Days: 22 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Rupina La Pass Trek and Tsum Valley lead to the less touristy trail, crossing through villages and peace forest. Rupina La Pass Trek route is lying in the manaslu region of Gorkha district Nepal. During this trek you can observe different amazing culture, ethnicity, dresses and traditional dances from Gurung, Magar and Lama people as well as Naturally beauty also, like rhododendron flower during the March April and spectacular view of Mt.Manaslu, Budhha Himal, Himal Chuli,Peak 29, Siringi Himal, Ganesh Himal Range. Rupina La Pass and Tsum valley camping trekking is start from Kathmandu to Gorkha and after ward to Big gurung settlement Barpak village, and crossing through Gai Kharka, Rubinala phedi and passing the Rubinala Pass 4720m to Budhha himal B.C, Also crossing the Budi Gandaki river to Tsum valley restricted area then our trek descent to Jagat, Machhakhola such a way to Arughat Bazar then next morning we take private land cruiser to Kathmandu 6-7 hours drive by local bus.
Rupina La Pass Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha by private vehicle,
Our trekking guide will pick up at the Hotel in the morning and meet our kitchen staff and assistant guide for the first time. They will be extremely friendly and it will be very reassuring to watch how efficiently they load the van for departure. Then 5 hours scenic drive brings us in the ancient town of Gorkha from where after decades of rivalry between the medieval kingdoms, modern Nepal was created in the latter half of the 18th century, when Prithvi Narayan Shah, the ruler of the small principality of Gorkha, formed a unified country from a number of independent hill states. Prithvi Narayan Shah dedicated himself at an early age to the conquest of the Kathmandu Valley and the creation of a single state, which he achieved in 1768. The former palace of the Shah Kings perched 1500 stone steps above town on a knife-edge ridge. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 4: Trek from Gorkha to Baluwa
This day is a brutal 26 km hike from our first camp, down through rice paddies, past banana trees, along the Daraudi and finally to the village of Baluwa, which was the end of the bus line and functionally, the last stop on the road north from Gorkha. While it isn’t the hardest day for vertical travel, the heat combined with the distance not only left us exhaust, but allow us to leave our porters far behind. As the day progress, we can tell that we are heading into the true Himalayas, with glimpses every now and then of snowy peaks in the distance. Rather than follow the river’s twists and turns, the trail is typical for Nepal…the shortest distance between two points, even if that meant up and over the hills that are at every river bend. Our lunch will serve along a beautiful part of the river where we will have the pleasure of putting our feet into the cold, glacial water. It is also our first chance to see how lunch on a trek in Nepal is every bit the same affair as breakfast and dinner. The cooks set up a kitchen and make food that is fit for a restaurant anywhere in the world. The village of Baluwa isn’t the prettiest, but the children that come out to meet us make it a fun evening, as once again we are used for English practice. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Trek from Baluwa to Barpak
We will leave the river soon after leaving Baluwa, and left behind any doubts that this would be an easy trek. Leaving Baluwa meant leaving behind the winding riverbed of the Daraudi Khola where it branch at the Rangrung Khola and heading up our first significant mountain to the village of Mandre. We follow a steep and ancient trail with chortens, also called stupas (small Buddhist monuments), every 100 meters or so. It is wide and pave with flat stones and go through a cool, dense forest that made us feel like we in an Indiana Jones film. Compare to the narrower dirt tracks we have followed for the past few days, this is the Inca Trail, so that’s exactly what we call it. When it finally reaches a small plateau on the hill, we sit down for lunch in another schoolyard, this time an empty one. Even so, the teacher, who often lives in the school as part of his pay package, comes out to greet us and practice his English. Lunch over, we continue up the nose of the steep hill we have trekked all morning, but out of the forest now. At turns in the trail, we can catch glimpses of very high, snowy peaks to our north. As we approach Barpak, we can see that it is a substantial village compared to what we’d seen so far, in fact, the largest since Gorkha. We enter the center of the village and find that it is a market town with people loading and unloading bags of rice and other goods all around. It also isn’t as friendly or innocent as the places where we’d been. Even the children have a ‘harder’ look than what we saw in Baluwa. It is good to leave Barpak behind and to set up camp in a large, terraced pasture outside the town. The sky is gradually clearing after showers earlier that look like snow in the higher elevations north of us. We are early enough in the day that we can relax and enjoy a well-earned moment just sitting in the chairs that are set up for us the moment we stop. We will enjoy our commanding view of the Gorkha Himal to our northwest, which rises very quickly to the peak of Baudha Himal (6672 m., 21,890 ft.). This will be the first time we feel we are truly entering the Himalayas themselves, and it will be thrilling. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Trek from Barpak to Rupina-La Base Camp
Morning before leave the little thing we should know as we leave Barpak, but we wouldn’t be passing through any more villages for the next several days, and the only people we would see would be the occasional woodcutters working from remote camps in the gradually steeper and steeper mountains ahead. One of the greatest things about trekking trails in the Himalayas is their ability to acclimatize trekkers head for higher elevations. The Nepalis are famously strong hikers and their trails reflect their efficient way of getting from place to place. They don’t make paths to keep the climb gradual or the ascending and descending to a minimum. Trails go the most direct route possible, which often involves going over a hill rather than around its base, and going down to a stream bed instead of going along the contours of a mountain. On the positive side, this up and down hiking does a wonderful job of preparing Westerners for the difficulties of going to higher elevations, both from a lung capacity and strength perspective. After miles of following the high hillsides above the River, we gradually make our way back down to the water to cross and make the final approaches to Rupina La. La means ‘Pass’ in Nepali and for thousands have years have represent the way to cross the largest mountains in the World. A pass in Nepal can be significantly higher than peaks anywhere else in the world, so ‘climbing a pass’ means much more. Once across the Daraudi Khola, the hike began to quickly climb through climate zones with differing vegetation at each level. From pine forest, we enter alpine meadows and the snowline begins to get closer and closer until it was nearly at our level. It begins to snow as we ascend the mountain, light at first but gradually becoming heavier. Just as we reach deeper snow and at the point where the snow is coming down the heaviest, we arrive at Rupina La Base Camp (4000 m., 13,123 ft.). Waking up at Rupina La Base Camp is a uniquely Nepal experience. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 7: Trek from Rupina-La Base Camp to Kharka via Rupina-La Pass
The sounds of our wonderful hosts and kitchen staff are offering us tea and washing water in the darkness of early in the morning on the side of a Himalayan mountain. The snow taper off during the night and the sky is clear of any sign of bad weather just as dawn break. We are excited to be underway and are anxious to make it over the pass and put the toughest part of our trek behind us. As always, after having breakfast, all the crew begins to pack up the camp and prepare for the crossing of the pass. It is comforting to know that they are experienced in this environment and that we are well-prepared for the elements. The grandeur of the mountains is breathtaking. We will have arrived in a snow squall, unable to see beyond a short distance. What the morning brought is our first taste of the majesty, steepness and sheer beauty of the Bauda Himal, the range we would cross. Sometime there are no visible trail markers and should be breaking a path through the snow. If we start early morning, we can reach the Rupina La more quickly than we expect if less snow and we would very happy to be standing at the highest point of our entire two-week trek at 4643 m (15,232 ft). We will make some pictures on the top and have to descend because the clouds are coming in quickly and the air temperature is dropping, so we spend very little time on the saddle. We fully expect the climb to be difficult at such a high altitude, but as it turn out, the descent is much tougher. The snow on the slope in front of us is deeper, warmer and much, much steeper than what we have just ascended. With the skies turning gray and the snow and wind picking up, choosing an appropriate path is more important than ever. The slopes at first are so steep they could only be descend with long traverses, and as we drop lower, the problem instead became the depth and softness of the snow. Once we have descended far enough to be out of danger, it becomes absolutely comical as one porter after another would attempt to cross the deepest snow and sink to their waist. Once below the steeper slopes, we are able to relax and enjoy the hike out to our next camp. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 8: Trek from Kharka to Baudha Himal Glacier Camp
With the pass behind us, the next day find us continuing downward toward the Baudha Himal Glacier, which would join our path from a valley coming from our left. The weather warmed every hour as we descend and it is easy to feel that we have just walked out of winter and into spring. We cross beautiful meadows that are just showing signs of grass and flowers and across snow melt rivers on the most rustic bridges imaginable. Other than the building we see at the bottom of the pass, we see no signs of human activity other than the bridges. After the difficulty of the pass, it is an easy morning. Rather than a valley fill side-to-side with ice, the glacier is instead a long, high ridge going down the valley center, and we are well below the sides…far below the sides. It is, in effect, a valley-within-a-valley. Reaching the glacier meant first climbing a 100 m., very steep hill dense with pine. At the crest, the glacier began immediately and is a bizarre landscape after hours of walking in fields and forests. Once on the glacier, the going is very difficult, as the surface is not snow, but large and small boulders, pile indiscriminately and very unstable underfoot. It is like walking in a gravel pile, but with gravel that range from almost sand up to medium-sized boulders. We would hear rocks shifting below as we step, and a few times, an actual hole open and rocks can be heard to fall into water far below. It is a nerve-wracking walk, but beautiful to see a real glacier in the middle of doing its mountain-carving work. It is surreal to see the terrain and all of its variation. The pools of water that are perfectly still on the surface of the glacier are turquoise blue, and here and there amongst the piles of rocks, can be seen patches of ice. It is impossible to know how deep the glacier was, but we assume it is at least as high as the ridge we need to climb to reach it, so 100m. It is a great relief to again climb a hill on the far side of the glacier and to descend through another very steep pine forest before reaching the valley floor once again. Unless we are standing on the glacier itself, there is no evidence that this enormous river of ice is just behind us. Once off the glacier, the remainder of the day is a very enjoyable walk through a Himalayan valley in Springtime. Flowers, grass and of course, many rhododendron trees with white, pink and red flowers. We see rhododendrons all over the world, but none as large and beautiful as the Himalayas. They grow as single trees but also as groves of tall, flowered trees that are unique in the World. Looking back up the mountain give an amazing view of what we had just crossed. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 9: Trek from Baudha Himal Glacier Camp to Nyak
After the excitement of the Rupina La and the Baudha Himal Glacier, it is hard to imagine that our next day would be as interesting. Quite to the contrary, as we descend the valley, the incredible natural beauty of this part of Nepal is everywhere. We are staying fairly high on the northern side of an east-west valley while the valley floor continue to drop lower and lower until it is out of view over the shoulder of the mountain. The large, grassy slopes we cross gave us amazing views both ahead to where we are going as well as across the valley. Through the clouds, we can see the snowy slopes of the Ganesh Himal far, far ahead of us. This range forms the southern rampart of the Tsum Valley that we would enter in two days. Between here and there, however, is an enormous descent to the Budhi Gandaki Khola (River) and then a matching climb up toward the Tsum. As we gradually make our way to the opening of the valley, it is amazing to consider that we haven’t seen another human being in four days, and haven’t passed through a permanent village in five days (since Barpak). That such beautiful place exists, so far from roads and cars and that we go through the effort to see them is one of the most rewarding feelings we’ve experienced in our lives. Each hour, the terrain changed until just before Nyak, we are walking rocky slopes with sparse cover of grass and the occasional pine tree. We are also at the latitude where marijuana grows naturally in Nepal, which always causes a double take when trekkers first realize what they are seeing. Entering Nyak first meant making our way down through the water buffalo pastures that reached far up the mountain. The first humans we encountered are children, using long boards to sled on the steep, grassy slopes. They are having fun, unaware of how dirty they were, and how poor their surroundings. They are laughing no differently than a Western child who has every electronic convenience and doting, over-protective parents. Nyak itself is a very small village of mud and stone houses that is a culture shock after so many days of unspoiled beauty. It is hard to come from so many days in nature into a place with the noise, smells and problems of humans. The people are obviously very poor and seeking out a living well off the traveled trekking routes. It is a sad fact in Nepal that towns that don’t see many trekkers are some of the poorest, and Nyak fell squarely into this category. We are back amongst people, though, and we quickly adapted and struck up conversations with locals. The men appear be mostly tending to the livestock and the women doing work weaving, caring for chickens, and minding the children. We are almost done with the day, but the toughest part was still ahead. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek from Nyak to Lokpa
Our departure from Nyak for Lokpa meant dropping from 2340m to the river 700m below and then climbing back up to 2240m on the far side. It is amazing how close our destination village appeared on the other side of the valley, yet how much work it would take to get there. This is coming at the end of a long day, and our legs are already tired before we started. The first segment meant walking an ancient stone and dirt path that traveled down a mountain side that included a nearly sheer rock face. It is reassuring to see elderly people and children on the trail, but it is a challenge when we meet the goat herd and quickly learned to stay on mountain side of the trail or risk being pushed into oblivion by the goats. The views are amazing, but hard to take in as we place our focus squarely on descending the steep trail safely. It is a relief to reach the main trail along the side of the Budhi Gandaki. We are deep in a river canyon and the crossing was made possible by a large suspension bridge that was necessary with such a wild river below us. As we reached the Budhi Gandaki, we are at a junction of a side canyon that emptied from the valley we had just walked from the Rupina La, and it is amazing to consider that the glacier we crossed was the main source of this flow. We have little time to rest in the accomplishment of our descent from Nyak, as crossing the bridge immediately put us on a trail to the village of Lokpa, our destination for the day. There are few more welcome sites on our trek than the village of Lokpa. It meant we had completed the Rupina La section of our trek and were about to enter the Tsum Valley. This valley has only been open to trekking for a few years and is inhabited mainly by Tibetan-ancestry Nepalis who have lived in isolation from the rest of the country. We are also now seeing many other trekking groups, and the pastures of Lokpa are a veritable international campground. The general store is our first opportunity to buy any food or drinks. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling
Descend through beautiful forest, crossing three side streams (one shown wrongly on the Map as Shiar Khola) on bridges, circle under a huge bluff on the river then climb steeply on well-made but exposed stairs. After about 30mins start to traverse north through pines and rhododendrons, still climbing and with very steep slopes. The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead. Eventually descend to a lone bhatti Ghumlong (2130m) on the river. The path straight ahead climbs steeply to Ripchet (2470m; Ripche) in about 1hr; the path to Chumling (2360m) crosses the Shiar Khola on a wooden bridge and up. It is not for those afraid of heights - several locals have fallen to their death from this track while drunk. Make sure you climb up to Chumling and check out the old gompa, the traditional houses, orchards, clinic and beautiful stone streets. This is Buddhist agriculture, with conical pine needle haystacks among the 4 prayer flags. From here on trails are lined with artistic chortens and mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Chumling to Chhokangparo (5-6hrs)
An easier day after yesterday, Cross the suspension bridge just east of the hotel and traverse through rich farming land of maize and potatoes. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood on the roof, but without flat roofs as it rains and snows here. Cross a huge slip where rocks and flood cleared the area even up onto the opposite bank, killing five in 1999, but is now covered with a forest of new trees. Up the valley to the east are superb views of the 7000m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the opposite bank, and far above the perched village of Ripchet (2468m). Lunch is possible at Rainjham (2400m), a single bhatti with enclosed courtyard. Cross the Serpu Khola and climb for 2.5hrs on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo (3010m), stone houses nestled under cliffs without a single iron roof. The valley opens here into spacious fields of barley, maize, buckwheat and potato, but wheat has been abandoned due to ‘hill bunt’, a disease which turns the heads black and causes total crop failure. Herds of Thar often graze the wild cliffs to the north, coming right down to the fields. If the air is clear Himalchuli (7893m) can be seen down valley. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile (4-5hrs)
Most people can climb to 2800m without getting altitude sickness, but the altitude gain in these track notes above Chhokangparo exceeds the 200m per day suggested for safety. Watch for signs of altitude sickness and be prepared to rest or retreat if they emerge. Take time to explore the joined villages of Chhokang and Paro and climb north to a retreat where Lama Kongchog died after 26 years of meditation. His child reincarnation, found in the village, was subject of the award-winning DVD Unmistaken Child (available in Kathmandu). Thar are often sighted near here. The friendly people speak Tsumba, related to Tibetan, but often little Nepali and are quite unused to visitors. Head east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of chortens and past Lamagaon (3202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa (3240m). This nunnery is the female equivalent of the main Kathmandu Kopan Monastery. Climb up and visit Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu), where the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is reputed to have meditated. The cave is being extensively restored. Cross the Shiar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate (kani). The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas and there are many yaks. Head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (3361m; Nyile). Both villages are in traditional style with inclusion of livestock compounds into the houses and sheltered verandahs for drying crops. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa and Chhokangparo (6-7hrs)
Leave your rucksack behind. Make an early start up valley on the west bank, enjoying sunrise on the narrowing valley walls, yaks being put to pasture and a day with just a light pack. The final climb up to the large Mu Gompa (3700m; Mugumba) is through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortens and widening mountain vistas. This is a large monastery with over 100 monks and an ancient gompa visited by David Snellgrove (Himalayan Pilgrimage) in 1956. If time permits you can also visit Dhephyudoma Gompa (4000m) further west on an obvious track. On three sides now are tantalizing views of the border with Tibet, with frequently used passes to the east (Ngula Dhojyang or Mailatasachin Pass, 5093m) and west (Thapla Bhanjyang, 5104m) just out of sight. Some people climb to Kalung (3820m). Making a daytrip to the passes for a view into Tibet. There are extensive seasonal yak pastures in all directions, the Lungdang Glacier to the east and high peaks in all directions. Return down valley through Chhule, collect your rucksack and continue down as far as Phurbe, but stay on the east bank of the Shiar Khola and cross flat boulder-covered plains to Rachen Gompa (3240m), where it is possible to inspect the ancient gompa if you want. Camping is also available. The older part of the nunnery is more interesting. Families in the Tsum usually have at least one family member as either a monk or a nun. Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Chhokangparo to Gumba Lungdang (5-6hrs)
Drop below Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Descend on a narrow trail to the left through the village and drop to a wooden bridge over the Shiar Khola. Cross the bridge to Dhumje (2440m, Tumje) which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. The track onwards climbs just behind the clinic. Climb very steeply on an indistinct track through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags. The track is exposed and narrow. Finally, in the pine forest, take an uphill trail and make a steep zigzag climb through huge silver pines to reach Gumba Lungdang (3200m), perched on a ridge with small cells for the nuns through the beautiful rhododendrons above. This small gompa with 40 nuns has an intense and engrossing puja every night. The mountain views in all directions are amazing. Stay overnight at Monastery.
Day 16: Day trip to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (7-8hrs)
Your guide will be required for this trip since the track is poorly marked. Circle from the gompa past the nuns’ housing, drop on dusty or muddy zigzags to regain the lower track and continue up valley on a rocky indistinct track through the forest. Cross the Laudang Khola to the west bank on a rickety wooden bridge and climb steeply through pristine pines and rhododendrons on a ridge. There is a hut in a kharka about halfway up, with the track continuing behind it, then up a birch-lined dry creek bed and eventually you emerge into grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Toro Gompa glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts and you will find a track on the moraine wall that gives superb views of the Cirque of mountains. The camp is somewhere about here. It takes about 4hrs to reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m). The map shows another base camp on the east side of the glacier, but there appears to be no obvious track between them, so return to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja by retracing your steps. Altitude can make this day difficult for some, but the intact forest wilderness and views make it an outstanding trip. Stay overnight at Monastery.
Day 17: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (7-8hrs)
This can be a taxing day so start early. Descend from Gumba Lungdang by the upward track. In Dumje cross the Laudang Khola and stay on the south bank of the Shiar Khola (contrary to the map). Climb over some very deep gorges and shaky cantilever bridges to picturesque Ripchet (2470m; Ripche). Take time to look around at this perched fertile valley of barley and buckwheat with evocative chortens in the fields backed by pine forest. Descend on steep stairs to the lone bhatti Ghumlong (2130m) on the river, which you passed through six days ago. Climb again through the pristine temperature forest to Lokpa (2240m). Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 18: Trek from Lokpa to Jagat (7-8hrs)
Another long day, continue from Lokpa down the exposed track until the track from Philim comes in from the left. Keep walking the trail coming from Philim, skip the right trail going up to Larke-La Pass. Walk on the left trail along the Buri Gandaki River with small ups and downs until reaching at Philim (1570m). This is the main village with cultivated fields of wheat, maize and millet. Below the village there is one high school for children to encourage for education. Here is also MCAP office and police check post in the entrance of the village. Then climb down for zigzag trail for a while and find the 300m long suspension bridge and cross over the Buri Gandaki. And walk along the river and reach at Gatte Khola and pass the small houses, continue to walk until reaching at Sirdibas (1420m). After pass the village of stone roof, climb up a rocky narrow trail for a while and climb down again along the river until reaching at Salleri (1350m) passing a big landslide area which was happened in 2011. Walk down a bit in the clean trail and follow the rocky trail on the canyon and join on the plate trail with sand near the Jagat (1340m). Here is the MCAP check post where you check out your restricted area permit of Tsum Valley and MCAP permit. Here is a good facility of camping sites and some good hotels are available. You will see the view of Sringi Himal from your campsite. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 19: Trek from Jagat to Machhakhola,
Today also, long way walk down to the Buri Gandaki valley. First short descend to lower Jagat where also some facility of camp sites and lodges in the river bank of Buri Gandaki. Then walk to the right side on the stone paved trail in canyon for a while and cross by suspension bridge to left side of the river. The trail now starts going down through the dense forest until reaching Yarubagar. Someplace, there is mark for rock falling area and landslide. Again continue the rocky trail after Yarubagar passing small battis and walk down through the forest and Thulodunga and walk on the flat trail and cross by suspension bridge above the Dobhan Khola until reaching at Dobhan (1070m). Then after, the trail continues on the rocky trail along the river and cross by suspension bridge above the Buri Gandaki near the Tatopani (990m). Totopani means hot spring where there is two water spouts with natural hot water. The Local peoples wash their clothes and take a bath when they are way to up and down. There is one basic lodge have dormitory room and big grocery shop for local. Again the trail stays in right side and continues to walk along the river until reaching at Khorlabesi (970m). Here are some lodges are available and this is the point that the trek join from Larpak and Barpak village. Then cross a small stream on wooden bridge and keep walking along the river bank and cross the small stream of Machhakhola and finally arrive in Machhakhola (870m). There are more camping sites and hotels in the town. All Gurungs are inhabited in the town depending on agriculture. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 20: Trek from Machhakhola to Sotikhola,
Today after breakfast, we leave the village and walk along rounded stones before climbing down and again walk on the sandy riverbed until reaching Khorlabesi (880m). Then we walk up a bit and past the rice terrace field, the trail eventually makes its way up. The trail climbs to the side of a cliff and passes two tropical waterfalls on a steep. The route gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock. The trail is blasted out of the vertical rock walls on the way and climbs onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Buri Gandaki. Finally we reach in Soti Khla after passing several Sal forests and cross the suspension bridge near the Soti Khola. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 21: Drive from Sotikhola to Kathmandu by private land cruiser and transfer to Hotel.
This early morning our private land cruiser picks up us from the camp and we drive on the rough and dusty newly built road heading to Arughat Bazzar which is often uncomfortable but it will be scenic during the drive passing several tea shops. Then we check out the permits in police check post and then again continuously drive to Gorkha Bazzar again in the dusty road with viewing Ganesh Himal range. We will have very scenic drive from Gorkha bazzar to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Then you will take luxury shower in the Hotel after three weeks of trek. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 22: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 3 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary and entry fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the camping and lodge trek.
* Camping/Tented and lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* Trekking camping equipment (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Manaslu and Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit.
* Manaslu Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, drivers
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.