Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking



      • Into the wilderness beneath the majestic mountains
      • Unexplored and hidden trail within the main course trekking trails
      • Challenging pass Rupina La pass 4,720 m for an extraordinary vistas of the mountains
      • Hidden gem in Manaslu region
      • Alternative to Annapurna trekking destinations

      Into the wilderness and to the least tried trekking trail in the Manaslu region exist a journey known as Manaslu Rupina La Pass trekking. Rupina la pass trek is one of the most wonderful and adventurous journeys in the hidden Himalayas of Nepal. Very few trekkers have tried this and summited the top of the pass Rupina La 4,720m with much joy and pride. Even though slightly strenuous, this journey in the Southern Manaslu region of Gorkha district is a beautiful journey and calling for the explorers to be explored in the full length.

      Manaslu Rupina La pass trek with Nature Lovers Treks and Tours will take you to the unbeaten and spectacular trail of the Manaslu region. If you are looking for something extra, off the main course trekking trails, Rupina la pass trail offers you an extraordinary journey to the lush valleys, lush and green landscapes, abundant floras and faunas, unbelievable settlements in the steep mountain walls, snow covered hills and the terrains, indigenous communities of various ethnic groups and most importantly to the breathtaking panoramas of the mightiest mountains like Mount Manaslu, Himalchuli and Boudha Himal. With the diverse geography comes the diverse ethnic cultures, traditions and lifestyles in this amazing trek.

      Manaslu Rupina La pass trekking can be done in many ways. With different names and mixed with different other destinations, the trekking journeys has been be created. Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has exclusively created our own Rupina La pass trekking package to all the nature lovers, explorers and the travel enthusiasts. Delay no more and let’s explore the hidden gems of Nepal including Rupina La pass trekking in Manaslu region.

      Manaslu Rupina La pass trek outline Itinerary

      Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, Hotel

      Day 02: Trek preparation and optional sightseeing, B, Hotel

      Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Baluwa in Gorkha 900 m 9 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 04: Trek from Baluwa to Barpak 1950 m 6 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 05: Trek from Barpak to Gaikharka 3000 m 7 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 06: Trek from Gaikharka to Rupina la phedi 3700 m 8 hours, BLD, Camping

      Day 07: Trek from Rupina la phedi to other side of phedi via Rupina la pass 4720 m 7 hours, BLD, Camping

      Day 08: Trek from other side of Rupina La phedi to Zokbatang 3200 m, 6 hours, BLD, Camping

      Day 09: Trek from Zokbatang to Nyak 2400 m 6 hours, BLD, Camping

      Day 10: Trek from Nyak to Philim 1500 m 6 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 11: Trek from Philim to Dobhan 1100 m 5 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 12: Trek from Dobhan to Arughat 7 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 13: Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu, BD, Hotel

      Day 14: Final International Departure, B, Flight.

      Manaslu Rupina La pass trek detailed itinerary
      BLD denotes Breakfast Lunch Dinner

      Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, Hotel

      On your arrival, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours’ staff will receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Slight briefing will be done over the dinner.

      Day 02:Trek preparation and optional sightseeing, B, Hotel

      Simply, we will fully prepare ourselves for the final trekking preparation. You could opt to go for the sightseeing in the historical and cultural Kathmandu city.

      Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Baluwa in Gorkha 900 m 9 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      We will drive along the Trisuli River enjoying the countryside road, the views of the landscapes, greenery and the settlements. We can stop time to time to observe the historical monuments in Gorkha district and also to admire the panoramic mountain views. Finally, we arrive at Baluwa next to Darundi Khola.

      Day 04:Trek from Baluwa to Barpak 1950 m 6 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      In our first day of trekking in Manaslu region, we follow the riverbank of Darundi Khola and cross the river to ascend up the river valley. We can see the amazing view of Buddha Himal en route. The final trail goes steeply to Barpak through the terraced fields and the herder’s shelters.

      Day 05:Trek from Barpak to Gaikharka 3000 m 7 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      We start our hike early morning since the day is long ahead of us. The trail goes up and passes the dense oak and rhododendron forest while the mountainous peaks keep getting closer and closer. Eventually, we arrive at Gaikharka which is an open grassland surrounded by forest.

      Day 06:Trek from Gaikharka to Rupina la phedi 3700 m 8 hours, BLD, Camping

      In another awesome day adventure, we pass through the wilderness once again. The long day through the streams, grasslands, forests, up and down the hills and through the scattered settlements, we arrive narrowly in Rupina la Phedi for the overnight camp.

      Day 07:Trek from Rupina la phedi to other side of phedi via Rupina la pass 4720 m 7 hours, BLD, Camping

      The highlight of our whole adventure is here. We will pass the high Rupina La Pass through the high camp in the snow and the rocky terrain. It’s going to be a breathtaking moment for everyone. After enjoying the superb views of the majestic peaks and the whole picturesque surroundings, we descend down to the other side of Rupina la Phedi where we camp the night.

      Day 08:Trek from other side of Rupina La phedi to Zokbatang 3200 m 6 hours, BLD, Camping

      In this wonderful trekking day, we will descend through the rhododendron forests, the terraces and several herders’ settlements enjoying the backdrop of marvelous natural scenario to arrive at Zokbatang for the night.

      Day 09:Trek from Zokbatang to Nyak 2400 m 6 hours, BLD, Camping

      As the journey continues, our trail leads us up and down during most of the sections. With the stunning views of the mountains in the background, we will keep going until we arrive at a small village called Nyak. The isolated village where people survive by cattle raising and feeding on small amounts.

      Day 10:Trek from Nyak to Philim 1500 m 6 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      After a basic breakfast, we will descend gradually towards Philim along the Budhi Gandaki River and through the beautiful terraced lands and the lush forests. Overnight at Philim.

      Day 11:Trek from Philim to Dobhan 1100 m 5 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      We arrive to the traditional villages like Salleri and Jagat on our way towards Dobhan today. We will encounter the mules and donkeys carrying the goods to supply to upper Manaslu areas and the Tsum valley. The journey continues pleasantly past the paddy fields to Dobhan.

      Day 12:Trek from Dobhan to Arughat 7 hours, BLD, Teahouse

      In this last and the long trekking day, we will take it easy and slow. The day starts getting warmer and the path will descend more. We go through the natural hot spring spot Tatopani and Machhakhola to arrive at Labubeshi. After a short break, more through the cultivated fields and warmer sub-tropical areas we reach Arughat Bazaar, a large village which is a major hub and the market area for the villagers. Arughat is the main highway junction as well, from where Dhading, Trisuli Bazaar and Pokhara separates.

      Day 13:Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu, BD, Hotel

      After a memorable Manaslu Rupina La pass trekking adventure with Nature Lovers Treks and Tours in Nepal, its high time to drive back to the capital city Kathmandu and rest enough before we head out. Souvenir shopping can be done later. Farewell dinner is served by the team.

      Day 14:Final International Departure, B, Flight.

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours’ team salute you for our successful trekking operation and cheerfully bid you farewell for you sweet flight back home.

      • Cost for 1 PAX: $2499 /-

        Cost for 2 or more PAX: $2090 per person

        Note: Trip cost varies with the group sizes.

        Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking Cost Breakdown

        Cost Include

        • All ground transfers
        • Full sightseeing during trekking
        • Complimentary farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant
        • Camping accommodations at mountain as well as teahouse lodges, wherever available
        • Required camping stuffs, including different tents, other gears and equipment with food supplies
        • Full board meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea / coffee and snacks, freshly cooked meals during camping only
        • Clean drinking water everyday
        • Trekking permit
        • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information management system)
        • An experienced English speaking trekking guide and his expenses, insurance
        • Porter service (1 for 2 trekkers) and their expenses, insurances including extra Sherpas for carrying camping stuffs
        • First Aid kit Bag
        • Company t-shirt/ Certificate of appreciation
        • Route map
        • Government tax and Vat

        Cost Exclude

        • Arrival visa fee and international departure
        • Extra drinks as alcoholic and non-alcoholic and other personal expenses
        • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
        • Meals and sightseeing in Kathmandu
        • Travel and emergency rescue insurance
        • Gratuities to the staffs (mandatory)
        • Down jacket, walking stick and duffel bag (provided if required but to be returned after)

      Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking Useful Information

      Kathmandu airport pick up and drop services

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours’ staffs will pick you up from the airport as per your flight arrival time and similarly drop you off in the airport for international departure according to your flight schedule. During arrival, please don’t forget to look for your name placard hold by the team, outside the airport arrival gate. Our staff will be impatiently waiting for your arrival to greet you and warmly welcome you in Nepal. ‘NAMASTE’ is the foremost and the most commonly used greeting word in Nepal which you will hear from our staff at the very first moment you meet him.

      Customized Trips and Trip departure

      Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking departs from Kathmandu as per our fixed departure dates. You can join any available fixed departure groups if you are a solo or small group travelers if you wish to, when the trips cannot be customized.

      But if you are in a private group, fixed departure dates are not suitable for you and so you need to choose your own dates and packages, when you can customize the trek as per your travel needs. For further information, please kindly contact your own friendly neighbor, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours.

      Accommodations in Kathmandu and during trek

      You will be staying in the 3 star hotel in Kathmandu while in the teahouse lodges and tented camps during the trek.

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best accommodation arrangement for you from the beginning to the end. We believe after the tough walking day, everyone deserves the proper rest and the right ambience to relax and chill. Therefore, our choice of accommodation is the best when it comes to the trekking days. The rooms will be clean and comfy. Our entire accommodations will be on twin-sharing basis as you can see, so you have to let us know if others; let’s say if you want triple or quadruple sharing or if you want a double bed, etc. There will be extra charge for the single supplement. Similarly, you will have the proper comfy tents during camping days.

      If you wish to change the accommodation category to a better one in Kathmandu, please let us know and we can change it for you on added cost.

      Route Map and Company T-shirt

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers you a complimentary trekking map and the company t-shirts.

      Safe Drinking Water during Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking

      Hydrating yourself is the most important thing to do during the trek. You should drink at least 3 liters of water every day or more. The main reason is to avoid the altitude sickness and to avoid other health issues. Nature Lovers Treks and Tours provides you water purification tablets or liquids to purify the water in the mountains. You can even buy mineral water or boiled water on extra cost.

      Your trekking guides and porters

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best guides and porters in the whole tourism industry. We can guarantee you on that. Ask yourselves a question. What do you look for in a guide and a porter? Are they fully insured and are they paid well? Well, they are the staffs of Nature Lovers Treks and Tours so they are hundred percent happy with their treatment by the company. They are experienced, licensed and knowledgeable in the field. They are well paid and fully insured for their journey as well as for the medicals.

      Now, let’s talk about our backbones. The leader or a guide should have a significant knowledge in the climbing and trekking so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you, clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours can proudly say that our guides (climbing, assistant, trekking guide) are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced and licensed. They have undergone through a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.

      Our guide knows the local areas, the cultures, the traditions and the lifestyles much more than anyone do. Some of the things he tells you, might even be hard to find in the travel guide books. Depending upon the situations and weather conditions, the daily plans might change slightly which when happens, he will inform you beforehand. You should always be flexibly ready to accommodate to your guides’ instructions. Let him know if you have any health problems as well since he will act accordingly to the situation. Depending upon the group size, we will also provide you assistant guides and extra Sherpas if needed.

      Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow maximum weight of 25/30 kg to be carried by one porter. They are the strongest in our group with less communication skills. We also closely work with IPPG {International Porter Protection Group} and follow their ethics and guidelines.

      Your safety

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours puts your safety as the top priority. We provide you our own comprehensive first aid medical kit bag along with the professional team of guides and porters. We are always in communication with our field team members to keep track of your safety and concerns. Your entire journey will be monitored by us and we make sure you enjoy your journey in full scale. We are available 24/7 for your health and safety checks during Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking.

      Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking Frequently Asked Questions

      How much does the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking cost?

      The cost of the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking varies from $1600-$2600 depending upon the number of days you choose to trek. The longer the trek, more expensive it will become. Similarly, the price will differ with the group sizes. Normally, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers a comprehensive package which is inclusive of all the cost and expenses for the entire journey from the moment you land in Nepal till the moment you fly back home. However, you could also choose to buy only service-based package from us when we will be providing you only the supporting field staffs plus trekking permits and you have to arrange the rest by yourselves.

      How is the Accommodation during the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      In Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking, we will provide you the teahouses and tented camping accommodations. A teahouse is typically a mountain lodge which is a combination of a lodge or a guest house and a restaurant or a café with basic furniture and interiors suitable for the social hangout. Some teahouses have attached bathrooms and the central heating furnace. Also few teahouses provide the European toilets while Asian style of toilets are available in every teahouses. Hot showers are available but on extra cost. The same goes with the hot drinking water since they use the gas or solar to boil the water. Sleeping blankets are usually provided but we recommend you to carry your own sleeping bags for the hygienic purpose {can be arranged on request}. At the same time, it’s better to carry your own toiletries including the towels.

      During the camping days, you will be sleeping in the camps set up by our field Sherpa staffs. There will be separate kitchen and dining and toilet tents. Your meals will be freshly cooked and you will be served day and nights by our Sherpas. Our staffs will carry the sleeping bags, pillows and mattresses for you to sleep in the tents. Undoubtedly, you will have a perfect camping trek experience with Nature Lovers Treks and Tours.

      What are the permits that I need for Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      For Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking, you will need to make 2 permits: MCAP {Manaslu Conservation Area Project} and TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System).

      How does this tipping system in Nepal work and do I have to tip?

      Tipping is not compulsory for Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking however tipping is all about showing your gratitude and appreciation. We care about our staffs in the fields so we expect you to look after them in return for them looking after you throughout your journey. They are your closest friend in the remotest parts and also your protector whenever anything seems to happen to you. So tipping is highly expected and we’ve made it mandatory too. The amount of gratuities can be determined by yourselves. Normally, a guide expects around $5 or more per day per person while a porter expects $4 or more per day per person.

      Can I charge my phones, batteries or other electronic devices in Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      You can charge your electronic devices during Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking only for few days but also by paying small amount or fees for charging. Don’t forget to buy a plug adapter or socket fittings before you leave Kathmandu.

      Is there WiFi and mobile signal on the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking route has poor network coverage most of the days. But you can buy one of the Nepalese Sim cards from any local phone shops in Kathmandu which has coverage mostly all over Nepal. It is wiser to buy a sim card with around 4 GB data in Kathmandu and use the mobile data in the trek whenever available.

      WiFi is available on some of the teahouses in Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking route and cost some charges. However, the signal varies from place to place and please don’t expect to receive the fast data coverage in the trek.

      When is the best time to trek to Manaslu Rupina La Pass?

      Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking can be done throughout the year. However in average, Spring {March, April and May} and Autumn {September, October and November} are the best times or seasons to trek to Manaslu Rupina La Pass. Spring and Autumn are known as the Peak season or Busy season in Nepal. It’s because the temperature is moderate during these seasons and the best panoramic mountain views are guaranteed while during other Summer {June, July and August} and Winter {December, January and February} season, the clear weather is not guaranteed. But if you are an explorer, a photographer and a peace lover, less busy season can also be the right time to do Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking. The problem is the weather is harsh cold in winter and there’s snow everywhere while the summer has rainfalls and clouds obscuring the mountains and the views are not so great most of the time.

      Do I have to worry about the altitude sickness in Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      The itinerary of our Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking is perfectly designed by Nature Lovers Treks and Tours and has separated enough time in the places to let the body acclimatize well in high altitudes. As long as you follow the guide, you should be fine. Altitude sickness in fact can affect anyone regardless of the age or the fitness level, so it is very important to walk slowly and gradually as you go higher. Learn more in details about Altitude Sickness to prepare yourselves for the upcoming Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking.

      Do I need to be healthy and physically fit for Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      When it comes to trekking in the mountains, health and fitness of a person plays a vital role. If you are a healthy person without any serious medical problems, Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking is for you but if you have any sorts of medical issues, please consult to your doctor before coming to Nepal for the trek. We will be gaining the high altitude of 4720 m above the sea level which is not a joke. People normally start to have breathing problems above 3000 meters from the sea level, if they have pre-existing health conditions.

      Now when it comes to the fitness level required, Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking demands high physical fitness. The trekking includes daily walks of about 4-8 hours and involves many ascents and descents which means you need lots of practices before you start the trekking journey. You will be traversing through the forests, high pass and high hills. If you do not have the previous trekking experience, it’s ok but obviously if you have previous experiences, it will be lot easier. For those not having previous trekking experiences, please exercise regularly for at least one month prior to your trekking departure. Go for the morning walks, do some jogging as you get time, participate in some cycling activities, etc. This way, you will be good to go for trekking to Manaslu Rupina La Pass.

      What kind of food items or meals can I eat on Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      Only breakfast is included in Kathmandu while full board meals or full meals are included during the trek. Tea and coffee will also be provided during the entire trip. During the trek, you will have your breakfast and dinner in the same teahouse / tented camps where you spend the night while the lunch will be served en route towards the next destination of the day. There are limited choices to choose from; Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian, Continental, etc. during teahouse days. Except in camping days, when freshly cooked meals will be served and usually the foods are basic and with few choices but they will certainly be healthy and nutritious. Our Sherpas will make sure that you eat enough food for the trekking journey.

      Do I need a travel insurance for Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      Travel insurance is a must when you trek to Manaslu Rupina La Pass. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses, if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen. We strongly advise you to take out an insurance which covers any medical risks up to 4700 meter as well as the medical evacuation from the mountains.

      What gears and equipment do I need to pack for Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trekking?

      Choosing the right gear and equipment is important as well for the successful trek to Manaslu Rupina La Pass. Pack the right gears and equipment but remember, packing as light as possible is the best way to go when trekking to Manaslu Rupina La Pass. You should read this What to take for travel to get all the details on what you need to pack or carry.

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