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walking holiday Rupina La & Round Manaslu 24 Days

As Manaslu lies near the Tibetan boarder with Nepal, it had remained unopened for a long time.  It was only opened to trekkers in the 1990s, and so is visited by far fewer trekkers than Everest or Annapurna.  Approaching the circuit via Rupina La means we’ll likely see no other trekkers for the first ten days, and by staying high we avoid the heat of the lowlands whilst enjoying spectacular mountain views. The culture once over the pass is pure Tibetan, hardly changed over the centuries. While the second pass, Larkya La, is higher, it generally feels easier, in part because the back side of Rupina La is often snowed in.  The last few days overlap the Annapurna circuit, giving us a sense of what we missed in the remote hinterlands, and enhancing our appreciation of just how special this trek is.

We go to Gorkha from Kathmandu by bus and stay there overnight in this small noble city. Then we walk through a big and beautiful Gurung village, Barpak, in the direction of the everlasting snow peaks. Barpak, a beautiful Gurung village of Gorkha was the epicenter of the devastating earthquake (7.8 Magnitude) that took place on 25th of April 2015. The entire village was totally ruined by the earthquake. At least 25 people and many domestic animals: buffaloes, cows, goats, sheep, hens etc were buried and killed. Many were adversely injured. Out of the 1400 houses of Barpak and Laprak, only 41 were standing safely. Upto Barpak the telephone service is available and after this there will be no communication service available for about a week ahead.

After leaving the inhabited areas we climb up hills with beautiful forests. We have taken enough time to acclimatize, may be a whole day and night in some points. The Bauddha Himal (6672 meters) is the spectacular white top at the end of the steep valley and the first high peak of Manaslu massif. The Rupina La itself is a fairly steep pass. Under unfavorable conditions, for example, a lot of snow, fixed ropes are applied. The view is incredible: the Manaslu chain begins right beside us and down into the depths we can see the Chhilung Khola, where the path runs over it, already. The glacier itself is passable and the view both towards Ganesh Himal and the nearby places is great.

Manaslu Trek is a well-loved trekking route, providing with pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure sum up the trek experience around the 8156m Manaslu. Opened in 1992, this area offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity.

Manaslu at 8163 meters (26,775′) is the 8th highest peak in the world and is located near to the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means “The Spirit-Mountain” in the local dialect, referring to the benevolent and strong deity, which dwells within. Trekking in Manaslu is one of the most delightful adventures.

If you would like to sample both extremes of the trekking experience in Nepal, and really get to see what all the fuss is about in terms of the most breath-taking mountain scenery on earth, then look no further than the circuit of Manaslu via the Larke La. The Tibetan enclave of Nupri, north of Manaslu at the head of the Budhi Gandaki, was closed to foreigners for years on account of its proximity to Tibet. The area was surreptitiously opened in 1991, but it took several years for the word to get out.

Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition and expedition would like to organize this special trek for the particular explorers who love to spend long Himalayan adventurous holidays in Nepal.

An Option: In this trek, from the point Ngyak Village and ahead, several tea houses/lodges are easily available. So, we can plan Lodge Trek for the rest of the days ahead. Cooking staffs will be free and back to Kathmandu but the porters will go with us in such cases.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03 Kathmandu – Baluwa (1380 m) 7-8 hours
Day04: Barpak – Kishir  Kharka (2900m) 4- 5 hours
Day05: Kisir  Kharka – Thulo Rushikharka camp (3440m) 6-7hours
Day 06: Gar Kharka – Forest camp (3440m) 5-6 hours
Day 7: Forest camp – Samrung Kharka Base camp (3800m) 5-6 hours
Day 8: Samrung Kahrka Rest/Acclimatization
Day 9: Samrung Kharka- Rupina La (4720m) – Baudha Himal BC (3600m) 6-7hours
Day 10: Baudha Himal BC- Zhong Khaka (2960m) 5-6hours
Day 11: Zhong Khaka- Ngyak (2340m) 5-6hours
Day 12: Ngyak  – Bihi (2130 m) 4-5hours
Day 13: Bihi – Lho (3180 m)3-4 hours
Day 14: Lho to Samagaon (3520 m) 3-4 hours
Day 15: Samagaon Acclimatization / Rest day in (3350 m)
Day 16: Samagaon- Samdo to (3875 m)2-3 hours
Day 17: Samdo – Dharmashala (Larke Phedi) (4460 m) 4-5 hours
Day 18: Larke La BC – Larke La (5160 m) – Bhimtang (3590 m) 7-8 hours
Day 19: Rest Bhimthang
Day 20: Bhimthang – Tilije (2300 m) 5-6 hours
Day 21: Tilije – Jagat (1340m) 5-6 hours
Day 22: Jagat – Syange (1100m) 1 hours  walk – Kathmandu (by bus or jeep 7-8 hours
Day 23: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Or Sightseeing in Bhaktapur (1401m) 3-4 hours
Day 24: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

Important Information:

Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Detail Itinerary:

 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day04: Barpak – Kishir  Kharka (2900m) 4- 5 hours

Today we leave Barpak as well as the inhabited world for about a week ahead. No telephone service will be available too. We walk behind a some waterfall,streams and rivulets. Occasionally we see signs of human life. In the summer, shepherds stay here on the hillsides for grazing their cattle. We can see beautiful rhododendron forest on the way to Kisir kharka We see several summer huts. From now on we follow a ridge towards the Rupina La. That means we always have beautiful views in good weather: we can see the massive south face of Baudha Himal.  We walk through a beautiful forest, full of mosses, red and blue berries and purple orchids.

The path goes flat today in the beginning. Then we climb almost along the Daraudi Khola. We cross Pauko Khola on the way through a wooden bridge. We then gradually head to the campsite, KisirKharka, a pasture. The sunset view on the Bhauda Himal is stunning.

Day05: Kisir  Kharka – Thulo Rushikharka camp (3440m) 6-7hours

The nature of the path for today also is almost the same as yesterday. It takes us through rhododendron forests and past abandoned pastures. We see many waterfalls and wild raspberries. We often cross a tributary and walk through beautiful old-growth forests. We camp on a large, spacious place in a summer meadow surrounded by forest. Hence it is called Forest Camp. The view from the camp is just the green hills around.

 Day 06: Gar Kharka – Forest camp (3440m) 5-6 hours

The nature of the path for today also is almost the same as yesterday. It takes us through rhododendron forests and past abandoned pastures. We see many waterfalls and wild raspberries. We often cross a tributary and walk through beautiful old-growth forests. We camp on a large, spacious place in a summer meadow surrounded by forest. Hence it is called Forest Camp. The view from the camp is just the green hills around.

Day 7: Forest camp – Samrung Kharka Base camp (3800m) 5-6 hours

We gradually climb along the Daraudi River and walk at first by the beautiful backwoods. We cross a wooden bridge over the Doraundi Khola and we walk on the path above the tree line. From time to time we find our way over big rock in the riverbed. The Rupina La is not yet seen. We walk to the Samrung Kharka base camp that lies at 3800 meters. The camp is in an open area.

Day 8: Samrung Kahrka Rest/Acclimatization

Today is rest day especially for the acclimatization. For getting better or to be used to the altitude we may take a walk to a beautiful mountain lake: the Narte Pokhari where the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will lead us. Also we can prepare as well as possible for the crossing of the La Rupina the next day.

Day 9: Samrung Kharka- Rupina La (4720m) – Baudha Himal BC (3600m) 6-7hours

We climb continuously for about four hours to reach the pass at 4720 meters. It is an awful pass from where the views are superb including the view of Baudha Himal in a far away distance. The way down is steep, long and difficult too. Deep down we see the big and incredible Glacier that emerges from Gorkha Himal  and Baudha Himal and named as Chhilung Khola where we’re going to walk the next day. We camp at Baudha Himal BC at the altitude of 4000 meters.

Day 10: Baudha Himal BC- Zhong Khaka (2960m) 5-6hours

Today the path goes down. It will be a long walking with a lot of variety in the landscape today. The landscape slowly becomes less barren and we come through beautiful larch and birch forests. We walk through the moraine of the glacier that emerges from Gorkha Himal and Baudha Himal, the glacier has formed Chhilung Khola. It is climbing and climbing, cairns show us the way. We walk along the Chhilung River and the path goes up and down with short, steep pieces. We come in bamboo and rhododendron forests. We cross many tributaries through the bridges. We camp at Zhong Khaka for the night.

Day 11: Zhong Khaka- Ngyak (2340m) 5-6hours

The path contour along the mountainside. We pass through areas of forest, but we also regularly get spectacular view in the front and behind of us: in the front rise the five peaks of the Ganesh Himal and behind of us we see the peaks of the Manaslu chain. Far below, we see is the deep gorge of the Budi Gandaki River. At the end of the day we walk down along a steep path to Ngyak, a beautiful, authentic Gurung village. We can see the houses of primitive and traditional type here.

Day 12: Ngyak  – Bihi (2130 m) 4-5hours

The path for today also goes downhill to Ngyakophedi in the beginning. Then the path is uphill to Deng through the jungle. At Deng there is a view point of Sringi Himal. Since Deng is Buddhist Gurung village, we see mani walls everywhere here.We cross several small streams and river through wooden and suspension bridges.  Such path is common in the hilly region.  We sometime walk through villages and sometime through beautiful ancient forest. The view in the hills of opposite side sometimes is full of beautiful villages and waterfalls. Since we are in the Buddhist area, prayer flags and prayer wheels are part of the landscape.  After the village we cross the new suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River. From this point before we cross the bridge our trail splits. One goes to the Tsum Valley. The other leads us to village Bihi.

Day 13: Bihi – Lho (3180 m)3-4 hours

In the beginning, slowly going uphill but after lunch we walk through steep path and we have to walk through the trail that has landslides, wet pieces and slippery stones. We are now completely turned to the west and the Tibetan border is less than 10 km from of us. We are now entering the area inhabited by Tibetan refugees. Hence, the sight of Tibetan culture and lifestyle is common in this area.  The trail goes uphill and downhill both. At Namrung, our special permit will be checked. This is village where there is hydro power station. This is the view point of Shrigai Himal and Ganesh Himal. There is a famous beautiful gompa called Namla Gompa. We can make telephone call here. We pass the gompa of Lihi and continue to rise until we go through the stone gates of Sho. Lihi is the view point of Himchuli too. A little later, we have a magnificent view of the Naike Peak, Manaslu north and eventually Manaslu Peak. Lho is a beautiful village. In the east we have a view of the peaks of Ganesh Himal and north to the glaciers on the mountains that form the border with Tibet. We can visit the Kandjur Scripts monastery of Lho and Ribung Gompa. Lho is the view point of Manaslu.  We can make telephone call from Lho.

Day 14: Lho to Samagaon (3520 m) 3-4 hours

We walk a downhill to the river in the beginning. Then the path goes slightly uphill along the river. We cross small jungle area in several places. We arrive to Shyala. It is a comparatively new village and is populated by Tibetan refugees who are still on the old trade route through the pass called Lajyung Bhanjyang. We cross Numala Khola through the suspension bridge and walk to Samagaon which is a very beautiful Tibetan village. We stay her e for 2 nights.

Day 15: Samagaon Acclimatization / Rest day in (3350 m)

Today as it an acclimatization day, we can have just rest for the whole day or there are so many things we can do. Maybe we can get a hold of Puja (prayer) in the gompa or the monastery. We can bathe and make washing. If we wish to observe Tibetan culture, we can walk through the village and see how the Tibetan villagers live and work in this region. We can make a walk to the Birendra Lake or a piece of way to Manaslu BC or a longer walk to Pung Gyen Gompa also is the things we can make. The Gompa is in the altitude of about 3900 m on one of the slopes along the Numla Khola. This is point from where we can see the view of Manaslu, Larke, Naike Peak , Manaslu glacier etc. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.

Day 16: Samagaon- Samdo to (3875 m)2-3 hours

Today we have a short trek along the Budhi Gandaki River. Since we are walking in the high altitude, we slowly acclimatize. We climb uphill gradually. Slowly we feel the cold wind as we climb up. So, the warm clothes in your rucksack are suggested. We follow the Budhi Ghandaki in a northwesterly direction to the last inhabited village before the pass. We walk through yakweiden with dozens of meters long manimuren.  We have camp in Samdo in a lodge. Telephone service is available here. Mani walls and stupas can be seen everywhere here. We can visit to the view point from where we can witness Naike and Pangboche Peak.

Day 17: Samdo – Dharmashala (Larke Phedi) (4460 m) 4-5 hours

We walk today flat first then slightly uphill. We have to take it easy because today we rise about 800 meters and tomorrow await us a hard day as we will cross the pass Larke La. On the south side of the path we have a view of the North Peak, Naike Peak and the Larke Peak and the Manaslu massif and to the north, the barren, rough stone desert that lies between us and the Tibetan plateau. This will be the coldest night on this trip and probably also the shortest. We spend the night in a lodge in Dharmashala in the other word Larke Phedi.

Day 18: Larke La BC – Larke La (5160 m) – Bhimtang (3590 m) 7-8 hours

We get up very early and leave early because today because may be most of the snowy pass and which may in particular make the long steep descent difficult and time consuming. The run-up to the pass is gradual and hopefully it’s a bright sunny day so that, once the light is able to enjoy the impressive landscape.  Moraines, glaciers, snow-capped peaks which stand out stridently against the blue sky and the icy glacier lakes are the view of surrounding. The pass is not really showing signs of a sharp transition but the prayer flags tell us that we have arrived at the highest point. We too, hang our prayer flags in there. In the succeeding descent it goes again slightly uphill and then comes the long and very steep down but we occasionally take the time to enjoy the extraordinary view. Only at the moraine path becomes less steep and the going easier. Along the moraine-shore we walk to the large lawn with some houses. We walk for long hours today; we must bear in mind that average of 10 to 11 hours walk including a few short breaks along the way. But the duration can vary since it depends on the local conditions like weather. In the evening we are very much exhausted but contented today. We stay in a lodge for the night in Bhimthang. Bhimthang has telephone service facility. There is a view point of Lamjung Himal, North-East face of Manaslu, South face of Phungi, Cheo Himal and North-West face of Himlung.

Day 19: Rest Bhimthang

Bhimthang is an open place and beautiful place to have rest after crossing the Larke La pass. Especially Nepali staff s would like to enjoy drinking the local alcohol here and enjoy the rest. The trekkers also can join the drinking party. There are only the tea houses for the trekkers to stay. No people live there in winter since it is very cold. There is a view point of Lamjung Himal, North-East face of Manaslu, South face of Phungi, Cheo Himal and North-West face of Himlung at Bhimthang. We can enjoy the spectacular views today. We just rest for the whole day enjoying the views, taking photographs or sleeping the bed to have full rest. If we wish, we can visit to the nearby Himalayan beautiful lakes; Nayamlo Tal and Ponkar Tal today. We go there crossing Salpudanda Glacier. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today. We may go to visit the beautiful lakes named: Nayamlo Tal and Ponkar Tal.

Day 20: Bhimthang – Tilije (2300 m) 5-6 hours

Today our journey goes down slowly. In the beginning we walk through glacier shore.  Then beautiful forests with great views of the peaks of the Manaslu behind us,  we walk quietly along the river to Kharche. This is just off the Suti Khola, a river coming from the northwest and flows into the Dudh Khola. We walk along the Dudh Khola down south. Small villages with tea houses are on the way. First a horrible climb over the Pass of Kharche but then mostly down along moraines, yak kharka, white beaches and rocks along the river that swirls down and called Dudh (milk) delivers. Also, we see beautiful view of waterfalls and the forest with mosses. We love the path that has a view of the magnificent mountains around us. We slowly head to the big Gurung village of Tilje, where we will spend the night in a lodge. We can visit Tilije Gompa here and telephone and NTC mobile service is available here. Apple Wine and brandy is produced here since the apple farm is there. We can have taste of local wine, alcohol and other products here.

Day 21: Tilije – Jagat (1340m) 5-6 hours

We leave the Gurung village Tilje and walk downhill to the point where the Dudh Khola comes together with the Marsyangdi River. We reach the Annapurna trail. At Dharapani we go over the bridge to the west bank of the Marsyangdi and we will check with the post mark to let our permits. We are now in a completely different world with many tea-houses, restaurants and lodges in comparison of the routes we walked in the past. We pass typical villages like Tal and Chamje and finally reach to Jagat where we stay overnight.

Day 22: Jagat – Syange (1100m) 1 hours  walk – Kathmandu (by bus or jeep 7-8 hours

Today we walk for one hour as an ending part of our trekking then from the place called Syange we get in a jeep upto Besi Sahar; the headquarter of Lamjugng District. Then from Besi Sahar, we can take local bus toKathmandu. Until Besisahar the road is rough as it is just graveled.But from Besi Sahar, the road is pitched. At Dumre we reach the road that runs from Pokhara to Kathmandu. As well as on the way we will have lunch in Muglin. The drive will take 6 to 10 hours. It depends on the situation of the road traffic and especially the pass to the Kathmandu valley can sometimes cause delays.

Day 23: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Or Sightseeing in Bhaktapur (1401m) 3-4 hours

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 24: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.