Rupin Pass and Buran Ghati Opened For Sept-Oct!

Rupin Pass and Buran Ghati Opened For Sept-Oct!

Category Thursday Trek Talk; Latest Updates; Announcements

By Swathi Chatrapathy


I have the most happy announcement to make today!

We have finally announced dates to Rupin Pass and Buran Ghati for this September and October. 

Until now, we had held back from opening these groups because there was a government order that banned trekking in the Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh after September 15th. 

This afternoon we have finally got a green signal from the government to run the treks. We could not have been happier! 

Rupin Pass and the Buran Ghati are the two most sought after high altitude treks in India. Trekkers have been waiting to register for these treks for a few months now. 

Dates are open from mid-September until mid-October. 

Unfortunately, there is bad news too. We won’t be able to open more than 8 groups for these treks this season. 

So my advice is to plan your trek as soon as possible. 

Find dates for Rupin Pass here.

Find dates for Buran Ghati here.

If you have any questions about these treks, do go through the FAQ sections on the trek pages.

Why do these treks in Sep-Oct?

1. You’ll see greenery at its best in this season.

Since the monsoons have just watered the grasslands, you’ll see them at their lushest best. The meadows of Dayara on the Buran Ghati trek are best experienced in September and October. On the Rupin Pass trek, the Saruwas Thatch campsite is going to be a flowerbed, and you camp right beside it.

The meadows of Dayara on the Buran Ghati trek are a photographer's delight, especially in the post-monsoon season. Picture by Indiahikes Head Photographer Avinash SH

2. The hills are alive with small and big waterfalls.

This is especially true of the Lower Waterfall campsite on the Rupin Pass trek. Because it is just after monsoon, hundreds of waterfalls burst to life on the walls of the cliffs that surround you. It’s a sight you’ll not get to see at any other time of the year. Even on the Buran Ghati trek waterfalls cascade down from the slopes all around you.

The Lower Waterfall campsite at Rupin Pass is an experience on its own, with an incredible number of waterfalls on the sides of the cliffs. Picture by Indiahikes Head Photographer Jothiranjan

3. The mountains are at their crispest best.

Since monsoon clouds are washed away by mid-September, the sky is void of any clouds. This is when you see the mountains at their crispest best, where you can see every nook and cranny of the mountain sides.

With lovely blue skies, the mountains stand out crisp and flawless in the post-monsoon season. Picture by Sooraj Jain

4. The sunrises and sunsets are worth dying for.

This is something unique to this season. We have seen the most dramatic splashes of colours in the sky. Also, since the skies are squeaky clean, the sun and its alpenglow on the mountains around are astounding.

Somehow, the dispersion of colours during sunrise and sunset are so dramatic in the post-monsoon season, that its hard to beat the drama. Picture by Sushrut Sardesai

5. There is snow but not so deep that you sink to your knees.

Rupin Pass and Buran Ghati are treks that climb to around 15,000 ft. These are extremely high altitudes that retain snow almost throughout the year. While there will not be snow for you to sink to your knees, you will find some snow, especially as you approach the passes.

While there isn't too much snow in September and October, there is still enough to give you an alpine experience. Picture by Anirban Banerjee

That's about the Rupin Pass and Buran Ghati treks in the post-monsoon season.

If you have any questions, don't hestitate to get in touch with us!

Swathi Chatrapathy

Chief Editor

About the author

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content.

Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters's in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact on a person's mind, body and spirit.

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