All group members to meet at Dehradun railway station at 7:00 a.m. and from here we will board a vehicle and be driven up to Mori, a small and extremely scenic village settled on the banks of the beautiful Tons river. The drive today is quite interesting. After Mori we continue to drive through a pine forest along the Tons river to reach Netwar where we visit the ancient temple of Pokhu Devta. The architecture of the temple is very unique and typical of the region. From here we drive further to reach the village at Dhaula, which is situated by the Rupin gad. This is the start point of the trek Overnight in tents.
From Dhaula the walk is mostly through rhododendron forest and fields. After a few hours of hiking we will reach our destination for the day, Sewa. Overnight in tents.
Today the trail is quite interesting. We will get the opportunity to get a close look at the local culture and the way of life of the people living here as we pass by a few villages. We pass through mixed forests and also get our first views of the snow-capped ridges of the Dhauladhar range. The village at Jakha is the last village on the trail and also the highest in the area. Overnight in tents.
Our destination for the day is the beautiful meadows at Suruwas Thach. We will initially walk along the river before climbing through a forest section to reach the entrance of the Rupin Valley. We will also get the first view of the Rupin waterfall from here. The meadows at Suruwas Thach are very refreshing and ideal for camping. Overnight in tents.
This stage of the trek is full of wonders; you will relish each step you walk. Initial climb will take us to a picture perfect meadow. We spend some time here taking pictures and a short rest. From it’s a steep walk through rock cliff and possible snow patches until we reach the upper waterfall campsite, surely one of the finest meadows in this part of the world. Overnight in tents.
Today you give your body some rest and relax in the beautiful environs. This rest day will ensure that you have a fully charged battery when you set out for the pass next day. Also for the restless kind, there is a possibility to do some exploration close to the campsite. Overnight in tents.
We start early today. It’s a challenging stage requiring one to climb up snowfields and one rocky gully to the pass. Depending upon conditions we might need to rope up in a few patches. The climb in the Rupin pass trek route will take about 4-6 hours depending upon the snow conditions. From the pass we you are rewarded with a fine panorama of the Himalayas. We get to see the peaks of Kinner Kailash range and the ones close to Charang La. Having rested our bodies and feasted on some great sights it’s time to descend. We walk for a couple of hours to reach the pastures at Ronti Gad. Welcome to the meadows of Kinnaur! Overnight in tents.
It’s a long descent down to Sangla. Your knees are surely going to complain at the end of it. But one is again rewarded with some fantastic sights along the way. The Kinner Kailash range makes its presence felt very evidently while the villages of the Sangla valley spread all over create a nice picture. We are towards the end welcomed by the Baspa river into its valley. First thing you look out for on reaching Sangla - is a place to sit and a cup of hot masala tea. Overnight in a hotel/camp.
After an early breakfast get into the waiting vehicle and drive towards Shimla. It’s a beautiful drive for the day. Reach Shimla towards afternoon and proceed towards your onward destination. Trip ends here.
Vehicle Used : Tempo Traveller / Innova / Bolero / Tata Sumo / Local Jeeps
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel to Dehradun one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Chandigarh – Delhi
For travel from Chandigarh to Delhi one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Chandigarh Airport and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Chandigarh to Delhi that cost about Rs. 200-700 per person. They take about 5 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (May-Jun) there might be lots of snow even below the pass along the trail which generally melts by mid-June. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Oct) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 4 to 5 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
9 Days | May - Jun & Sep - Oct | Vigorous | Max Alt: Rupin Pass (4600m)
Day 01: Dehradun - Mori (1100m) - Dhaula (1800m) (Drive / 195 Kms) (7 - 8 Hrs)
Day 02: Dhaula (1800m) - Sewa (2100m) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 03: Sewa (2100m) - Jakha (2700m) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 04: Jakha (2700m) - Suruwas Thach (3250m) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 05: Suruwas Thach (3250m) - Waterfall Camp (3950m) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 06: Waterfall Camp Rest Day
Day 07: Waterfall Camp (3950m) - Rupin Pass (4610m) - Ronti Gad (4000m) (Trek / 8 - 9 Hrs)
Day 08: Ronti Gad (4000m) - Sangla (2700m) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 09: Sangla - Shimla (Drive / 6 Hrs)
Rupin Pass trek is a great for avid trekkers as well as for beginners looking to stretch themselves. It has just one slightly difficult day, the day you cross the pass where one would need to exert a bit more than the other days. On the Rupin Pass trek you move from one state (Uttarakhand) to the other (Himachal) it is no wonder that there is lots of variety on offer. One gets to appreciate the different landscapes and culture of the Rupin valley towards Uttarakhand and Sangla valley in Himachal.
Trek to Rupin Pass has a special flavour The trail has sections which take you through remote villages giving you a wonderful experience of looking at a completely different way of life. Also you get enough opportunities to interact with locals and shepherds who move around on the endless meadows along the trail.
The highlight of this trek would surely be scaling the Rupin Pass, a beautiful high altitude Himalayan pass at 4600m. Usually this is a not a very difficult pass to negotiate but at times, depending upon the snow conditions it can pose quite a challenge. The landscape on both sides of the pass is spectacular and star studded with waterfalls, lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, quaint villages and big rivers. Basically it has something to offer to everyone walking the trail. Something you are guaranteed to enjoy on the trek to Rupin Pass is the camping experience with campsites that are wonderfully located with great views all around.
Alike other treks, even for the Rupin Trek - GIO Adventures assists you with professionally qualified expert guides. Our guides will run a small course on climbing techniques to get you to know more about the sport and get comfortable with it.
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh - Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh|