Fixed route and Distance:
Jiskun to Jakha::Trek 3.5 km
Jakha to DhanderasThatch :: Trek 12 km.
Dhanderas Thatch to Rati Pheri:: Trek 4 km.
Rati Pheri to Rontigad::Trek 11 km.
Rontigad to Sangla by SanglaKanda:: Trek 6 km.
Mountain Range: Dhauladhars.
Passes: Rupin Pass, Chashal Pass.
Streams: The trek has many snow fed rivulets, brooks and streams with major river (Rupin) as its main depository.
Caves: The trails used as major adventurous treks were frequently used by shepherds, traders and travellers in historical era and have many caves in between where they used to stay at night but they are off trek and not used as tent camping at a comfortable place are a great option today.
Forts or Palaces: The region has no forts to boast of but it can rightly brag of two royal palaces at Kotkhai and Local Culture and tradition: People have deep faith in Local Devi-Devta. Women wear suits, Jubbal. Though not open for common public, the present palace are an impressive structure. The one atKotkhai has a sturdy, typically indigenous and unmistakably prominent structure which can be seen while travelling to Jubbal. It stands on a narrow spur formed by two rivulets that run on three sides. The other at Jubbal has a massive wooden door as the main entrance; about 18 ft. high and 7 ft. wide covered with copper and studded with coins- an ancient practice in region which you can see on the wooden doors of every temple. Old furniture, ancient artefacts and a rich Sanskrit and Persian books library with enhance its grandeur.
Villages: After Rohru you will cross Samoli, Seema, Badiyara, Mandli, Chirgaun, Sandhasu, Tikri, Ghatsari, Shiladesh, Larot, Chanshal and Dodra, Jiskun before Jhaka. Chirgaun is the last place to have a health centre. You can get some basic medicines in Jakha also
Demographics: According to2011 census,the sub district Rohru is home to more than 49 thousand people, among them about 26 thousand (52%) are male and about 24 thousand (48%) are female of whom 70% are from general caste, 30% from schedule caste and 1% consists of schedule tribes. 10% of the children are under the age of 6 have 52% boys and 48% girls. There are about 11 thousand households in the sub district with an average 4 persons each.
Temples: Hateshwari Temple at Hatkoti and Village god temple in Jiskun is must see as are in your way though there are many more to see and appreciate.
Ghrats: These are the traditional flour grinding mills which run by the flow of water. You can see one at Tikri.
Art (Wooden/ Stone): Traditional Houses and temples are made up of Deodar wood and stone blocks with minute carvings on doors and pillars. They are earthquake resistant.
Food: Red rice, Siddu(Stuffed Steamed Bread buns), bade (More like Vadda) and Poldu(softer and thicker puri).Dhidhde (ColocasiaFritters) Red Rice of Pejaa is very famous.
Folktales: The region has many folk tales about the origin and origin places of their God and Goddesses and primitive conflict between different villagers. Every village and their god have many tales to be explored.
Local Culture: People have deep faith in Local Devi-Devta. Women wear suits, Dhatu( a scarf)and Sadri (a Jacket) where as Men Wear Kurta Pajama, Sadri and Pahari Topi.
Fair and Festivals: If you will come in April during Baishaki you may see the color of local culture in Local Festivals, Vishu but if you are planning to tour in early September you may attend Jagra.
Public and Private Transport: Till Shimla one can reach by train, bus or plane but to reach Mandli forest rest house or at any other rest house at Rohru, one can take Govt. Buses, private Buses and private tracks are the main modes of transportation but one can hire private taxi also to and from Shimla.
Altitude:7,967 ft (2,276 m)
Mode of travelling: Train/ Bus/ Taxi/ Airplane
We advise you to reach Shimla a day before the expedition to adjust yourself to the climate and altitude. Roam around leisurely and explore the trees, market and sunset in the mountains. Relax and get ready for the thrill.
Altitude:7,967 ft (2,276 m) / 5,003 ft (1,525 m)
Duration: Drive 120 km, 4-5 hours Drive
Mode of travelling: Car/ Bus/Traveller
A pickup will be arranged on sharing bases from Shimla. The first stop will be at Kufri, a beautiful place with higher altitude. Kufri offers an open view of the valley with mountains all around. The journey will be resumed after a hot breakfast. The road by the Giri-Ganga will lead you to the spell bounding dense forest and apple orchards all around. At Kharapather you will see the Jubal Valley full of Apple orchards. The road descends leading you to the historical temple of Hateshwarimata at Hatkoti. The temple has an Ashtadhatu idol of deviDurga to be worshipped as Mahisashurmardini. The stone temple of Shiva nearby ancient Pandavas’ toy houses is very unique. The temple has a small cave and many stories to tell. Later the Group will head towards the Mandli Forest rest house passing Rohru, Samoli, Seema, Badiyara and Mandli. In evening, a bon fire will be arranged by the riverside to enjoy soul satisfying music of nature.
Altitude:5,003ft (1,525 m) /7,700 ft (2,347 m)
Duration: Drive 97km, 5-6 hours Drive
Mode of travelling: Car/ Bus/Traveller
The morning session of the Day2 starts with some technical training activities making you accustomed to the hurdles you face during the Trek. It is followed by some adventurous activities to warm up before the challenge. After the technical training group drives towards next destination Jiskun passing Chirgaun, Sandhasu, Tikri by crossing the river Pabbar to Ghatsari, Shiladesh, Larot to Chanshal . Take a halt as Chanshal pass is not something to miss. It is a snowy gorgeousness at a high altitude of 3,755 (12,467ft) above the sea level. Named after the valley, the pass offer a beautiful luxury of sunrise and its beautiful aura spreading all around the valleys and mountains just from one place as has a 360 degree view. The pass sits atop Chanshal Peak, which at 4,520 metres (14,830 ft) and is a serene and beautiful destination nearby Rohru, Shimla. It assures you to mesmerize you with its natural settings. This cliff road remains open from May to October and is covered with snow for the rest of the year. The pass is easily accessible from Larot, the nearby village. The steep road to Larot is excellent with a fair amount of freshly laid tar but the boulder climb was extremely steep at places. One km before Larot was Shiladesh The entire stretch of Shiladesh, Larot and beyond had apple orchards flanking the narrow and steep climb.
The summit offers good views of the scenic beauty of the Himalayas. Not only will you have the chance to stop and soak in the amazing view of the sky-reaching peaks near the pass, you’ll also get a chance to engage in some photography and natural sightseeing. Get going and pass Dodra before reaching Jiskun. The journey opens up the beautiful valley in front of our eyes and the forests become denser step by step. At Jiskun the trip offers a wooden home-stay and thus a chance of lots of communication with the people around wearing their traditional attires of Dhatu, Sadri and PhadiTopi.
Altitude: 7,700 ft (2,347 m) to 8,700 ft (2,652 m)
Duration: A Moderate trek of 3.5 km 4 hours
Mode of travelling: Trekking
Fill your water bottles and get ready for your next destination Jakha, a small village with very few people. It is your first day of trek so get accustomed to it as the trek climbs for 4 hours with intervals to drink deep the beauty of nature. Enjoy the view of dense forests and Jakha, a uniquely positioned village at the utmost edge of the mountain making it appears to hanging through the cliff. The people are warm and talk of many stories of their British Era prosperity. Roaming around the village and exploring the unique fields, wooden houses with Slate roof and wooden temples called Deothi, is a pleasure. Have interaction with the nature in raw in tents or with people and their tradition, attires, food and beliefs in home stay. Noticethe architecture of their houses and attires as you will find the similarities with that of Jakha and Kinnaur region. The people are nice and warm and welcome with an open heart. Most of them are of satsangi religious sect and are pure vegetarian. It is the highest and last village on the Rupin Pass trek.