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Rolwaling Trekking

Rolwaling trek, cross Tashi Lapcha pass and exit from the Namche - Sherpa capital

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20 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5755 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Mar to Jun, Sep to Nov
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Lodge/Camp

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate Plus Level

This trip grade involves trekking up to 7 hours a day below 5000 meters for the duration of 15-19 days trip.

Rolwaling trekking leads us through one of most remote and beautiful parts of Nepal, past picturesque Sherpa, Tamang and Chhetri villages with their typical terraced fields, through dense, gloomy primeval forests and over broad ridges with wonderful views.

Rolwaling trekking is the adventurous trip that crosses one of the most exciting passes of the Nepal Himalaya, Tashi Lapcha at 5,755 meter high; to enter into Khumbu Valley has made this trek popular to all adventurers for many years since the Rolwaling Valley was opened. The Rolwaling valley is steep sided and covered in thick forests; therefore the climbs are sheer upright. But this is going to be one of the finest watershed crossings ever made in the entire of Himalaya. One of the highlight of the trip is the camp beside Bigu Gompa, which is an unusual and beautifully situated nunnery. Further walking through the summer pasture lands and narrow valleys that opens up into a wide bowl; give us our first taste of open mountain scenery - totally unique and mystical.

As we leave the Rolwaling Valley after having climbed the highest point of this adventure, we may feel although the trek is only just beginning. Trekking back way we continue down traversing into the Thame Valley and onto Namche Bazaar and then to Lukla for the scenic panoramic flight to Kathmandu and visit some highlights of world heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Rolwaling trek short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, 13650m.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Dolakha to Shigati (950m.) Trek to Suri Dobhan.
Day 04: Trek from Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440m): 5/6 hrs walking.
Day 05: Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990m): 5 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek Simigaun to Kharka (2,900m):6 hrs walking.
Day 07: Trek Kharka to Beding (3,690m):4 hrs walking.
Day 08: Trek Beding to Na (4,180m):5 hrs walking.
Day 09: Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,588m):7 hrs walking.
Day 10: Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m): 4 hrs walking.
Day 11: Trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5,010m):5 hrs walking.
Day 12: Cross Tashi Lapcha pass (5,755m):5 hrs walking.
Day 13: Ascension Pachermo (6272 m) - Thengpo (4370m).
Day 14: Reserve Day.
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3,820m), 5 hrs walking.
Day 16: Thame - Namche Bazaar, (3,450m), 5 - 6 hrs walking.
Day 17: Namche - Phakding, (2,652m), 5 - 6 hrs walking.
Day 18: Phakding - Lukla, 2,800m 3 hrs walking.
Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final Departure.


Trip cost: Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation. Also, let us know how many of you are there in your group and when you would like to do this trek, after knowing all these things from your side, we will send you all the necessary information with a best quote as soon as possible..

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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.

Service Includes

  • All necessary airport pick up and drop
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour as per above program
  • Transfer by a local bus to trekking starting point
  • Necessary flights from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Restricted area permits with conservation fee
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camping + Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Fare well and Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some Frequently Ask Questions by our valued customers

How can I book this trip?
When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. For the details, please Contact us.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Rowaling Trekking?
Rowaling trek is suitable for any walker looking for something more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is recommended and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 6 -7 hours daily.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, if we have a group for this trek then you would be able to join in and enjoy your trekking with an existing group. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday trips are not perfect or the group treks are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of accommodation I can have during the trip?
In Kathmandu, we do provide standard accommodation and during the Rolwaling trekking, we provide you tent accommodation and local lodges. Local lodges are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Rolwaling trekking is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5755m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our trek leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Some places can find electricity to charge the batteries but not reliable so please bring some extra charged batteries. 

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Yes, one of us will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of our company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus while staying in the guest houses and while staying in the camp our kitchen crew will cook and serve you the delicious and hot meal. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge or camp you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Equipments & Packing List

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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