Rupina La Pass Trek


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Rupina la pass hike

Trip Summary

    1. Rupina La Trek Duration: 18 Days
    2. Rupina La Pass Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    3. Larkya la Pass Elevation: 5,106 meters/16,752 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Hiking Group-Size: 2-16 People
    6. Best Time: April to November (except June/july/August)
    7. Trip Mode: Lodge + Tent Camp Basis
    8. Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Jeep/bus

The Rupina la pass trek lies almost 127 Km northwest from Kathmandu on the lap of Manaslu Range. It is an adventure pass 4,610m, tough and mostly snow-covered from October until the end of April.

The big rocks along the Rupila la are just adventures as they are moving while on a crossing. A big challenge of Rupina la is located over the moraine with moving rocks and have no place around to set up the campsite. Walk further passing some of the glacial lakes on the foothill of Buddha Himal glacier, we touch the main classical Manaslu trek at Ngayak Phedi in the Gorkha district.

Adventure Rupina la is a geographically spectacular and of the beaten trail in the Lower Manaslu region. Wilderness and hazard Rupina La Pass Trek starts from Baluwa (about 12-kilo meters rough road after Gorkha bazaar) after driving 9 hours from Kathmandu. Tourists reach Baluwa, a sandy ground passing tiny villages, rivers, and nice rice terraces.

Majestic Rupina la trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The waterfall en route is tall and impressive. Typical houses and local people’s lifestyles really touch your heart. Trek to Rupina La pass is a less touristic area trek lies on the foothill of Manaslu and officially opened for tourists in 1991.

Rupina la pass trekking

Furthermore, the views of Manaslu (8,163m), peak 29 (7,879m) Himal Chuli (7,893m), and Boudha (6,672m) are wonderful here. Crossing about Rupina la height 4,610 meters, we catch the main classical Manaslu circuit trek and also cross another challenging Larkya pass trek of Manaslu. Many places don’t stay lodges. So, we can arrange a tent camping trek. Trek to Rupina la is totally wilderness excursion and possible to explore at any time (except winter) throughout the year.


Rupina la pass trek itinerary details.

Our Rupinala pass plus Manaslu circuit is a classical trek. Around 18 days trek itinerary compared to most walks in Manaslu Zone region. We have design rupina la trek route for world explorers who wish to hike in a relaxing manner can try this itinerary. However, if you are planning with limited time-wise, take a look at this special itinerary on Around Manaslu short trek – 13 Days.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with the breakfast plan. Our representative will brief you rupina la trek information.

2 Day World heritage sites tour in Kathmandu, 6 hours.

All aspects of hiking gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared to departure to cross rupina la. Later lunch, we explore Kathmandu city. In ancient times, Kathmandu town was marked as a city of glory. We visit Boudha stupa, Pashupati temple – Hindu’s most holy temple where the cremation takes place at the holy river Bagmati. If time permits, we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Living Goddess Temple. In the evening, check your hiking gear with a guide and buy or rent necessary gear in Thamel stores.

3 DayOverland drive to Gorkha Bazzar & to Baluwa (755m/2,475 feet), 8 hours.

As our crew is ready, we drive to Gongabu Bus station to get a coach to Baluwa at the Daraudi Riverbank. Kathmandu to Baluwa bazaar takes about 8 hours bus ride passing over most historic sites, Gorkha palace. The journey over Prithivi High way beside the Trisuli River is great. Its scenic countryside driving passing beautiful hamlets and mystical landscape. Likewise, we follow the Marsyangdi riverbank continue to drive further to Abu Khairani Bazaar. Moreover, we get to Gorkha Durbar and finally reach Baluwa in few hours. Overland drive from Gorkha palace to Baluwa distance is about 12-kilo meters. Palace Gorkha to Baluwa has an off-road drive on a gravel road. The place is located on the bank of Daraudi River valley farmland. Have in mind that we can arrange for you a comfortable 4WD jeep drive from Kathmandu to Baluwa at an extra cost. Stay overnight at Tent.

4 DayBarpak village trek (1,915m/6,262 feet), 7 hours.

Today, our hiking path follows the upstream of Daraudi River passing paddy field to right flank of the stream. Hike for around 3 hours to get a scenic place for a lunch spot before steps climbing. The nature path rises higher up, a dazzling perspective on stream valley and Buddha Himal (6,672m) on the foundation can be seen incredibly. Trail raises however dry terraced cultivating field and crowds cover. Still, the present hikes step towards the biggest Barpak, Ghale Gurung settlement.

Barpak is a big Ghale and Gurung settlement almost the biggest village of the entire Gorkha District. Villagers are engaging in the Ex-Indian and British Army, so they have good economic growth from the remittance. As they have hydroelectricity, people can use the internet and watch TV news. Barpak hiking is worthy as an early evening explore the village that exposes social culture, life living, and village community.

5 DayExploring Barpak village

Barpak village produces many ex-army men in British and India, is also known popular man Late Capt. Gaje Ghale – awarded by famous Victoria Cross medal. Clustered stone-roofed houses, stone-built narrow alleys, and a panoramic view of Buddha Himal are the major attractions of Barpak. Brapak village collapsed by massive earthquake disaster in 2015 and rebuild again. So, they have tiny guest houses with modern amenities like toilets, a shower, and internet facilities inside the homestay.

6 DayGai Kharka trek (2,900m/9,483 feet), 7 hours

Saving energy in Barpak village again we begin to walk for next destination Gai Kharka. This day descent to tumsiak village and following Daraudi Khola and all way ascent to Gai Kharka, crossing the beautiful forest and quite place then we will arrive Gai Kharka.

7 DayRubinala Phedi trek (3,800m/12,426 feet), 7 hours.

It’s one of the long day walk that we have to cross over the Daraudi River. But the Rubin la phedi journey is intriguing as we go to Sanrung Kharka. Rubina La Phedi is a Rupina la base camp or base camp of Rubina la pass. Our expert Guide search a nice camping ground to set up a campsite on Daraudi River bank before you head up the difficulty rupin la.

8 DayRupinala Pass trek &amp: to Boudha Himal Base Camp (3,600m/11,772 feet), 7 hours.

A tough day, especially trek difficulty day ascend uphill to Rupina la hilltop. Cross Rupina la PASS because of the step-up and moving stones trail, Rupina la pass trek is difficult to descend. This is the highest trail during the Rubina la Pass, located at an altitude of 15,434 feet. Trek ascend to Rubina La summit takes about 4 hours then descend down the hill to Buddha Himal base camp hikes takes another 3 hours. There is also a little hut with a limited tourist capacity where people like to stay overnight.

9 DayRupina la base camp to Jhon Kharka hikes (2,960m/9,679 feet), 6 hours

Today, we walk next to the glacier campsite to Jarang at 3420m. The nature trail to Jong kharka between of chhuling khola and rebing khola, Tourist can see Gorkha himal, himal chuli, Bouddha himal, peak 29. Stay overnight at campsite.

10 DayNyak phedi hike (2,340m/7,652 feet), 5 hours.

Having a hot breakfast we start to walk our destination, this days we walk through the forest and some villages, most of part is descending part to get Ngayak phedi. We follow on the lefeet side of chhilung khola passing through Gomna and Serang village to Nyak village.

11 Day Ghap village trek (2,100m/6,867 feet) 7 hours.

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River – a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the conventional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around.

12 DayLho gaun trek (3,200m/10,464 feet) 7 hours.

Crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki, we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7,774 m) and Manaslu (8,150 m) are visible from here. Tonight, we fix the camp near a spring at Lho gaon – a small village.

13 DaySama gompa trek (3,500m/11,445 feet) 6 hours.

You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall after Lho with a full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close-up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungent Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for an overnight stay.

14 Day Manaslu Base Camp Hiking or explore Samagaon and Samdo Trek (4,500m/14,715 feet), 3 hours.

We spend almost half day here in order to acclimatize travel buddy. During your staying in Samagaun you can hike the Manaslu Base Camp, Phungen Gompa, and local excursions to visit Birendra lake. Manaslu base camp hiking trail is a thin steep ascent to a slope and to a moraine but the view of the Himalayan glacier, turquoise lake, and the mountains from all angles is just splendid.

Trekking to Manaslu Base Camp takes approximately 5 hours because the distance from Samagaun to Manaslu Base Camp is 5.1 kilometers. You can travel talk with your guide to make it happen. Travel buddy returns to Samagaun guest house for delicious Lunch.

Later lunch, we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement to Samdo. Village Samdo is a tiny settlement with 200 people in forty local houses. Samagaon to Samdo trek distance is 16.4 km (10.17 miles) and takes about 3 hours.

15 DayCross Larkya La pass (5,215m/17,053 feet) and trek to Bhimthang (3590 m) 8 hours.

Climb to Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top hill high pass, the Manaslu panorama is magnificent. Likewise, hikers can watch the Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,820 m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981 m), and the Annapurna II (7,937 m), etc. The descent trail to Bimthang is steep through moraines. Likewise, the distance from Samdo to Bimthang is 16.3 kilometers (10.2 miles).

16 DayTilje village hikes (3,900m/12,753 feet) 8 hours.

Today, the hiking route gets easier. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through big tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje village. The distance from Bimthang to Tilje is 26 kilometers (16.12 miles) and takes about eight hours.

17 Day Tal village trek (1,725m/5,640 feet), 4 hours.

Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Tal village for overnight stay. If Tourist want to make the next day short drive then take a bus ride down to Besisahar today and next day to Kathmandu.

18 DayOverland drive to Besisahar (800m/2,625 feet) and return Kathmandu town, 9 hours.

Today the overland drive runs gently downstream of the river passing the Chamje village and Himal Pani. Continue to drive through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for lunch in Besisahar, we drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, a guide will arrange a transfer to the hotel.

19 DayFinal departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.


How much does the Rupina la pass trek cost?

An adventure Rupina la hikes cost USD 1,950 per person is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury Tent style trekking tour plan, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) with attached bathroom while trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Off the beaten Rupina la pass trekking cost include

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights twin sharing Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast plan.
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days.
  • Fully escorted trek with an English speaking license holder local guide and each 1 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Tent accommodation and camping food supplies serve with TEA/COFFEE along the rupin la hiking.
  • Around Manaslu special trekking permits USD 100 per person per week.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and Manaslu conservation permits and their fees.
  • World heritage sites seeing guide and a transfer with a Non AC private vehicle.
  • Locale Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Baluwa till trek starting point.
  • Available jeep ride (Passanger collection basis) transfer from Tal to Besisahar Bazaar.
  • Micro Bus or mini Bus transfer back from Besisahar to kathmandu (Passanger collection basis).
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Latest updated rupina la pass trek map for each person, you keep this map as a soveneur.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Off the beaten Rupina la pass trek cost exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

We can organize private rupina la pass combine with Larke pass Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight details and request for pickup. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Rupina la pass trekking?.

Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about a little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Rupina la pass trek?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and tent accommodation on trek routes where the lodges are not available. However, we advise you to take your own sleeping bag if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it in the Thamel market in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Rupina la pass trek?.

Answer: Our professional cook cooks a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, rice, fresh vegetables. Similarly, we serve dinner and breakfast at the same place you spend the night every day and Lunch will be served on the way to the next place where we hike.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Rupina la pass trek?.

Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Rupina la pass trekking group?.

Answer: You can buy bottled mineral water often at the guesthouses. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these plastics. Instead, we provide you with boiled water on a camping day. And bring Aqua Tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in almost all places en route.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: During the lodge trekking, the Tourist will have a better chance to recharge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Are there any communication facilities on Rupina la pass trek?.

Answer: We recommend you buy a local SIM card while you are in Kathmandu. In this way, you will have often internet (buy cheap DATA Pack) and call at home at a cheap price.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trek?.

Answer: No.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit in the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payments can be made on your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Rupina la pass trek?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?.

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?.

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

Question: Do I need walking poles?.

Answer: Better to hike with walking poles, no matter which type of hiking poles you are using. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Trekking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?.

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

Rupina la pass trek review

The most Scenic Rupina la trip

100% 5 star based on – 303 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

Watching the most popular trek route videos, we finally decided to visit adventure off the beaten path rupina la trek in Manaslu, Nepal.

Reading the reviews in the internet forum, we choose Gokyo Treks Agency for our 2 weeks trip in Rupina la pass trek starting from Historical Gorkha palace.

We were 3 tourists from Tirol, me, my wife and a daughter ulli had a great time with our friendly guide Som. Sorry to say that we couldn’t cross over Rupina la due to over snowing in mountains. But we had a great spectacular view near Rupina la summit and Daraudi river valley.

We returned and follow downhill to visit Laprak village and further down at Machhakhola to catch the main trail. We have a great time with nepali trekkers while we were spending our 2 weeks’ time in Rupina la adventure. Thank you Gokyo Treks for arranging the best hiking crew and made our journey safe. We can’t wait to return for Rupinala again in October 2022. – Frank Schmutzler, Garmisch, Bavaria, Germany.

Rupina la + Larkya Pass trek review

Rupina la + Larkya Pass Route was impressive

100% 5 star based on – 289 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

We are two person myself and my partner had an amazing time in Nepal. We choose rupina la combine with larkya la pass trek route with Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency.

Ammar, who answered all of our questions in order to make our travel itinerary better. The company were honest and helpful, so we felt safe and were able to amend the itinerary slightly when we needed to. The trek was well organized and with enough time to acclimatise and enjoy the side trips en route.

Our Guide was Ram, very experienced and put a lot of effort into making sure we were fit and well each day. The day trek over the both high passes were very strenuous and in bad conditions. Ram helped us handling the situation and would have struggled without him.

We definitely want to return to Nepal for our next trip to Everest Base Camp with the same company and same guide. Well worth the money. – Markus and Suzanne Wirth, Maria-Theresien-Straße Innsbruck, Austria.

The best of Rupina la pass trek highlights

  • Adventure rupina la offers picturesque turbulent river gorges, pristine lakes with nice waterfalls.
  • The trek has unique cultural blend of Tibetan, less tourist, Nepali people, and their life styles.
  • Tibetan Buddhism culture, Diversified unspoiled Eco systems.
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others, Larkya la pass (5153m).

Rupina la pass trek note:

Majestic Rupina la journey is an adventure high pass trek in Nepal. Hike Rupina la is possible with a camping + lodge basis trip the last couple of years which helps to reduce in tour cost. Reaching the summit is a slippy and moving rock, the hiking just across the pass is adventurous. The route is totally wilderness from Brapak village until Gap settlements thus only tent camp is possible. The high adventure trek itinerary as stated above is subject to modification according to your wishes. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. The physical, technical, and natural conditions may change this above itinerary on the field while on an operation.

What makes Rupina la pass trek special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, expert, and licensed local guides who know the target destination better than others.

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