Rupin Pass Trek

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  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 9 days
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  • Moderate difficult
  • 15390 ft
  • 13 to 18°C
  • 0 to 7°C
  • Purola and Dehradun
  • Most Network at Dhaula
₹14,800.00
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Trek for the volatile mind.

What do you expect from a trek? Mountains? Meadows? Rocks? Rivers? Snow? How about all? What if we told you there exists a unique trek which is full of surprises for every hour and this goes on for quite a few days.

From climbing mountains, to skipping rocks, to crossing streams, to sliding down slopes this trek has it all. If you haven’t guessed already, it’s the Rupin Pass Trek.

lower waterfall Pic Credit Sunil Patro

The whole charisma of the trek lies in the achievement of it. There is a different sense of accomplishment that is experienced when you stand on top of the Rupin Pass and admire the view that you have been looking forward to for almost a week.

We kid you not, this trek is not for starters, it’s more of 12 course meals that you can only finish when you can boast of having conquered most treks in India. It is admired by many of the world’s trekker as possessing the most stunning views all squashed into one journey.

The best companion of trekkers Pic Credit Akash Adhikari

The trek will definitely test you in terms of how much effort you can put in, utilization of your trekking accessories to the fullest and also how well you can trek for more than a week.

This trek is certified moderate to difficult and hence you will need equipment like Trekking pole, gaiters, multiple layers among other things. The trekking is normally for 15kms every day for around 5 -6 hours.

The terrain is rough and the trails are undefined. There is a steep climb around the three stage water wall of the Rupin will need you to have great stamina and lung power.

Trekkers making their way on the snow trail Pic Credit Sunil Patro

However, the scenery of Rupin Pass trek is pulls the crowd to come conquer this summit.

The ever changing scenery from Snow clad mountains, to meadows, waterfalls, pine forests, lake is what makes Rupin Pass so charming and at the same time peacefully exhaustive. Which is why it is easy to term Rupin as a whole package trek.

 

Day 1: Reach Dhaula (Discovery hike will arrange the transportation from Dehradun Railway station at 6.30am)

Day 2: Dhaula (5150ft) to Sewa (6330ft),6km

Day 3: Sewa (6330ft) to Jiskun (7720ft),8km

Day 4: Jiskun (7720ft) to Udaknal (10150ft),8km

Day 5: Udaknal (10150ft) to Dhanderas thatch (11720ft) (lower water fall camp),6km

Day 6: Acclimatization day at Dhanderas Thatch

Day 7: Dhanderas thatch (11720ft) to Upper Waterfall campsite (13110ft),4km

Day 8: Upper Waterfall camp (13110ft) to Rupin Pass (15390ft) via Rati Pheri, further on to Ronti Gad (13150ft),14km

Day9: Ronti Gad (13150ft) to Sangla (8640ft) via Sangla Kanda,7km

 

Day 1: Reach Dhaula

Estimation time of completion: 10 -11 hr.

Estimation distance of drive: 226 km

Tip: get ready to make memory

The base quarters for Rupin Pass Trek is Dhaula. It is a small relaxed village with few homes and the last road of Uttarakhand. Reaching Dhaula is an experience in itself as you drive on the beautiful mountain roads and also gain altitude. The 10-hour drive surrounded by thick forests and valleys starts from Dehradun Railway Station and is organized by us for a nominal price.

Day 2: Dhaula (5150ft) to Sewa (6330ft)

Estimation time of completion: 6 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 6km

Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from the natural source

Trekkers making their way on forest trail. Pic Credit Sunil Patro

The next day after reaching Dhaula, we head to Sewa Gaon. We take the village trail to move out of the civilization while passing through cattle shelter and dung storage to come up on a sharp climb. Upon completing this climb in the next 15 minutes, the first change of scenery awaits you. From the village view, you now see the Rupin gushes on a river bed below you. There are multiple villages that you can see around the valley and with kids hopping around.

As a reminder of the surprises that await you, the curve of the trail takes you to the next change in the landscape. While Rupin speeds across through a valley, a towering cliff stands majestically over the river; its head covered by clouds and face made of steady rock.

Your trail will now continue through the apple trees ahead. Around 30 minutes into the trail, you should be able to come upon on a small eatery maintained by a kind young girl. This will be your last source of food before we reach Sewa. The eatery is situated on top of a cliff under which the Rupin flows happily. Sewa Gaon will be the camp for the day. It is situated above sea level. The village temple boasts a lot of multiple culture and is worth a visit.


Day 3: Sewa (6330ft) to Jiskun (7720ft)

Estimation time of completion: 7 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 8 km

Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from the natural source

 

view of Rupin river from Top Pic Credit Sunil Patro

Once we move out of Sewa we come upon various fields of barley and potato. But the fields dip down suddenly into a forest. Something out of the Harry Potter novel, this forest is very dark as it is covered by large thick trees and that do not let much light in.

It takes a while to get adjusted to the smell, the terrain and the light setting, but once you are accustomed to it, you will realize that you have been nearing to the river during this phase. Once the forest clears out you will be trekking on the river than alongside it which means you’ll have hop and jump across the many streams that form the Rupin.

Once you turn left on the trail, you will come upon a wooden bridge across a rivulet. This is quite a special moment. Either side of the bridge are Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

In around few mins you will come upon on a flat surface which can double up as a camp site, but our intended site is a few hours and few climbs away. This surface is called Haldi Khad. The trail here is pretty flat along the banks until you come upon Gosangu. Our objective is to get to Dodra which is located above Gosangu.
For the ongoing trekkers brace yourself for arduous set of climbs for the day. They are quite balanced by sections of flat walks after every climb. We take the road towards Kwar village by crossing the wooden bridge and head towards the iron one hovering over the Rupin. We will then continue on to any of the trails on the left of the roads, to meet the trail to Jiskun.

The next part of the trail is quote hypnotizing. Firstly, the trail gets quit narrow as compared to what we have been traversing on. Secondly, it gets steeper as you aren’t walking anymore but climbing with every step. You will be trekking along the precipice on the edge of it and if you peak down you will see the Ruping shining below like a million diamonds.

But wait, the surprise is just beyond the bend in the trail. Once we climb over a narrow section you will stop in your tracks. A sight to behold is a waterfall gushing from above you.

Pic Credit : Akash Adhikari

You can stop here for a refreshing break and shower yourself. Once we continue onto the hanging trail, you come up on a stream called the Raj Gad. We stop here again to get your lungs in order because what awaits next is crossing a stream and an long ascent.

We recommend taking off your shoes while crossing the stream as you wouldn’t want to get your shoes wet just yet. From Raj Gad we take the trail heading up to climb for an hour before we reach Jiskun. It is a two-part village resting above the convergence of the Nargani and Rupin rivulets. It is a welcome sight after a long day of trekking. Bawta is the lower part of the village where a tea house can be used for a welcome rest.

We will have to climb for around 30mins to reach upper Jiskun. You will see the first post office of Himachal Pradesh. If you are running short you should stock up on your supplies in Jiskun.


Day 4: Jiskun (7720ft) to Udaknal (10150ft)

Estimation time of completion: 6 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 8 km

Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from the natural source

Trek leader keeping an eye on trekkers Pic Credit Akash Adhikari

The 3 kms walk to Jakha is enchanting to the say the least. The trail from Jiskun descends rapidly in to dense forests made of deodars and walnut trees until you reach a dark fold in the mountain. The sight in front of you is that of the discarded wooden bridge which is almost eerie while you take the new bridge to come upon the trail.

It looks very strange and curious as you will take some time to understand how and who built this trail in such strange a place.We will then climb for one hour to Jakha. The trail keeps changing as the scenery. First you climb with a zig zag pattern. From below the trail looks gloomy and invisible in the clouds but after climbing it, it is quite uneventful.

The trail then twists into a mixed forest. The entire range is filled with whistling birds that keep you cheerful and lively. Climbing a little further you will find the trail broadening into a fork. We take a trail on the right to come upon a gentle walk to Jakha. 

Pic Credit : Sunil Patro

There is no meat consumed here and asking for meat or eating meat may be frowned upon.
Jakha is the last village on the Rupin pass trek which is why stocking on your supplies will be very important. There is no civilization for the next few days and hardly any people on the trek except for a few shepherds. This is until you will reach Sangla. The trail now continues through the playground and passes through the fields of upper Jakha.

We then enter the fir forest. There are also some maple trees within the pine forest. First patches of snow are seen while we climb on this trail. After an hour of descending through the forest and after a bend in the trail, the surprise of the day awaits.Extended below you, you will see a vast snow bridge spread across Rupin. Its quite a pleasant surprise considering the greenery that surrounds you.

Snow patches here and there along with absolutely no traces of snow makes this vision of snow bridge incredulous. Once you are set with your sunglasses, you can tread on the snow bridge and feel snow under your feet for the first time on this trek. Get familiarized with this feeling as there is going to be lots of snow where we are going. Reach the trail across the snow bridge and proceed on to your trek towards Rupin Pass.

Do note that the snow bridge is brittle during the summer and hence we would use a wooden bridge to cross the river.
The trail from here on gets narrower but is littered by cattle and shepherds. We walk towards the wooden bridge mentioned earlier and keep proceeding further till we reach the Udakanal grasslands.

Pic credit : Sunil Patro

This is the first of the many grasslands to come. Although it can be used as a camp site and it sounds like we have covered a lot, we would’ve spent only 3hrs on the trail from Jakha. We proceed on the trail which will often be next to the river. We will cross the rivulets that all meet the larger river from across the area. You will also notice the snow patches growing larger as we climb higher towards the pass. Not just the snow but the river itself changes its color to an icy blue which doesn’t need invitation to replenish our water supplies. Or simply take a dip in it 

After about an hour of walking on the boulders and skipping over the river tributes, the trail climbs gradually into a forest. The forest has a clean and green clearing once the trail turns right. It is marked by a larger stream which gushes on the side of the hill with fresh water. It’s called the Burans Kandi and this will be the camp site for the night.


Day 5: Udaknal(10150ft) to Dhanderas thatch (11720ft) lower water fall camp

Estimation time of completion: 5 hrs.

Estimation distance of drive: 6 km

Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from the natural source

View of lower waterfall Pic Credit : Sunil Patro

You will wake up to the Rupin thundering below you as the stream flows gently on your side. The other bank has snow patches from the glaciers that have melted into the Rupin.

Once we get back on the trail back in to the forest, there is change in the scenery yet again as we enter a cluster of bushes. The climb here is quite challenging owing to the steepness. The rivulet is formed from various mini waterfalls that are formed due to the terrain.

Soon you will be surrounded by bushes and dwarf rhododendrons. The flowers bloom here of different colors and they surround you everywhere. The trail continues through the bushes. A few of the flowers even touch the water which gives a very unique visual effect. The trail then moves into a small clearing with the rhododendron flowers covering the slopes and the plants growing quite tall in the air.

Once you walk a bit further into a bigger clearance another nice surprise of the day awaits you. The river gets diverged into two by an island which is lush with green grasslands and trees of Silver Birch. In the far distance is the Rupin Waterfall flowing in slow motion. The vision is nothing short of captivating. Keep yourself ready for the excellent adventure to come.

The Saruwas thatch trek is one of the best you will ever experience. The sight of Rupin River through the valley is a sight to behold while snow patches on the mountains grow bigger and larger. Silver Birch trees become more prominent while we walk towards the waterfalls in the distant zigzagging through the valley. It is said that the leaves of these trees are on which the epic Ramayana was written. You may want to consider keeping some as souvenirs. The trail now grows into a bump which will have to cross.

This will bring us to a colosseum of green filled with forests and shrubs. Standing at the edge of the contusion, you will be able to enjoy a grand view of the nature’s production. If you peer down, you will notice there are thousands of waterfalls that all gather into the Rupin River. While surrounded by all the green, you will notice heaps of yellow flowers. The edges of the meadows are filled with snow patches. Looking at this entire view gives you a feeling of being part of a picturesque and detailed painting.

Pic Credit: Sunil Patro

We descend down from the yellow flower fields and enjoy the slow walk on towards the first hurdle of the Rupin Pass Trek which is a snow bridge on the river. The snow bridge needs to be carefully descended from and is actually steeper than it looks. So a firm footing is advised.

The steepness doesn’t last for too long but can be quite thrilling. Once you cross the snow bridge you will be on the banks of the Rupin. The trek turns into a steady climb while surrounded by plush meadows. We have to cross the rivulet by hopping over the boulders and through wild flowers of blue, green, yellow, white and purple colors while icy blue Rupin gushes down the valley. We would have to cross a boulder on the edge of the river while the valleys looms over the wide river bed.

We will be walking over to the river bed and crossing the valley through the biggest snow bridge on this trek. We climb and cross the Rupin once more to reach the base of a plateau above.

Pic Credit: Sunil Patro

The climb is inclined, slow and arduous to say the least but the surprise above will make up for it in the meantime. All the climbing will be out of your mind when you set eyes on the loveliest meadow you have ever seen in this part of the country. Your wish of camping there is granted while you admire the view of the famous three falls of the Rupin.

The sides are covered by snowy valleys of the large valley bowl you are in the center of. Meanwhile beyond the three falls you will be able to spot the Dhauladar Range forthcoming. Water is in abundance and fresh as it comes. It’s a stone’s throw away in any direction.

Change into your night warmers after your pitch out the tent on the most outstanding natural lawn known to man. Welcome to the Dhanderas Thatch.

 

Day 6: Acclimatization day at Dhanderas Thatch

Tip: explore the beauty of Dhanderas thatch or simply read Novels or write some interesting
stories

Rupin valley Pic credit Sunil Patro

 

Day 7: Dhanderas thatch (11720ft) to Upper Waterfall campsite (13110ft)

Estimation time of completion: 3 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 4 km

Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from the natural source

Upper waterfall pic credit Sunil Patro

If you are impressed by now of the Rupin pass trek, you are only half way through blowing your mind. Day 7 is very vital in terms of adapting to the surroundings, the terrain and the stamina which will be needed from you to complete this hike.

The reason this is important also due to the fact that you will be climbing to a high altitude area and you will be climbing fast as is the situation in the Himalayas. Due to the rapid increase in the height, there will be rapid depletion of oxygen too and many will be parlay to AMS. Hence we will be splitting the climb over two days.

The first day would be to get to the top of the waterfall and allow your body to adjust to the climate.On the second day we would be climbing on to the Rupin Pass from the top of the falls. We will start slowly post breakfast and the first leg is a relaxing kilometer long walk to the base of the waterfall.

The walk is very pleasant as you will be crossing and leaping through stones, streams and boulders. The marigolds surround you in all their gentle glory.

Once you reach the snow patch which marks the start of the climb, avoid the snow patch directly and instead take the hillside path that will move through the snow patch. This is on the side in relation to the waterfalls. Like we mentioned before, the trekking pole is your best friend on this climb (of course excluding our trek lead). Ice axe can be helpful beyond imagination here but a trekking stick will be supportive enough.

snow patches Pic Credit : Sunil Patro

To reach the top of the lower waterfall you will have to start tracking steps on the snow patch while you slowly climb up through the hardly visible trail. You will have to walk to the center of another snow bridge here to bring you up on an excellent view of the three waterfalls up close.

Once you are at this bridge you have now made it to the second waterfall out of the three one. We will cross over on the Rupin’s side and it is a steep climb lined with slopes. The feeling is that of climbing on a few brackets before we move to the meadow at the top of the falls.

At this point you would have reach the summit of the waterfalls and a wide eyed landscape surrounds you. This is also a surprise due to the fact that the Rupin trail has a wide meadow reaching out all the way to the flat bowl. Streams from these meadows flow towards the valley and form a water body resulting in the Rupin.

Once you descend from the snout, you can sit on the edge and free float your feet. Finally, you have reached the top of the waterfalls which you have been staring into the distance for the last two days.

 

Day 8: Upper Waterfall camp (13110ft) to Rupin Pass(15390ft) via Rati Pheri, further on to Ronti Gad

Estimation time of completion: 10 -11 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 14 km

Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from the natural source

Pic Credit Sunil Patro

Day 8 marks the beginning of the most challenging but also the most liberating trek that you will have to do. Just like the snow around you, while climbing the pass, keep your mind clear as white to paint new memories that will last you for the next many days if not your lifetime.

We leave before dawn after preparing breakfast and packing it for the journey. This is to ensure that there is break as well as a reload once you make it to the pass.
We start the trek with an hour long stretch towards Rati Pheri. It the inclination is steep however pleasant considering the beautiful meadows that are around you among the patches of white snow. The climb, after a while turns left gradually and should bring you a crest and then reveals the camping grounds. We stop here very briefly to catch up with our respiration and fill up on our water supplies.

But what good is a stop on Rupin Pass trek without a surprise view? The valley spreads out from where you climbed in all its glory. You can spot the Dhauladar range away in the distance and path that you have been traversing for the last six days. In front of you lies thick sheet of white snow. Sunglasses and gaiters will be imperative from this point on.

Pic Credit Akash Adhikari

Within the snow, even though visible, you will not realize the crevice through which you will be climb towards the Rupin Pass.
We start with a walk through the snow. Keep your feet firm with every step as the snow can take some getting used to. Rest assured you will slip and you will slide, so just laugh it off and continue.

You may even lose your footing and go knee deep in the snow. There is nothing to panic though. The entire ground is only snow around you until the point you reach the Rupin Pass gully. If you know where the pass lies in the front and stick towards your right, you will have no difficulties in reaching the gully after 90 mins of slow and steady hiking.

Pic Credit Sunil Patro

Getting your bearings right may not be easy in the beginning especially because it just white all around you. We rest for a while upon reaching the start point of the gully before we take on one of the most singular and thrilling venture in the snow.

The thing about reaching the gully is that it in fact is just a short climb of 200 meters which may sound simple. But the steepness of the hike and given the fact that there are loose stones and boulders on your whole way up makes the climb needing more than a few tricks up your sleep. It is difficult to grip on to the ground due to the sheets of snow in a downward facing angle and hence sometimes we might have to hold on to it with all fours and a trekking pole. If you have an ice axe, the entire activity becomes a little easier.

The Discovery hike trek leaders will of course lead the way to mark the route and also add rope and poles on the path so you can pull yourself up in some tricky situations.

We will stick to a single file because of this and to also keep an eye on any loose stones or rocks that come your way. Once you reach the base of the gully, wait for the entire group to finish the climb before we proceed.
The gully has a cliff like structure which you face. Due to its concave nature, the voice seems to echo abruptly and the sound gets carried away in all directions. Even normal conversations between two trekkers in a distance may sound augmented. It’s always fun listening to what other trekkers have to say while they make the climb.

Thousands of Sheep’s making their way on the snow Trail Pic Credit Akash Adhikari

once you reach the base and spot the scores of prayer flags, just turn your neck to see the Rupin pass. As assured, the climb is as thrilling as it is challenging. Once you can see the pass, it will another twenty minutes before you can make it to the top of it. From the top, you can spot the Dhauladhar range you left behind and further on see the Sangla ranges.

Right on schedule is another surprise view of the entire valley with its mesmerizing combination of green and white all around you. The alpine forests make an incredible view and it takes a while to register the awesomeness of the view.

The Rupin Pass

There are two sides that you can view from the pass. The edge of the mountains lining up the valley and the other side is a full view of the Dhauladar range you left behind. The rocks forming the lining of the Rupin pass branch out from the edge.

Pic Credit : Sunil Patro

If you move towards the Sangla side you will notice the descent is a steep way down and trying to walk below will be improbably. Hence sliding down is the only option to utilize. Follow our experts’ instructions on how to slide down swiftly on the Rupin side. The slide is on a white sheet of snow that makes it very memorable. There are three stages to it and after you cover the first one, it will never be enough sliding.

Even veteran trekkers gleefully slide down the slope thrown back into the memories of their childhood. Interesting thing about the slides though is that you would have dropped down 400ft within minutes.
Once we complete the slides section, we are back on the trail with an easier walk. While the Rupin pass towers over you for an hour while you reach the edge of the snowline, you will notice the snow melting and forming little streams around you flowing down the mountain.

Rupin Pass Pic Credit Sunil Patro

Once you are at the edge of the snowline, you will reach a sudden descent into the grasslands that will take you three hours to cross and reach Sangla Kanda. But we will be stopping at a base camp around an abundant stream that flows through the meadow. The grasslands are so uniform that we might miss out on the camping grounds save for the burnt firewood that campers might have left. Almost a feeling of tracking people in the wild.

This camping ground is called Ronti Gad and it is absolutely breathtaking. It won’t take you long before you note the difference between this grassy knoll and the others. Here the view is that of the snowcapped mountains high above you. The view is green and white and graduating greener as your scene moves south. It is very important to keep yourself very warm on this night as this will be our coldest night that we would be camping. Keeping in mind the fact that we hiked to 15,300 ft and back again in a few hours, the rest is much needed.

Day 9: Ronti Gad (13150ft) to Sangla (8640ft) via Sangla Kanda

Estimation time of completion: 7 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 7 km

Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from the natural source

Pic Credit Sunil Patro

The descent to Sangla is hell on your knees and toes but makes up for everything with its ever changing scenery. We leave Ronti Gad and descend towards Sangla, painfully mind you considering the steep walk down towards the valley can be quite challenging on the knees and the toes. The trail however compensates you for your hurting with scenery of the Kinner Kailash range and the pine forests of the Baspa valley. We start the day relaxingly but not very late.

It gets easier to breathe while we lose altitude and shouldn’t be long before its relatively warm once you near Sangla. We latch ourselves to the shepherds trail that will take us to the valley below. You will now see shepherds after days tending to their cattle.

There are other trails that converge and diverge on your way down. No need of any concern though because they would all except the ones towards the river, take you to Sangla Kanda. We hike down for 90 mins and lose 1600ft in altitude to leave the valley of Ronti Gad behind and the take the left to come upon Rukti Gad.
The trail out of the campsite is a shepherd’s trail that heads to the valley below. After days you will come across shepherds tending to their flocks. Multiple trails join your path and some go away from it. If you come to two trails that look alike and you want to make a choice, it doesn’t matter.

All of them lead to Sangla Kanda. Only, avoid the trails that head down to the river. Note the snow bound Nalgani pass on your right which can be taken over some other day.
The meadows cover the entire stretch of the mountains and hide the snow covering them on the other face of the mountains. But the view of the Kinner Kailash ranges are what take the prize from the Rukti Gad.

Overlooking the meadows, the Sangla Kanda from for 19500ft the ranges stand tall and you have no choice but to awe at its presence. Even though you are used to the surprise views on the Rupin Pass trek you still cannot help but appreciate the view in front of you.

Upon descending further, you will now notice first signs of civilization marked by the lake of Sangla Kanda and a small hamlet. It will still take you about an hour of careful and knee bending descent to reach the village. We stop at the village to rest and converse with the warm and friendly people who may share a cup of tea with you over stories of your common conquest of the Rupin Pass.

We leave the village to take one of the many trails that take you from the meadows and lake of Sangla Kanda to Sangla. You can ask the villagers for suggestions on which of the trails to take; they will mostly point you to the trail on the right and below the lake which will take you below the tree line and shadows are almost a blessing after hiking for days under direct sunlight. The path is now raided with pines which will be the last surprise the trek has to offer. It is nice and gentle walk down the Rukti Gad towards Sangla which remains at below you.

The trail is quite wide and allows you to walk in groups as compared to the trek the previous day. You will notice few wooden houses with their custom and intricate woodwork. More civilization covers the picture with the forests being replaced by telephone lines and apple orchards. Sangla is not very far now.
. Once you cross the murky waters of the Baspa, stop for a while and look behind on the blue pines to capture a memory of the best trek. This is going to be one hell of a story with ever changing views that will make it sound unbelievable.
At Baspa, once you climb down for few mins, you will reach a motorable road to Sangla. You can use of the many lanes that will take you to the bus stand which also forms the downtown not unlike most towns in India. You can use the restaurants to eat at the bus stand or even use one of the lodges for some much needed bath and sleep. Do note that you will have to take a bus to Shimla, the last one departing at 5pm and will reach Shimla early morning at 3.

 

 

Hiking Shoes

Type: Depending on Terrain & the difficulty of the Trek, you will to choose the right kind of Grip & Sole for the Shoe. We recommend that you check for water-resistance & a deep yet flexible sole for the all factors that you will face.
Importance: Your legs need to be well taken care of by the shoes over the course of the Trek. Different Terrains pose different threats & the right kind of shoe will make all the difference in the world.

Backpack
Type: This purely depends on the kind of Trek you are undertaking
• Short Treks (1 – 3 Days) – 15litres to 20litres
• Long Treks (3 – 10 Days) – 40litres to 60litres
Importance: Your Backpack is as important as your Shoe. Your entire journey will be with the Backpack full of your belongings and all the essentials you need. We recommend that you test the back and choose according to the Trek, your height & comfort it provides.

Daypack
Type: This is 10litres – 15litres Daypack Backpack you need to have with you for the Summit.
Importance: Your Daypack will be for those Summit days and shorter days when you just need your essentials with you.

Clothing
Padded Jacket – You will need 1 pair of the Jacket for Summer & Winter. Ensure that the jacket is wind-resistant & capable of keeping your warm up to -10 degrees.
Fleece Jacket – You will need 2 pairs of the Fleece Jacket. Make sure it’s Cotton or contains more Cotton.

Thermals – You will only require 1 pair of this in the Winter, Summer is optional. It should also be made primarily of Cotton. This will keep your warm during the nights when the temperature usually tends to drop.

Trek Pants – Exclusively meant for Trekking, you will need minimum 2 pairs of Trekking Pants with you always. Ensure it is made of Cotton & provides you maximum comfort to you and is durable.

Collared T-shirts – Carrying 2 – 3 pairs are normally recommended. The collar will help keeping the neck from being too exposed to the Sun and being Sun-burnt.
Sun Caps – At high Altitudes, the Sun might be harsh and direct exposure of your head to the sun is not something we would recommend. Carry Sun Caps in case these situations arise to keep your head cool.

Woolen Caps – The nights get very cold in the Mountains and you must protect your ears and head from the cold winds. Woolen caps are essentials during the nights to keep your ears and head warm.

Water-proof Gloves – You will need water-proof gloves as you move towards colder and wet parts of the Trek. Keep your hands clean & warm without getting them wet and most importantly to give you the grip and firmness you need.

Trek Accessories

Trekking Pole: The Trekking/Hiking Pole saves you almost 60% of your energy when you are climbing a steep slope during high altitude conditions. We make it mandate to carry a Trekking Pole with you for our Treks.

Head-lamp or Torch: A Head-Lamp is something we make mandate too for our Treks. Carrying this will help you see better in dark places. In case, you are unable to procure a Head-lamp then we suggest carrying a Torch.

Daily essentials
Toiletries: We recommend that you carry all your Toiletries essentials and all other cosmetic & personal requirements by yourself to avoid borrowing. (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Lip-balm, Moisturizer, Face-wash, Other creams & essentials, Toilet roll, Sanitary Pads, etc.)

Bottles & Boxes: We recommend that you carry all your own Water Bottle, we suggest two 1litres bottles that you will need. And also, your own Boxes to eat the food we provide for both convenience and hygienic purposes

 

 

Mandatory Documents to bring:
Carry these document mentioned below and hand them over to the trek leader at the base camp. You need to bring one copy of Disclaimer and one photocopy & Original copy of Government Photo ID.
You also need to bring the Medical certificate approval from the doctor that you are physically fit for high altitude point.

 

The following possible risk/ challenges many come across in the trek of Rupin Pass trek.

Risk of slip/skid-
Rupin pass is a moderate to difficult trek with lists the patience of challenge facing trekker, it develops confidence, patience and planning strategy.
While trekking in winter season there is a possibility of slip/ skidding as the track is covered with snow especially in the month of May, June, October and as weather is unpredictable in Himalayas.

Safety measure
The following measures are arranged by the Discovery Hike to overcome these problems.
There shall be a briefing session about the risk of slip/skidding under a trained person who will be your trek leader at the base camp and make the trekker aware about do’s and don’ts.
• The Discovery Hike shall provide with crampons to the trekker for safety in winter trek. These crampons are especially design to have a better grip on snow trail and minimize the risk of skid up to 95%.
• Trek leader shall accompany the team and shall aware to the team members about the situation.
• While choosing your shoe the shoe should have a good grip

Risk related to AMS
There are chances of AMS at high altitude trek. On Rupin Pass trek as the altitude gradually changes from 5150fts to 15390fts in 9 days’ duration. There are more chances of AMS, HAPE and HACE at higher altitude campsite.

Safety measure
Anticipating the above situation, there is a provision to start a course of DIAMOX from the day one as DIAMOX decreases the chances of AMS to a great extent.
The trek is well trained to identify the symptoms of AMS; he should immediately inform the trek leader for their advice. The trek leaders are equipped with high altitude medical kit and oxygen cylinder. The use of these precautions shall help the trekker. If the situation is not under control trekker shall have to descend from high campsite to low altitude campsite

Risk related to blister, cuts and cramps:
Blisters cuts and cramps are very often occurring while we are walking or trekking on uneven trail.

Safety measures:
If the trekker gets blister or cramp, should immediately inform the trek leader for its treatment who is accompanying with treatment kits.
To avoid blister it is suggested that to carry/wear proper trekking shoes that fit your foot well and shoes should be of breathable nature and good grip.
For legs cramps condition put cramps spray that is available with your and also with the trek leader.

Risk related to harsh weather conditions:
It is well known fact, that the weather condition at high altitude especially in Himalayan region is unpredictable, it many turn into worst condition.

Safety measures:
The trek leader shall decide whether proceed further or stay till suitable condition. if conditions remain harsh and the situation may diorite further, for safety measure team shall have to descend, though company has provision to provision to provide all weather tents to meet the weather challenges.

Risk related to communication:
On the trek of Rupin Pass the altitude raises from 5150ft to 15390ft the communication link gets weak and weaker as we proceed ahead towards Rupin pass and from a certain altitude we lose total communication, consequently are cut off from the rest of the world. We need not worry about the disconnection or delinking. On Rupin pass trek we need to relay on other source of communication due to security issue.

Safety measure:
To link ourselves to the rest of the world we have alternative way to maintain the communication to the different people with the help of wakie -takie. This will help us to communicate with different people at the different campsite.

Emergency/ immediate rescue
These are chances to become serine due to health reason or any other reason and the trekker is to be rescued immediately.

Safety measure:
The situation becomes serious any point of time due to any reason, as due to AMS, Cramps, illness, breathing congestion and need to rescue to trekker. The team leader and trek staff will immediately movalise the resources (porters, mules) accompanying the team as well as a team which is standing by at different campsite will help to rescue the trekker. Airlift in acute situation will be arranged as soon as possible.

Risk of low level of oxygen level at higher altitude
It is natural and scientific fact that the oxygen level gets thin, thinner and thinnest as we proceed from low altitude to high, higher and highest altitude as a consequence of that we feel problem in breathing and problem may arises, it doesn’t with trekker. In Rupin Pass trek there are maximum chances of AMS as the altitude suddenly changes to 15390ft in 9 days’ span

Safety measure
If someone come across that situation and feels breathing problem and any other problem related to low quantity or low level of oxygen. The company have a full prove provision to cope up with such situation. The ample no of oxygen cylinders is with the trek leader, staff and accompanying person of the company. If any trekker feels problem due to less level of oxygen, he/she should immediately inform the trek leader or decent down to lower campsite for immediate remedy.

You enjoyable and purposeful trekking, your safety during entire course of trekking is our prime motto. Hand to hand your corporation in this regard is highly solicited. It is desirable to keep yourself away from away kind of objectionable sustenance’s

Trek fees = Rs. 14800 + 5% GST.

Inclusion-exclusion policy of Rupin pass trek

Services Included in the trek fee
1.  Accommodation –  (guest house, home-stay, camping)
2.  Fooding – All meals during trek
3.  Forest permits – and allowance
4.  Medical equipments – First aid medical kit and medical equipment (oxygen cylinder, BP machine and oximeter)
5.  Trek leader – Qualified and experienced trek leader services
6.  Trek Team – Qualified and experienced trek staff services (cook, porters, mules, and helper)
7.  Trekking equipment –  (crampons, stretcher, ice ax, rope, all-weather tents, sleeping bags etc)

Services Excluded in the trek fee
1.  Transport from Dehradun to Dhaula and last day transportation from Sangla to Manali
2.  Food during transit
3.  Mules or porter carrying personal luggage
4.  First and last day stay at Dehradun and Manali
5.  Anything not mentioned under Services Included

Payment policy
Option1: The trek fee can be paid by making an online transfer.
Option 2: The trek fee can be paid via cheque /demand draft (Mail us on info@discoveryhike.com)
Note: If you choose Option 2, ignore the online registration procedure. Once you send us the email for the payment through cheque/demand draft, our team will get back to you immediately to help you through the complete payment process and respond to any of your queries.

Cancellation policy
The first step to cancel the trek is by emailing us on cancel@discoveryhike.com
If the trek is canceled due to natural reason like natural calamities, flood or other political reasons, Discovery Hike will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed for the same or a different trek with a time frame of one year.
If you wish to cancel your trek due to your personal reasons, then these are the parameters under cancellation policy

Prior to 25 days Full refund
Cancellation between 20-25 days to start of the trek 50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to start of the trek  No refund

Backpack offloading policy
If you can’t carry your own backpack and would require a porter for the whole trip then you will have to bear these charges.

If informed well in advance Rs. 1950 + 5% GST
Informed on the day of the trek day Rs.350 per day plus 5% GST
Note: (The last moment backpack offloading amount needs to be paid at the base camp to the trek leader)

Transportation charges

The transportation charges for the trek amounts to Rs. 8500 for Tempo traveler and Rs. 5500 for mini cab from Dehradun to Dhaula and  Rs 7500 per cab from Sangla to Shimla . the cab cost need to be shared by the trekkers and paid directly to the driver or DH transport coordinator (GST is only applicable on trek and not on transport

The light vehicle can hold 5 to 6 trekkers
The Tempo traveler can accommodate 8 to 10 trekkers

 

On – Trek Policy

1. If the participant is sent down due to safety reason by the trek leader the money will not be refunded to the participant.
2. If the participant is expelled from the trek due to misbehavior, misconduct, threat or danger to another trekker the trek fee will not be refunded to the participant.
3. If the participant is caught consuming alcohol & other objectionable substances, the participant is expelled from the trek with no refund.
4. If the participant is not found fit during the course of the trek, he/she is legally bound not to be carried on the trek.
5. The participant has to follow the instruction and guidelines set by Discovery Hike and submit the necessary documents to the trek leader at base camps.
NOTE: (Discovery hike has full rights to expel the participants during the trek if he/ she is not fit under the criteria set by us)

Fitness Policy

1. If the participant is sent down or asked to return for safety reasons, the participant needs to abide by it.
2. Discovery hike has employed experienced staffs, who can deal with the high altitude conditions with expertise, however they are not professional doctors.
3. If any participant is asked to return or taken to the hospital due to a worsening medical condition, then he/she needs to bear the hospital and medical expenses

Non liability : Discovery hike is not responsible for your belongings if in case it is damaged or lost

 

Discovery Hike transport departs from Dehradun Railway Station at 6.30am. You are expected to arrive and contact the driver before the departure from  station to ensure that there is no inconvenience caused for other trekkers.

Delhi -> Dehradun -> Dhaula

For the Rupin Pass trek the common point to meet up is Dehradun. There is a vehicle arranged by Discovery Hike to take you further. The Dehradun station is well connected from different cities.

         

  Railway Options

Delhi -> Dehradun
Train Name: Nandadevi Express
Train Number: 12205
Departure: Delhi at 2.45 PM
Arrival: Dehradun at 5.40 am

Delhi -> Dehradun
Train Name: Dehradun Express
Train Number: 12687
Departure: Delhi at 8.40 PM
Arrival: Dehradun at 4.45 am

 

  
Bus Options

 

Delhi -> Dehradun

There are frequent busses that depart from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Station.
It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance. Please do note that if you leave around 7 pm from Delhi you will reach Dehradun by 6 am in the morning

You can also book your ticket online from Red Bus app

 

           

  Air Travel Options

 

You can also book flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant. The distance between Jolly Grant and Dehradun is approximately 25 kms

 

 

 

Fitness Tips for the Mountains:

The Mountaineer Fitness Plan starts with training both the Mind & Body. It’s a physically grueling task to trek a mountain, but the mindset wins it all in the end and the body will come to the rescue. Persistence consists of 50% you Mind & 50% your Body.
We at Discovery Hike believe that with our Mantra of SSS, you get in the right shape of mind and body before you come to trek with us. Whether you are a Beginner or a Pro. An adult or a teenager you follow this regiment for 30 days prior to your Trek, it will provide you the desired results.

What is the SSS, you ask? It is:
Stamina
Strength
Stretch

Stamina – You will need to particularly enhance your current stamina to a fiercer one to undertake any Trek. You will need spare 30 – 45 Daily for this activity and increase it based on the Trek.
You will need to start with walking 4 km & more gradually. Effectively your goal will be to walk for 4+km a day.
Once you have successfully completed walking, turn this into running/jogging for the same distance. Effectively your goal will be to run 4+ km a day

Strength – Working on Stamina is just restricted to your running. Strength is working on various parts of your body to compliment your Stamina. Upper Back, Lower Back, Core, Legs, Arms & more.
Upper Body – You will need to do Push-ups after you have done with your running exercise. You will need to make it 5 – 10 push-ups a day. Repeat the same in sets of 3 daily. Effectively your goal will be to reach 15 – 30 push-ups daily.
Lower Back – Perform a Plank starting with 30 seconds a Day. Add 10 – 15 seconds more daily to improve the strength you add to you core. Effectively your goal will be to perform a Plank for 3 – 5 minutes.
Arms – You can do lights lifts in the Gym. If not the gym, you can use a heavy book or object & move it towards your shoulder without losing form & repeat the same for both arms for about 30 times in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 100 lifts in each arm.
Legs – You will have to start with squats of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Alternatively, you can also do Wall sits-up of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 15 – 30 squats/sit-ups.
Core – You will need start with crunches of 5 – 10 in sets of 3 and keep adding more towards by the day. This will build not just the core but your Lower back & Stamina too. Effectively your goal will be to reach 30 – 50 squats in a day.

Stretch – Probably the most neglected but the most crucial part of the exercise Stretching. This will enable all your muscles to stay intact & be activated rather than cramping. It will improve your performance in all activities you undertake. decrease your risk of injuries, help in your joints movements & enable your muscles to work at their best.
Shoulder stretches
Wrist stretches
Hamstring stretches
Calf stretches

Mental Health – The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for some Mental Rest & Relaxation.

Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation
Soak in a warm bath
Listen to soothing music
Practice mindful meditation
Sleep early and Rise Early

Hope the above suggestions proved to be useless. These are merely guidelines to be in the right shape of Mental & Physical state. If you are already following a regiment that is suitable to your body, we suggest that you continue. This is for Beginners and Start-up kit for those who are about to undertake the Trek with us.

BMI CUTOFF
BMI for different trek grade conditions are different. If anyone above the cutoff will be considered as overweight and not be allowed to trek with us.
BMI cut off for high altitude trek
1. BMI For easy trek Not above 29
2. BMI for moderate trek Not above 28
3. BMI for difficult trek Not above 27

BP CUT OFF
BP cut off is different for different altitude. If BP is above our cutoff the trekker need to Decent down as soon as possible to the core base. Higher reading is dangerous.
BP cut off for high altitude trek
1. Systolic reading Not more than   160
2. Diastolic reading Not more than 100

 

 

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