Why This Trek?
Rupin Pass Trek is one of the most beutiful trek in Himalayas which takes you from Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh and the scenic beuty which it offers is an unmatch to any other trek in the himalayas. Rupin Pass Trek we start from Dehradun to Dhaula vaillage drive and during the rupin pass trek you get to see the change in culture from Dhaula to Sangla and then to Shimla.
Destinations Covered in the Rupin Pass Trek : Dehradun, Purola, Sangla, Govind Wild Life Sanctuary,
What’s Included :
- Accommodation Camping on sharing basis
- All Meals while on trek (Veg) from day 1st dinner to day 8th breakfast.
- All fees and Permit (for Indians).
- First aid medical kits.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
What’s Not Included :
- Meals during transit.
- Any fees and permits ( for non-Indians).
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
- Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions.
- Transport from Dehradun to Dhaula and Sangla to Chandigarh
Brief Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary :
Day 1: Arrive at Dehradun Railway Station 6 AM and drive to Dhaula
Day 2: Trek from Dhaula Villge to to Sewa (7 kms, 6 hrs, 6350 ft)
Day 3: Trek from Sewa to Jhaka (9 kms, 8 hrs, 8500ft)
Day 4: Trek from Jhaka to Saruwas Thatch (6 kms, 5 hrs, 11000ft)
Day 5: Trek from Saruwas Thatch to Dhanderas Thatch (5 kms, 4 hrs, 11700ft)
Day 6: Trek from Dhanderas Thatch to Upper Waterfall Campsite (3 hours Steep Trek, 13300 ft)
Day 7: Trek from Upper Waterfall to Ronti Gad via Rupin Pass (10 km, 11 hrs, 15250 ft)
Day 8: Trek from Ronti Gad to Sangla and drive to Shimla (12 kms, 6 hrs, 9000 ft)
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Dhaula (8 Hours)
We assemble at Dehradun Railway Station and board our transport which will take us to Dhaula. The drive winds along the rivers and valleys and after crossing small towns of Purola and Mori we reach Dhaula. Overnight at Dhaula.
Day 2: Trek from Dhaula to Sewa (7 Km, 6 Hours)
After breakfast we start towards Sewa, our first campsite enroute the beautiful trek, we get to witness some beautiful views of Rupin River as we go ahead the trail. However the trail is long but its relatively easy. The trail ascends among Apple and Apricot Orchards and finally reaches Sewa Campsite. After Dinner Overnight at Sewa Camp Site.
Day 3: Trek from Sewa to Jhaka (9 Km, 7 Hours)
After breakfast we head towards Jhaka, the trail ascends today will be one notch up compared to previous day’s trek. As we ascend we soon cross the a wooden bridge which marks the border of Himachal And Uttrakhand, soon we walk along the road headed towards Kwar Village in Himachal and soon after crossing another bridge on the road we take the trail headed towards Jhaka. The trail from here is precarious as its cut out of a sheer cliff, we recommend you to walk carefully and follow your trek leader’s instructions by the word as it’s important for your safety. We reach Jiksun Village and take another one hour’s hike from the Forest to get to Jhaka Village.
Day 4: Trek from Jhaka to SaruwasThach (6 Kms, 5 Hours)
After breakfast we head towards SaruwasThach, the trek today is interesting as it takes us through streams, forests, snowy patches, rhododendron forests & boulders. This mix of terrain is one of the most exciting part of the trek. Centuries old Pine Forests are a sight to be seen, soon we approach SaruwasThach. A beautiful “U” Shaped Valley with the Rupin Waterfall as a setting at the background of this campsite makes it all the more special. After dinner overnight at SaruwasThach Camp Site.
Day 5: Trek from SaruwasThach to Dhanderas Thach (5 Km, 4 Hours)
Today will again be a mix of varied terrains and we will be camping at one of the Largest Known Meadow in the entire Himalayan range DhanderasThach. The trail takes us through a forest lined with Silver Birch Trees and then to oak and pine forest soon we will be crossing Rivers, climbing boulders, with hundreds of waterfalls making the trek more mesmerising and enchanting. After 4 Hours of trek we soon will find ourselves in another “U” Shaped valley which seems endless. We camp at DhanderasThach Camp Site. After dinner overnight at Camp Site.
Day 6: Trek from DhanderasThach – Upper Waterfall Camp (3 Hours with 2 Hours of Steep Climb)
Today’s trek will mostly be snow trek, we will train you on how to trek on the snow. Some basic skills will be instructed so it becomes easier for you to trek on Snow, the trail will ascend to 4000 Meters some 1500 Meters above the DhanderaThach. The trek will take you through snow and snow bridge. Crossing rivulets and finally a steep climb to take us Upper Waterfall Campsite.
Day 7 : Trek from Upper Waterfall – Rupin Pass – Ronti Gad (10 Km, 11 Hours)
After breakfast we begin our final assault to climb up to the 15250 Feet high Rupin Pass, the trail will take us through thick snow cover as we ascend we soon will encounter loose rocks and undefined trails with some breath taking views of the Himalayas. As we reach the top we witness endless snows in all sides one of the most beautiful scenes that the mighty Himalayas can offer. After spending sometime at the top we head down towards Ronti Gad, if you choose you can even slide down to save time and energy. Overnight at Ronti Gad Campsite.
Day 8: Trek from Ronti Gad – Sangla (12 Km, 6 Hours)
Last day of trek begins with a small ascent and a sharp decent thereafter, after breakfast we head towards Sangla, as we descent we are treated with splendid views of Mt. KinnerKailash (Winter Abode of Lord Shiva) and the entire KinnerKailash Range in Greater Himalayas, after few hours we will reach the lake of Sangla Kanda, a short break here and we descend through blue pine forest to reach the Baspa River and another small ascent marks the end of the trek. From Sangla one can plan to stay overnight or leave straight away in Cab or Buses which regularly ply from here towards Shimla.
Fitness Required for Rupin Pass Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Rupin Pass Trek is an Moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness
Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a beginner.
Fitness Required: The Rupin Pass Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Rupin Pass Trek
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
2 pairs of woolen socks
2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One down feather Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Rupin Pass Trek?
Rupin Pass Trek is a challenging high altitude trek starts from Dhaula near Sankri in Uttarakhand and end at Sangla Valley at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh.
When is the best time to go to for the Rupin Pass Trek?
The best time for Rupin Pass Trek is during the during pre and post monsoon season as during the monsoon Rupin pass Trek is very dangerous due to Rupin pass trek difficulty level.
What is Rupin Pass Trek Difficulty Level ?
Rupin Pass Trek Difficulty is considered by comparison an challenging high altitude trek. So you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek.
What are the temperatures during the Rupin Pass Trek?
During the Rupin Pass Trek temperatures vary between 20 to 5 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6 Kms each day and it takes around 6 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek?
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can follow the list at things to carry
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Rupin Pass Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize the Rupin Pass Trek?
Yes Rupin Pass Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Dehradun is the base location for our Rupin Pass Trek. Our meeting point in Dehradun is the railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to Sankri. The entire drive from Dehradun to Dhaula takes around 8 to 10 Hours.
Reaching Dehradun by Flights
Jolly Grant Airport is the Airport in Dehradun and is situated on the outskirts of Dehradun. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Dehradun.
Reaching by train
Dehradun is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major pilgrim centre.
Following is the list of useful trains to reach dehradun from Delhi:
12017 DEHRADUN SHTBDI
19565 UTTARANCHAL EXPRESS
22659 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14309 UJJAINI EXPRESS
14317 IND DDN EXPRESS
12055 DDN JANSHTBDI
12687 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14041 MUSSOORIE EXPRESS
12205 NANDA DEVI EXPRESS
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching Dehradun by Road (Bus)
Dehradun is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Dehradun which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Anand Vihar.