Grouphunt X Singapore Adventurous Nature Lovers brings you an exciting trek through Rupin Pass in Himachal Pradesh, India.
(10 slots reserved for Grouphunt members)
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:30 PM to Changi Airport Terminal 2
Rupin Pass is a high altitude pass across the Himalaya mountain range in state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies on a traditional shepherd and hiking route which starts from Uttarakhand and ends in Himachal Pradesh. If there is a classic trek in India, it has to be the Rupin Pass. This trek is like an orchestra building up momentum with surprises in scenery every hour or so. With every step, the trek throws up a new vista to see, a new scenery to unfold. All along, to complement the scenery, the blue waters of the Rupin runs along, sometimes rushing, at times gliding by. It culminates in the famous three stage water fall of the Rupin. In the higher reaches the trek passes through superb snow fields. The pass crossing through an echoing snow filled gully is an adrenaline high. The Rupin Pass trek has got it all: hanging villages, terrific forests, glacial meadows, hundreds of water falls and a gushing pass crossing. As a complete experience Rupin is the trek to do.
Review by our Indian Partner : Right away, the Rupin Pass is our number one trek. The trek surprises every hour with its changes in scenery. The Rupin pass-crossing is an adventure on its own. The adventure starts at the lower water fall,where you crane your neck to see the snout of the waterfall, only to be told by your trek leader that the snout is the location of your next camp. On the last stretch, the climb through the Rupin Pass gully makes you feel part of a climbing expedition. If there is a trek that grips you by the scruff of your neck and doesn’t let go until it is over, it is the Rupin Pass.
In Sept - Oct; the valley throws off its snow blanket and bursts to life! Haze disappears, paving way for clear blue skies. Spectacular mountains present themselves all around you, as far as you can see. And the sunsets and sunrises are absolute spectacles to watch, with unimaginable colours painted on the sky.
Picture this. A turn around a corner and you’ll see a towering waterfall, look down to see a snow bridge, scan the horizon and you’ll see hundreds of water falls, a river flowing down the valley. Hanging villages, meadows, ancient fir forests…the Rupin Pass trek has got it all!
________ How difficult is the trek? _____________
Rupin Pass is a rated moderate-difficult trek. On an average you trek 10 km every day. You have to be well prepared to be able to cover this distance with ease. Terrain is another factor which determines difficulty. In September and October the landscape will be rugged. There will be rocky patches with boulders, these portions can be demanding.
________What are the risks involved? _______
Altitude is gained gradually but the Rupin Pass trek takes you to 15,350 feet (4,679 m). This is considered very high altitude. There are changes of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness. To prevent this you must stay well hydrated. It is recommended that you be on a course of Diamox starting from Delhi. On the pass crossing day, you climb a narrow, steep portion. The gully to Rupin pass is short yet taxing but technical guides will lead your way and make sure that nothing untoward happens.
____ Are you game for this ? Who is suitable ?____
Rupin pass is reserved only for seasoned trekkers. It is recommended for those who have prior high altitude trekking experience. Past experience in trekking is useful but not essential. You have to love camping & no showering throughout the whole trek.
Intermediate hikers ONLY or members who does some exercise at least once a week. There will be steep ascent & climbing at high altitude & with thin air + in cold temperature.
This is NOT a "free and easy" adventure trip. Participants should be relatively fit, with a good sense of humor, and above all, a accommodating character - as our plan maybe disrupted esp. so being into the mountains areas. Weather & mountain road conditions is the 2 key factors. Although every effort will be made to stick to the given itinerary, ground conditions may change and cause some disruption and/or deviation from the norm.
Most definitely, this is not a trip for prudes, faultfinder, whiners, fuss-pots or those inflexible & calculative, and other similarly assorted types !
We reserve the right without prejudice to return payment and not permit participation - without the obligation to explain or give any reason.
QUALIFICATION - WHO IS SUITABLE ?
[Compulsory to answer all these questions]
Eligibility Guidelines for Rupin Pass Trek
- BMI upper limit is 26. Please calculate your BMI here. Your BMI will be checked at the base camp again.
- U must not have any medical conditions related to blood, lung or hearts & should be living an active lifestyle or regular exercises in any form. There is NO requirements that you must done a > 3000 m trek before. With proper preparation - AMS can be managed even for anyone who never done a high alttitude treks.
- Fitness requirement for those below 35: Should be able to jog a distance of 10 km in 60 mins once a week and 5 km in 30 mins, 3 times a week.
- For those above 35: Brisk walk at the speed of 9 minutes per kilometer. Must be able to cover 4 km in 36 mins.
If you fall short of any of these requirements but still want to trek please talk to us before registering.
Please go through this list:
1) Be reasonably fit and have done some trekking and climbing within the last 6 months or does regular exercises that increase your heart beats to a good rate ?
2) Able to climb 40 - 50 floor staircase without stopping ?
3) Able to carry a load of 8 kilos and trek for 6 hours duration ?
Please ensure that you deem yourself fit for this trip before deciding to join this trip. The organisers are not responsible for your decision. However, the organisers reserve the right without prejudice to return payment and not permit participation of anyone.
_____________ Flight To book _______________
Date of departure : 28 Sept 2017
Date of return : 10 Oct 2017
Note on date deviation : If you chose to deviate from our event dates; either arriving earlier or departing at later date : you are on your own. Getting to our start point is at your own cost & arrangement. It's very difficult to compensate you on the cost incur by your tour deviation. Organizers will provide exact location for you to link up.
LAND cost : SGD 900 (Excluding Airfare)
**Please note that when you pay through Grouphunt, you have already secured yourself a slot on the trip. A follow up email containing further instructions will be sent to you within 24 hours upon payment.**
Accommodation day 1 to day 12 : during the trek (lodges & camping) + after trek
Land transport : Airport to Trek Base camp + Return end point to airport
All meals starting from Base camp till trek end - Indian vegetarian only
(Jain: no garlic/onions upon request)
Trekking permits and forest camping charges
Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
Guaranteed 2 person to a tent
Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher)
Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering courses)
Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters / mules)
Transport to and from the base camp
2-night hotel Stay in Shimla city
Guided tour in Shimla
Transport Sangla - Shimla - Chandigarh
Backpack offloading charges - Mules are used as porter
Personal expenses of any kind
Anything not stated from the inclusions above
_____________ Upper Waterfall Campsite ________
Day 0 : SIN - DEL - DED [Dehradun]
Day 1 : Pick up at 7:30am from Dehradun Airport. Drive to Dhaula 10-11 hours
Day 2 : Dhaula 5167 ft to Sewa 6100 ft; 11 km, 6 hr
Day 3 : Sewa 6100 ft to Jiskun 7658 ft; 9 km, 5 hr
Day 4 : Jiskun 7658 ft to Udaknal 10,000ft; 6 km, 5 hr
Day 5 : Udaknal 10,000 ft to Dhanderas thatch 11738 ft; 6 km, 5 hr
Day 6 : Acclimatization Day at Dhanderas Thatch
Day 7 : Dhanderas thatch 11738 ft to Upper Waterfall camp 14327ft or Rati Pheri camp 2 hr
Day 8 : Upper Waterfall camp 14327ft to Rupin Pass 15350 ft via Rati Pheri, further on to Ronti Gad 13084ft; 10-11 hr
Day 9 : Ronti Gad 13084ft to Sangla 8530 ft Via Sangla Kanda 11427ft; 6hr = Trek end, Sangla drive to Shimla
Day 10 : Check in Shimla hotel, 2am @ 2,276 m
Day 11 : Relax day in Shimla [either short tour or gpr dinner]
Day 12 : Shimla drive to Chandigarh to catch flight : IXC - BOM - SIN
Day 13 : Arrive SIN @ 0925 hrs
Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. Its unbridled beauty, resulted it was once the Summer Capital of the British in India. It is amongst the most famous and highly visited hill stations in the country. Nestled in the lower Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 2200m, Shimla is surrounded by dense forests of Pine, Oak and Deodar trees.
In the event the organizer cancels the event the full money will be refunded.
Details briefing & packing list : will be email to confirm participants only.
Tour will be led by Chua Tien Seng, certificated Professional Tour Leader by : Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS) designed by NATAS Professional Tour Leading Programme Certificate of Achievement : TMIS - CA - 160026 WDA Statement of Attainment (SOA) : 160000000414885 & 160000000414866 dated 18 July 2016
Organized jointly with : Rockerfellas Adventure Pte. Ltd.
STB Travel Agents’ License No. 02861
Singapore Adventurous Nature-Lovers Meetup is an amateur adventure platform that welcomes all
outdoor adventure seekers. By joining the activities, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the activities leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the trips from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof.
Disclaimer Terms of Participation as Follows:
1) If the participant does not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date and time, the organizer will not wait for the participant. There is no refund of any money paid.
2) No refund will be given if you cannot turn up. However; Replacement is acceptable subject to whether you can find one.
3) It is a fundamental condition that the participant acknowledges that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The itinerary is taken as a guideline only. The organizer can not be hold responsible or liable for any delays caused by accidents, strikes, government regulations, weather or natural casualties, etc.
4) The participant understands that during the course of the trip certain events may occur, including, but not limited to, accident or illness, political instability and the forces of nature. The participant agrees to assume all risks associated with the journey. While safety measures will be in place, the organizer can not be hold responsible or liable for any personal injuries to the participants.
5) We are arranging the trip for our own self expedition & our dear group members. This is just like friends going on a informal trips together and we just volunteer to do all co-ordination & collects payments in advance.
6) As we’re not travel agents and still have our own full time jobs to focus on, besides being able to make prior commitment to any logistics arrangements; for our own convenience we seek member's understanding & agreement that we would be collecting payment in advance.
7) There is also no way we can issue receipts for any payment. We are not a company or society.
8) All activities are subject to weather conditions.
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