Trip Facts
Activity
Strenuous
Maximum Elevation
5,265M
Trip Length
21 Days
Trip Mode
Camping +Tea House
Minimum
+2 Pax

Overview

Rupina-La Pass Manaslu Trek

• Grade – Strenuous
• Duration – 22 Days
• Trekking Duration – 18 Days
• Maximum Altitude – 5265m
• Trip Mode – Camping +Tea house

Rupina-La Pass Manaslu Trek is located in the central Himalaya and is one of most picturesque, pristine and least crowded trails in the lower Manaslu region.It used to be the summer trade route between Central Himalayan villages and Tibet.
The trekking season for the Rupina-La trek starts in late March running to May and then again from the end of September to November.

The first few days of the trek are warm, followed by a few colder days when the high Himalayan peaks are in view but descending into the Budhi Gandaki Valley it can be quite warm again.

Rupina-La pass is a bit difficult in snowy conditions and even though it is not that high compared to other passes you can easily lose your way in the Buddha Himal Valley.On this trek, all the camp equipment needs to be carried. In general, the Rupina-La trek is a magnificent and serious wilderness trek that should not be missed by adventure and nature lovers.

Rupina-La Pass Manaslu Trek drives from Kathmandu to Baluwa or Barpaks takes 8 /9 hours. The road conditions permitting, even Barpak, the big, beautiful village atop a hill inhabited by the ethnic group of the Gurungs, can be reached by road. The Gurungs served in the British Gorkha Army. Spending an extra day in Barpak gives you the opportunity to explore the village and climb Dharche Hill for a magnificent view of the mountains and the lower valley. From Barpak, we follow the ridgeline with its beautiful views to finally set up camp above the tree line. After the magnificent Himalayan foothills, the ascending of Rupina-la pass may be a difficult day, especially in icy conditions. Consequently, descending will also be a bit challenging but after a few hours we reach the day’s destination, Buddha Himal base camp. The following days we walk among beautiful lakes, rivers and the massive glaciers of Gorkha and Rani Peak below the tree line, which is not often seen in the Himalaya. After our days in the remote and beautiful wilderness of the valley we reach the village of Nyak on the ridge far above the Budhi Gandaki River valley. The trek down to the valley can be challenging in unfavorable conditions but once on them a in trail walking is very comfortable. The last few days, the trek runs along the Budhi Gandaki River valley, passing unique places like hot springs. At the end of the trek, we get on the bus in Sotik hola, which takes us safely back to Kathmandu on an 8-hour drive.

Or you can combine your trek to original Manaslu Circuit or with Tsum valley trek as your choice and interest.

 

 

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel
    O/ N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 02: Half day city Tour/ trek briefing and preparation and welcome dinner
    O/ N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 03: KTM – Drive to Barpak to start the Manaslu Rupina Larke pass trek (1,915m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 04: Barpak –Trek to Diling Kharka (3,100m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 05: Diling Kharka –Trek to Gar Kharka (2,900m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 06: Gar Kharka –Trek to Sanrung Kharka / Rupinala Base (3,800m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 07: Crossing over the Rupina-la pass and tent camp at Boudha Himal B.C. (3,600m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 08: Boudha Himal B.C. –Trek to Jongchet(3,400m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 09: Jongchet –Trek to Zhong Kharka (2,960m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 10: Zhong Kharka –Trek to Nyak / Nyak phedi
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 11: Nyak –Trek to Ghap (2,400m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 12: Ghap -Trek to Lho (3,180m)
    O/N in Tent – BLD
  • Day 13: Lho – Trek to Samagaun (3500 m.)
    O/N in Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Samagaun – Trek to Samdo (3,840m)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Samdo rest day or hiking about (5,000m)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 16: Samdo – Trek to Dharamsala (5,160m)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)

  • Day 17: Dharamsala – Trek to Vimtang (35,90m) via crossing Larke –La (5,260m) 8 -9hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 18: Vimtang – Trek to Tilche (2,300m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 19: Tilche – Trek to Dharapani and catch the Jeep to Besishar (820m) 3-4hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 20: Besisahar – Katmandu Drive by privet vehicle 6-7 hrs
    O/N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 21: Free day and shopping Farewell dinner
    O/N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 22: Final departure gets back to home, Share experience with family unforgettable memory of Rupina –La and Manaslu circuit Trek

Important Note

The above itinerary is a guidelines and a standard outline we advise to help you to plan your trip, we can be modified and offer Tailor–Made trips according to your requirements and availability of the time frame, before trip booked. But when trip starts your Leader or guide only legally responsibly to change itineraries foremost group interest.

Itinerary

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, You will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing P Ltd with proper greeting. You will be taken to the hotel where you have your time to settle in and freshen up.

Overnight at Hotel – (BB)

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit our office there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. After short briefing you can hang out to the necessary places you might need to go before trekking like, Money changer, ATM, Market ETC. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing. For dinner, you will be served excellent cuisine.

Overnight at Hotel (BDB)

We can take private or local bus service to reach barpak. Half of this road is Off-road and little bit rugged trail. We pass through many zig zag road, Lots Mountain and several small big rivers including Budi Gandaki Gorge.lot of ascending and descending through the forest and Gurung ethnic dominant villages. In 25th April 2015 massif earth quake of 7.9 magnitude rocked Barpak that badly damaged many houses, forcing number of residents, who spent nights in open area and emergency shelter. This naturally decorated village turned into mess within the minute because of devastating natural force killing many people and leaving hundreds of people injured. But the village is under reconstruction and instate of reincarnation again. Earthquake did affect the residents but the beauty and purity is still the same. The flock of tourist, students, NGOs- INGOs, government staffs and diplomat is significantly increasing in rapid manner. Our Manaslu Rupina Larke passes trek start from here.

Overnight in Tent- BLD

Barpak –Trek to Diling Kharka (3,100m)

Overnight in Tent – BLD

Diling Kharka –Trek to Gar Kharka (2,900m)

Overnight in Tent – BLD

After having breakfast we tart our trel towards Sanrung Kharka as well as Rubina La Phedi. This is going to be quite short walk but quite high compare to previous day walk. descend to camp siteand continue to Sanrung Kharka on the way we can enjoy the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Shringi Himal.

Overnight in Tent – BLD

After having breakfast, we start our trek toward Rupina La pass following steep trail. The trek ascending to Rubina La Pass then trek descent to Bauddha Himal B.C.

Overnight  in Tent – BLD

Boudha Himal B.C. –Trek to Jongchet (3,400m)

Overnight  in Tent – BLD

Jongchet –Trek to Zhong Kharka (2,960m)

Overnight at Tent – BLD

After having breakfast we start to walk our destination, we walk through the forest and some villages; most of part is descending part to be final point of day camp. We follow on the left side of chhilung khola passing through Gomna and Serang village to Nyak village then descend to Nyak Phedi.

Overnight in Tent – BLD

After having breakfast we start our trek from Nayak, we walk along the upstream of Deng River where we will observe a small village of 4 houses. We trek through a recently built rock tunnel avoiding the traditional vertical climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan way of life starts with Mani stones and chortens on all sides.

Overnight in Tent – BLD

After having breakfast, we cross the wooden bridge above Budhi Gandaki to tag along the path with series of houses spread with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post once more. We come across the Hinan River starting off from Linda Glacier and go on to Sho. We can get a bewutiful view of Manaslu north (7774 m.), Naike peak and Manaslu (8150 m.) from here.

Overnight in Tent – BLD

After breakfast we start trek towards Samagaun. We walk to Gomba and then go up to the calm Tibetan settlement of Shayla with amazing peak landscape. Then, we walk through the alpine forest and reach Pung Gyan Gomba, all the way through the pastures and ultimately to the 500 years old community of Sama Gaon. Dzongka Dzong (castle) lying in the border of Tibet. After having short break we can hike up to the ancient Gomba and wander the area of the attractive Sama Gaon village.

Overnight in Tent – BLD

After breakfast from Sama Gompa, We trek through the long Mani walls and Chorten at Kermo Kharka then go down to the Budi Gandaki and walk around old settlement of Samdo settlers, Tibetan. This is trade point of China and India long time ago. We will observ lifestyle of local people such as keeping livestock like yaks, goats, sheep etc. and training their horses and cultivating barley.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

towards our next distination. We will spend the day in Samdo to explore the village. We could hike up the valley. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. We will also encounter some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we will trek towards Dharamshala. We will cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and cross two streams. We will see the Larkya Glacier as we go around the valley of the Salka Khola The walk is short and pleasant.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho.  A short walk takes us to Tilije.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast, we move in a stone paved path passing through a beautiful village and then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, move past an arch and Mani walls to get to the Thonje village. After passing through a police checkpoint we make our way towards Dharapani from where we enter the Annapurna circuit section.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After completing this wonderful Manaslu Trek, we today drive back to Kathmandu in private vehicle.  The drive is bumpy in the beginning but gets pleasant after a while.

 Overnight at Hotel – (BB)

You are free to spend the day at your leisure to relax, refresh, and perhaps take a trip to explore more of the city, before the group’s final evening celebrating huge achievement with a special dinner. Around the evening, we will take you for a farewell dinner. While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and take feedback.

Overnight at Hotel (B/DB)

One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport by privet vehicle as per your flight departure time and back to home share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of Rupina –La & Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Dates & Cost

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Status Book
15 May 2018 6 June 2018 TBC Book Now

Inclusive

Cost Includes

  • Arrival airport pick up and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation 2-3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share bed with B/B plan
  • According to CHOICE of menu 3 times meal B/F, Lunch & Dinner with 2cups of tea or coffee in breakfast
    and every meals a cup of while on the trekking
  • Responsible trekking policy of two Trekkers: One porter
  • Accommodations at clean and comfortable local Tea House – lodge during the trek
  • English speaking guided half day city tour with world heritage sites
  • All private transportation starting & ending points of the trek
  • English Speaking Experience local Mountain Guides – by Himalayan Trails trained and Nepal government licensed holder as well as First Aid –Eco trained
  • Along the trek basic complete First Aid Kit
  • Assistants Guide and other support staff if indeed
  • Manaslu Trekking map
  • Insurance of all staffs Guide, Assistants, Cook, porters and Accommodations, food and reasonable salary during the treks
  • All necessary officials pepper work
  • Manalsu special permit, TIMS, Manaslu & Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • All the Government Taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in the cities
  • Any kind of drinks & personal expenses on trek
  • Hot shower, Electricity Bills during trek
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Medical evacuation encase of Emergency
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
  • Expenses deserve due to Natural or manmade hazards like landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. will be charge extra as per actual and anything not specify on the cost

Fitness

TRAIN AND FITNESS 

Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEPAL TREK

The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipments. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK

Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

Himalayan Trails support 

Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.