Rupin pas trek is one of the most fantastic treks in this region. The trek begins from the lovely valley of Sangla in Himachal Pradesh and moves onto Uttarakhand via Rupin pass. In terms of landscape, gradient and altitude, it offers a wide range. Not a very well known trek, it certainly is one of the most beautiful being full of streams, waterfall, river, mountain views, snows, beautiful meadows full of flowers etc
Rupin pass trek can also be started from the village of Naitwar in the Tons river valley region of Uttarakhand. From Naitwar the trail goes along the Rupin river valley to the villages of Dhola(reachable by Jeep now) and Sewa. After Sewa the trail crosses into Himachal Pradesh (always following the course of the Rupin river), first to Gosangu (its not a village but a central spot in the valley where the roads connecting the villages of Dodra, Kwar and Jiskun coverage) and then on to the hanging villages of Jiskun and Jakha on slopes above the Rupin. After Jakha the wilderness starts, taking you along the river through dense pine forests, across and over multiple snow bridges and meadows to the imposing 3-tired Rupin waterfall. Above the waterfall the trail finally leaves the river and veers left climbing steeply over a ridge and then over gentle undulating snowfields/meadows (depending on the reason) to finally reach the Rupin pass. An unmistakable half tube cut straight across the dip in the ridge line of the Dhauladhar range. The most easy itinerary of the Rupin Pass Trek can be located hereunder.
- DAY 1: CHANDIGARH- THANEDAR- 6 HRS
- DAY 2: THANEDAR- SANGLA- 6 HRS
- DAY 3: SANGLA- ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO RAKCHAM VALLEY- 6 KMS
- DAY 4: SANGLA (2700M) – SANGLA MEADOWS (3600M) – 4-5 HRS
- DAY 5: SANGLA MEADOWS- BASE OF RUPIN PASS (ABOUT 3500M) – 4-5 HRS
- DAY 6: BASE OF RUPIN PASS- RUPIN PASS (4750M) DANDRASH (3450M) 6 HRS
- DAY 7: DANDRASH- JISKOOL (2320M)- 5-6 HRS
- DAY 8: JISKOOL- SEWA (2040M)- 4-5 HRS
- DAY 9: SEWA- DHULA (1560M)- MUSSOORIE- 3 HRS WALK AND 6 HRS DRIVE
- DAY 10: MORNING JAN SHATABDI FROM DEHRADUN BACK TO DELHI AND CONNECTING FLIGHTS/ TRAINS OUT.
Reach Chandigarh at 0350 hrs by Kalka mail. Get off and drive to Thanedar. Stop en route at Shimla for breakfast and freshen up. Carry onto Thanedar. Check into hotel. After lunch, hike to Hatu peak. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in hotel.
Wake up early in the morning. After breakfast, drive to Sangla. Reach Sangla early n the evening. Check in and hike up to Batseri village after freshening up. Evening around a bonfire. Night stay in hotel/camp.
Today, we go on a upward hike to Rakcham valley. This is the signature walk of the valley. The gradient is moderately upward. Reach Rakcham village by afternoon. Drive back to camp/hotel. Rest of the day at leisure as we prepare and check gear for the trek the next day. Evening around a bonfire.
Sangla meadow is a perfect place to see the Kinner Kailash massif in its full glory. The locals have their fields in the Sangla meadows (or Sangla Kanda as they call it). As going up and down every day is inconvenient, so lot of people have made their temporary huts here called ‘Dogri’. When it starts to get cold in the valley, the shepherds often take their sheep and goat herds across Rupin Pass (visible in the distance) to the meadows near Dehra Dun. Night stay in tents.
This is a tough day on the trek with steep uphill and downhill climbs. There would be snow at the pass.
This is a lovely hike through meadows and then we hit the valley. We walk past a waterfall and cross a cross a river.
From here on, it is a gradual downhill walk most of the way.
Last day on the trek, we reach Dhula where vehicles will be waiting to carry us on to Mussoorie. Settle into your rooms in Mussoorie. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Leave early in the morning from Mussoorie and drive to Dehradun to catch Jan Shatabdi back to Delhi.
- The Rupin pass trek can be started either way from Himachal or Uttarakhand and the itinerary can be tailored according to the customers need.