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Manaslu Heli-Trekking

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.

  • Spindrifts off of Mt. Everest & Makalu
  • Chopper View of the Himalayas: Machhapuchare to Manaslu
  • North Face of Manaslu
  • Small Town (Samagaon) at foot of Manaslu

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


  • Way off the beaten path locations
  • Unique close up views of the mountains
  • Experience old world Nepali Culture