Situated amidst a remote Himalayan Valley
One of the most exquisite passes that Himalayas has in store is the magnificent Rupin Pass. It is a high altitude pass located across the Himalayan mountain range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated amidst a remote Himalayan valley, the pass offers classic attractions of breath-taking trails, densely populated conifer and oak forests, alpine meadows, traditional villages and spectacular mountain peaks. You will come face to face with the untouched beauty of some of the valleys in Garhwal and Kinnaur regions including the lovely Sangla valley. This trek will take you through the gorgeous Rupin Pass which is located at a majestic altitude of 4625 meters boasting views of Kailash and Kinner mountain peaks along with others.
The thrilling trek to Rupin Pass has lot of surprises in store for its visitors. You will be tempted to walk further just so that you discover what the trail brings to you round the next corner. With intriguing twists and turns in the scenery from beautiful towering waterfalls, fir forests, vertically constructed hanging villages, appealing yellow marigolds, snow-bathed glacial valleys and dancing rivulets to icy blue rivers, you will remain spell-bound throughout your trek.
Your trek trail will also lead you towards interesting swaying wooden bridges, pathways carved out of rocks, small routes amidst deep, dark forests in the mountains where the Sun can never reach you. The beautiful meadows that redefine greenery have been enticing every adventurist who has come to explore this location. From thick Rhododendron forests, icy slopes and trails made through huge snow fields to gushing streams that echo in your minds, this trek has got it all for you.
There are three stages of Rupin waterfalls that seem to be spouting out of the clouds. The sight of Saruwas Thatch or the Upper Rupin waterfalls is simply marvellous. It is an enormous basin with icy rims of mountains surrounding from all directions. These icy rims melt into thousands of stream that gracefully merge with the Rupin River. The lower Rupin Waterfalls or the Dhanderas Thatch has three sets of beautiful snow bridges leading the way to it in a wide open valley which is surprising.
The glorious Rupin River walks with you through every footstep on this trek forming a huge river bed below your trail. It is amazing to experience the sounds and feel of water flowing ferociously under your feet. Temples in this location are commissioned according to the classic Kinnauri tradition and for first timers, this is a huge surprise. The four storeyed temples stand royally like a water tower with a sloping roof. This architectural marvel will awe its visitors every single time. You will also come across a small wooden bridge in the middle of your trail where as you spend time, you will realise that you have two different states on either side of you. The States of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are divided by this tiny bridge.
The incredible village of Jhaka hangs out from the walls of a mountain slide along with a cluster of houses. It is fascinating to see such shades of nature where an entire settlement is hanging vertically from a mountain. A little ahead of the Jhaka village, doors of fir forests open continuing till the confluence of River Rupin with a tributary. The colours of violet, white and pink Rhododendrons dwarfs make up a fantastic sight stretching for about a thousand feet into the mountain slope. The last climb to the Rupin pass is through a valley. While standing in this snow clad valley, you can hear your voice ring and echo. Packed with heart thumping excitement with every passing footstep, this trek will be one of the most memorable trips of your lifetime.