Rupina La Pass Trek

This difficult and challenging trek gives you an experience of walking in remote village area of Gorkha district known as lower parts of Manaslu, warm hospitality of ethnic Gurung communities in Tibetan Buddhist influenced culture, local cultivation, typical life styles with Gurung ethnic dress, stone roof topped houses etc. Also, you will explore some off the beaten trails, mountain foot hills, wide varieties of flora and fauna in this region.

You will see the splendid views of Manaslu range and other several snow capped mountains from the Rupina La (4643m) pass. Then, you will join in the classic route of Manaslu round trek to discover the original and authentic  Gurung ethnic  villages in Tibetan life styles, ancient Buddhist monasteries, monuments, chhortens, stupas with colorful holy flags etc.  Massive  Larkya La (5213m) pass is the main attraction of this trip and descend to the classic route of Annapurna round and trek ends at Besisahar.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Rupina La Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5213m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 24 Days
Mode of Operation: Tented camping Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Rupina La Pass Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport 1300m,welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 02: Formality for Manaslu special permits, MCAP and ACAP. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha  Bazzar 6 hours by local bus and 5 hours by jeep .
Day 04: Drive from Gorkha Bazaar to Ramche 670m (+ 810m - 1460m) 5 hours by jeep. Overnight camping.
Day 05: Trek Ramche to Barpak 1950m (+1600   - 450m) 6 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 06: Trek Barpak to Sissenu kharkha 2320m   ( + 1150m  - 750m) 6 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 07: Trek Sissenu Kharka to Ruptche 3050m   (+ 1350m   - 550m) 4 hours 30mn. Overnight camping.
Day 08: Trek Ruptche to Phedi 3500m (+ 450m - 200m) 3 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 09: Trek Phedi to high camp 3900m (+ 500 m - 50m) 2 hours 30mn. Overnight camping.
Day 10: Trek High Camp to  Rupina La 4700m Pass -  Jarang 3370m   (+ 1000m - 1350m) 8 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 11: Trek Jarang to Sechang 3050m (+ 900m - 1200m) 7 hours.  Overnight camping.
Day 12: Trek Sechang to Nyak 2280m - Deng 1900m (+ 300m - 1350m) 5 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 13: Trek Nyak to Ghap 2130m (+ 1000m - 600m) 6 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 14: Trek Ghap to Namrung (2550m). Overnight camping.
Day 15: Trek Namrung to Lho (3180m). Overnight camping.
Day 16: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Gompa-3350m). Overnight camping.
Day 17: Trek Sama Gaon to Samdo (3780m). Overnight camping.
Day 18: Trek Samdo to Dharmashala (4400m). Overnight camping.
Day 19: Trek Dharmashala to Bhimthang (3700m) after crossing Larkya La pass (5213m). Overnight camping.
Day 20: Trek Bhimthang to Tilje (2250m). Overnight camping.
Day 21: Trek Tilje to Tal (1500m). Overnight camping.
Day 22: Trek Tal to Jagat (1310m) Then, Jagat to to Bensisahar (790m) by jeep or local bus 2 hours, overnight at Lodge.
Day 23: Drive from Bensisahar to Kathmandu 4 hours by jeep, overnight at hotel.
Day 24: Final Departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-Trekking permits of Manaslu Conservation Area Project, Annapurna Conservation Area Project and Manaslu special permit.
-Accommodation in North Face tent with foam mattress twin basis.
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook  and porters.
-Camping equipment: tents, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils, chairs, tables etc.
-Kathmandu to Gorkha Bazaar -Gorkha Bazaar - Ramche by bus,  Jagat  - Besisahar - Kathmandu by bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook  and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths sleeping bag -20 degree  etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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