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Rupin Pass is a life-changing trip. The story of two backpackers


Walking through the mountain ranges of the Uttarakhand Himalayas is unexplained and romantic and Lupine Pass hiking is not an exception. Alpine forest trails, mountains covered in snow, hiding with us, hiking through pastures through passes. It’s all very stunning and beautiful. After we completed this circle Kund hike, Rupin Pass was in our bucket list, and then, our dream to trek through the mountains in May this year became a reality. In addition, the last time Lupine Pass trek was the first trek to traverse the pass, and I was pretty happy this time too.


Day 1: Dehradun – Dhaula

On the 24th of May 2016, we left Dehradun to head for our base camp in Daura. In Dehradun, we had the pleasure of meeting a Trek friend for the first time. We were just 20 years old. Our first meeting was quite a shock to our hearts but as the years progressed, we became great friends and, more importantly, friends!

After a lengthy and bumpy ride, we reached Dawla. Dawla is a stunning spot with a big wooden canopy that surrounds it. The tent we erected was near the clean Lupine River. The remainder time was spent getting to meet the trek leader as well as other participants of the team. The majority of the participants were from Chennai and Bangalore and people of Pune, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, and members of Kolkata.


Day 2: Dhaula – Sewa

The following morning, we all met refreshed and prepared to begin our trek. Next camp would be Sewa which is a trail that runs 11km away from Daura. I began my trek towards Sewa. It was the very first day the trek was always exhausting. After a while, when most of us were exhausted as we made it to the end of the trail. We quickly got into a rhythm and were walking without any issues. At noon I arrived in Sewa and was welcomed with hot food. I resided at home with the family of my hosts in Sewa. Sewa was a tiny town, quiet, and the main building in the town was the temple. The temple is a superb model of Kinnauri architectural style. In the time of its construction, the temple was shut down. According to the villager that idols are widespread within the 12 villages surrounding them and relocate to each village each month. That’s the most unique feature we learned!


Day 3: Sewa – Jiskun

The following day, I set off to go to Jisukuon at the time of Sewa. There was first an uphill which led to an elevation of the Lupine River. This is where you can traverse the river from Uttarakhand towards Himachal Pradesh via a small wooden bridge crossing an erupting Rupin River. It is among my favorite things to do on a day. Then, I walked upwards slope to Gosling. There was a challenging section here. It was a highway that I needed to walk along a dirt road for around 6 km. We frequently saw cars pass right by us! After a couple of minutes of painting along a dirt road I finally reached the village. Then , it was another uphill route to reach Jiscoon. Jiscoon. When I arrived at Jisukuon I didn’t feel fatigued when I was able to see the homestay and village. The welcome was greeted by a gorgeous wooden and stone host family.


Day 4: Jiskun – Jhaka – Udaknal

The next day the next day, we started our trek by climbing uphill to reach the Jaka village. Jaka. Jaka is the final village before reaching Lupine Pass. On my way to Jaka I had the pleasure of meeting a variety of students in elementary schools who were welcoming me with a hearty “Namaste”. Jaka is also known as a village hanging and it appears to hang from the edge of a cliff. There was a different route to Jaka through the forest to the next camping spot, Udaknar. It was a wonderful camping spot with a perspective from the top of the mountain.


Day 5: Udaknal – Dhanderas Thatch

The next day was completely different from the day before. We walked along the way that the shepherds follow. I also encountered numerous shepherds who had a herd of sheep. There were so many sheep that I was constantly wondering what they were looking at me! At some point, they believed they were an alchemist Santiago seeking new methods and new ways to do things.


Dhanteras Thatch to Upper Waterfall Camp on Day 6

The next day’s hike was fairly brief as we made our way between Dandelas Thatch to the Upper Waterfall camp. It is a climb that requires climbing up a waterfall. After climbing several bridges made of snow I reached a camp site near the Lupine River. As we walked past the site, we were awestruck.


7. Upper Waterfall Camp up to Rata Pheri toRupin Pass to Ronti Gad

The summit day began slightly earlier. We went uphill until we got to the snowline of Rastafari Camp. At this point, I was requested to put on microspikes. In this moment, the meadows we were surrounded by in the past are gone and we’re surrounded by an enormous snowfield. The snow is largely white and you can at first glimpse what is known as Rupin Pass, a small ridge in the Dhauladhar Range.


Day 8: Ronti Gad – Sangla

The summit day began a bit earlier. We went uphill until we got to an altitude of snow near Rastafari Camp. At this moment, I was asked to put on microspikes. In this moment, the meadows we were surrounded by at the time have disappeared and we’re surrounded by an enormous snowfield. The snow is largely white and you can at first glimpse an iceberg called Rupin Pass, a small part of the Dhauladhar Range.


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