RUPIN PASS TREK
Duration: 8 Days | 7 Nights
Area Covered: Deherdun - Dhaula - Sewa - Putodhar - Jhaku - Rupinvalley Camp - Kanda - Sangla - Shimla/Chandigarh
Trekking Days: 6 Days
Best Season: May - Oct
Total Distance: 63 km
Maximum Elevation: Rupin Pass - 4540m.
Weather: The higher areas and the nights can be cold, day temp. are pleasant during the season.
Getting from/To: The nearest town is Mussoorie, and is an 8-hour drive from Netwar. The trek can be done from either side. If finishing at Sangla, the drive to Shimla is about 8 hours.
Equipment: None for walking
It is a remote and beautiful trek from Uttarakhand (Dhaula) to Himachal Pradesh (Sangla), over Rupin Pass, following the Rupin River. The alpine meadows in the Govind National Park and the views along the way are outstanding. The trek passes through several villages and shepherd camps in the rupin river valley. Rupin is a tributary of the tons river and meets Supin River at Netwar. This part of the Himalayas is very beautiful and has not been spoilt by development. One can witness the Garhwali culture as well as the kinnauri culture. There is a stark difference between the two and the most prominent indicator is the style of houses.During the early summer months it is highly likely that one may encounter snow leading upto the pass. This makes this trek enthralling.
Day 01 : DEHRADOON to DHAULA (1580m) - 210km (7hrs)
The drive from Dehradoon to Dhaula passes through the towns of mussorie and the villages of nainbagh, damta, naugaon, purola and mori. After mori it is a beautiful drive along the Rupin River through mixed oak and conifer forests. We reach Dhaula by evening. Overnight in camps.
Day 02 : DHAULA (1580m) TO SEWA (2000m) - 13KM (7 hrs)
This is the first day of our trek. Initially the trail is on the true left of the valley. It crosses over to the true right at Dola, where the dirt road ends. The trail follows the true right of the valley climbing up gradually. Pisa and Khana villages are seen across the river. The trail climbs up high above the river to Danti Dhar. The trail passes through beautiful rhodendron forest. Sewa has a beautiful Hindu temple and lies on the border of the two states. We camp a little after the village on the banks of the river.
Day 03 : SEWA TO PUTODHAR (2300m) - 8KM (4hrs)
The trail continues along the true right of the valley. The trail is fairly gradual, going past the two large but remote villages of Dodra and Kuar. This region has recently been connected by road from Rohru (Shimla Region). The road is being extended till Jakhu. Cross the bridge below Kuar village and take the path climbing up to the village. This path will join the trail on the true right below Jiskon village. From here the trail steeply climbs to Jiskon, which is located high above the confluence of Rupin and Narkund Khad. Jiskon has a small forest rest house. We camp overnight beside the source of water.
Day 04 : PUTODHAR TO JAKHU (2650m) - 8KM (4hrs)
Continuing along the path, we descend steeply to a side tributary and a steep climb to Jakhu. There is a forest rest house in the village. We camp overnight on the outskirts of the village.
Day 05 : JAKHU TO RUPIN VALLEY CAMP (WATERFALL) (3450m) - 11KM (5hrs)
It is a beautiful walk through the blue pine and maple forest. After a while the trail starts to descend to the river. There is a small bridge taking the trail to the true left of the valley. The forest changes to silver Birch and rhododendron leading to alpine meadows. In season the area looks spectacular with wild flowers and blue poppies. There is an impressive waterfall in the middle of the valley leading up to the pass.
Day 06 : RUPIN VALLEY CAMP TO KANDA (3400m) VIA RUPIN PASS (4540m) - 8KM (4hrs)
There are excellent views of the hanging glaciers and snow fields on the way to the pass. It is a fairly narrow and steep path through the boulders; in case of snow a rope maybe used. From the pass you have great views of the Kinnaur Kailash range. We descend to the alpine meadows with lots of camping options. Kanda also has a deserted forest rest house.
Day 07 : KANDA TO SANGLA (2650m) - 9KM (3hrs)
Today is a beautiful short trek through blue pine, deodar and oak forest overlooking the Sangla valley. It is a fairly steep descent to Sangla, which is fairly large settlement and is connected by road to Shimla.
Day 08 : SANGLA to SHIMLA/CHANDIGARH - 200km (7hrs)
We start the day early so that we have ample time to reach our destination.
Comfortable Trekking Boots
Thermal inner wear
Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
Specific Medication Medicine
The higher areas and the nights can be cold; day temperatures are pleasant during the season.