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Rubina-la Circuit Trekking

‘on the hidden areas south of Lamjung and Manaslu Himalaya’

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Gorkha
Trip Basis
On Camping
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous
Highest Elevation
4,720 m at Rubina-la pass
Total Trip
17 / 18 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
Trekking in between world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m, Lamjung Himal, 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m,  Ganesh Himal 7,405 m in the scenic mid west around Manaslu mountainous region with pristine forest, trekking from Himalayan sub-tropic - mediterranean to alpine climate awesome scenery of world’s highest peaks Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Lamjung Himal  visiting the high mid hills traditional villages of legendary Magar, Gurung of Gorkha tribes. 
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination to Rubina-la Circuit, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within the mid hills of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Eastern Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains in the shade of gigantic Ganesh Himal towards east.
 
On this trek Rubina-la Circuit you can view from worlds 08th  highest
Mt. Manaslu at 8,163 m, 10th highest Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Lamjung Himal 6,730 m, Peak 29 (7, 871m) Himalchuli (7,893m) and Boudha Himal (6,672 m)Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft), including to Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) at 6,997 m stretches up towards east Ganesh Himal 7,405 m with more peaks across the horizon along with the striking sunrise along the route of this fabulous trek Rubina-la Circuit located beneath the high mountains of Manaslu and Lamjung Himal.
Rubina-la Circuit area one of the least trekked region but slowly getting popular which was unspoiled by large number of trekkers than other areas of Annapurna due to its complete wilderness and less lodges along the route.
 
This trek is moderate and adventurous with steep uphill for few days, where all types of travelers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking about two weeks in the comfort of camping along the route. 
 
Rubina-la Circuit trekking one of the most unique journey leading from warm subtropical, mediterranean of mid hills, alpine to arctic climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only around south eastern Annapurna and Manaslu Himalaya region, this makes a drastic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
 
This trek leads through many traditional Magar and Gurung villages famous as Gorkha soldiers in foreign legion of British, Indian, Singapore and Brunei as gallantry soldiers.
 
After a great time visiting the traditional villages of Rubina-la area near upper Manaslu where the culture, custom, religion which is heavily which is of strong Tibetan influence since many past centuries till present, then over the highest pass of this trip at Rubina-la 5,200 m with panorama of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Ganesh Himal & Manaslu mountain range journey back via an alternative route with a long descend following the river Burigandaki to Gorkha district at Arughat and then with a gradual scenic drive back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking Rubina-la Circuit.
 
Day 01:           Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:           Drive to Kanchok 930m via Gorkha - 06 hrs.
Day 03:           Trek to Sulikot 1,460m via Deurali - 06 hrs walks.
Day 04:           Trek to Majhghar 1,740 via Kharchok - 06 hrs,
Day 05:           Trek to Dharche 2,445m via Pekma-Kharka 3,140 m - 06 hrs.
Day 06:           Trek to Bede 2, 520m near Gupsi danda  2,760 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07:           Trek to Kharka 3,217 m - 05 hrs.
Day 08:           Trek towards Rupina-la and camp at 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
Day 09:           Cross Rubinala 4,720m and camp at 4,020 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10:           Trek to Zakbatang 3,230m via Jarang - 06 hrs.
Day 11:           Trek to Lokpa 2,240m - 06 hrs.
Day 12:           Trek to Philim 1,570m  05 hrs.
Day 13:           Trek to Tatopani 1,240 m - 06 hrs.
Day 14:           Trek to Sotikhola 730m - 05 hrs.
Day 15:           Trek to Arughat 600m - 05 hrs.
Day 16:           Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 17:           In Kathmandu free day for independent activities.
Day 18:           International departure for homeward bound.

 Extension trip within Kathmandu and beyond:

Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi
(Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
For more information and trip details please contact us:
Day 01:           Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
Day 02:           Drive to Khanchowk 930 m via Gorkha 1,143m - 06 hours.
Starting the journey with a scenic, interesting drive towards the historical town of Gorkha, after a break here, drive continues to Khancowk passing several scattered farm houses and village with overwhelming views of
Mt. Ganesh, Manaslu and as far to Annapurna.  After an interesting drive of six reaching Khanchowk village located on the ridge top, our overnight camp is set near this village with superb views of surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks.
 
Gorkha. (a mid hill town and the ancestral home of the Shah dynasty which ruled Nepal before the present republic government.  It is from here that King Prithvi Narayan Shah started his conquest of the country's various smaller kingdoms and united them into a single nation and made greater Nepal. Located thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar, the palace dominates the surroundings and is visible from all around the area. The palace also boasts beautiful architecture. Al though only Hindus are allowed to enter the palace premises, it is worthwhile walking up the stairs for the view)
 
Day 03:           Trek to Sulikot 1,460m via Deurali - 06 hrs.
After the first camp at Khanchowk, starting the morning walk on the downhill path, and then walking through farm fields and terraces reaching at Lajugaon Gurung village, from here an uphill walk to Deuarli ridge top at an altitude of about 2,120 meters, offering spectacular views from
Mt. Annapurna to Manaslu mountains range with Hiuchuli and Boudha Himal and of green rolling hills landscapes, after a pleasant moment at the top, walk from here descends through Bhulabari, Gyanji ( Talakhani) village then completing the day walk at Sulikot village for the overnight camp.
 
Day 04:           Trek to Majhghar 1,740 via Kharchok - 06 hrs,
From Sulikot our journey continues with a gradual climb uphill towards the Kharchok bhanjyang at about 2, 440 meters with views of snow capped mountains looking towards North and North West and of the valley way below from this ridge top, then finally our day walk descends to overnight camp at Majhghar village a nice small farm village with grand scenery of surrounding landscapes.
 
Day 05:           Trek to Dharche 2,445m via Pekma-Kharka 3,140m- 06 hrs.
Morning with the fresh mountain air, walk starts on the pleasant and undulating path into small rhododendron and pine forest and leading through Thallothotaneri, Thalegaon and Pangsing villages before starting an uphill climb to a small pass at Leh Kharka with elevation of 2,770 meters, around this lovely green field which is a cattle grazing pasture of the nearby villagers, from here after enjoying the magnificent view of the mountains, walk leads to a descend through forest called Gurase ( rhododendron, national flower of Nepal) and then reaching at the bottom of a hill of
Pekma kharka, from here a steep climb to Pekma-Kharkaends hill top at 3,140m, this spot offering mind blowing views of Mt. Manaslu range at its closet and of Annapurna range of peaks, and Ganesh Himal towards east, from here a slow pleasant downhill reaches to our overnight camp at Dharche, a small hill farm village of Magar and Gurung ethnic tribes.
 
Day 06:           Trek to Bede 2, 520m near Gupsi danda  2,760m - 05 hrs.
After this nice farm village of Dharche, morning walk carry’s on through enchanting cool forest of rhododendron, pines and oak trees, then arriving at Kamdani, Sumpi-Kharka a cattle herders temporary settlement, then walking  on the up and downs path for few hours to Gupsi danda at 2,760 meters with stunning views of high peaks of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, after the grand scenery walking on the winding trail to our overnight camp at Bede, cattle herders grazing summer pasture of the nearby villagers. 
 
Day 07:           Trek to Kharka 3,217m - 05 hrs.
A lovely morning in the middle of hills, forest and high mountains, walk continues getting closer to our destination at Rubina-la pass, from here through serene forest with ups and downhill trail and past several small ridges then reaching an open area with superb views along the way, around this place into the forest, the path can be misleading as this area is less frequented by trekkers and villagers except for Sheppard’s or cattle herders, after a good interesting walk of five hours reaching to our overnight camp at Kharka, another summer grazing spot for the cattle’s. 
 
Day 08:           Trek towards Rubina-la and camp at 3,440m - 05 hrs.
From this small lovely area, morning walk starts leading further north to Rubina-la area, after an hour  of nice walk leaving the forest and tree lines behind for small bushes of alpine shrubs and Burberrys, then reaching on top of a ridge named Gambogang at 3,870m, from here walking on the downhill faint path further to the overnight camp at the base of Rubina-la pass, after a good walk in complete wilderness, camp is set near the rocky moraine and on the patch of grassy ground where suitable for the campsite.
 
Day 09:           Cross Rubina-la 4,720 m and camp at 4,020 m - 06 hrs.
Big Day! Today the highlight and the destination of this magnificent adventure, starting early morning towards the highest point of this trekking walk leads to a slow and steep climb on the narrow ill defined trail with rocks and moraine but with outstanding views of peaks of Manaslu range including Boudha-Himal at close range, after a strenuous walk up hill for an hour then reaching at Rubina-la top of the pass at 4,720 meters the highest spot of this awe some journey, the top ridge which is a small rocky spot it can be covered in snow and ice sometimes, which makes more adventurous and challenging due to its narrow path and can be quite slippery in few sections of the walk, after a careful step on the downhill walk with striking views of Boudha Himal 6,672m and Rani peak ( Lidani peak) at 6,693, after a nice and adventurous walk on the winding trail for an hour or more reaching to our overnight camp on the eastern or other side of Rubina-la pass.
 
Day 10:           Trek to Zakbatang 3,230m via Jarang - 06 hrs.
Today’s walk will be much easier after a hard walk of yesterday, a lovely morning with mountains views for breakfast, morning with careful walk leading close to glacial section, after some few obstacles walking is pleasant passing several small grazing area of Jarang 3,420 meters and with downhill walk for few hours to Zakbatang near Rubinala khola (stream) for overnight camp in perfect wilderness.
 
Day 11:           Trek to Lokpa 2,240 m - 06 hrs.
After being in complete wilderness away from villages for a week, today our journey reaches back to several farm villages, morning walk on the down-hill path with some small ups and few gradual sections to reach at a small place of Gomna, cattle herders temporary settlement, from here walking on the gradual path leading to a suspension bridge over the torrential Buri-Gandaki River which is a glacial fed river, its source up above Manaslu mountain range, from here on the gradual winding trail all the way to our overnight camp at Lokpa village, our first village after being in total wilderness for a week, an interesting small village where the route to upper Manaslu, Larkya-la pass, Tsum Valley and to Arughat meets.
 
Day 12:           Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hrs
After this nice small Lokpa village, morning walk continues losing more altitude, then following the river most of the way on the gradual downhill path overlooking beautiful cascading waterfalls, and the villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our overnight stop is reached at Philim village. This farm village with a primary school supported by people of Japan (as Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is very much liked by the Japanese)
 
Day 13:           Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m - 06 hours.
From here onwards towards warmer area with paddy fields and terraces, after a breakfast our journey heads to Tatopani following the Buri Gandaki River, morning walk leads through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. The walk further descends to Yaruphant, as the walk leads to lower area notice the dramatic change in vegetation, then the day completes after a good walk of near six hours to our overnight stop in a wonderful spot at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon time an opportunity to bathe in this natural hot springs and get relaxed. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.
 
Day 14:           Trek to Soti Khola 730 m - 06 hours.
After a nice time at Tatopani with the hot spring, morning walk leading on the same path to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream this time on the way back, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walking further through terraced fields and waterfalls then reaching our overnight stop at Soti khola.
 
Day 15:           Trek to Arughat 600 m - 06 hours.
After breakfast starting the last day trekking or walk with long descend leading to a riverbank of Budi Gandaki downstream through the dense Sal forest, then continue walk along the riverbank passing Arkhet Bazaar. The walk on route offers magnificent view of Ganesh II (7118 m) and Ganesh IV (7104 m). A few hours of walk finally brings to Arughat bazaar where this trek officially completes with overnight back in the same lodge or similar type.
 
Day 16:           Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Leaving Arughat, take a drive to Kathmandu enjoying the great views of Himalayans above top of green hills, an interesting scenic drive of 6 to 7 hours to reach Kathmandu with rest of the afternoon free at leisure.
 
Day 17:           In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This day reserved a free day in case of delay on trek due to bad weather conditions, and one can join for sightseeing tour at leisure, depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
 
Day 18:           International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.
 

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