Rupin pass is a high altitude pass i.e. 15,250 feet above sea level that spans across the state of Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh.


Rupin pass stretches for about 52 kilometres and takes about 9 days to uncover its surprises along the way. Rupin Pass Trek begins at Dhaula village in Uttrakhand and ends at Sangla valley in Himachal Pradesh.

Rupin pass trek begins from the Dhaula base camp, a small village located alongside the Rupin river in Uttrakhand and is about an 8-hour drive from Dehradun.

The difficulty of Rupin pass trek can range from moderate to difficult. One covers about 10 kilometres in a day. The minimum age required for the trek is 8.

However, due to the high trek altitude and slightly rocky terrains, it is advised to have a prior trek experience to be able to cover this mighty trek

Rupin Pass: An Abode Of Surprises

Rupin pass encompasses in itself the gems of nature. It leaves you spellbound with its enchanting flora and fauna and provides you with an unforgettable experience for your lifetime.

River Rupin: As you begin the trek from Dhaula, you witness Rupin river winding along the rocky terrains before fanning out into a wide bed below you. As you move ahead towards Sewa village, around 30 minutes beyond Dhaula, you’ll notice the entire Rupin river stretching across the green valley showcasing its picturesque beauty.

Lush Forests: En route to Jhaka village, the flora on this trek is mesmerizing. As high as 100-foot tall trees of pine, deodar, walnut, and fir welcome you into an entirely different and heartwarming atmosphere.

Hanging village of Jhaka: As you traverse further into the trek, Rupin pass brings to you this unique hanging village, Jhaka. It is called hanging because it is literally located at the edge of the cliff at an altitude of 8700 feet. You become inquisitive yet astonished to witness life at such adverse locations.

Kinnaur Kailash Range: As you descend towards to end of this trek you get a chance to witness the mighty, snowcapped Kinnaur Kailash range standing aloft at a height of 20,000 feet in front of you. The awe-inspiring meadows of Sangla-kand are enough to capture your heart and end your trek on a high note.

Kinnaur Temple: It is a temple of Kinnauri culture at Sewa which is very different from its surroundings.

Best Time to Visit Rupin Pass


The best time to experience this trek is between May-June and September-October when the weather is appropriate and pleasant that allows you to witness the beauty it encompasses.

Rupin Pass Trek Best Itinerary in 2020:

Day 1 – Dehradun to Dhaula

Upon arriving at Dehradun in the morning, you’d be taken to Dhaula, a small village in the Uttarkashi district in Uttrakhand. It is an 8-9 hour drive covering about 180 kilometres.

You spend the night at homestays or camps situated between lush woods. No networks are available in that zone and last ATM is at Purola. Your trek begins the next morning post breakfast.

Altitude: 5,500 ft.

Day 2 – Dhaula to Sewa

As you begin this 9 km long trek which will take around 5-6hrs,  you climb upwards witnessing the Rupin river, further the climb diverges into dense forests of rhododendron, fir, and walnut. Post some hours of walking you reach Sewa village where you camp beneath the night sky.

Altitude: 6,300 ft.

Day 3 – Sewa to Jiskun

An exhausting yet enriching day, the route from Sewa to Jiskun allows you to divulge in the local culture and energize your sights of barley and potato fields, mixed forests and initial view of now ridges.

Day 4 – Jiskun to Saruwas thatch

Next comes up the trail towards hanging village Jhaka which can be seen perched alongside the edge of the cliff. The ascent being to you dense forests of fir and walnut, meadows and wooden bridges along the way. The approximate tie taken to cover this 4/5 kilometre is about 5 hours. You pitch your night camp at Saruwas thatch.

Day 5 – Dhanderas Thatch


This day adds to the thrills as you catch a glimpse for the first time the infamous Rupin waterfall. A 5-kilometre ascent is gentle yet tempting. As you camp overnight at Dhanderas thatch, you can’t contain your excitement for the next expedition at the waterfall right beside you.

Altitude: 11,680 ft.

Day 6 – Dhanderas Thatch to Rupin Waterfall.

The most important day of your trek is the straight upward ascent of the massive Rupin waterfall. At this point, you straight-up cover an altitude of about 2500 feet and it’s natural if you face any altitude sickness. A 3.5 km, 3-hour continuous climb is tricky due to snow patches at the base and the top of the waterfall. But this is the most scenic day of the trek.

Altitude: 13,120 ft.

Day 7- Trek to Ronti Gad Camp via Rupin Pass


This day is the most gruelling day of all. A steep climb with a sharp descent, this day is the longest trek as it involves traversing through deep icy paths that fall in the way of Rupin pass.

There’s a 200m very steep ascent known as Rupin Gully, just before the pass. The scenery is stark white where lush green meadow is replaced by mighty snowcapped Dhauladhar mountain range. Further, a sharp descent brings to you the Ronti gad campsite.

Altitude: 13,420 ft.

Day 8- Ronti Gad to Sangla

This descent might bring hell on your knees but totally worth it. As you move downwards, you get a glimpse of the majestic Kinnaur Kailash range. As you further traverse, the green meadows and blue pines of Baspa valley are a heartwarming sight to see after days of icy white scenery.

This is a 12km trek and will take about 8hrs. With a fall in altitude, the temperature is warm and civilization appears again upon arriving at Sangla valley. From Sangla valley, you’ll board into your vehicles to Shimla which is a 225-kilometre drive taking about 10 hours.

Altitude: 8,800 ft.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rupin Pass:

Q.) Where is the Rupin pass?

A.) Rupin pass is located at southeast of Himachal Pradesh, just beyond the border of Uttrakhand. The trek begins at Dhaula in Uttrakhand and ends at Sangla valley in Himachal Pradesh.

Q.) Who can go?

A.) The minimum age required to go on the Rupin pass trek is 8 years. Previous trek experience is favourable due to the rocky terrain and high altitude.

Q.) How difficult is Rupin pass trek?

A.) Rupin Pass trek is a moderate to difficult trek. High altitude, longer trekking hours and rock and snow patched terrains make it one of the best treks. Prior trek experience is favourable, however, if you are in great health and physically fit, you can definitely enjoy this experience.

Q.) Best time to visit Rupin pass trek?

 A.) The best time to experience the beauty of Rupin Pass is from May-June and from September- October.

Q.) What is the temperature in Rupin pass?

A.) It is around 15-18ºC in May and about 0-7ºC in September-October.

Q.) What is the total distance of Rupin Pass trek?

A.) It’s 57 km.

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek, popularly known to the world as Himalayan Gypsy is an award-winning travel & street photographer based in India. He is an adventure freak and a digital nomad who likes to document India, its culture, heritage & architecture through his pictures and writes about his experiences on his blog. A banker by profession and a traveler by heart, he has been exploring India since his childhood during family vacations and school picnics which gradually turned into solo trips and guided tours. Today his work is known to the world through his numerous pictures published, featured, and exhibited in various popular magazines like DiscoverIndia, Natgeo Traveller India, Asian Photography Magazine, Chiiz Magazine, Nikon India, Wildlife India, etc.