Frequently Asked Questions About The Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass is a classic example of a crossover trek. You start trekking in last villages of Uttarakhand, climb into forests and meadows of Himachal Pradesh and descend into the Sangla valley after crossing the Pass. Because of its sheer geographical spread, trekkers often find it challenging to plan their travel to and from the trek. Given the nature of this trek, trekkers often reach out to us to plan their journey to and from the base camp. We have compiled the list of frequently asked questions by trekkers about travel options to reach and get back from the trek. These should help you plan your trek.

Frequently Asked Questions - Indiahikes - Map of Rupin Pass Trek
Map showing the route from Dehradun to Dhaula, the base camp for Rupin Pass trek.

Frequently Asked Questions –

1. Where does the trek begin?

The Rupin Pass trek begins at Dhaula, a village in Uttarakhand.

2. What is the nearest railhead or airport to get to Dhaula?

Dehradun is the nearest railway station. The Jolly Grant airport is also located here. Dehradun is well connected by trains from New Delhi and flights from all major cities in India.

3. What is the best way to reach Dehradun?

To reach Dehradun, you can either fly-in directly or reach Delhi first and take a train to Dehradun.

Reaching Dehradun by flight: If you wish to fly to Dehradun, make sure you arrive at least a day before your travel to Dhaula.

For example, if your drive to Dhaula is on 6th May, then take a flight on 5th May.

Flights to Dehradun usually land after 10.00 am, making it too late to leave for Dhaula the same day.

Reaching Dehradun by train: If you wish to take a train from New Delhi, you have two options –

  • Nanda Devi Express, which leaves from New Delhi at 23.50 and reaches Dehradun at 5.40 am
  • Jan Shatabdi, which leaves from New Delhi at 15.20 and reaches Dehradun at 21.10

4. How to reach Dhaula from Dehradun?

Indiahikes arranges shared vehicles for trekkers from Dehradun to Dhaula. The meeting point is Dehradun Railway station at 6.30 am. It costs Rs.6,000 for a 5-6 seater vehicle. Trekkers split the cost amongst themselves and pay the driver directly.

It takes 8-10 hours to reach Dhaula from Dehradun. You reach Dhaula by 6.00 pm.

Rupin Pass - Indiahikes - Vishwas Krishnamurthy - Rupin Gully
Trekkers approaching the snow-filled Rupin gully. Picture by Vishwas Krishnamurthy

5. Where does the Rupin Pass trek end?

The trek ends at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh.

6. What is the nearest airport/railhead to Sangla?

Chandigarh is the nearest airport. The next option is New Delhi.

Kalka is the nearest railhead.

7. How far is the airport/railhead from Sangla?

Here are the distances from Sangla –

  • Kalka – 309 km
  • Chandigarh – 335 km
  • New Delhi – 580 km

8. How do I reach Chandigarh or Kalka or New Delhi from Sangla?

To get to Chandigarh or New Delhi from Sangla, you first need to come to Shimla (224 km from Sangla).

From Shimla, there are regular buses to all three places.

The road journey from Shimla to New Delhi is very long (around 12 hours). However, you can go to Kalka by road and take a train from Kalka to New Delhi.

Infographic - Return from Rupin Pass

9. What are the train options from Kalka to New Delhi?

There are four trains that ply daily from Kalka to New Delhi. The fastest amongst these are the Shatabdi trains –

  • Kalka Shatabdi starting from Kalka at 6.15 am and reaching New Delhi at 10.20 am
  • Kalka Shatabdi starting from Kalka at 17.45 and reaching New Delhi at 21.55

10. Will Indiahikes arrange transport from Sangla to Shimla?

Yes, Indiahikes can arrange for shared vehicles from Sangla to Shimla on the day you finish your trek (Day 9). Vehicles will start from Sangla at 2.00 pm and reach Shimla by 1.00 am.

11. Is it safe to reach Shimla so late in the night?

It is safe to reach Shimla late in the night. In fact, most trekkers wait at the Shimla bus stand itself to board buses to Delhi/Chandigarh. These buses start at 5.00 am.

12. How do I go from Shimla to Kalka / Chandigarh / New Delhi?

There are buses from Shimla to all the three places. Buses start every 15 minutes. This is the most economical way to travel. You also have the option of hiring a cab from Shimla.

It takes around 4 hours to reach Chandigarh from Shimla.

Frequently Asked Questions - Indiahikes - Route from Sangla to Shimla
Map showing the route from Sangla to Shimla.

See Q. 9 for train options from Kalka to New Delhi.

13. Can Indiahikes arrange transport from Sangla to Chandigarh or Delhi?

Indiahikes will not arrange transport from Sangla to Chandigarh or Delhi. However, you can get contact details of local transporters from your Trek Coordinator 2 weeks prior to the trek. You can fix up with them on your own.

If you book a cab directly to Kalka or Chandigarh, please note that most transport providers in Sangla have licenses to operate only in Himachal Pradesh. Chandigarh and Delhi fall in different states. Make sure that the vehicle you book has a license t travel in different states.

14. Can I travel from Sangla to Shimla on my own?

Yes, you can travel to Shimla on your own. There are two local buses that ply between the two places every day. One at 5.30 pm, reaching the following day. The other at 6.30 am, reaching the same evening.


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28 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions About The Rupin Pass Trek

  1. We three friends, all above 60, have been treking Uttar Khand treking places for the last 25 years with local guides. This time we like to trek with you. Our last trek in Sept 17 was Adi Kailash. We are reaching Dehradun on 18.05.18. evening. Pls inform me whether you can accommodate us. Our return reservation from Dehli is on 29.05. Also mention the charges as soon as possible.

  2. Hi. Trekking Rupin Pass June 11th batch. My query : On the way back from Sangla is it possible to take the cab back to Kalka and not just Shimla to catch the early morning train to delhi at 6:45am?

    1. Hi Samar,
      We arrange cabs only up to Shimla. You can take a separate cab from Shimla to Kalka or hire a vehicle on your own from Sangla to Kalka. The reason we don’t do this is because most vendors around Sangla have licences to operate only within Himachal Pradesh. Kalka falls in Haryana. Even if you book a cab on your own up to Kalka, make sure the driver and the vehicle have necessary permissions to be driven outside Himachal.

  3. I am first time hiker in Himalay but already been to Rohtang pass and done trekking with other mountains and actively fit. Can I choose Rupin pass trek on September

  4. This is the first time wants to go for trekking, so pls tell me which time is best for rupin pass trekking.

  5. I am going for Rupin Pass trek in October. How is the road condition at the moment from Dehradun to Dhaula after the recent rains in Northern India?

  6. Hi,
    We are planning to return Rampur HP from Sangla after Rupin pass trek and then from Rampur to Delhi by HRTC night service bus . Can you please confirm how long will it take to reach Rampur HP from Sangla? can we reach the same day after trek or we have to start the next day morning?

    1. Hi Diptajit,
      You can take a bus in the evening (same day you are getting down) after 1600 hrs from the bus stand in Sangla and it reaches Rampur the same night at around 11 PM.
      But if you are planning to reach Delhi as soon as possible then you may go to Shimla with fellow trekkers as most or few of them would be going to Shimla directly. And from Shimla you can take immediate bus to Delhi (if available) or Chandigarh and from there you can get a bus going to Delhi every 30 minutes. Hope this helps.
      Have a good day 🙂

  7. If I dont came on the 9th day from the base came of Sangla..Is it possible to stay that night in Sangla?

    1. Yes, it is quite possible. There are a few basic hotels where you can stay. You could visit Chitkul, which is close by from Sangla.

  8. How long will it take to reach kalka from Shimla and when is the first bus to kalka from Shimla because if one has to catch the train to new Delhi which leaves on 6:15 from kalka and I am planning on doing rupin pass from June 23rd to July 1st

    1. If you leave Sangla by around 3 am, you will be able to reach Kalka by 4 am. You will be able to take the Shatabdi from Kalka to Delhi. You can just go along with everyone else who is going to Shimla / Chandigarh by car from Sangla. The vehicle first goes through Shimla, then Kalka and then finally Chandigarh.

      1. But IH transport is only till Shimla right , is there not a bus service available from Shimla to kalka in the early morning , so that I can catch the shatabdi

  9. Hello Swati
    Thanks for all the guidance you keep providing to Trekkers . Is it possible to do Sangla to Rupin Pass and back . I understand from Google that road i available upto Sangla home stay opposite AIM adventures camp site. I plan to do trek around 17/18 may . Is this Ok ?

    1. Hi Ravindra, I’m not so sure if that’s very wise. We do the trek from Dhaula because you get to acclimatise beautifully! If you go from Sangla, there aren’t many camps in between. So you’ll be climbing very quickly from around 8000 ft to 16,000 ft. That isn’t a good idea. Do tell me what itinerary you plan to have.

  10. Normally we leave our extra luggage at the base camp and collect it on our way back. This won’t be possible here as we start and end the trek at different camps in different states. So how do we manage our extra luggage?

    1. Hi, as the trek does not start and end at the same place, there are no cloakroom options for this one.

  11. Hi Indiahikes,

    There is some major confusion here. Website says IH organizes transportation only till Shimla. Our ground coordinator says it’s till Chandigarh.

    Can you please clear the confusion and give us an approximate cost of the transportation till Shimla/Chandigarh?

    1. Hi Spoorthi, sometimes our articles might be a bit outdated because we make changes in logistics sometimes. Go by your Trek Coordinator’s words. That’s the latest, most updated advice and information you’ll get.