Day 01: Dehradun to Dhaula (1580m) 210km (7h)
The drive from Dehradun to Dhaula passes through the towns of Mussoorie and the villages of Nainbagh, Damta, Naugaon, Purola and Mori. After Mori, it is a beautiful drive along the Rupin River through mixed oak and connifer forests. We reach Dhaula by evening. Overnight in camps.
Day 02: Dhaula (1580m) to Sewa (2000m) to Aaligad (7 h)
This is the first day of our trek. Initially the trail is on the true left of the valley. It crosses over to the true right at Dola, where the dirt road ends. The trail follows the true right of the valley climbing up gradually. Pisa and Khana villages are seen across the river. The trail climbs up high above the river to Danti Dhar. The trail passes through beautiful rhododendron forest. Sewa has a beautiful Hindu temple and lies on the border of the two states. We camp a little after the village on the banks of the river at a site known as Aaligad.
Day 03: Aaligad to Jakha (2300m) (4-5h)
The trail continues along the true right of the valley. The trail is fairly gradual, going past the two large but remote villages of Dodra and Kuar. This region has recently been connected by road from Rohru (Shimla Region). The road is being extended till Jakha. Cross the bridge below Kuar village and take the path climbing up to the village. This path will join the trail on the true right below Jiskun village. From here the trail steeply climbs to Jiskun, which is located high above the confluence of Rupin and Narkund Khad. Jiskun has a small forest rest house. Continuing along the path, we descend steeply to a side tributary and a steep climb to Jakha.
Day 04: Jakha (2650m) to Burans Kandi – (5-6h)
It is a beautiful walk through the blue pine and maple forest. After a while the trail starts to descend to the river. There is a small bridge taking the trail to the true left of the valley. We camp overnight beside the river beside a spot frequented by shepherds.
Day 05: Burans Kandi to upper Waterfall (3450m) – (6-7h)
The forest changes to silver Birch and rhododendron leading to alpine meadows. In season, the area looks spectacular with wild flowers and blue poppies. There is an impressive waterfall in the middle of the valley leading up to the pass.
Day 06: Upper Waterfall camp (3450m) to Rupin Pass (4690m) via Rata Peri, further on to Ronti Gad (3990 m); (10-11 h)
There are excellent views of the hanging glaciers and snow fields on the way to the pass. It is a fairly narrow and steep path through the boulders; in case of snow a rope maybe used. From the pass, one can witness great views of the Kinnaur Kailash range. We descend to the alpine meadows with lots of camping options.
Day 07: Ronti Gad to Kanda to Sangla (2650m) – (6-7h)
Today is a beautiful short trek through blue pine, deodar and oak forest overlooking the Sangla valley. It is a fairly steep descent to Sangla, which is a town connected by road to Shimla.