Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Altitude: 4650M

Pickup: Shimla

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Pickup: Shimla

Altitude: 2350M-4650M

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Rupin Pass Trek in undoubtedly one of the best crossover treks in India. The fantastic feature of this trek is how every now and then the scenery changes. It surprised with the variety in landscape and views. The treks starts with the view of famous Rupin river. It goes into thick fores, glacier meadows, bridges and snowcovered fields. The uniqueness of this trek is the many waterfalls it has.

The trek gives a thrill to the trekkers not with its scenery only but with the traverse. It has a mix of steep ascends to flat walk. It offers varied terrain from rocky to snow to river streams to meadow. The trek goes from milder temperature to hot temperature. The trek reaches an altitude of 4650m, and the total distance is around 41km.

What are the highlights of the Rupin Pass Trek

Cascading Waterfalls

The unique attraction to this trek is the presence of waterfalls. There are innumerable waterfalls that you will see while trekking or when you are camping. The waterfalls dance down with so much joy that you feel refreshed with the form of nature. The waterfalls come down from snow-covered mountain cliffs and sometimes come out from the nowhere that makes you look for the source. The view all along gives serenity to the eyes.

Rupin Pass crossing

When you first look up to Rupin gully, you get scared. You start confirming from your trek leader is this the steep terrain you will be maneuvering. This is almost vertical climb. However, the climb is just 200m and gives you quite a thrill. As you will finish climbing it, you will soon realize how rewarding it was. A moment of truth you will face. The thing you first thought was so difficult and not doable by you, has been done safely. Our trek leaders will guide though all the climb.

This steep climb is also one of the best features of trekking Rupin Pass. It satiates you and makes you feel of trekking.

Grasslands

The gorgeous grasslands are quite a big part and attraction of Rupin Pass Trek. As you descend from the pass, you will see vast and enticing grasslands. Theses grasslands are overlooked by snow-covered mountains. The sight is a treat to behold. The wide pictures taken in this beautiful landscape will surely make for your wallpapers and wall hangings. There are many such bridges on this trek.

Snow bridges and a hanging village.

Imagine a village hanging from the cliff of the mountain. This is the Jhaka village. This uniquely positioned village will make you wonder how the house are made and sit comfortable at the edge of the mountain. Then imagine crossing the snow bridges. Laden with snow, these brides are quite other-worldly as you walk over them. There are many such bridges on the way.

Day 1 : Shimla to Bawta

  • Drive Time: 9 hours
  • Drive Distance: 195 km
  • Altitude: 2350m to 2750m

Day 2 : Bawta to Jakha

  • Trek Duration: 4 hours
  • Trek Distance: 5 km
  • Altitude: 2350m to 2750m

Day 3 : Jakha to Dandreyash Thatch

  • Trek Duration: 8 hours
  • Trek Distance: 11 km
  • Altitude: 2750m to 3550m

Day 4 : Dandreyash Thatch to Upper Waterfall

  • Trek Duration: 3 hours
  • Trek Distance: 5 km
  • Altitude: 3550m to 4050m

Day 5 : Upper Waterfall to Ronti Gad, cross Rupin Pass

  • Trek Duration: 11 hours
  • Trek Distance: 12 km
  • Altitude: 4050m 3750m via Rupin Pass 4700m

Day 6: Rest / Acclimatization / Buffer Day

Day 7: Ronti gad to Sangla & Drive to Shimla

  • Trek Duration: 5 hours
  • Trek Distance: 8 km
  • Altitude: 3750m to 2650m

How difficult is Rupin Pass Trek?

The gradient of the Rupin Pass Trek is Moderate-Difficult. This trek is not ideal for Couch surfers, people who live a completely sedentary life. Only those beginners can join who are routinely doing some hard physical activity.

The biggest challenge of this trek is the climb to the pass. This is quite tiring and risky.

Rupin Pass trek distance

The total distance of the trek is around 41km. The trek is mostly finished in 7 days including the drive to and fro from Manali. The trek has long length vis a vis altitude gain.

Rupin pass trek height

The highest altitude of the trek is 4700m. This is when you will be reaching Rupin Pass. This trek is considered a classic high-altitude trek, so it has a fair level of altitude gain. Altitude is also one of the main reasons why this trek is considered moderate to difficult and not easy.

How to reach for Rupin Pass Trek

Via Bus: There is an overnight bus going to Shimla from Delhi. There are many shared cabs you will find, or you can take a government run bus service. You will have to reach Shimla early morning by 6 a.m

Via Train: The train will take you to Kalka and then there is a drive to Shimla.

Via Flight: There is an airport at Shimla called Jubbarhatti airport. Ther airport is well connected with Delhi airport.

Detailed Itinerary of Rupin Pass Trek

Day 1: Shimla to Bawta

  • Drive Time: 9 hours
  • Drive Distance: 195 km
  • Altitude: 2350m to 2750m

On the first day of your trek journey, you be driving all the way from Shimla to Bawta. This is a long drive but give a reward of riding through the best scenery of the place. The pleasant temperature makes the ride quite joyful. The road is quite good however towards the end it turns bumpy and rough.

Day 2: Bawta to Jakha 

  • Trek Duration: 4 hours
  • Trek Distance: 5 km
  • Altitude: 2350m to 2750m

This will be your first trek day. The day has a long ascend that takes around 5 hours to finish. Prepare yourself in advance for this tiring ascend. On this day you will cross the last village and highest of this trek. The trail is zig-zag.

The trail starts descending from Jiksun. You will see the beautiful bridge afterwards, beyond which there is another ascend. You will get the time and place to refill your water bottles at Selwan Khad. The place has many tea houses on its way which gives the trail quite a good comfort. The campsite is at Jhaka village.

Day 3: Jakha to Dandreyash Thatch

  • Trek Duration: 8 hours
  • Trek Distance: 11 km
  • Altitude: 2750m to 3550m

On this day you will pass though the gorgous Jhaka village. The trail is definite and enters into the patch of jungle which has tall fir trees of centureis old. The trail after the jungle give you to the patches of snow. You will be crossing the snow bridge and then onther bridge.

The trail then gives you the surprise of boulder hoppping. The river water flows just below these boulder. Be careful with your walk as it is slippery at times and heavy on your legs. This trail you will be traversing beside the left side of Rupin. Thereafter behold the colourful rhododendron forest. The walk through this patch of forest is fantastic. Spend some time to take picutes and make videos.

Shortly afterwards, you will reach Saruwas Thatch. This gives you a different shade of nature. The trail will further take you thorugh Bhoj trees – the sacred trees of nature. As you will push upwards through this forest, you will enter a U shaped valley. There you will see innumerable waterfalls coming from mountain peaks. This view will give a breathtaking view.

You will be seeing eh green and yellow meadows afterwards while crossing some more snow bridges as you reach the Dhanderas Thatch.

Day 4:  Dandreyash Thatch to Upper Waterfall

  • Trek Duration: 3 hours
  • Trek Distance: 5 km
  • Altitude: 3550m to 4050m

This day has a fair level of altitude gain. You will gain around 500m in 5 km distance. You need to take frequent water breaks and start with a slow but steady pace. You will have to manover though snow, our trek leaders will help you how to walk safely in such terrain. There are many little streams of river Ruping. You will cross those streams with ease. You will also be seeing the beautiful waterfall which you will reach via marigorld flowers.

Further, you will see rocky terrain and then the surroundings covered in full thick snow. The snow bridge will pop up again. The water flowing under the bridge is from Rupin River. The campsite is short ascend away from this bridge. At the campsite you will be served with hot snacks and tea or soup.

Day 5: Upper Waterfall to Ronti Gad, cross Rupin Pass

  • Trek Duration: 11 hours
  • Trek Distance: 12 km
  • Altitude: 4050m 3750m via Rupin Pass 4700m

This is the longes day of the trek. The trek is around 12 km distance and takes the full day. Expect to leave very early in the morning after a hearty breakfast and only by evening you will be in the campsite. Furthermore, this day sees the hightest altitude climb of the trek. You will be going over the famous and main attraaction fo the trek i.e Rupin Pass which stands at an alititde of 4700m.

There is the traverse of Rati Pheri this day. You wil view the sprawling snow fields from Rati Pheri. Be careful with each step of yourself while ascending to Rupin Pass. The trail has some rock falls also. So you will have to be extra careful with both your feet and watching for any rock falls.

Day 6:  Rest / Acclimatization / Buffer Day

Day 7:  Ronti gad to Sangla & Drive to Shimla

  • Trek Duration: 5 hours
  • Trek Distance: 8 km
  • Altitude: 3750m to 2650m

This is the last day of Rupin Pass Trek. This is a descend day. This day will put some stress on your knees as the climb down is rough and sharp. The start of the trail however is a short climb and then a mild trail till Ronti Gad valley. The trail then descends and then blends with the small valley and give a fantastic view of M. Kinner Kailash. By this time, Rupin Pass is out of sight.

The next attraction is Lake of Sangla Kanda. This lake has a small village near it. Take a short breat near this lake and enjoy the surreal view here. You can a snack break here. Thereafter the trail goes via blue pine forest. The trail is defined. In some time you wil rech another beautiful village called Baspa and thereafter a half an hour trek will take us to the last point of the trek called Sangla.

There is a drive from Sangla to Shimla. Which terminates the trekking journey.

 

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Day 1: Shimla to Bawta

  • Drive Time: 9 hours
  • Drive Distance: 195 km
  • Altitude: 2350m to 2750m

On the first day of your trek journey, you be drving all the way fro Shimla to Bawta. This is a long drive but give a reward of riding through the best scenery of the place. The pleasant temperatue makes the ride quite joyful. The road is quite good however towards the end it turns bumpy and rough.

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Day 2: Bawta to Jakha

  • Trek Duration: 4 hours
  • Trek Distance: 5 km
  • Altitude: 2350m to 2750m

This will be your first trek day. The day has a long ascend that takes around 5 hours to finish. Prepare yourself in advance for this tiring ascend. On this day you will cross the last village and highest of this trek. The trail is zig-zag.

The trail starts descending from Jiksun. You will see the beautiful bridge afterwards, beyong which there is another ascend. You will get the time and place to refill your waterbottles at Selwan Khad. The place has many tea  houses on its way which gives the trail quite a good comfort. The campsite is at Jhaka village.

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Day 3: Jakha to Dandreyash Thatch

  • Trek Duration: 8 hours
  • Trek Distance: 11 km
  • Altitude: 2750m to 3550m

On this day you will pass though the gorgous Jhaka village. The trail is definite and enters into the patch of jungle which has tall fir trees of centureis old. The trail after the jungle give you to the patches of snow. You will be crossing the snow bridge and then onther bridge.

The trail then gives you the surprise of boulder hoppping. The river water flows just below these boulder. Be careful with your walk as it is slippery at times and heavy on your legs. This trail you will be traversing beside the left side of Rupin. Thereafter behold the colourful rhododendron forest. The walk through this patch of forest is fantastic. Spend some time to take picutes and make videos.

Shortly afterwards, you will reach Saruwas Thatch. This gives you a different shade of nature. The trail will further take you thorugh Bhoj trees – the sacred trees of nature. As you will push upwards through this forest, you will enter a U shaped valley. There you will see innumerable waterfalls coming from mountain peaks. This view will give a breathtaking view.

You will be seing eh green and yellow meadows afterwards while crossing some more snow bridges as you reach the Dhanderas Thatch.

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Day 4: Dandreyash Thatch to Upper Waterfall

  • Trek Duration: 3 hours
  • Trek Distance: 5 km
  • Altitude: 3550m to 4050m

This day has a fair level of altitude gain. You will gain around 500m in 5 km distance. You need to take frequent water breaks and start with a slow but steady pace. You will have to manover though snow, our trek leaders will help you how to walk safely in such terrain. There are many little streams of river Ruping. You will cross those streams with ease. You will also be seeing the beautiful waterfall which you will reach via marigorld flowers.

Further, you will see rocky terrain and then the surroundings covered in full thick snow. The snow bridge will pop up again. The water flowing under the bridge is from Rupin river. The campsite is short ascend away from this bridge. At the campstie you will be served with hot snacks and tea or soup.

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Day 5: Upper Waterfall to Ronti Gad, cross Rupin Pass

  • Trek Duration: 11 hours
  • Trek Distance: 12 km
  • Altitude: 4050m 3750m via Rupin Pass 4700m

This is the longes day of the trek. The trek is around 12 km distance and takes the full day. Expect to leave very early in the morning after a hearty breakfast and only by evening you will be in the campsite. Furthermore, this day sees the hightest altitude climb of the trek. You will be going over the famous and main attraaction fo the trek i.e Rupin Pass which stands at an alititde of 4700m.

There is the traverse of Rati Pheri this day. You wil view the sprawling snow fields from Rati Pheri. Be careful with each step of yourself while ascending to Rupin Pass. The trail has some rock falls also. So you will have to be extra careful with both your feet and watching for any rock falls.

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Day 6: Rest / Acclimatization / Buffer day

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Day 7: Ronti gad to Sangla & Drive to Shimla

  • Trek Duration: 5 hours
  • Trek Distance: 8 km
  • Altitude: 3750m to 2650m

This is a desced day. This day will put some stress on your kees as the climb down is rough and sharp. The start of the trail however is a short climb and then a mild trail till Ronti Gad valley. The trail then descends and then blends with the small valley and give a fantastic view of M. Kinner Kailash. By this time, Rupin Pass is out of sight.

The next attraction is Lake of Sangla Kanda. This lake has a small village near it. Take a short breat near this lake and enjoy the surreal view here. You can a snack break here. Thereafter the trail goes via blue pine forest. The trail is defined. In some time you wil rech another beautiful village called Baspa and thereafter a half an hour trek will take us to the last point of the trek called Sangla.

There is a drive from Sangla to Shimla. Which terminates the trekking journey.

How difficult is Rupin Pass Trek?

The gradient of the Rupin Pass Trek is Modera-Difficult. This trek is not ideal for couchsurers, people who live a completely sedantary life. Only those beginers can join who are routinely doing some hard physical activity.

The biggest challenge of this trek is the climb to the pass. This is quite tiring and risky.

Rupin Pass trek distance

The total distance of the trek is around 41km. The trek is mostly finsihed in 7 days including the drive to and fro from Manali. The trek has long lenth vis a vis altitude gain.

Rupin pass trek height

The highisht altitude of the trek is 4700m. This is when you will be reaching Rupin Pass. This trek is considerd a classic high altitude trek so it has a fair level of altitude gain. Altitude is also one of the main reasons why this trek is considered moderat to difficjotu and not easy.

How to reach for Rupin Pass Trek

Via Bus: There is an overnight bus going to Shimla from Delhi. There are many shared cabs you will find or you can take a government run bus service. You will have to reach Shimla early morning by 6 a.m

Via Train: The train will take you to Kalka and then there is a drive to Shimla.

Via Flight: There is an airport at Shimla called Jubbarhatti airport. Ther ariport is well connected with Delhi airport.

Best time for Rupin Pass Trek

This trek is a perfect high altitude trek. The trek reaches an altitude of 4700m while at the top of the pass. Owing to its high altitude, it provides a window of only few months to keep the trek doable. This trek is either done in summer or autumn. The trek starts from mid-may to end-June in summers. And in autumn it starts from mid-september to mid-october.

Be it any month, there are few attractions that remain with this trek. Things like innumerabel waterfalls, crossing of traditional rupin pass, meadows of vast length and forest covers surprise you all the time.

Here is how it looks in each season:

  • May – June: In the months of May and June, you will see snow, snow bridges, snow fields. The weather is quite erratic and the nights are cold. These months make it famous mostly because of snow. Snow is still on this trek even druing June. The snow bridges give you the vibe of eternal beauty. You get mesimerized by walking over these bridges and seeing lot of waterfalls.
  • September – October: However during autumn, it has no snow. The forests are beautiful in autumn colour and there are vast golden meadows and fields. The weather is lesss erratic and is mostly dry. The sepetember is the month in which monsoons are receding. The trek receives some rainfall though. The meadows have wild flowers and by October the valley transfrorms itself into a complete colourful world. The night temperatures are pleasant.
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