Rupin pass is a highly elevated trekking spot situated over the Himalayan Mountain range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It lies on a traditional shepherd and climbing course that begins from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. Rupin pass trek is not only an epiphanous journey but also an incredibly beautiful place for nature lovers. This trek is like a heavenly kingdom filled with the scenic beauty of nature throughout the journey. Rupin pass trek is a complete package of every type of sightseeing, such as hanging villages, deep forests, cold grassland, snow bridges, valleys, snowfields, and numerous waterfalls!
Rupin pass trek is a moderate trek and requires immense energy and physical fitness to complete it. The prime time to visit the Rupin pass trek is during May, June, or September. However, with a slight change in weather, it can experience rainfall or snowfall.
Tale of 2 Backpackers
Trekking is an adventurous activity that can be found on everyone’s bucket list. Just like others we also had rupin pass trek as one of the adventures on our bucket list. After canceling two to three plans, we finally managed to visit the Rupin pass trek in June. Rupin pass trekking was the most thrilling experience of our life. Rupin pass trek is an 8 days journey. Our epiphanous journey is summarized below:
Day 1: Dehradun to Dhaula
We started our epiphanous journey on June 7. At Dehradun, we were first introduced to our team members. There were a total of 15 people. At first, everyone was a little nervous about talking to each other, but with time, we became good friends. Our journey started from Dehradun to Dhaula which is around 10-11 kilometers away. After a tiresome journey, we reached Dhaula. It’s an interesting location, with massive trees all around. Our camps were set up beside the Rupin river. We spent the remaining day getting familiar with our leader and the other teammates. Our teammates were from different parts of the country, such as Delhi, Surat, Chennai, and Rajasthan, and we were from Kolkata.
Day 2: Dhaula to Sewa
After freshening up in the morning, we gathered together for the start of our trek. The first day of our trek was a hike towards Sewa which was about 11kms away. The first day was a bit tiring, after covering a short distance we all wanted a break. We reached a local tea stall nearby and took a break for about half an hour. Everyone had tea and Maggi. After this small break we gained our enthusiasm back and without any other problem reached Sewa. Sewa is a small village and the main attraction of the village was the temple, a superb illustration of the Kinnauri design. After reaching there we had our Lunch. The temple was closed by then and to our surprise localities told us that the idol of the temple was common for the 12 surrounding villages, and it was moved to each village each month. After resting for a while we played antakshari and Damsharas. We had our dinner by 8 o’clock and went to sleep by 9:00 p.m.
Day 3: Sewa to Jiskun
As we started, we first had a downward trek which reached the banks of the Rupin river. After that, we came across a bridge that connected Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh. This was one of the Highest points of today’s trek. After a small break at a tea shop, we resumed our trekking. It was an upward trek towards Gosangu. The journey towards Gosangu was difficult as it was a soiled road, and vehicles were going past us. We trekked for about 6 hours. After such a tiresome journey we finally reached the village. After having lunch and some rest, it was again an upward journey toward village Jiskun. We reached Jiskun village and it was a tiring journey, however as we reached there we felt relieved. It was a lovely homestay made of stone and wood that invited us.
Day 4: Jiskun to Jhaka to Udankal
We started our day with an upward trail towards Jiskun village, which was the last village that came on our journey towards Rupin pass. We met many villagers on our way and greeted them. Jhaka was a beautiful hanging village as pretty much every home here sits on the edge of a mountain in its remarkable manner. From Jhaka, we started towards the forest of Udankal, which was our campsite.
Day 5: Udankal to Dhanderas Thatch
Towards our journey from Udankal to Dhanderas thatch, we saw numerous small waterfalls, lavish green backwoods, and many snow patches. We also met people from another group who were returning because of health issues they faced in the middle of the trek. After a long journey, we reached Buras Kandi. After a few hours of trek, we finally reached Dhanderas.
Day 6: Dhanderas Thatch to Upper Waterfall
Today’s trek was comparatively short. After crossing some snow bridges we finally reached our campsite. The spot made our sleepiness vanish and we wanted to absorb all the beauty of nature.
Day 7: Ronti Gad to Upper Waterfall via Rupin Pass
The last and the final day of our trek, hence we started a bit early. After struggling because of the snowfields, we finally got the first glimpse of Ruptin passes -a little edge on the Dhauladhar Reach. That was the most amazing moment for each of us. The Kinnaur-Kailash reach should have been visible plainly from the top. Furthermore, it appeared Nature was too planned that complete the journey easily. After a long day’s trek, we reached Ronti gad camp. We slept with our hearts filled with joy and satisfaction.
Day 8: Ronti Gad to Sangla
It was the last day of our trekking. We had a downhill trail towards the village Sanla. Every member was overjoyed and immensely tired. as we reached Sangla, a small village we celebrated.
Rupin pass trek has not only given us enormous memories, but also a whole bunch of new friends from different countries. We were thrilled with joy and happiness. The majestic beauty of the Rupin pass was worth our hardship.