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Rupina La Pass Trek

16 Days
Explore the hill villages of Barphak and Laprak around lower Manaslu

Rupina La Pass Trek Highlights

  • An adventure around remote hidden trails of Lower massif Manaslu Himalayas.
  • At least ventured the region off the beaten tracks to high and scenic Rupina-La pass.
  • Following the hidden path around isolated villages towards mountain wilderness.
  • Explore around remote pockets of Gorkha district towards exclusive destinations.
  • Far from main trails and human habitation around high wild mountainous terrain.
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and in local lodges where available on treks with tented camps
  • Adventurous and Challenging in snow conditions
  • 4, 720 m / 15, 486 feet on top of Rupina-La Pass
  • Interesting drives, scenic and exciting trek with camp
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district
  • 13 Nights & 14 Days with drives both ways
  • 15 Nights & 16 Days from arrival to departure

Overview

Rupina La Pass Trek is one of the most exciting adventures around Nepal’s Mid-West Himalayas. The trek leads you into complete wilderness, away from main villages and human habitation for several days.

Surrounded by pristine nature and nestled near the southern Manaslu Himalayan range, this trek offers dramatic scenery with snow peaks stretching from Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal in the east, including Peak 29, Himal Chuli, and Boudha Himal all within close range.

Crossing the scenic Rupina La Pass leads you to remote and seldom traversed trails in the Gorkha district, completely off the beaten path. The pass, at 4,720 meters (15,486 feet), may not be the highest compared to other Himalayan passes, but it presents challenging and demanding climbs and descents on steep, rocky, and icy terrain. Ropes are sometimes required for a safe descent before reaching the main Manaslu Circuit trail.

This adventurous trek offers a unique experience, quite unlike the usual treks in the Nepal Himalayas. The route delves into a remote and isolated region, offering a true sense of wilderness.

The initial part of the trek follows tranquil paths lined with dense rhododendron, oak, and pine forests. You’ll be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rolling hills and valleys, all dominated by towering snow-clad peaks.

As you progress, the trail ascends, leaving the lush vegetation behind and entering a stark, rugged landscape. The path leads to a rocky terrain of glaciated ice and snow, culminating in a steep climb to reach the high Rupina La Pass.

Beyond the pass, a faint path winds through a wider grassy meadow, traditionally used by herders for summer grazing. From here, a pleasant walk unfolds, with close-up views of the majestic Boudha Himal, which towers over 6,672 meters. The trail continues, passing a series of snow peaks as it leads you back to farm villages, signifying your return to civilization after days of immersion in the wilderness.

After conquering the Rupina La Pass and enjoying a long descent, you’ll rejoin the main Manaslu Circuit trail at Lokpa village. From here, the path gradually descends towards a warmer, sub-tropical climate, passing through more farm villages.

The trek concludes at Soti Khola, your last overnight stay in the Gorkha district. The following morning, a scenic drive takes you back to Kathmandu, marking the end of your unforgettable adventure on the Lower Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek.

Detailed Itinerary

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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by our staff and guide, with a warm Nepali traditional welcome. After, getting organized and then a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg. Then join in with other members of the group, for briefing at meeting halls or gardens. Our guide and leader will provide you with useful information regarding the trek, standard of lodge, foods and so on. If in doubt, can ask questions to make yourself at ease, after briefing enjoy the dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Altitude: 930 m / 3,051 feet at Kanchowk. Drive approx. 07 hours Journey.
Overnight at a Guesthouse or local lodge and in a tented camp.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Enjoy the exciting drive towards Nepal Mid-West reaching Gorkha district, to start our adventure around Lower Manaslu Rupina-La Pass trekking.

The drive follows the Trisuli River for a few hours, as our route diverts to Gorkha district.

The drive heads beyond the town of Gorkha, and downhill to Kanchowk, a small village located on a ridge. After a few hours drive from Gorkha town for the first night camp with views of beautiful landscapes and snow-capped peaks.

Altitude: 1,460 m / 4,790 feet at Sulikot. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight in tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

From Kanchowk, morning walk heads downhill through farm fields and terraces reaching Laju-Gaon, a Gurung village. As climb starts up to Deurali ridge at 2,120 meter high, offers views of Mt. Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan range.

Includes views of Himal-Chuli and Boudha Himal, as walk leads downhill through Bhulabari, Gyanji (Talakhani) village. Then the day walk completes on reaching Sulikot village for overnight camp.

Altitude: 1,740 m / 5, 708 feet at Majghar. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight in a tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

After Sulikot, a small farm village, the walk continues with gradual climb towards Khar-Chowk Bhanjyang at 2, 440 m high. As air gets cooler facing views of the Snow Mountain range and rolling hills. From the top walk downhill to Majhghar village for overnight camping, a nice little farm village.

Altitude: 2,445 m / 8,022 feet at Dharche. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight in a tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Morning along with cool fresh air, the walk begins on a gradual undulating path through a small rhododendron and pine forest. Walk continues past Thallothotaneri, Thale-Gaon and Pangsing villages, as climb leads on top of a small pass of Leh Kharka. Which is 2,770 meters high, from here enjoying the views of the snow peaks, descending leads to a forest. Reaching Gurase (rhododendron), at the bottom of Pekma Kharka, from here a steep climb to the top of Pekma-Kharka. A high ridge at 3,140 m, offers fabulous views of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna range with Ganesh Himal towards east. From here downhill to overnight camp at Dharche, a small hill farm village of Magar and Gurung ethnic hill tribes.

Altitude: 2,520 m / 8, 268 feet at Bede. Approx. 05 hours walks.
Overnight in a tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

After Dharche, morning walk follows through dense forest lines with rhododendron, pines and oak trees. As trail leads to smaller grazing areas of Kamdani, Sumpi-Kharka is a cattle herder temporary settlement.

From here a short climb and then downhill for a few hours to Gupsi Danda at 2,760 meters high. Enjoy stunning views of snow-mountains, and then walk continues on a winding path reaching Bede for an overnight camp. A small cattle herder summer pasture for local animals, tents are set in a nice grassy meadow.

Altitude: 3,217 m / 10, 554 feet at Kharka. Approx. 05 hours walks.
Overnight in a tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Having a pleasant overnight, morning walk leads north towards Rupina-La pass, as a walk follows into a dense forest. As trail leads to short up and down to cross a small ridge, then reaching an open area. Facing grand views of snow peaks of Bauddha Himal with Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. After a short nice rest a short walk to an overnight camp at Kharka, another summer grazing field.

Altitude: 3,440 m / 11, 286 feet at Kharka. Approx. 05 hours walks.
Overnight in a tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Enjoying overnight in a tranquil surrounding, morning walk starts heading further north to Rupina-La. After an hour of good walking, leaving the dense forest and tree lines behind. The climb leads to Gambogang high ridge top at 3,870 m facing another superb view of the snow-mountain range.

From here downhill to camp, situated on the base of Rupina-La pass, the tents are set on a grassy field. Close around a moraine of rocks with few level ground at the bottom of Rupina-La Pass.

Altitude: 4,720 m / 15, 486 feet on top of Rupina-La. 4,020 m / 13, 189 feet at the base camp after crossing. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight in a tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Start the morning quite early than other previous days, after getting well prepared follow our lead guide. The climb leads to a steep ridge on a rocky slope with an icy path sometimes, on a narrow ill-defined trail. The area is covered in rocks and moraine, overlooking views of Manaslu Himalaya range with Boudha-Himal at near distance. After a tough climb of a few hours, then reached the top of Rupina-La at the height of 4,720 meters. This will be the highest point of the adventure, the top of Rupina-La, a small rocky place. Sometimes it is covered in snow and ice can make the walk challenging on a narrow path.

After a short rest to admire the grand scenery of snow peaks, walk downhill with care taking precaution. The views of Boudha Himal 6,672 m, Rani or Lidani peak 6,693 m follows all the way to our camp.

Altitude: 3,230 m / 10, 597 feet at Zakbatang. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight in a tented camp. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Feeling good and in great-spirit after a tough climb with the steep descent of the previous day over Rupina-La Pass. From this camp walk today will be much easier and pleasant, morning walk starts heading close to glacial sections.

After encountering a few small obstacles, the walk got better, reaching the grazing area at Jarang 3,420 meters. Having a short rest, the downhill walk for a few hours to Zakbatang for overnight camp, close to Rupina-La Khola (stream).

Altitude: 2,240 m/ 7, 350 feet at Lokpa. Approx. 06 hour walks.
Overnight at the Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Enjoy the walk from here onwards back to the main trail of Manaslu Circuit route and around major villages. After being in complete mountain wilderness for several days, morning walk downhill with few short ups to Gomna. A small cattle herder grazing field with some temporary huts, after a short rest.

From here the walk follows a bridge over Buri-Gandaki River and then on a winding pleasant trail to Lokpa village. The first main village after 4-5 days, an interesting small village for overnight halt. Either in a tented camp or stay in the comfort of a nice simple lodge. From here onwards on the main trail of upper Manaslu and Tsum Valley where the route of Soti-Khola joins.

Altitude: 1,570 m / 5,151 feet at Philim. Approx. 05 hour walks.
Overnight at the Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

After a pleasant overnight stay in Lokpa village, morning walk downhill following the river downstream, facing views of waterfalls. The walk leads through Samba, Tingding Chhupyang villages, then reaching Philim for overnight stop.

A lovely looking farm village with few good facilities for trekkers with nice simple lodge accommodation.

Altitude: 1,240 m /4,068 feet at Tatopani. Approx. 06 hour walks.
Overnight at the Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

A nice morning walk downhill to Jagat, another large nice village, from here the route leads to low warm areas. After a good breakfast walk follows Buri Gandaki River downstream past Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar villages. Continue downhill to Yaruphant, as you can notice dramatic change of landscapes and vegetation.

The day finally ends reaching Tatopani, a small farm village with a natural hot spring. The word ‘Tatopani’ means ‘hot water’ in Nepali language. In the afternoon, enjoy a refreshing bath in the hot springs.

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet at Soti Khola. Approx. 06 hour walks.
Overnight at a Guesthouse or local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Our last trek of the adventure, after a refreshing time at Tatopani with hot spring, morning walk to Soti Khola. Start the day walk along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River downstream. After an hour of pleasant walk reach Gurung village at Labubesi, from here walk further through farm terraced. Facing views of lovely waterfalls then slowly our walk completes reaching Soti-Khola, for last overnight around the district of Gorkha.

Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 feet at Kathmandu. Drive approx. 07 hours.
Overnight in a Hotel at Kathmandu. Meal Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Enjoying a wonderful adventure around the scenic high hills and mountains of North Mid-West Himalayas. Leaving Soti-Khola early morning for Kathmandu, An interesting overland drive brings you back to Kathmandu.

After a marvellous adventure around Lower Manaslu Rupina-La trekking, on reaching Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast only.

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after a great memorable adventure on
Lower Manaslu Rupina-La trekking. As time for international flight, our staff transfer you to the airport terminal, and then bidding farewell to the guide and staff. As you head for the smooth flight homeward bound.

Includes

  • Airport pick up, drop by private vehicles.
  • 02 night’s standard twin- sharing accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 13 nights twin sharing tended camp accommodation during trek.
  • Private Transportation Jeep/ Bus.
  • Three meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Tea/ Coffee in during the meals time. Cooked by our trekking export cook.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly license holder guide, climbing sherpa & porter their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accident insurance for all staff.
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Hammer, Snow Bar, Ice Screw, Camping Tents,Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Hammer, Snow Bar, Ice Screw, Camping Tents, dining tents, toilet tents and Kitchen equipment’s)
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag. (if necessary)
  • Company Duffle Bag, T- shirt.
  • A self-sufficient medical first aid Kit containing vital medications.
  • Company branded 01 water bottle.
  • Trip certificate,
  • Local and government taxes.

Excludes

  • All kind of beverage.
  • Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips if extended
  • International airfare.
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu,
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out our control.

Major Information

Best Seasons:

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for the Lower Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek. Spring brings vibrant wildflowers to the hills, especially the rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower. During this season, expect longer days with more sunlight hours, offering pleasant walking conditions. However, there are chances of light rain and occasional snowfall at higher elevations, and temperatures drop significantly in the mornings and evenings.

Autumn offers clear skies ideal for views and pleasant walks, making it another popular season for trekking in the Himalayas. However, the days are shorter due to reduced sunlight hours.

Culture, Religion & History:

The lower warm areas of the Gorkha district are populated by mixed tribes of hill people, including Gurung, Magar, Hindu Brahmins, Chhetris, and Newars, with some Bhote migrated from the higher Manaslu and Tsum areas. The culture and religion in these areas are a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism, especially in the lower regions and mid-hills until Jagat and Philim villages.

Higher in the hills, the culture is strongly influenced by Buddhism. The people follow ancient traditions and a culture similar to their Tibetan neighbors, given the proximity to the Tibetan border. The people of higher Manaslu, known as the Bhotia people, trace their ancestry to Tibet. Most villages around higher Manaslu, from Lokpa and Namrung onwards, have monasteries with numerous prayer walls and spinning prayer wheels.

The Manaslu region was once part of the ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route between Nepal and Tibet. Yaks and other pack animals carried goods across this challenging terrain.

The name Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “soul or mind of the god or holy spirits.” For the Manaslu locals, the region holds a special significance, known as “Kutang” – a flourishing and promising land for raising livestock and agriculture. Mount Manaslu, standing tall as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), was first ascended on May 9th, 1956, by a Japanese expedition with the support of the Nepalese guide Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa.

Nature’s Canvas: Geographical and Cultural Riches

Unfurl a breathtaking panorama on the Rupina La Pass Trek, where nature’s grandeur and cultural gems intertwine. Witness a majestic procession of Himalayan giants, including Manaslu (8,163m), Peak 29 (7,871m), Himal Chuli (7,893m), Boudha Himal (6,672m), and the Ganesh and Langtang Himal ranges. These formidable sentinels stand guard over verdant valleys, creating a scene of awe-inspiring beauty that will forever etch itself in your memory. As you embark on your adventure, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of elusive wildlife and vibrant birds flitting through the air, adding another layer of wonder to your exploration.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

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Why is Rupina-La Pass area less visited?

The Rupina La Trek has only recently been discovered by a small number of trekkers in the past few decades. It remains a hidden gem, unknown to most travelers. However, MCT guides, experts in the area, are now offering the Rupina La Trek as part of their program. This exceptional and exclusive adventure promises an unforgettable experience.

What do we expect from this trekking?

The Lower Manaslu Rupina-La trek offers a treasure trove of beauty and adventure for those seeking to explore the remote corners of Nepal’s Gorkha district. Nestled close to Bauddha Himal and the Manaslu Himalayan range, this trek showcases a remarkable diversity of landscapes, climates, and vegetation within a single journey.

Witness the dramatic transformation from low, warm paddy fields to cooler hills, culminating in the stark beauty of glacial landscapes. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Nepalese hill and mountain cultures, all while being awestruck by the breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks.

Additionally, beyond the stunning scenery, this trek presents a moderate to adventurous challenge, testing your endurance and fitness. It’s an opportunity to discover your own capabilities and forge unforgettable memories amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Is it worth joining for Lower Manaslu Rupina-La Trek?

In stark contrast to the bustling trails of Annapurna and Everest, this trek delves into the tranquil remoteness of the Gorkha district. For days, you might encounter only a handful, or even none, of your fellow adventurers, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of pristine forests before tackling the rugged, arid terrain of the mountains. This adventure’s culmination will leave you exhilarated, forever treasuring the memories of a truly unique lifetime experience.

Are there electricity on route trekking in the lodges?

Be Prepared for Off-the-Grid Power Needs:

While most large villages along the Lower Manaslu Rupina-La trek have access to hydroelectricity, the section from Sulikot onwards to Lokpa lacks any power facilities. This means you’ll be completely off the grid for several days. To ensure you can stay connected and power your essential electronic devices, packing a portable solar panel is highly recommended.

This lightweight and compact panel can be easily attached to your backpack, harnessing the sun’s energy to charge your gadgets throughout your trek until you reach the next village with electricity.

Do we have to pay extra for showers and charging our electronic items?

Shower & Charging Fees:

Keep in mind that lodges may charge for both hot/cold showers and charging electronic devices. The price varies depending on the village and lodge, so it’s best to ask your guide for a reasonable estimate. This will help you budget accordingly and avoid unexpected expenses during your trek.

How cold can it get in the spring and autumn/fall seasons?

During both spring and autumn, expect colder mornings and late afternoons/nights, typically ranging from 5°C to 20°C depending on altitude. Springtime offers mostly warm and pleasant days, while autumn days are shorter with sunlight reaching late morning. In autumn, temperatures can dip to 0°C to -5°C, while spring might see a minimum of 5°C. Wind chill can make it feel even colder. Remember to pack layers for adaptable warmth throughout the day, and consider a warmer sleeping bag for colder nights.

Season Temperature Range Days Wind Chill
Spring 5°C – 20°C Mostly warm and pleasant Factor adds extra cold
Autumn 0°C – 20°C Shorter days with sunlight reaching late morning Factor possible

How much extra money to carry on the treks?

Breakdown of Additional Expenses:

While the core trek cost typically covers accommodation, meals, and permits, there are several additional expenses to consider:

Personal Expenses:

  • Snacks: Pack enough snacks, but allow an extra US$50-100 for occasional treats like chocolates, biscuits, or dried fruits.
  • Beverages: Budget US$20-50 for bottled water, soft drinks, or occasional alcoholic drinks like beer.
  • Souvenirs: Allocate US$20-50 for purchasing handcrafted souvenirs from local villages.

Tipping:

  • Guide: Tipping your guide is customary and shows appreciation for their expertise and support. Plan for US$150-200 per person.
  • Staff: Tipping lodge staff is optional, but a small token of appreciation (US$10-20 per person) is customary.
  • Porters: Tipping porters is expected and vital to their income. Budget US$70-90 per porter for the entire trek.

Total Estimated Expenses:

Considering these additional costs, expect to budget US$400-700 per person on top of the core trek cost. Remember, this is an estimate, and your actual spending may vary depending on your personal preferences and consumption habits.

What happens if someone is very sick on treks?

Preparedness for Medical Emergencies:

While your guide carries a first-aid kit for minor ailments, serious accidents or illnesses require immediate evacuation to the nearest medical facilities. This emphasizes the crucial role of Medical and Travel Insurance for all trekkers on the Lower Manaslu Rupina-La trek.

Here’s why insurance is vital:

  • Helicopter Evacuation: The fastest and most effective way to reach medical care in remote areas is often by helicopter. However, the cost can be exorbitant, exceeding US$10,000 or more.
  • Medical Treatment: Depending on the severity of your condition, hospitalization and treatment costs can quickly add up.

Choosing the right insurance:

  1. Ensure your insurance covers helicopter rescue and medical expenses at the specific altitudes and locations of the trek.
  2. Check the maximum coverage amount and any exclusions or limitations. Consider purchasing additional coverage if needed.

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