A Dynamic Trail

A trekking pass where nature never fails to amaze you, at an elevation of about 15,200 ft. Rupin pass just not takes you from one valley to another it also takes you from one Himalayan state of Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh in the northern region of India. Following the Rupin river this trail takes you through many terrains like jungles, farms, hanging villages, over tree line grasslands and finally to moraines which are covered by snow and ice most of the time of year. A beautiful but challenging trail when reaches to its height, it gives an amazing view of the Kinnaur district. The view from the pass is so majestic that both the valleys appear like a huge Himalayan dreamland and the high mountain peak of mt. Kinner Kailash dominates the view on the Kinnaur side. Rupin pass is a challenging experience and a beautiful trail.

highlights
cost INR 18850   Inc. of all taxes T&C*
days 08 days
best time May-June, September-October
group size max. 12
altitude 4648 m
gradient Difficult 
location Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand
itinerary
Day-1. Haridwar to Dhaula (1560 m)

The journey begins from the amazing town of Haridwar, a land that has a unique spot at the centre of Hindu religion. the forest landscape starts just after Haridwar and then crossing Dehradun (capital city of Uttarakhand), the hills of Shivaliks welcome you to its dynasty. Whole journey ahead is on the bends of hilly terrain and through partially dense forest lands on either side of the deep Georges that gives prominence to these hills of shivaliks. After crossing purola, a small town in Uttarakhand the road and the whole scenery changes into the dense forest of oak, and continues till Dhaula. The last one hour of this road before reaching Dhaula is a bumpy ride. Dhaula is a very small village having not more then 5-6 houses, next to Rupin river. By the time Rupin reaches this place it becomes huge and raging. Stay at camps.

Day-2. Dhaula to Sewa (1926 m)

The journey from here onwards is to be done on foot to scale the mesmerizing Rupin pass. A approx. 5 km walk starts with a very easy walk on the road which is yet to be paved, and runs through the deep George made by Rupin river. The trail after approx. half an hour suddenly gets steep as the road ends and you climb up to reach the point with a small tea shop which is seasonal. After this the trial goes into the forest and the walk becomes much more fun when it keeps on climbing up and down until you reach the village of Sewa, a beautiful reminder of the old customs of Uttarakhand. Also Sewa is the last village of Uttarakhand on this trail as the next camp site on this journey is in Himachal Pradesh, the village has a very old temple which is a delightful sight. We camp in the village, evening exploration at Sewa.

Day-3. Sewa to Jhaka (2670 m)

This day we start early in the morning as the total distance to cover is 12 km, which however is a very easy walks on river sides and on village roads. We start from the village of Sewa and descend to the river side, the walk is through the forest. Once on the river side we go a little bit and then climb a gradually ascending trail for half an hour before we reach a bridge that connects the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, and following the trail we go for 30 more minutes to reach the road. The walk from here is easy walk for next 5 km on the side of river Rupin. The gorge gets deeper and deeper as we go further and further until we reach the village of Jiskun, a beautiful village made of wood and village roads of brick with a beautiful landscape in the background. From here few essential things could be purchased as there is a small shop here. The trail further from Jiskun is relatively easy until you reach a point with a wooden bridge crossing over a small stream and then the next 1.5 km is a steep ascend to the hanging village of Jhaka. Beautifully built by the people of the Jhaka, this village has an essence of being a very old civilization that has remained silent in the fast moving world, with the people living in it have seen the tough and harsh Himalayan conditions and yet learned to sustain themselves as well as nature. Overnight stay in the village.

Day-4. Jhaka to Boras Kandi (3276 m)

This is the day where we will see the human civilizations for the last time for next few days as now we are entering the inhabitable natural vistas of Himachal Pradesh, to get back to the trail we will have to climb up to the top of the village and there is small school there from this point the trail is clearly visible. The trail goes through village farms which are hanging farms and they look amazingly beautiful while walking across them, the trail is a mix of scree and small rocks which after 2 km will enter into thick forest of mix vegetation. We will continue on the trail of jungle, make sure you watch your steps carefully here as the rich and beautiful flora and fauna may take some concentration away at times. Soon we will reach a point where the trail drops down, now the Rupin river is again visible, crossing onto the other side of the river using a wooden logged bridge, we get onto the trail which now goes through moraines and few green patches of Rupin valley. Continuing on the same side we will go gradually up and after crossing a steep section and then descending down again we will reach our camp site which will appear like a forest of rhododendron itself.

Day-5. Boras Kandi to Dhanderas Thatch (3561 m)

We will start early this day, after breakfast we will start on our day’s trek that will take up deeper on the valley which appears like widening up. The trek is gradually ascending and we will walk in the middle of the valley for some time before we reach a point where we will have to cross couple of snow bridges over Rupin river. After crossing the last snow bridge which takes us on the left side of the river with respect to direction of flow. There is a steep ascend that takes us straight to Dhanderas thatch. After reaching up on the meadow land of Dhanderas you will be able to see the many waterfalls in all directions and right in front of you is the Rupin waterfall which can be identified by the two sections in it, the upper waterfall and the lower waterfall. We will grow till the point where the moraines start and just before it we will pitch our camp; the river looks very calm and composed at this point however the flow is very quick.

Day-6. Dhanderas Thatch to Waterfall campsite (4109 m)

The beautiful morning of Dhanderas thatch will take your breath away and the distance to cover is not too much today, yet we will have to start early as we have to walk across some steep snow-covered sections and the route is very tricky as well, just to make sure that before the sun starts to melt away the snow and make it soft and also to avoid the falling pinnacles of ice that keeps on coming down at times we will try to cover this distance as early as possible. There are some points where we cross over the waterfall using the snow bridges which is an exhilarating experience in its own way. The final section of this day’s trail is very steep and goes through moraines before you reach the beautiful camp site.

Day-7. Upper Waterfall camp to Rupin pass (4648 m) to Ronti Gad (4085 m)

We will start in the dark hours of the morning and try to cover as much distance as possible in the darkness to make sure that we reach the infamous Rupin gully before its starts to melt under sun and loose rocks, and also the view from the top of the sunrise is nothing less then heavenly. The trek from the camp site of waterfall is a steep climb that may take upto one and half hour before we reach the flat land of Ratapheri, it stays snow covered most part of the year and the Rupin pass is now visible from this point. We will reach for the base of the Rupin gully, here our trek lead will provide you some instructions that can help a lot while we make the final ascent. Rupin pass requires some good mental and physical fitness, being prepared is vital. The view from this point is breath-taking, you will find yourself surrounded by many high passes. On reaching the top you will see many rock cairns all across the high points in the sight. The view from here of both the sides is something that makes you forget all the hardship faced on the climb, the Kinnaur side (Sangla valley) offers a majestic view and the astonishing mt. Kinner Kailash clearly visible from this point. After spending some good time at the pass, we will start our descent which is a steep descend through moraines covered with snow and eventually the trail becomes an easy walk through the vast meadows of Kinnaur. Accommodation in tents

Day-8. Ronti gad to Sangla (2482 m)(road head) to Shimla

The beautiful morning of Ronti gad is something that should not be missed as the whole valley becomes magnificent at the time of sunrise. Today we will have to walk across the well-marked trail that goes through the beautiful meadows and amazing villages of Sangla valley. The trail ends at the point where we cross over the extremely violent and raging Baspa river. Sangla is a small town in Kinnaur and from here our cabs will take you to Shimla. You may schedule your stay or travel from Shimla accordingly.


1.I am a beginner, is this for me?

Rupin pass is a Difficult trek involved with hiking in high altitude region, the trek involves a steep climb on the last day as you climb to the top of the pass, the trail is also mixed with long durations of hiking and steep sections, it could be a challenging and a great amount of fitness is required for, train for it if you have no previous Himalayan experience.

2.Is there any age limit to go for this trek?

Yes, the minimum age to register with us is 16 years and no maximum age limit.

3.Is it safe to trek with Himalayan wilderness?

Our team at HW consist of certified mountaineers, water sports guides, and forest guides, and it is totally safe for any person of any gender to participate in activities conducted by Himalayan wilderness. We will take utter precautions to keep you from harm.

4.What’s the best season to do this trek?

Rupin pass is a difficult trek and its terrain also contributes to that, the pass is best to be attempted in the months of May-June and September-October. The snow melts in the months of September-October and the huge boulders starts to appear making it a difficult yet enthralling challenge.

5.Is the camera allowed?

 Yes, you may carry your camera on the trek, there is no cost involved for a camera permit.If any revised rules are implemented, our team will keep you informed and the price to be borne by you at that time itself.

6.Do I have to carry any documents or photos with me?

Carry a photo identity card while entering in Garhwal region is mandatory. Forest officers/ army officials may or may not ask for it at the anytime as there are many check posts around the mountains.

7.What if I don’t want to carry the heavy backpack on my own during the trek?

Trekking is much more fun when you have your backpack for you, however, you may offload your backpack to a porter or mule and that would need a prior notification.

8.How do I get my phone, cameras, etc. get charged?

We will be camping couple of nights in the villages of Dhaula, Sewa, Jhaka and there are chances of getting electrical supply.The power may or may not be available at all times we suggest you keep your gadgets charged and conserve the batteries/battery.

9.Do I need to bring my own food for the trek?

We will provide you with the food and lodging as explained in the details of the event as per the cost inclusion and exclusion, also we will provide you with the refreshment before starting the hike every day. We will provide you with a menu that will consist of veg food and egg food while on the trek, however, you may carry energy bars, energy drinks etc as per your requirement.

10.How will be the accommodation and washroom facility on the trek?

While in the wilderness there would be two toilet tents pitched, participants may decide whether to dedicate one each for men and women. The accommodation would be two people sharing in camps. While accommodating in the hotel or guest house the washroom facility will be available in all the rooms and shared between two people, however, in some locations while accommodating in a homestay or in lodges of forest rest houses accommodation will be as per the situation. We will keep you informed about the same.

11.Will I be provided with blankets?

While accommodating at the base camp blankets would be provided by the hotel, guest house, or any establishment. While camping we will provide you with a sleeping bag, and for all high-altitude treks, we will provide you fleece liners along with the sleeping bag.

12. What all things I need to get by myself and what all I need to get on rent?

We expect you to carry your rucksack with all the trek essentials, along with the rain protection gear such as a poncho, rain cover for backpack etc. Energy bars as per your requirement, your personal medical supplies if any, a small emergency kit that includes thread and needle, a basic medical kit, multi-tool equipment etc. All basic camping equipment would be provided by HW, we suggest there is no requirement for renting trekking gear.

13. What equipment’s will be provided by Himalayan wilderness?

Live-in tents, sleeping bags, fleece liner, mattress, Kitchen tent, dining tent, snow traction spikes, Waste pouch, toilet tents. Any equipment involved in the kitchen would be provided by HW, the medical kit including basic first aid supplies would be carried by our mountain guide, last but not the least the rescue equipment such as a stretcher, oxygen cylinder, ropes, and all other technical gear would be provided by HW.

14. During the trek, how will I get drinkable water?

Drinkable water would be available on all treks and our team will provide you information on where and what the source is available for drinking. We request you to carry a thermal flask or a hydration pack as our team will not allow you to carry any plastic bottles on the mountains.

15.How is the network reception there?

There are networks of BSNL at the base camp, Vodafone works at certain points on the trail on first few days, however, it is unreliable on the trail.

16.From the beginning to the end of the trek, what all cost has to be borne by me?

Please refer to our Cost inclusion and exclusion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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