Manaslu was only opened to trekkers in the 1990s, and still sees relatively little traffic. Most treks here require three weeks of trekking and a month door-to-door. By using a helicopter exit, we reduce door-to-door time to just over two weeks. The chopper ride back to Kathmandu takes you over the imposing Rupina La, a 15,450’ pass with dramatic close-up views of several peaks in the Manaslu massif. The trekking is challenging, nights are spent in tents, but the mountain views are superb and the finale unforgettable.
Manaslu via Rupina La Trek: Itinerary at a Glance
Days 1 & 2: Kathmandu / Day 3: Drive to Arughat, camp / Day 4-10: On trek to Sama Gaon / Days 11 & 12: Day hikes to spectacular viewpoints / Day 13: Chopper back to Kathmandu. Day 14: Depart