Rupina La Pass Trek

Duration18 Days
Trip GradeDifficult
Maximum Altitude4650
Group Size1-12
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Rupina La Pass Trek Highlight

  • Non-technical pass above 4,700 m
  • Ethnic villages including Barpak having more than 1,200 households
  • View of Langtang Himal (7,234 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Manaslu (8,163 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m) Himalayan ranges
  • Close up vistas of Buddha Himal (6,692 m), Gorkha Himal (5,532 m), Himalchulil (7,893 m) and Peak 29 or Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m) and many more
  • Less frequented trails although opened in 1991
  • Camping and teahouse trekking
  • Fully customizable to Tsum Valley trek or Larkya La Pass trek
  • Accessible throughout the year

Opened from 1991, Rupina La Pass Trek lies in Manaslu region of Gorkha district. Rupina La Pass (4,720 m) is one of the highest pass of Manaslu region trek that connects Tsum Valley and Barpak Village. Although it does not require climbing gears, Rupina La Pass is one of the challenging trekking in Nepal.

The amazing vistas of snow-capped peaks of Langtang Himal (7,234 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m),  Manaslu (8,163 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m) regions are seen. The close view of Buddha Himal (6,692 m), Gorkha Himal (5,532 m), Himalchulil (7,893 m) and Peak 29 or Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m) makes this trek more memorable.

This trek rewards you with the Budhi Gandaki River Valley, sparse to dense settlement areas, cultivated lands, pasture lands and green forests. The ethnic villages populated by mixed communities let you know about their lifestyle, culture and tradition. Barpak Village is one of the highlights of this region. It is the largest village having more than 1,200 households in it.

The major inhabitants of this village are Gurung, Ghale, Sunar, Pariyar and many more. Most of the males of this village are employed in the British and Indian Armies. You might meet some Gurkhas during Rupina La Pass trek. It is one of the recognized homestay sites of Nepal.

The Gorkha Earthquake 2015 destroyed this village as it was the epicenter to this devastating quake. Although it was closed for the International trekkers for some years, now tourists are welcomed to this amazing village.

Although there is not any conservation area or national park in this route, you can see a perfect biodiversity. The local vegetation, birds and animals make this Nepal Trekking trip more of fun and lifelong experiences.

RupinaLa Pass Trek Itinerary 

Rupina La Pass trek itinerary depends upon the route you want to follow. If you begin this trek right from Barpak, you can do this within a week. You can reach Barpak by driving in about 9/10 hours from Kathmandu.

To begin it from Aarughat, the proposed itinerary differs as it becomes a bit longer. If you combine Tsum Valley trek in Rupina La Pass trek itinerary, you need a week more to the given one.

Likewise, you can also do this trek with Larkya La Pass trek ending at Besisahar, the gateway to Annapurna Circuit trek. For this, you need another week to walk past Manaslu Conservation Area Project and Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

It means, This Nepal trek itinerary can be customize according to your holiday and desire to visit. Therefore, first, you be sure how long and which route you want to follow. Leave the rest matter upon Nepal Trekking Routes. We guarantee the best Nepal trekking package at the most reasonable cost.

RupinaLa Pass Trek Cost

Rupina La Pass trek cost depends upon the route, duration, mode of transportation, food and accommodation services you use during the trip. If you do only Rupina La trek, it is much cheaper as it needs only TIMS Card.

Food and accommodation services you find in this trek are not as costly as that of Annapurna Circuit trek or Everest Base Camp trek. It is a combination of tea house and camping trekking in Nepal. The foods and accommodation charges are quite low comparing with other region like Manaslu Circuit trek.

But, you have to pay a little higher to the crew members as they are required for camping trekking. You will spend two nights at the campsites between Jarang and Barpak villages. You don’t have to use any domestic flights to begin or end the trek as well. It means, you don’t have to spend a high amount for buying flight tickets.

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RupinaLa Pass Trek Difficulty

RupinaLa Pass trek difficulty is consider to be moderately challenging. The route between Jarang to Rupina La Phedi is a bit more challenging as it is less frequented. Similarly, you have to cross Rupina La Pass (4,720 m). Although it is non-technical, you need to climb a steep rocky trail for about 5/6 hours.

Altitude sickness may be a little problem during this Nepal trekking. However, you can overcome this by following some simple precautions. Have enough water, food and sleep including rest in the middle of the trek. Take health aid box in your backpack. Last but not the least, don’t forget to walk close to the team leader and share any problems with him.

The Rest of the other sections of the trek are well maintain and comfortable. Generally, you have to walk for about 5/6 hours every day along Manaslu Circuit trek route. Except for a couple of days, you find tea houses or lodges for food and accommodation facilities. You can find a good variety of food including the typical Nepali daalbhat.

The people of this region are helpful and cooperative to the national and international trekkers as well. They share the interesting part of their history with you, but you must respect their culture and tradition.

Although you should cross a pass above 4,700 m, it is non-technical requiring no climbing gears. That means, Rupina La Pass trek difficulty has been beat by the beginner trekker as well. But you must be physically fit and mentally determine to face a little challenge.

RupinaLa Pass Trek Map

Rupina La Pass trek map begins from either the historical Gorkha Bazar or Aarughat, Manaslu trek route. Most of the itineraries have been made with the Gorkha Bazar beginning, but we have begun from Manaslu Circuit trek route.

Rupina La Pass trek route begins from Machha Khola where you reach by driving from Kathmandu.  You can also begin from Aarughat, but to customize the trek itinerary and cost as well, we have done so.

From Machha Khola, you go through Dobhan, Philim and Nyak Village to reach Jarang across Jhong Kharka. Next day, you cross Rupina La Pass (4,720 m) and reach Rupina La Phedi for the night station.

From the bottom of Rupina La Pass, you go across Gai Kharka to reach Barpak. Barpak is also a highlight of Rupina La Pass. Spending an extra day there, you trek up to Baluwa. Finally, you drive from Baluwa to Kathmandu in a public bus or private jeep. In this way, Rupina La Pass trek map begins from and ends at Kathmandu.

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On your arrival day, our representative receives you at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). For visa procedure, you need USD 50 in cash and 2 copies of photos including copy of passport. After that, you will be transferred to the hotel.


After having breakfast, the tour guide takes you for Kathmandu excursion. You will go around the Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.

After returning from the excursion, the team leader meets you at the hotel or you will be suggested to visit our office. He will give you all the information regarding Rupina La Pass trek. We shall help you in arranging the trekking gears that help you in completing this trek successfully.


Today, you begin driving towards Machha Khola, an overnight stop en route Manaslu Circuit trek. You drive along the Prithvi Highway up to the Dhading Bridge and then, take right turn towards Dhadingbesi.

Enjoying the snowcapped peaks of Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu region, you move towards Machha Khola. The trading centers, green forests, rivers and streams are also seen during the way. Originally, Aarughat used to be the gateway to Manaslu Circuit trek but now, there is roadway up to Machha Khola.


Following the easy trail, you move further enjoying the mountain scenery just below the sky. The trail takes you through the Budhi Gandaki River banks up to Dobhan. Overnight stay at a teahouse or lodge.

You begin today’s trek after having breakfast following the Budhi Gandaki River banks. Walking past the cultivated lands and some settlement areas, you keep going on. The scenery of the snowcapped peaks of Manaslu region makes the trip more memorable. Finally, you stop at Philim at a teahouse or lodge as per the availability.


Climbing along the trail, you walk past some terraced farmlands with seasonal crops and vegetables. By enjoying the enchanting view of green forests, rural villages and snowy peaks, you reach Nyak Village. People of Nyak Village are very helpful that you can talk with them to know more about their lifestyle, culture and tradition.

Following the steep rocky tracks, you trek past a few pasturelands. Moving ahead, you follow the banks of the Chulling Khola, you cross Serang and Gomna villages. These villages are also important overnight stops during Tsum Valley Rupina La Pass trek.

Thereafter, witnessing the amazing view of Ganesh Himal, you follow the Budhi Gandaki River banks to reach Jhong Kharka Village. A few grasslands that are suitable for animal husbandry are also seen during the trek.

From here, you follow the trail that moves alongside the banks of the Chulling Khola and the Rebing Khola. Enjoying the amazing vistas of Gorkha Himal, Himalchuli, Bouddha Himal, Peak 29 and many more, you cross the Jarang Glacier. Finally, you reach Jarang Village for the night stay at a teahouse or hotel.


Today is the most awaited day as you are going to cross Rupina La Pass (4,720m). It is the highest place during Rupina La Pass trek and it connects Tsum Valley with Barpak village. The trek begins after having breakfast at the hotel. As you are going to cross the inhabited area, we recommend you to pack some readymade lunch.

Following the steep rocky trail, you gradually move higher towards Rupina La Pass. Enjoying the splendid scenery of Gorkha Himal, Himalchuli, Bouddha Himal, Peak 29, etc., you carry on your trip. Take rest at the regular intervals to avoid altitude sickness. Once, you reach the top, the scenery is incredible! The snow-clad peaks, Tsum Valley and Barpak Village will come into your sight at their best appearance.

Then, you move downhill towards the bottom of Rupina La Pass. Take enough time to descend as the trail may be quite slippery in some sections. When you reach the bottom, set up the tented camp to spend the night. In the leisure time, you can stroll around the campsite.


As the trekking duration is short and the trail is comfortable, you can begin it late in the morning. Following the pleasant trail along the dense forests inhabited by some birds and animals, you continue up to Gai Kharka. Overnight at a tented camp.


In the beginning, the route goes along the dense forests and then, the Daraudi Khola banks. By crossing Tumsiak Village, you enter into the human settlement areas. By walking past a few such villages amidst the thick woodlands, you reach Barpak Village. It is a beautiful village located in the northern part of the historical Gorkha district. It is one of the model homestay sites of Nepal populated by Gurung, Ghale, Sunar, Pariyar and other ethnic communities. Barpak Village was the epicentre of the Gorkha Earthquake 2015 that the entire village was destroyed. Now, the reconstruction activities have been already finished and the entire village has come to the normal activity.


Today is a spare day for Barpak excursion. Here are a few things you can do to spend the day and make it more memorable. You can hike to Munche Hill for the lovely close up view of Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Mt. Manaslu and Himalchuli. Similarly, you can hike to Narad Pokhari, a pilgrimage site for the Hindus.

You can also visit the local monasteries, school, museum, hydroelectricity plant and many more. Conversing with the local people is also the best idea to know more about their lifestyle, culture and tradition. Most of the male members of this village are involved in the British and Indian armies. You can meet some of them who will tell the stories of war; of the World War II perhaps!


If you want to shorten the itinerary, you can directly return Kathmandu from Barpak via private vehicle or local bus up to Gorkha and then another bus. Otherwise, you trek up to Baluwa from this beautiful village following the comfortable trail.

The trail moves further along the seasonal sheds for the safety of the herds and their caretakers. Likewise, the amazing view of Buddha Himal (6,6892m) and the Budhi Gandaki River Valley makes the trip more interesting. Following the Daraudi River banks, the trail descends towards Baluwa by crossing a large plot of the cultivated land. Overnight at a teahouse or lodge.


You enjoy the sunrise view of Buddha Himal during the breakfast. Then, you begin the retreat journey towards Kathmandu via Gorkha Bazar. If the time favours, you can visit the historical Gorkha Palace to know more about Nepal before the unification campaign. Gorkha Museum is the best way to observe the ancient weapons used by the Gorkha soldier to unify the small territories into a single one.

Driving along the Prithvi Highway, you arrive in Kathmandu in about 7/8 hours. Then, our crewmember relocates you to the hotel. In the leisure time, you can visit Thamel Bazar for purchasing relics or garment items, which can be a great presents to the people back in yoru home country.

In the evening, we invite you to farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant nearby Thamel. Rejoice the typical Nepali food items with the cultural shows.


Today, according to the flight schedule, our representative transfers you to the Kathmandu Airport. Have a nice journey!

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Cost Details
  • Arrival and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share BB basis for the nights as listed in itinerary.
  • Full board meals while on camping trek to Rubinala valley.
  • Accommodation on 2 men tented camp.
  • Welcome dinner with ethno-cultural program.
  • Rupinala valley trekking map.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and end points of the trek
  • All camping equipment including the two men member tent, Dinning tent with comfortable chairs and dining table, staff and kitchen tent, toilet tent with commode and toilet paper.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear – sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, insulated mat, sleeping pillow, down jacket, duffel bag, Rain poncho etc. during the trek.
  • Professional local trekking group leader trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber / Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Trekking Cook, guides and other supporting staff.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing and other required trekking gear for porters
  • Complimentary Nepal Trekking Routes Treks & Expedition  T-shirts and trek duffle bag.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • Trekking Permit, Manaslu national park and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • Special permit for restricted Rupinala and Manaslu region and all governmetn taxes
  • Nepal entry Visa fees and Travel Insurance of any kind
  • International Airfare
  • Cold beverages and main meals in cities
  • Tips and items of a personal nature

The highest place to go across during this trek is Rupina La Pass (4,720m). Only the section between Jarang to Rupina La Phedi is considered to be challenging, or else, the trails are comfortable. The previous experience of trekking or climbing is not mandatory during Rupina La Pass trek. But, if you have, it is a plus point! You don’t have to use any climbing gears to climb across this pass. Therefore, even a novice trekker can do this trek.

Rupina La Pass trek is a combination of teahouse and camping trekking towards the Manaslu region. Teahouses or lodges provide comfortable bed with well ventilated room and cleans bed sheet and blankets. However, you must bring your own sleeping bags as well.

Talking about food, while in the tented camps, you must be satisfied with the items cooked by your crew. The teahouses and lodges provide you dinner and breakfast because you have your lunch in the middle of the trek.

You will be provided pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daalbhat, soup, fresh vegetables as per the availability. As Manaslu region is killing or hunting prohibited area, you will get mostly vegetarian items during the trek.

For only Rupina La Pass trek, TIMS Card is enough while to do it with Tsum Valley, two more permits are necessary. They are Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit and Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Entry Permit. Similarly, to do Rupina La Pass Tsum Valley Larkya La Pass trek, you also need Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Rupina La Pass trek is nearly 127 kilometers far from Kathmandu while it is even closer from the Lake City Pokhara. You can complete this trek within a week beginning from Gorkha Bazar. Combing it with Tsum Valley and Larkya La Pass trek, it takes longer duration.

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