Rupin Pass Trek is a traditional trek that traces the source of the River Rupin across the lower Himalayan peaks (Shivalik). It begins with a leisurely stroll through villages and woodlands before becoming more interesting with rocky routes, flowery meadows, cliff edge abrupt twists, and crossing the river Rupin by jumping over stones and traversing rickety timber bridges on a frequent basis.
The real thrill comes from spending a secret moment in a hanging house, allowing Himalayan magic to seep in; drinking pure Himalayan water from numerous streams, listening to the orchestra of small and large waterfalls, gazing at the million stars in the sky, crossing snow bridges in measured steps, and finally crossing the steep Rupin Pass only to slide down a snowfield into enormous green meadows of Govind National Park with mesmerising views.
See Also: Treks in the Western Ghats
This is a stunning spot to trek and learn about Garhwal and Kinnauri culture because it hasn’t been impacted by development. Housing style is a major point of distinction between these two cultures. The Himalayas are addicting in a number of ways, their magic exposed to those who are fortunate enough to witness their magnificence up close. In the early summer months, there may be snow on the way up to the pass, providing for an exhilarating hike and a memorable experience!
Best Time to Visit:
May-June and September-October are the best months to visit. At the beginning of May, expect to go hiking in the snow. Trekking here is best in September and October. Due to the intense cold, it is often not advisable to hike alone after October. Expect a lot of snow in the area after November.
Although the trail is 11 kilometres long, it is not particularly taxing because the entire journey is a leisurely stroll. After a 200-meter ascent, you’ll arrive at Rupin. You’ll soon come to a road before Sewa, which is lined with apple and apricot trees. After spending the night at Sewa camp.
We’re trekking from Sewa to Batwa today. Because the area is prone to landslides and course variance is common, the trail is more tough than day 1. After three hours of walking, there is a one-hour difficult ascent. Your route leads you across mixed agriculture fields and then into the woods. After a few more steps, you’ll arrive at a wooden beach that separates the two states. After reaching Raj Gad, there is a difficult hike to Batwa. Beautiful hues of deodar and walnut trees can be seen. You set your camp and spend the night here.
We’ll arrive in Jakha and pass through the tallest and final settlement. For the next 4-5 hours, the trail will be a continual uphill. To cross this zig-zag mixed terrain, you’ll need a lot of energy. There will be a small descent track after you reach Jiskun. In the midst of the deep forest, you’ll notice a wooden bridge. It rises mysteriously into a zig-zag pattern. After a little more trekking, you’ll arrive at Jakha. You will rest and camp here.
The track is well-defined, passing past a Jhaka field before entering a forest of fir trees. After a turn, you’ll find yourself in the midst of snow patches. After crossing the snow bridge over Rupin, go down a narrow track until you reach the wooden bridge.
You’ll reach Saruwas Thatch after a couple more kilometres of walking. Move downward through yellow and green Meadows to reach the valley, then cross a series of snow bridges to reach Dhanderas Thatch. You’ll unwind here before continuing your journey the next day.
Today’s hike will take us from Dhanderas thatch to Upper Falls. Pass through the first waterfall to reach the snow patch and the marigold blooms. The trail leads to deep snow after a trek on rocks. After a short but steep climb, you can set up your camp and rest.
The next day, we begin with longest Rupin Pass trek, which begins with a steep rise, elevation gain, and bumper. After an hour of climbing, turn left to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Rati Pheri campground. The trail to Rupin Pass Trek is short but treacherous, and we must proceed with caution. Rupin pass, carved out of hollowed-out sections, marks the start of the Dhauladhar ranges. After a short descent, you’ll arrive to Ronti Gad. Gentle treks lead to Ronti Gad, which are followed by a steep drop. Under the stars, camping amid the coldest and most picturesque sites.
This journey is a downhill climb, but it is extremely difficult because to the sudden drop in altitude. The trek begins with a gradual ascent up to the Ronti Gad valley. After lowering 1500 feet in altitude, you’ll emerge from the tight valley with views of Mt. Kinner Kailash. You’ll arrive at Lake Sangla Kanda, which is surrounded by little villages. Take in the scenery of Sangla Kanda Lake. Take the trail that runs through the Blue Pines from Sangla Kanda. The last route is well-defined and wide. After half an hour, you’ll arrive in Bapsa village, and your hike will soon come to an end.