Rupin Pass Trek | Shimla to Sangla

Rupin Pass Trek

Lush green valley, wide open snowfield, Colorful flowers, Gushing rivers & waterfalls, Shepherds and more surprises each day

Details Of The Rupin Pass Trek

Rs. 32000/-
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Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12
Extra cost of Rs. 3000 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. Remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader

Above cost is assumed for 4-5 people team. Actual Cost is subject to the actual team size joining the trek and requested customizations. Higher team size will lower the cost while lower team size will significantly increase the cost. Assummed Inclusions can be read on Cost Inclusions

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Rupin Pass Trek

1 High Passes:
Rupin Pass ( 4650m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Rata Feri Lake ( 4532m )
3 Tranquil Rivers:
Rupin, Baspa, Tons
2 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Jhakha, Jiskun
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary

Why Should You Do The Rupin Pass Trek

  • 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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Rupin Pass Trek
The Rupin Pass

Rupin Pass Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Chirgaon

Drive Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

There are many buses from Shimla which makes it very convenient and cheaper to reach Rohru. From Rohru, you get many shared jeeps and buses to Chirgaon. You also get direct buses from Shimla to Chirgaon. We expect you to reach Chirgaon by evening. Alternatively, if you need us to arrange cabs to pick you from your hotel in Shimla, we can do that arrangements. A 6 - 7 seater SUV charges between 5500 to 6500 from Shimla to Chirgaon.

Day 2From Chirgaon To Jiskun, Via - Chanshal Pass, Gosangu ( 13 Kms,8 hours )

Drive, Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

We board the car early in the morning and start our journey to Gosangu, from where we start our trek for the day. The drive is very scenic and thrilling at the same time. The trek that we do helps us get accustomed to trekking and acclimatize better. We end the day with a good steep climb over the switchbacks to reach Bawta, where we camp for the day.

Day 3From Jiskun To Buras Kandi, Via - Jhakha ( 10 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we do a full day trek and initially, its an easy trail till the river bridge after which steep switchbacks start for Jhakha. After we reach Jhakha, we rest for some time and then again start our trek. The trail is overall flattish 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. From here, our campsite is an hour's walk through beautiful open forest and bushes, with the Rupin river flowing down with its own music

Day 4From Buras Kandi To Dhanteras Thatch, Via - Saruwas Thatch ( 5 Kms,3 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Day 5Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day ( 2 Kms,3 hours )

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Dhanteras Thatch: 3620 meters / 11874 feet
  • Dhanteras Thatch: 3620 meters / 11874 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Rest day. Enjoy thr waterfalls and a vast playground of fresh meadows

Day 6From Dhanteras Thatch To Rata Feri, Via - Upper Waterfall . Excursion to Rata Feri Lake ( 6 Kms,5 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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 waterfall. 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 waterfall which looks quite dangerous, and so it is. People have paid prices for being careless here. Another hour of a steep climb from here brings us above the famous and thrilling Rupin Waterfall. The gush of the Waterfall remains a memory ever after. After some good rest, we climb a little more and camp in a secluded area in the beautiful campsite of Rata Feri.

After lunch, we go on an excursion or acclimatization walk and exploration to a Lake nearby.

Day 7Pass Crossing Day. From Rata Feri To Kanda Sangla, Via - Rupin Pass , Rontigad ( 8 Kms,6 hours )

Pass Crossing Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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 ).

Day 8Departure From Kanda Sangla

Trek Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we end our trek. A beautiful and life-changing journey comes to an end. With that months of careful planning ends as well. A 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. Our trek ends by 11AM, so we have enough time in hand to explore Sangla or travel down to Shimla. 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 a cheap mode of transportation. Cab can be booked to Shimla or Kalka railway station.

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

All our permanent staffs have completed their vaccination and we ensure we hire other vaccinated local resources only.

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  • 📅 Duration: 8 Days, 8 nights, Chirgaon to Sangla
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4650m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: May June, July, Sep Oct
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Chirgaon
  • 🚩 Ends In: Sangla
  • 🌏 Region: India - Himachal
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Kalka, Himachal Pradesh
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Chirgaon
  • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL till Jakha. After Jakha, you get network after crossing Rupin Pass at Kanda Sangla - BSNL and Vodafone
  • 🌐 Internet Option: 2G, wherever there is network. Good network from Kanda Sangla
  • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 18 degrees Celsius
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Kinnauri, Nepali
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  • Day 1


    Arrival Day
    From Shimla (435m ) To Chirgaon (1780m ), Via - Rohru (1560m ) . 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Chirgaon (1780m )
    Accommodation: Hotel /Homestay
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner, Hot drinks
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Drive, Trek

    From Chirgaon (1780m ) To Jiskun (2380m ), Via - Chanshal Pass (3800m ), Gosangu (1950m ). 8 Hrs. 13 Kms
    Overnight In: Jiskun (2380m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3


    From Jiskun (2380m ) To Buras Kandi (3200m ), Via - Jhakha (2750m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Buras Kandi (3200m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    From Buras Kandi (3200m ) To Dhanteras Thatch (3620m ), Via - Saruwas Thatch (3350m ) . 3 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Dhanteras Thatch (3620m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Dhanteras Thatch (3620m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Dhanteras Thatch (3620m ) To Rata Feri (4300m ), Via - Upper Waterfall (4070m ) . Excursion to Rata Feri Lake (4500m ). 5 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Rata Feri (4300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Rata Feri (4300m ) To Kanda Sangla (3365m ), Via - Rupin Pass (4650m ), Rontigad (4000m ). 6 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Kanda Sangla (3365m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All meals
  • Day 8


    Departure Day
    Departure From Kanda Sangla
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
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We do not organize fixed departures for this trip.

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+ Package Cost Inclusions


  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights of trek cost from Chirgaon to Sangla
  • Accommodation In Base Village (Chirgaon ): 1 night in a standard hotel in Chirgaon.
  • Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis. Homestays can be arranged in Jiskun depending upon availability.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and table for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals: All meals starting Evening Tea in Chirgaon on Day 1 till Breakfast in Kanda Sangla on Day 8 morning. 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days
  • Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:6. That is 1 guide for every 6 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules of Govind Vihar National Park
  • Transfers: One Way transfers from Chirgaon to Bawta in 4X4 offroader for the trekking team and support crew.
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 15 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.
  • Personal Trek Equipments: 9 sets of essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)



9 Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 1000 need to be deposited )

  • Gaiters to protect snow from getting into your shoe (to be returned after use )
  • Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons to grip well on slippery and hard snow on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Poncho to protect you from snowfall (to be returned after use )
  • Trek Pole to protect you from falling and balancing on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Rucksack to pack your trekking gears from Rohru (to be returned after use )
  • Fleece Inner Gloves (to increase layering in your hand )
  • Neck Warmer: ( to protect your throat )
  • Waterproof Gloves: ( to protect your hands)
  • Fleece Sleeping Bag Inner to ensure personal sleeping hygiene.  (to be taken home )



Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua): Rs 765
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets: Rs. 765
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets: Rs. 383
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants: Rs. 383
  • Headlamps: 153


+ Package Cost Exclusions

What's Not Included

  • BAGGAGE OFFLOAD: Extra at INR 2500 per trekker
  • TRANSPORT Ex Shimla/ Sangla: Can be arranged on request.
  • Food purchased outside our fixed menu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything out of the Inclusions list

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Rupin Pass Trek?

Currently this trek is open as far as Covid19 lockdown is concerned. However, it's monsoons now and not an ideal time to do this trek. Starting from mid of September till the mid of October will be good time to do this trek in 2021


Can Novice Trekkers Do The Rupin Pass Trek?

A beginner who is fit and loves nature can do this trek under the guidance of an experienced team. Bringing a well hydrated body used to exercises and long walks is a preliminary requirement of this trek.

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