Rupin Pass Trek

8 Days - 7 Nights
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Rupin Pass Trek a high altitude trek in the Himalayas

Rupin Pass Trek is a high altitude trek (4,650 Meters – 15250 ft.) , which starts from Dhaula camp in Uttarakhand and ends up at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh crossing Uttarakhand near Kinnaur valley , this route is also used by shepherds. There are different magnificent views and sceneries at every km and at every turn it is a journey full of surprises and thrills.

Rupin pass Trek is an Enthralling valley in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh India, this trek come under Govind Wildlife Sanctuary National park. No doubt, the Himalayas have enchanting beauty, bracing climate, and desirable soothing green meadow. So, what else can be better than spending some days here in the serenity?

Rupin Pass Trek View

What is Dhaula base camp in Rupin Pass Trek?

Dhaula is situated near the Rupin River bank. Dhaula is a beautiful camp site. The beauty of this place captivates everyone. Due to the flow of the Rupin River this place looks more beautiful.

It seems that beautiful Mountains are welcoming us. On the way of Dhaula you will see beautiful views like pine forest, rivers, mountains, flora and fauna.

In Dhaula you feel the sunrise over a wide open field, morning rain glistering on forests trees.

After reaching the Dhaula camp site you will enjoy the tea or snacks.

In olden time’s people of Sewa, Jakha, Dodra- Kwar villagers used this route to bring luggage.

Witness the Dynamic sceneries of Rupin Pass

The changing trails and jungle walk would be relieving, this place will give you magnificent views, many unexplored places andview of beautiful Rupin River.

You will go through dense forests to snow glaciers from small water streams to frozen waterfalls and here you can find immense variety of nature which will make you admire and fall in love with it.

Rupin pass trek is a bit difficult but the views are extremely mesmerizing and beautiful.

Rupin Pass Trek Photo

Explore the spellbinding sights and Kinnauri and Dodra Kwar culture in Rupin Pass

You will see meadows, charming hamlets, snow-covered mountains, exotic fields and big rivers so much of variety in a single trek, and this trek gives you a chance to explore the unexplored places. This place has many species of birds and animals you can have a glance of local culture and lives of the people living there, there is a uniquely positioned village “Jhaka village” which is at the extreme edge of mountain cliff, which offers you a beautiful scenery. There is a multi-floored Kinnaur temple where you can have a glimpse of Kinnauri culture.

Best Time to do Rupin Pass Trek

So, the best time to do the trek is 1st week of May to last week of October because in pre-monsoon the trail remains covered in snow and the climb gets tough.

We are local team in Uttarakhand so we have more experienced team Himalayan Hikers working this trek since 28 years

Why to choose Rupin Pass Trek

Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Rupin pass trek.

See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 109 Km and on foot 64 km which is to be covered into 8 days. . Dehradun to via Dhaula Sewa, jakha to Sangla

Rupin pass trek is a high altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 4650 Meters

The Starting trail is moderate as compare to other treks this is difficult trek. So this trek is not for beginners

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?

You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, you can see pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali and himachali , Kinnauri heritage and culture.

I think Do spare time in Interaction with our local’s team, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology and our local cultures, this is good ideas for trekkers

Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.

The backpack should not exceed 10 to 12 kg only

Rupin Pass

Altitude we are going to cover in Rupin Pass Trek

Dhaula camp – 5100 Feet

Sewa village – 6300 feet

Jiskun/ Jhaka Village – 7700 Feet

Udaknal camp – 10,100 feet

Dhanteras Thach camp – 11,700 feet

Upper water fall camp – 13,100 feet

Rupin pass Summit – 15380 Feet – 4650 Meters

Ronti Gad camp – 13,100 Feet

Key Points Rupin Pass Trek

Duration: – 7 Nights 8 Days

Base camp: – Dhaula camp

Summer Temperature:- Day 5°C to 12°C) Night – 2° C to – 5° C

Rupin pass Altitude: – 4650 Meters

Best Time: – May, June, September, October

Trek Level: – Difficult

Trek distance: – On foot 62 Km – By taxi 209 km

Group Size: – minimum 5 people maximum 15 people

Short Itinerary Rupin pass Trek

Day 1:Pickup to you from Dehradun railway station drive to Dhaula camp (209 km) (8/9 Hours) (5,100) feet)

Day 2:Trek from Dhaula camp to Sewa village (08 km) (5/6 Hours) (6,300 feet)

Day 3:Trek from Sewa village to Jiskun / Jhaka village (09 km) (5/6 Hours) (7,700 feet)

Day 4:Trek from Jhaka village to Udaknal camp (10 km) (6/7 Hours) (10,100 feet)

Day 5:Trek from Udaknal camp to Dhandaras thatch camp (8 km) (4/5 Hours) (11,700 feet) hours)

Day 6:Trek from Dhandaras thatch to Upper waterfall camp (4 km) (2/3 Hours) ((13,100 feet)

Day 7: Trek from Upper waterfall camp to Rupin Pass summit (15,380 feet) via Rati Pheri and Ronti Gad (13,100 feet) (13 Km) (10-11hours)

Day 8: Trek Ronti Gad camp to Sangla road head (11 km) (5/6 Hours) (8,600 feet) via Sangla Kanda

Rupin Pass Route Map


Day 1: Pick up to you from Dehradun railway station drive to Dhaula camp

Total distance 209 km – 8/9 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi

Altitude Dhaula base camp – 5,100 feet

Night stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis

Himalayan Hikers organizes transport for trekkers from Dehradun Railway Station in the morning, which leaves for Dhaula camp around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and one of the most beautiful places in India. The main attraction of this place is Rajpur road go through it and get a glimpse of Dehradun beauty. Reach Mussoorie after an hour, which is also known as “Queen of Hills.” People visit it slowly during vacations with their family and friends.

After half an hour, stop at kempty fall. Have breakfast there and witness people from different parts of the world — And a break of almost 1 hour. Ahead the peaks are visible, and further, you come close to the holy Yamuna River. If you want, then take a short break of 20 minutes and enjoy being around it.

Further, you also cross the small markets of Nainbagh, Damta, and Naugaon. Reach Purola around 1:30 and take a break there for lunch. After having lunch proceed to Sankri via Jarmola. From there, the back of Kedarkantha is visible. Go through the picturesque zig-zag road amid the pine forest of Jarmola.

Reach Mori, and after 1 hour, you come across a check post Naitwar, reaching the Dhaula campsite you enjoy the tea or snacks.


Day 2 : Trek from Dhaula camp to Sewa village

Total distance 08 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude Sewa village – 6,300 feet

Night Stay – Our Campsite – on twin share basis

Today you will  be trekking to Sewa village; it is a small Himalayan village, and the trail to reach there is an ascending one. On the way, you come across multiple streams. Trek further and witness the changing sceneries, which are a real bliss on this trek.

Cattles can be seen in the fields grazing, most of the villagers here have goats, cows and sheep, and locals also here own apple and apricot orchards.

While you are hiking, you can hear the sound of the gushing Rupin River, which feels peace of mind. Tous flows below, this river formed by the melting waters of the Rupin Pass Summit, which ahead merges with Toms River and Supin River.
According to the Mythological fact, the Rupin River and Supin River are sisters.

Now, the trail gets the steep point after crossing this section. You reach a shop which is run by a local. A few steps ahead, there is a temple made in Kinnauri style, you can get an idea about Kinnaur culture after watching the work done on it.

It is said that Karna lived here, and the villagers in his remembrance make the temple.

Setup the camps here at this picturesque place, enjoy your night here at Sewa village, have your food and retire for the night.


Day 3 : Trek from Sewa village to Jiskun / Jhaka village

Trek Distance – 09 Km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude Jhaka village – 7,700 feet

Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis

While trekking from Sewa to Jhaka, you see green fields, from here trek through the thick dark forest, so dark that it doesn’t allow sunlight to enter. Exit this section and now walk along the riverside, the crystal clear water energize you if you get tired.

It is one of the best experiences of your life.

On the trek, you will every time see the changing landscapes, trail, and incredible views. It is hard to believe that a place can have so much variety. Now, the path turns narrow, and you have to climb gradually.

After you cross the steep climb, you witness a mesmerizing waterfall that it would refresh you by its purity.

Walk on the narrow trail after crossing the forest area, cross the steep ascent with snow-covered views of snow-covered mountains. Further lies Jiskun village. It is a beautiful village divided into two parts “Upper Jiskun” and “Lower Jiskun.”

Go ahead till the last village Jhaka till crossing river Rupin and reach your campsite for the day. Today was a long trek, so set up your tents and settle for the day.


Day 4 : Trek from Jhaka village to Udaknal camp

Trek Distance – 10 Km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – on foot

Altitude Udaknal camp – 10,100 feet

Night Stay – Campsite – on twin share basis

After having breakfast, leave this quaint Himalayan village behind and proceed towards your next campsite, “Udaknal.” Go through the forest of pines, and ahead, you can spot a change instead of pines trees. There will be Fir trees.
A descent through the forest and look at the snow bridge present below, this bridge catches the complete attention.

By the way, it’s built. It is across Rupin, and the trail lies on the other side, it is a narrow path made by shepherds for their use.

Take this trail and trek along the left bank of Rupin and come across a bridge that made of wood and grassland is visible ahead, it is a famous camping spot. Cross this section and hike through a rocky zone, and the trail changes now cross a stream and step in a forest.

Udaknal is a small grassland and your campsite for today, cattle’s graze here. Set up your tents and after having a meal retire for the night.


Day 5 : Trek from Udaknal camp to Dhandaras thatch camp

Trek Distance 08 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude Dhandaras camp – 11,700 feet

Night Stay – on twin share basis

As soon as you step out of the grassland you enter a forest, the ascent is gradual through this forest, it is a short one, and you can see many mini waterfalls on the way. Further, the trail turns beautiful with many colorful flowers blooming together, and it remains covered by Rhododendrons with different colored flowers.

Continue the trek and notice an island amidst the forests covered by lush green grass, and you can also see Rupin pass waterfall from a distance that merges with the Rupin River.
Now, the trail leveled, and the walk is through meadows.

Snow patches can be seen all over these meadows. After crossing a snow bridge, you reach the bank of River Rupin.
Crossing the snow bridge is fierce as the slope is steep, but once you have crossed it, the path becomes level.

Now, the meadows and wildflowers welcome you, walk through these meadows, and higher lies “Dhandaras Thach.”

The most beautiful meadow on this trek, snow-covered walls, can be seen on both sides. Many flowing streams and waterfalls are around this place. Place your tents at this unique place, have a healthy diet, and relax in tents.


Day 6 : Trek from Dhandaras thatch to Upper waterfall

Trek Distance 4 km – 2/3 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude Upper waterfall camp – 13,100 feet

Night Stay – on twin share basis

As you start your trek towards “Upper Waterfall,” the yellow flowers of “Marigold” bloom in plethora, today Himalayan Hikers provide to you technical equipment like spikes and gaiters carry ice axe and other equipment because you will need them.

First, reach the Lower waterfall by cutting ice with the help of an ice axe.
When you reach the lower waterfall, a snow bridge will become visible over Rupin, and you have to pass many climbs to reach there.

But, once you reach there, the exotic surroundings amaze you and boost up the energy to go higher.

The steep climb starts, which is worth your efforts, reach the upper waterfall camp, which is at the height of (13,100 feet). Have a glance of things visible from there, stand amidst the inexplicable beauty, and have a joyous feeling of satisfaction.

It gives you enough strength and confidence to climb Rupin Pass tomorrow. A meadow is there where you set your camps today. Today was an adventurous day, and tomorrow’s day will be a thrilling one, so have your food and get in your tents.


Day 7 : Trek from Upper waterfall camp to Rupin Pass (15,380 feet) via Rati Pheri and Ronti Gad camp

Trek Distance 13 km – 8/9 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude Ronti gad camp – 13,100 feet

Night Stay –Our campsite on twin share basis.

Today we have to wake up early in the morning because it will be going a big day for us. Have some excellent and hygienic breakfast.
Start your trek early, and it is going to be the longest day of your trek.

Rupin Pass is at an altitude of 4,650 meters, and the trail is exhilarating. Today you need proper trekking equipment to climb the pass successfully.

Please take your guide and helpers help. Without their help, we can’t do this trek.

Climb to Rati Pheri, which is a steep ascent, reach there in 1 hour, and take a break here for 10-15 minutes. And then start hiking. Witness the extraordinary changes in the scenery, and it is a real delight and bliss to explore so much variety on a single trek.

Now, trek through fields, covered in snow, and from here have the first glimpse of Rupin Pass.

It looks beyond reach, the climb to this pass starts, and it is going to be thrilling. Walk through the rocky area, there are loose rocks on the way, and stones can fall from above, so you need to be careful and follow the instructions of the guide.

Climb individually so that no one of you faces any difficulty. This steep ascent may tire you but stand on the summit fulfill your hearts.

Reach the top, and the first thing you see is colorful flags flowing with the wind with a lovely view of Dhauladhar Range.

After spending some time on the summit, plan your descent. Descending is fun, slide down in excitement and reach leveled trail, which leads to the meadows of Ronti Gad.

These meadows are different from the ones which you addressed earlier, and this is a big meadow, the view of snow-covered mountains and meadows blooming in greenery looks entrancing. Today was a tough day, have salubrious food, and have a good tight sleep in tents.


Day 8: Trek from Ronti Gad to Sangla market (8,600 feet) via Sangla Kanda (11,427 feet)

Distance – 11 Km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Our Service End Here

Many trails lead to Sangla, go through a path frequently used by shepherds through a valley, and you see Sangla Kanda Lake on the way. At some distance, there lies a village that is accessible through a forest.

The changing sceneries and majestic views of “Kinner Kailash” are mind-blowing. Trek through the pine forest, and you reach a village; there you can see orchards of apple and wooden houses.

Further, reach Sangla and from there leave for Shimla.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

05 June to 12 June 2021 (Open)

12 June to 19 June 2021 (Open)

19 June to 26 June 2021 (Open)

What is Included in this Trek?

Transport Facility from Dehradun to Dhaula

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is not Included in this Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

Reviews (7)

7 reviews for Rupin Pass Trek

  1. Rahul Singh

    The Himalayan Hikers is the best trekking organization in dehradun uttarakhand india , provide to all best services and hospitality , good and
    Clean and tidy quality equipment, food and local guide – all safety etc thanks again team himalayan hikers

  2. Abhishek Thapliyal

    Travel from dehradoon and to shimla is included(taxi) in the cost?

  3. manish chamoli

    Trekking in the Himalayas had been on my bucket list for quite some time. After some research, we booked ‘Rupin Pass’ trek with the Himalayan hikers group for the 18th June batch. 2017 It is an 8-day trek starting from Dehradun and ending at Shimla. In between, we need to trek/hike for around 70-80 Km (including the everyday acclimatization walks) through narrow trails with mighty Himalayas on one side and meandering Rupin river on the other to reach the summit at 15, 250 feet. Thanks you HH

  4. Sakshar Sarkar

    Sakshar Sarkar group from Kalkata Rupin Pass 2nd batch 2017

    housands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…
    90k footsteps, 200+ narrow snow trails, a hanging village, snow-bridges, woods, following a river from plain to its source glacier, climb besides couple of big waterfalls, 10+ sq-km vast snow desert, Multiple almost vertical climbs.. finally leads to 15650 feet – Rupin Pass..
    Last but not d least.. Thanks a lot to Team HH for organizing it so well and for the tremendous support.. Kuldeep Chainsingh Rawat… Himalayan hikers

  5. Himanshu

    Excellent job by himalayanhikers team that ensured we had one of our best trekking experience on this trek. They did an excellent job in planning the route, excellent coordination over logistics. Amazin n hot food served on all days. Guides and porters were full of enthusiasm, respect and ensured safety of our group during the entire journey. This is a very special trek in terms of scenery and i would recommend every avid trekker to go on Rupin Pass trek with himalayanhikers only.

  6. manju nath

    Prerna Bhatia

    I have done 4 treks with them and all I want to say is they keep their promises good work…. Great experience ✌

  7. neeta godambe

    I went on the Rupin Pass trek along with 5 friends. The trek was perfectly planned to give us great trekking experience – everything was handled in a superb manner. The logistics from meals, transport, camping were arranged and handled superbly.
    The team was always helpful, they are awesome people who know their stuff
    Thanks to himalayan hikers team

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