Upper Rolwaling Trekking

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 16 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Transportation Private vehicle / By Air
Accomodation Teahouse
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Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast
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Trip Highlights

  • 10 days trek to the Rolwaling valley.
  • Maximum altitude of this trek will be 3,800m from sea level.
  • Rolwaling valley, Sherpa and Tamang villages, Buddhist culture and views of mountains are the main attraction of this trek.
  • During the trek we will be staying at tea houses with fine accommodation and fooding facilities
  • Best time for this trek are February to May and October to November.

Upper Rolwaling Trekking lies in the eastern part of Nepal. This is a moderate type of trek with the glorious view over the mountain. Rolwaling valley trek provides an experience the remoteness of this region, romantic mountain views, diverse flora and fauna and rich local Buddhist cultures. Rolwaling valley trek requires a good walking experience and a good physical form. There is a Great nunnery Gompa called Bigu Gompa. In Sherpa Language Biku means "Seed". Our program is fully planned and supported by a Nepal Trek Adventures team of crew members, including guides, kitchen staff, and other support crew members as part of the standard program. We begin our journey with a scenic drive by road from Kathmandu to Lhasa to the ancient trading city Dolakha.

Then we trek through the Rolwaling valley, famous as one of the seven hidden valleys of the Himalayas, pass the beautiful Sherpa and Tamang villages. Rolwaling is the east-west valley below the Gauri Shankar (7135 m) near the Tibetan border. Beding and Na are the last Sherpa villages of the Rolwaling Valley. We cross the Tashi (Tesi) Lapcha Pass (5755 m) and then descend to the Khumbu Valley by visiting Thame, Tenzin Norgay's hometown. Continuing along the Sherpa headquarters of Namche Bazar and then to Lukla, we fly to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Upper Rolwaling Trekking west of the Khumbu, directly on the Tibetan frontier there is a wild, lonely high valley the " Upper Rolwaling" which is called simply "the grave" by the indigenous Sherpa's on account of its location - buried down between steep ice-giants. Many mysterious stories have been passed on about this valley. Through which the forefathers of the present-day Sherpa's once came. It is here that the notorious and celebrated Yeti is supposed to make his home. 

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Dolakha to Shigati (950m.) Trek to Suri Dobhan
  • Day 02:Trek from Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440m/4723 ft): 5/6 hrs.
  • Day 03:Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990m/6527 ft):5 hrs
  • Day 04:Trek Simigaun to Kharka (2,900m/9512 ft):6 hrs.
  • Day 05:Trek Kharka to Beding (3,690m/12,103 ft):4 hrs
  • Day 06:Trek Beding to Na (4,180m/13710 ft):5 hrs
  • Day 07:Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,588m/15048 ft):7 hrs
  • Day 08:Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m/15744 ft): 4 hrs
  • Day 09:Trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5,010m/16432 ft):5 hrs
  • Day 10:Cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m/18876 ft):5 hrs
  • Day 11:Ascension Pachermo (6272 m/20572 ft) - Thengpo (4370 m)
  • Day 12:Leisure Day
  • Day 13:Trek to Thame (3,820m/12530 ft):5 hrs
  • Day 14:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5 hrs
  • Day 15:Trek Namche to Lukla (2,840m)
  • Day 16:Flight: Lukla - Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: 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 motorable road used to be only upto Dolakha. But nowadays because of the Tamakoshi hydropower construction works, we can drive upto Shigati. From Shigati we trek to Suri Dobhan for our overnight stay.
  • Day 02: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 03:Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990m/6527 ft):5 hrs At first, we follow the normal flat path, and 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 04: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 05:Trek Kharka to Beding (3,690m/12,103 ft):4 hrs Our trail ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. Continue alongteh 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 06: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 crestline 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 07: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 08: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 09: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 icefall 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 10: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 magnifiscent sunset views.
  • Day 11: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 descends takes us to Thengpo.
  • Day 12:Leisure 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 summiting 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 13: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 14: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 15: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 16: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! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing your adventure.

Cost Includes

  • Free airport picks upon your arrival and a drop at the end of your trip
  • Trekkers information management system.(Tims Card)
  • Sagarmatha Conversation Area Project Permits
  • Restricted Area Permits
  • All necessary ground transportation as per the itinerary
  • Trekking Map
  • Complete free trekking information before going to trek
  • Tasty and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
  • An experienced licensed holder guide and needed number of porters as per your group size
  • Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team) 
  • Foods, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters

Cost Excludes

  • Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum. 
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking  
  • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
  • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
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  • A very professional team
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    A very professional team

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    Before I left for Nepal, someone told me that I would go back again and again. I now know why, thanks to the crew of Nepal Trek Adventure, who are very knowledgeable, experienced and fun to be with throughout our entire trip in Nepal. All our logistic arrangement from transport to accommodation were very well-arranged. We are impressed by the knowledge and experience of our guide and his team who is always eager to share useful climbing tips, anecdotes of local culture and history of the villages and monastries that are along the way. I would certainly use them again in my next trip. They are highly recommended

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