Rupin pass trek

Rupin Pass Trek

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Rupin Pass Trek Overview

Rupin Pass Himalayan Trek will take you 15,250 ft above the heavenly skies of the Himalayas to present you with the mesmerism of Kailash Peak. India’s most classical trek of all time, 7- day Rupin Pass moves you through the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. Trekking will start with surrounding hamlets, letting you witness the mountain culture near the Himalayas. You will be amazed on the first day of your journey by the charm of the Rupin River. As you ascend the mountains, you will be experiencing the lush greenery that turns into the white world of snow. The trek will make you encounter hundreds of waterfalls plunging from the mountains. You will be plunged into the deep dark forests and witness the big rivers. Rupin Pass Himalayan Trek surprises you with scenic views almost every hour you ascend. The trail will pass through snow bridges, snow-covered mountains, cascades, glacial valleys, glacial meadows, snowfields, and whatnot! While witnessing these wonders, the trek will give you a rush of adrenaline with its rapid variation of the tracking path. Some parts of the trail are too steep, making it difficult to climb but slowly change to simple walkways. The trek has a grade of 2, rating it among moderate to difficult levels. Moving successfully through all the precipitous trails, you will climb up to 15,250 ft or 4648 meters high to be stunned by the looks of the Himalaya summits of the Kinner Kailash range and other mountains near Charang La.

What To Pack For Your Trek?

Rupin pass trek

**Wearables **

  • Winter weather necessitates the covering of thermal clothing with inners, sweaters, jackets, and coverage even on legs.

  • You can beat the frigid temperatures on your trek by wearing multiple layers of T-shirts, which you can add/remove as the weather changes.

  • Scarves, caps, and woolen ear coverings are required because cold waves cause you to lose major of your body heat through your head. As a result, the head must be completely covered.

  • Carry several pairs of gloves and socks.

  • You must carry two trek pants with zippers.

  • In case of an emergency, you should carry rainwear.

  • Trekking shoes that are appropriate for hills and mountains, particularly snow.


  • A 50-60 liter backpack is required.

  • Medicine kit.

  • UV-protected sunglasses for preventing snow blindness.

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen for sun protection.

  • Instead of a single beam or torch, carry a headlamp that covers a large area. The headlamp will free up your hand to perform another task.

  • A pair of trekking poles for balance and stability as you ascend. The poles would reduce your energy consumption by 30-40%, increasing your speed and shortening your journey time.

**Toiletry **

  • Toothbrushes

  • Toothpaste

  • Soaps

  • Tissues

  • Moisturizer

  • Cold coral

  • Sanitizer

  • Anti-fungal cream


  • Water bottles, snacks such as biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites must be carried on the journey to Rupin Pass top point.


  • Carry a leakproof lunch box

  • Mug

  • Spoon

  • Disposable plates and glasses.

Other Essentials

  • Plastic covers to keep your used clothes separate from your new clothes and food.

  • Carry chargers, power banks, and a magnetic compass to ensure proper communication and navigation.

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Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary

Itinerary at a glance

To start trekking at Rupin Pass, you have to reach the base camp from Dehradun. The journey will start from Dehradun to reach Mori village first at the altitude of 1100 m. From there, you will reach Dhaula to rest in the camp overnight. The trek will start the next day to reach Sewa at an altitude of 2100 m in 2-4 hours.

The next day, you will be ascending to Jakha at 7200 trekking for 6-7 hours from the Sewa campsite. On day 4, you will trek and reach the Rupin Valley’s entrance. For trekking for about 5-6 hours, you will reach Suruwas Tach at a whopping altitude of 3250 m.

The next day, you will ascend to Dhanderas Tach for 5 kilometers to reach the camping area.

Day 6 marks the most difficult part of the trek involving steep climbs. Upon reaching 15,250 ft high at the Upper Waterfall camping area, you encounter views of Kailash Mountain Range and Himalayas. After some time, you will be descending to Ronti Gad Pastures.

On Day 7, you will be descending to Ronti Gad for 10 kilometers. The last day of the trek will take you to Shimla from the Ronti Gad campsite.

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

Dehradun to Mori (1100m) to Dhaula (1800m)

  • Travel to the base camp for 7-8 hours covering 195 kilometers.

  • Transfer from Dehradun railway station to Mori (1100m).

  • Witness the beautiful village of Mori on the banks of the beautiful Tons river.

  • From Mori, proceed through the pine woodland across the Tons river.

  • Reach Netwar to pay homage at the sacred place of Pokhu Devta.

  • Move to the base camp of Dhaula hamlet, located near Rupin Gad at 1800 m.

  • Rest in the tents overnight before starting the trekking activity.

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Highlights of Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin pass trek

Rupin Pass Trek is one of the highest classical treks in the Garhwal region that will take you to the whopping altitude of 15,250 ft or 4648 meters. Intermediate-level to professional trekkers can enjoy the trek as it is graded 2 as the participation ranges from moderate to difficult. Traveling through the trail with continuous variation, this trek finishes up to 7 days and 8 nights with a trekking distance of 52 kilometers. The base camp for the trek is near Dhaula, Uttarakhand. To reach Dhaula, the nearest accessible city is Dehradun. You can either choose Dehradun railway station or the Jolly Grant Airport, located 20 kilometers from the city. The best season to experience the breathtaking trek is either around the summer from Mid-May to June or autumn from September to October. During summers, you will encounter snow, and autumn witnesses the least snow. Around mid-October, the early snow season starts with extreme winters up to February.

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Know Before You Go

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  • Make sure to train yourself well before the trek to reach the endurance level of walking 10 kilometers in 60-70 minutes.

  • Visit a doctor before the trek to assess your fitness level and receive any necessary health checks.

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays, as snow reflects the sun and can cause snow blindness.

  • Have 7-9 hours of sleep on the days of your trek because moving restlessly will impede your journey and make you uncomfortable.

  • Carry a 50-60 liter backpack to store all of your essentials.

  • Trekking poles can cut your energy consumption by 30-40% by increasing your speed and decreasing your trekking time.

  • Practice ventilation techniques as atmospheric pressure drop at such high altitudes, resulting in reduced oxygen inhalation.

  • The sudden drop in oxygen levels can cause headaches, hypoxic conditions, vomiting, and a variety of other health issues.

  • Carry medications and take the necessary precautions to avoid these.

  • Wear thermal layers or multiple layers of clothing to keep yourself warm.

  • Cover your head as cold waves strike your head and face, lowering your body temperature.

  • Climbing too quickly will tire you out and may result in an accident.

  • Use ropes where necessary in Rupin Pass.

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Facts About Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin pass trek
  • In the autumn, the Apple season begins in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Apart from the views encountered on the trek, you will come across plenty of apple trees. Friendly localities of the region may even invite you to their homes for eating apples.

  • Jhaka Village is also known as the hanging village due to its presence at a high altitude. This village is a friendly stop to the difficult terrain of the Rupin Pass. A temple in the village is situated on a rock that gives you a view of the entire village. The temple walls of the village are carved with coins of pillars, wood, and many other things with precession.

  • Jiskun has a strange practice of extracting honey from the honey bees as they keep small boxes for them to form a hive.

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Why To Visit?

You should choose Rupin Pass Trek as it is a classic trek that takes you up at a whopping altitude of 15,250 ft. It is one of the most popular Himalayan treks as it starts from lush green landscapes and ascends through dark forests to reach snow-covered mountain tops. The rapid variation in the trail makes you cross different terrain ranging from simple walkways to extremely steep climbs. Each point in the trek is known to mesmerize you as the journey encompasses trekking on the lush green landscapes and snowfields in a single route. On the first day of the trek, you will come across the enchanting Rupin River and surrounding hamlets. As you ascend the trail, the journey will present you with views of hundreds of waterfalls throughout the journey. You will witness the beauty of Mother Nature through snow bridges, snow-covered mountains, cascades, glacial valleys, glacial meadows, and snowfields. Rupin Pass Himalayan trek makes sure to give you the thrills of trekking through the steep via ropes. As you reach the top, Mount Kailash Range and the Himalayas will reward you with their captivating views. Besides the enthralling trekking journey, you will get a chance to interact with localities as the trek is full of villages through the trek.


How Difficult is the Rupin Pass Trek?

Rupin Pass trek is graded as a moderate-difficult level 2 trek. It is because the trek has a fast-changing trail which sometimes is a simple walk but changes to a steep climb rapidly. The terrain becomes difficult to walk, ropes are used in the trek. The total trek distance is 52 kilometers for 7 days, an average of 7 kilometers per day. In reality, you would be walking 10 kilometers on multiple days of the trek. This makes the person go through constant altitude loss and gains within the journey. To reach 15,250 ft at the top, the trek follows the steep path from Dhanderas Tach onwards. Even in summers, snow bridges and snow fields are there to be crossed. For choosing this Himalayan trek, you should possess a cardiovascular endurance of moving 10 kilometers in 60-70 minutes before the actual trek starts. Prior practice is needed to gain this endurance by running, swimming, cycling, and climbing stairs without stopping.

What fitness levels are required in Rupin Pass Trek?

The Trek is rated from moderate to difficult as it requires you to ascend and descend 52 km, walking an average of 7 km daily. You have to be physically sound and active to cover this distance. For this, prior fitness training is required. You can start to practice covering 10 km in 60-70 minutes.

Where is the Rupin Pass Trek Located?

Rupin Pass Himalayan trek happens to be in the Garhwal Mountain Region of Uttarakhand at the border of Himachal Pradesh.

Is Rupin Pass Trek safe?

Yes, Rupin Pass Himalayan Trek is safe as the trail is not always difficult and steep. Only some parts of the trek require extra effort. You just need to be attentive while trekking to enhance your thrilling experience.

Will I find snow during the Rupin Pass trek?

If you trek during the summers from Mid-May to June, you will find beautiful snow bridges and snow fields at the lower and upper wall campsite. During the Autumn season around September-October, you won’t find snow instead the valleys would be greener.

Is offloading allowed during my journey?

You can offload, but it will cost you more. However, since it would take more effort, it is advised that you carry backpacks alone. This is due to the fact that a true trekking experience is all about challenge and adventure.

Is there an ATM service in the base camp?

The last ATM before the start of your trek is in Purola, which is on the route to Dhaula.