When you think of a holiday in the hilly realms of Uttarakhand, one place that stands out as a top tourist destination in North India is Dehradun. From the quaint silence of the mountains to the refreshing landscapes, there is a little something for everyone here.
Trekking in the heights of Uttarakhand's Himalayas is irresistibly fascinating, and one such place that captures your attention is the Rupin Pass Trek in Dehradun. With snow-covered peaks playing hide and seek with us, Rupin Pass traverses a high alpine region making it an awe-inspiring and exciting experience.
An excellent trekking terrain for all mountain enthusiasts, the Rupin Pass trek holds the attention of everyone visiting it. The tall trees and the deep gorges speak a silent language of might and beauty cascading into one.
About Rupin Pass Trek
At an elevation of 4,700 meters (15,250 feet), Rupin Pass is a tall mountain pass that stretches over the majestic Himalayan Mountain range. The Rupin Pass trek in India has a difficulty level ranging from easy to moderate since it covers a total distance of 52 km.
It is a well-known and well-liked hiking route for those who enjoy an exciting challenge. For this trip, you begin your journey at Dhaula in Uttarakhand and finish in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh.
Even though many people might be under the impression that the hike is similar to previous hikes, this is not the case. During the trek, you are almost sure to encounter several unexpected occurrences. The waterfalls and the passing villages are must-see aspects you need to explore.
Besides this, the Jhaka village, or the Hanging village, is one of the most incredible spots in Dehradun that you may otherwise not visit. The village is situated on the edge of the mountain, making it look like it is dangling from a cliff.
At the end of your trekking journey, you will be treated to a breathtaking panorama of the towering Kinner Kailash mountain.
You can start your hike on the Rupin Pass via different routes. Gosangu in Himachal Pradesh is the starting point of one of these treks. The Shimla route from Rohru to Gosangu is the one that hikers and travelers choose to take. The alternative path to Rupin Pass starts at Naitwar, which you can reach from Dehradun through Dhaula.
The headwaters of two significant rivers converge at Rupin Pass, making it one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Dehradun. The ice melts on one side of the Pass, resulting in the Rupin river flowing into the Yamuna and the Bay of Bengal.
After crossing the mountain pass, you'll see the Satluj River flowing towards the Arabian Sea. The Sarasvotri and Sarawati Glacier is home to the place where the ancient river Saraswati (a paleo river that does not flow anymore) first began its course.
Best time to visit Rupin Pass
It is recommended to schedule the Rupin Pass trek in one of two seasons.
The first option is in the summer, between May and June, before the monsoon, and the second option is in the fall, between September and October, after the monsoon.
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Entry fee and timings of Rupin Pass Trek
There is no entry fee for Rupin Pass. However, the Rupin pass hiking adventure costs roughly INR 16,000 to INR 20,000 for one person for the whole trip, although this might vary from person to person depending on the requirements.
How to reach the Rupin Pass
You have a few options if you want to visit Rupin Pass.
By Air: The nearest airport to Dehradun is the Jolly Grant Airport, which is easily accessible from different cities in India. You can pre-book your trekking adventure by connecting with some of the leading adventure groups in Dehradun. Since most of them take care of all the travel arrangements, you ensure you have the right trekking gear to enjoy your journey.
By Train: If you like the long winding route from different cities and exploring the natural vistas, you can take pleasure by traveling on a train from different cities in India. The train halts briefly at the Dehradun station before proceeding ahead. You can connect with your travel agent and ensure all your bookings are in place in advance.
By Road: While you have the option to travel by private or state-run buses, you can alternatively enjoy an exhilarating drive from anywhere in North India by booking a private cab from top car rental companies in Dehradun. The lush green escapades and a smooth highway are a cherry on the top of your road trip.
You need 7N/8D to complete the Rupin Pass trek. The trek across the Rupin Pass starts at Dhaula (Uttarakhand).
Day 1: Dehradun to Dhaula (Uttarakhand)
Dehradun to Dhaula (Uttarakhand) is around 195 kms apart and is the base camp.
The day begins with departure from Dehradun and ends at Dhaula. Dhaula is the location of the first stage of the base camp. You can get dropped off in Dhaula by buses, minivans, cars, etc.
Day 2: Dhaula to Sewa (Uttarakhand)
Dhaula to Sewa is the trip's second leg, which takes place on day two. This trek is estimated to take between three and four hours to finish.
Day 3: Sewa to Jiskun (Himachal Pradesh)
A memorable third-day trek starts at Sewa and culminates at Jiskun. You can capture some scintillating photographs and gorgeous scenery on your way up.
Day 4: Jiskun to Jakha (Himachal Pradesh)
The fourth-day trek begins from Jiskun and ends at Jakha. The journey from Sewa to Jakha takes around five to six hours.
Day 5: Jakha to Dhanderas Thatch (11680 ft)
The trail from Jakha to Dhanderas Thatch comprises the fifth day of the trek.
Day 6: Dhanderas Thatch to Upper Waterfall (13120 ft)
On the sixth day of the journey, you will ascend from Dhanderas Thatch to the Upper Waterfall Camp. The hike is shorter than others but strenuous since it goes upward through the waterfalls.
Day 7: Waterfall to Rupin Pass (15250 ft) and Ronti Gad (13420 ft)
This is officially the last leg of the trek- The Rupin Pass. A breathtaking and once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can catch your breath and soak in the gorgeous green escapades of the best tourist spot of Dehradun. The trail goes the whole way to the Rata Pheri camp, and the entire journey will take around eight to nine hours to cover.
Day 8: Ronti Gad to Sangla
Ronti Gad to Sangla brings you officially towards the end of your glorious trek to Rupin Pass.
With sprawling mountains all around and lush greenery to make your senses come alive, the Rupin Pass trek in Dehradun offers a delightful time for all. While India is blessed with several trekking regions and mountains, some of the spots stand out because of their magnificent aura and the beauty surrounding them.
To become one with nature and get first-hand experience of trekking in the mountains and scaling to the summit, the Rupin Pass Trek is one of the best tourist destinations in Uttarakhand. Book a Dehradun Tour package with Dehradun Tourism, a division of Holidays DNA and get your adventure gear ready, pack your trekking bag, and get ready to climb the beautiful Pass to enjoy the Himalayan mountain range up close and personal. To know more, please fill the Contact Us form.