Rupin pass trek is a unique and fascinating trek in the Himachal Himalaya. The trekker will experience snowy trail, glacial river cutting black Himalayan rocks, wooden footbridge over the river gorge and icy slopes. Along the way expanse of green meadows, white rhododendron and small Himalayan villages will greet the you. Enroute Rupin river will play hide & seek with you for all the time.
Length: 7 days trekking from Dhaula to Sangla, around 60Km. Dehradun to Sangla in 8 days.
Access to Rupin Pass: Trains from any part of India to Dehradun. From Dehradun, drive to Dhaula around 200 Km. From Sangla, 12 hour bus ride to Shimla.
Highest Point: Rupin Pass (approx. 4685m/15370ft)
Grade: Moderate, expected heavy snow in pre monsoon/summer
Season: Mid May to June and September/October
Dehradun - Dhaula (Trek start, 1675 meter) - Sewa (10 km, 2000 meter) - Jhaka (12 km, 2650 meter), Suruwas Thach (7 km, 3400 meter), Dhanderas thach (6 km, 3550m) - Rati Pheri (3 km, 4000m) - Ronti Gad (12 km, 4100m) - Sangla (8km, 2700m)
Day 01: Dehradun - Dhaula
Dehradun is very well connected from Delhi and Delhi is well connected to all parts of India. From Dehradun one needs to reach Dhaula which is the starting point of trek. Dhaula is a small, sleepy hamlet with few numbers of homes. It is also the last Road head of your journey. Dehradun to Dhaula is approx. 180km and takes 6-7 hours by Car.
Day 02 : Dhaula - Sewa
The trek starts from Dhaula and following Rupin River we move on. Here Rupin is sometime gushing and otherwise gentle in the gorge beneath. Experiencing scenic beauty of apple orchards and pristine forest we reach to village of sewa and park for the night
Day 03: Sewa - Jhaka
From sewa, we gradually descend to river bed and enter into Himachal Pradesh. After a while we climb up from river bed, cross gosangu and climb further. The trail here is often rocky, steep and narrow. We reach to village jhaka at the end of trail and halt for the night.
Day 04: Jhaka - Suruwas Thach
Here onwards, we walk through the magnificent conifer forest, cross snow bridges on Rupin river and reach Buras kandi, a stretch covered with rocky boulders carried by rupin. A steep ascent from here takes us to Suruwas thach
Day 05 : Suruwas Thach - Dhanderas Thach
From Suruwas thach an easy hiking let us reach Dhanderas thach which is a perfect place for camping beneath a mountain waterfall. Here at night you go to sleep hearing the never stopping music of cascading waterfall
Day 06 : Shoja - Dhanderas Thach- Rati Pheri
The climb from lower part of Dhanderas thach to upper part/ Rati Pheri gives us much needed acclimatization before crossing the pass. The steep climb is demanding but enjoyable. From here one can see the vast stretch of snow field and locate the pass in the ridgeline. Oxyzen level here is ever depleting with gradual increment of height.
Day 07 : Mandi - Rati Pheri- Rontigad
So we climb slowly. Then the much awaited moment arrives. We reach Rupin Pass. With a mesmerizing view of Horizon from this eternally snowbound pass lets us view the snowy mountain of kinnaur kailash on the northern side and Rupin valley on south. After spending a bit but never forgettable part of your life here we start the steep descending and visit Ronti gad, crossing snowline and pristine green meadows
Day 08 : Rontigad - Sangla
Next day we descend to Bapsa valley and reach Sangla where the beautiful journey ends. Today its approx. approx. 8km trek that will take 3-4 hours. So, you can start your return journey for Shimla from Sangla today or stay at Sangla and next day journey to Shimla. Sangla to Shimla distance is approx. 200km and takes 7-8 hours by car.
The activity is weather based and depends on the weather conditions.There may be last minute cancellation if weather conditions deteriorate.