Rupin Pass Trek

Experience The Most Exciting And Adventurous Trek In India

Trek Grade

Moderate to Difficult

Highest Altitude

15,250 ft

Base Camp

Jiskun

Best Time

May, June & Sept, Oct

Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass is a mountain pass located at an impressive 15,250 feet in the Indian Himalayas, offering an exhilarating and diverse trekking experience. The journey to this lofty altitude is filled with unexpected delights, starting with the drive from Rohru over the Chainsheel Pass. The unpaved roads wind through dense forests, providing breathtaking views that change at every turn. As you ascend to 11,000 feet, the landscape transforms into expansive grasslands that stretch as far as the eye can see, continuing until you reach the Chainsheel Pass.

The trek is a journey of discovery, full of surprises, starting with the picturesque hanging village of Jakha on the first day. The next day brings the sudden appearance of a towering coniferous forest and, if trekking early in the season, a snow bridge, all of which are sure to leave trekkers in awe. Further surprises include the isolated Saruwas Thatch and the stunning Rupin Pass Waterfall, which plunges an astonishing 1,500 feet, exceeding all expectations.

Dhanderas Thatch boasts a perfectly shaped glacial valley with numerous waterfalls cascading down, leaving observers in awe of its natural beauty. The trek continues to the expansive snowfields of Rata Pheri, offering an unexpected alpine experience. Trekkers will be captivated by the stunning Rupin Gully panorama and the thrilling adventure of the daunting climb to Rupin Pass. The descent to the Ronti Gad campsite offers new surprises, ensuring that trekkers remain captivated until their journey ends in Sangla.

The Rupin Pass trek is renowned as one of India’s top treks due to its unique blend of high-altitude adventure and ever-changing scenery, making it a must-visit for trekking enthusiasts.

The Rupin Pass trek is an exhilarating high-altitude trek that begins from Jiskun and ends at Sangla. With an altitude of 15,250 feet and a total trekking distance of 40.2 kilometres, it is considered a moderate-difficult trek that requires good physical fitness and can be completed in 7 days. The best seasons for this trek are the 1st week of May to June end and mid-September to mid-October. During May and June, temperatures range from 15° to 20° C during the day and 4° to 7° C at night, while in September and October, temperatures range from 13° to 20° C during the day and 2° to 7° C at night. From early July to mid-September, snow is present in the upper regions from May to October.

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Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Rupin Pass Trek

Day 01 : Shimla to Jiskun​ by 205 kms drive

  • Altitude: 7,700 feet
  • The drive is about 205km that will take almost 10 hours
  • All the trekkers will be picked up from Shimla old bus stand at 06:00 am in a four-wheeler like bolero, travller or any other vehicle’s
  • Only dinner is included, not the breakfast and lunch
  • Night stay will be organized in the Home Stay, Guest House
  • Last Network till Chanshal Pass, Jiskun & Jakha
  • Last ATM Rorhu

The weather will be cold on the first day of your journey to Jiskun by vehicle. Be prepared to see stunning views of nature and hills that amaze you. If you love nature, have your camera ready, as the scenic views are indescribable. You will travel to Jiskun through Rorhu, a town on the river Pabbar, located approximately 110km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. You will cross the Chaaisheel Valley to Rupin Pass basecamp – Jiskun. Instead of the traditional Rupin Pass trek itinerary from Dehradun to Dhaula, the road through Chainsheel Valley has improved, so we prefer driving from Shimla to Bawta. As the road from Rorhu splits into two routes, the first road leads to Janglik, the base camp for the Buran Ghati trek, while the second goes to Jiskun, the base camp for Rupin Pass. The drive will be through the beautiful and scenic Chainsheel Valley. After the long 8-10 hour journey, you will be served delicious meals to regain strength.

Day 2: Trekking 4 kilometers uphill from Jiskun to Jakha

  • Altitude: 8,700 ft
  • It is a 4 km trek with a difficult level of ascent and steep climb
  • Within 04 hours, you will reach Jakha from Bawta
  • Hot lunch at the campsite and tea & Maggi stalls are available on the way
  • Moderate climb till Jiskun and then descent till wooden bridge and zig-zag trail till Jakha
  • Selwan Khad is the last water point
  • Night in a homestay or tents

Embark on a 4-kilometre journey to Jakha, the final and highest village on the Rupin Pass trek. Leaving Jiskun, the path descends through a dense forest of towering deodars and walnut trees, eventually leading to a captivating, shadowy gorge in the mountain. The upper reaches of this gorge are inaccessible to humans, creating an air of mystery. You’ll glimpse the remnants of an old wooden bridge almost hidden by vegetation. Below, you’ll traverse the new wooden bridge and gaze upward at the eerie, rock-cut path that seems almost otherworldly. Please take a moment to appreciate the marvel of its construction.

The subsequent hour-long ascent to Jakha unfolds on one of the most magnificent trekking trails. The scenery constantly changes as the path zigzags upward along the ridgeline, leading through a mesmerizing mixed forest accompanied by bird songs. Be cautious to avoid taking a diverging trail to the left, which leads to the village of Dhara, situated above Jakha. Instead, veer to the right to stay on course.

The village of Jakha is deeply rooted in the principles of Satsang, and as such, it is a meat-free zone. The campsite, situated just above the town, doubles as a playground for the local children. Alternatively, the school courtyard can also serve as a campsite. Jakha is the final opportunity to restock supplies and seek out porters if needed, as the next few days of the trek will be largely solitary, except for occasional encounters with shepherds tending to their livestock. This isolation persists until Sangla’s arrival.

Day 3: Easy trek of 7 km from Jakha to Saruwas Thatch

  • Altitude: 11,680 ft
  • It is an 7 kms long trek that will take 4-6 hours.
  • Long walk but easy and most walk is along the river so you will enjoy
  • Bottles can be filled from the river
  • Snow bridges and wildflowers
  • Delicious packed lunch will be provided
  • Stay in a tent on twin sharing basis

The trail beyond Jakha leads to a stunning coniferous woodland, where majestic blue pines and occasional maple trees create an unspoiled and serene environment. As you descend, you’ll encounter a surprising expanse of snow forming a natural bridge over the Rupin River, providing a breathtaking experience. In extreme summer heat, the snow bridge may become impassable due to melting, but an alternative route is available, including a sturdy wooden bridge that spans the river. The path narrows along a small track, eventually leading to a wooden bridge and the inaugural expanse of Udakanal’s lush grasslands. The landscape unfolds with a distinct character, frequently paralleling the winding route of the Rupin River, which is fed by numerous small streams cascading down from the mountain’s upper slopes. After a 90-minute hike, the path ascends towards a dense stand of trees, passing by a picturesque spot known as Burans Kandi. Downstream, the Rupin River flows with turbulent waters while massive swaths of snow cling to the mountain gullies. As you ascend, you’ll find yourself enveloped in a stunning sea of Rhododendrons, leading to a more extensive clearing where a charming little island covered in a vibrant carpet of green grass awaits, nestled in a meadow with the Rupin River on your left.

Day 4: Four km Trek from Saruwas Thatch to Lower Waterfall (Dhanderas Thatch)

  • Consider exploring the following half-day trekking route from Saruwas Thatch to Danderas Thatch.
  • This 2-3 hour journey involves an elevation change from 10,770 feet to a peak of 11,700 feet and is rated as simple, making it the easiest day of the entire trek.
  • This visually pleasing trek takes you through petite grassy areas that burst with vibrant blooms in the warmer months and a kaleidoscope of colours in the fall.
  • The journey concludes at the renowned Dhanderas Thatch or Lower Waterfall camping spot, positioned at the foot of the 1,490-ft Rupin Waterfall.

As you stand at the edge of the U-shaped valley at Saruwas Thatch, prepare to be inspired by a breathtaking sight: countless silvery waterfalls cascading down the valley’s slopes, merging with the Rupin River. In contrast, expansive emerald meadows adorned with vibrant yellow marigolds stretch before you. The Rupin River flows gently through the rolling hills, creating a picturesque landscape enhanced by scattered patches of snow.

Descending into the valley filled with yellow marigolds. Your first challenge awaits: a snow bridge spanning the Rupin River. Brace yourself for a steeper incline than expected as you carefully ascend the snow bridge. Despite the short-lived steep section, crossing the snow bridge is an exhilarating experience, leading you swiftly to the left side of the Rupin.

The trail winds upward through the vibrant meadows, where you will encounter small, babbling streams and colourful wildflowers. The serene Rupin River flows alongside, its crystal-clear waters glistening with a hint of icy blue. 

Continuing along the riverbank, you will come across a broad riverbed and a massive snow bridge, which marks the starting ascent to a high plateau.

The ascent offers slow suspense, gradually building anticipation for the next breathtaking vista. As you reach the stunning meadow, you may even be tempted to pitch your tent in this captivating Himalayan campsite. Nestled in the valley’s heart, you will be surrounded by natural wonders, including a three-tiered waterfall, the majestic Dhauladar Range, and snow-capped valley walls punctuated by numerous waterfalls. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is mild and the meadows are in full bloom.

Rest assured, water will not be a concern as clear icy streams flow nearby in every direction. Set up your tent and immerse yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings at Dhanderasatch, which features a stunning landscaped lawn.

Day 5: 3.5 km trek from Dhanderas Thatch (Lower Waterfall) to Upper Waterfall Camp

  • Altitude: 13,120 ft.
  • It is a picturesque day of the trek with 3.5km, 305 hours
  • You can refill your bottle from small streams
  • Moderate level of ascent along with complicated climbing trail around the snow patches
  • Do not get on the snow patch directly
  • Hot lunch at the campsite

As you embark on your journey towards the ‘Upper Waterfall,’ you’ll be greeted by the vibrant yellow blooms of Marigold adorning the landscape, offering a feast for the eyes. We will provide technical equipment and impart essential knowledge about altitude-related precautions to ensure your safety. Additionally, we will conduct a brief training session to equip you with the skills required for snow trekking, including sidestepping, sliding on snow, and cutting through the snow.

Your initial destination will be the lower waterfall, where you will navigate through ice using an ice axe. Upon reaching the lower waterfall, you’ll encounter a breathtaking snow bridge spanning the Rupin River, following several challenging climbs. Upon reaching this bridge, you’ll be greeted by a captivating environment that will invigorate you and leave you in awe.

Despite a steep ascent, upon reaching the upper waterfall camp at an altitude of 13,100 ft., you’ll realize that your efforts were worthwhile. Take a moment to absorb the panoramic views from this camp, immerse yourself in the unique beauty, and prepare to experience a profound sense of fulfilment. This experience will instil in you the confidence and strength to continue your trek towards the Rupin Pass the following day. 

While day six promises adventure, the subsequent day will be more exhilarating and filled with anticipation. Once you cross the bridge, you can look forward to unwinding and savouring your time at the campsite before indulging in a well-deserved dinner.

Day 6: Climax day - Upper Waterfall to Rupin Pass to Ronti Gad, with a total trek of 9 km

  • Altitude: 13, 420 ft
  • It is a 9km trek and most exciting day where you will pass through a tough level of ascent
  • Till the pass, there is a steep ascent and then steep descend
  • You will take almost 10 hours trekking
  • By 04:30 am, leave the camp and carry your hot water from camp as water sources are limited
  • Packed lunch will be provided
  • In the late evening, we will be reaching Ronti gad

On day 6 of the trek, it’s essential to wake up early as it will be a long day of trekking. After breakfast, the trek to Rupin Pass, which stands at 4,650 meters, will begin. It’s crucial to carry all necessary trekking equipment for a safe journey. The trek includes a steep ascent to Rati Pheri and a break to appreciate the remarkable changes in nature. The trail is covered in snow, offering a breathtaking view of Rupin Pass. Trekking through rocky terrain requires caution due to loose rocks and potential falling stones. Climbing individually is recommended to avoid difficulties. Despite the tiring ascent, reaching the summit will be uplifting, offering colourful flags and a stunning view of the Dhauladhar Range. Descending from the summit is fun and leads to the pastures of Ronti Gad, which are distinct from previous sights on the trek. Ronti Gad features snow-covered mountains and captivating meadows. After a long and eventful day, resting in tents will be necessary.

Day 07: 12 km trek from Ronti Gad to Sangla & drive Back to Shimla

  • Altitude: 8,800
  • Last day of trekking, you will trek for 12 km
  • Till Sangla, moderate level of descent
  • Several water points on the way
  • You will reach Sangla by 1-2 pm in the afternoon
  • cab will leave from Sangla at 3 pm and reach Shimla by 2 am in the night
  • Drive back to Shimla (9-10 hours)
  • Make your bookings for a hotel in Shimla accordingly

The trek to Sangla offers a diverse and rewarding experience, with shifting landscapes and stunning views of the Kinner Kailash range and Baspa Valley. Starting the morning at a relaxed pace is recommended, as the descent involves quickly changing altitudes and can become quite hot near Sangla, especially compared to the cold elevation of the Rupin Pass.

The shepherd’s route from the campsite descends towards the valley, where you may encounter shepherds and their herds. After an hour and a half and a descent of more than 1,500 feet, the path opens to a breathtaking view of the valley above the Rukti Gad, with the snow-covered Nalgan pass visible on the right.

As you descend, the meadows cover the mountainside, hiding the snow from view, and the majestic Kinner Kailash range looms ahead. The sight is awe-inspiring and leaves trekkers rooted to the spot. The Sangla Kanda Lake and a small village become visible as you descend towards the town, offering a welcome rest stop with friendly locals and hot tea.

Multiple pathways radiate from Sangla Kanda towards Sangla, and following any route veering to the right will eventually lead you to the primary route, hugging the lake’s perimeter. The landscape transitions from dense foliage to a forest of blue pines as you continue towards Sangla, walking alongside the Rukti Gad river.

The path eventually widens and descends, leading to Sangla, where charming wooden cottages and terraced fields come into view. The dense forest of blue pine trees gives way to lush apple groves, marking a return to civilization. After crossing the Baspa River bridge, a challenging 20-minute ascent leads to the paved road in Sangla. Multiple concrete pathways guide you to the main road, and you can inquire about the location of the bus station, which is marked with painted signs.

Restaurants and accommodations are available in Sangla, offering affordable bed and bedding options. The final bus bound for Shimla departs at 5:00 pm and arrives in Shimla at 3:00 am the next day.

Rupin Pass Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Rupin Pass Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Rupin Pass Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Rupin Pass Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay: 4 nights of tented accommodation at individual Trekup India campsites on twin sharing and 2 nights of Trekup India Homestay at Jiskun and Jakha.
  2. Meals: Trekup India will provide freshly cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on day 7 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian) 
  3. Transport (Optional): Shimla to Jiskun and return from Sangla to Shimla. ( INR 2,400 extra )
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.