Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek is one of the challenging treks in Nepal. Rupina La Pass trekking route was only officially opened for tourists in 1991. The entire Manaslu region is geographically spectacular naturally and culturally due to the gorgeous Himalayan scenery, lush valleys, beautiful landscapes, diverse flora and fauna and mix ethnicities. During the trek, one can enjoy the Tibetan culture with the lifestyle of the people.
When you walk through typical ethnic villages to northward delightful valley and alpine meadows you will reach to beautiful Tibetan-style villages. As you walk up the hill each day you will feel the geological variation impacts on cultural aspect. When walking to higher altitudes you will not feel the humid temperature of the lowlands.
You will start Manaslu Rupina La Pass trek from Barpak, keep walking through the well-preserved countryside and heading towards Rupinala (4670m) pass, where the trail emerges into the wilderness for several days before coming down to Budi Gandaki River valley. As you gain altitude, the valley ultimately gives a glimpse of the wonderful cluster of villages and mountain pastures beneath Mount Manaslu’s extensive North Face. The trail reaches Samagaon, the main and important village on the expedition route to Manaslu peak and trekking route to Manaslu. During the trek, you don’t see any other trekkers for the first ten days while making the circuit of Mount Manaslu via Rupina La. After crossing both Rupina La Pass we walk down the Marsyangdi valley and follow the Annapurna circuit trail and take a land transport from Arkhet to Kathmandu via Beshisahar and thus conclude the trek.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by representative Trek Himalayan and transferred to your hotel. This day is simply an arrival day and there will no organized activities. So you will have some free time to relax or walk around for local sights. A pre-departure meeting will be held early evening or next day as per your convenience. In the meeting you will be introduced with our trekking guide. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast at Hotel your guide will meet you and take you to city sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site and possibly you can view cremation and Hindu rituals along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square and explore ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour with a lunch. After that you will view ancient Nepalese art in the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha and from Gorkha Bazaar walk up to the Gorkha palace which is the nice view point and an important historical place related to King Prithivi Narayan Shah, visit there about 15 minutes around the palace enjoying nice mountain views and then walk to the camp site. The camp site is a very nice view point of Boudhahimal, Himchuli and Manaslu.
We wake up early in the morning and have a look over beautiful mountains to the North .Then we leave Gorkha and head for Nibel, a beautiful village. This day the trail descends several steps passing down and we reach a rough road where no vehicles ply over. You have to walk several up and down from the side of the road and most of flat trail along the ridge both side. You will pass through the forested hills, snaking winding river where fishermen casting their nets, rice fields, trees loaded with fruits, water buffalos grazing in the field, thatched huts with diverse ethnic people and local ‘bhattis’ (Nepali teahouses) along the traditional villages trail for a quick dal bhat or cup of tea. After leisurely six to seven hours walk on the first day, we set our camp below the small village of Nibel and enjoy our first mountain sunset over the neighboring river.
The trail lead us continue lovely scenery though the bustling ethnic villages, over several suspension bridges spanning the river, past a high waterfall trail and back up just a bit to reach our camp at Chanaute in the late afternoon. Then the rest of the time you can explore around the village or walk down to the river and rest on you on the smooth river rocks next to the wonderful swimming pond. The staff might even pick up some small fish for dinner.
After having breakfast we start another beautiful day walking in the morning, to avoid the afternoon sun for our steep, long climb up with several chautaras (rest stops) and continue through wide passage between the houses. You will see grains and vegetables drying on the courtyard of the houses, several shops, viewpoints.You can see BouddhHimal, a high, snow-capped peak which makes for wonderful sunrise and sunset. Overnight at camp.
This day several rivers you will pass along the way, through the forest. Barpak is a settlement of more than 60 houses with majority of Gurung, Chettri and Brahman ethnic people. Many youths from this village are in British and Indian armies.
Leaving Barpak, you will trek through gentle ascent path following villages and terraces and then the trail appears a bit difficult as you have to trek upward. While walking, you can enjoy the splendid views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal, ShringiHimal and green hills. Overnight at camp.
This day you will walk through thick forests with rare chances to see bear, deer, leopard but you will see many local mountain birds. The trail is quite gentle ascent and sometimes while passing this area you can see mountain views. Overnight at camp.
You will trek through rain forest covered with bamboo, juniper, oak and many other plants and shrubs. This day also there comes the possibility of encountering bear, deer, leopard and many colorful local birds. Your camp will be nearby forest.
The trail moves gentle upward crossing Rupinala pass (4720m.). This day you camp overnight at RupinalaPhedi which is a grazing field. Today, mountain views become closer to you and you can enjoy the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, BoudhaHimal and ShringiHimal along the way.
After a few more ups and downs through forests, the trail turns a corner and arrives at Nyak. Overnight at Camp.
The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive. We cross the village of Lama, and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering a high country Buddhist region. After only about four hours we reach the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan area. There’s a perceptible change in the climate and culture. It gets pleasantly cool, as we start to gain the altitude.
Today we enter the area influenced by Buddhism. The valley becomes steeper and there is a long climb through bamboo and rhodhodenron to the village of Namrung. The trail now enters the Nupri region. The people here are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived over 500 years ago. Typical Tibetan features include the entrance gates to the villages, mani walls and Buddhist gompas. Beyond here the valley opens out and soon passes through the Tibetan village of Dho. Above this village we get views of Manaslu and Naike Peak and from the next village of Lho we see Ganesh I down the valley.
The higher altitude takes us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani walls and 3 more crossing of the BuriGandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing gently now, and crossing a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, we reach the Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m. We will get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead from Sho. As we continue we come to Lho, a large village at 3150 metres where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible.
Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of SamaGaon, 3500m. We reach SamaGompa, 20 minutes beyond the village and Samdo, near the Tibetan border.
Acclimatization day at SamaGaon& explore Birendra Lake & monasteries surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest. It is a good time to catch up on the book or wash clothes.
Another day of incredible mountain views, past the long maniwallsandChorten at KermoKharka then descend to the BhudiGandaki and old herding settlement of Samdo inhabitants are Tibetan, and were ceded the land by the king of Jumla over 500 years ago. This is trading point of China and India in long time ago. Get out and take a walk around the village, where the inhabitants live an essentially Tibetan lifestyle, herding their yaks, sheep and goats, training their horses and planting barley. Camp tonight here.
The trail leads us to the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the trade markets of Larkya bazaar. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly overwhelming panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch surrounded breathtaking mountains scenery and blue sheep territory, grazing nearby on the barren hill-sides. You’ll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We’ll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow.
Trek LarkeyPhadi to via Larkya La (4930m) to Bimphedi (3590m) – 7 to 8 hours After very morning breakfast, the trail goes to North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Then walking about four hours we will get on the top of the Larkya La (4930m), view of wonderful panoramic mountains; HimlungHimal (7126meter), CheoHimal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters) equally stunning from both sides. The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. After praing the God and yelling ‘Ki ki so solhagyalo’ (may the Gods be victorious), get ready drop often slippery trail following the glacial moraine finally to the Bimphedi, where ‘Three Sisters Hotel’ , is the evening clouds gather and turn pink behind the surrounding peaks. It’s all worthwhile now.
The trail descents along the fig tree and rhododendron fortes,through the rocky river-bed and sliding hillsides to several small green villages. Eventually, after long but very scenic day, we reach the large village of Tilje, inhabitants of mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so have a unique architecture and culture, and eat mix foods – dal bhat, buckwheat dhido, tsampa and Tibetan salt-tea. We see ahead marks of Annapurna Circuit Trekking board.
It’s an easy trekking day following the DudhKhola through bamboo forests down to Dharapani, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering at the gompa in Thongje on the old Annapurna trail. Trekking south on the main Annapurna Circuit trail, and following down the Marsyangdi River crossing bridge twice to reach the small village of Karte. And continue decent along the cliff rocky trail before crossing the Marsyangdiriver. Before us, we see the wide plain and waterfall at scenic Tal (lake), the last village of the Lower Manang region. We’ll set up our campsite on the grassy lawn of the last teahouse in Tal or can stay overnight in the simple facilitate hotel. Take the afternoon to amble over to the waterfall at the other end of town, and wander through this little hamlet.
Continuing walk down along the Masyangdi riverside, Tal Phedi and small teahouses at Sattale continue down through the lush forest and wild Mariana to the another suspension bridge nearby Chamche with a beautiful waterfall. From here the road starts.We descend through the woods, leads us to the small, somewhat wild-looking village of Syange, where our vehicle is waiting for us. We’ll have a bumpy drive to BesiSahar where we set up our last campsite and get ready for our last night’s party with the staff and porters in the evening!
On this pleasant day you may have a full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Or, you may do your last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives.
Our airport representative will come to pick you up and transfer you to the International Airport according to your flight time.
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