On the 1st day; your trekking journey towards Rupin pass will start from Dehradun and head towards Dhaula, the weather in the whole journey will not be so cold, and the pleasant sites of hills will treat you better. The drive to Dhaula is on beautiful mountain roads and steadily gain altitude as you reach Dhaula. Deep valleys and thick forest cover keep you company. You will have to reach Dehradun on your own, and from the Dehradun Railway Station transport will be organized to Dhaula at an additional cost. It is approximately a 10 hr drive.
The beginning of the Rupin Pass trek starts with an easy day. It takes about 5-6 hours from Dhaula to Sewa. You will cross the Rupin and walking on an undulating trail through the forests. Rupin pass trek will be so mesmerizing in each step, the scenery of Rupin falling from the peak will be so amazing and treat your eyes, again after beholding the beauty you will trek on an ascending trail through the apple and apricot trees.
Now, the trail gets the steep point after crossing this section. You reach a shop which is run by a local. A few steps ahead, there is a temple made in Kinnauri style, you can get an idea about Kinnaur culture after watching the work done on it. It is said that Karna lived here, and the villagers in his remembrance make the temple. Setup the camps here at this picturesque place, enjoy your night here at Sewa village, have your food and retire for the night.
Today's trek increases gradewise from moderate to difficult slowly. Our team will instruct you for the day as the area en route is prone to landslide and frequent variance in the trail is an addition to the difficulty level. After 3 hours of the moderate walk, there will be a steep ascent of 1 hour.
It takes a while to get adjusted to the smell, the terrain, and the lighting but once you are accustomed to it, you will realize that you have been nearing the river during this phase. Once the forest clears out, we will be trekking on the river than alongside it which means you’ll have to hop and jump across the many streams that form the Rupin.
Nature will grab your attention where you will pass through the mixed crop field and then will enter to the forest, further walk through the thick forest later you will reach near the bridge which would be so mesmerizing.
Walk on the narrow trail after crossing the forest area, cross the steep ascent with snow-covered views of snow-covered mountains. Further lies Jiskun village. It is a beautiful village divided into two parts “Upper Jiskun” and “Lower Jiskun.”
Go ahead till the last village Jakha till crossing river Rupin and reach your campsite for the day. Today was a long trek, so set up your tents and settle for the day.
After having breakfast, leave this quaint Himalayan village behind and proceed towards your next campsite, “Udaknal.” Go through the forest of pines, and ahead, you can spot a change instead of pines trees. There will be Fir trees. There will be a moderate ascent till Jiskun then it will be a slight descending trail, moving forward into the dense forest you can find a wooden bridge there. The route gets ascending in zig-zag from the bridge; you can also refill your bottles at the river the last water point of the 4th day. After an hour and half of intermittent boulder walk, and hopping over many cascading streams that feed the Rupin, the trail climbs and heads to the right, heading for a clump of forest. Just before the trail enters there forest, you are met with a small open grass land. It is easily recognizable by a big rivulet that gushes out of the hill side – the water pure and clean. This is Burans Kandi, an excellent place to camp if you don’t mind the many cows that graze in the bounties of nature here.
Today you will move towards Dandreyash Thatch from Udaknal camp site, crossing the fields of Jhaka village, a thick forest of fir tresses standing tall and the pristine civilization. Continue the trek and notice an island amidst the forests covered by lush green grass, and you can also see Rupin pass waterfall from a distance that merges with the Rupin River. Now, the trail levelled, and the walk is through meadows. The walk climbs gently through the lushness of the meadows. Every few steps tiny brooks gurgle under your boots as you hipety hop over them. Wild flowers sprout everywhere. This time they are blue, purple, green, yellow and white. The Rupin gently makes it way down the valley, an icy blue. Move downward to reach down to the valley though green and yellow meadows, after crossing a series of snow-bridges and you are in the middle of a valley, Dhanderas Thatch.
And get ready to relax and then indulge in some fun activities organized by our to enjoy one of the most admiring and biggest known meadows of Himalayan Range.
Today is most importants ant day of your trek. The acclimatization climb to the top of the waterfall will help you immensely for a super successful climb to the Rupin pass. Though the team leader will let you know all about how to manage the situation. You will cross the way through many little streams of Rupin; you will make your way through the marigold flowers to the snow patches of the forest waterfall. For the first time you catch a view of what it is actually like at the top of the waterfall. It is quite unlike what you expected, keeping to the tradition of surprises of the Rupin trail. It is a wide meadow, reaching out to a flat bowl. Streams fed from the alpine snowy flank that converge on the bowl merge together to form the Rupin.
It gives you enough strength and confidence to climb Rupin Pass tomorrow. A meadow is there where you set your camps today. Today was an adventurous day, and tomorrow’s day will be a thrilling one, so have your food and get in your tents.
Today we have to wake up early in the morning because it will be going a big day for us. Have some excellent and hygienic breakfast.
Start your trek early, and it is going to be the longest day of your trek. Rupin Pass is at an altitude of 4,650 meters, and the trail is exhilarating. Today you need proper trekking equipment to climb the pass successfully. The Rupin valley that has been your companion for the last six days is lost to view, and the alpine Dhauladar range takes its place to your right and across the valley. It is now snow fields and alpine country till you get to the Rupin pass. Later you will be able to catch views of the Sanglah side of the mountain, the green open mountain will be a contrast of the snow and alpine behind you, and the Mother Nature will look fabulous. After a splendid day, you will retire for the night in tents
Today’s trek will be a downward climb but very arduous as the trail’s altitude drops rapidly. Our team will take another round of bout to make you adaptable to the sharp descendant, climb your way downward with more ease without hurting your foot or knees. The descending path from Ronti Gad to Sangla will be quite gentle except for the small pebbles and rocks that make it tougher. With the river (a tributary of Baspa) on the right and vast meadows ahead; it will be a pleasant trail. After an hour the trail will leave the Ronti Gad valley behind, and you will see the meadows and later you will be able to see the sign of civilization in the village and the weather will become warmer now. There are many trails going to Sangla from Sangla Kanda, take the trail which passes through the forest of Blue Pines. The final trail is wide and clearly defined but descendants rapidly to Sangla, after 30 mins you will reach Baspa Village and 20 mins last climb and you are at the end of the trekking journey, Sangla, you can hire any vehicle from the road of Sangla to Shimla.The last bus for Shimla leaves at 05:00 PM and gets to Shimla at 03:00 AM the following day. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Sangla to Shimla at 02:00 PM. Cost of the Cab – Rs. 7,500/- per vehicle.