local kids might come across to greet you here.

After a short rest, we head towards Jhakha which is 2.5 kms from here and requires some good steep climb to negotiate. The trail initially climbs down gradually to a river, which is a small tributary of the Rupin river. A beautiful small wooden bridge makes it very photogenic and forces us to take a break here and click some photos. We may fill our water bottles too with the cold fresh water.

From here the trail steeply climbs up, which takes us to Jhakha after some 2 hours. We do take multiple breaks in between. Soon we reach the Hanging Village 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • kids of jiskun
  • playful kids of jiskun
  • ramdana flowers around bauta

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Day 4From Jhakha To Saruwas Thatch

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Today as we begin the trek, we initially climb up for some 10 minutes crossing the village of Jakha to the half cut motor road again. After that, the trail is flat with occasional ups and downs.

After some time, we enter the woody pine forest and come across a sharp descent which brings us down to touch the water of the gushing Rupin river for the first time. We spend some good time here. 

Further continuing on our trek, our trail now climbs gradually through small bushes and again enters into the forest. Couple of more hours walk from there will bring us to our campsite for the day at Saruwas Thach, a small meadow beside the Rupin river with huge rock wall on the right. 

We ease out for the day, enjoying the beauty of the place

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • a different view of rupin valley
  • the rupin valley
  • approaching saruwas thatch

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Day 5From Saruwas Thatch To Dhanteras Thatch

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Our trail for the day climbs up gradually to the beautiful meadow of Dhanteras Thatch. We may chose to walk on the left of the river, or right or on top of it, depending on which month you are trekking. During May, you trek on top of the river is hidden beneath thick and solid snow cover. It's an easy day today and time flies as we reach hour of trek we reach our campsite for the day - a grand meadow called the Dhanteras Thatch. It is famous for it waterfall views. During late June, early July when the snow melts, lots of waterfalls are created which are seen from this campsite and has a all round view. From here is also visible the mighty, 2 stage waterfall of the Rupin river.

This is one of the best campsite of this trek and we miss no chance to feel and capture its beauty.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • rupin waterfall
  • camp of dhanteras thatch
  • enroute upper waterfall camp towards rupin pass
  • rupin valley from upper waterfall camp
  • the gush of rupin river

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Day 6From Dhanteras Thatch To Rata Feri, Via - Upper Waterfall Camp . Excursion to Rata Feri Lake

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A flat walk on the Dhanteras Thatch brings us to the base of the climb where the waterfall hits the ground. We take to the right of the waterfall and start to climb up by the side of it. Soon, we are on top of the second water fall. We take some rest here and appreciate the beauty of the Rupin valley. From here, most of our trail can be seen. 

We then start to climb further up. A little flat walk and then we traverse to the left of the first water fall which looks quite dangerous, and so it is. People have paid prices for being careless here. Another hour of steep climb from here brings us above the famous and thrilling Rupin Waterfall. The gush of the Waterfall remains a memory ever after.

Today is the first time we see our goal, yes the Gully of the Rupin Pass shows itself for the first time on the trek. About an hour and a half climb from Upper Waterfall camp brings us to a place called Rata Feri. Little ahead and there we have the first view of the Pass - a small, L-shaped steep gully.

We are extremely motivated by seeing our target and also by realising what we are about to start tackling it the next morning. We camp at 4300 meters tonight. The campsite is definitely one of the best campsites we have ever seen. It's also perhaps one of the most serene campsite. We find solitude by camping at higher ground and leave the crowd of trekkers behind at Upper Waterfall camp. The view from here is just amazing. The entire valley is visible and we can also enter into the corners of the adjacent valley. There is a serene small lake nearby and in the evening, we take on a short acclimatization hike to the rarely visited lake. Tomorrow being the pass crossing day, we sleep early tonight.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • shine of fresh hard snow

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Day 7From Rata Feri To Kanda Sangla, Via - Rupin Pass , Rontigad

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Brief Details Of The Day: Today is the most important day of our trek. We start early and after some motivated push at altitude above 4300 meters, we bring ourselves to the base of the pass. Having camped at Rata Feri the previous night eases our pass crossing effort today. We are well acclimatized and need to walk lesser in the cold. We reach the base of the Rupin Pass in about 30 minutes. Here we take some rest, grasp some breath, consume some energy and then hit the most interesting, tiring and challenging stretch of our trek. The L-shaped steep climb of the Rupin Gully.

Sheer determination, mental stamina and physical effort brings us to the top of the pass, where we offer prayers to the mighty gods of the valley. The feeling of achievement makes us forget all the pain we went through as we celebrate our success. We distribute the offerings made to the god amongst us and then start the long descent.

Initial difficult stretch which eases out very soon as we head towards Ronti Gad. We follow the Baspa river and after some distance, at the confluence of 2 rivers.

We head down on a small trekking trail and marks of civilization already reflects on our eyes and mind. An hour and half of descend brings us to Kanda Sangla, marked by a small pond.Mobile networks are available here ( BSNL, Vodafone and Airtel ).

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All meals

Photos From The Day:

  • the real face of rupin pass
  • the mighty climb to rupin pass
  • rupin pass summit
  • ronti gan campsite

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Day 8From Kanda Sangla To Sangla

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Today we end our trek. A beautiful and life changing journey comes to an end. With that months of careful planning too ends. Couple of hour more of trek remains which brings us closer to civilizations. The beautiful valley of Sangla and Gushing Baspa river is a fascinating sight.

Once in Sangla, we end our trek and freshen up. A team lunch finishes it all. We can leave the same day in the afternoon or take up a hotel for the night. Sangla is a tourist destination and you can find all basic necessaries here. You can also choose to visit Chitkul from here which is just an hour away from Sangla

There is a direct bus to Shimla and Chandigarh from Sangla around 5 in the evening for those who want cheap mode of transportation. Cab can be booked to Shimla or Kalka railway station.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Photos From The Day:

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Fixed Departure Price
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INR 19300

INR 14,500 | USD 220

5% Government Taxes Extra
GST Number: 19AADCH8833L1Z1

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