Rolwaling Valley Trek

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Trip Details

Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Duration: 16 days

Difficulty: Medium to Hard

Maximum Elevation: 4,540m (Tso Rolpa Lake)

Best Time: October - November & March - April

Accommodation: Camping/Home Stay

Rolwaling Valley is a stunning mid-Eastern range of the Himalayas located between the Everest and Langtang regions. It is one of the wildest and astonishing off-the-beaten-track areas in Nepal. It lies Northeast of Kathmandu valley, near the Tibetan border and between Tama Koshi River and Khumbu Himal. Rolwaling Valley Trek offers a unique opportunity to pass through traditional Sherpa villages. Along the trek, we will cross high passes, beautiful waterfalls, dense forests, rhododendron blossom forest, fantastic views of snowcapped mountains like Mt. Gaurishankar (7,145m), Everest (8,848m), etc., and Tso Rolpa glacier lake, the largest glacier lake in Nepal. This trek is recommendable and suitable for adventure seekers that are interested in exploring off the beaten track, wild mountains, and local experience.

Rolwaling Valley is one of the most amazing treks that lies between Gaurishankar Himal and Rolwaling Himal. and just south of the Tibetan border. This area is totally isolated and culturally diverse. The area is restricted but trekking trips can be taken to the area after obtaining a climbing permit for one of the trekking peaks of this area such as for Ramdung peak. As the area is just south of the Tibetan border, it has a lot of Tibetan influences. This beautiful area was first explored during the preliminary surveying of Mount Everest.

It is possible to combine this trek with Everest crossing Tashi Lapcha La (5,755m), although it requires basic climbing skill, experience, and good guides to complete this and another Pachermo  Peak Climbing permit. Tsho Rolpa (4580m) is one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal. This is the point of a turnaround if returning to Gonghar Khola.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu, you will be pick up at the airport and transfer to Hotel

Day 02 : Sightseeing around of Kathmandu city

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Shingati(920m)

Day 04 : Trek Shingati to Jagat(1,440m)

Day 08 : Trek Jagat to Simigaoun(2,360m)

Day 09 : Trek Simigaoun to Daldung La(3,976m)

Day 10 : Trek Simigaoun to Beding (3,690m) 

Day 11 : Acclimatization day at Beding

Day 12 : Trek Beding to Na (4,180)

Day 13 : Day walk Tso Rolpa Lake (4,540m)

Day 14 : Retrace back to Kyalche

Day 15 : Trek back to Simigaoun

Day 16 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 17 : Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 18 : Final Departure, drop to international airport.

Trip Info

Best time for Rolwaling Valley Trek

During the Autumn season (September- November) the temperature is moderate during the daytime making it suitable for hiking as there are minimal rainfall and snowfall. Also, this season is a great time for the cultural exploration of the region as festivals like Dashain, and Tihar falls during this time. The Spring season (March-May) is another exciting time for trekking as rhododendrons bloom all over the hills turning the area into a colorful garden. During monsoon, there are many challenges along the trek as there are chances of heavy rainfall making slippery, leech-infested trails. There are also risks of avalanches and landslides in the area. The Winter season brings heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures in the area. Therefore, the Autumn and the Spring season are the best time for Rolwaling Valley trekking.

Permits

Two types of permits are required for Rolwaling Valley Trek. The Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (GCAP) costs NPR 3,000 and the Special Permit costs USD 20 per person per week.

Accommodation and Meals

During the Rolwaling Valley trek, you can camp as well as sleep in teahouses or lodges. Lodges, teahouses, and homestays in this area are limited. Most of the lodges and homestays offer Dal Bhat and noodles. Once you leave the road, there won’t be any shops so bring adequate supplies with you. 

Rolwaling Valley Trek Highlights

  • Magnificent views of snow-capped mountains like Gauri Shankar (7145m), Everest (8,848m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Melungtse (7,181m)
  • Incredible view of the sunrise from various sites during the trek
  • Observing the untouched glaciers, high mountain pass, and serene waterfalls
  • Exploring the beautiful greenish-blue Tsho Rolpa Lake (4,580m)
  • Catching sight of rare and endangered Himalayan wildlife
  • A chance to explore the unique Tibetan culture, tradition, and way of life
  • Tasting the local cuisine along with the teahouses
  • Cultural exploration of the various Nunneries, Gompas, and other ancient monasteries
  • Great hospitality and the warm friendly welcome of the local people

Rolwaling Valley Trek is one of the most amazing off-the-beaten road treks that take us through majestic Himalayan view scenarios, let us explore dense green forests, different flora and fauna, colorful rhododendron blossom trail, glacier lakes, and local isolated villages and their cultures. You can book this trip with us. We are always happy & ready to arrange your trip.

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