Rolwaling Trek

Rolwaling trek is one of the most difficult trekking in Nepal. The Rolwaling valley is known as “the Grave” simply because of its location. Buried down between steep ice- giants. This region lies amidst Langtang range and Everest range. The major highlights of Rolwaling trek are the captivating sights of both Mount Langtang and Mount Everest.  The trekkers will be rewarded with the enchanting views of Majestic Mount Gauri Shanker (7134 m.). Many mysterious stories are been said about this valley. It is believed that Yeti lived over there. Very less number of tourists has succeeded to do trekking in Rolwaling area because it’s covering the mountain of Nepal/China (Tibet). The trail to Rolwaling trek pass goes between huge mountains. This trek provides us to see natural and cultural beauty of Nepal. Rolwaing trek combines the perplexing great view of Mt. Melungtse, Mt. Dorje Lakpa and Mt. Tashi Lapcha and the beautiful waterfalls, , Tso Rolpa Lake, monasteries and landscapes. Trek leads up along the Tamba Koshi river bank so you will get opportunity to glance Mountains River over Rolwaling trek. We will encounter with Sherpa, Tamang and Chhetri village with their local life style, gloomy primeval forest and over broad bridge with wonderful views.
 
Rolwaling trek begins from Dolakha, a small township near Charikot, an eight hours drive from Kathmandu. The trail following the course of River Tamakoshi on the way to Simigaon adds more thrills to the trek. In this trek the Glacial a Lake Tsho Rolpa offers unforgettable experience.
Day 01 : Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative . You will be then transferred to local hotel . After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition.
 
Day 02 : KTM Sightseeing Tour & Preparation
We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, the Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath and Swayambhu.  The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be heading to the Himalayas tomorrow.
 
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Dolakha to Shigati (950m.) Trek to Suri Dobhan
From Kathmandu, we head northeast on the Friendship Highway which connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. A Lamosangu, we leave the Friendship Highway and take another way to Jiri.  Earlier the motor-able road used to be only upto Dolakha. But nowadays because of the Tamakoshi hydro power construction works, we can drive upto Shigati. From Shigati we trek to Suri Dobhan for our overnight stay.
 
Day 04 : Trek from Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440m/4723 ft): 5/6 hrs.
Trek along the river, and then continue on the flat land. We cross several streams and jungles with varieties of orchid, rhododendron and other vegetation. Cross the suspension bridge to reach Jagat, a small town with people of different ethnicities.
 
Day 05: Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990m/6527 ft) : 5 hrs
At first, we follow the normal flat path, then  the trail ascends and descends through the jungle.  The trail follows the river bank. As the valley narrows, we cross the suspension bridge over the river. A steep climb takes us to the Sherpa village of Simigaon, spread on the terrace of the mountainside. The village is mostly inhabited by Buddhists and there are also a few Hindus.
 
Day 06 : Trek Simigaun to Kharka (2,900m/9512 ft) : 6 hrs.
We pass by a few more Sherpa settlements.  On a clear morning the views of Gaurishankar above the Rolwaling Valley is fascinating. From the ridge top at Simigaun , we continue towards the Rolwaling Valley. The trail climbs a rocky, wooded ridge with beautiful pine forests. Descent again to the river of Rolwaling Khola.
 
Day 07 : Trek Kharka to Beding (3,690m/12,103 ft) : 4 hrs
Our trail ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. Continue along  left bank of the Rolwaling Khola. Continuing along the deep river valley, we arrive at a tributary river from Gaurishankar. Enjoy the unfolding views of the Gaurishankar. The trail rises further until we come across an easy and relatively flat terrain. Finally, we  arrive at the Sherpa village of Beding located by the river.
 
Day 08 : Trek Beding to Na (4,180m/13710 ft) : 5 hrs
An easy walk along the norther bank of the Rolwaling River begins our today's trek.  We pass across the summer village of Beding, several yaks grazing and people busy in their fields of buckwheat and barley.  The Cristine formed by the 6000ers such as Chekigo, Bamango, and Konyklemo rise on the immediate left of the village. We arrive at a monastery believed to be a meditative place of the Buddhist Guru Padma Sambhava.  Walking along the valley floor, we finally reach the summer village of Na surrounded by potato fields.
 
Day 09 : Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,588m/15048 ft) : 7 hrs
At first trek through the leveled plane and gradually ascend to witness the Himalayan Lake filled with the chilling water of the glaciers. The views of Menlung and Tibetan Side Mountains add glory to the unfolding vista. We trek along the right bank of the river and then cross the river to climb up the rocky lateral moraine of the Glacier.  We then walk to Tso Rolpa for the night.
 
Day 10 : Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m/15744 ft) : 4 hrs
Early morning trek to head toward Trakarding glacier. Walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the beauty of the surrounding. The trail will still be ascending through some rock climbing and a gradual walk on the glacier moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs.
 
Day 11 : Trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5,010m/16432 ft) : 5 hrs
The walk follows high slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section, but further up we have to trek along the centre on the hard rocky glacier. Steady walk leads us to the lowest point of the ice fall and then climbing to the easiest point to gain the Drolambau glacier. Here we will be surrounded by superb high mountain scenery.  Continuing further downhill, we camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi Camp at the foot of Tashi Lapcha, surrounded by absolutely grandiose mountains over 6000m with 360 degree panorama.
 
Day 12 : Cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m/18876 ft) : 5 hrs
Continue trekking to Trashi Lapcha Pass (5755m). From the pass, the view of senior Khumbu peaks is magnificent. Some hundred meter downhill trek under overhanging rock, we camp at a superb location, with magnificent sunset views.
 
Day 13 : Ascension Pachermo (6272 m/20572 ft) - Thengpo (4370 m)
We climb again to the neck of Trashi Lapcha and from there we start the ascent of Pachermo. The snow slopes lead us to the final ridge, sometimes requiring fixed ropes. From the Pachermo summit, enjoy the fantastic views of the Khumbu peaks including Everest, Makalu among others.  Descend to Col then to Thengpo. The Pachermo ascent takes about 5 to 6 hrs and then another 3 to 4 hrs descend takes us to Thengpo.
 
Day 14 : Reserve Day
There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather especially on our planned day for the Parchemo summit, so this day is used as a contingency.  If weather became exceptionally unfavorable we wisely have to postpone the program of smiting the peak.  Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough; then the day can be used in that condition too.
 
Day 15 : Trek to Thame (3,820m/12530 ft) : 5 hrs
Today you will be experiencing a bit easy walking, the walk from here will be enjoyable most of the way to Thame.  A gradual descend brings us to Thame Village, the first hint of civilization since Beding. There is a very old and interesting Monastery at the upper end of the village. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.
 
Day 16 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 5 hrs
At Thame, the old trade route over the Nangpa-la into Tibet branches North, following the Bhote Koshi, which incidentally is the 2-3 river so named on this trek. The trail descends gently at first and then steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.
 
Day 17 : Trek Namche to Lukla (2,840m)
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces!
 
Day 18 : Flight: Lukla - Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.
We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation. (Tent & 2 night local house)
4.    All Camping Gear( Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
       sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
5.    Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
6.    All transportation.
7.    Trekking permit.
8.    Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
9.    Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
10.  All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
11.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
       transport etc for Nepalese staff.
12.  All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client's personal insurance, and any kind
       of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.

 General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek).
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  and   suitcase (Optional/Duffel bag we can provide one
       if you need it but is to be returned after    the trek).
3.    Daypack .
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses.
5.    Headlamp.
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other
       gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this  makes it easier to put on over boots without
       getting undressed should the weather change once you    are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks
      or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-3 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep
       your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
7.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape,  anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.|

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful,
       to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached.
       Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new
       since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag,
       hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional,
       these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally
       clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill.
2.    Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds.
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember,
       keep these items light weight.
4.    Binoculars.
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok,
       but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip.
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos.

1 of 1 review

Thanks for a nice view of Beautiful Nepal and its nice People
Thanks for a nice view of Beautiful Nepal and its nice People
Thank you for a nice trekking, with nice view of Nepal and its People, good organization, and food, Real nice to see the beautiful mountains, will come back Nepal another time.

Thank you so much for a wonderful trek and for taking such good care of us in Kathmandu too.

Many thanks for a wonderful stay in Nepal, I really enjoyed the trek with the beautiful mountains, Thank you so much for your hospitality.
Jimmy Johansson, Wiveca Eliasson, Susanne Celper,
October 9, 2013 at 05:15 am

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