Trip Outlook:

Trip basis:                             On Camping basis.
Trekking grade:                    Adventurous to Challenging (in snow condition)
Trekking duration:               14 Nights & 15 Days.
Highest elevation:               4,720 m at Rubina-la pass
Total Trip:                              17 Nights & 18 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
Seasons:                                All season except mid June to August.

 Introduction:

White Hill Adventure Trek & Expeditions offers an adventurous and exciting destination Rubina-la Circuit & Boudha Himal base camp trekking.

This is one of the most exclusive adventures around hidden corners of Nepal Mid West Himalaya close to Manaslu range of mountains.

Totally a fascinating trekking to Rubina-la Circuit & Boudha Himal base camp, where very few trekkers have ventured in this least explored area surrounded by high peaks on the mid hills of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Eastern Annapurna range of mountains with Ganesh Himal towards east.

Rubina-la Circuit offers view of 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) Himal-Chuli (7,893m) and Boudha Himal (6,672 m) stretches up towards east Ganesh Himal 7,405 m with more peaks across the horizon along with the stunning sunrise views.

Starting this fabulous journey to Rubina-la Circuit & Boudha Himal base camp with overland drive to Gorkha district area where this remote trek leads to unspoiled areas heading northwards away from human settlements and village for a week.

Entering into complete wilderness in the harmony of mountains and enchanting forest then reaching the high Rupina-la pass at 4,720 m, from here our route diverts to Boudha Himal base camp where trekkers have never ventured before.

Our adventurous Runbina-la Circuit & Boudha Himal trek concludes at Manaslu trekking route in Soti-Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu after an overwhelming Runbina-la & Boudha Himal Circuit trek with grand service of White Hill Adventure Trek & Expeditions.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:           Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:           In Kathmandu with tour and trek preparation.
Day 03:           Drive to Kanchok 930m via Gorkha – 06 hrs.
Day 04:           Trek to Sulikot 1,460m via Deurali – 06 hrs walks.
Day 05:           Trek to Majhghar 1,740 via Kharchok – 06 hrs,
Day 06:           Trek to Dharche 2,445m via Pekma-Kharka 3,140 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07:           Trek to Bede 2, 520m near Gupsi danda 2,760 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08:           Trek to Kharka 3,217 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09:           Trek towards Rupina-la and camp at 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10:           Cross Rubinala 4,720m and camp at 4,020 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11:           At the same camp for day hike to Boudha Himal base camp.
Day 12:           Trek to Zakbatang 3,230m via Jarang – 06 hrs.
Day 13:           Trek to Lokpa 2,240m – 06 hrs.
Day 14:           Trek to Philim 1,570m – 05 hrs.
Day 15:           Trek to Tatopani 1,240 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16:           Trek to Sotikhola 730m – 05 hrs.
Day 17:           Drive back to Kathmandu via Arughat and transfer to hotel.
Day 18:           International departure for homeward bound.

Trip detail:

Day 01:          Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where White Hill Adventure Treks & Expedition staff will receive and then transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city. After getting refreshed from the flight our guide briefs you with information of hotel, Kathmandu and Rubina-La Circuit & Boudha Himal trekking.

Day 02:          Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Morning our city guide will take you for sightseeing tour at places of interest as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites, temples, monasteries, old king’s palaces after an interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Rubina-La Circuit & Boudha Himal trekking.

Day 03:           Drive to Khanchowk 930 m via Gorkha 1,143m – 06 hours.
Morning a long and interesting drive to Gorkha district area, to start this fabulous adventure Rubina-La Circuit & Boudha Himal trekking, journey reaches warmer area after going through farm villages and towns, following Trisuli river for few hours as the drive diverts to Gorkha district.

On reaching Khanchok after an interesting drive of six hours with views of surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks.
Day 04:          Trek to Sulikot 1,460m via Deurali – 06 hrs.
From first camp at Khanchowk, morning walk leads downhill through farm fields and terraces reaching at Lajugaon Gurung village and then climb to Deuarli ridge top at an altitude of about 2,120 meters, offering grand views of Mt. Annapurna and Manaslu mountains range with Hiuchuli and Boudha Himal. Then downhill through Bhulabari, Gyanji (Talakhani) village to complete the day walk at Sulikot village for overnight camp.
Day 05:          Trek to Majhghar 1,740 via Kharchok – 06 hrs,

After Sulikot journey continues with gradual climb towards Kharchok Bhanjyang at about 2, 440 meters with views of mountains and of the valley way below, from this ridge top, walk descends to overnight camp at Majhghar village a nice small farm village with grand views of surrounding landscapes.

Day 06:          Trek to Dharche 2,445m via Pekma-Kharka 3,140m- 06 hrs.
Morning with fresh mountain air as walk starts on pleasant undulating trail though small rhododendron and pine forest, leading at Thallothotaneri, Thalegaon and Pangsing villages before starting climb to a small pass at Leh Kharka at 2,770 meters.

A lovely green field a grazing pasture, from here after enjoying views of the mountains, descend into forest to a place called Gurase (rhododendron, national flower of Nepal) to reach bottom of a hill at Pekma Kharka. From here a steep climb to Pekma-Kharka top ridge at 3,140m offers grand views of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna range with Ganesh Himal towards east. From here downhill walk to overnight camp at Dharche, a small hill farm village of Magar and Gurung ethnic tribes.

Day 07:          Trek to Bede 2, 520m near Gupsi danda 2,760m – 05 hrs.

After Dharche, morning walk leads through cool forest of rhododendron, pines and oak trees, then at Kamdani, Sumpi-Kharka a cattle herder temporary settlement. Walk leads with up and downs trail for few hours to Gupsi danda at 2,760 meters with stunning views of mountains. From here on the winding trail to overnight camp at Bede, cattle herders grazing summer pasture.

Day 08:          Trek to Kharka 3,217m – 05 hrs.

After a nice morning, walk continues heading close to Rubina-la pass, from here into forest with ups and downhill over small ridges to reach an open area with super views. The path around in the dense forest can be misleading as this area is less visited by trekkers, except for some Sheppard’s, from here a nice interesting walk to reach our overnight camp at Kharka, another summer grazing place. 

Day 09:           Trek towards Rubina-la and camp at 3,440m – 05 hrs.
From this lovely area, morning walk leads further north to Rubina-la area, after an hour of nice walk, on leaving the forest behind for small bushes of alpine shrubs and Burberrys, then reaching on top of a ridge called Gambogang at 3,870m.

From here walk downhill on faint path to overnight camp at the base of Rubina-la pass, camp is set near a rocky moraine on small grassy field.
Day 10:           Cross Rubina-la 4,720 m and camp at 4,020 m – 06 hrs.

A Big Day of this adventure! Early morning start to reach the highest point of this trek leading to a steep climb on narrow ill defined trail with rocks and moraine with great views of Manaslu range including Boudha-Himal at close distance. After a tough climb for an hour reaching Rubina-la top at 4,720 meters. The highest spot of this adventure the top a small rocky spot where it can be covered in snow and ice sometimes, which makes it more adventurous and challenging to walk on this narrow path.

After a careful walk downhill with stunning views of Boudha Himal 6,672m and Rani peak ( Lidani peak) at 6,693, then the trail winds for an hour to reach our overnight camp on the eastern or other side of Rubina-la pass.

Day 11:           At the same camp of 4,020 m for day hike to Bouddha Himal- 05 hrs.
Today an optional hike to Bouddha Himal base camp which is near 4-5 hours walk both ways. Morning after breakfast and pack lunch head towards North West over moraine and boulders of rocks crossing icy streams for 2-3 hours reaching a wide field beneath the towering South Face of Boudha Himal at 6,672 meters high.

A satellite peak of world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu range, after a tough walk marvel the views and return back to camp site below Rubina-la.
Day 12:           Trek to Zakbatang 3,230m via Jarang – 06 hrs.

Much easy walk today compared to other days trekking, morning walk leads close to glacial section, after few obstacles the walk is pleasant passing several small grazing area at Jarang 3,420 meters and then downhill for few hours to Zakbatang near Rubinala khola (stream) for overnight camp in complete tranquility.
Day 13:           Trek to Lokpa 2,240 m – 06 hrs.

After many days away from villages, morning walk leads back to farm villages on down-hill path with few small ups and gradual sections to reach a small place at Gomna, a cattle herders temporary huts. From here walk leads to a bridge over Buri-Gandaki River and then walk on gradual winding trail all the way to our overnight camp at Lokpa village. This is the first village after being in wilderness for a week, an interesting small village where the route to upper Manaslu, Larkya-la pass, Tsum Valley and to Arughat joins.
Day 14:           Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hrs

After Lokpa village, morning walk on downhill path following the river downstream with views of cascading waterfalls, around villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop. A nice farm village with primary school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese) 

Day 15:           Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m – 06 hours.

From here onwards on warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means ‘hot water’, afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds. 

Day 16:           Trek to Soti Khola 730 m – 06 hours. 

After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu via Arughat 600 m and transfer to hotel -06 hrs.

After breakfast an interesting drive back to Kathmandu following Budi Gandaki downstream through dense Sal forest passing Arkhet Bazaar. A few hour drives brings at Arughat bazaar. After Arughat an interesting scenic drive of 4 to 5 hours to Kathmandu with rest of the afternoon free.

Day 18:           International departure for home ward bound.
After a memorable and great adventure in Nepal around Rubina-la Circuit & Boudha Himal trekking with great services of White Hills Hill Adventure Treks & Expedition guides, our staff transfers you for final departure homeward bound flights.

 

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