Rolwaling Valley Trekking

Trip Overview
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionMt Gaurishankar, Mt Everest, Langtang, Tsho Rolpa Lake,
  • Maximum Altitude4580m
  • Best TimeSpring and Autumn

Highlights

  • Invigorating walk along the off-the-beaten-path
  • Outstanding views of mountains and peaks such as Mt Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal, Everest, Makalu, and so on
  • Home to the Himalayan Yeti
  • Observe the unique Sherpa and Tamang culture
  • Explore the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake

Rolwaling Valley Trek is one of the fascinating treks located across the western border of the Khumbu region along the Tibetan border. Consisting of the alpine forest, eye-catching waterfalls, snow-fed lakes, and pristine glaciers, the unique landscape of this region lures each of the trekkers to join this Rolwaling Trek. Furthermore, the enchanting views of Mt Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal, Mt Everest, Langtang, and many other snowcapped mountains add excitement and adventure to your journey. Besides this, strolling around the largest Glacier lake in Nepal, Tsho Rolpa Lake, you will get mesmerized by this glacier lake's beauty.

According to several Myths and stories, Rolwaling is the home to the Himalayan Yeti. The myths regarding the presence of Yeti make the trek more interesting for the trekkers. The Rolwaling valley is considered one of the hidden valleys of Nepal. As the Valley lies deep down between the steep ice giants, the indigenous Sherpa's named this deep valley "Rolwaling." According to them, the name Rolwaling means "the Grave." You will get to observe the lifestyle and traditions of Tamangs and Sherpas while trekking through the several villages of this region. Further, interacting with the locals will love their cheerful and benevolent nature. 

Rolwaling trek provides an excellent opportunity to climb the Ramdong Go Peak(5930m) and Yalung Pass(5310m). Furthermore, crossing the Tashi Lapcha Pass can also get into the Everest region. The trail is quite challenging. Those who love adventure and challenge can choose the Rolwaling Trek with Tashi Lapcha pass. However, if you are the one who wants to avoid such a pass, then you can return to the same route. Undoubtedly, by joining the Rolwaling Valley Trek, you can savor the cultural and natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Trip facts

Trip Duration: 10 Days

Destination: Nepal

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Transportation: Private vehicles 

Trip Style: Hotel/Lodge/Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Maximum Altitude: 4580m

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Day to Day Info

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our team member will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
  • 1320m

We take a local bus to Jagat today after breakfast in Kathmandu; the trip is roughly 196 kilometres to the east of Kathmandu and takes 9–10 hours through Lamosangu (750m). Charikot (1980m.). Spend the night in a hotel or guesthouse in Jagat.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 9-10hrs
  • 1150m

The trail today passes through the various terraced fields and suspension bridges. We will also see small teashops and groceries in some areas while trekking. Then, steeply moving upward, the trail finally takes us to Simigaun, a Sherpa and Tamang village. We will stay overnight at the tented camp in Simigaun.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4-5hrs
  • 2036m

From Simigaon, you set off on foot along the path that ascends the valley of the Rolwaling river and leads to the opposite side of the ridge. You'll spend the majority of the day traveling through a forest, but if you stay on the main track, there is little risk you'll get lost. You will come across two little shacks following roughly an hour of ups and downs. Since you will only be ascending from here, there won't be many opportunities to rehydrate along the road, so here is an excellent point to fill up on water. From here, you enter a forest of rhododendrons and begin ascending.

The dominance of Juniper and Rhododendron over the forest increases as you ascend. You'll arrive in Gyalche after roughly three hours. There is a lodge nearby, where you are welcome to spend the night if you choose. Dongang, which is situated on the bank of the river, is reached after 30 minutes of hiking. In Dongang, there are two places to stay, and both are managed by lovely women. The one that Zangmu Sherpa runs is beautiful. lodge or guesthouse overnight.

 

  • Lodge or Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2791m

We will enter the Rolwaling valley on the day. After that, we will continue the trek observing some Sherpa villages and varieties of plants and rhododendron trees. During some seasons, you may witness the Yak Naka, which is the Temporary Yak shed constructed for the preparation of cheese and butter. We will stay overnight at the camp here.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6 hrs
  • 3740m

Witnessing the outstanding views of Mt Gaurishankar, Melungtse, Yalung, and other mountains of Tibet, we will spend the whole day at Beding. You will appreciate the astonishing beauty of this glacier lake. We will stay overnight under the tented camp at Beding.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3740m

The trail ascends along the river bank. The trail takes us to Na through the meadowland, barley, and bucket field. Na is the highest human settlement village in Rolwaling, inhabited by the Sherpa people. You can do the conservation with them. In addition, you can learn much more about their culture and lifestyle by interacting with them. The enthralling views of spectacular mountains lure you throughout the trail. Stay overnight at Na.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-7hrs
  • 4540m

Today is the day that you begin your descent along the same route that you used to ascend. The bridge after Niyamare is where you should turn if you want to ascend to Dadlung La.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6hrs
  • 2791m

Following the same route back we will reach to Gongar Khola.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6hrs
  • 1440m

It takes us a full day to travel to Kathmandu by local bus. To get to Kathmandu, the bus travel can take about 11 hours.        

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 11hrs
  • 1320m

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Hotel-Airport picks up and drops by car/van depending on group size.
  • 2 Nights twin deluxe bedroom in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Government registered, well experienced, and friendly, helpful guide.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies, and fresh fruits are served during the trek.
  • All necessary camping equipment.
  • Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porter.
  • All ground transportation is included.
  • Necessary insurance for your guide and porters.
  • Conservation Area Permit and TIMS Cards.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag.
  • All transportation, tourist service charges, vat, tax, and Office Service charge

Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, Fanta, sprite, and mineral water.
  • Travel insurance, Nepal Tourist Visa fees, Items, and expenses of personal nature.
  • Sightseeing tour, lunch, and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment and rescue operation in case of an emergency.
  • Any costs arising due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, political trouble, strikes, etc.
  • Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater charge, and wifi services.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver.

Dates & Price

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Essential Info

Accommodation on Rolwaling Valley 

The accommodation on this three-part trip can vary slightly between the more traditional and peaceful Rolwaling Valley section and the bustling town of Namche Bazar in Khumbu. The former is significantly less westernized, more rural, and has fewer trekkers. There are both traditional "homestay" guest homes in this area and a few traditionally newly constructed lodges decorated. The Khumbu Valley, where the final few days of the walk are spent, has more upscale and luxurious accommodations. Local families manage the totals in both regions. A huge burner in the center of each lodge provides heat and a cozy ambiance. The bedrooms typically feature two beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets, which are not heated. A sleeping bag (3 seasons should be sufficient) and a pillowcase are necessities. 

The lodges typically have showers, washrooms, and toilets; the latter are gas-powered and have sit-down flush toilets, while the former is rudimentary and has bucket showers and squat toilets. In the first segment of the menu, which is more vegetarian-focused and made up of a variety of local Sherpa and Tamang dishes, the food in the lodges is of extremely high quality. In Khumbu, however, the cuisine has been heavily influenced by western cuisine, with many bakeries and western dishes. In addition, there are a lot of stores in Kathmandu and the Khumbu that sell a wide variety of drinks, snacks, candies, and chocolate, but fewer in the Rolwaling Valley. In Kathmandu, you can also get any equipment you might forget or need. 

What to expect on Rolwaling Valley Trek? 

The Rolwaling trip provides a spectacular perspective of the Himalayas, which run along the finger-shaped land's northern edge and tip into Tibet to the northeast of the Kathmandu-Kodari Lhasa route. It defines the north boundary of a minor, stunning valley home to 50 peaks totaling more than 6000 meters in height. Its twin peaks, Gaurishankar (7,145m/23,475ft) on the border and Melungtse I (7181m) and II (7023m) in Tibet, are its crowning features. 

The Rolwaling Khola and its tributaries provide food for the Rolwaling Valley Trek, home to several tiny communities, the largest of which is Bedding. The Gaurishankar  Conservation Area, which spans 2179 square Kilometers, was established in this region in 2010.  Fifty-eight thousand people live there, with Tamangs making up the majority, followed by Sherpas and Chhetris. 

The Teshi Lapche La (5755m), located on Patchamo's slopes, is the trek's highest point. One of the highest trekking passes in Nepal; it rises amid snow-covered peaks like Tengi Ragi Tau  (6943m), Bisphero Go Shar (6729m), and Dragkar (6793m). About 300 meters below the pass,  there is a steep slope to the campsite. From here, it is a straightforward descent into the Solu Khumbu to connect with the historic caravan route from Tibet that goes through Namche Bazaar to the lowlands. A flight back to Kathmandu and the trek finish are at Lukla. 

Is this trek for you?

This travel grade can last up to two (2) weeks. The average elevation gain on trails is above  4000 meters, and you may anticipate walking for 5 to 7 hours per day—the ideal location for introducing Nepal's moderately challenging trekking. Physical rating is slightly higher for activity than leisure and occasionally tricky days. Expect some ups and downs because there will also be hills to climb and the infamous "Nepali flat" slightly up and down. 

While traveling with Mountain Rock Trek, your safety is our top priority. Please be aware that if you have any worries about your safety, your leader has the option to change or cancel any element of the schedule. We will try to adhere to the program above, but as this journey involves traveling through isolated mountainous areas, we cannot guarantee that we won't depart from it. Several factors, like the weather, a group member's health, unanticipated natural disasters, etc., can cause adjustments to the itinerary. Although the trek leader will make every effort to make sure everything goes according to plan, please be ready to be flexible if necessary. 

How to prepare for Rolwaling Trek? 

The challenging Rolwaling trip will put your patience to the absolute limit. Therefore, Trekkers must follow a suitable training schedule at least two to three months before the trek. A good training program can improve your strength, endurance, stamina, and muscle soreness. Additionally, the exercise program will benefit your mental and physical health. 

Physical exercise (Strength, stamina, and endurance) 

You develop strength, stamina, and perseverance through fundamental physical training. Your fitness level will dramatically rise due to the training program. It would help if you practiced hiking in the local hills since you will be trekking for 5 to 6 hours each day throughout your journey. 

Additionally, these workouts will aid in developing shoulder, arm, and back muscle strength. Along with your exercise program, you should concentrate on eating a balanced diet of carbs and protein and staying hydrated regularly. Overall, your physical preparation will significantly assist you on the walk. 

A cardiovascular workout 

Aerobic workouts, including cycling, jogging, running, trekking, and other types, are included in cardiovascular training. The oxygen levels in your body will rise thanks to these exercises. Through these activities, you can reduce your chance of getting altitude sickness in high-altitude environments. In addition, you can take long walks while on the hike in this way. Trekkers should also engage in cardiovascular activities to improve flexibility, lessen muscle tension, and prevent other problems. Cardiovascular exercises are, therefore, crucial to the training program. 

Mental acquiescence

Before the walk, you should also think about your mental preparation. You can go on one-day treks to be mentally ready for the expedition. Before the hike, you can also study and consult with experts. So, for the walk, mental preparation is crucial. 

Best Season for trekking to Rolwaling Valley 

There are two distinct hiking seasons in Nepal: following the fall and following the winter. The best trekking season in the Himalayas is from mid-September to mid-December. The temperature is pleasant at this time of year, neither too hot nor too cold, and the mountain vistas are crystal clear. A brand-new, fantastic trekking season is approaching. Hikers in the Himalayas may once again experience a comfortable temperature once the winter is over and the sun starts to get warmer in the spring. The spring season in Nepal is when a wide variety of flowers bloom,  both on trees and the ground. It is also the best time to walk up peaks for adventures. 

The best hiking season in Nepal is thought to be the fall. September through November in Nepal are prime months for hiking. Throughout this season, excellent weather and fascinating mountain panoramas are accessible. It's a great time to go trekking because the weather is good. 

In Nepal, spring is also frequently cited as the best Season for hiking and mountaineering. Higher altitude walking is more enjoyable and fascinating during this Season due to the variety of wild flora present, including the flowering of enormous rhododendrons over 3000m and a paradise for hunting. In addition, the temperature is moderately warm at lower levels, and above 4000 meters, the temperature is relatively calm, making for stunning mountain views. In Nepal, this hiking season runs from March to May. 

Rolwaling Trek Difficulties 

Along the Great Himalaya Trail is a moderately challenging walk called the Rolwaling  Valley Trek. High alpine challenging passes include the 5,750 m-high Tashi Lapcha pass. To cross snow crevasses, avalanches, and rockfall portions at high altitudes, ropes must be fixed in several locations. 

Additionally, after going through Thame village, a part of the Khumbu region and the birthplace of Apa Sherpa, the world's most famous Sherpa mountaineer reached the 21st  summit of the 8848-meter Mount Everest on the Rolwaling Valley walk. This travel grade can last up to two (2) weeks. The average elevation gain on trails is above 4000 meters, and you may anticipate walking for 5 to 7 hours per day—the ideal location for introducing Nepal's moderately challenging trekking. Physical rating is slightly higher for activity than leisure and occasionally tricky days. Expect some ups and downs because there will also be hills to climb and the infamous "Nepali flat" slightly up and down. 

The 14-day Rolwaling trip finishes in Lukla, where you will board a flight for Kathmandu with your guide, porters, and the results of your descent to Jiri and return by local bus.

What should you pack for the Rolwaling trek? 

The purpose of the gear is to keep you comfortable during the evenings and at night while keeping you warm, dry, and protected from the sun. The weights of your daypack and significant duffle bag should be between 8 and 10 kg and 15 kg, respectively. 

Generally speaking, you should bring a good pair of trekking boots, thermal clothing, fleece or down jacket, a light wind cheater, trekking shorts and pants, long and short-sleeved T-shirts, a  duffel bag, a day pack, gloves, enough pairs of socks, sunglasses, a headlamp, woolen beanie hats,  water bottles, personal toiletries, technology, and books. Here is the list of equipment for the Rolwaling Valley trek: 

Upper Body Layers 

  • T-shirts 
  • Fleece Vest 
  • Rain Jacket 
  • Down Jacket 
  • Thermal long-sleeved t-shirts 

Lower Body Layers 

  • Trekking Trousers 
  • Thermal Long Underwear 
  • Underwear 
  • Hiking Shorts 
  • Rain Pants 

Packs & Bags 

  • Day Pack 
  • Sleeping bag &compression sack 

Footwear 

  • Hiking Boots 
  • Socks 
  • Camp Shoes 

Miscellaneous Items 

  • Water Bottles
  • Water purification drops 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Lip Balm 
  • First Aid Kid 
  • Sunglasses
  • Flash light/ Head torch 
  • Travel towel 
  • Gloves 
  • Sun Hat 
  • Warm hat 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Toiletries 
  • Mosquito Repellent 
  • Sanitizers 
  • Book/Journal

FAQs

  • Q1. What are the best season for Rolwaling Valley Trek?

    To avoid various risks, it is always recommended to trek in the Himalayas choosing the best time. When it comes to trek in the trails of Nepal, the Autumn and Spring season are always considered the best season. Therefore, if you want to trek the trails of the Rolwaling Valley then it is better to join during the autumn or spring season. During these seasons the temperature is moderate and the weather remains stable. Trekkers can enjoy the astounding views of snowcapped mountains and the surrounding environment. Further, the vibrant rhododendrons, orchids, and other wildflowers adorn the trails during the Spring season. 

  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit and TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System) card are required for trekking to Rolwaling Valley. TIMS card is recommended for you and your guide's safety.

  • The wonderful nature and culture of the Rolwaling Trek are highly recommended for international hikers. You get to experience Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition for the rest of your life, as well as the Gaurishankar Conservation Area's fauna and nature, which includes the snow-capped peaks of the Rolwaling Range, Langtang Valley, and Everest region. If you enjoy peak climbing in Nepal, you may also try Pechhermo Peak Climbing.

  • Yes, of course! There are no designated prohibited areas in Nepal, therefore a lone hiker can complete this expedition. However, we advise you to reserve a guided hike through a neighborhood tour operator who specializes in hiking. In the event of an emergency, such as altitude sickness, the knowledgeable guide aids you. Additionally, he or she guides you in the appropriate direction and educates you about the region's natural and cultural attractions.

  • The greatest height on this walk is Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580m). However, you must pass Tashi Lapcha Pass to connect this to the Everest region (5,755m).

  • In truth, there are a few important factors related to this that affect how much trekking costs. The length of the trek, the services provided, the manner of transportation, and the quantity of porters and guides all affect the price. given that you can alter. The cost of the Rolwaling Valley walk varies according on the itinerary.

  • You must be physically fit to complete the Rolwaling Valley Trek, which requires continuous hiking for about 6-7 hours per day and has ups and downs.

  • There is a regular bus service that departs from the old bus stop (next to Ratna Park) however it only runs in the morning. The bus travels the Araniko highway, stopping in Dolalghat and Charikot along the route, before arriving at Chetchet, where you may start your walk to Rolwaling Valley.

    The trip takes 8 to 10 hours to complete and is 200 kilometres long. Private jeeps, which are more comfortable and pleasurable to travel in and frequently stop to take pictures, can also be rented.

  • Absolutely not, as the walk is only moderately arduous. Camping for hikers will take place in Somdang (3271 m), a normal elevation free of any altitude difficulties. This will just be a day trip, despite the fact that trekkers will be at Pangsang Pass (3800m) and Pangsang Viewpoint (4250m).

  • The Rolwaling Valley in the Dolakha District of central Nepal is home to the 4,550-meter-high Tsho Rolpa glacier lake.

Client Reviews

  • Rolwaling - a great trek

    The native Buddhist Sherpa population in the interior Himalayan valley of Rolwaling regards it as a Beyal, or sacred place. Rolwaling's name means "valley carved by a plough," and its sheer cliffs do indeed resemble a furrow left by a plough. Just west of Everest, in a sparsely traveled region, are some of Nepal's loveliest woods and scenery.
    Driving in and out of Kathmandu from Charikot, I completed the hike (Kathmandu-Kathmandu) in ten days .

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    BillyAustraliaJuly 22, 2021
  • truly wild mountain and local experience

    This journey is suggested for people looking for a truly wild mountain and local experience because I chose it because I prefer less crowded, less visited areas. There weren't many climbers or hikers. For average hikers, 8–9 days will do. Mountain Rock Treks helped us do it and made it happen. Regarding their services, we are pleased.

    L
    LaylaCanadaJuly 07, 2021
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