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Rupinala Trek : 17 Days

This trek was officially opened to tourist in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have  had long access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H.W. Tillman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and col. Jimmy Roberts crossed the Larkya La looking for  an interesting  mountain to climb. Manaslu( 8163m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made. Having become known as “Japanese Mountain” much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers including peripatetic Hugh Swift, Managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region but otherwise this trek always has been the  domain of the mountaineering expedition.This trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating circumnavigating Manaslu peak 29 (7871m) Himal Chuli (7893m) and Boudha (6672m). Much of this trek is in a region of strong Tibetan influence. We cross the Rupina-La (4520m) and descend to the Marshyangdi river and further trek down to Besisahar  from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Sama Gumpa is an interesting spot when we look through Manaslu Himal. Manaslu, being a restricted area, there are  certain  formalities required by the government  of Nepal in obtaining a special permit.

Facts of the Trek
Duration: 17 Days
Trek type: Camping
Max Altitude: 5390 m.
Minimum Pax: 1 +
Mode of travel: Land
Grade: Strenuous

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m.) which takes about four hours. You drive along well paved road up to Dhading Beshi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli river and Thopal Khola. This is best described as one of the beautiful picturesque journey passing through green hill, flowing stream, farming terraces, villages, small market and most of all mountains at far distance. Leaving Dhading Beshi you continue your drive along gravel and bumpy path all the way to Arughat Bazaar. During this part of journey, you can enjoy forest, terraces, green hills, flowing river and beautiful mountain views at far distance. Arughat is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki river.

Day 02: Trek from Arughat to Sotikhola (730m.) and it takes about seven hours. You trek through almost flat leveled path until you reach Sotikhola though sometime you face gentle up and down trail. You walk along river bank of Budhi Gandaki passing through villages, terraces and can enjoy the scenery of green hills around you.

Day 03: Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola (930m.) which takes about six hours. To reach the destination, this day also you trek through almost flat leveled path. You trek along the river bank passing through villages, terraces and green hills.

Day 04: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1370m.) and it takes about six and half hours. In the beginning you trek along flat leveled path and then after trekking through ascent and descent path you reach Jagat. En route, you are exposed to Nepali culture as you walk through few villages.  Jagat is an old trading centre for Nepal and Tibet.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Pangsing (2250m.) which takes approximately six hours. Leaving Jagat, you trek through gentle ascent path until Surtibas following villages and terraces and then the trail appears little bit difficult as you have to trek upward. While walking, you can relish the splendid views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and green hills. Pangsing being grassland is campsite surrounded by forests.

Day 06: Trek from Pangsing to Chhuling Khola (2050 m.) and it takes about six hours. This day you walk through thick forests with chances to see wild life such as bear, deer, leopard and many more local mountain birds. The trail is quite gentle ascent and sometimes while passing this area you can see mountain views. Chhuling Khola, another perfect campsite is surrounded by rain forest.

Day 07: Trek from Chhuling Khola to Dhungapani (2950 m.) which takes almost six and half hours. You trek through rain forest covered with bamboo, juniper, oak and many other plants and shrubs. This day also there comes the possibility of encountering bear, deer, leopard and many colorful local birds. You camp at Dhungapani surrounded by forest.

Day 08: Trek from Dhungapani to Rupinala Phedi (4643 m.) and it takes approximately six and half hours. The trail moves gentle upward crossing Rupinala pass (4720m.). This day you camp overnight at Rupinala Phedi which is a grazing field. Today, mountain views become closer to you as you can enjoy the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Shringi Himal.

Day 09: Trek from Rupinala Phedi to Bhedi Odar (5150m.) which takes about six hours. After trekking up hill until Rupinala Bhanjyang you have to trek through descent path up to Bhedi Odar. From Rupinala Bhanjyang, you can enjoy the views of Boudha Himal, Manaslu Mountain, Himal Chuli,  Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. The camping site Bhedi Odar is another grazing field of the area where local people bring sheep and goat for grazing.

Day 10: Trek from Bhedi Odar to Bhedi Kharka (5225m.) and it takes about seven hours. Early part of trial is sloppy and then up to Bhedi Kharka you have to trek uphill passing through forests and green hills. You can see some part of mountains while walking. Bhedi Kharka is also a grazing field.

Day 11: Trek from Bhedi Kharka to Dudh Pokhari (5390 m.) which takes about six hours. Passing through forests covered mainly by bamboo you have to trek up hill until you reach Dudh Pokhari though sometimes you trek through almost flat path. The panoramic views of part of Manaslu range and Ganesh Himal quite attract you. Dudh Pokhari is a pilgrimage site where many devotees gather at different periods round the year. Dudh Pokhari is the best view point of this trip which amazes you with panoramic views of Manaslu mountain, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna range and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.

Day 12: Trek from Dudh Pokhari to Ninghalaghari (4590m.) and it takes about seven hours. This day you trek gradual descent path until you reach destination passing through forests covered with bamboo, rhododendron, pine and other plants and shrubs. There lies the possibility of encountering bear, leopard, monkeys, deer and various local colorful birds. Sometimes you can enjoy the mountain views. Ninghalaghari is a campsite surrounded by forests covered mainly by bamboos and green hills.

Day 13: Trek from Ninghalaghari to Chyadi Danda (3600m.) which takes about seven hours. After walking gentle downhill trail for few minutes you begin to trek uphill until you reach Chyadi Danda. En route you walk through forests and can enjoy mountain sceneries and villages at far distance. Chyadi Danda is a ridge surrounded by forests and green hills. From here, you can see the beautiful mountain views as well.

Day 14: Trek from Chyadi Danda to Tonje (1850m.) and it takes about seven hours. To reach Tonje, you have to trek through sparse forests and the trail is quite up and down. Tonje is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung tribe. You will be heartily welcome by local people and can enjoy cultural show. 

Day 15: Trek from Tonje to Duwar (975m.) which takes about six hours. The trail is down and sloppy. You walk through villages and along the river bank. Duwar is a comparatively bigger village than Tonje and here too you will be experiencing the traditional custom and behavior of local people.

Day 16: Trek from Duwar to Besisahar (760m.) and it takes about three hours. The trail supposed to be followed is quite easier as you trek through flat leveled path passing terraces, villages, suspension bridges and can enjoy mountain views, green hills, flowing river at far distance.

Day 17: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu which takes about seven hours. It is a picturesque to get back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages at both sides of road.

Services Included
National Park entry permit, Trekking permit, all surface transportation to and fro, a guide and required number of porter(s), cook, kitchen helper, sherpas, all meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, fruit, juice, etc.), necessary camping equipments such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent,  toilet tent, mattresses, down   sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, fuel etc. camping charges, rescue help, insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs.
Services Excluded
Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips, Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.
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