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Rolwaling Trekking

Trip Level
Moderate Strenuous
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
5755 meter
Trip Duration
20 Days

Overview

Those people who wish to experience an isolate part of Nepal,one should make an exceptional trek to the Rolwaling valley, one of the most appealing regions of Nepal. Beding (3510m) and Na Gaun (4120m). Trekkers may spend a few days in the Rolwaling area ascending to the Na Yak pastures at 4700m. Here trekkers are greeted by a spectacular panorama of the Gauri Shanker and Menlungtse Peaks. Above Na Gaun, the trail meanders up to a high lake named Chodalpa (4540m)and up to the lateral moraines of the Rolwaling glacier below the Rolwaling icefall (5181m). Our will have full camping equipments following with Sherpas,cooks and porters as per the group size.We can make this trek as fully camping or camping till Thame and take a lodge after that.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Day 02: Optional sightseeing in Kathmandu/ Trekking preparation

  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Sigatte (1020m/ 3,345ft), 5-6 hrs

  • Day 04: Sigatte - Jagat (1250m/4,100ft), 5-6 hrs

  • Day 05: Jagat - Simigaon (2025m/6,643ft), 5-6 hrs

  • Day 06: Simigaon - Donga (2800m/9,185ft),5-6 hrs

  • Day 07: Donga - Beding (3690m/12,105ft), 5-6hrs

  • Day 08: Beding  Rest and acclimatization day:  Malung Kharka hike, 5-6 hrs

  • Day 09: Beding - Na(4185m/13,750ft), 5-6 hrs

  • Day 10:  Rest and acclimatization day  in Na– Yalung La hike:: 4-5  hrs

  • Day 11: Na - Nyiduk Kongma (4750m/15,582), 5-6hrs

  • Day 12: Nyiduk Kongma - Drolumbau Glacier (5205m/17,075), 5 -6 hrs

  • Day 13: Drolumbau Glacier - Tashi Laptsa pass (5755m/18,820ft) and decent to Camp at (5460m/17,912ft), 6 -7 hrs

  • Day 14: Camp - Thame (3805m/12,482), 5-6 hrs

  • Day 15. Thame – Khumjung (3871m/12,700ft), 3-4 hrs

  • Day 16. Khumjung - Monjo (2840m/9,318),4-5  hrs

  • Day 17. Monjo - Lukla (2840m/9,317ft), 3-4 hrs

  • Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu. (1350m/8,405ft), 35min flight

  • Day 19: A day in Kathmandu/Free day incase of bad weather

  • Day 20: Final departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Our airport representative will meet at Kathmandu international airport and transfer to your hotel. Evening welcome dinner with cultural show and trip briefing.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 02: Optional sightseeing in Kathmandu/ Trekking preparation
After breakfast, we have choice either doing some sightseeing activities in Kathmandu or take a rest for the preparation of next adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Sigatte (1020m/ 3,345ft), 5-6 hrs
We have a jeep whichwill take us from Kathmandu to Dolakha,On the way we will see green forests and beautiful mountains. We have chance to visit the Bhimeswor Temple in Dolakha. The last hour’s dusty drive will lead down to our campsite on the Tama Kosi River bank.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 04: Sigatte - Jagat (1250m/4,100ft), 5-6 hrs
Our route follows the Bhote Kosi’s deep valley which gradually becomes more gorge-like. We crisscross the hectic river on picturesque suspension bridges and pass a few hamlets and villages. The forest sometimes gives way to views of the Gaurishankar (7145m).

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 05: Jagat - Simigaon (2025m/6,643ft), 5-6 hrs
After breakfast we will walk around 3 hours. After that our path slowly gains altitude on an impressive slope, and later crosses terraces for another 2 hours and reached Simigaon, which is the hesitate of Sherpa and Tamang marked by its Tibetan monastery perched above the houses on top of the hill in front of Gaurishankar.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 06: Simigaon - Donga (2800m/9,185ft),5-6 hrs
After breakfast we enter the Rolwaling valley through a gorgeous Rhododendron and Bamboo forest. The path steadily climbs towards Gyalche. Eventually, we descend back down to the river and establish our campsite at the bank the Rolwaling Khola (River).

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 07: Donga - Beding (3690m/12,105ft), 5-6hrs
We gradually climb the forested valley of tropical alpine vegetation, with excellent mountain scenery surrounding us. Arriving at Beding, we should see Melungtse I (7181m), Rolwaling’s highest summit. Beding is a lonely small village; well known to Everest summiteers, this Sherpa village may offer you Chaang (barley beer) and salted yak butter tea. An old but historical Buddhist Monastery is located in the center of the village. We will camp will be on the banks of the river.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 08: Beding Rest and acclimatization day:  Malung Kharka hike, 5-6 hrs.
A day hike to the Malung La pass (5616m) – or as high as you can go above Beding – will help with acclimatization. There should be great views of more than 15 snowy peaks, glaciers and the natural forest in the Beding Valley below.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 09: Beding - Na (4185m/13,750ft), 5-6 hrs
A short walk will take us to Na; the last tiny alpine hamlet that is only inhabited during summer months. Na is situated just below the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake in a beautiful valley overlooked by some very impressive peaks, including Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m) and Yalung Ri (5630m).

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 10:  Rest and acclimatization day  in Na– Yalung La hike, 4-5  hrs
We can either take a rest or organize an excursion towards the Yalung La pass. Here we climb steadily, the path taking us to a vast amphitheatre at 4900m, situated just below the pass, and the Ramdun peak ice fall which is furrowed with streams. This is an excellent place to view the Tsho-Rolpa glacier lake.  In each direction we get stunning views: to the east the Yalung Glacier, south the Ramdung Peak (5930m), west the Yalung Ri (5630m) and to the north the breathtaking Himalayan summits along the Tibetan border.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 11: Na - Nyiduk Kongma (4750m/15,582), 5-6hrs
We climb up to the dam that holds back the Tsho-Rolpa lake, preventing it from splitting the thin moraine and destroying the valleys below. We continue along the south bank. (The ancient route, marked on all maps, following the northern bank and passing through Chobu, no longer exists. In fact, the moraines bordering the lake have all collapsed into it.) After a 300m climb, we must cross a disordered moraine area only scramble down the height we walked up. The campsite is in a sandy amphitheatre, between the Tsho Rolpa and Trakarding glaciers.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 12: Nyiduk Kongma - Drolumbau Glacier (5205m/17,075), 5 -6 hrs
The path plunges on towards the Trakarding glacier. This is a huge and impressive and rocky area that gives way, from time to time, to large sections of bluish ice. We’ll struggle on towards a rocky spur, just beneath the Dolumbau glacier. It is now quite a venture to access the glacier. We need to climb up a rock face and to set a rope for the porters, helping them to scramble up the 160m before accessing the campsite area. This provides a fantastic panorama with the Trakarding glacier below and the great glacial wall of the Drolumbau glacier to the north: an incredible spot with views of countless streams running off the glacier, falling rocks and collapsing ice.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 13: Drolumbau Glacier - Tashi Laptsa pass (5755m/18,820ft) and decent to Camp at (5460m/17,912ft), 6 -7 hrs
The only route to get a foothold onto the Drolumbau glacier is tricky and fairly steep. Our efforts will be rewarded by a unique view towards Tengi Ragi Tau (6943m), Bigphero-Go Shar (6729m), Dragkar-Go (6793m), with a background of myriad peaks towards and beyond the Tibetan border. We progress through moraines and gentle slopes, from time to time crossing, glacial areas, towards the summit. The campsite is about 300m below the summit just beyond a tricky but impressive rocky section.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp     

Day 14: Camp - Thame (3805m/12,482), 5-6 hrs
Today offers an easy and pleasant descent. Just before arriving in the tiny Sherpa village of Thame, we can visit its picturesque monastery perched on the hillside. Thame lies on an important route for Tibetan traders and their yak caravans trekking across the Nangpa La (5716m/18,752) on the Tibetan border to Namche Bazaar and beyond.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp

Day 15. Thame – Khumjung (3871m/12,700ft), 3-4 hrs
Trek to Khumjung Located at the foot of sacred Mt. Kumbila. Khumjung is home of the first Edmund Hilary school project. There is a Hospital at the next village of Khunde, manned by Canadian doctors. This most stable and traditional Sherpa cultural settlement is worth a visit, as is the oldest Monastery in this region.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp or Guest house

Day 16. Khumjung - Monjo (2840m/9,318),4-5  hrs
A downhill day via Namche Bazaar from where we will see the last view of Mt. Everest. We will cross some suspension bridges while descending to Monjo.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp or Guest house

Day 17. Monjo - Lukla (2840m/9,317ft), 3-4 hrs
The day’s walk is along the Dudh Kosi River and passes through several Sherpa villages with many local lodges which accommodate the trekkers to the Everest region.

Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner/ Nights at Camp or Guest house

Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu. (1350m/8,405ft), 35min flight.
Early Morning flight to Kathmandu, transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon free on your own.

Day 19: A free day in Kathmandu/ An extra day incase of bad weather
We put this spear day because the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is weather permitted. Because of the poor visibility and bad weather the flight might be delayed or cancelled.

Day 20: Final departure from Kathmandu
Transfer to international airport and fly our next destination.

Cost Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu by private vehicle in Kathmandu
  • Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin/ single sharing
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period either in camp or in lodges
  • An experienced Government license holder guide
  • Trekking porters/sherpas/mules to carry your bags during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters
  • Ground transportation by private vehicle to/from Kathmandu
  •  Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket cost
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required
  • All necessary paper works and permit fees for Rolwaling and Everest region
  • All government taxes and our service charges
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory)
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments

Equipments Checklist

Clothing
    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops
    T-shirts

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

Miscellaneous
    Toiletries
    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Earplugs
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Altimeter
    Compass
    Binoculars
    Books/magazines
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Camping

    Tent
    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)

Map

map

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.