While listing down all the most beautiful and ethereal treks of India, Rupin Pass Trek undoubtedly manages to secure the topmost position in that list. Rupin Pass Trek, as stated by trek enthusiasts across the globe, is one of the most awe-inspiring treks that one can pick for trekking.
From jaw-dropping scenic beauty to heart-wrenching adventurous experience, Rupin Pass Trek offers you all the flavors to satiate your taste buds on one platter.
The mountain pass located at an altitude of approx. 1520 feet above the sea level, making its path through the inhabitable regions of the Himalayas itself is one of the most striking features which makes it one the most popular trek amongst the trek enthusiasts. Starting from Dhaula Camp of Uttarakhand, making its way through the heavenly trails of Kinnaur Valley in Uttarakhand and finally commencing in Sangla, Himachal Pradesh, the whole trail covered in the trek makes it an ethereal experience.
Day 1- Dehradun to Dhaula
Dehradun, being the city with well-established transport connectivity, is the city that welcomes you and where the journey begins. From Dehradun, you make your way up to Dhaula. The ride is enjoyable as it makes its way through the beautiful mountainous surroundings with river Yamuna showing its presence, later being followed up by River Rupin, which marks the commencement of the journey.
Day 2- Dhaula to Sewa
The next day of the trek comprises of moving ahead from Dhaula to Sewa. Dhaula to Sewa is an 11km hike which is quite an interesting one. If kept track of the time, you'll be at Sewa by midday which gives you the liberty to enjoy around Sewa and also experience the splendour of the sanctimonious temple at Sewa which is the major tourist attraction there.
Day 3- Sewa to Bawta
The trek of the third day is actually where the challenges seem to show up in the picture. The trek from Sewa to Bawta is an interesting one. The area is prone to a landslide which makes it a difficult one as well but with our experience guides no obstacles our encountered on the way.
The trek for the day is a stretch of 6 km which lasts for about 4 hours. It involves a moderate walk of about 3 hours followed by a steep ascent lasting for an hour.
The trek commences amongst the mixed cropping fields, eventually leading you through the dark, deep forests which are also an enchanting factor about the trek. Leaving the forest behind, you are greeted by a wooden bridge laid across the Rupin river which is the border of the two states and is therefore called "No Man's Place".
Further, the trails accompanied by Deodar and Walnut trees lead you to Bawta where you can stay and end your tiring day.
Day 4 – Bawta to Jhaka
Before you set out to trek on day 4, you better gather all your energy because this trek from Bawta to Jhaka involves a continuous ascent for 4 hours straight, giving you an altitude gain of 8,700 ft.
The journey is a rising-falling graph. There's a steep ascent till Jiskun followed by a slightly descending path up till the wooden bridge which further surprisingly changes to a zig-zag ascending trail. Selwan Khad happens to be the last water point whereas Jhaka is the last and the highest village of the trekking journey. The beliefs prevalent in the village about considering animals holy might be intriguing to you as well.
Day 5- Jhaka to Dhanderas Thatch
The trek for the fifth day involves trekking for 11km within a span of 8 hours thus giving you a gain of 11,680ft. in the altitude. The morning amidst the heavenly ambience of Jhaka will be one of the most beautiful mornings your eyes wake up to.
The trail offers you a plethora of landscapes to treat your eyes, making it's a way through the fields of Jhaka, entering into the forests, followed by a turn leading you through the snow patches further bringing you across a snow bridge over Rupin river crossing which brings you across another wooden bridge, leading into another forest.
Walking for few more kilometres brings you to Surawas Thatch where at a serene u-shaped valley in the middle of trees, with the sight of Rupin waterfall far away, your hearts seem to get unburdened of all the worries and it's tranquility all around.
The trail happens to pass through the shepherd's meadows which is quite a lovable experience, further on the way Buras Kandi is encountered. Buras Kandi is one peak spot renowned for the vegetation it offers. Trekking further brings you to Dhanderas Thatch, which, with its twelve waterfalls, is undoubtedly a breath-taking spot.
Day 6 – Dhanderas Thatch to Upper Waterfall camp or Rati Pheri
The sixth-day trek is a shorter trek, uphill to the upper waterfall where you camp beside the Rupin river, experiencing a beauty that you'd cherish for life. It involves an ascent of 1400ft. which requires you to climb to the top of a waterfall for some acclimatization and the course involves some serious trekking skills.
On reaching the top of the fall, the land will be a meadow which will be your campsite. The sight of the various streams merging to form the Rupin casts magic on every eye.
Day 7- Upper waterfall camp to Ronti Gad, Crossing Rupin Pass via Rati Pheri
This trek is the longest trek with an insane gain in attitude 15,400 ft which would be followed by a steep descent to 13,100 feet. Initially, it is an hour steep climb leading to the Rati Pheri Campsite offering you a site of snow stretches all around. The trail would further lead you to the Rupin Gully. Caution and guidance are sheerly important in this region as the track is snow-covered and walking can be challenging
The trek is uphill to reach the Rata Pheri camp. The view around is breathtaking with the view of the Kinnaur-Kailash range and the peaks around. The trek is comparatively a lengthy one and is one of the best ones around. A further walk from the Rupin Pass brings you to the Rukti gad.
Day 8- Ronti Gad to Sangla
This the final day and the day when the journey winds up which is a steep descent from 13,100 ft to 8,600ft which lasts for about six hours. It can also pose some adaptability issues like a sudden drop in altitude is observed but with our experienced team at your service, you need not worry as they help you out with it.
Initially, the trail involves a loss of 1500 ft. in the altitude making you leave the Ronti gad valley behind, bringing you straight to the exquisite sight of Mt. Kinner Kailash. Further is a trail through the blue pine forest from Sangla to Sangla Kanda. final trail is a rapidly descending trail to Sangla, reaching to Baspa village in the next 30 minutes and further climb of 20 minutes bring you to Sangla where the journey ends as well. Here, you'll be able to hire a vehicle that takes you to Shimla from where you can find transportation to your desired location.
The dangers and difficulties posed by the challenging trails are outdone by the splendor and captivating beauty of the trail meandering through glacial meadows, snow bridges, glacial valleys, snowfields, and hundreds of waterfalls, thus making Rupin Pass Trek one of the most popular and one grand and worthwhile adventurous experience.