The Manaslu Rupina La pass (4720m) Circuit Trek takes you into the wilderness and into a hidden part of the Manaslu region. This trek is both geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Rupina La Pass trekking is a challenging trekking trail in Nepal. Rupina La Pass is a hidden area for trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas that lies in the Manaslu region. The Manaslu Rupina La Pass trek was officially opened in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have had access to the area for a long time.
Manaslu Rupina la pass has views of Manaslu (8163m), Peak 29 (7879m), Himal Chuli (7893m), and Buddha (6672m) are wonderful here. The Manaslu (8164m) was attempted by Japanese expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made. Having become known as "Japanese Mountain", much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese mountaineers have domination upon mount Manaslu until 1971.
A few trekkers, including peripatetic Hugh Swift, managed to obtain a trekking permit for the region, but otherwise, this trek has always been the domain of the mountaineering expedition. This trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating, circumnavigating Manaslu peak 29 (7871m), Himal Chuli (7893m), and Buddha (6672m). Much of the trekking to this place takes within the areas of strong Tibetan religion and cultural influence.
The newly opened Manaslu Rupina la Pass circuit hike (MCA) commences in Arughat Bazar in the historical Gorkha district after a 9-10 hours drive from Kathmandu. Further, it proceeds to Soti Khola, which is almost a distance of 5-6 hours. Most of the trek circuit includes teahouse accommodation. But some altitudes and river accommodations are full board with tent camps. Altitude sickness is what the visitors need to be careful of during the trek. A maximum elevation of 5390 meters is attained at the top of Dudh Pokhari on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking route, which spans 230 kilometers, or almost (143 miles) in remote northern Nepal. Furthermore, the trail descends to the Annapurna Circuit from Ningalaghari, 4590m, to Tonje, 1850m. We cross the Rupina-La (4520m) and walk downhill to the Marshyangdi River and further trek to Besisahar, 760m, from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.
In all of Nepal's Himalayan areas, including the Manaslu Rupina la Pass spring and autumn are the best times to go trekking. In addition, the months of December through February are known for being chilly, partly overcast, and not the best for exploring. In Nepal, the monsoon season runs from the month June to August.
Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek lies within less developed/remote areas. It is so, varieties of food are unavailable. The foods available in the region are food items commonly found in Nepal. Typical of them are Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari (lentil, steamed rice, veg/non-veg curry, and pickle). Another food item found in almost all of the Himalayan region is Gundruk Dhindo (fermented green vegetables and porridge made of corn, millet, barley, wheat, and buckwheat). The cuisines in Manaslu Circuit trek are highly influenced by Tibetan culture. Dumplings, chow mein, noodles, and hot veg and non-veg soup are commonly found. Occasionally, yak meat, yak butter, yak milk and food made of barley accompanied by stews and curries of seasonal vegetables are some other food to eat.
Along with the MCA trail, you will get a chance to explore with unique cultures of the remote villages and the life of tribal people (Gurungs and Magars) including Brahmin and Chhetris. The culture differs community-wise. Most of the people in the high hills region are quite unique with Tibetan origin following Buddhism (The Lamas and Tamangs). Economically, the people rely on agriculture and animal husbandry system and are very dependent on natural resources for firewood, timber, and medicinal herbs. The people are also engaged in some kinds of trade and tourism-related enterprises.
During the Manaslu Rupina la Pass, hotels, lodges, and tea houses are available. Until and unless the travelers express their preference for tent accommodation, the hikers will spend their nights at some of the comfortable tea houses, lodges, guesthouses, or hotels. Travelers may not have the idea that most of the hotels or tea houses in the Manaslu Region are run by local Gurung, Tamang, and Ghale families. Most of the lodges and the tea house provide basic accommodation to the visitors. The basic facilities include bedrooms, heaters, hot water, mattresses, blankets, WiFi, restrooms, and typical foods found in the region. The facilities and food depend upon the hotel or lodge you choose.
Welcome from Mountain Guide Trek staff upon your arrival in Nepal. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants for the final preparation of the trip. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
We take an 8-9 hrs Jeep ride to Machha Khola, passing the Arughat bazaar in Gorkha district, The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Budhi Gandaki; Arughat Bazaar is clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware. (Overnight at Teahouse on full board basis)
To go to Soti Khola, we trek from Arughat Bazar. We get to see beautiful vistas of Shringri Himal along the way. Till we reach Soti Khola, we go through Gurung and Magar communities, past farms, and flowing waterfalls. On the Soti Khola's banks, where "Khola" (the Nepalese word for "river") refers, we pitched our tents. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
From Soti Khola we hike to Machha Khola (Fish River). A settlement called Machha Khola is located above a stream of the same name. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
You start out walking along a flat, level path, and after some ascending and lowering, you arrive at Jagat. As you travel through a few villages, you are exposed to Nepali culture. (Overnight stay with full board basis at tent camp)
After leaving Jagat, the trail follows villages and terraces as it gradually climbs to Surtibas, when it becomes a little more challenging as you have to hike higher. You may enjoy the breathtaking vistas of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Verdant hills while walking. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
On this day, you will get the opportunity to witness animals, including bears, deer, leopards, and a variety of indigenous mountain birds, as you stroll through dense woodlands. The trail ascends gradually, and there are occasions when you can glimpse mountain views as you move through this region. (Overnight at a tent camp on full board basis)
The trail ascends gradually, passing through Rupina La Pass (4720m) you can enjoy the breathtaking sights of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, and Shringi Himal. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
On this day, you hike uphill to Rupinala Pass, and then downhill to Bhedi Odar. You can see Buddha Himal, Manaslu Himal, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and Shringi Himal from Rupinala Bhanjyang. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
The first half of the trial is uneven, and after that, you must hike uphill through forests and Verdant Slopes to reach Bhedi Kharka. Along the journey, there are vistas of the mountains and Bhedi Kharka which is a grazing area. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
To reach Dudh Pokhari, you must hike through bamboo-dominated jungles; nevertheless, there are occasions when you can hike along an almost level trail. At various times throughout the year, a large number of devotees congregate at the pilgrimage site of Dudh Pokhari. The best viewpoint on this tour is Dudh Pokhari, where you can take in panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, Manaslu Mountain, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Lamjung Himal, and numerous more unidentified mountains and peaks. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
On this day, you walk through forests covered with Bamboo, Rhododendron, Pine, and other trees and shrubs as you make your way toward your goal along a trail that gradually descends. A camp area called Ninghalaghari is almost covered by bamboo and surrounded by hills. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp).
After walking a few minutes downhill, you begin to trek uphill until you reach Chyadi Danda. While traveling, you pass through woodlands and can see distant mountain views and communities. Chyadi Danda is a ridge surrounded by forests and hills. (Overnight stay with full board at tent camp)
Tonje can only be reached by foot, and the trail is steeply uphill the entire way. Tonje is a small village where the Gurung tribe predominates. Locals will provide a warm welcome to you, and you can take in a cultural performance. (Overnight at a tent camp on a full board basis)
You stroll alongside the river and past villages. Duwar is a village that is comparatively bigger in size than Tonje, and you will get a chance to observe the customs and conduct of the locals here as well. (Overnight at a tent camp on full board basis)
Today's trip is much simpler as you walk along a flat, level path past villages, terraces, and suspension bridges while taking in distant vistas of mountains, lush hills, and a flowing river. The journey from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes roughly six hours on the same day. Returning to Kathmandu is a beautiful ride along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli river banks, with beautiful vistas of the mountains, farming terraces, and communities on each side of the road. (Overnight on full board basis at tent camp).
We leave for Kathmandu shortly after breakfast and arrive there in roughly 7-8 hours. We get to visit more rural areas of Nepal, which are full of greenflies, rivers, villages, farms, and stunning mountain scenery. However, not every part of our drive today's journey has excellent road conditions. Driving from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes about 185 km. (Overnight stay at a luxury hotel with Board Basis)
The final day trip in Nepal is today, so you're bidding goodbye to the mountains and wrapping up your time there. There is nothing to do but exchange emails with travel companies and organize photos. You can go shopping or go sightseeing if you have more time. Mountain Guide Treks will send a representative to take you before 3 hours to the Airport according to the scheduled flight.
We suggest the following items of clothes and equipment for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Journey in Nepal. This list of apparel and equipment is not meant to be exhaustive; rather, it serves as a reminder of the things we believe are important for your comfort and ease. However, we are aware that you might have your own style preferences for apparel that might be just as appropriate.
If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
The Manaslu Region has been designated as a restricted area by the government of Nepal in order to regulate touristic activities and protect wildlife there. It falls under Manaslu conservation area and we need to be clear about terms and conditions during the trek. It's so, trekkers are required to get a special entry permit (MCA permit) and (ACAP permit) from the authorities of Nepal government/ Tourism Board. Next thing about Manaslu region is, no one is allowed to stroll/hike independently. You need the original copies of your documents and includes, passport, recent passport size photos and other documents.
If your documents are valid, if you have filled up your forms and have submitted the required photocopies of your documents, have paid the charges/tax to the government, then the process of issuing the permission is not difficult. It typically can take an hour or two. Just you need to follow the guidelines of Nepal Tourism Board. If confusion you can consult with the authorities and get you permit to trek in Manaslu region.
Like other mountains in the high himalayas, winter ascent to Mt. Manaslu is challenging. But it is not impossible if you are willing to scale it. All you need is your stamina and the capacity to endure the cold in the extreme climatic condition. During the winter manaslu region experiences the temperature below -10- (-15) degree. The oxygen level in the air gets much thinner and the weather seems misty. If you want to scale Mt. manaslu summit which is 8163m above the sea level all you have to do at your own risk.
Hilaree Nelson a world famous American ski mountaineer died at Mt. Manaslu after an avalance hit her on 26th September 2022. Nelson's dead body was discovered 2 days after the avalance some 80 feet below. She has scaled almost all of the major peaks of Nepal including Everest, Lho Tse, Cho-Oyu and others for ski mountaineering. A total of 15 people died in an avalance. Hilaree Nelson helped to develop ski mountaineering in Nepal as a sport.
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