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Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass, Himachal Pradesh, India
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7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

25 people



Rupin Pass offers you diversity in every form, this high altitude trek is a favourite amongst adventure-seeking souls. The high altitude is not just the sole reason for its popularity among trekkers, the diversified number of sceneries and sudden variation in trails also attract many nature lovers. Even trekking for 5 to 6 hours on an average while advancing 10 km each day can prove strenuous for some, but the thrill of adventure and the experience it offers along with the magnificent views are worth the effort. En route you will encounter many waterfalls and streams flowing down, scenic routes throughout the trail will keep you engaged in the beauty of nature.

Rupin Pass Trek Distance

Rupin Pass Trek starts from Bawta in Himachal Pradesh It is a 7 days trek including travel from Shimla. The total Rupin Pass Trek distance is 52 km from Bawta.

Rupin Pass Trek Difficulty Level:

Rupin Pass is a moderate to difficult level trek. You need to be physically and mentally prepared for the trek and should stick to a proper fitness routine before coming on the trek. Download the fitness program from here: Click here

Best Time to Visit Rupin Pass:

Rupin Pass Trek is best done between May and September

Rupin Pass Trek Weather/Temperature:

The temperature at Bawta basecamp in the daytime is pleasant between 10 to 15 Degree Celsius and at night it goes down up to 0 to -5 Degree Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees and at night it goes down up to -10 degrees.

Accommodation and Meals

At Bawta and Jakha trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there. During the trek, you will be provided 3-person tents on a twin-sharing basis and 4-person tents on a triple sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent

Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 dinner. On Day 7, early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals which include breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.

Rupin Pass Height/Altitude:

The lowest altitude will be 7,700 ft at Bawta and the highest at 15,350 ft at Rupin Pass Summit.

How to Reach Bawta | Delhi to Bawta Distance and Trek Route:

You can reach Shimla by boarding an overnight train from New Delhi Railway station. Transport from Shimla would be arranged by us for additional charges. Trekkers can choose to reach on their own also till Bawta if they are aware of the route and public travel options.

Departure: Points:
We have fixed departures from Shimla. The pickup will be at 6:30 am from Shimla Old Bus Station

Fixed Departures Dates:

May 2022 – 15 and 21

How to Reach Shimla:

By Air – Jubbarhatti airport is 22km away from Shimla this airport is well connected to various cities. Another major nearby airport is Chandigarh airport from there you can hire a cab to reach Shimla.

By Rail – You can take the train from New Delhi to Kalka it will take approximately 4 hours. After reaching Kalka you can hire a cab to Shimla it will take about 1 hour to reach there.

By Bus – There are several bus services that run from Delhi to Shimla every day; you can take a luxury air-conditioned bus from ISBT to Shimla. The journey is of about 11 hours.

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Day 1 SHIMLA TO BAWTA (7, 700 ft feet, 150 Km / 9 -10 Hours)
Day 1 SHIMLA TO BAWTA (7, 700 ft feet, 150 Km / 9 -10 Hours)

🏔 Altitude: 7, 700 ft.

🏠 Stay: homestay

🚗 Drive: 150 km (9-10 hrs drive).

⌚ Pick up at 6:30 am from Shimla Old Bus Station

🍱 Meal: Dinner.

📶 Network: All networks available.

Day 1 would involve a 9-10 hours drive from Shimla to Bawta, the base camp for the trek. You can reach Shimla by boarding an overnight train from New Delhi Railway station. Transport from Shimla would be arranged by us for additional charges. Trekkers can choose to reach on their own also till Bawta if they are aware of the route and public travel options.

The drive from Shimla to Bawta is good as roads are well maintained and you will encounter pleasant sights of hills all around you.

Day 2 BAWTA TO JHAKA (7, 700 ft. to 9000 ft)
Day 2 BAWTA TO JHAKA (7, 700 ft. to 9000 ft)

🏔 Altitude: 9000ft.

⛺ Stay: Homestay

🚶‍ Trek: 5 km trek

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

📶 Network: No network.

Day 2 is a moderate trek ascent till Jiskun followed by slight descent that would require you to tread on various topographic features. It would be a 5 km trail that ends at Jhaka, your camping site for the night. You will get to see the Selwan Khad as you proceed ahead where you can refill your water bottles.

Given the moderate level of trekking, it would be a great pleasure to enjoy the soothing weather and relish some snacks with tea as you approach Jiskun. This section of the trek takes about 4 hours and will take you to an altitude of about 9,000 ft.

Day 3 JHAKA TO DHANDERAS THATCH (9000 ft to 11, 700 ft)
Day 3 JHAKA TO DHANDERAS THATCH (9000 ft to 11, 700 ft)

🏔 Altitude: 11,700 ft.

⛺ Stay: Tents.

🚶‍ Trek: 11 km, approx time to reach 8 – 9 hrs.

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Your third day will be an exciting 11 km trek of about 8 hours. Starting early in the morning, you walk out of your campsite at Jhaka and make your way to Dhanderas Thatch. As today’s trek trail is a bit tricky, you will be given instructions on how to have an enjoyable trek day, with minimum difficulty. Today’s trail is exciting and adventurous in every way. With a tricky terrain that is slippery and prone to landslides, it is important that you are careful while trekking.

As you walk out of Jhaka, you cross mixed cross fields and walk into a dense dark jungle. The change in vegetation is interesting and brings a sense of adventure. As you cross the jungle and hop across the little rivulets and streams that you come across, you will come up to a wooden bridge.

After a bit of hiking from here, start your steep ascent to Saruwas Thatch through the vibrant mountain vegetation of Deodar and Walnut trees. On completing the trekking for the day by gradually descending to Dhandarus Thatch, you reach your destination where you rest in the tents.


🏔 Altitude: 13,300 ft.

⛺ Stay: Tents.

🚶‍ Trek: 5 km trek, approx time to reach 4 hrs.

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Your fourth day of the trek constitutes 5km of trekking; Today’s trek makes you reach an altitude of 13,300 in about 4hours. Having said that, it is an ascent till the upper waterfall after which, where you end up wondering how a trail like this was cut out from a rock face.

With the trail terrain and the surroundings changing abruptly, your climb to the Upper waterfall is quite interesting as well as entertaining. With an initial zig-zag trail, you hike through the mixed dense forest with the cliff on the other side.

Proper acclimatization and briefing for this day are essential.


🏔 Altitude: 15, 350 ft

⛺ Stay: Tents

🚶‍ Trek: 11 Km trek in 10 hrs

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

This will be the longest and perhaps the most challenging segment of the Rupin Pass trail. From 13,100 ft, you will gain an elevation of 15,400 ft which would be followed by a steep descent to 13,100 feet. As the water sources are limited, it would be important to refill your bottles at the Rati Pheri campsite.

From the Upper waterfall, it begins with an hour of steep climbing that would lead you to the Rati Pheri Campsite. At this site, you would be able to see only the stretches of snow all over the place. It is through these snowy tracts that you would be trekking to reach the Rupin Pass gully. But crossing the boundless snowfields with a glimpse of Rupin Pass at a great distance may prove to be quite challenging as well as a tantalizing thing to do. Given the absence of well-defined tracks, walking on snow may require you to take due precautions as slips and slides are quite common here. A sense of direction is equally important. From Rupin pass, it would be a gentle walk followed by a climb down to Ronti Gad.


⛺ Stay: Tents

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

This day can be used for any day where the weather conditions are not supportive be it harsh continuous rains or any other climatic barrier. This buffer day can be used earlier or later in the itinerary. Acclimatization for the Rupin pass trek becomes a necessity thus this day cannot be ignored. Many times, trekkers feel tired thus this rest day can be utilized then.

In order to complete this challenging trek both preparing well and listening to your body is a must. Be vocal about any headaches, nausea, dizziness, pain in the chest, etc, and immediately inform the trek leader. With adequate fitness, staying hydrated and proper acclimatization this trek can be done with no difficulty.


🚶‍ Trek: 12 km trek with a moderate ascent of 4 hours followed by a difficult steep ascent.

🍱 Meal: Breakfast

🚗 Drive from Sangla to Shimla by 3 pm. The expected time of arrival is by 12:00 am, so kindly book your accommodation at Shimla accordingly.

The itinerary comes to an end and this last day is less challenging as there is an 8km descent from Ronti Gad to Sangla. Be cautious as climbing down from an altitude can be hurtful to knees if not taken care of so listen to the instructions given by the trek leader throughout.

Those who have booked your travel with us can board the cab for the 9-10 hours long drive from Sangla to Shimla. You will be reaching Shimla late at night so pre-book your stay or travel accordingly.

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder, and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport is available from Shimla to Shimla at an additional cost.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.

6 – 7 Days

Autumn (Oct-Nov)
Summer (May-Jun)

Tour's Location

Rupin Pass, Himachal Pradesh, India

How long we have to trek every day?
The average walking distance is 7- 8 km each day and trekkers complete it in 5-7 hrs. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
What kind of food is provided on the trek?
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha and cornflakes etc. Lunch mainly comprises roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. A dry ration of biscuits and toffees will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
What will be the accommodation?
Rupin Pass is a 7-day trek. At Bawta and Jhaka there will be a homestay, and rooms or dormitories will be allocated. On other days of the trek, you will be provided with a 3-person tent on a twin sharing basis and a 4-person tent on a triple sharing basis.
Do you provide tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, you will be provided with tents and high-altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
Which are the best seasons for the Rupin-Pass trek?
The best time to do this trek is between May to September.
What is the best time to see snow?
You are likely to find snow on this trail from mid-Sept onwards.
What if it rains while trekking?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
What will be the temperature on the trek?
First, for two days the temperature is normal as you don't find snow. Afterwards, you can see the snow but in day time sunlight is good and the weather is clear but you have to dress in layers at the night. The temperature will be between 10 to -5 degrees.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Please visit the 'Things to Carry' tab to check the essentials required for the trek.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
Why is the trekking pole necessary?
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
What is the age limit?
The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents and guardians.
Can I take my child along on this trek?
Rupin Pass is a medium to difficult level trek and it requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8 years.
At what time should we reach Shimla?
Pick up at 6:30 am is from Shimla Old Bus Station on Day 01. It is advisable to reach Shimla a day prior to the start of the trek to avoid any delays and to get good rest.
What kind of vehicle will be there?
Tata Sumo/ Bolero/Max kind of vehicles we arrange and accommodate 6-7 People in a vehicle.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Rupin-Pass is graded as a medium to difficult trek. Prior experience in trekking is required. One must stick to the fitness schedule and meet the health requirements. As in all treks, physical preparation is mandatory.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
The last electricity charging point would be in Shimla. You’ll get only the Bsnl network till Bawta. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts at Bawta. It is good to carry your power banks.
Who will be there with us on the trek from Nomad Adventures?
Nomad Adventures team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
What places I can visit before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring tourist attractions around Shimla like visiting Kufri, Chail, Mashobra, Tirthan valley and Naldhera. Please note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.
I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?
No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
Can I leave my extra luggage behind and collect after the trek?
Since you will not be returning to the same point of the trek, therefore you have to carry all your belongings. At Shimla, you can ask your respective homestay/hotel owners to provide some space for extra luggage.
How many members will be joining the batch?
Minimum 6 people and the maximum 20 we take in one batch. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a fixed departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Is Diamox advisable?
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. If you decide on the spot then the charges are higher than usual.
What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Carry Adhar ID proof, medical certificate and Covid vaccine certificate.


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