Rupinala Manaslu Circuit TrekkingRupinala Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Rupinala Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 19 Days

  • Duration19 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5,160m
  • Activity Camping trekking
  • Group Size min. 2
  • Accommodation Comfortable hotel in KTM & tents on the trekking
  • Meals Serve from Camping team
  • Transportation Overland drive
  • Best Season Sep- Nov, March- May
Trip Highlights
  • Completely outfitter trekking destination
  • Wilderness, peaceful, no crowed
  • Off the beaten trail, pastures land & Rupinala pass
  • Geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating landscape,
  • Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition,
  • Wonderful high pass crossing at Larke la 5,160m,
  • The massive view of world's eighth highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163m,
  • Holistic site Pungkar Gomba, glacier, icefall, Lakes and Manaslu Base camp,
  • Old monasteries, stupas, chortens, Lungdars, and yak pastures

Rupina La Pass 4,520 m is regarded to be one of the most challenging trekking destinations in the Manaslu region. This trekking provides you an opportunity to explore unique landscapes of rocky and snowy hills and the diverse culture and lifestyles of people. This trek is the very least explored area in the western part of the country. While we do Rupinal pass trekking we must be prepared for camping trekking because this area is opened just a few years ago so still the lodges are unavailable. Rupinala pass Manaslu circuit trekking provides maximum rewards of mountains, culture, tradition, Flora, and Fauna experiences.

This trek starts from low land and takes you higher on the lap of mountains through rocky, sloppy, hilly, terraced fields, alpine forest, eight highest Mountain Manaslu 8,163m, Glacier Base camp, tremendous glacier, highland landscape, the longest passes Larkela 5,160m then down on the most fabulous pastureland Bhimtang village to the Dharapani village alongside Marsyangdi River. And overland drives back to Kathmandu.


One of our team delegates will be at the airport to pick you up and take you to our hotel. After reaching the hotel, you will freshen up and rest. Overnight at hotel.

You will go on a guided tour of the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit famous monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, which is the holiest temple of Hindus, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple. These sites are also enlisted as world heritage sites by UNESCO. They reflect the art, culture, and architectural prosperity of the valley during the olden times. 

You will drive to Gorkha today. The drive will be around five hours long and offers you scenic views of hills, small villages, pastures, and forests. You will reach the ancient town of Gorkha where the unification campaign of modern Nepal was first started by Prithvi Narayan Shah, in the 18th century. You will visit the ancient palace and explore the area. You will stay overnight at the camp.

Today is your first day of the trek. You will go through rice fields, numerous banana trees, and several small villages to reach Baluwa. On the way, you will also get glimpses of snow-capped mountains. After taking a short break near a glacial river, you continue ahead on the journey. The trail will not be tough but, the hot weather might exhaust you. You will stay overnight at the camp.

You will begin trekking towards Mandre Village leaving Baluwa behind. You will walk on the steep trail and further go through a dense forest. You will reach a small plateau where you will take a short break to have lunch. You will then ascend towards the steep hill along with the views of massive peaks covered in snow. You will reach Barpak and walking through the big central market, you will trek toward the terraced pasture. Stay overnight in the tent.

From today, you will not get to see any villages for the next few days. You will descend to the river and cross it, and move towards Rupina La Pass. You will cross the Daraudi Khola and ascend through different vegetation and climatic condition. Further, you will go through the pine forest and enter the alpine meadows. You will ascend to reach Rupina La Base Camp (4,000 m). You will stay overnight at the camp.

You will begin trekking early in the morning with the breathtaking views of the mountains. You will begin descending, which is tougher due to the rough steep path. There may be a few times when the visibility might not be so good, so you have to be careful. After reaching the Kharka, you will relax and stay overnight at the camp.

You will descend the hill towards the Buddha Himal Glacier. You will cross beautiful meadows and a river on the old rustic bridge. You will ascend steeply through the dense pine forest. Upon reaching the glacier, you will walk on the trail with boulders which are piled randomly and can be very unstable. Further, you will climb on the other side of the glacier and descend through the pine forest to reach the valley floor. You will stay overnight at the camp.

You will descend the valley crossing the big grassy slopes. You will see stunning views of Ganesh Himal (7,422 m). You will descend to the Budhi Gandaki Khola and further, ascend towards Tsum Valley. You will trek on the rocky slopes and then enter the Nyak following a trek down through the pasture to reach your campsite. You will get to interact with the villagers and see their lifestyle. You will stay overnight at the camp.

Passing along the valley with zigzag trails will provide a miraculous view and the joy of your walk.

It will be like a meditational walk through the Himalayan forest. Sometimes you meet a group of Himalayan white Languor in the forest. Domestic animals like yak, Chauri, horses, cows, goats, sheep, and mules are available all around here. Also, some Himalayan wild animals are visible on the way. The trail does not climb directly but gradually and long ascends via Lihi village. On the way you will frequently see so many different attractive Buddhist traditions; finally, you will arrive at the Lho (a mind-blowing view place). There is a very beautiful monastery so if you arrive on time then make an evening monastery visit during puja otherwise visit the next day during passing towards Samagau trekking. Make an earlier wake up the next day to see the Golden sunrise on Mt. Manaslu, probably the best photos of Manaslu will be from the Lho.

Walking through the forest leads you up to the Shyala village. This village offers you wonderful rounding mountain views. We make tea breaks here for some hours to enjoy the panoramic mountain scenery. 1 hour of easy walking brings you to the central and major town of Samagaun. This village has very unique beauties of Buddhist culture, way of life, monasteries, Mani walls, and Stupas. You will arrive in Samagaun by lunch time and make a private free walk all around the village.

There are two options for acclimatization in Samagaun (1) visiting pungen gomba. (2) Is visiting Manaslu Basecamp with Birendra Taal.  I recommend Pungen Gomba: take a packed lunch and make a Pungen Gompa visit. Pungen Gompa is a famous deity around this region. This Deity is believed as the ruler of good or bad weather/ fortune or spirit and Manaslu means the peak of spirit or soul. It may take 3 hours of climbing up to the bottom of the Mt Manaslu glacier. When you get up to the temple at Glacier. The surrounding Circumstances, views, glaciers, ice fall, blue sheep, yaks, a monastery, stupa, rocks, and a glance of avalanches will make it like a paradise hiking.  You will arrive at the camp by 3 PM and then get free time with tea and a hot shower. 

The trek starts after breakfast. Make a short visit to the oldest monastery by the side of the trail and then keep walking along the legendary way with full panoramic views of the mountain. The trail is easy to inflate along the Sama Valley, Himalayan pine, birch, bamboo, rhododendron, and fir forest making nature a wonderful sight. You will arrive at Samdo by lunch time and make some hours of climbing up to Samdo ri for better acclimatization. Getting at higher and sleeping at lower places should be applied. Samdo provides very simple lodges than Samagaun however you get very good and fine sleeping rooms. 

Your trek begins after lunch. The destination is not far but due to the altitude, it takes a longer time. The trail climbs gradually up head with fantastic views of Manaslu north, Larke Peak, Samdo Peak, etc….. Food and rooms in Dharmasala are very simple and basic standards, sometimes we must sleep in a dormitory room with several other people.  You arrive at the camp by the lunch and again make a hiking up to the Dharmasala ri for height gain.

You have to start your trek around 3:00 AM due to the wind. If you arrive late at the pass then it is very windy so most of the trekkers begin earlier. The trail is not strongly steep but gradually upwards and very long to the pass. After the pass, it descends to the Manang Valley with mind-blowing views of different mountains. It is quite an enjoyable trail to descend however takes a very long time to get to Bhimtang. The destination seems closer however it is quite long and tough walking until you arrive at the place. The hotel offers very nice and clean rooms with a very comfortable warm dining hall.

Today the scenery and landscape are also quite beautiful, this valley or trekking reminds you of the European Alps trekking except for the high mountain views. The trail descends always downwards to the beautiful place via beautiful landscape and Tibetan-looking villages to the Dharapani.  Dharapani is a point you meet for the legendary Annapurna Circuit trail. Overnight at very nice hotels with fantastic hot showers and food.

Take a local jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar and then drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle along to classic road to Pokhara.

Route Map
Rupinala Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 19 Days map
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