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Rolwaling Valley Trek

Duration 19 days
Max-Altitude 5200 m
Transportation Flight/Private Transport
Grade Classic & Moderate
Accommodation Camping/Lodge
Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Best Season Feb- May & Sept-Dec
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Group Size 1+

Rolwaling valley is a part of Himalayan east-central Nepal along the Tibet border. Rolwaling Valley Trek encompasses Melungtse(7,181m), Melungtse II(7,023m) inside the Tibet border whereas Gauri Shankar(7,134m) on the Nepal border with some 50 traditional peaks over 6000m. The Rolwaling Valley surrounds the Rolwaling Himal in the south side. Rolwaling Valley also consists of several small villages and Bedding is the main village of this area. Our trek in the mountains ranges with the foot through an established trail starts from Charikot; 80 km east side of Kathmandu. A trek from Charikot to Bedding will take approximately 7-10 days.

The main attraction of Rolwaling Valley Trek is magnificent forests and the giant snow peak, Gaurishankar (7134m). The Tso Rolpa is an awesome ice lake on the way during Rolwaling trekking. Our route goes along with the Trakarding Glacier and then climbs steeply up onto the Drolambau Glacier. This place provides the excellent view of the magnificent mountain ranges like Mt. Makalu, Mt. GauriShankar and Mt. Everest range, Rolwaling Valley and Rolwaling Himal; also the views of Pachermo and Ramdung peak. The trek finally joins the Khumbu valley route so you can carry on to the Everest Base camp or back to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu.

Rolwaling Valley Trek offers an opportunity to Explore Diverse Vegetation, climate, topography and other many beautiful places. This region is very close to the Tibetan border. Here you can see people highly influenced by Tibetan culture and have Unique Culture and Tradition. People in these villages are very warm-hearted and very kind as well.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Dolakha, and Singati (1,020m/3445ft),6- 7 hrs drive.

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

Day 05: Jagat – Simigaon (2025m/6643ft), 5-6hrs

Day 06: Simigaon – Donga (2800m/9185ft), 5-6 hrs

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

Day 08: Acclimatization and exploration day

Day 09: Beding – Na (4185m/13,730ft), 5 -6 hrs

Day 10: Acclimatization day. Excursion towards Yalung Pass and glacier views

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

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

Day 13 : Drolumbau Glacier – Teshi Lapche La (5755m/18880ft) and decent to Camp at (5460m/17910), 7 -8 hrs

Day 14: Camp to Thame (3805m/12,482ft), 7 – 8 hrs

Day 15: Thame – Khumjung (3871m/12,700ft), 2-3 hrs

Day 16: Khumjung – Monjo (2840m/9,317ft), 4-5hrs

Day 17: Monjo – Lukla (2642m/8,405ft), 4-5hrs

Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu (35min. flight)

Day 19: Departure

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Our Airport Representative will wait you outside the International Airport Terminal Hall. Please, look for play card with your name and Transfer to the respective hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu City excursion
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world ! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple.
Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Sigatte (1020m/ 3,345ft), 5-6
A Jeep will take us from Kathmandu through the scenic high green hills and white mountain views to the north. On the way we will visit the Bhimeswor Temple in Dolakha. The last hour’s dusty drive will lead down to our campsite on the Tama Kosi River bank.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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). This area is still Hindu although signs of Buddhism, with prayer flags and Chortens begin to appear.
Included Meal : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Jagat – Simigaon (2025m/6,643ft), 5-6 hrs
A short stage: after a 2.5 hrs walk, we leave the valley to continue east. The path slowly gains altitude on an impressive slope, and later crosses terraces. Simigaon is a Sherpa and Tamang village, marked by its Tibetan monastery perched above the houses on top of the hill in front of Gaurishankar.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

we now 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 on the Rolwaling Khola bank: a narrow green belt beneath Gaurishankar.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Beding 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.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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).
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Na Rest and acclimatization day – 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.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

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.

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Drolumbau Glacier – Teshi 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.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

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.
Included Meal : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Included Meal : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 16: Khumjung – Monjo (2840m/9,318),3-4 hrs

A long downhill day via Namche Bazaar and the last view of Mt. Everest.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Monjo – Lukla (2840m/9,317ft), 4 – 5 hrs
We have to arrive in Lukla in time to reconfirm our return flight to Kathmandu for early the next morning. 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. Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 19: Departure Day

Our Driver will transfer you to the  international airport to catch the flight for  onward destination.

Included Meal : Breakfast

Important NoteFlight Lukla – Kathmandu might be delayed due to poor visibility and bad weather forecast . You may even be delayed for a day or longer, hence spare day or two needs to be added to your itinerary.

Cost Included

  • Airport/Hotel transfers
  • 3 star Category accommodation in Kathmandu including Breakfast.
  • Farewell dinner
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Teahouese/ Lodge Accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the trek
  • Domestic flight (Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • Ground Transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (Govt. registered trekking guide), assistant trek Guide , Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National Park Permit & TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excluded

  • Tour Guide and Entrance fees for Sightseeing
  • Hot and Cold Drinks, Tea, Coffee,Wifi
  • Boiled water and hot shower
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance & evacuation
  • Tips For Guide and Porter

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you need to  bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag.
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase.
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night; reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • 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).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 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

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

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pair’s nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pair’s lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • A pair of good Goretex pant
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 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.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 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).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 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).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 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, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • 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).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • 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. 
  • SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.
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