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Rolwaling Trek

Rolwaling Trek is known as quite challenging trek than other regions because it needs good physical efforts to attempt it. This trek is perfect for those trekkers who are determined to challenge themselves with unpredictability of mountain life. This remote Himalayan valley lies on east of Kathmandu the most popular villages in the Rolwaling valley.
The Khumbu region boasts a range of highly organised teahouse trails that get busier every year, and for good reason. The views on the Everest Base Camp trail are simply unbeatable. The hospitality of the local Sherpas is legendary, and cultural celebrations such as October's Mani Rimdu mask festival are life affirming.Those who care for a quieter fortnight often divert to the string of turquoise lakes that crowns the Gokyo trek. But there are many more intimate moments to be had in the shadow of Everest. New trails are being blazed across the region with a focus on more cultural experiences. On the Indigenous People's trail, you can learn how to play the Tamangs' damphoos', consult a Thami shaman, or while away the day fishing with the local Majhis before enjoying a fresh fish BBQ on a sandy bank.
There is adventure too. The 'Three Passes Trek' will take you on a romp into the heart of Sagarmartha National Park, and if that's not enough you only need to follow the route into Makalu taken by Eric Shipton and Edmund Hillary via the 'Three Cols' route. Or pursue the old 'short-cut' for local Sherpas to Kathmandu by taking the Tashi Labsta pass into the Rolwaling valley to the west. The region may be famed for its sky-piercing peaks and Sherpa hospitality, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to swap mountain experiences for cultural ones.

Trip Facts

Country : Nepal
Region : Everest & Rolwaling
Activities : Trekking & Hiking
Trekking/Tour Days : 15
Total Days : 19
Difficulty : Hard
Trip code: 
Max Altitude: 6272m
Best season: Autumn & Spring
Per day walk: 6-9 hrs.


Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) (A)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft) (A, B,)
Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Dolakha to Shigati (950m.) Trek to Suri Dobhan ( B, L, D)
Day 04:  Trek from Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440m/4723 ft): 5/6 hrs. ( B, L, D)
Day 05:  Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990m/6527 ft) :5 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 06:  Trek Simigaun to Kharka (2,900m/9512 ft):6 hrs. (B, L, D)
Day 07:  Trek Kharka to Beding (3,690m/12,103 ft):4 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 08:  Trek Beding to Na (4,180m/13710 ft):5 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 09:  Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,588m/15048 ft):7 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 10:  Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m/15744 ft): 4 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 11:  Trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5,010m/16432 ft):5 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 12:  Cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m/18876 ft):5 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 13:  Ascension Pachermo (6272 m/20572 ft) - Thengpo (4370 m) (B, L, D)
Day 14: Reserve day in case of delay in the schedule due to bad weather. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3,820m/12530 ft):5 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 16:  Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,570m/11,710ft): 5-6 hrs (B, L, D)
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) (A)
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu


Trip Cost Includes 
  •  All airport/hotel transfers
  •  Hotel in Kathmandu (Both on B&B basis)
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •  Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  •  Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
  •  All accommodation and meals during the trek
  •  Airport pickups and drops in private car
  •  An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1   assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  •  All necessary paper work and permits
  •  All government and local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include
  •  Nepalese visa fee
  •  Excess baggage charges
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Lukla/Namche Bazar because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  •  Tips for guides and porters

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative welcomes you and assists you to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu, after freshen up, you will be provided the necessary information regarding the trip in Nepal along with our fellow trekking staff for your adventurous trip. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
We will collect you on the morning for guided trip of cultural word heritage sites in Kathmandu valley which is rich for its Newa culture and temples; including several places of pilgrimages sites for Hindus and Buddhists , the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the world biggest Stuppa; Boudhhanath, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with unique architectural temple, and incredible Kumari widely known as Living Goddess in Basantapur of central kathmandu. There will be meeting with other members along with our fellow trekking staff at our office for a pre-trip discussion in the evening.

Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Dolakha to Shigati (950m.) Trek to Suri Dobhan
Take a great drive to Dolakha via the Friendship Highway which connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. We leave the Friendship Highway and head towards Jiri from Lamosangu. We can further drive up to Shigati. We trek for couple of hours from Shigati to reach Suri Doban for overnight stop.
Day 04:  Trek from Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440m/4723 ft): 5/6 hrs.
We first trek through normal flat land along the side of the river. Then we cross several streams and jungles through rice terraced jungles with varieties of orchid, rhododendron and other vegetation. We then finally the cross the suspension bridge to reach Jagat, a small town resided by people of mixed culture. Overnight at Jagat.
Day 05:  Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990m/6527 ft) :5 hrs
After a hearty breakfast we follow normally flat path, then the trail ascends and descends through the jungle. We cross several suspension bridges and also encounter several villages. A steep climb takes us to the Sherpa village of Simigaon, spread on the terrace of the mountainside. Simigaon is a small village inhabited by Buddhist and few Hindus. Overnight at Simigaon.

Day 06:  Trek Simigaun to Kharka (2,900m/9512 ft):6 hrs.
We encounter several Sherpa villages on the way to Kharka. We can even have the magnificent look of Gauri Shankar which brings completely new experiences on us. The uphill trek covers regions with varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. We further trek for few hours enjoying the superb scenic beauty and climbing a rocky, wooded ridge with beautiful pine forests. We then descent again to the river of Rolwaling Khola and finally reach Kharka where we stop for the night.

Day 07:  Trek Kharka to Beding (3,690m/12,103 ft):4 hrs
We follow the trail which ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees and walk along the left bank of Rolwaling Khola. We trek over the suspension bridges over the deep gorges in few places making the trek even more enchanting. The trail offers you the marvelous view of the highest peaks of the world. We finally reach Beding, a big Sherpa village where we stop for the night.

Day 08:  Trek Beding to Na (4,180m/13710 ft):5 hrs
We first take easy walk along the northern bank of the Rolwaling River begins our today's trek. The trek path slightly ascends along the river bank. The place is an open path with fresh air and the charming sound of the river. The panoramic view of the world’s highest peaks and the Tibetan mountains makes our trek even more exciting. We arrive at a monastery believed to be a meditative place of the Buddhist Guru Padma Sambhava.  We finally reach summer village of surrounded by potato fields after walking for hours where we stop for the night.

Day 09:  Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,588m/15048 ft):7 hrs
After a hearty breakfast we start our adventurous trek to Tso Rolpa Lake. We first cross the river to the south bank and then following a shallow stream to a crossing point near Yersa at Sangma, the last place of the cattle herders. 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 trek for Tso Rolpa Lake which is also known as Cho Pokhari for overnight stop.

Day 10:  Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800m/15744 ft): 4 hrs
After spending night at Tso Rolpa we begin our early morning trek to head toward Trakarding glacier. Walk past the glaciers throughout the day and we will be surrounded by superb high mountain scenery in this wild and impressive place. The trail will still be ascending through some rock climbing and a gradual walk on the glacier moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs. 

Day 11:  Trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5,010m/16432 ft):5 hrs
The trail 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 fix ropes and make steps and ledge for the porters, although the terrain is not so difficult, just a precaution that we must imply in this kind of mountain landscapes. After everything is set for the final climb, a further 3-4 hours climb amidst wild and mind-boggling scenery leads us to the top of the pass at our highest point of this trek at Tashi Laptsa pass, where there are Buddhist prayer flags and cairns. The trail still offers the marvelous panoramic views of the highest Himalayan Mountains and Tibetan plateaus. We have to keep up a good pace to make sure that we reach our camp on the other side of the pass well before dark. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12:  Cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m/18876 ft):5 hrs
On this day we trek to cross the Tashi Lapcha Pass. We can have the marvelous look of Khumbu peak and other several mountains from the pass which brings completely new experience on us. We further trek downhill under overhanging rock and set a camp on superb location with magnificent sunset views. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13:  Ascension Pachermo (6272 m/20572 ft) - Thengpo (4370 m)
Today we follow the trial that climb to the cape of Tashi Lapcha and make ascent to Pachermo. The narrow snow slopes brings us to the final ridges. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. From the top of this slope we walk along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. From the Pachermo summit, you can enjoy with success and brave to get a summit and dramatic mountain views like Mt. Everest, Makalu, Khumbu and all. It takes further 3-4 hours to descend Thengmo via Col where we stop for the night.

Day 14: Reserve day in case of delay in the schedule due to bad weather.
Today, we have reserved it as a spare or contingency day because there is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather especially on our planned day for this trek. If the weather is clear and the trip runs as per our itinerary then we can even have one day for relaxation too. This day can be used whenever the situation calls.

Day 15: Trek to Thame (3,820m/12530 ft):5 hrs
On this day we continue our trek to Thame. We make a gradual descend which brings us to Thame Village, the first hint of civilization since Beding enjoying excellent views of Mt.Ama Dablam, Mt.Makalu and Lumding Himal above the Thame Khola. Thame is famous for being the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay (one of the first person to climb over Mt. Everest.  Overnight at Thame.

Day 16:  Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,570m/11,710ft): 5-6 hrs (B, L, D)
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. We may meet Tibetans coming over the high passes and down the valley to trade their goods in Namche Bazaar.The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.

Day 17: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-8 hrs (A, B, L, D)
After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek.  We follow the trail which descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. We then cross the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. We can encounter the 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 and we celebrate on the happy occasion of successful trip. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Today we return to Kathmandu via short super scenic fight of nearly 40 minutes after having breakfast. You can have plenty of time to relax in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
Your Rolwaling trek has come to an end today. Today is free or last minute to enjoy in Nepal. If you have days left and ready for next trip then let us know. If not our representative will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with us the memories of wonderful moments spend with us.

Important Note

Important Note
Your safety is our paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Club. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Our Effort 
Our effort will be made to keep to the proposed itinerary but your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Club. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

The Trekking Group
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best trekking routes on Earth. It has opened its trekking route since 1953. Many foreigners from around the globe visit Nepal for hiking in one of the best trekking destination. Hence, to organize the best trip we provide best trek leaders and staffs for you. For this trek, there will be our best group consisting 1 experienced English speaking climbing leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging. We organize this trek for both solo and group trekkers.  

Our Trek Leaders and Staffs
Operating better than the best trip for you is our paramount concern. We will provide you best professional team from the trekking operator to the vigorous Sherpa porter. Our trekking guides are the holder of license issued by Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre, Nepal and have got professional rescue training. Your trek leader's role is to ensure all aspects of the trek to run efficiently. Your trekking guide will share all knowledge that he has during the trip. Please ensure that he needs your full cooperation and support to run the trek smoothly. If you have any kind of problem then let him know about this in advance so that your trek leader can take right step to organize safe and efficient trek. The trek leaders and staffs of Himalayan Club have got training on follows:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid
Trekking Guide Training
Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
English Language [we also provide trekking guides speaking special languages (Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Hindi) as per your desire]
Conservation and Biodiversity
Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders) 

Health & Experience Required 
Our Rolwaling is adventurous trek. It needs good physical effort to trek. Anyone who is interested and have a capacity to walk for 6-7 hours a day with light rucksack can encounter this trek. Trekking around high altitude are physically challenging than trekking around lower attitude. Nevertheless if you are physically fit with sound mind and positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek. Regular exercise and jogging for 2-3 hours is good preparation for hiking. However consultancies with physician are highly recommended. Whilst travelling with Himalayan Club, you will be provided all necessary details regarding your safety before trekking. Our professional trekking crew members (from trek operators to assistance guide) are highly acknowledged about acute mountain sickness and regular first aid courses to tackle any emergency situation. Moreover, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter if needed.

Meals (Camping Trek)
We provide freshly hygienic food cooked by our experienced camping cook with high level of balance diet which is good for your health in high altitude. Further you can bring your favorite snacks with you as per your desire. As soon as you reach the destination, warm tea/ coffee will be provided by our crew members. Our crew members will set up camp. You can have leisure time in camp which you can use in your own way.  A welcome and farewell dinner will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Accommodation (Camping)
In Kathmandu, you have comfortable stay with relaxed environment in 3 star hotels. We also provide of booking rooms in 5 star hotels as per your desire. But whilst trekking with Himalayan Club, our crew members will set up camp along with cozy mattress and sleeping bags as soon as you reach the destination. 

Permits and fees/Visa processing
Any foreigner desiring to trek in permissible trekking region in Nepal shall have to submit application in the format as referred to Appendix 10 for trekking permit and in the case of group; the trekking operating agency shall have to submit application to the Ministry of Home Affairs of Immigration Department in the format as referred to in Appendix 11. You must require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. Entries fees for visiting gompas, temples and other historical monuments while trekking should be made by your own. For any inquires about visa processing and trekking permits in Nepal please log on www.immi.gov.np  

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a cover for the risks you might face in your trip, while trekking in Nepal. Typically, it covers death, personal accident, medical expenses, repatriation, loss/ delay of checked baggage, passport loss and third party liability as per the agency chosen by you. You do not want anything to ruin your hard earned holiday or your crucial business meeting. But there is a possibility of some unexpected occurrence no matter how perfect the planning is. Unfortunate events such as baggage loss, passport loss, a medical emergency or an accident can affect you. Having Travel Insurance protects you from all such perils. It ensures that in the unknown foreign land you are not left stranded in any kind of an emergency. We strongly recommend travel insurance for everyone who is intended to hike in Nepal.

Climate and Weather
Nepal\'s climate varies with its topography as it is divided into 3 regions on the basis of physical division i.e. Terai, Hilly and Mountain (Himalayan) region. There are four climatic seasons in Nepal: 

December-February (winter) 
March-May (spring), 
September-November (autumn) and
June-August (summer),
The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the middle of September. About 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period, so the remainder of the year is dry. In winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7ºC (45ºF) to a mild 23ºC (74ºF). Summer and late spring temperatures range from 28ºC (83ºF) in the hill regions to more than 40ºC (104ºF) in the Terai. The Terai region, which lies in the tropical southern part of the country, for instance, has a hot, humid climate.  The central Hilly region experience a minimum temperature often falls below freezing point and a chilly 12ºC (54ºF) maximum. The northern mountain region, around an altitude above 3,353 meters has an alpine climate with a considerably lower temperature and thin air in winter as can be expected. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1310m (4297ft), has a mild climate, ranging from 19-27ºC (67-81ºF) in summer, and 2-20ºC (36-68ºF) in winter.

Best Season
We specially prefer spring (March to mid May) and autumn (mid Sept to Dec) seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trekking as they are known as the best season in Nepal. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding natural views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher altitude. Trekking in winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) season is also good for this Everest Base Camp trek but the subject is only cold and might be disturbance because cold may obstruct the trekking route as of snowfall. The trekking routes become busy route during spring and autumn as they are called best season. But during monsoon and winter the routes are not busy and you could more enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.

Porter Care
Porter plays an important role whilst trekking in Hilly and Himalayan Region. So we provide vigorous porter from our best professional trekking team for the smooth run of your trek. We behave with them like our team. The Sherpa people of Nepal have established a reputation as mountaineering porters, and are considered indispensable for the highest Himalayan expeditions. Every day, Sherpa porters in the middle hills carry excruciating loads on their spines, for trekkers and mountaineers. Hundreds of thousands more heave the basket as part of their daily household chores, fetching water, firewood and fodder. Carrying goods on the back with the help of a tumpline (namlo) is their daily routine. While the loads carried by the Sherpa porter are the heaviest anywhere in the world, the feat is doubly impressive when one considers his diminutive size and body weight. Himalayan back-loading is also distinctive because it is a continuous, unremitting activity, unlike, for example, the stevedore´s momentary toil. So it\'s very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. We provide same medical attention to all the Sherpa porters like team members if any injury occurs. And for the porter\'s sake we urge all trekkers to keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds in restricted trekking area and 24kgs/ pounds in other trekking area. We support and appreciate the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), Working for the safety of the mountain porter. 
We provide all the necessary facilities to the porter with the following:
A good working wage 
All food for porters while on trek
Accommodation while on trek
Work related clothing and equipment 
Income protection insurance
We also provide emergency helicopter evacuation if required

Environmental Concerns
The main concern of Himalayan Club is to conduct better than the best trip for you adopting various steps to preserve the environment of that place where we visit. We employ a Responsible Tourism policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do\'s and don\'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience.

On this trip: Nepal owns beauty of nature as it is naturally rich in vegetation and wildlife. Whilst trekking with Himalayan Club's trekking leaders and staff you may encounter different conservation area and national parks inhabitant by birds and wild animals. We will use the policy of staying in locally owned accommodation, having local group members and using transport owned and operated by local people wherever possible is continued in Nepal. You will be guided by your trekking guide about the environment concerns while trekking.

Our Travel Booklet: We provide copy of our Travel Booklet to every client who travels with Himalayan Club's which contains every details and advice on how you can make your trip adventurous with helping in Global warming and other environment concerns. We also provide this copy to you in advance as per your desire when you contact us.

Charity: Himalayan Club is helping different rural areas for improving working conditions of the people as we work with societies of that area. We also conduct public awareness programs to make balance between the wildlife and the people daily needs whilst trekking. Our small help is helping to improve the working conditions of the people or rural areas in big.                           

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