Rupin Pass: The Tale of Two Backpackers: An epiphanic Adventure

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It is very exciting to trek the majestic Uttarakhand Himalayas mountains. One of these is the Rupin Pass Trek. We love the incredible trails we take through forests and the snow-covered plains. Rupin Pass, which was the next item on our bucket lists after our Roopkund Trek was completed, is finally something we can fulfill this May. This trek would mark our first crossing of a pass. So the excitement is higher.

Day 1: Dehradun – Dhaula

On the 24th of May 2016, we started our trek from Dehradun towards Dhaula, where the base camp for this trek is located. Our trek mates met us at Dehradun. There were 20 of us in total. Although the first meeting was uncomfortable, it became clear that we were all great friends.

After a long journey, we finally reached Dhaula. The very clear Rupin river was where our tents were placed. The rest of the day was spent getting to know each other and our trek leader. We are from Kolkata and Chennai, while most of our members hail from Bangalore and Chennai.

Day 2: Dhaula – Sewa

We all got up early the next morning and got ready for the trek. The next camp was on an 11-km trail from Dhaula, Sewa.

It is always hard to start a trek on the first day. We managed to walk some distance, but most of us were still panting. We soon got the rhythm and were able to walk without any problems. We reached Sewa at noon, and were greeted with hot lunches. The homestay where we stayed was Sewa. This temple is an excellent example of Kinnauri architecture. We asked the villagers if the idol was a common idol in the 12 villages surrounding it. Each month, the idol moved to each village. That was quite different.

Day 3: Sewa – Jiskun

We started our journey to Jiskun the next day from Sewa. We first go downhill to reach the Rupin River. We cross the river from Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh via a small wooden bridge.

This was the highlight of our day. The next step was to climb uphill to Gosangu. This is where the difficulty begins. We had to walk 6km on the dirt road. We finally reached the village after a few hours of walking on the dusty road. It was then another uphill climb. We reached Jiskun and were able to see the village and our homestay. It was a lovely homestay.

Day 4: Jiskun – Jhaka – Udaknal

Our hike began again the next morning. Jhaka is the final village on our route to Rupin pass. It was once again a trail that led to Udaknal from Jhaka. We could see the cliff from this beautiful campsite.

Day 5: Udaknal – Dhanderas Thatch

The next trail was quite different than the ones we had previously followed. This trail was followed by us and we also met two shepherds.

We also saw the first snow on that day. The snow bridge is crossed. After trekking for a while, we finally reached Buras Kandi.

We could see the Rupin waterfall after a few meters. It was thrilling to feel it. We reached Dhanderas with Rupin waterfall visible after we had trekked for another hour. The whole area was beautiful.

Day 6: Dhanderas Thatch, Upper waterfall camp

We trekked shorter the next day, going from Dhanderas Thatch towards the Upper waterfall camp. We reached the Rupin river campsite by climbing a few snow bridges.

Although the camp at Dhanderas Thatch is beautiful, this camp left me speechless. As you walked towards the top, the water was clearly visible. It was the perfect place to let my tiredness go and just take in the beauty of the natural world.

Day 7: Ronti Gad and Upper Waterfall Camp, Rata Pheri and Rupin Pass

We were on the last day, or as we like to call it, the summit day. So we got up a bit early. We climbed uphill to Rata Pheri camp. We put on our micro spikes. We are now able to see the Rupin Pass for the first time.

Slowly, we walked across the snowfields. The weather began to get worse. We all wanted to stay here. The Team Leader kept us all motivated. Finally, we reached Rupin Pass Gully’s base. It was a steep climb up to the Rupin Pass Gully, which took us about 200m.

Every member of the team was thrilled to finally reach Rupin Pass (at top of the world), after much hard work.

As we approached Rupin pass, the weather started to improve. After some time, it was time to descend. What could be more fun than sliding down snow? We were all happy for the child in us to be out. Three slides were installed, which the children loved to slide down. We reached Ronti Gad campsite around 3:00 PM after a long day. Finally, Rupin Pass is done!

Day 8: Ronti Gad – Sangla

This was our last day on the trek. We were going to Sangla for a complete downhill trek. It was a difficult trek, but once we got there it was time to celebrate.


Rupin Pass was an amazing trek. There were trails that ran through forests and roads. We crossed snow bridges and climbed the waterfall, among other exciting things. We faced our fears, and fought until we lost.


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