Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
Rupina La Pass Trek

The Rupina La Pass Trek is one of our favourite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

The Rupina La Pass - 4610m is an excellent trek and situated bottom part of the Manaslu area. This trekking route is combined with various elevations, diverse landscapes, truly wilderness, fewer tourists, incredible views of Baudha Himal, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Siringi Himal, etc., set rhododendrons forest, and a great views of mountains in Tibet. A trek through the Rupina La Pass will delight, surprise and provide a physical test.

Rupina La pass trek lies in the lower Manaslu area of the higher trails of the Budhi Gandaki at an elevation of 4610m. Rupina La pass is not particularly high pass but discovered as the challenging and adventurous trekking pass of Lower Manaslu region of Nepal. Heavy snow, avalanches, icy winds, and wild, lonely high pastures characterize the route. The trek is geographically spectacular and includes many villages, these are inhabited by Gurungs and provides us to explore the remarkable culture, their tradition, and their lifestyle. Alpine forest with the mix Tibetan culture of the local people is the main attraction of this trekking. Rupina La Pass Trek offers a wonderful opportunity to explore off the beaten paths of the Manaslu trekking region. Surrounded by high hills, this trek provides the pleasure of authentic Nepali trekking experience at unspoiled naturally as well as culturally influenced sites. We will be trekking all the way through forested lands, with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. The panoramic and beautiful scene of Himalayan, beautiful landscapes, lush valleys and the predominantly Tibetan culture is offered for us during this trek. Manaslu peak 29(7871m), Baudha (6672m) and Himalchuli (7893m) are the main peaks of this region. The wildlife is also an important part of this region.

Trekking along the trails to Rupina La Pass discover plenty of cultural exploring opportunities of diversified local indigenous communities. Further, we pass through beautiful forests with equally diversified landscapes and magical views of snow-capped mountains. Then making our way through striking waterfalls, valleys, ridges and crossing the Rupina la pass and entering Tibetan influenced villages.

Our 15 Days trek to Rupina La pass starts from the vibrant capital city and a scenic drive to Barpak. This village was adversely affected by the 2015 earthquake, but in recent years, it has recovered from it. The trek now takes us to Gar Kharka, which is a grazing ground for the sheep. The route leads us along narrow paths and small streams. The green ambiance comes to life with the chirping of birds and the seldom hustle of wild animals. We take a quick break at Roshe Kharka, and after taking advice from the locals, we head to Rupina La Phedi. The trail sees a gradual rise in elevation, but we can mount it slowly and steadily. The road to high camp goes through Sumrang Kharka, and the next day, we cross the Rupina La pass.

The pass is slippery and windy but can be crossed with supervision. From the summit, we admire the gorgeous view of the snow-capped mountains like Manaslu and Gaurishankar. After crossing the interesting Rupina-La (4610m), we then back down to Tibetan villages like Nyak, Philim, and Dobhan. Along the way, we observe the ruins of Khampa people who once inhabited these parts. We now enter the opening parts of the Manasalu region, and once we arrive at Maccha Khola, we can see the roaring river and small settlements. Walk past the hydropower plant and through Khorlabeshi. Move towards Soti Khola and observe the roaring Budi Gandaki river as well. A quick ride from here will take you to Kathmandu via Arughat and there, this journey will end. You have many choices after pass the Rupina-La pass. If you have time, you can continue towards Larkya La pass or Tsum valley trek.

We always try to keep our guests happy and satisfied, therefore we manage well-behaving friendly human resources, with the best cook, serving tasty foods to our valuable guests. We are waiting for you to join us for such an exciting and unforgettable trip.

Highlights

√ Unique cultural blend of Tibetan, and their life styles.
√ Excellent views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others
√ Tsum and Gurung culture, tradition, religion, and lifestyle of the Manaslu region.
Offer the picturesque turbulent river gorges, pristine lakes with nice waterfalls
√ Rare wildlife and vegetation, showcasing of the Alpine, Sub-alpine and sub-tropical climatic regions.
√ Beautiful Buddhist monasteries, chortens and mani walls reflecting architecture and art

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 14 days
Max altitude: 1915m - 4610m
Difficulty: Medium to hard
Accommodation: Teahouse & Camping
Starting / Ending: Kathmandu
Season: Mar to May & Sept to Nov
Transport : Sharing & Private vehicle
Permits:Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Entry Permit and, TIMS card
Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft. )

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our company representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Company representative welcomes you by offering the holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath(sacred Hindu temple), city, full of various vehicles, peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: Welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Free day at Kathmandu

We recommend you to take an extra day in Kathmandu on the second day of the trip. Due to several hours of flight travel, physical mentally could be exhaust. Therefore it is an ideal idea to stop a day in Kathmandu before starting your Himalayas trip and prepare for the trip. During the free day at Ktm, you can simply stay relax or to make your the day memorable you can do sightseeing tour on world's UNESCO Heritage sites or you can do 1hr Everest Mountain Flight tour or 3h30min Everest Helicopter tour or 1h30min Langtang Helicopter tourrock climbing, etc.
[Included meals: bed and breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Drive to Barpak(1915m/6262ft. ), 6-7hr drive

This day several rivers we have to pass and up and down way through the forest, we pass the Kayaure Gurung village, several up and down and forest, village and forest walk. Barpak is a settlement of more than 60 houses with the majority of Gurung and Chettri Brahaman and many people from this village are in British Gorkha and Indian Gorkha army. Clustered stone-roofed houses, stone-built narrow alleys and panoramic view of Buddha Himal are the major attractions of Barpak. Barpak has small but nice houses with modern amenities like toilets, shower, and internet facilities inside the house.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Trek to Gai kharka(2900m/9483ft. ), 5-6hr walk

We will start our uphill walk to Gai Kharka. We will walk by some settlements and villages. Near Kharka, the villages become sparse, and the views get better to us. We descent to Tumsiak village following Daraudi Khola ascend through different vegetation and climatic condition. We ascent to Gai Kharka, crossing the beautiful forest and quiet place. In the evening we will reach Gai Kharka and set up our tent for the night here.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Trek to Rupina La Phedi(3800m/12426ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Today is our short trek and gives the best views of snow-capped mountains. The trail through the pine forest and enter the alpine meadows. We will ascend to reach Rupina La Base Camp (4000m). After walking for a couple of hours, we will reach to Sumrang Kharka. This is a pleasant destination with a fresh breeze and fantastic landscape scenery. We will walk up to Phedi and hike further up to acclimatize.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 06: Trek to Baudha Base Camp(3600m/11772ft. ) via Rupina La Pass(4610m), 6-7hr walk

You will begin our trek early in the morning with the breath-taking views of the mountains. The day is a bit challenging and strenuous day because of the step-up and moving stones trail. We begin our trek towards Rupina La Pass following the steep trail. After about 4hr walk, we arrive at the pass. The highest trail to Rupina Lass Pass at an altitude of 4610m from where the gorgeous view of Gorkha Himal, Himchuli, Bouddha Himal, and Peak 29 alongside the significant mountains can be viewed. We spend there for a while for the exotic view and taking pictures. Then we descend downhill to Baudha Himal base camp takes another 3hr where there is small hut built by herders.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 07: Trek to Jhong Kharka(2960m/9679ft. ), 6-7hr walk

We will start our day with a beautiful Himalayan sunrise at the base camp. We walk next to the glacier to Jarang and following the trail to Jong Kharka between of Chhuling Khola and Rebing Khola, viewing Gorkha Himal, Himal Chuli, Bouddha Himal, peak 29 and many others peaks then we reach to Jhong Kharka.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 08: Trek to Nyak(2340m/7652ft. ), 5-6hr walk

The trek from Jarang to Nyak begins with the fluctuating trail up hill. We will descend down the valley crossing the big grassy slopes. We will see stunning views of Ganesh Himal and descend to the Budhi Gandaki Khola. We follow on the left side of chhuling Khola passing through Gomna and Serang village to Nyak village. We will trek on the rocky slopes and then enter to Nyak following a trek down through the pasture to reach the campsite. We get to interact with the villagers and see their lifestyle.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 09: Trek to Philim(1590m), 6-7hr walk

Continues walk to reach lower warm areas of Gorkha district heading with leads into more farm villages and nice tended fields and terraces with millet-barley and other crops, as the morning walk drops on losing altitude every hour reaching warmer areas of rice paddies at Philim village, a nice and loveliest village of Manaslu and Gorkha area.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

 

 

Day 10: Trek to Dovan, 4-5hr walk

After having breakfast in the morning we will slowly start our trekking towards Dovan after spending one night in Philim. While doing this day trekking from Philim to Dovan which pass through pine and rhododendron forest and enjoy views of Himalchuli Mountains and spends one night in Dovan.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 11: Trek to Machhakhola(930m), 4hr walk

After having breakfast in the morning we will slowly start our trekking towards beautiful village Machhakhola. It takes almost 4hr to reach Machhakhola from Dovan. We will descend down to the lower Jagat and trek on the rocky path. We then cross a suspension bridge and descend down through the forest to reach Yarubagar. Trek on the rocky trail and walk down through the forest. Further, we cross numerous rivers on multiple occasions and reach Machha Khola.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 12: Trek to Sotikhola(730m), 5hr walk

Today is the last day of our trek in the Manaslu region. The views of hills and mountains far in the north get better as we walk to Soti Khola. We begin our trek descending the hill along the sandy riverbed to reach Khorlabesi. We then cross the rice terraced field and ascend to the side of the cliff. The trail is full of rock walls and further, we will ascend on to a ridge. After passing through several Sal forests and then climb onto the ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki, we reach Soti Khola.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu, 7-8hr walk

After having our breakfast in the hotel at Sothi Khola we will drive back to Kathmandu by bus.
The route will go through the dusty newly built road to Arughat Bazaar. From here, We will drive towards Gorkha Bazaar with the views of Ganesh Himal ranges and the beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the roads on the way take 7-8hr to reach KTM. After reaching there our representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
[Included meals: Dinner in Ktm]
Overnight at hotel

Day 14: Departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle.
[Included meals: Breakfast]

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sharing bus tickets from KTM-Barpak & Soti Khola-KTM[upgrade possible]

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary

+ Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit for all members

+ Manaslu Conservation Area Entry Permit for all members

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with host family

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guides & Porters

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-Aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

+Additional porter:

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category


Nepal Visas

You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. For further information, visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit a copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to an unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to a health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In many cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be covered in these cases.

Money and Gratuity

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to graduate their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Gratuity; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 12 - 20 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
14 days
Season
Mar to May & Sept to Nov
Region
Manaslu Region
Grade
Medium to Hard
Altitude
4610m
Walking
5-6hr
Accommodation
Tea-house & Camping