Rolwaling Trek

Rolwaling Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping / Lodge

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

5,930

Transportation

Land

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

The Rolwaling trek is a strenuous yet adventurous trek that offers you a taste of wilderness adventure. This is normally a camping trek however some lodges and home-stay facilities are available. Having the skills to use ropes, harnesses, crampons and ice-axes is an advantage.

Rolwaling Valley is nestled between the Langtang range and the Everest range bounded by Rolwaling Himal ranges on the North. It is one of those remote destinations of Nepal, still untouched by modernity and lying close to the Tibetan border.

The Rolwaling Himal is a cluster of more than 50 peaks above 6000m. The Rolwaling Valley offers trekkers splendid views of Mt. Everest, Langtang, Jugal Himal and Mt. Gauri Shanker, Mt. Melungtse (7181 m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa and Mt. Tashi Lapcha. The valley has diverse landscapes comprising of pristine glaciers, high passes, alpine forests and snow fed lakes. It is the habitat of eagles, musk deer, mountain goat as well as the legendary snow leopard.

The Valley is also home to rich ethnic diversity including Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung and Brahmin communities. In the upper reaches you will be able to experience Buddhist culture and lifestyle and visit wonderful monasteries.

The trekking trail follows the course of Tamakoshi River and passes through the splendid Tsho-Rolpo Lake fed by glaciers. Multiple itineraries are available on this route including the choice to cross the Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m), one of the highest passes in the Himalayas.

If you choose to cross Tashi Lapcha Pass, then you will have to descend to Everest region and fly out of Lukla. You will have the opportunity to visit the famous Khumbu Valley and climb Pcharmo Peak on the way. Subsequently you will be required to obtain peak permit compulsorily. But you can also choose to avoid the pass and return the same route without the need to take the permit.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition offer you best trekking guides who have experience of trekking in this region. They are highly trained professional guides who know the local routes, weather and challenges of the trekking in the region.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

 Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
1440

You trek along normal flat land along the banks of the river and then pass through a rice terraced field. There are a few small village hamlets found on the way which are inhabited by different ethnic communities. You continue to cross jungles covered by orchid, a few rhododendron trees and wild vegetation. You next cross a suspension bridge to reach Jagat, a small town resided by people from different cultures. You can interact with the local folks to get an insight into their daily lives. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2020

The first part of the trail follows a normal flat path which ascends and descends through the jungle. At several points you cross suspension bridges where numerous settlements are found on the way. You will also find small teashops and local grocery shops in some areas. You then climb steeply up to Simigaon, a village inhabited by Buddhist and a few Hindus. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3976

On the route you come across some Sherpa villages. The uphill trek is rich with different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. After this, the uphill trail takes ascending and descending paths as you enjoy the natural scenic beauty of your surroundings. If it happens to be the season, you will witness the Yak Naka which is a temporary Yak shed constructed especially for the preparation of cheese and butter. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3690

The trek now ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. You trek over suspension bridges lapping over deep gorges in a few places making the trek even more enchanting. You finally reach Beding which is a big Sherpa village. The Sherpa are known for their legendary mountain skills. Stay overnight at camp.

You can hike in and around the area for acclimatization and have panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Gauri Shanker and the Tibetan mountains across the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4180

On this day you explore the upper slopes of the valley for the Snow Partridge or visit the nearby glacier lake. The trail slightly ascends along the river bank. This is an open area with fresh air where you can hear the calming sounds of the flowing river. You encounter panoramic views of the mountains as the trek moves forward. You will also come across a Sherpa village where you can interact with these famous climbers and learn about their culture. Stay overnight at camp.

You will be able to witness the various views of mountains like Gauri Shanker, Menlung, Yalung and other mountains of the Tibetan range. On this day you can hike Tso Rolpa Lake for an excursion. You will be able to witness the beautiful Natural Lake filled with the chilling water of the glaciers. Stay overnight at camp.

The path slightly descends along the river bank. You enjoy panoramic views of Menlung, Gauri Shankar and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3976

The trek now descends downhill through varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. You trek over suspension bridges stretching over deep gorges in a few areas. Stay overnight at camp.

On the route you come across picturesque Sherpa villages. The downhill trek is rich in different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. After the downhill trek you will then come across ascending and descending paths while enjoying the scenic beauty of the place. Stay overnight at camp.

The first part of your trail follows a normal flat path, and then it descends and ascends through the jungle. At several places, you backtrack across suspension bridges. There are numerous villages on your way. Stay overnight at camp.

Crossing a suspension bridge, you trek through normal flat land along the side of the river. You backtrack through rice terrace fields. There are small villages on your way which are inhabited by mixed communities. At several points, you cross jungles covered by orchid, few rhododendron trees and wild vegetation. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
1660

You have to cross several streams and jungles with varieties of orchid, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. The trails pass through a gravel road crossing different villages of mixed communities. 

What Is Included ?

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Entrance permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide 
  • Camping crews (Cook, Sherpa, kitchen helper)
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation in tents and some night in lodges 
  • Required equipments: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges 
  • Land transportation: Kathmandu to Shigati and Shigati to Kathmandu by regular public bus. If you wish to travel by private jeep, then it costs extra. 
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Rolwaling Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

Client Reviews

Lee Wei Jing

Singapore

30th Jun, 2022

Engage this company again for my next trip   I am well satisfied with my trip. The company has done a great job in organizing it for me. It was customized to my needs my trekking guide,


Dr. Pete Thomas

United Kingdom

30th Jun, 2022

I can confidently recommend   I came to Nepal, I went trekking and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Kathmandu Guesthouse recommended Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition to myself and they did not disappoint. My guide was extremely polite, patient and knowledgeable. I feel that this is extremely important when trekking in totally unfamiliar terrain. He contributed to my understanding or Nepali culture and to him I am extremely grateful. To anyone who may read this I can co... See more nfidently recommend Nepal Environmental Trekking. 2nd floor flat 25 Sydenham Road Cotham Bristol B56 5SJ UK See less...


Brian Robert Patten

Australia

30th Jun, 2022

Congratulations to all the team at Nepal Environmental Treks!   Congratulations to all the team at Nepal Environmental Treks! I thoroughly enjoyed the trekking very much……something I have wanted to do for more than 30 years….the high Himalayas were all I expected, words can never express the sublime grandeur of those snowy peaks, I also fell in love with your forests, I never imagined the trees would be so big and the jungle so varied and magnificent.   ... See more Address: Brisbane, Australia See less...


 Eva

Canada

30th Jun, 2022

was a strong adventure and a wonderful experience....   This was a strong adventure and a wonderful experience, to be able to share the mountains and the small village with our greatest guide Hari Krishna, a man of respect and a sweet soul who taught us about Nepal and many others things about this country. We visited many places and meet wonderful people, we ate “Dal Bhat”every day and drink Nepali Tea and enjoy every minute of it.    


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