Rupin Pass Trek

It is said that ‘Change is the only constant’. Rupin Pass follows through with this statement. Literally, almost with every turn that you take, there is a change in the scenery that’s there on offer. The trek runs along the River Rupin and its famous three stage waterfall. In the upper reaches of the trek, we pass through superb snow fields and snow gullies, that gives one an adrenaline rush. You’ll have it all: hanging villages, terrific forests, glacial meadows, hundreds of waterfalls and an exhilarating pass crossing.

Destination
Rupin Pass Trek
Cost
Pricing 17950 Rs.

Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Dhaula

Dhaula (5,100 ft) is the base for the Rupin Pass trek. It is a sleepy hamlet of a dozen homes and the last road head of Uttarakhand.

The drive to Dhaula is on beautiful mountain roads and steadily gain altitude as you reach Dhaula. Deep valleys and thick forest cover keep you company. You will have to reach Dehradun on your own, and from the Dehradun Railway Station transport will be organized to Dhaula at an additional cost. It is approximately a 10 hr drive.

  • Altitude: 5,100 ft (1,554 m)
  • Time taken: 10-11 hours drive to Dhaula. Pick up from Dehradun at 6.30 am

Day 1: Reach Dhaula

Dhaula (5,100 ft) is the base for the Rupin Pass trek. It is a sleepy hamlet of a dozen homes and the last road head of Uttarakhand.

The drive to Dhaula is on beautiful mountain roads and steadily gain altitude as you reach Dhaula. Deep valleys and thick forest cover keep you company. You will have to reach Dehradun on your own, and from the Dehradun Railway Station transport will be organized to Dhaula at an additional cost. It is approximately a 10 hr drive.

  • Altitude: 5,100 ft (1,554 m)
  • Time taken: 10-11 hours drive to Dhaula. Pick up from Dehradun at 6.30 am

Take the trail that starts at the village and heads up the valley to Sewa Gaon. Past a cattle shelter and an enormous collection of dung, the trail starts to climb sharply, 200 metres outside the village – a gentle reminder of more such climbs to come. The climb eases out in 20 minutes into the first change of scenery: the Rupin fans out 500 ft below you into a wide river bed. Friendly villages hang out of the hills on either side. Village kids scamper about with their shy smile and a gentle Namaste.

  • Altitude: 6,300 ft (1,920 m) to 7,700 ft (2,347 m)
  • Time taken: 5 hours, 8 km
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Easy walk for the first 3 hours followed by a steep ascent to Jiskun for 2 hours.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Sewa. Water sources are available up to about an hour before you reach Jiskun.

Jiskun to Udaknal

  • Altitude: 7,700 ft (2,347 m) to 10,100 ft (3,078 m)
  • Time taken: 6 hours, 8 km
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. An hour’s descent followed by an hour’s steep ascent, easing off till the fir forest. Steep descent for an hour followed by a gentle walk.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water. You can refill your water bottles at Jhaka, 3.5 km from Jiskun. An hour’s descent from Jhaka will bring you to the Rupin river, which will stay with you for the rest of the day.
  • Altitude: 10,100 ft (3,078 m) to 11,700 ft (3,566 m)
  • Time taken: 5 hours, 6 km
  • Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Gradual ascent all the way; tricky terrain over the snow bridge.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water. You can refill water bottles from the river.

Acclimatization day at Dhanderas Thatch

  • Altitude: 11,700 ft (3,566 m) to 13,100 ft (3,993 m)
  • Time taken: 3 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Continuously climbing trail, tricky around the snow patches at the base and top of the water fall.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water. You can refill your water bottles at streams.
  • Altitude: 13,100 ft (3,993 m) to 15,380 ft (4,688 m) to 13,100 ft (3,993 m)
  • Time taken: 10-11 hours
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Steep climb to the pass followed by a steep decent.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from the camp before starting. Refill your water bottles completely at Rati Pheri – 1 hour after you begin. Water sources will be limited hereafter.
  • Altitude: 13,100 ft (3,993 m) to 8,600 ft (2,621 m) via 11,427 ft (3,483 m)
  • Time taken: 6 hours
  • Trek gradient: Moderate – difficult. You will be constantly descending today.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water. You will find several water  taps along the trail as you begin to approach villages.