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Rupina La Pass Trek

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Rupina La Pass Trek - 25 Days

The Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek, also known as the "Rupina La Trek," offers a captivating journey through Nepal's Gorkha district, showcasing stunning Himalayan vistas, untouched wilderness, and a rich cultural tapestry. Beginning at the majestic Rupina La Pass, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks like Manaslu, Bouddha, and Himalchuli. As you traverse through highlands and remote areas, you'll immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of local communities, including the hospitable Gurung people.

At an elevation of 4,720 meters, the Rupina La Pass provides a unique perspective of the lower Manaslu region, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys. Along the trail, charming villages and traditional architecture provide glimpses into centuries-old customs and practices. Rhododendron and pine forests create a varied landscape, while encounters with wildlife, from elusive mountain goats to colorful bird species, enrich the journey with natural wonders.

Beyond exploration, the trek fosters a profound connection to nature and cultural heritage. Villages along the route serve as living museums, showcasing the Gurung community's rich heritage. Wildlife enthusiasts will delight in sightings of Himalayan wildlife, including snow leopards and musk deer, amidst the area's biodiversity. The trek culminates in Nyak, where the trail intersects with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, merging two epic adventures into one unforgettable journey.

Starting in Gorkha Bazaar, the trek follows the Darundi Khola River, leading trekkers deeper into pristine wilderness filled with lush forests and towering peaks. Despite the physical challenges, moments of serenity, like sunrise over snow-capped peaks, offer solace and inspiration. The Rupina La Pass Trek is not merely a physical endeavor but a transformative experience, leaving an indelible mark on the heart and soul.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of Nepal's lower Manaslu region on the Rupina La Pass Trek. Book now for a journey that transcends boundaries and leaves lasting memories of adventure and exploration in the heart of the Himalayas.

Rupina La Pass Trek

Rupina La Pass Trek Highlights and Attractions

Region

Lower Manaslu

Duration

24 Days

Starting Price

USD 3,000.00

Group Size

2-15 Person

Activities

Tour and Trekking

Transportation

Private Transportation

Accommodation

Hotel and Tented Camp

Meal Plan

AP Plan

Trip Grade

Strenous

Max. Altitude

5,200m

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-8 Hours


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    Upon your arrival at the airport, our company representative will warmly greet you and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel. It is at the hotel where you will have the pleasure of meeting our team. In the evening, around 6:00pm to 7:00pm, we will organize a pre-trek briefing. This gathering provides an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delightful dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine accompanied by captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in the rich cultural traditions of Nepal.

  • 02 Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

  • 03 By Private Transportation: Kathmandu to Gorkha (1,135m/140km)

    After a nutritious breakfast, embark on a 4 to 5-hour drive to Gorkha Bazar from Kathmandu, covering approximately 140 kilometers. During this scenic journey, you'll be amazed by picturesque landscapes, sparkling streams, and the winding Darundi Khola riverbanks. Leaving the bustling city life behind, the road winds through charming villages, lush greenery, and picturesque rice fields. Upon arriving in historic Gorkha, renowned for its rich history, take the opportunity to explore the Gorkha Durbar Palace and enjoy its panoramic views. This experience allows adventurous travelers to immerse themselves in local culture and witness the beauty and heritage of Nepal, creating unforgettable memories.

  • 04 By Bus: Gorkha to Barpak (1960m)

    This morning, start your day with a hearty breakfast, and then embark on a drive to Barpak, following the course of the Darundi Khola (River). The journey includes a steep ascent from Ranglung Khola, leading to the beautiful village of Barpak, perched on a lush ridge with stunning views of the mist-covered valley below. The village residents often arrange 'cultural shows' to raise funds for village improvements, and if we're lucky, we might get to enjoy one in the early evening. Throughout our stay in Barpak, we will be in awe of the majestic Bouddhi Himal, a towering snow-capped peak that offers incredible opportunities for capturing breathtaking sunrise and sunset photographs.

  • 05 Barpak to Gupsi Pakha (2,750m)

    Start early and enjoy a picturesque climb with the stunning Bouddha Himal as the backdrop. After about three hours, we reach Pushu Dada (2,950m), separating Laprak and Barpak, and are treated to panoramic mountain views and herds of sheep grazing on grassy hillsides. The horizon is adorned by the magnificent peaks of Bouddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang ranges, creating a breathtaking view. The surrounding rhododendron forest with hues of pink and red provides excellent photo opportunities with the snow-peaks in the background. Explore the New Model village at Gupsi Pakha, built by NRNA, to witness progress and development.

  • 06 Gupsi Pakha to Humche Dada (3,000m)

    The trek from Gupsi Pakha to Humche Dada is a captivating journey through the region's natural beauty. The trail takes you through lush forests with vibrant rhododendrons and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. At an elevation of 3,000m, Humche Dada provides panoramic views of majestic Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Boudha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal ranges, and Annapurna ranges. This trek promises an unforgettable adventure, blending natural beauty, and the thrill of reaching a high-altitude viewpoint in the Himalayas.

  • 07 Humche Dada to Ruse Kharka (2,835m)

    The trek from Humche Dada to Ruse Kharka offers a picturesque journey through the stunning Himalayan landscapes. You'll descend through lush forests, and serene valleys, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Ruse Kharka, situated at 2,835 meters, provides a rewarding destination with a tranquil setting and a mountainous backdrop. Along the way, you'll encounter cow, goat, and sheep shelters, as well as buffer zones for cattle during the monsoon season. The area is abundant in herbs, adding to the natural beauty of the trek. This adventure promises an unforgettable experience for trekkers seeking to explore the wonders of the Himalayas.

  • 08 Ruse Kharka to Rupina La Phedi (3825m)

    The trek from Ruse Kharka to Rupina La Phedi offers enchanting Himalayan landscapes. You'll descend to Sumrung Khola and then ascend to Rupina La Phedi through diverse terrains, including lush valleys. The breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas surrounds you with stunning mountain views. Reaching an altitude of 3,825 meters, Rupina La Phedi is a rewarding destination amidst high-altitude mountains. Throughout the trek, you'll experience the raw natural beauty of the region, encounter unique flora and fauna, and may spot local wildlife. Proper preparation is essential for the challenges of higher altitudes and changing weather. This trek promises an unforgettable adventure, allowing you to explore the mesmerizing wonders of the Himalayas and immerse yourself in its serene surroundings.

  • 09 Cross Rupina La Pass (4,610m). Trek to Thadepuk (3,600m)

    This morning, we cross our first real pass at an altitude of 4720 meters, a perfect test before Rupina La Pass. The climb is challenging with steep slopes and an indistinct trail. However, our efforts are worth it as we reach the pass and are rewarded with a remarkable panorama, featuring the Himal Buddha circus, the Khutang, Shringi, and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges. The descent on the opposite slope is the most difficult part, particularly for our carriers, with a steep 300-meter vertical scree. We continue our journey by descending along the moraine of the Chuling Glacier and following the eponymous river. The trek also involves crossing alpine peat bogs, adding to the adventure of our journey.

  • 10 Thadepuk to John kharka (3,100m)

    Get ready for another long day of walking as you descend towards the East, aiming for the Buddhi Gandaki valley. The majestic Ganesh Himal looms in the distance, its magnificence growing with every step. Throughout the journey, you'll encounter various glaciers like Rupina La glacier, Boudda Himal Glacier, and part of the Chilung Glacier. The terrain will constantly change, with steep ascents and descents adding to the excitement. By the end of the day, you'll arrive at John Kharka, a serene spot where you can rest and soak in the beauty of the Himalayas. It's been a thrilling adventure, exploring the splendor of this breathtaking mountain range.

  • 11 John Kharka to Nyak (2280m)

    From John Kharka, your journey continues towards Nyak through mesmerizing landscapes, presenting new challenges. You'll traverse rugged Himalayan terrain, pass dense forests, and cross pristine rivers. Experience local culture in traditional villages along the way. Brace yourself for uphill climbs and downhill descents, and embrace the adventure of crossing suspension bridges over roaring rivers. As you near Nyak, the scenery transforms, revealing a different side of the majestic Himalayas, with picturesque views of peaks and valleys.

  • 12 Nyak to Prok (2370m)

    Embarking on the trek from Nyak to Prok, you'll be treated to an unforgettable journey through the enchanting Himalayan landscapes. As you leave Nyak behind, you'll trek through diverse terrain, passing through verdant forests and crossing pristine streams. The trail will lead you through traditional villages, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the warm hospitality of the villagers. Along the way, the awe-inspiring vistas of the towering peaks will leave you in awe. Be prepared for some challenging sections with uphill climbs and downhill descents, but the breathtaking scenery will make every step worthwhile. Eventually, you'll arrive at Prok, a charming village nestled amidst the mountains, where you can rest and rejuvenate, cherishing the memories of this remarkable trek through the heart of the Himalayas.

  • 13 Hike to Khalchhuman Lake or Kal Taal (3710m)

    Embarking on the hike from Prok to Khalchhuman Lake or Kal Taal offers an unforgettable adventure through the picturesque Himalayan landscapes. The trek takes you through diverse terrain, including lush forests, alpine meadows, and quaint villages, providing stunning views and opportunities to encounter local wildlife. Be prepared for some challenging sections with uphill climbs and rugged paths. Upon reaching either lake, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking beauty and a serene moment amidst nature. This hike will leave you with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the splendor of the Himalayas.

  • 14 Prok to Lho (3180m)

    Today's trek from Prok has been a truly wonderful and exhilarating experience. We enjoyed a delightful ascent through a refreshing forest, witnessing the landscape transform into a breathtaking alpine paradise with expansive mountain vistas. After reaching the charming village of Lihi, with its ancient gompa and picturesque barley fields protected by 'bear watches,' we continued our gentle ascent to the idyllic Tibetan village of Sho. Finally, we arrived in Lho, greeted by awe-inspiring views of majestic Mt. Manaslu. This day has been filled with remarkable scenery, diverse landscapes, and unforgettable cultural encounters, leaving us grateful for the incredible experiences on this trek.

  • 15 Lho to Samagaon (3,525m)

    Walking through the upper reaches of Lho, we are greeted by the snowy peaks of Mt. Manaslu in the distance. Passing the new gompa, we ascend through light forests alongside a small river to reach the high and picturesque Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where villagers are often busy in the fields. The trek through classic alpine scenery takes us past grazing settlements of Tibet, and eventually, we pass checkered fields of barley and potato before reaching Sama Gaon. This village was settled by Tibetans over 500 years ago and is known for its distinctive entrance gates. The villagers maintain an active trade with Tibet, and you might witness the women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns, which are then traded back. In your free time, hike up to the old gompa settlement and explore the fascinating streets of Sama Gaon village. The scenery and cultural encounters make this part of the trek truly captivating.

  • 16 Acclimatization day in Samagaon

    Today is an acclimatization day in Samagaon, giving us a break to adjust to the higher altitude and get ready for the upcoming trek. We have two exciting options for exploration: hiking to Birendra Lake with mesmerizing mountain views, or a more challenging trek to Manaslu Base Camp, offering a close encounter with the majestic Mt. Manaslu. Whichever option we choose, this day allows us to fully enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas and recharge for tomorrow's trek.

  • 17 Samagaon to Samdo (3,800m)

    Another day of trekking brings us incredible mountain views as we journey to Samdo, a three-hour walk from our previous location. Passing through the craggy woods of Himalayan Birch, we immerse ourselves in the region's natural beauty. Along the way, we encounter the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka and spot the entrance chorten of Samdo perched on a bluff. After crossing a small bridge and climbing to the 'Kane' entrance, we are warmly welcomed by the village's unique charm. The opportunity to visit a small home gompa and witness a puja conducted by the reincarnated lamas adds to the enriching experience.

  • 18 Samdo to Dharamshala (4,460m)

    Leaving Samdo behind, we set out on the old trade route towards Tibet, crossing a bridge and ascending through the historical ruins of Larkya bazaar, a once-thriving trade market. The climb takes us about three hours, passing glaciers and offering increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas. Our campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, awaits us where we have lunch while taking in the magnificent views. The higher altitude and cold become more noticeable here, so we take a leisurely afternoon to keep warm and prepare for the pass crossing tomorrow. An early dinner is planned to ensure we are well-prepared for the upcoming challenge.

  • 19 Cross Larkya La Pass (5,170m). Trek to Bhimtang (3,590m)

    We embark on a short climb above the campsite before entering the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers, offering stunning views of Cho Danda and Larkya-La. Trekking across the glacier's moraines, occasionally through snow, we gradually ascend towards the pass, which takes about four hours. The pass crossing rewards us with breathtaking mountain panoramas, including Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and Annapurna II. After reaching the pass, we hang Tibetan prayer flags and prepare for a steep descent along the glacial moraine trail. Lunch on smooth rocks below the pass energizes us for the three-hour descent to our campsite in Bhimtang. Despite the boulder-strewn trail, the magnificent views and the sense of accomplishment make it all worthwhile, filling us with joy upon reaching our destination.

  • 20 Hike to Ponkar Lake (4100m)

    Embarking on a day hike from Bhimtang to Ponkar Lake offers an unforgettable adventure through the scenic Himalayan landscapes. We traverse lush meadows, dense forests, and rugged terrain, enjoying breathtaking mountain views along the way. Though there might be some moderate challenges as we ascend, the excitement of reaching Ponkar Lake keeps us motivated. Once at the serene alpine lake, we relish the clear waters and the reflections of the majestic peaks, immersing ourselves in nature's beauty. After a peaceful time at the lake, we return to Bhimtang, cherishing the memories of this remarkable day hike in the Himalayas.

  • 21 Bhimtang to Gowa (2,515m)

    The trek from Bhimtang to Gowa is an exhilarating journey through the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas. Leaving the charming village of Bhimtang, surrounded by lush greenery and towering peaks, you'll follow a memorable trail towards Gowa. The route winds through dense rhododendron forests with colorful blooms, and you'll cross gurgling streams on sturdy bridges, passing quaint mountain communities that welcome you with warm hospitality. As you ascend, the view transforms into a breathtaking display of snow-capped peaks. Finally, in the serene settlement of Gowa, you can unwind and embrace the tranquility of nature. This trek is a true communion with nature, leaving you with cherished memories for a lifetime.

  • 22 Gowa to Tal (1975m)

    Today signifies the culmination of our trek. Following a 1.5-hour trekking, we reached Tilije, a sizable settlement home to the brave Gurung community. The Gurung people have gained recognition for their valor and contribution to distinguished units of the British and Indian armies. Despite their military heritage, they maintain a peaceful way of life and are known for cultivating delectable apples. Subsequently, we continued our descent for another 1.5 hours, tracing the Dudh Khola River until it merged with the Marsyangdi River in Dharapani. This scenic journey led us to the delightful village of Tal after an additional 2 hours of trekking. Here, we shall spend the night, immersed in the charm and tranquility of this picturesque locale.

  • 23 Drive back to Kathmandu

    Today, we are embarking on a scenic jeep ride from Tal to Kathmandu, covering an approximate distance of 214 kilometers. This journey will lead us through some of Nepal's most rugged and remote terrains, providing a remarkable opportunity to witness the country's diverse landscapes and cultures from a unique perspective. As we traverse through picturesque valleys, winding roads, and mountain passes, we will be treated to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks and pristine rivers. Along the way, we will make occasional stops to stretch our legs and capture photographs of the breathtaking vistas that surround us. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we will have ample time to unwind and explore the vibrant city at our leisure. Whether we choose to engage in souvenir shopping or partake in other activities, this promises to be an exciting and adventurous day, brimming with unforgettable moments and cherished memories that will endure a lifetime.

  • 24 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

  • 25 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Included in package cost
  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop: Private transportation will be arranged for your airport transfers before and after the trek.
  • Hotel Accommodation: You will have a total of 4 nights in Kathmandu staying in a twin-sharing room on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.
  • A warm welcome dinner at a typical and authentic Nepalese kitchen with a cultural dance.
  • City Cultural Tour: Enjoy a guided City Tour in Kathmandu with an experienced City Tour Guide, and all entrance and monument fees are included.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu to Ghyampesal and Tal to Kathmandu accompanied by our Nepalese crew.
  • Food during the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek: Completly camping trek with full board, meaning all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek.
  • Accommodation and Equipment: Twin-sharing tented accommodation and camping equipment like mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, dining tables, chairs, etc., will be provided.
  • Trekking Staff: Well-experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide for groups of over 6 people, and Porters (at a ratio of 2:1). Their daily allowances, meals, and accommodation will be provided.
  • Insurance: Our Nepalese team members are covered by accidental and medical insurance.
  • Trekking Permits: Special Permit of Manaslu Region, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) for Annapurna Entry Permit fee and TIMS card.
  • Taxes and Service Charges: All government-applicable taxes and the travel agency service charge are included in the package.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package. You will need to cover these expenses on your own.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance cost: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package. It's essential to have proper insurance to cover any unforeseen situations during the trek.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure is not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your personal trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: If there are unforeseen circumstances like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather conditions, landslides, or any other natural calamities, any additional expenses arising from these situations should be borne by the trek participants themselves.

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Rupina La Pass Trek is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal. The trek takes you through the remote and beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, and it includes crossing the Rupina La Pass, which is one of the notable highlights of the trek. The journey typically starts and ends in the village of Gorkha, and it offers trekkers an opportunity to explore the less-visited and pristine areas of Nepal, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and picturesque valleys.

Rupina La Pass Trek typically takes around 14 to 18 days to complete, but the duration can be adjusted based on individual preferences and available time. Starting from the village of Gorkha, the trek involves several days of challenging trekking through remote terrain to reach the Rupina La Pass, which is usually crossed in one day. The journey continues through picturesque valleys and mountain villages before concluding at the endpoint. As the trek is physically demanding and includes high-altitude sections, trekkers are advised to take their time for proper acclimatization and to savor the stunning surroundings. It's crucial to select a reliable trekking agency or experienced guide for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Rupina La Pass Trek is a challenging and thrilling adventure in Nepal's Manaslu region. Despite being considered a low pass, it demands significant physical effort from trekkers. As one of the world's longest passes, surpassing the famous Larkya La Pass, it takes you through remote and untouched landscapes. The journey includes high mountain passes and picturesque valleys, offering stunning views and a deep connection with nature. The rugged terrain and steep ascents make it an ideal choice for experienced trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience in Nepal. This trek allows you to immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Himalayas and experience the unique culture and hospitality of local communities. Adequate preparation, physical fitness, and proper equipment are essential for making the most of this extraordinary adventure.

The best time to do the Rupina La Pass Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons in Nepal. These months offer the most favorable weather and trekking conditions, providing a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

  • Spring (March to May): Spring is a popular time for trekking in Nepal, including the Rupina La Pass Trek. During this season, the weather is generally stable, and the temperatures start to warm up after the winter. The rhododendron forests along the trail come alive with vibrant blooms, creating a picturesque landscape. The skies are clear, offering breathtaking views of the mountains.
  • Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another ideal time for the Rupina La Pass Trek. The weather is dry and stable, with clear skies and excellent visibility of the surrounding mountains. The temperatures are moderate, making trekking comfortable during the day. It is also the post-monsoon season, and the trails are generally in good condition after being washed by the monsoon rains.

During both of these seasons, you can expect minimal rainfall and lower chances of encountering adverse weather conditions. As a result, you'll have better opportunities to enjoy the stunning landscapes and capture beautiful mountain views along the trek. However, it's always advisable to check with local trekking agencies or guides for the latest weather updates and to plan your trek accordingly.

Yes, a permit is required for the Rupina La Pass Trek. The trek falls under the restricted area, and a special permit is necessary for the Manaslu region, as well as the Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area. These permits can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Securing these permits is crucial to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the regions and to ensure responsible trekking practices. By obtaining the necessary permits, trekkers can enjoy a legal and fulfilling experience while exploring the captivating landscapes and diverse cultures along the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek. As permit requirements and regulations may change, it's essential to verify the latest information from official sources or registered trekking agencies before planning your trip.

Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek is a remarkable journey in the Manaslu region of Nepal, offering a plethora of highlights that make it a truly memorable adventure. Some of the main highlights of the trek include:

  • Remote and Untouched Landscapes: The trek takes you through remote and pristine landscapes that are less frequented by trekkers. The untouched beauty of the region offers a sense of wilderness and tranquility.
  • Rupina La Pass: The trek culminates with the crossing of the Rupina La Pass, a challenging and rewarding experience. From the pass, trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area: The trek passes through the Manaslu Conservation Area, a region rich in biodiversity and home to various rare flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard.
  • Cultural Exploration: Along the trail, you'll encounter traditional mountain villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, such as the Tamang, Gurung, and Sherpa communities. You'll have the opportunity to experience their unique cultures, traditions, and warm hospitality.
  • Buddhist Monasteries and Chortens: The region is adorned with ancient Buddhist monasteries and intricately designed chortens. These spiritual landmarks add a sense of serenity and cultural significance to the trek.
  • Manaslu Base Camp: For those seeking an extended adventure, the trek can be extended to the base camp of Mount Manaslu. The base camp offers astonishing views of the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
  • Mesmerizing Mountain Views: Throughout the trek, you'll be treated to stunning views of prominent Himalayan peaks, including Manaslu (8,163 meters), Ganesh Himal, and other snow-capped summits.
  • Diverse Terrain: The trail presents a diverse range of terrains, from lush forests and terraced fields to rocky moraines and glacial terrain, providing a dynamic and ever-changing trekking experience.
  • Sense of Solitude:The Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek is less crowded compared to popular trekking routes in Nepal, offering trekkers a chance to immerse themselves in the peacefulness and serenity of the mountains.
  • Challenging Adventure: The trek is physically demanding and suitable for experienced trekkers looking for a challenging and rewarding adventure in a lesser-known region of Nepal.

Overall, the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and a sense of adventure, making it an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas.

For the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Manaslu Rupina La Pass Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Rupina-la Pass Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Rupina La Pass Trekking:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Manaslu Trekking. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Rupina La Pass Trek. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety. Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Manaslu.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Trekking Guide: The Trekking Guide is the overall leader of the team. Often starting as a porter or kitchen assistant, the Sirdar commands respect from the entire team. Their experience and leadership are invaluable in ensuring the trek's success.
  • Cook (Applicable for tent trekking): The Cook is in charge of meal preparation. They hold the responsibility for crafting delicious and nourishing dishes for the team. A vital role, especially in tent-based treks, where quality meals are crucial for the trekkers' well-being.
  • Kitchen Assistant (Applicable for tent trekking): The Kitchen Assistant, commonly known as the kitchen boy, assists the Cook actively. The number of assistants depends on the group's size. This role serves as a stepping stone towards becoming a Cook and involves hands-on support in the kitchen.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: Nepal's mountainous terrain has a rich tradition of human porterage, an ancient practice that persists to this day. Some porters associated with agencies request loads exceeding 25 kg to earn higher wages. We are committed to compensating extra for each kilo beyond 25 kg to the porters. However, to prevent exploitation and manage the porters' physical strain, we kindly urge trekkers to be conscious of their baggage weight. Baggage exceeding 25/30 kg places additional strain on the porters and is best avoided. Your cooperation in maintaining reasonable loads ensures the well-being of both trekkers and porters.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

We are dedicated to providing an exceptional culinary experience during your camping trek in Nepal. Our commitment to taste and nutrition ensures that your energy is replenished after a challenging day on the trail. Here's how we elevate your dining experience:

  • Breakfast: Start your day with nourishing choices. Pick from hearty porridge, or assorted cereals, or opt for freshly made chapatis or toast. Enjoy eggs prepared to your liking. Sip on a variety of hot beverages, including classic tea, herbal infusions, rich hot chocolate, and coffee from our Bialetti Moka machine.
  • Lunch: At midday, take a well-deserved break by a convenient trail spot with water access. Our skilled kitchen team departs early to prepare lunch upon your arrival. After your meal, relax before resuming the afternoon trek.
  • Dinner: Upon reaching camp, savor light refreshments like biscuits and a choice of tea or coffee. Around 6 pm, indulge in a lavish three-course dinner served in the cozy mess tent. Kick off with delightful starters, often soup with popcorn or poppadoms. Our diverse main dishes include various proteins and carbs like rice, potatoes, or pasta. We accommodate diverse dietary preferences, offering vegetarian and other dietary-specific options. If meat dishes are served, vegetarian equivalents are standard. Before departure, we gather your dietary details to tailor the menu accordingly. Feel free to ask about our offerings – your satisfaction matters most to us.
  • Dietary Preferences and Allergies: When you reserve your trip with us, kindly let us know if you follow a specific diet, have dietary restrictions, or have allergies. Our field teams are dedicated to accommodating your needs as best as possible. Yet, please be aware that local constraints might limit the variety of alternative menus we can provide.
  • Boosting Energy for Demanding Journeys: For trips involving rigorous physical activity, it's wise to plan ahead. Consider bringing extra items like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates to ensure you maintain adequate calorie intake. This proactive approach will help sustain your energy levels throughout your adventure.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Private 4WD Jeep: Kathmandu to Barpak and Tal to Kathmandu (6-seater Jeep with “local” comfort for transfers on the track. The Jeeps impose Spartan comfort. Most of the time, they have several seats facing the front facing the road and two seats parallel to the road facing each other in the back.).

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Rupina la Pass Trek, set in a remote and less populated environment, lacks lodges, teashops, and guesthouses. Consequently, a comprehensive full-board camping setup is meticulously organized, complete with experienced guides, skilled cooks, Sherpas, and diligent porters who oversee all aspects of your journey. Porters manage gear transport and personal belongings, while culinary experts prepare nourishing meals. Accommodation consists of two trekkers per tent, and our trekking cook ensures fresh food. The day starts with hot tea around 6 to 7 AM, followed by cleansing and breakfast before trekking. With a flexible pace allowing for sightseeing and a lunch break after approximately 3 hours, the afternoon trek leads to the next campsite by 4 to 5 PM, complemented by tea and snacks. As evening approaches, the dining tent is prepared for dinner service around 6 to 7 PM, featuring thoughtful design and lantern lighting to underscore our commitment to an exceptional trekking experience.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 4 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 1 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Rupina La Pass Trekking region offers a diverse climate due to its varying altitudes and topography. It can be divided into four main climate zones:

  • Tropical Climate (Lower Elevations): At altitudes below 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), the lower valleys have a warm to hot tropical climate throughout the year. Temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), with monsoon rains during the summer (June to August) creating lush landscapes. Trekking during this time may involve wet trails, but it also offers beautiful waterfalls and vegetation.
  • Temperate Climate (Mid-Elevations): Between 1,000 meters to 3,000 meters (3,280 feet to 9,840 feet), trekkers experience a moderate climate. Summers are cool, and winters are mild. The best trekking seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), with clear skies, stable weather, and colorful wildflowers.
  • Subalpine Climate (High Elevations): Elevations from 3,000 meters to 4,000 meters (9,840 feet to 13,120 feet) lead to a subalpine climate. Temperatures drop, and nights can be chilly. Winters (December to February) are cold, with possible snowfall at higher altitudes. Trekkers should be prepared for colder conditions and may require suitable gear.
  • Alpine Climate (Upper Elevations): Above 4,000 meters (13,120 feet), the region enters the alpine zone with extremely cold temperatures, especially in winter. Snow-covered landscapes and glaciers are common. Trekkers must exercise caution and have proper mountaineering gear to cope with the harsh conditions.

Keep in mind that mountainous weather can be unpredictable, so staying informed about forecasts and consulting local guides are essential for a safe trek in the Manaslu region.

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Rupina La Pass Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For Rupina La Pass Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Rupina La Pass Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
  • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
  • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
  • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
  • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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