Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Please check your name at play card. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes
Rolwaling Valley Trek is situated between the Everest and Langtang Himalaya ranges, below Gauri Shankar (7145 m) 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.
The Rolwaling Valley 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 the unforgettable experiences 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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A long downhill day via Namche Bazaar and the last view of Mt. Everest.
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.
Early Morning flight to Kathmandu, transfer to your Hotel. Free afternoon and evening join the farewell dinner hosted by ABC Trek.
Flight 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.
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
- Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport
- 1 nights hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel ( centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower) and standard hotel in Pokhara
- Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
- Transportation from Kathmandu to Dolkha by tourist bus and flight ticket for Lukla to Kathmandu.
- Best available accommodations during the trek in Tea-house/tent camp.
- TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System) – ( we need two photos each for permit
- Trekking Permit for Rolwaling Valley Trek
- All the camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.)
- An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), trekking cook, kitchen helper, Sherpa
- Necessary number of porter’s their meal /accommodation / transportation / salary / insurance / equipment’s are included in price.
- Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
- Trekking Maps
- Rubbish Disposal
- Our Service Charge and Government Taxes
- All meals in Kathmandu
- Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu.
- Tips to guides and support staff.
- Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli rescue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
- Your International flight ticket airfare
- Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
- Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
- Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
- Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu
- Services not mentioned herein.