Rupinala Pass Trekking

16 Day(s)

Overview RupinaLa Pass Trekking is a challenging and off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal that takes you through stunning landscapes, remote villages, and over a high mountain pass. The Rupina La pass trek is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Rupina la is a forbidden and unbeaten trail of Manaslu, which was officially opened to tourists in 1991 AD. There are interesting oral histories about the Rupina la Trek. Local people in Larpak and Barpak villages say that once upon a time there was a female shepherd named RUPINA. She was missing from the area when she grazed the sheep, and the Pass become Rupina la…


RupinaLa Pass Trekking is a challenging and off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal that takes you through stunning landscapes, remote villages, and over a high mountain pass. The Rupina La pass trek is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Rupina la is a forbidden and unbeaten trail of Manaslu, which was officially opened to tourists in 1991 AD.

There are interesting oral histories about the Rupina la Trek. Local people in Larpak and Barpak villages say that once upon a time there was a female shepherd named RUPINA. She was missing from the area when she grazed the sheep, and the Pass become Rupina la Pass. The trek is not as popular as some of the more well-known treks in Nepal, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it offers a unique experience for those looking for a more remote and rugged adventure. The trek usually takes around 18-19 days and involves camping and trekking through challenging terrain.

Rupinala pass Trek route is a challenging and difficult trekking pass in Nepal, where very few trekkers have succeeded in completing this trek despite it being a very beautiful and interesting landscape. Rupina La Pass Trekking is not only geographically spectacular but also culturally fascinating, circumnavigating Rupina pass. It offers superb Himalayan scenery Manaslu (8,163 m), Peak 29 (7,871 m), Himal Chuli (7,893 m, Boudha Himal (6,672 m), Ganesh Himal ranges, and Langtang Himal ranges with lush valleys, beautiful landscape, wild animals, and birds.

Rupina la Trekking itinerary begins from Barpak village in Gorkha District along with Dharach Dada and Darundi Khola. It is located in the central Himalayas of Nepal. Rupina la Pass Trekking is a picturesque camping trek in the Himalayas. In the past, this trek route was a summer trade route between Tibet and Nepal.

Conclusion and Summary

Rupinala pass Trekking is not a very high pass, it is just 4,610 m above sea level, though crossing it in winter can be a challenge. It is best to do this trek in April and May or September and October. On our camping treks in the Himalayas, our expert trekking teams provide all gear and foodstuffs.

Trip Highlights

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


Landing at Kathmandu international airport and transfer to your hotel in Thamel downtown. All aspects of hiking gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared with hiking gear to cross Rupina la and Larkyala.

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, including Gorkha palace. The journey over Prithivi Highway beside the Trisuli River is great. Its scenic countryside drives passing beautiful hamlets and mystical landscapes. Likewise, we follow the Marsyangdi riverbank and continue to drive further to Abu Khairani Bazaar.

Moreover, we get to Gorkha Durbar and finally reach Baluwa in a few hours. The overland drive from Gorkha palace to Baluwa distance is about 12 kilometers. Palace Gorkha to Baluwa has an off-road drive on a gravel road. The place is located on the bank of the 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.

Today, our hiking path follows the upstream of the Daraudi River passing the paddy field to the right flank of the stream. Hike for around 3 hours to get to a scenic place for a lunch spot before steps climbing. The nature path rises higher up, and a dazzling perspective of the 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 in 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 worth an early evening explore the village that exposes social culture, life living, and village community.

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. A massive earthquake disaster in 2015 collapsed the Brapak village and rebuild again. So, they have tiny guest houses with modern amenities like toilets, a shower, and internet facilities inside the homestay.

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

It’s one of the long days walks 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 nice camping grounds to set up a campsite on the Daraudi River bank before you head up the difficulty rupin la.

A tough day, especially trek difficulty day ascends uphill to Rupina la hilltop. The step-up and moving stones trail of Rupina la pass 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 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.

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, Tourists can see Gorkha Himal, Himal chuli, Bouddha Himal, peak 29. Stay overnight at the campsite.

Having a hot breakfast at camp, we start to walk to our destination, this day we walk through the forest and some villages, most of the part descending part to get to Ngayak Phedi. We follow on the left side of chhilung Khola passing through Gomna and Serang village to Nyak village.

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 shortens all around.

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.

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.

We spend almost half a day here in order to acclimatize travel buddy. As you stay 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 5/6 hours because the distance from Samagaun to Manaslu Base Camp is 5.1 kilometers. You can travel and 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.

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), 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).

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.

Today Follow the trail downstream of the Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Dharapani. Later on, an overland drive runs gently downstream of the river passing the Chamje village. 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. In this way, our trip ends and we wish you a wonderful journey and further destination.

What's Included

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer on your arrival in Nepal with a private Car transfer.
  •  Single night double bedroom Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  •  15 Breakfast, 15 Lunch, and 14 Dinner serve with tea/coffee during the hikes.
  •  Tent accommodation and camping food supplies serve with TEA/COFFEE along the rupin la hiking.
  •  Around Manaslu special trekking permits are USD 100 per person per week.
  •  Annapurna Conservation Area permits and Manaslu conservation permits and their fees.
  •  World heritage sites seeing with a guide and a transfer with a Non AC private car.
  • Private Transport from Kathmandu to Baluwa till trek starting point.
  •  Available jeep ride (Passenger collection basis) transfer from Tal to Besisahar Bazaar.
  •  Fully escorted trek with an English-speaking license holder local guide and each 1 guest 1 Porter basis.
  •  Micro Bus or Mini Bus transfer back from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
  •  Insurance, Food and accommodation, and salary of Nepali trekking Guide, cook, and porters.
  •  Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for Rupina la trekking.
  •  Trek certificate and Manaslu rupinala pass trek map – keep them as a souvenir.
  •  First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check heart rate at a higher altitude to avoid high risk [with guide].
  •  Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

What's Excluded

Off the beaten Rupina la pass trek price excludes:-

  •  Nepal entry visa fees are US$ 40.
  •  Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  •  Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  •  Tourist personal trekking equipment’s and Clothing.
  •  Personal nature expenses, and bar bills.
  •  Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  •  Any donation and monument entrance fees.
  •  Gratuities for guide, cook, and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  •  Any other things which are not mentioned above

Trip Information

Duration : 19 Days

Max-Altitude : 5,160

Program Type : Tea House / Camping

Best Season : Sep To Jan, March To August

Per Day Walking : 5/6 H

Trek Grade :  Moderate 

Hold Your Guide : Lal Gurung

USD 2350 2500 /person
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