We have Changed the Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary. Here’s why it’s Better for Trekkers

We have an important update for you about your trek to Rupin Pass. There’s a change to the Rupin Pass Trek itinerary. 

We are now starting the trek from Shimla and not from Dehradun

The base camp of the trek has shifted to Jiskun, from the earlier Dhaula. The trekking days have reduced by two, because now we have direct road access to Jiskun. (Jiskun is in Himachal Pradesh)

Before we get to your new itinerary, we want to tell you why we made this change. 

Why the new itinerary is good for trekkers

  1. A road construction between Dodra and Kwar in Himachal Pradesh passes through our trek route near Gosangu. This has killed the trekking experience on the second day of the trek. Day 2 of the trek was becoming a long walk on the dry and dusty road. The road now extends all the way to Bawta (lower Jiskun, almost upto our base camp).
  2. The earlier base camp at Dhaula is now infested with horseflies. They come and go, but when they come it is not a good experience. Their bites itch terribly. We were still ok with it, but now with the road extending all the way to lower Jiskun, starting the Rupin Pass trek in Dhaula has stopped making sense. 

The good news is, you don’t miss out on any aspect of the Rupin Pass trek experience — you still get to experience the great forests, the Rupin river and its meandering course, the snow bridges, the ancient villages, and of course, the famous pass crossing. 

Rupin Pass itinerary Indiahikes

With that, please take a look at your revised itinerary for the Rupin Pass trek. 

Note: The trek is now two days shorter than the original itinerary.

Day 1: Reach Jiskun (7,700 ft); 10-11 hours drive from Shimla. Transport will be organized from Hotel Crystal Palace in Shimla at 6.30 AM. It is a 10-minute walk from the Old Shimla Bus Stand. Cab cost – Rs. 7,000 per vehicle, to be shared and paid by trekkers directly to the driver.

Day 2: Jiskun (7,700 ft) to Udaknal (10,318 ft); 5 hours

Day 3: Udaknal (10,318 ft) to Dhanderas thatch, lower water fall (11,700 ft); 5 hours

Day 4: Acclimatization Day at the lower waterfall (Dhanderas thatch)

Day 5: Dhanderas thatch (11,700 ft) to Upper Waterfall camp (13,385 ft); 2 – 3 hours

Day 6: Upper Waterfall camp (13,385 ft) to Rupin Pass (15,279 ft) via Rati Pheri, further on to Ronti Gad (13,139 ft); 10-11 hours

Day 7: Ronti Gad (13,139 ft) to Sangla (8,776 ft) via Sangla Kanda (11,427 ft); 6 hours.

Please note these important changes to your travel plan:

  1. Instead of 9 days, now your Rupin Pass itinerary is 7 days
  2. Your base camp is Jiskun (Himachal) and not Dhaula (Uttarakhand).
  3. Plan your travel to Shimla and not Dehradun. The best way to reach Shimla is to fly to Chandigarh and then take a bus/taxi to Shimla. Stay overnight at Shimla.
  4. The next morning, Indiahikes vehicles will pick you up at 6.30 am from Shimla. 
  5. Your return journey remains the same. There is no change. Your trek ends at Sangla, you return to Shimla by shared taxis.

If you have any further doubts, just drop in a comment. We’ll clarify your doubts. 

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4 thoughts on “We have Changed the Rupin Pass Trek Itinerary. Here’s why it’s Better for Trekkers

  1. I agree, reducing the trek by 2 days and about 2300 odd feet of climbing is a step in the right direction. Especially since there’s almost 10,000 ft of total climbing throughout the trek. The forest section in the older itinerary remains mostly the same for 3 days and in my opinion, gets a tad bit boring. Now that’s down to 1 day only.

    Also, now that the trek is 7 days, with an extra day to return back to Delhi, it works out perfectly over 2 weekends for office folks.

    My only gripe is the trek cost remains the same as before. Why has IH not reduced the same considering they save 2 days of homestay/camping, food and other related expenses?

    1. Hi Farhan, we have not increased the fee of this trek for over 4-5 years, despite the cost of operations having gone up for us. If we had not changed the itinerary, we would have had to increase the trek fee.

      There has been an inflation in the cost of stay, in the porter fees and permit fees (food and camping is not really the biggest cost on this trek). Rupin Pass has always been that way, more expensive to run than other treks precisely because of the home stays and porters. This reduction in the number of days mildly balances out the increased cost of operations of the trek. Which is why we haven’t reduced the trek fee.

  2. Why is the last day so rushed that we have to reach shimla at 1am? This is the only reason stopping me to book this trek. I am not very sure about driving back so late in mountains.

    1. Hi Sid, this is very normal. Trekkers have been doing this for 12 years and have had no issues. This has been designed this way because there aren’t really any good places to stay at in Sangla. Most trekkers just want to leave the day they reach there. They leave as early as 1 pm, after their trek.

      As for the roads, they are safe. They are not typical mountain roads. They are highways that are completely safe for driving at night. So you can go ahead and plan your travel. We haven’t had any untoward incidents on this leg of travel. I hope that reassures you.