Rupin Pass is a high altitude pass across the Himalaya mountain range in state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies on a traditional shepherd and hiking route which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. The path itself is located across mostly uninhabited areas in the Himalayan ranges at an elevation of 15,250 ft (4,650M) above sea level.
Arrive in Dehradun
Dehradun – Dhaula by Bus
1st day of trek starts from Dhaula walking along with the rupin river till sewa. Walk of 12 Kms.The trail ascends through a few friendly villages, and curves into a gorge. You can find apple orchards and appricots frequently on this route. You will also pass through Barley and Potato fields. There is a river and a number of rivulets towards the end of the trail. You will reach Sewa camp in 6 hours. Camp overnight at Sewa.
Sewa to Jhaka is one of the tough day of this trek. Once you leave sewa camp, we enter Himachal Pradesh. Trek is long and little tough covering 14 km in 7 hours. The trek has few steep climbs followed by easy walks. There is a steep over-hanging trail walk which leads to a river. This long climb is followed by a descending walk through Deodar and Walnut trees upto Jhaka village. Jhaka is a small village, popularly known as the hanging village as it rests on the edge of the mountain side. Camp overnight at Jhaka.
The trail makes its way out of the village through a playground, before entering a dense fir forest. Today also has a number of surprises in store with varied landscapes springing up unannounced. The trail passes snow bridges(In May & June), dense forests, and meadows with rivulets swiftly cutting across it. You will reach Buras Kandi in about 5 hours, covering a distance of 6 km. Camp overnight at Buras Kandi.
The trail from Buras Kandi to Dhanderas / Lower waterfall is one of the best day. Average walk and you reach the camp for lunch. Campsite is besides the Rupin river with a beautiful view of Lower and Upper waterfall.
This day is very important for proper acclimatization. Since the entire walk is mostly on snow and ice, a trekking pole and ice axe will come in handy today. The trail from Dhanrashi / Lower waterfall passes through a number of streams that you need to hop over until you get to the mouth of the waterfall. It will take close to 2 hours to get to the upper waterfall camp. Camp overnight. ( *Note :in case of less snow / ice we will camp higher at Rataferi camp, which will help in achieving the summit next day)
Prepare yourself for a long and gruelling, yet exciting day as you trek for almost 11 hours at a stretch. The trail is mostly on snow fields with steep ascents and all you see for miles and miles is a perfectly white hue. The pass is a saddle on a ridge line cutting its way through and across the Dhauladar range. Hundreds of little stone cairns line up the ridge line of the Rupin pass. On your way down from the pass, it is a sharp descent to the snowline and then to the meadows of Ronti Gad. You will reach Ronti Gad camp by evening
The trail from Ronti gad to Sangla is a steep descent through diverse landscapes every few minutes. You will see spectacular mountain views of the Kinner Kailiash ranges while descending. As you near civilisation, the trail cuts across step farms and fruit orchards. It will take around 6 hours to reach Sangla.
Sangla – Shimla by bus/Jeep Journey time will be Approx 11hrs Night Halt at Shimla.
Free day in Shimla for shopping. Departure from Shimla to Chandigarh in the evening. Night Stay at Chandigarh
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