Rolwaling trek - Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, 13650m
Meet one of our trek leaders and transfer to the hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrival. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (saddhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
The early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for last minute shopping for your adventure trip. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: 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 Tibet. A Lamosangu, we leave the Friendship Highway and take another way to Jiri. Earlier the motorable road used to be only up to Dolakha. But nowadays because of the Tamakoshi hydropower construction works, we can drive up to Shigati. From Shigati we trek to Suri Dobhan for our overnight stay. Overnight under tent or local home stay type of guest house.
Day 04: Trek from Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440m): 5/6 hrs walking.
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. Overnight under tent or local guest house.
Day 05: Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990m): 5 hrs walking.
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. Overnight under tent or local guest house.
Day 06: Trek Simigaun to Kharka (2,900m):6 hrs walking.
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. Overnight under tent or local guest house.
Day 07: Trek Kharka to Beding (3,690m):4 hrs walking.
Our trail ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. Continue along the 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. Overnight under tent or local guest house.
Day 08: Trek Beding to Na (4,180m):5 hrs walking.
An easy walk along the northern 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. Overnight under tent.
Day 09: Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,588m):7 hrs walking.
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. Overnight under tent.
Day 10: Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m): 4 hrs walking.
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. Overnight under tent.
Day 11: Trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5,010m):5 hrs walking.
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. Overnight under tent.
Day 12: Cross Tashi Lapcha pass (5,755m):5 hrs walking.
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. Overnight under tent.
Day 13: Ascension Pachermo (6272 m) - Thengpo (4370m).
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 descend takes us to Thengpo. Overnight under tent.
Day 14: Reserve 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. Overnight under tent.
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3,820m), 5 hrs walking.
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. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16: Thame - Namche Bazaar, (3,450m), 5 - 6 hrs walking.
Today it is a pleasant walk way down to Namche, an affluent rich Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market, fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages to barter or sell. Walk leads east from the camp with a short downhill to the bridge over Bhote Koshi river, from the bridge 20 minutes climb to reach the gradual descend and passing through number of villages, Mani, prayer walls and pass into the pine woods on this gentle winding path, after 3-4 hours of pleasant walk, Namche Bazaar comes into view from the top ridge where the trail splits into many direction the north from the Mani stupa leads towards Khunde and Khumjung. Our route heads downhill with a view of Namche down below with colored roofed houses. After a 45 minutes descend reaching at Namche. Overnight at guest house.
Day 17: Namche - Phakding, (2,652m), 5 - 6 hrs walking.
An easy day downhill walk today; from Namche an hour walk brings us to the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Imjatse River that makes the Dudh Koshi which we follow most of the way. From here we cross the long suspension bridge with a short climb into the pine woods, the walk will be on the busy path full of trekkers, locals, porters and pack animals, reaching again back to the river bed, the gentle trail follows the river downstream passing through many farm fields and villages then coming at the entrance of Sagarnmatha National Park in Monjo village.
After Monjo another 2 hours of good walk leads us to camp at Phakding near the river Dudh Koshi with enough time for a walk in the village. Overnight at guest house.
Day 18: Phakding - Lukla, 2,800m, 3 hrs walking.
Last day of this great trek will be another good walk to Lukla; you can walk at your own Leisurely pace, enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Cheplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members and overnight at guest house.
Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel.
Day 20: Final Departure.
Today is free to relax until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you'll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home.