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Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass Trek

  • 8 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Start: Dhaula
  • Altitude
    Altitude : 4,650 m

The Rupin Pass Trek is one of the most rewarding and scenic treks that any trekker can undertake. It is a high-altitude trek that begins in Dhaula, Uttarakhand, and ends in Sangla, Himachal Pradesh. Rupin Pass is at an elevation of 4650 metres.

The Baspa valley in Kinnaur is connected to the Garhwal in the south by several passes. Shepherds and traders used to use these passes instead of the convoluted Hindustan-Tibet road that exists today. The route features a diverse range of scenery, altitude, and gradient.

The trail at lower elevations goes through Oak and Fir forests and interior villages in river valleys. It also goes through beautiful meadows, alpine wildflowers, waterfalls, and steep ice fields. The trail at higher elevations also goes through beautiful meadows, alpine wildflowers, waterfalls, and steep ice fields.

The route is known for its wonderful wildflowers, especially during the monsoon season. In the surrounding areas of the pass, the well-known Brahma Kamal flourishes in abundance. The trail above the meadows is covered in heavy snow during the summer.

The Rupin Pass Trek is a challenging adventure that takes you through stunning landscapes. As you cross the Rupin Pass, you’ll have beautiful views of the Kinnaur Kailash range and the Charang Ghati ridge’s other peaks. Kinnaur, on the other side of the pass, is known for its “Golden Delicious” apple orchards.

Departure & Return Location

Dehradun I.S.B.T (Google Map)

Meeting Time

7 A.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect on Rupin Pass Trek
  • Breath-taking waterfallsThe sound of the falls can be heard from far away, and as you get closer, the roar becomes thunderous. The mist created by the water is refreshing and cooling, and the sight of the falls is awe-inspiring. The river below roars as it rushes through the rocks and around bends on its way.
  • Mesmerizing ViewsThe Rupin Pass is at an elevation of 15,255 feet and offers a panoramic and mesmerising view of the lofty Kailash Peak, leaving you spellbound by its beauty. As you make your way along the trail, you'll be awestruck by the sight of glaciers, waterfalls and pristine streams that flow through the valleys. With each step, the scenery changes and you'll be left amazed by the natural wonders of this place.
  • An experience of Rural UttarakhandThe village of Jhaka is a sight to behold. It is located in the mountains, and because of this, it appears as though the village is hanging off the edge of a cliff. This unique positioning makes the village all the more beautiful and picturesque. You'll get to experience the rural lifestyle and see firsthand how the villagers live and work.
  • Crossover from Uttarakhand to Himachal The most appealing aspect of the Rupin Pass trek is that it connects two beautiful states, beginning in Dhaula, Uttarakhand, and ending in Sangla, Himachal Pradesh.

Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1Dehradun to Dhaula

Distance: 191 km
Time: 8 hours
Altitude: 1,580 m (5,184 ft.)

Pick up from Dehradun in the morning and travel to Dhaula. The distance is approximately 190 kilometres, and it can take 8-10 hours to complete the journey, with a lunch break in between.

The road is one of the most scenic in the Garhwal region. It takes us up to the posh hill station of Mussorie in the beginning, and through the turquoise Yamuna river, conifer forests, and the meandering Tons river in the latter half. Some of the main attractions are Mussorie, Yamuna Pool, Damta, Nawgaon, Purola, Mori, and Netwar.

Mori is the last place where you can get a reliable mobile network. From Netwar onwards, we are in the Govind National Park area and have to check-in at the Forest Check Post. After crossing the Tons River, we enter Rupin Valley.

Dhaula is a small village with only a few houses and homestays. We set up camp in Dhaula for the night.

Day 2Dhaula to Sewa

Distance: 10 km
Time: 6 hours
Altitude: 2,000 m (6,560 ft)

Today, we set out on the trek. We will be following the Rupin River for most of the trail. The river is 500 feet below us in the gorge. The walk is gentle and has a low gradient along the river valley. The Rupin River will be on our right side for the duration of today’s trek.

The Datadhar village is a moderate 30-minute climb from the base, and it takes a couple of hours to encircle the mountains and reach Sewa village. This village has a wooden temple with Kinnaur cultural influences. There is also a tea shop and a small lodge in the village. The trek from Datadhar to Sewa is through a mixed forest of Deodar, oak and rhododendron. The trail is moderate with a few steep climbs.

The last kilometre before the campsite is an easy walk. There are good camping grounds on the banks of the Rupin River with a beautiful view of the valley. The campsite is located on the true right of Rupin in Himachal Pradesh. The distance from Datadhar to the campsite is 10 kilometres and it could take up to 6 hours to complete. A nice camping ground on the bank of Rupin is just another kilometre after the village.

We descend to the riverbed and cross a side stream called Aligad after crossing a short jungle stretch. The bridge connects the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The Aligad campsite is located on the true right of Rupin in Himachal Pradesh.

Day 3Sewa to Jhaka

Distance: 12 km
Time: 7 hours
Altitude: 2,652 m (8,700 ft)

From the campsite, we take the river trail and then a steady, comfortable climb to reach a motor road in Himachal Pradesh that is still under construction. The motorable road on the left leads to Rohru over Chanshal Pass and is part of the Shimla district.

We walk for about an hour along the wide and levelled road on our right along the Rupin to get a diversion from the road. Our road leads to Gosangu on the left. Another 3 kilometres of almost flat walking and a 500-foot climb later, we arrive at the village of Jiskun’s first house.

We skirt the village, crossing the final stretch and descending into the jungle to cross a bridge. From here, a steady climb leads us to a sharp turn where Rupin appears deep within the gorge. The view of the valley from here is surprisingly beautiful, and it is green all year.

We climb for an hour inside the blue pine forest from here to get our first glimpse of Jhaka village. The village portion seen from here is on a steep slope and appears to be dangling from the cliff. We have the option of pitching our tents or staying at the Home-stay. Lower Jhaka may take 6 to 7 hours to reach.

Day 4Jhaka to Saruwas Thatch

Distance: 7 km
Time: 5 hours
Altitude: 3,398 m (11,150 ft)

We start at the Jhaka campsite and gradually ascend, passing through the village’s upper reaches before entering the lovely conifer forest. As we walk through the forest, we gradually lose altitude, and after an hour, we cross the Rupin River’s snow bridge to reach the trail on the other side.

To get to Buras Kandi, we continue our trek along the boulder-strewn stretch. Shepherds frequently use this trail for grazing during the summer and monsoon seasons. Our today’s camp, Suruwas Thach (3400m, 11150ft), is reached after a steep ascent and a walk along the riverbed. The distance is 7 kilometres, and it could take up to 5 hours to complete. For the night, set up camp.


Day 5Saruwas Thatch to Dhanderas Thatch

Distance: 6 km
Time: 4 hours
Altitude: 3,550 m (11,650 ft)

Today we walk on nearly level ground through the meadows, passing by numerous cascading waterfalls that feed Rupin. The trail leads us to our campsite at Dhanderas Thach/Lower waterfall camp, which is surrounded by lush green pastures. It’s pure bliss to wake up at the campsite near Jhaka Village.

The trail is well-marked, passes through Jhaka village’s field, and enters a forest with tall fir trees, evoking centuries of pristine civilization. The trail changes to snow patches after passing through the forest and landscapes. Follow the snow bridge over Rupin, cross the bridge, and continue walking along a narrow trail until you reach another wooden bridge. Soon after, you’ll enter another forest with different-coloured Rhododendron trees.

As you ascend through the forests, you will come to the edge of a U-shaped valley. The enchanting views from the valley’s rim, with thousands of waterfalls cascading down below you, are all designed to hypnotise you into moving. To get to the valley, travel downward through green and yellow meadows, and after crossing a series of snow-bridges, you’ll arrive at Dhanderas Thatch, which is in the middle of a valley. 

Day 6 Dhanderas Thatch to Ratapheri

Distance: 5 km
Time: 4 hours
Altitude: 3,993 m (13,100 ft)

Before crossing the pass, we’ll take a short day hike to get some much-needed rest at a high altitude. The nature of the trail varies depending on when you go. The trail is covered in ice fields and semi-hard frosty snow in the early summer, but there is little snow in the second half of the season after the monsoon. The ascent from the base of the waterfall is steep until we reach Rati Pheri/Upper waterfall camp at the top.

You’ll learn how to use an ice axe, a trekking pole, and how to slide on snow on the way to the top of the waterfall from its base. When you need to cut your way across a large snow bridge, these snow trekking techniques will come in handy. It would be a spellbinding experience to stand in the middle of the snow bridge and watch Rupin disappear beneath your feet after falling down through the waterfall above you. When you reach the top of the waterfall, you’ll come across a large meadow that will serve as your day’s campsite. Various streams flowing down the alpine mountains converging to form the river Rupin could be seen here.

Day 7Ratapheri to Sangla Kanda via Rupin Pass

Distance: 12 km
Time: 9 hours
Altitude: 4,650 m (15,256 ft)

To cross the pass, get up early in the morning. The ascent from Ratapheri is steep and difficult. We arrive at the vast stretch of snowfield after about an hour and locate the pass above the ridgeline. As the oxygen level drops, we gradually increase our ascent.

Rupin Pass (4650m, 15200ft) is where the exhilarating climb ends, and the view is breathtaking. The snowy Kinnaur Kailash range on the northern side and the Rupin valley on the southern side of this eternally snowbound pass. After about half an hour, we begin the steep descent to the Sangla side. The amount of snowfall will vary depending on the season.

After crossing the snowline, the descent becomes steeper until we reach Ronti Gad (4100m, 13450ft), which marks the beginning of the green meadows. The distance is 12 kilometres, and it may take 10 to 11 hours to complete. We’ll pitch our tent for the night. 

Day 8Sangla Kanda to Sangla & Drive to Shimla

Distance: 4 km
Time: 2 hours
Altitude: 2,713 m (8,900 ft)

Today is the last day of our trek, and we will begin descending to the Baspa River Valley in the morning. Until we reach Sangla Kanda, the height loss is rapid. There is a small lake in this meadow. During the summer and monsoon seasons, the villagers live in small settlements.

There are several trails that cut through the meadow but eventually lead to the main trail. We descend further to re-enter the tree line and eventually reach the village of Sangla. At Sangla (2700m, 8850ft), there is a bridge that crosses the Baspa river and leads to the motorable road.

This is the point at which the journey comes to a close. The distance is 12 kilometres, and it could take up to 6 hours to complete. 

Rupin Pass Trek Route Map

Rupin Pass Photos

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to do Rupin Pass Trek?

The best time and season to do the Rupin Pass Trek is in pre-monsoon or post-monsoon seasons. You can either attempt in the May-June season or the September-October season.

What are the requirements for participation?

All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.

Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Unaccompanied, underage minors will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.

How to make a booking with Advenchar?

You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

The person making the booking must be at least 18 years old. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 30 days prior to the departure date.

How do I cancel/modify my booking?

If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at hello@advenchar.com with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.

What is the cancellation policy?

You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months.  You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar. 


  • Before 15 days from departure date – 100% refund.
  • Between 15 days and 7 days from departure date  – 70% refund.
  • Less than 7 days from departure date – You can modify your trek free of cost, and transfer it to a friend/family member.
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