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The Rupin Pass Trek into Himachal

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Max Altitude: 4625 Mts
Best Time: Mid June to Mid Oct
Difficulty: Moderate Trek

 
 
 
 
 

This memorable trek takes us through some of the most fascinating landscapes in the western Garhwal region spilling over into the equally breathtaking Sangla Valley in the neighbouring alpine state of Himachal Pradesh. On the trail we pass numerous small friendly villages near lush forests of Oak, Pine, Fir, Rhododendron, Birch and Cedar and bordered by fertile green fields. Expansive stunning views are afforded on the trail of the Garhwal peaks and the unforgettable sight of the Kinner Kailash massif in the Kinnaur Himalayas. On this trek we also take you to two popular hill resorts built during the British Raj the quaint hill towns of Mussoorie in Garhwal and the erstwhile summer capital of the British India government till the 1930s.

Day 1:  On your arrival we meet you at the International Airport in New Delhi which is most often in the early hours of the morning and drive you to your pre-reserved hotel. The entire day is free for you to either relax in your room or explore this exciting city, its colourful bazaars and medieval and colonial monuments.

Day 2: We leave after breakfast and drive 230 Kms to Dehradun capital of Uttaranchal in the Himalayan foothills. This charming city is famous for its excellent public schools and government institutions like the Forest Research Institute, The Indian Military Academy, Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Wildlife Institute of India and many more. After lunch here we drive 29 Kms up to the laid back hill resort of Mussoorie where we check into a pre-reserved hotel for the night.

Day 3: After breakfast we continue 130 Kms North West towards the picturesque little hamlet of Mori perched at 1130m / 3729ft surrounded by lovely forests of blue pine above the Tons River. We check into a comfortable hotel / guesthouse for the night.

Day 4: From Mori we drive for 40 Kms to the small hamlet of Dhula from where we trek for about four hours to our campsite for the night at Sewa (2000m / 6600ft).

Day 5: The trail climbs gradually through fragrant forests of blue pine with views of the higher Garhwal Mountains. We reach our campsite at Jikson (2320m / 7656ft) by early evening.

Day 6: A short days trek to the charming village of Jakha the last village in the valley at 2650m / 8745ft, where we set up camp under the gaze of towering snow clad mountains.

Day 7: Our trail now ascends to through Pine and Maple forests before descending to the banks of the Rupin River. From here we head on to our flower strewn camping site near a cascading waterfall at Saruwas Thatch at 3450m / 11,385ft.

Day 8: After an early breakfast we begin our steep climb to the base of the Rupin pass. En-route we cross a small glacier before emerging into a mesmerizing meadow full of wild flowers with stunning views of glaciers and snow fields all around. We camp at this beautiful spot for the night.

Day 9: Our trek today takes us to the saddle of the 4625m / 15,262 ft high Rupin Pass and after a steady steep climb we are suddenly presented with dazzling views of the majestic Kinner Kailash massif with its glittering peaks rising to a deep blue sky. From here we descend towards the lovely grazing meadows of Nuru spread out a height of 3600m / 11,880ft where we set up camp after a day's walk of 6 hours.

Day 10: Our tail descends into the fertile fruit abundant valley of Sangla first through swaying fields and then through a forest of Oak, Pine and Deodar to the banks of the Baspa River. The sudden sight of the old-fashioned Sangla village at 2650m / 8745ft across the river comes as a surprise as we suddenly enter a bustling marketplace after these past days of wilderness and exquisite landscape. We check into a comfortable hotel / guesthouse after a day's walk of about 4 hours.

Day 11: We spend a relaxed day in the village visiting the ancient Kamru fort and temple built in a Hindu Buddhist architectural style and dedicated to the goddess Kamakhya Devi whose image was brought here centuries ago. The entrance of the temple displays an image of Buddha and detailed woodcarving. This fort-temple was also where the past Kings of Kinnaur were crowned. In the evening return to your guest house / hotel for the night.

Day 12: After breakfast we drive down to the Sutlej River banks and head south 87 Kms on the ancient Hindustan Tibet Road now National Highway 21 towards the charming village of Sarahan high above on a ridge overlooking the Sutlej valley. On arrival after about 4 hours we check into a comfortable hotel. After lunch we stroll around this sleepy village and visit the imposing Bhima Kali temple with its prominent towers and stone and wood construction built in a fusion of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. We return to our hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 13: Today our drive takes us down into the warmer Bushahr valley on the banks of the Sutlej River. After stopping briefly at the town of Rampur we begin our climb into the Shimla hills. We reach the capital of Himachal Pradesh the heritage town of Shimla by early afternoon and check into a pre-reserved hotel. In the evening stroll along the Mall Road the main promenade of the town where thankfully no vehicular traffic is allowed. Shimla has some nice restaurants and posh shops selling an array of merchandise including handicrafts. Return to your hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 14: We leave early and after an 8 hour drive reach Delhi where you check into your hotel and we say farewell. Most flights leave between midnight and 2:00AM, so you can rest for a while and wash up before going to the airport or spend the night, depending upon your travel plans.

Other Treks in Uttaranchal
S. No. Treks Days
1.

The Nanda Devi Trail

15
2.

The Gangotri Trail

12
3.

The Valley of the Flowers

9
4. Har-Ki Dun Trail 14
5. The Legendary Roop Kund Trek 18

 


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