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Rolwaling Valley Trekking

16 days

Trip fact

Destination: Rolwaling Valley Trekking

Duration: 16days

Grade: Moderate

Activities: sightseeing and cultural trek

Max elevation: 5000m

Transport: Flights & Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost info
  • Trekking Gears
  • Map

Rolwaling valley is stretched east to west of the Gauri Shankar Massif (7134 m). Rolwaling is an inner Himalayan valley, believed to be a holy sanctuary by the local Buddhist Sherpa residents. The Rolwaling Valley is placed between two remarkable mountain ranges: the Gaurishankar Himal, and the Rolwaling Himal. Rolwaling Valley Trekking is characterized by high valleys and the Tsho Rolpa, a lake situated at 4500m created by a slim natural barrier of glacial debris. This valley is not as much of frequented by tourists related to other parts of Nepal, and is an chance to get a sight of Sherpa societies and villages less effected by mass tourism and of course, to get some jaw-dropping sights of the Himalayas. Great views of Mt. Gauri shanker, Mt. Dorje Lakpa and Mt. Tashi Lapcha can be enjoyed all along the trail.

This cultural and exploratory trek starts from Dolakha Bazaar and unto Gongat area which is just 162 km east to the Kathmandu valley. One can notice less figure of tea houses / lodges during the trek as this province lies in the far-flung corner of Nepal near Tibetan perimeter. Then trek up to the highest pass of this trip at Tashi Lapcha pass 5,755 meters, after crossing Beding and Na village, then traversing the pass, the trail leads to Tengpo in the Khumbu region. After spending first night in Khumbu area trek to Thame, Namche, Monjo, Phakding and finally to Lukla for the return short scenic flight to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Charikot.

Day 02: Trek from Dolakha to Sigati.

Day 03: Trek from Sigati to Jagat.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Simigaon.

Day 05: Trek from Simigaon to Donning.

Day 06: Trek from Donning to Bedhing.

Day 07: Rest and acclimatization day at Bedhing.

Day 08: Trek from Bedhing to Chodalpa.

Day 09: Trek from Chodalpa to Dorokpa.

Day 10: Trek from Dorokpa to Tolumbhu Buka.

Day 11: Trek from Tolumbhu Buka to Naile Phukpa Rock Cave.

Day 12: Trek through Rolwaling valley to Thame.

Day 13: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar.

Day 14: Rest day at Namche Bazaar.

Day 15: Trek to Lukla.

Day 16: Flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 01: After breakfast, we will drive to Charikot through Nepali countryside and camp nearby in Dolakha (1950m).

Day 02: Today we trek across streams and hike through forest via Ratmate and Malepu to reach Sigati. Stay overnight at Singati.

Day 04: Today we trek along moderately flat land, hiking through hugely civilized Tamang and Chhetri villages alongside the Bhote Koshi Rriver via Bharle, Suridobhan, Jamune, Tatopani and Manthali to Jagat (1,440m). Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Today we hike to Chhyot and cross the Gongo Khola. Then we trek steeply uphill enjoying the natural beauty and landscape to Simigaon (2,020m). Stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 05: Today we enter the precipitous densely forested Rolwaling gorge. After crossing many bridges, we continue through Jungle, Bumming Gad, Kettering and Colette to Donning (2,760m).

Day 06: Today we trek up the gorge through the rich cultural villages of Thanking, Samara, Chhumugokhe and Chhangma to reach Beding (3,960m). Stay overnight at Beding.

Day 07: Today is much needed rest and acclimatization day at Beding. We explore around Beding and take rest. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Today after an hour of trek the scenery changes dramatically to reveal a spectacular mountainous glacial valley surrounded by snow-covered peaks. We trek up alongside the river to Na (4,180m) and then on to Chodalpa (4,540m). Stay overnight at Chodalpa.

Day 09: Today we trek up to a pure and beautiful Tsho Rolpa lake. We explore and enjoy the Tsho Rolpa Lake and trek further to reach Dorokpa (4,580m). Stay overnight at Camp.

Day 10: Today we trek up the glacier through rough trail and beautiful mountain views to reach Tolumbhu Buka (4,800m). Stay overnight at Camp.

Day 11: We trek straight up through the snow to cross Tashi Labsta La, this can be tricky and may require us to rope up for safety’s sake. And then we pass stone field traversing trek down to Naile Phukpa Rock Cave (5,130m). Stay overnight at camp.

Day 12: Today we climb down the hill via Rolwaling valley trekking route to reach Thame (3,790m). Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 13: Today we trek down the same route we climbed on our early days of trek to reach Namche Bazaar (3,446m).  Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 14: Today is the rest day at Namche Bazaar. After long days of up and down we take rest at Namche Bazaar. We explore the places, nature and culture around. Stay overnight at guest house.          

Day 15: Trekking alongside the Dudh Kosi, we experience the serenity and scenery of magnificent forests of rhododendron, blue pine, firs and junipers as we trek to Lukla. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 16: Today we take a mountain flight back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day you can tour freely around Kathmandu and hang out on tourist hubs in Kathmandu

Cost include

  • All ground and air transportation throughout the trek. 
  • Best available accommodation and full board meals throughout the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All national park and conservation areas permit fee.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek

For Low and Moderate Altitude Trekking

  • Water bottle
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Flash light
  • personal towel
  • Swiss army knife
  • Ruck sack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Poly propylene/wool socks
  • Other required equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Jumperorpile jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full–sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat

 For Higher Altitude Trekking (Above 4000m)

  • Gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear
  • Goggles or sun glasses
  • Gaiters
  • Sun block for lips
  • Light cotton socks
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind pants

Peak Climbing & Expedition Equipment

  • Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Long cotton hiking shorts
  • Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Sleeping pad (karri mat) or thermarest
  • Down high altitude sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/trousers/vest
  • Light cotton athletic socks and wool socks
  • Water proof climbing jacket
  • Head torch/batteries/bulbs
  • Climbing sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal/insulated ski gloves
  • Sun screen
  • Warm climbing trousers
  • Wool long underwear
  • Other required equipment
  • Climbing boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Karabiners
  • Tapes/slings
  • Snow bars
  • Ice screws
  • Rock pegs
  • Deadmen
  • Crash hat
  • Day bag
  • Rucksack
  • Lip salve
  • T-shirts
  • Ascenders
  • ascenders
  • Kit bag

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