Rupina la Pass Trek

Rupina La GlacierRupina La Pass Trek 4,610m is an adventurous and interesting pass lying in the lower Manaslu region of the Gorkha district. It is a geographically spectacular and unbeaten trail of the Lower Manaslu region. Manaslu Rupina La Trek is not so high pass but it is a physically demanding and adventurous pass of Nepal. The trekking route covers many villages mainly inhabited by Gurung and gives us a chance to be a part of amazing culture and tradition. The Trekking trail is wild with no human residence until Nyak from Laprak. Rupina la is very rich in green rhododendron and pine forest, altering geographical terrain which offers an excellent view of Himalayan scenery, rivers and waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, lush valleys, and a wide range of animals and birds. The trek starts from Gorkha Bazar, the headquarters of Gorkha District, and can be followed the trekking routes follow Darundi Khola and join the Manaslu circuit Trek at Nyak. From Nyak, the trek can be continued to the Manaslu circuit Trek.

Highlight Overviews of Rupina La Pass Trek

  • Trekking in the epicentre of Nepal earthqake on 25 April 2015
  • Visit the old kingdom of Nepal, Gorkha
  • A mixture of Unique Culture and Natural beauty.
  • Trekking in the non human settlement and lowest glacier of Nepal Buddha Himal glacier.
  • Front mirrow view of Mt. Boudha Himal sacred mountain of local and Mt. Sringi Himal
  • Trip Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Date & Price
  • Includes & Excludes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trip Extension

Name of Trek:

Rupina la Trek


Lower Manaslu Region

Trekking Grade:

Moderate to Strenous 


Tour and Trekking

Minimum Altitude:


Maximum Altitude:



Spring and Autumn


Camping Trek


Land Transportation 

Trek duration:

20 Days (16 Days for Trek)

Trekking Starting Point:


Trekking Ending Point:


Walking hour per day:

5 to 7 hours

Group Size:

5 to 10 peoples

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, and Welcome dinner in the evening. You'll be met at the airport by a representative from Manaslu Tours. Our representative will transfer to the Hotel and will have a welcome drink in the evening with traditional Nepalese cuisine. 

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

  • SWAYAMBHUNATH, also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu.
  • BOUDHANATH STUPA has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multi-colored prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras).
  • PASHUPATINATH is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River.
  • DURBAR SQUARE, which is one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, has a blend of Hindu and Buddhist temples

Day 03: By Bus: Kathmandu to Gorkha (1,135m/140km).
After breakfast, drive to Gorkha Bazar, which is a 5 hours’ drive. En route, one can observe beautiful landscapes, and various streams and follow the bank of Darundi Khola. In the evening, you can take an excursion to Gorkha Durbar at the top of the hill, from where you will have Good Mountain panoramic and sunset views.

Day 04: By Jeep: Gorkha to Ranglung Khola (915m). Trek to Barpak (1,930m).
Have a big breakfast this morning; you drive to Ranglung Khola along the Darundi Khola (River). Then, we head to Barpak with a steep, long climb up to the wonderful village of Barpak, situated perfectly on a green ridge overlooking the misty valley below. The villagers often organize 'cultural shows', the proceeds of which go to improving the village, so we might be treated to one in the early evening. We are towered over by Bouddha Himal, a high, snow-capped peak that makes for wonderful sunrise and sunset photos.

Day 05: Barpak to Laprak (2,750m).
Another early start and a picturesque climb, with Bouddha Himal providing a spectacular backdrop to the sprawling, scenic Barpak as we ascend up. Three hours later, we reach the Pusu Dada (2,950m) which separates Laprak and Barpak, and are rewarded with panoramic mountain views along with herds of sheep grazing on the grassy hillsides from the peak. Bauddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal ranges and the Langtang ranges all span the horizon; a truly breathtaking view. Rhododendron forest with many hues of pink and red, around us, providing great photographs with the snow-peaks in back. Another steep down of an hour or two of trekking brings us down to another large Gurung village, Laprak. Again, we have the afternoon free to explore the village; take a walk down the hill and look into some of the houses, all with symbolic murals on the mud-brick walls.

Day 06: Laprak to Nirtse Kharka (3,430m).
You continue today to follow the ridges towards Rupina La. The climbs and descents follow each other on a relatively difficult route. Fortunately, the splendid views throughout the day make you forget the physical effort. Overnight in Nirtse Kharka.

Day 07: Nirtse Kharka to Rupina la Phedi (4,020m).
Still going up the Daraudi Khola, you arrive little by little toward the bottom of the valley. You cross several torrents and follow a rocky path that leads you to the foot of a vast circus. This is the Rupina La Phedi, the base camp of the pass. In order to let our bodies acclimatize properly, you spend the night here, before going on the assault of tomorrow's pass.

Day 08: Cross Rupina la pass (4,610m). Trek to Meme Kharka (3,400m).
This morning, we crossed our first real pass, at 4710 meters altitude. Ideal to test yourself before Larkya La! Rude climb on steep slopes where the path is badly traced. After the last screen, we arrived at the pass. A remarkable panorama rewards our efforts: circus of Himal Buddha, chains of Khutang, Shringi, and Ganesh Himal. The opposite slope, steep scree 300 meters vertical, is the most difficult passage of the course, especially for our carriers. We descend along the moraine of the Chuling Glacier and the eponymous river. Crossing of alpine peat bogs. Night under a tent.

Day 09: Meme Kharka to Gay Kharka (2,750m).
Another long day of walking: you continue the descent to the East, towards the valley of the Buddhi Gandaki. To the east, the Ganesh Himal stands in front of you, and seems more and more imposing ... You cross a part of the Chilung Glacier and continue the path that alternates between ascents and descents, before arriving at Gay Kharka at the end of the day

Day 10: Gay Kharka to Deng (1,865m).
The path always leads to the bottom of the valley. The gompa of Nyak, at 2300 meters, allows a pleasant stop in these places away from the tumult of the world. The wildest part of the route ends here. After crossing an ultimate rocky bar, return to the route traveled by the other groups. Night under a tent.

Day 11: Deng to Ghap (2,165m).
Climbing through lovely woods of pine and crossing a small bridge, we reach Bihi Phedi, from where good views of Kutang Himal and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks, particularly mani stones with pictures of gods and goddesses), sure sign that we are entering another of the tiny Tibetan footholds that mark the high Himalayan places. It is four hours of trekking by twice crossing Budhi Gandaki River and twice over smaller tributary streams, staying mostly high with many ascents and descents as we walk through the gorge. Eventually, we reach Ghap, where we set up camp for the night at the house of some wonderful villagers.

Day 12: Ghap to Lho (3,180m)
Today is a wonderful trekking day; soon after leaving Ghap, we ascend for an hour through a dense, cool forest, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. As we gain altitude, we reach alpine territory and are treated to increasingly broad mountain views. A few hours later, we reached the village of Lihi at 2,840m, a substantial altitude gain. Lihi houses an old gompa, and is spread along the trail with its billowing fields of barley, guarded by 'bear watches'. We are climbing gently now; soon we cross a large stream flowing down from the Li Danda Glaciers and reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3,000m, where we stop for lunch. After an hour we reach Lho, where we are treated to breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu itself.

Day 13: Lho to Sama Gaon (3,525m).
Walking through the upper reaches of Lho, with the snowy peaks of Mt. Manaslu ahead of us in the distance, we pass the new gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the high, idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where the villagers are often out in the fields. Another few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery leads us past Tibet grazing settlements, the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa off to the left, and eventually past checkered fields of barley and potato to Sama Gaon. Sama The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manalsu have distinctive entrance gates (manes), and they maintain an active trade with their co-religionists in Tibet over several high passes nearby. If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns - which are then traded back to Tibet. Take the afternoon to hike up to the old gompa settlement above the town, and wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village.

Day 14: Acclimatization day in Sama Gaon.
Hike to Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base Camp (2-3 hours walking)

Day 15: Samagaon to Samdo (3,800m).
Another day of incredible mountain views, past the craggy woods of Himalayan Birch, during the walk up to Samdo, an easy three hours away. En route, we pass the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Budi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the 'Kane' entrance of Samdo. There is a small home gompa in a house mid-village which we can visit during our last village, a puja being held by several of the reincarnated lamas living in the Samdo. We're at the high and the wind can be chilling in the evenings, so tuck into the little tea house next door to our campsite for a cup of salt-butter tea to warm you up!

Day 16: Samdo to Dharamshala (Larkya Phedi) (4,460m).
We leave Samdo on the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. 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.

Day 17: Dharamshala to Larkya La Pass (5,170m). Trek to Bhimtang (3,590m).
After a short climb above the campsite, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya-La. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, often through the snow, making a gradual ascent that becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which should take us about four hours to crest. The views from the top of the pass are wonderful; a mountain panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, and the huge Annapurna II, is equally stunning from both sides. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, get ready for a steep, often slippery drop to a trail following the glacial moraine. We'll lunch below the pass on smooth rocks before continuing the descent, still three hours to go to our campsite. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, to Bhimtang. It's all worthwhile now.

Day 18: Bhimtang to Dharapani (1,943m)
A chilly but beautiful morning, as the sun hits the peaks around us long before the campsite. After leaving the grazing fields of Bhimtang, we cross a boulder-strewn river and head down through open forests of brilliantly blooming rhododendrons, past the Kharka below Bhimtang. We'll lunch at a small tea house, and then continue along the rocky riverbed and sliding hillsides to several small, green villages, a sign that we've reached lower altitudes. Eventually, after a somewhat long but very scenic day, we reach the large village of Tilje village which is a mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so has a unique architecture and culture, and eats mixed foods - Dal Bhat, buckwheat dhiro, tsampa, and Tibetan salt-tea.

Day 19: By Jeep: Dharapani to Kathmandu (1,300m).
After breakfast, take a Jeep to Besisahar. You will be in Besisahar by 11:00 AM and have Lunch. After lunch, return back to Kathmandu and transfer to a Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities

Day 21: Departure 

Date and Price for Rupina La Pass Trek 2023

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Above mentioned Trip dates are the fixed departure date for Rupina la Pass Trek of 2020. The cost mentioned in the tables are the cost from 6 to 12 peoples in a group. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. 

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Cost Includes:

  • Completely camping trekking with full board i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and camping equipments and Kitchen equipments
  • Mattress, Toilet tent, shower, Dinning tent, dining tables, chairs etc.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area project (MCAP) entrance fees
  • Special permit of Manaslu
  • 4 nights Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu on BB plan (Bed & Breakfast) 
  • All necessary private transportations (Kathmandu to Gorkha and Arughat to Kathmandu
  • Airport pick up/drops on private vehicles
  • First aid and medical kits
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with all entrance fees. 
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, Cook, assistant cook and Porters
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs

Cost Excludes: 

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost 
  • Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Personal equipments and personal expenses.
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be born by themselves.

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