Located in the Garhwal region, on the borders of Uttarakhand and Himachal, Rupin Pass is a beautiful high altitude Himalayan pass. It's a relatively unknown location so you'll have the landscape mostly to yourself. If you're looking for an adventure away from the crowds, in a virgin Himalayan paradise, this one is for you.About Rupin Pass Trek
This trek moves from Dhaula in Uttarakhand into the state of Himachal Pradesh so you can expect lots of variety in terms of landscape, nature and culture. The trek is a blend of medium to easy gradients with some steep climbs, and depending on the Rupin Pass weather, it can be quite challenging sometimes. Since this is a high altitude trek with a steep ascent to Rupin Pass at 15,380 feet, it is recommended for those who have prior high altitude trekking experience. However, well prepared and fit newbies have successfully completed the trek to Rupin Pass. The highlight of this trek is scaling the Rupin Pass. After just a few days of trekking, you can expect a thrilling gully climb and unforgettable snow slides.
The Rupin pass trek is one of the least explored routes in one of the most beautiful regions of the country. You'll leave behind connectivity, motorable roads and civilization for that perfect mountain experience. The trek has lots to offer – quaint Himalayan villages, towering cliffs, dark and dense forests. You'll walk along the banks of the icy blue Rupin river, through pine-scented forests, and across rock-hewn ridges to meet and interact with locals and get a glimpse into their daily lives. You will see cultural landmarks and temples and the landscape on both sides of the pass is spectacular, studded with waterfalls, lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains and big rivers.
You'll get to camp in beautiful grassy meadows, in comfortable tents and warm sleeping bags. On rest days your guide and porters will set up camp and cook you a hearty meal under the stars while you explore the valley and soak in the feel of the alpine forests.Best season to visit
The Rupin Pass is best navigated in September to November when the valley bursts to life under clear blue skies. The mist disappears and days are bright and sunny. Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular with the fringe of mountain peaks creating a perfect heaven. But if it’s the snow that compels you, then visit in April-May. During these months, the Rupin valley is covered in fluffy blanket of snow, waterfalls are silenced and the valley is peacefully frozen in time.Rupin pass temperature
Temperatures here range from about 14 to 22 °C to 0 to 8 °C and from 12 to 20 °C to - 4 to 5 °C depending on the season.
Rupin pass treks cost about INR 16,000 to 30,000, depending on the number of days and facilities provided. One just has to glance at some Rupin Pass trek blogs as testament to how exhilarating, adrenaline pumping and fulfilling the trek really is.