Rolwaling Trek is situated between the Everest and Langtang Himalaya ranges, below Gauri Shankar (7145m) and south border of Tibet. This region lies between Langtang range and Everest range. Rolwaling valley trekking is one of the hard passes in Everest Himalaya. Some of the highlights of this trek are Rolwaling Valley, Khumbu, Tamang Village, Wonderful views. The Rowling valley is abundant with alpine lakes, hanging glaciers, moraines, high pastures, waterfalls and imminent view of snowy peaks in the backdrop. This region is rich in biological diversity, glacial lakes, mountains, and isolated villages.
More than that Rolwaling area is also home to many endangered and globally threatened animals. The Rolwaling Himal, along with the Tibetan border, forms the northern border of a wild, beautiful east-west valley that, due to its isolated location, has been largely closed to trekkers. It is also an alternative trail to Everest base camp trekking located in the west of Khumbu.
Rolwaling Valley Trek is one of the difficult Trek but the amazing sight of Mt Langtang & Mt Everest from Rolwaling, majestic Mt Gauri Shanker, natural as well as cultural beauty, glance mountains river, the local lifestyle of Sherpa, Tamang and Chettri makes the Trek worth the difficulty. The vicinity is rich in flora and fauna with 16 major vegetation types, 34 species of mammal, 16 of fish, 10 of amphibians, 8 of lizards, 14 of snake and 235 of birds.
The Rolwaling trek starts from Dolakha, near Charikot, an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. Rolwaling Trek is one of the stunning trekking available in Nepal. We trek following the Rolwaling River; the area will be rich in flora and fauna aspect because of fewer intruders. The dark narrow valley of Rolwaling opens wide near villages of Bedding (3,510m) and Na (4,120m). Beyond Bedding, we climb to the last settlement in the valley: the summer pasture village, Kharka of Na.
From here we will spend two days exploring the Yalung La region with its spectacular glacier fields and the Tsho-Rolpa glacier lake. Rolwaling Valley Trek will show you the hidden Himalayas that are not explored by many trekkers’ yet. A very fine but strenuous camping-style expedition can be made through the Rolwaling Himal to cross the Teshi Lapcha La (5755m) and into the Solukhumbu. Great views of Mt. Melungtse (7181m) Mt. Dorje Lakpa and Mt. Tashi Lapcha are visible. It will be an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas.
The main Highlights included in this trek are magnificent forests and of course the giant snow peak, Gaurishankar (7134m). The TshoRolpa is an awesome ice lake held back by terminal moraine on the way during Rolwaling trekking. The unmarked route goes along the Trakarding Glacier and then climbs steeply up onto the Drolambau Glacier. This place offers an excellent view of the magnificent mountain ranges like Mt. Makalu, Mt. GauriShankar and Mt. Everest range, Rolwaling Valley and Rolwaling Himal, views of Pachermo and Ramdung peak.
The trek joins the Khumbu valley route so you can carry on to the Everest Base camp or back to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu. Rolwaling trek provides you an opportunity to Explore Diverse Vegetation, climate, topography and other many beautiful places. The region is very close to the Tibetan border. Here you can see people highly influenced by Tibetan culture and have adopted Unique Culture and Tradition. People in the villages are very warm-hearted and very kind as well.
Duration: 19 Days from Arrival to Departure
Max. Altitude: Tashi Lapsa passes (5755m/18881ft)
Trek Grade: Difficult
Best Travel Time: February – June, September – November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Trip Snippets: 19 days, 4 night’s hotels, 14 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included
Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.
Equipment Rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Your baggage on the trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will be present there at the airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your desired hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program and have a short meeting with your trekking guide. If you arrive at night we will have the same discussion in the next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath might make you feel calm and peace and visit Patan the city of fine arts and Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On the journey back to the hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies, and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel and Durbarmarg.
Day 03: - Katmandu to Dolkha (1650m/5413ft)
We will have about 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Dolkha. We will head towards the northeast on the highway that connects Kathmandu to Lhasa. We will then leave the highway and take the way to jiri which leads us to Dolkha. Night at the hotel.
Day 04: - Dolakha to Shigati (1020m/3346ft).
Work through scattered villages and terraces. The trail is very well defined and used by porters and shepherds. Before the roadway was only up to Dolkha but due to the Tamakoshi Hydropower construction work we will be able to drive to Shigati.
Day 05: - Shigati to Gongar (1350m/4429ft).
Through Bhote Koshi river, Pass fir hamlets and villages walking through a forest you will get a chance to see Gauri Shankar Himal (7145m). From Shigati we will head towards Gongar and spend the rest of the day there.
Day 06: - Gongar to Simigaon (2020m/6627ft).
Today the path slowly gains altitude on an impressive slope and later crosses terraces. Arrive at Simigaon a Sherpa village. The village is mostly populated by Buddhist and in some of the part, we can find the Hindu religion too. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: - Simigaon to Donga (2800m/9186ft).
From here we will trek to the Rolwaling valley, Working Through a gorgeous rhododendron forest; the path steadily climbs towards Gyalche. Eventually, we descend back down to the river and establish the campsite on the Rolwaling Khola.
Day 08: - Donga to Beding (3690m/12106ft).
We will gradually climb the valley with good mountain scenery. Continuing the trek, we will go on until we come across the easy and flat terrain. Finally, we will reach to Bedding. We will visit the ochre-colored Gompa at Bedding, the largest village in the Valley.
Day 09: - Beding to Na (4180m/13714ft).
A short walk will take us to Na. A tiny alpine hamlet only inhabited during summer months a majestic view of impressive peaks with Chobutse (6685m) and Chugimago (6259m).
Day 10: - Na. Acclimatization day.
There will have a day rest for acclimatization before the Tashi Lapcha. We can have a rest or can do a Yalung la pass.
Day 11: - Na to Nyiduk Kongma (4750m/15584ft).
Above Na Gaun, the trail meanders up to a high lake named Tsho Rolpa (4540m) and up to the lateral moraines of the Rolwaling glacier.
Day 12: - Nyiduk Kongma Drolumbau Glacier (5200m/17060ft).
We will enjoy and have fun at Nyiduk Kongma Drolumbau Glacier (5200m).
Day 13: - Drolumbau Glacier to Tashi Lapsa passes (5755m/18881ft)
The Teshi Lapcha La goes through these mountains with the foot slopes of Patchamo. The descent on the other side is steep and very rough through boulder fields.
Day 14: - Camp to Thame (3800m/12467ft).
Cross river through ancient rhododendron, oak and pine forests interspersed with terraced fields adjoining the numerous villages of the region. Camping at night.
Day 15: - Thame to Namche Bazar (3440m/11286ft).
Day 16: - Namche Bazaar trekking to Lukla (2,850m/9350ft)
The descent from Namche to the Dudh Koshi can be the hardest stage of the entire trek. The trail descends over the ridge past rocky cliffs and scattered pines to the tiny village of Toktok. The trail drops steeply and runs level throughout the day. Enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village arrival in Lukla. You’ll have time to stroll around the local areas.
Day 17: - Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Saying a final goodbye to our porters, we will have a flight back to Kathmandu of an exciting one hour. (It can also be a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla which makes the Lukla flight delayed and canceled.)
Day 18: - Kathmandu free day.
Today is a free day in Kathmandu valley. You are free to have some shopping and enjoy the local streets and the life of people. You can have a relaxing walk over the streets and view the normal living of Nepalese. Also, you can buy some memories and gifts back to your home. Full day leisure can be accompanied by some entertainment and sound time in the hotel.
Day 19: - Final Departure
With lots of gratitude to you, we will proudly drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home.
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Tashi Lapsa passes (5755m/18881ft)