Trekking and Walking

Rupina La Pass Trekking

Nepal

Rupina La Pass Trekking

Durtation: 17 Days

Price: US 1,399 All Inclusive

Rupina La Pass Trek is one of the exhilarating trekking routes in the Manaslu region. It lies at an altitude of 4610 meters above sea level and falls on the lower region of the Gorkha District. It is one of the difficult Pass to cross, even though it is not at a very high altitude. Thus, this might be the reason that there are not many trekkers on this trail. The trekking route was officially opened in 1991. This trekking area is not as popular as others but certainly is equally beautiful as other trekking destinations. Due to its isolation and the lesser popularity, we can see a very little number of trekkers throughout the route. This trek is a mixture of geographic wonders as well as cultural richness.

The Rupina La Pass Trek circumnavigates Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Himal Chuli (7893m), Peak 29 (7871m), Boudha Himal (6672m), Langtang Himal Ranges and the Ganesh Himal Ranges. This route was one of the renowned destinations before the new trekking trails were introduced. It carries the long history of Nepal especially the Gaje Ghale and his generations. Some might be confused about the name of Gaje Ghale as he is the first Nepali to get the Victoria Cross (VC) because of his courage. Similarly, this place has a history of more than a decade because of its natural beauty, culture, and the hospitality of the local people.

Unfortunately, on 25th April 2015, Nepal was hit by a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake with the following aftershocks. The epicenter was Barpak. But, on the contrary, the natural beauty and culture, as well as the hospitality of the people, is still the same. Although earthquake demolishes the houses and property, the courage, teamwork and the strength of the people are still intact. Above all, they are promoting tourism in this sector. This place is most suitable for mountaineering expeditions. We can see the beautiful snow-capped mountains throughout the trek. It not only offers the best of the mountains but also gives us an amazing view of the verdant valley and lush green forests.

The commencing point of this trek is Gorkha, which is a 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu. Along the way, you will cross a number of green farmlands and the gloriously gushing waterfalls. Few other attractions on the way are the distinctively styled houses showing the typical Nepalese culture around that region. The route goes through Barpak, Rupinala Phedi, Philim, Dovan, Machha Khola, Soti Khola, and Arughat and back to Kathmandu. Generally, the best season to trek in this region is from March to May and from September to November.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Once you arrive at the land of Himalayas in Kathmandu, after clearing the formalities at the immigration our representative of Himalayan trekkers will greet and assist you towards the hotel. In the evening Trekking information on Nepal will be provided to you by our representative at the hotel.

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Half-day Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

Early in the morning, the staff of Himalayan trekkers will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIM’s card. After breakfast you will be taken for half-day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also referred to as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last-minute shopping for things you might need for the trek.

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Kyaraghari

6-7 hrs

645 m

After Breakfast, we will start our drive towards Gorkha which is a 6/7 hours long journey. We can enjoy the natural scenic beauty while driving from Kathmandu to Gorkha. We stop for our lunch on the way and then we have to trek towards Kyaraghari. We spend the night at the camping site.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp.

Day 4

Trek to Baluwa

4-5 hrs

800 m

After having an early breakfast at the camp, we have to move further towards Baluwa. The route is about 6 to 7 hours long as it goes through the main trail. We will spend the night at Baluwa enjoying the beauty all around us.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 5

Trek to Barpak

4-5 hrs

1,900 m

After spending a night at Baluwa in the tented camp, we will head out towards our next target. Following the trail, we will reach Barpak after a walk of about 5 to 6 hours. We will spend the night at the tented camp at Barpak. This is the same place (Epicenter) where the massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitudes strikes Nepal on 25th April 2015. This place is also popular for the homestay where you can encounter with the local people of Ghale, Gurung. You can learn about the culture and traditions as well as the hospitality of these people which is very popular in Nepal. Similarly, the natural beauty and vista of Buddha Himal, Sringi Himal, and other small peaks add charm in this place.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 6

Spare day for hike to Laprak

4-5 hrs

2,200 m

Today if time permits and if we want to take one extra day, we will make a day trip to one of the most astonishing and neighbor village of Barpak which was also affected by the massive earthquake on 25th April 2015 but still it has lots to offer to the people who pay homage to this village. The main attraction of this village is lifestyle, culture, traditions, rituals, and hospitality of the local people and this village is surrounded by green forest, rhododendron (we can find about 30 species of rhododendron). There are many viewpoint spots like Ghupsi Danda (3000m), Dharchey Danda (325m), Rukhang (3150m) from where we can see the mesmerizing view of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Boudha Himal, Himalchuli, Rupina Pass, Langtang, and Annapurna Himalayan range.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 7

Trek to Barkhe Gotha

6-7 hrs

2,130 m

After an early breakfast at Barpak, we will head towards the Barkhe Gotha. This is also 6-7 hours long walk. We will spend the night at the tented camp from where we can have a panoramic view of the majestic mountains all around us.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 8

Trek to Bheri Gotha

6-7 hrs

2,620 m

We continue our journey ahead admiring the high and imposing Himalayas over our head. The way goes through Barkhe Goth to Bheri Goth. The trekking route is about 6 to 7 hours long. We will trek through the main trail to the Bheri Goth. The night would be spent in a tented camp at Bheri Goth.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 9

Trek to Rupina La Phedi/Camp Site

6-7 hrs

3,400 m

After a night’s stay, we pack our bags and move from Bheri Goth towards the Rupina la Phedi, which is quite a close base camp and we can choose the appropriate place for camping which enriches the pristine beauty with natural vista. The trekking route becomes all the more interesting as we get closer to our destination. We will follow the main trail for about 6 to 7 hours and again spend the night at the tented camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 10

Trek to Jhong Kharka via Rupina La Pass

6-7 hrs

4,610 m

From the Phedi of Rupina La pass, we resume our journey towards our main destination. The trail gets exciting as we are nearing our final goal. We need to trek for about 6 to 7 hours to get to our destination. The Israel camp is at an altitude of 4610m. We have to acclimatize ourselves while trekking in this region. The night will again be spent at a tented camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 11

Trek to Philim via Nyak

7-8 hrs

1,570 m

After completing our objective, we will return back to Philim via Nyak. The way to Philim is through a large dense forest which would take a long time for us to cross. We have to spend the night in the jungle in a tented camp. Also, it is a long journey to Phillim and if our physical conditions and weather do not allow us to walk further then we will stay overnight at Nyak and next day we continue our journey.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 12

Trek to Dovan

5-6 hrs

1,070 m

After spending a night at Philim, we move further towards Dovan taking the main trail which is about 5 hours long. We reach Donovan taking in the best scenery of the land along with the river and the soaring majestic mountains. We will spend the night at Dovan at tented camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp

Day 13

Trek to Machha Khola

5 hrs

900 m

From Dovan, we continue our way down to the Machha Khola that will take us about 5 hours to reach. We can have a magnificent view of the land seeming to reach the mountains in the high hills at this point. We will spend the night at Machha Khola enjoying the cool breeze blowing from the river.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp

Day 14

Trek to Soti Khola

5-6 hrs

700 m

arly morning after breakfast, we leave for Soti Khola. This trek follows the beautiful ever-flowing river. We walk for nearly 5 hours. We will have an enjoyable lunch on the way to Soti Khola and spend the night there too.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp

Day 15

Trek to Arughat

4-5 hrs

570 m

From Soti Khola, we will start our journey back to Arughat that is a 5 hours walk. The trail offers us the best scenic beauty of the surrounding area. We will spend the night at a tented camp at Arughat. It is a transit and popular destination as many trekking destinations starts and ends here like Manaslu, Tsum valley. Also, this place is the center of attraction as it is the main trading junction for the people of Dhading and Gorkha.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 16

Drive to Kathmandu

7-8 hrs

1,350 m

At Arughat our trek concludes. From here we will again drive back to Kathmandu which will be 7-8 hours of journey by a private vehicle. You can enjoy the ride by looking at all the interesting scenes that pass you by. We will have an overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Breakfast & Lunch

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 17

Final departure

30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner) as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable taxes and official expenses 

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing