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Manaslu and Rupina-La Circuit
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Introduction:

Himalaya Expeditions Inc (HimEX) offers a grand panoramic trek to Rupina-La at 4,720m that is rarely surmounted by other trekking companies or westerners. This is one of the most challenging, adventurous and grueling trekking routes situated in the lower Manaslu region of the Gorkha district which was officially opened for trekkers in 1991. Rupina-La routes lead to the geographically spectacular and unbeaten trail of the Manaslu region. This trekking region takes a round trip of the mountain ranges of Manaslu- the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163m (26,781ft); Peak 29 (7871m) Himal-Chuli 7,893m and Boudha 6,672m. By covering many villages mainly inhabited by Gurungs, the trekking region gives the trekkers an opportunity to be a part of amazing culture and tradition. The trail is very rich in rhododendron and pine forest and with exceptionally varied geographical terrain, it also offers breathtaking sceneries of Himalayas, rivers and waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, lush valleys and wide range of animals and birds. 
 
The adventurous journey to Rupina-la Pass begins from lower Gorkha following the Darundikhola. Upon traversing the Rupina-La at 4,520m, the trekking route descends through the Buri-Gandaki River further down to Arughat and ends again in Gorkha itself. The trek kicks off from the hidden path of Kanchok and Sulighat before reaching the highest point of this adventure at the top ridge of Rupinna-la, then reaching to the midpoint of Tsum and upper Manaslu area at Lokpa region and completing this wonderful memorable adventure at Arughat Bazaar which is an old market near the bank of the river Budhi Gandaki.

Himalaya Expeditions Inc (HimEX) offers a grand panoramic trek to Rupina-La at 4,720m that is rarely surmounted by other trekking companies or westerners. This is one of the most challenging, adventurous and grueling trekking routes situated in the lower Manaslu region of the Gorkha district which was officially opened for trekkers in 1991. Rupina-La routes lead to the geographically spectacular and unbeaten trail of the Manaslu region. This trekking region takes a round trip of the mountain ranges of Manaslu- the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163m (26,781ft); Peak 29 (7871m) Himal-Chuli 7,893m and Boudha 6,672m. By covering many villages mainly inhabited by Gurungs, the trekking region gives the trekkers an opportunity to be a part of amazing culture and tradition. The trail is very rich in rhododendron and pine forest and with exceptionally varied geographical terrain, it also offers breathtaking sceneries of Himalayas, rivers and waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, lush valleys and wide range of animals and birds. 

The adventurous journey to Rupina-la Pass begins from lower Gorkha following the Darundikhola. Upon traversing the Rupina-La at 4,520m, the trekking route descends through the Buri-Gandaki River further down to Arughat and ends again in Gorkha itself. The trek kicks off from the hidden path of Kanchok and Sulighat before reaching the highest point of this adventure at the top ridge of Rupinna-la, then reaching to the midpoint of Tsum and upper Manaslu area at Lokpa region and completing this wonderful memorable adventure at Arughat Bazaar which is an old market near the bank of the river Budhi Gandaki.

 

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day guided tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Kanchok 930m via Gorkha 5-6 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Sulikot 1,460m via Deurali 5-6 hrs walks.
Day 05: Trek to Majhghar 1,740 via Kharchok 5-6 hrs,
Day 06: Trek to Dharche 2,445m via Pekma-Kharka 3,140m 5-6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Bede 2, 520m near Gupsi danda 2,760m 5 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Kharka 3,217m 4-5 hrs.
Day 09: Trek towards Rupina-la and camp at 3,440m 4-5 hrs.
Day 10: Trek & traverse Rupina-la 4,720m camp on the other side at 4,020m.
Day 11: Trek to Zakbatang 3,230m via Jarang 5-6 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Lokpa 2,240m 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Philim 1,570m 4-5 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Jagat 1,410m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Machhakhola 930m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Arughat 535m 4-5 hrs.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer at respective hotels.
Day 18: In Kathmandu free day for independent activities.
Day 19: International Departure.
 Departure Dates   Availability
 15 Apr-03 May  Available
 14 Oct-01 Nov  Available
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by HimEX staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where HimEX our expert guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.
  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a good rest before you venture out in our interesting tours.
   
Day 03: Drive to Gorkha 1,143m and to Khanchowk 930 m 6 hours journey.
  Early breakfast, then travel by Coach to Gorkha on the Kathmandu-Pokhara scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. An interesting 5-6 hours drive from Kathmandu, the drive passes through many rural villages and town, with occasional view of the peaks of Langtang, Ganesh, and Manaslu and as far to Annapurna. Our route diverts from the Pokhara highway from the village of Abu Khaireni, from here the road climbs all the way to our destination at Gorkha.
Gorkha, a hill bazaar and the ancestral home of the Shah dynasty which ruled Nepal to this day. It is from here that King Prithvi Narayan Shah started his conquest of the country's various tiny kingdoms and unified them into a single nation, Nepal. Perched one thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar, the palace dominates the surroundings and is visible from all around the area. The palace also boasts beautiful architecture. Al though only Hindus are allowed to enter the palace premises, it is worthwhile walking up the stairs for the view.After Gorkha, continue drive for few hours on the pleasant trail to Khanchowk, the drive leads through close to the magnificent palace fort of Gorkha the seat of the many Kings of Shah dynasty. The drive leads to numerous farm villages and paddy fields with occasional view of the snowy peaks of Manaslu and Himalchuli. After six hours of scenic journey brings you at the village of Khanchowk on the ridge top for the overnight camp. Camp is made in and around this small farm village.
   
Day 04:  Trek to Sulikot 1,460m via Deurali 5-6 hrs walks.
  The morning walk leads downhill for a while passing through farm terraces and scattered rural villages of Lajugaon and climbing up towards Deuarli at near 2,120m with grand view of snow covered peaks from Annapurna range to Manaslu mountains of Hiuchuli and Boudha peaks and lower valley near of Kanachok, from here the path winds downhill passing through the village of Bhulabari, Gyanji (Talakhani) before reaching to the village of Sulkot for the overnight stop.
   
Day 05:  Trek to Majhghar 1,740 via Kharchok 5-6 hrs,
  The day starts with a slow climb to the uphill towards the Kharchok Bhanjyang at around 2,440 meters before reaching Majhghar for the overnight stop, the walk of few hours leads to the top ridge of Kharchok bhanjyang (not to be confused with the first day stop of Khanchok) the top offers grand scenery of the snow capped peaks towards north and north west and overlooking the green valleys down below, the journey descends to the Kharchok village before reaching at Majhghar village for the overnight camping.
   
Day 06: 

Trek to Dharche 2,445m via Pekma-Kharka 3,140m 5-6 hrs.

  After a pleasant time at Majhghar the walk leads on the gradual winding path through the patch of forest past the villages of Thallothotaneri, Thalegaon and Pangsing before heading to a uphill climb towards Leh Kharka at 2,770 meters a grazing summer pastures for the villages of down below, the walk on the downhill and gradual path through the rhododendron forest called Gurase and then reaching the base of Pekma kharka at 3,140m walking uphill for an hour reaching the highest at Pekma-Kharkaends before reaching  Dharche for the overnight camp a small hill villages of Magar and Gurung ethic tribes.
   
Day 07:  Trek to Bede 2, 520m near Gupsi Danda  2,760m 5 hrs.
  From Dharche the walk through the cool shade of forest reaching at Kamdani, Sumpi-Kharka with few up and downs along the way, the walk leads to a climb at Gupsi danda at 2,760 meters with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the high Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains the path meanders on the winding trail to Bede for the overnight stop in of the grassy meadows, Bede a summer pasture area for the villagers.
   
Day 08: 

Trek to Kharka 3,217m 4-5 hrs.

  The walk from here takes slowly to the cooler area passing several small ridges with up and down hill walk through the forest and clear grazing areas with super scenery along the way, the path sometimes can be misleading from here onwards as few locals and trekkers venture around this area, after a good walk of 5 hours reaching to the overnight camp at Kharka another summer pasture and grazing place for the cattle’s of the local villagers. 
   
Day 09: Trek towards Rupina-La and camp at 3,440m 4-5 hrs.
  The morning walk leads further north to Rupina-la area and to Gambogang leaving the thin patch of forest area of rhododendron, oaks and pines reaching to a ridge at Gambogang at near 3,870m the walk leads further near the base of Rupina-la after short descend from Gambogang for the overnight stop on the moraine and patch of grassy area where available for the nice camping spot
   
Day 10: Trek & traverse Rupina-La 4,720m camp on the other side at 4,020m.
  The hardest and highest elevation of this journey leading to the narrow path of rocks and moraine with superb views of the high snow camped peaks of Manaslu range the closest being the Boudha-Himal, the walk up hill for an hour reaching the top of Rupina-la the pass at 4,720 meters, the top a small rocky spots in snow the crossing can be challenging due to the narrow small path and can get slippery in few sections, the downhill can be quite slippery on ice and glacier of the nearby peaks of Boudha Himal 6,672m and Rani peak ( Lidani peak) at 6,693 the walk on the winding thin trail leads to the overnight camp just after few hours of descend where camping is available after a vigorous walks of 5-6 hours.
   
Day 11: Trek to Zakbatang 3,230m via Jarang 5-6 hrs.
  After a hard walk of previous day, the walking is much easier compared of Day 10 however there are few sections one has to be very careful descending near the glacial area, the good walk leads past the small grazing area of Jarang 3,420 meters and walking downhill for another 2-3 hours to the overnight stop at Zakbatang near the Rebing khola (stream) after a good walk of 5-6 hours.
   
Day 12: Trek to Lokpa 2,240m 5-6 hrs.
  The walk leads back to human settlements and villages after being in the perfect wilderness for 5-6 days, the walk leads down-hill with few small ups and gradual sections then reaching Gomna a small herders temporary place and finally the trekking leads to the suspension bridge over the raging Buri-Gandaki River before reaching to the village of Lokpa where the road to Upper Manaslu, Larkya-la pass and to Tsum Valley joins.
   
Day 13: Trek to Philim 1,570m 4-5 hrs.
  The journey today will be the finest walk passing through several farm villages on the gradual and downhill path with warm climate during the day’s walk, the main trail which leads to Manaslu round and Tsum valley, today’s walk reaches the villages of Philim a small farm villages but slowly growing up due to construction of jeeps dirt road in near future.
   
Day 14:  Trek to Jagat 1,410m, 5-6 hrs.
  Morning walk leads on the gradual winding trail through forest and farmlands before a steep descend to Sirdibas and then to a village of Salleri, where some of these villages have stone paved path and meeting mule and donkey trains and caravan carrying supplies for upper Manaslu and Tsum area, the journey then ends at Jagat after a pleasant walk of 5 hours. Jagat a large hill village of mixed tribes of Bhotia’s of Manaslu-Tsum and Gurung-Magars-Chettris, Newars and Dalits.
   
Day 15: Trek to Machhakhola 930m. 4-5 hrs.
  On leaving Jagat the day gets warmer as the path descends to more climate area of paddy fields the walk leads to a village of Yaruphant, Dobhan and to the hot spring at Tatopani where pilgrims storms in auspicious to bathe in the hot spring water believes it heals several skin disease from here the walk is pleasant most of the way till Machhakhola village for the overnight camp, a small village and it was popular for small fishes from the near stream called Machhakhola (meaning fish stream).
   
Day 16:

Trek to Arughat 535m, 4-5 hrs.

  The final day walk, is on the gradual winding path which leads to few short ups with more or less downhill walk, passing through more smaller farm villages and cultivated fields till reaching towards more warmer sub-tropical area, coming to the large village of Arughat, clustered on both sides of the River Burhi-Gandaki linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley and it is also a junction to various important places. The path from here across the River leads to Dhading & Trisuli Bazaar, the other west trail leads towards Pokhara, as today's walk is quite short of 4 to 5 hours with time for a visit to the village or for the cool splash in the Bhuri Gandaki River.
   
Day 17:

Drive back to Kathmandu and check in to respective Hotels.

  After an early morning breakfast the drive leads through the winding road towards Kathmandu after the most wonderful and memorable time in the serenity of the mountains, the return journey is made through the new route Dhading as it is more accessible and shorter reaching Kathmandu on time.
   
Day 18: In Kathmandu free day for independent activities.
  Free day in Kathmandu please inform HimEX staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
   
Day 19: International Departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. HimEX staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Transportation Kathmandu / Khanchowk & Arughat / Kathmandu by private Non AC Vehicle.
 5.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Trekking Permit & Conservation Fees.
 7.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Pokhara:
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Nagarkot:

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Tibet:

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India:
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Bhutan:

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Hotels:

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Hotel Malla:
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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Manaslu & Rupina-La Circuit
  • Trip Duration : 19 Days
  • Trip Grade : Adventurous/Challenging
  • Trip Date : -
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : at Rupina-la pass, 4,720 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov

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