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  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Hard
  • 15250 ft./4648 m
  • 12 Participants
  • May-June
  • Himachal Pradesh

Rupin Pass Trek Overview

If you’re seeking an adventurous yet serene mountain trail, Rupin Pass Trek is the answer. Starting in the remote and tranquil village of Jiskun, the trek takes you through thick forests and up to the majestic Rupin gully. You’ll cross the pass at 15,250 ft and enter the Kinnaur grasslands, experiencing a regular change in scenery and moderate to strenuous landscapes most days. 

This high-altitude trek showcases dense forests, green landscapes, and awe-inspiring sceneries in abundance. The Rupin Pass is known for its stunning contrast of green and snowy landscapes. It is one of the most adventurous yet beautiful trails in India. 

Unravel the Magical Three-Stage waterfall to the dreamy meadows of Devsu Thatch

The magical three-stage waterfall, the lush green meadows of Devsu Thatch and the charm of ancient villages, Rupin Pass intrigues trekkers with its mind-boggling landscapes. 

Overall, Rupin Pass Trek is ideal for those seeking real adventure without getting too exhausted after every day’s walk.

Rupin Pass trek brochure

Inclusions 

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, homestays/dorms
    • Cloakroom charges 
  • Experienced Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National parks and sanctuaries
    • Forest permits and entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen tent
    •  Toilet tent
    • Dome tents 
    • Sleeping bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing accessories
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Cab charges to and from Jiskun – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 7)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

 

Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Shimla (7,467 ft.) to Jiskun (7,700 ft.)

You will start your journey from Shimla at 6:00 AM to reach the basecamp, Jiskun village. The road to Jiskun goes through the most beautiful and scenic Chainsheel valley. Expect to reach Jiskun by evening. Jiskun is a quaint village with handful of home and homestays.

Day 2 : Jiskun (7,700 ft.) to Jhaka (10,318 ft.)

A 3.5 kilometer walk from Jiskun to Jhaka, the highest village on the Rupin pass trek. The trail passes through a forest and over a wooden bridge before climbing through a mixed forest with frequent changes in scenery. Along the way, there is a diversion in the trail, with one path leading to a village higher than Jhaka and the other path leading to Jhaka.

Day 3 : Jhaka (10,318 ft.) to Udaknal (11,000 ft.)

The trail begins by winding through a beautiful fir forest, one of the most stunning sections of any trek. After a steep descent, the path levels out as it follows the banks of the Rupin River. Along the way, be sure to keep an eye out for the vibrant dwarf rhododendrons just past Udaknal, before reaching the idyllic meadows of Saruwas Thatch.

Day 4 : Udaknal (11,000 ft.) to Lower waterfall (11,900 ft.)

The hike from Saruwas Thatch to Danderas Thatch is a short and easy walk, with minimal elevation changes. It is often considered the most scenic day of the trek, as you will pass through colorful meadows and fields. At the end of the day, you will reach the famous Dhanderas Thatch or Lower Waterfall campsite, located at the base of the majestic Rupin waterfall of a height of 1500 feet. You will spend the night here, surrounded by the sounds of the waterfall’s thunderous roar.

Day 5 : Lower waterfall (11,900 ft.) to Upper waterfall (13,385 ft.)

Today’s trail is continuously uphill and can be challenging due to snow patches at the base and top of the waterfall. In the summer months, you may need to cross the waterfall on a snow bridge. In the autumn, the trail becomes rocky and slippery. Despite the difficulties, the climb beside the waterfall is an exciting adventure. The views from the snout of the waterfall are breathtaking and well worth the effort to reach them.

Day 6 : Upper waterfall (13,385 ft.) to Ronti gad (13,139 ft.) via Rupin pass (15,279 ft.)

Wake up before dawn and be ready to leave your campsite by 5:00 am. You’ll need all the energy you can get for the steep climb to the pass, followed by a sharp descent. This will be the longest and most challenging day of your trek, but also the most exciting.

You’ll encounter the snowfields of Rata Pheri, get a glimpse of the Rupin pass in the distance, climb through the gully, reach the top of the Rupin Pass, take in the stunning views of the Kinnauri mountains, slide down the snow on the pass, and finally arrive at the meadows of Rontigad. This day will be full of adventure and will stay with you for a long time.

Day 7 : Ronti gad (13,139 ft) to Sangla (8,776 ft) and drive back to Shimla (7,467 ft.)

On the final day of the trek, you will make a steep descent to the beautiful and picturesque town of Sangla. The trek will take you through lush grasslands and offer stunning views of the Kinner Kailash range and the blue pines of the Baspa valley.

Although the descent may be challenging on your knees and toes, the breathtaking scenery more than makes up for it. Transportation from Sangla to Shimla has been arranged for 2:00 PM and you can expect to arrive in Shimla between 11:00 PM and midnight.

How to reach the basecamp of Rupin Pass trek?

The base camp for the Rupin Pass trek is located in the village of Jiskun, which can be reached through a 10-11 hour drive from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful hanging village is situated at an altitude of 2370 meters and is popular among trekkers as the starting point for the Rupin Pass trek. The village is also known for its organic apples and pears. The drive to Jiskun is quite tiring as it covers a distance of 192 km through winding hill roads.

OWLS organizes the transport from Shimla to Jiskun at 05:30 am from Old Shimla Bus Stand, Shimla. You can reach Shimla via Chandigarh or Delhi. 

Here is a travel plan you can follow to reach Shimla for OWLS pick-up

Travel Plan A – By Air to Chandigarh, followed by Road Journey to Shimla

Day 0: Arrive in Chandigarh on Day 0 (refer to the itinerary) and take a bus to Shimla from Sector 43. Look for a suitable hotel/hostel and stay overnight in Shimla. 

Chandigarh to Shimla distance is 113 km, and it takes 3.5 to 4 hours to cover the distance. 

Upon arriving at Chandigarh airport you can head to Sector 43 and board a bus from there. If you prefer travelling by HRCT buses, two buses depart during the first half of the day. Additionally, evening buses are scheduled to leave around 6 PM and 8 PM.

If you want to travel by privately run buses, check out Red Bus or MakeMyTrip. Chandigarh to Shimla bus fare ranges between Rs 250 to 400.

Travel Plan B – By Air to Delhi followed by Road Journey to Shimla

Day 0: If you fly to Delhi instead of Chandigarh, you can book an overnight bus to Shimla from Delhi. New Delhi to Shimla distance is approximately 355km, and it takes 6h to 7 hours to cover the distance. 

Remember to board a bus that arrives in Shimla before 5:00 AM on Day 1 as the cab leaves the OWLS pick-up point at 5:30 AM. The second option is to arrive in Shimla on Day 0 and stay here for a night. 

HRTC buses ply between Delhi and Shimla every day from ISBT, Kashmiri Gate. Delhi to Shimla bus will cost you anywhere between Rs.400 – Rs.1500. The Volvo buses are on the higher side and comfortable for overnight journeys. Ordinary buses will cost you around Rs 400 to Rs 500. 

Note – We recommend buses over different travel options at any time based on availability, time and cost.

Rupin Pass Trek Map

Rupin Pass Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Rupin Pass Trek?

The total distance of the Rupin Pass trek is around 35 km long. You cover this distance over 6 days. The average distance you will cover is 5- 7 per and walk for 5-6 hours a day. The longest day is the last day of your trek. You will cover a total of 11 km today. 

Is Rupin Pass Trek suitable for beginners?

Rupin Pass is a demanding trek trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience. However, with dedicated physical training, beginners can also attempt the trek.  The Outdoor Leader will decide whether you are eligible for participation. 

How difficult is Rupin Pass Trek?

Rupin Pass is a challenging trek recommended for trekkers with prior experience of high altitude exposure. The trek requires trekkers to be in good physical condition to trek comfortably.  

What will be the temperature in Rupin Pass Trek?

Rupin Pass temperature in summer is recorded between 13°C to 17°C during the daytime. The days are warm and sunny. Expect cold nights and freezing temperatures at the higher campsites.  

Find out the month-wise temperature of  Rupin Pass. 

What is the best time to visit Rupin Pass Trek?

The best time to visit the Rupin Pass trek is during summer and autumn. The summer season begins in May and continues till June end. 

Read more the best time to visit Rupin Pass Trek. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

You will find the remains of the snow at higher altitudes. If you do the Rupin Pass trek in summer, you will find snow from the Lower Waterfall campsite. However, there will be no fresh snow on the trek. 

What is the cost of Rupin Pass trek?

The Rupin Pass trek cost is Rs. 16450/.

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

What is the starting point of the Rupin Pass Trek?

The trek starts from Dhaula village in Uttarakhand. Dhaula is around 180 km from Dehradun. Rupin Pass also starts from Jiskun Village in Himachal.

Where is Rupin Trek located?

The trek is located in Himachal Pradesh.  

What is the duration of the Rupin trek?

Rupin Pass is a 7-day long trek. This includes travel to and from the base camp. 

What is the altitude of the Rupin Pass Trek?

Rupin Pass trek is at an altitude of 15,250ft.

Can we do the Rupin Pass Trek on our own?

The Rupin Pass is challenging and has long walking hours. The trek spreads over seven days and climbs to the highest altitude of 15250ft. The trek requires experienced guides to help you navigate the challenging terrain. If you plan to go solo on this trek, hiring a guide is a must to avoid any unforeseen situation.

Do we need prior experience for Rupin Pass trek?

Yes, it is a demanding trek, and you need prior experience of at least one high-altitude trek to attempt the Rupin Pass trek.

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

Our Outdoor Leaders are a team of experienced and well-trained individuals. They have completed the Basic Mountaineering Course and possess first-aid knowledge. In addition to this, they are certified Wilderness First Responders and have been trained to act responsibly in case of any unforeseen accidents.

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

The cloakroom facility is unavailable for treks like Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati and Bali Pass. This trek begins in one village and concludes in another village. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most mobile networks in the base camp in Jiskun. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek.