Rolwaling Himal is a mountain range located at the East-Central part of Nepal along the Tibet border. Rolwaling mountain range consists of several mountain peaks all over 7000 meters of altitude including Gauri Shankar, Melungtse, among others. Rolwaling Valley Trek is a popular mountaineering trek in Nepal that lies in the Khumbhu region of Everest. Rolwaling Valley Trek is an adventurous trekking route that promises a lot of excitement and thrill. In Tibetan language, word ‘Rolwaling’ means ‘grave’ as it is popularly referred by the Sherpa people. The word perhaps derives its meaning because of the location it finds itself–buried deep down between the steep mountain giants. And it is also believed or rumored that snowman Yeti lives in the Rolwaling region. However, there are no clear evidences of the presence of Yeti in the region and the Rolwaling Valley Trek still happens to be one of the looked-after trekking destinations in Nepal and of course the Everest region.
Rolwaling Valley Trek can be physically demanding to the prospective trekkers as the trekkers reach an altitude of over 5500 meters during the trek. Willpower and stamina are a crucial component of successful Rolwaling Valley Trek. The trek starts from Charikot, a small town, also the district headquarters of the neighboring Dolakha district. Charikot is nearby Kathmandu and is located six/seven hours drive away from the Capital city. During the course of next 18 days, you will witness Sherpa villages, their culture, the breathtaking views of the towering mountain peaks and also the glacial lake.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Charikot (1850m)
Day 03: Trek to Biguti (890m)
Day 04: Trek to Surey Dovan (1020m)
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1395m)
Day 06: Trek to Simigaun (2000m)
Day 07: Trek to Kelchey (2990m)
Day 08: Trek to Beding (3700m)
Day 09: Trek to Nagaun (4200m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day
Day 11: Trek to Tsho Rolpo (4580m)
Day 12: Trek to Tolumbhu Buka (4850m)
Day 13: Crossing Tashi Lakpa Pass (5755m), and return at Thengpo (4300m)
Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2850m)
Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu, Farewell!!
Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Our team members will welcome you at the Airport and you will then be taken to the Hotel. You will be explained briefly about the travel itinerary by the travel representatives upon your arrival at the Airport. You be staying at a hotel in Kathmandu overnight.
Day 02: Drive to Charikot (1850m) 7 hrs
The second day you will drive from Kathmandu along the Araniko Highway to Charikot. It is a 7-hour drive from the capital and there are plenty of chances to behold the natural beauty of the region while travelling by vehicle. Beautiful places like Khadichaur, Mudhe, Dolalghat fall on the way while we also cross rivers like Bhotekoshi on our way to Charikot. Overnight stay at a local guesthouse.
Day 03: Trek to Biguti (890m) 6hrs
On the third morning, we take breakfast in the guesthouse at Charikot and set on our journey. As it is a downhill climb, the trek is not that strenuous and quite comfortable. We pass through local villagers and settlement areas before reaching Biguti after almost six hours of trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Surey Dovan (1020m) 3hrs
A wonderful little village located in Dolakha, Surey Dovan, is a beautiful combination of nature and culture. Mostly Tamang people inhabit the region and it is a wonderful opportunity to interact with the local villagers and know their life style. It is a short trek from Biguti to Surey Dovan as we reach the village in less than three hours of trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1395m) 4hrs
The next day, we take breakfast in the morning and resume our trek further uphill. It will take around four hours to reach Jagat, another beautiful village in Dolakha, from Surey Dovan. The trail is quite exciting as it leads us to several agricultural fields, uneven terrain and dense forests. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Simigaun (2000m) 5hrs
Simigaun is almost like a little village town that falls on the way to Rolwaling. There are several shops in Samigaun where we stop for some tea and refreshment. Simigaun is not that far from Jagat and around 4-5 hours hike from Jagat, we reach Simigaun. As there are several lodges and guesthouses available in Simigaun, we will stay in one of them for the overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Kelchey (2990m) 6hrs
After having breakfast at Simigaun in the morning, we resume our trek along the undulating path that goes up and down the trail, along the rivers and fields, before finally reaching Kelchey in the evening. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Beding (3700m) 6hrs
The next day we will be covering considerable distance as we will have reached to the altitude of 3700 meters at the end of the day. It will take six hours of uphill trekking to reach Beding, from where we can see some great views of several mountain peaks including Rolwaling Himalayan range. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek to Nagaun (4200m) 5hrs
After spending a night at Beding, we trek further up to reach Nagaun, situated at an altitude of 4200 meters. Nagaun is like the starting point of the trek to Rolwaling and the Tsho Rolpa region. It also has some good facilities of guesthouse and lodges. On the way to Nagaun, we can get some clear views of the Rolwaling peak from a very close distance. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 10: Acclimatization day
The tenth day of the itinerary, we will stay at Nagaun for resting and acclimatization purpose. Besides resting, we can also stroll around the local village and talk with the local Sherpa and Tamang people. Tired from the trek so far, a rest at Nagaun will greatly help to restore our energy and stamina. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 11: Trek to Tsho Rolpo (4580m) 3hrs
Perhaps the most memorable moment of the itinerary comes on the 11th day as we trek from Nagaun for a couple of hours, or a little more, to reach the Glacial Lake of Tsho Rolpa. It is a hugely popular glacial lake of Nepal. The beauty and grandeur of the lake at over 4500 meters of altitude will certainly take your breath away. We will explore the lake, take pictures, and cherish the moment before camping nearby the lake for the rest of the night.
Day 12: Trek to Tolumbhu Buka (4850m) 3hrs
After a wonderful earlier day, we wake up, have breakfast in the morning and set out further uphill. Around three hours of trek will take us to Tolumbhu Buka, located almost at 4900 meters of altitude. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 13: Crossing Tashi Lakpa Pass (5755m), and return to Thengpo (4300m) 7hrs
And the most difficult part of the trek comes on the 13th day, as we cross the popular Tashi Lakpa Pass situated over 5700 meters of altitude. The Pass is located quite close to the grand Rolwaling Mountain and it is the best moment to view the mountain while crossing the Pass. After crossing the Pass, we climb down and come all the way down to Thengpo. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 14- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6hrs
Journey back to Namche from Thengpo can be long but the trail is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazzar.
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2850m) 7 hrs
The trek continues further downhill as we reach Lukla after almost seven hours of trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and prepare yourself to board a flight back to Kathmandu the next day.
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
The next day, you will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoining the 30-minutes of exhilarating mountain flight. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you will be shopping and buying souvenirs to your loved ones. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17– Departure from Kathmandu, “Farewell!”
On the 17th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the International Airport in Kathmandu.
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