Rupina La Pass Trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. This trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating as it involves circumnavigating Manaslu( 8163m), Peak 29 (7871m), Himal Chuli (7893m) and Boudha (6672m). Crossing the Rupina-La (4520m) pass would be quite challenging.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m.)
Day 02: Trek from Arughat to Sotikhola (730m.)
Day 03: Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola (930m.)
Day 04: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1370m.)
Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Gomna
Day 06: Trek from Gomna to Jarang
Day 07: Trek from Jarang to Rupinala Phedi (4643 m.)
Day 08: Trek from Rupinala Phedi to Bhedi Odar (5150m.)
Day 09: Trek from Bhedi Odar to Bhedi Kharka (5225m.)
Day 10: Trek from Bhedi Kharka to Dudh Pokhari (5390 m.)
Day 11: Trek from Dudh Pokhari to Ninghalaghari (4590m.)
Day 12: Trek from Ninghalaghari to Chyadi Danda (3600m.)
Day 13: Trek from Chyadi Danda to Tonje (1850m.)
Day 14: Trek from Tonje to Duwar (975m.)
Day 15: Trek from Duwar to Besisahar (760m.)
Day 16: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m.) takes about four hours.
You drive along a well paved road to Dhading Beshi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli river and Thopal Khola. Leaving Dhading Beshi you continue your drive along a gravel and bumpy path all the way to Arughat Bazaar. Arughat is an old market situated on the bank of the Budhi Gandaki river. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 02: Trek from Arughat to Sotikhola (730m.) takes about seven hours.
You trek along an almost flat leveled path until you reach Sotikhola, though sometimes you face a gentle uphill and downhill trail. You walk along the river bank of the Budhi Gandaki, passing through villages and terraces and can enjoy the scenery of green hills around you. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 03: Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola (930m.) takes about six hours.
To reach your destination you will also trek along an almost flat leveled path. You trek along the river bank passing through villages, terraces and green hills. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 04: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1370m.) takes about six and half hours.
In the beginning you again trek along a flat leveled path and then after trekking on an ascending and descending path you reach Jagat. En route, you are exposed to Nepali culture as you walk through a few villages. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Gomna takes approximately seven and half hours.
Leaving Jagat, you trek through a gently ascending path until Surtibas following villages and terraces and then the trail becomes a little bit difficult as you have to trek upward. While walking, you can relish the splendid views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and green hills.
Day 06: Trek from Gomna to Jarang takes about seven and half hours.
This day you walk through thick forests with chances to see wild life such as bear, deer, leopard and many more local mountain birds. The trail is quite a gentle ascent and sometimes, while passing through this area you can see mountain views. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 07: Trek from Jarang to Rupinala Phedi (4643 m.) takes approximately seven hours.
The trail moves gently upward crossing Rupinala pass (4720m.). Today, mountain views become closer to you as you can enjoy the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Shringi Himal. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 08: Trek from Rupinala Phedi to Bhedi Odar (5150m.) takes about six hours.
After trekking uphill until Rupinala Bhanjyang you then trek a descending path to Bhedi Odar. From Rupinala Bhanjyang, you can enjoy the views of Boudha Himal, Manaslu Mountain, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 09: Trek from Bhedi Odar to Bhedi Kharka (5225m.)takes about seven hours.
The early part of the trial is sloppy and then to reach Bhedi Kharka you have to trek uphill passing through forests and green hills. Mountain views are available along the way. Bhedi Kharka is also a grazing field. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 10: Trek from Bhedi Kharka to Dudh Pokhari (5390 m.)takes about six hours.
Passing through forests covered mainly by bamboo you have to trek uphill until you reach Dudh Pokhari, though sometimes you trek along an almost flat path. Dudh Pokhari is a pilgrimage site where many devotees gather at different periods throughout the year. Dudh Pokhari is the best view point of this trip as you can see panoramic views of Manaslu mountain, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna range and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 11: Trek from Dudh Pokhari to Ninghalaghari (4590m.) takes about seven hours.
This day you trek a gradually descending path until you reach your destination, passing through forests covered with bamboo, rhododendron, pine and other plants and shrubs. Ninghalaghari is a campsite surrounded by forests covered mainly by bamboos and green hills. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 12: Trek from Ninghalaghari to Chyadi Danda (3600m.) takes about seven hours.
After walking gently downhill trail for few minutes you begin to trek uphill until you reach Chyadi Danda. En route you walk through forests and can enjoy mountain sceneries and villages at a far distance. Chyadi Danda is a ridge surrounded by forests and green hills. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 13: Trek from Chyadi Danda to Tonje (1850m.) takes about seven hours.
To reach Tonje, you have to trek through sparse forests and the trail is quite up and down. Tonje is a small village mainly inhabited by the Gurung tribe. You will be heartily welcome by local people and can enjoy a cultural show. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 14: Trek from Tonje to Duwar (975m.) takes about six hours.
You walk through villages and along the river bank. Duwar is a comparatively bigger village than Tonje and here too you will get to experience the traditional customs and behavior of local people. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 15: Trek from Duwar to Besisahar (760m.) takes about 2 and half hours.
The trail today is quite easier as you trek along a flat leveled path passing terraces, villages, and suspension bridges and can enjoy mountain views, green hills and a flowing river at a far distance. On the same day, drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes about 6 hours. It is a picturesque journey to get back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road.
Day 16: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu
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We did the Rupina La Trek with a Tremendous group. The guide, sherpa, cook and the porters were amazing. Thanks to them, the weather and the breathtaking scenery and walling the trek will be an everlasting experience. We want to thank their energy and especially the group for making this possible for us. We had a marvellous time.
I am writing to tell you how much we enjoyed the trek which you organized for us. As we have three children we were a little concerned about how it would go and how they would cope. However, we were all very well taken care of. Our guide, Bijoy and, two porters, were all very friendly and helpful in every way. Initially our four year old was not pleased about having to be carried by someone she did not know,