Jhaka Village “A Hanging Village “, Snow Bridges, Waterfalls views ,Views of Kinner Kailash
Day 1 : Dehradun to Dhaula (5100 ft) 200 Km drive – 8-9 hours
Pickup in the morning from Dehradun railway station and can take up to 9 hours with lunch break. The major points are Mussorie, Yamuna Pool, Damta, Nawgaon, Purola, Mori and Naitwar. Mori is the last place where you get mobile networks! From Netwar onward you will be inside Govind National Park area and at the Forest Check Post entries are made. Dhaula is a small village with few home-stays for shelter. We camp for the night beside Rupin.
Day 2 : Dhaula to Sewa (6,300ft) 7 Km - 5/6 hours
From campsite it takes the wide trail and cross the Rupin for the first time. The walk is gentle along the river valley with very low gradient. One moderate climb of 40 min takes us to the village of Datadhar. From here it will take almost 3 hrs to Sewa including rest. The village is a small one with a tea shop and a small lodge. Wooden crafted temple in the village depicts the influence of Kinnaur culture. After crossing a short jungle stretch we descent to the river bed and cross a side stream called Aligad.
Day 3: Sewa to Jhaka (8,700 ft) 12 Km - 6/7 hours
From Sewa, you will take the trail along the river and then a steady comfortable climb to hit a motor road under construction inside Himachal Pradesh. We take the wide and levelled road on our right along the Rupin to walk around an hour to get a diversion on the road. Our road is on the left towards Gosangu. Another almost 3 kilometre walking on almost flat surface and then a climb of around 500 ft takes us to the first house of the village Jiskun. A tea and noodles shop welcomes the trekkers. After crossing village Jiskun, descent inside the jungle to cross the stream. This is a good spot to have our packed lunch. From this point it is another 1 hour climb to Jhaka village through the forest with mixed plantation of Deodar and Walnut.
Day 4: Jhaka to Suruwas Thatch (10,500 ft) 7 Km – 5-6 hours
The trail is well defined, passes through the field of Jhaka village, enters a forests where trees of fir standing tall depicting centuries old, pristine civilization. A turn in the trail past crossing the forest and landscapes changes itself to snow patches. Follow the snow bridge over Rupin, cross the bridge and a walk on a narrow trail till another wooden bridge. Half an hour more walk on the boulders and hoping through the streams flowing within the rocky paths along the left of Rupin, you will enter into meadow, on which rest the Rhododendron trees of different colour. Another walk few kilometre and you are at your next campsite Suruwas Thatch. Relax yourself well and admire the nature’s different shades on the perfect campsite, a serene u shaped valley in the middle of trees, with the sight of Rupin water fall far away. Camp for the night.
Day 5: Suruwas Thatch to Dhanderas Thatch (11,300 ft) 4 Km ,3 hours
Today’s distance is very short but we are gaining height step by step. From today we will quickly gaining height till our summit point. So better to acclimatization in surrounding. We walk on almost level ground and amidst the meadows while we can see no of waterfalls feeding Rupin River. The trail goes through the lash green pastures to our campsite at Dhanderas Thach (Lower waterfall).
Day 6: Dhanderas Thatch to Upper Water Fall 13,400 ft, 3.5 Km - 4 hours
We will cover this distance early in the morning as we have to cross snow patch. It is better to be climbing when it is hard and early morning will be the perfect time to do. Small day’s trek will give us a much needed recuperation on high altitude before crossing the pass. Trail nature differs based upon the time you choose to trek. Camp for the night.
Day 7: Water Fall to Ronti Gad over Rupin Pass, 11 Km - 8/9 hours
We will start early in the morning to cross the pass. From waterfall the climb is steep and demanding. After an hour we will be at Rata Feri, from here normal up and down till base of Rupin Pass. We climb up slowly because of less oxygen level in surrounding. The exciting climb ends at Rupin Pass and the view is mesmerising. You can see Mt.Kinnaur Kailash range on the northern side while the Rupin valley in the south. Spending around half an hour we start descending. From top distance is around 6-7 Km and may take 5 hours till our next camp site. We camp for the night.
Day 8: Ronti Gad to Sangla,4 Km - 2 hours
Today is our last day of trek and we start in the morning to descend to the Baspa river valley. The height loss is rapid till we reach Sangla Kanda. This is a meadow and has a small lake. There are small settlements of the villagers for summer and monsoon season. We go down further to enter in to the tree line again and finally to the village of Sangla. There is a bridge to cross the Baspa River and climb up to the motor able road at Sangla. Trek ends here.
If you are beginner kindly offload your backpack, because trekking with heavy backpack in mountains is not an easy task especially when you are carrying around 8-10 kg uphill.
If you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter.
Charges of offloading backpack 350 per Day. Inform us in advance so
that we can arrange.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover.
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.
Regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
there is rail network between Dehradun to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Kolkata etc. From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205) From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009) From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019) From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)
Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
Backpack (40-60 liter): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
Two warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.