Rupin Pass Trek: The Test of Your Fortitude

and to Himachal
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Proudly standing at the altitude of to 15,380 ft (4,688 m),Rupin Pass trek is an arduous one beginning from Dhaula in Uttarakhand to Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. It follows the trail of the traditional shepherd and hiking route and goes through some of the most spectacular parts of Himachal Pradesh.
The trek traces the course of the Rupin river, one of the tributaries of the Tons river, along the picturesque Rupin valley up to its source in the glaciers near the Rupin Pass in Himachal Pradesh.
The only certain element of this trek is its uncertainty. It throws many welcome surprises such as views of the waterfalls and streams as well as some breathtaking landscapes. During the trek, you also come across Jakha, precariously perched village at the edge of the mountain, thereby, earning it the sobriquet “the Hanging Village.” The feeling of walking on the snow bridges is a delight to the conventional trekkers. What accentuates the mesmerizing beauty is its lush green forests and the jaw-dropping views of Kinner Kailash.

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Dehradun to Dhaula (5,100 ft )

The motor route offers some breathtaking views of verdant pine forests on the way. The journey is marked by the meandering rivers on the left – first the Yamuna and later the Tons. On the route to Yamunotri, you take a detour via Naugaon to reach Purola, a small town bustling with activity. As one crosses the sylvan route, you reach Naitwar, which is a confluence of the Rupin and the Supin. The place is famous for two temples – the temple of Karna, the unsung hero from Mahabharata and the temple of Pokhu, the god of justice. As we reach here, we take a detour to the left from where the Rupin flows. Finally, we reach Dhaula, which is the base camp for the Rupin pass trek.


Dhaula (5,100 ft) to Sewa (6,300 ft)

The trek for the day begins by crossing an old wooden bridge that spans the Rupin river. It then proceeds with a walk on a road for about 2.5 km. This is followed by a steep ascent through the orchards of luscious apples and refreshing apricots. The trail almost makes you feel that you are walking on the riverbed. The final descent marks the entry into Sewa village, which houses a derelict multi-storey temple. The temple is marked for its intricate wood Kinnauri carvings, old hanging medallions and trophies won by the villagers. Being a border village, it does share its culture with Himachal too. It is at Sewa where we will call it a day in a homestay or at a campsite.


Sewa (6,300 ft) to Jiskun (7,700 ft)

The trail begins in the morning and suddenly dives into a dense dark forest almost enshrouded in mystery. The trail also marks an interesting move, which is trekking on the river and not alongside it. The unending slushy trail interrupted by many rivulets opens on to the Rupin riverbed again. The next wooden bridge marks the border between Uttarakhand and Himachal. This is marked by a sharp climb to Bawta (2, 204 km). The trek trail is punctuated here by a journey on the road to Jiskun, high above the confluence of Nargani and Rupin. The place also houses a Radha Soami Satsang centre.The stay at Jiskun will be at a homestay in order to enjoy the idyllic bliss.


Jiskun (7,700 ft) to Burans Kandi (10, 104 ft)

After breakfast, as you cross the wooden bridge, be ready to embrace a difficult terrain. The trail passes through an enchanting dark fold in the mountain, which overlooks a deep gorge. As you sweat it out for about 3 km, one is bedazzled by a village precariously perched village at the edge of the mountain – Jakha, the Hanging Village. This is the last village on the Rupin pass trek. From here onwards, the descent begins and offers a beautiful walk through blue pine and maple forest. you must mind your steps as you reach a landslide-prone area. As the river appears, it can be crossed on a temporary bridge made of a thick log of wood. As you cross the bridge, it lands you on the first open grassland of Uduknal. After one and a half-hour of intermittent boulder walk, it is easy to spot another grassland with a big rivulet gushing out of the hillside – the water bottles can be filled here with pure and clean water. This is Burans Kandi.


Burans Kandi (10,500 ft)to Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall Camp) (11,700 ft)

After a soothing visual of myriad hues of rhododendrons, the landscape begins to transform into a botanical wonderland. If you are lucky enough, you might even spot wildflowers and blue poppies apart from the silver birch. As you go past this, there are more surprises Nature has to offer. You are astonished to see the U-shaped valley and the Rupin itself. It makes you feel that the majestic river is descending from the clouds as it jettisons from a gorge. This wonderland is Saruwas.
Do move forward to witness the cascading of waterfalls to meet the Rupin. What you cannot miss is the vast expanse of the greenness with the dotted presence of yellow marigolds and patches of white snow lying scattered all along on the edges of the meadows. As you cross the snow bridge is easy and soon you are on the left bank of the Rupin, an icy blue pristine avatar. Finally, you reach a grand landscape lawn at Dhanderas, one of the best places for a campsite.


Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall Camp) (11,700 ft)to Upper Waterfall (13,100 ft )

The trail from Lower Waterfall Camp to Upper Waterfall is of moderate trek gradient. It is more of an acclimatization trek for the next day. However, it entails continuously climbing trail. It is a tricky one as you have to tread on the snow patches at the base and top of the waterfall. During this trail, the ice-axe will come handy. As you stand on the middle of the snow bridge, the view is majestic and looks up to the waterfall.
There is a steep climb flanking the slopes that leads to the top of the waterfall. As you oversee a wide meadow, reach out to a flat bowl. Streams converge here to form the Rupin.Enjoy the view from thetop of the waterfall, a spot that has been in your sight the last two days.


Upper Waterfall Camp (13,100 ft) to Rupin Pass (15,380 ft) via Rati Pheri to Ronti Gad (13,100 ft)

It is the most grueling and physically demanding day of the trek. This entails a steep climb to the pass followed by a sharp descent. The alpine Dhauladar range is spotted later. It is now snowfields and alpine country. As you reach rate Pheri, you see across vast acres of snowfields and get a glimpse of the Rupin Pass. The going on the snowfields gets tougher as you may slide on it. You must keep your sight on the pass to avoid losing your way. The trail now passes through a gully, an echoing zone that has loose stones and boulders on the way. The moment you spot varied color of prayer flags fluttering, it is an indication that you have reached the Rupin pass.
On the Sangla side, the descent is steep and the only place to camp is in the vast meadows below the snowline. Step out of the past and ensure that you get down on the bottom.
After the slides, the slope evens out to a more manageable trudge over snow. An hour into the slope, you finally get to the edge of the snowline. This is followed by a sharp descent to the endless meadow of the Ronti Gad, which presents a breathtaking blend of whites of the snows and the greens of the meadows.


Ronti Gad (13,100 ft) to Sangla (8,600 ft)

The trail follows the shepherd’s trail that heads to the valley. It then opens out to the valley overlooking the Rukti Gad. Do observe the snowbound Nalgani pass on the right. The sudden appearance of the Kinner Kailash is ready to bedazzle you. You begin to witness the first signs of civilization with tiny settlements along with the lake of Sangla Kanda. It takes another hour and half of the sharp descent to the village.
The trail introduces you with blue pines – the last of the surprises of the trek. The trail to Sangla is now entirely along the Rukti Gad.
The trail is broad and then descends rapidly to Sangla passing quaint wooden houses and step farms. The woods of the blue pine give way to apple orchards and more of civilization.
Half an hour later and a sharp descent to the Baspa, you get to the bridge below the forest rest house. From the bridge over the Baspa, it is a steep 20-minute climb to the motorable road at Sangla. From here, you will proceed to your respective destinations.

Day 1: Dehradun to Dhaula (5,100 ft )

Day 2: Dhaula (5,100 ft) to Sewa (6,300 ft)

Day 3: Sewa (6,300 ft) to Jiskun (7,700 ft)

Day 4: Jiskun (7,700 ft) to Burans Kandi (10, 104 ft)

Day 5: Burans Kandi (10,500 ft)to Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall Camp) (11,700 ft)

Day 6: Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall Camp) (11,700 ft)to Upper Waterfall (13,100 ft )

Day 7: Upper Waterfall Camp (13,100 ft) to Rupin Pass (15,380 ft) via Rati Pheri to Ronti Gad (13,100 ft)

Day 8: Ronti Gad (13,100 ft) to Sangla (8,600 ft)


√ Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)

√ Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

√ Welcome refreshment

√ Three times meals (Veg+egg): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

√ All necessary permits and entry fees. 

√ First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

√ Mountaineering qualified & professional guide and Support staff.

.√ Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return (According to itinerary)

√ Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations

√ Morning Tea

√ Evening Tea with snacks

√ Guide Charges

√ Hot drinking water

√ Paradise-peak approved trek completion certificate

√ Dry fruits, chocolates, biscuits, toffees provided during the trek


√ Porter/mule for personal bags

√ Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions

√ Any charges for video cameras or still cameras

√ Charges for soft drinks or any other beverage

√ Personal expenses such as tips, laundry or telephone calls

√ Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or roadblocks, etc

√ Any kind of personal expenses.

√ Food during the transit.

✓ Insurance.

√ Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

√ Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

√ Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note: Normally paradise peak expects to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading a backpack

  • INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
  • INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strollers/ bags will not be allowed.

You need to get

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Full sleeved T-shirts – 2
  • Trekking pants – 2
  • One full-sleeved sweater
  • Good quality windproof jacket – (optional)
  • Woolen socks – 1 pair, for the night only
  • Regular socks for trekking – 2 or 3 pairs
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small lightweight towel
  • Water bottle-2
  • Cap/hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick/trekking pole
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Day pack for essentials
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

Note:- Due to of heavy traffic at Mussoori, the arrival time to Dehradun may get delayed so please make any further travel plan after 10:00 pm from Dehradun.

Who Can Go:-
First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 50 minutes without a stress.
The climber should be able to carry a 8 kg backpack.
Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

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