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Before you set foot on the exhilarating Rupin Pass Trek, equip yourself with essential knowledge by delving into our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). From eligibility criteria to safety measures, our FAQs cover every aspect of your journey, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience.

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Eligibility

Is Rupin Pass trek adventure good for me?

Trekkers embarking on the Rupin Pass Trek should possess prior experience, having successfully completed a BRS 3 level trek or its equivalent as per Bikat Adventures' guidelines.

What’s a good fitness benchmark for this trek?

If you are able to complete a 4 km Jog Run in 30-35 minutes, you are prepared for the Rupin Pass Trek. To enhance your endurance, aim to run 8 km once a week within an hour. Additionally, incorporate resistance exercises like squats, lunges, and push-ups into your routine. Don't fret if you're unable to meet these criteria immediately; progress comes with practice. By following a structured training plan, you will undoubtedly reach these fitness goals in just a few months.

What skills do I need to have to complete this adventure?

To embark on a high-altitude trek in the Himalayas like the Rupin Pass Trek, it is essential to have a good level of physical fitness and endurance. Familiarity with ascending and descending techniques for mountain trails, as well as knowing how to properly use equipment such as sleeping bags, toilet tents, and sleeping tents, along with understanding mountain etiquette, can greatly enhance the trekking experience.

What is the minimum and maximum age limit?

Participants must be at least 13 years old to join the Rupin Pass Trek. Minors aged between 13 and 17 must be accompanied by their parents or guardians. Individuals over the age of 60 are required to provide a medical certificate from their doctor confirming their fitness for adventure activities such as trekking.

About the activity

Where Rupin Pass trek is located?

The renowned Rupin Pass trek unfolds amidst the picturesque landscapes of Himachal Pradesh. Beginning its journey from the quaint village of Jiskun nestled in the Shimla district, this trek culminates at Sangla in the Kinnaur district, offering a captivating exploration of the region's natural beauty.

What are some highlights of this trek?

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Kinner Kailash range and the Rupin valley along the route of the Rupin Pass Trek. Witness the journey of the Rupin River from its source at the Rupin waterfall, surrounded by lush pine and rhododendron forests, a suspended village, vast glacial valleys, and the challenging ascent of Rupin Pass. From sliding down snow chutes to reaching the peak of a waterfall, every moment on this trek is filled with excitement and adventure! Explore more about this trek in Highlights of Rupin Pass Trek.

What are some of its challenges?

The Rupin Pass trek demands trekkers to conquer various obstacles in order to finish the trail successfully. These obstacles encompass steep inclines and declines, narrow and slick paths, river crossings, as well as areas with unstable rocks and scree. Additionally, trekkers must anticipate abrupt weather shifts due to the region's frequent heavy rainfall and snowfall. Being physically adept and mentally ready for a challenging ascent is crucial for trekkers embarking on this journey through the Rupin Pass.

What is the best season for this?

Ideal periods for embarking on the Rupin Pass trek are during the months of May to June or September to October.

What’s the accommodation type?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, our accommodation consists of twin-sharing tents. Should you prefer your own tent, simply include this request in your booking with an extra charge.

What is the temperature normally at this trek?

The temperature along the Rupin Pass trek fluctuates with the changing seasons and elevations. In summer (May to June), expect daytime temperatures between 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, dropping to 5 to 10 degrees Celsius at night. As autumn (September to October) sets in, temperatures dip further, ranging from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius during the day and plunging below zero at night.

Is it technically challenging?

The Rupin Pass trek presents a significant challenge, particularly for novice or inexperienced trekkers. It features steep inclines and declines, rugged and narrow pathways, river crossings, as well as areas with loose rocks and scree. Successfully navigating this trail demands a good level of physical fitness and agility.

Connectivity

How do I reach the starting point?

The Rupin Pass trek begins at Jiskun, located in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 198 km from Shimla. Direct transportation to Jiskun is not available. To reach there, you can board a bus from Tutikundi bus stand in Shimla to Rohru, and then take a local jeep to Jiskun.

Is there cellular network available throughout?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, cellular coverage extends up to Jiskun, where both BSNL and Vodafone networks are accessible.

Where is the nearest ATM?

You can find the closest ATM in Rohru town along the route to the starting point, Jiskun, for the Rupin Pass Trek.

If I choose to travel to the base with you, what is the pick-up point?

The meeting point for the Rupin Pass Trek is at ISBT Shimla between 7:00 am and 7:30 am for departure to Jiskun, where the trek begins. The cost will be shared among participants and collected on-site. Anticipate arrival in Sangla by early afternoon. Transportation to Shimla can be arranged with an expected arrival time of 12:30 am, with costs divided among participants and settled at the time of booking.

What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

The Rupin Pass trek culminates in the picturesque Sangla Valley, offering stunning views of Chitkul and the valley itself. This destination attracts tourists from across the country who seek to immerse themselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of the mountains. Explore the cultural heritage of the region at Kamru Fort, a tribute to Hindu Goddess Kamakhya Devi, and marvel at the architectural wonder of Bering Nag Temple dedicated to Lord Jagas. Don't miss a visit to Brelengi Gompa, a charming monastery in Sangla. If time permits, consider adding Chitkul to your itinerary for an extended experience. Sangla is renowned for its wood carved artifacts and delicious Kinnaur apples, perfect souvenirs from your trip. For more information, check out Top Attractions near Sangla and Chitkul.

Equipment & Gear

What equipment is provided to us?

Participants in the Rupin Pass Trek will be equipped with standard camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, and mattresses. Additionally, necessary technical climbing equipment will be supplied as needed. Our trek leaders will carry safety gear for rescue operations.

What can I rent from you?

At your service for the Rupin Pass Trek, we offer a range of gear for rent including trekking shoes, poles, fleece jackets, and rucksacks. Should you need anything else, simply reach out to our representative who will gladly help fulfill your requirements.

Where will I receive the rented items?

Participants on the Rupin Pass Trek can collect their rented gear in Jiskun on the first day of the expedition.

Where do I have to return the rented items?

At the conclusion of the Rupin Pass Trek, our guides will retrieve the rented gear from you on the final day of your journey.

What gear do I need to bring?

  • Trekking Gear

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover: Qty - 1

  • Day Pack Bag (Recommended for treks with summit day)

  • Head Torch with spare Batteries: Qty - 1

  • UV protection sunglasses: Qty - 1

  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

  • Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes: Qty - 1

  • Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals: Qty - 1

  • Clothing

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants: Qty - 2

  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts: 1 for every 2 days of trekking

  • Pair of thick woolen socks: 1 pair for every two days of trekking

  • Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower: Qty - 1

  • Undergarments: Qty - 1 for every day of trekking

  • Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck: Qty - 1

  • Full sleeves sweater: Qty - 1

  • Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ): Qty - 1

  • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves: Qty - 1

  • Woolen cap: Qty - 1

  • Sun shielding Hat: Qty - 1

  • Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)

  • Sun screen lotion small pack: Qty - 1

  • Lip Balm small pack: Qty - 1

  • Utensils

  • Small size, Light weight & Leak proof lunch box: Qty - 1

  • Plate: Qty - 1

  • Spoon: Qty - 1

  • Tea/Coffee (plastic) Mug: Qty - 1

  • Miscellaneous

  • Camera (Optional)

  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.

  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)

Prior to our departure, it is advisable to purchase any necessary equipment from Shimla. Jiskun, a quaint village with limited shopping options, may have most items available for purchase but availability could be a concern. It is recommended not to delay any purchases until the last minute.

Facilities & Additional Services

Can I offload my bag?

While it is possible to have your bag carried at an extra charge, we advise against this practice. If you still wish to proceed, you can include a request during your trek booking and arrangements will be made accordingly. Please note that offloading goes against the ethos of trekking by removing elements of endurance and discomfort which form the core of outdoor adventure experiences. This can also have a negative impact on the environment due to the additional resources required on the trail.

Can I leave any extra luggage I carry at the base of this adventure?

Travelers embarking on the Rupin Pass Trek have the option to store their additional luggage either at the Bikat base in Shimla or utilize the cloakroom services available at the bus stand.

What are the meals like?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, participants will enjoy a diverse selection of meals each day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with evening snacks and tea. The menu is predominantly vegetarian but may include eggs on select days. Any dietary restrictions or allergies can be communicated to our local staff during the trek for accommodation. Our aim is to offer a range of foods to prevent monotony and meet nutritional requirements effectively.

What are the washroom/ toilet facilities like?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, our team will dig dry pits and set up toilet tents to ensure safe and secure bathroom facilities at campsites. A shovel will be available inside the toilet tent for use. Please note that water usage in the toilet tent is limited, so it is recommended to bring your own toilet paper. For more challenging expeditions beyond base camp, toilet tents may not be carried to higher camps due to space constraints for pitching the tents.

What should I do if I get my period on this adventure?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, should you unexpectedly start your period and find yourself without sanitary napkins, our trek leaders are prepared to offer assistance. Feel free to inform them if you require any other form of help. Rest assured that our gender-sensitive leaders are ready and able to support you regardless of your gender identity.

What are the medical facilities available to me on this adventure?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, our team is well-prepared to handle any medical emergencies with a stocked first aid kit and essential medications. They are trained to provide immediate assistance for injuries or health concerns. Additionally, for more challenging expeditions, we have a HAPO Bag and oxygen cylinders available to address altitude-related health issues.

Are there any electricity charging points on this adventure?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, we will be immersing ourselves in the wilderness, where electricity is not available for camping.

Mandatory Documents

What documents do I need to carry?

For the Rupin Pass Trek, it is essential to have both your ID Proof and Medical Certificate in hand. Soft copies must be submitted to us beforehand, while the originals must be carried with you throughout the trek.

Do I need insurance for this?

It is strongly advised to obtain insurance for any high-altitude activity such as the Rupin Pass Trek. This insurance should include coverage for rescue, evacuation, emergency services, and medical expenses in case of injury or illness during the trek. You have the option to purchase this insurance independently. Alternatively, you can choose to add it on during the booking process if you would like us to handle it for you.

Do I need a permit for this?

For the Rupin Pass Trek, there are several permits that need to be secured. We handle the permit acquisition for all trekkers, and the costs for these permits are already covered in your trekking package.

Certification

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

Upon completion of the Rupin Pass Trek, participants will be awarded personalized e-certificates featuring their name, the trek name, and the highest altitude reached during the journey. Those who do not complete the trek will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.

When and how will I get the certificate of completion?

After finishing the Rupin Pass Trek, the certificate will be available for viewing on your dashboard on our website. You can then proceed to download it directly from that location.

International Travel

Will I need a Visa?

Travelers embarking on the Rupin Pass Trek in India must ensure they have a valid visa for entry into the country. It is essential for those arriving from abroad to familiarize themselves with the visa application process specific to their home country, which can be conveniently accessed online.

When should I apply for the Visa?

If you are not an Indian citizen, please refer to the online Visa application rules according to your country of origin. This information is not relevant for Indian passport holders planning to undertake the Rupin Pass Trek.

What kinds of insurance do I need to travel here?

Foreign nationals planning to embark on the Rupin Pass Trek in India must ensure they have Travel Medical Insurance that is appropriate for the altitude and activities involved. Please note that Bikat Adventures' insurance policy does not extend to non-Indian citizens, so it is advised not to opt for it during the booking process on our website.

What is the specialty of this when compared to other mountain ranges?

The Himalayas boast the highest peaks on Earth and have always been a haven for thrill-seekers. The diversity in beauty, terrain, scenery, geography, culture, and adventurous possibilities in the Himalayas is unparalleled.

Till which month can I make a booking for this?

Reserve your spot for the Rupin Pass Trek whenever suits you, subject to the availability of slots in our scheduled departure groups. Details can be found at the beginning of this page.

Safety

What is the qualification of the outdoor leader provided to us?

To be eligible to join our team for the Rupin Pass Trek, individuals must hold a certification in Basic Mountaineering Course from one of the five recognized institutes in India. Our team members are equipped with basic medical knowledge and first-aid skills. Additionally, we provide annual on-ground training sessions, known as Adventure Professional Workshop (APW), to refresh existing skills and introduce new ones. During APW, leaders are exposed to approximately 25 rescue topics and techniques not covered in standard courses like BMC and AMC. Practical training involves simulating emergency scenarios to enhance quick thinking and response capabilities.

How do you choose your outdoor leaders?

Our process for selecting and training our trek leaders for the Rupin Pass Trek is thorough and rigorous. Each leader is a certified mountaineer with extensive experience in the field. The interview process lasts nearly 6 months, during which we evaluate a candidate's skills and personality traits. Additionally, they undergo an on-field assignment as part of the hiring process. Trek leaders start by leading easier treks before moving on to more challenging ones as they gain experience and expertise.

Is it safe for women?

Certainly. The ethos of promoting diversity in outdoor adventure is deeply ingrained in our approach to the Rupin Pass Trek. Our commitment extends to ensuring that outdoor spaces are inclusive and safe for individuals of all genders. We actively support women leaders in outdoor activities and ensure that all staff members are sensitive to gender-related issues. Additionally, for solo female trekkers on the Rupin Pass Trek, a separate single-occupancy tent is provided if there are no other women in the group.

What is the ratio of outdoor leader to participants?

The maximum number of participants allowed for the Rupin Pass Trek is 15, with one trek leader assigned for every 8 trekkers.

What do you do in case of an emergency?

Our trek leaders on the Rupin Pass Trek are not only qualified but also equipped to handle unexpected situations on the ground. Before allowing our trekkers to embark, we meticulously analyze the trail during the reconnaissance stage and establish rescue routes. Additionally, we have a dedicated local support team in place at each location to swiftly coordinate emergency services when required.

What are the rescue options on this adventure?

During the Rupin Pass Trek, in case of an emergency, our trek leaders will assist in bringing the individual in need of rescue down to the trailhead for transportation to the nearest healthcare facility. Participants are responsible for covering the cost of rescue, which is not included in the trek fee. However, opting for insurance allows you to claim the rescue expenses by providing necessary documentation such as a doctor's prescription and hospital bills directly to your chosen insurance provider. Bikat Adventures acts as a facilitator and not a part of the insurance agreement; any claims must be raised directly with the insurance company. It is recommended to purchase insurance for added protection, but it is not mandatory to choose our provided option; you can select an insurer of your preference. For further details on insurance terms or assistance, please contact our customer support team.

How do you choose your equipment?

During our Rupin Pass Trek, we ensure that all equipment used is thoroughly tested, well-maintained, and of top-notch quality. Our priority is to constantly seek out the highest quality gear available in the market to guarantee maximum safety for all participants on our treks and expeditions.

Can I attempt this adventure if I have a specific medical condition?

The appropriate choice will vary based on the specifics of your health condition. Feel free to contact us, and our team will assist you in determining the most suitable option. If this doesn't suit you, there are numerous other selections available in our extensive range for your next exciting experience, such as the Rupin Pass Trek.

Sustainability

What kind of camping do you practice on your outdoor adventures?

Discover our mobile campsites stationed along every trail. Explore the rationale behind our strong opposition to Fixed Camping by delving into the article Arguments Against Permanent Campsites in the Himalayas. Explore more about this topic in relation to the Rupin Pass Trek.

Why are you against fixed camping in the outdoors?

The inquiry at hand delves into intricacies and warrants a multifaceted response. Put simply, the adverse impact on the cherished environment is the primary concern.

How do you manage overcrowding on certain trails?

To prevent overcrowding on popular trails like the Rupin Pass Trek, we implement several strategies. These include limiting group sizes to 15 people, capping the number of trekkers on a trail at 250 per season, exploring new trails to distribute the crowd, and encouraging trekkers to explore uncharted territories with us. Our innovative dynamic pricing system offers discounts for less crowded trails, effectively dispersing trekking crowds. Expanding internationally allows us to reduce pressure on the Himalayan landscape and create unique experiences for our community. For a comprehensive overview of our initiatives, refer to Simple solutions to overcrowding on Himalayan Treks.

What are some things to remember when using a dry toilet?

When trekking along the Rupin Pass, it's important to adhere to certain guidelines: avoid using water, refrain from discarding non-biodegradable items in the pits, bring your own toilet paper, and always ensure to maintain cleanliness by covering up after use. The rest of the process mirrors that of using a traditional Indian household toilet.

Why should I avoid wet wipes in the outdoors?

The majority of wet wipes are not environmentally friendly, as they are not biodegradable and can take over a century to break down. This poses a significant challenge for those aiming to minimize their impact on the environment, especially during activities like the Rupin Pass Trek.

Where should I dispose of my sanitary waste if I am on my period?

Navigating the current scenario may pose a challenge, but it is not without solutions. As the majority of our sanitary waste is non-biodegradable, we suggest carefully wrapping your pads and tampons, placing them in a sealed bag, and carrying them back to lower grounds for proper disposal. Should you lack zip-lock bags, feel free to approach our trek leaders for assistance as they are equipped to furnish you with the necessary supplies.

Why should I carry my own utensils on an outdoor adventure?

Participants on the Rupin Pass Trek are required to manage their own eating utensils and ensure their cleanliness. To uphold hygiene standards, we do not supply plates and spoons. Additionally, washing your utensils in cold water can enhance the experience of living at high altitudes.

Booking Process

What happens after I Make the payment?

Upon completing the payment, you will promptly receive an email containing your booking confirmation, a packing list, and an undertaking form. Subsequent emails will provide detailed information on necessary documents, physical and mental preparation tips for the trek, as well as specifics like the pick-up location on the first day. To ensure our correspondence reaches you smoothly, kindly add [email protected] to your trusted email contacts. A Whatsapp group will be created a few weeks before the trip where our team members will also be present. Any queries regarding the trek can be addressed within this group. Updates regarding transportation pick-up points, timings, accommodations, and more will also be communicated through the Whatsapp group.

Do you create a Whatsapp group of participants before the start date of the activity?

Prior to the Rupin Pass Trek, we establish a Whatsapp group to ensure seamless and transparent communication leading up to the departure date.

Do I need to submit a medical certificate?

Prior to commencing the Rupin Pass Trek, it is essential to provide us with a soft copy of this document, as well as carry the original with you throughout the trek.

Do I need to submit an undertaking form?

Certainly! Following your booking for the Rupin Pass Trek, we will send you an electronic undertaking form via email. Kindly complete and submit this form back to us as part of the booking process.

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