TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Rolwaling Trek is the section of the Himalaya east- central Nepal alongside the Tibet border. It is one of the challenging trekking in Nepal. This valley is merely known as the grave because of its site which is buried down amid steep ice giants. This area lies within langtang range and Everest range which is one of the key highlights where you can sight both the mountain in one particular region. The explorers will be also delighted with fascinating views of grandiose mount of Gauri Shankar (7,134m, 23475 ft.). This trek is fully dedicated on the purpose to see the picturesque views of exotic nature, cultural beauty of Nepal.  People around believed that is Rolwaling is the place of home of notorious “Yeti”, yet to be confirmed by the researcher itself. Going for a rolwaling valley trek also lets you to be at exclusive place where the Yeti was known to be shot by famous British Mountaineer Eric Shipton in 1951.

This trek is fully camping trek which begins from Bahrabise (800m) North- East side of the Kathmandu nearby china/ Tibet border. This trek tracks through harsh and threatening Himalaya’s route. So, it is not easy for family trek. We will be hiking  to Khare, jagat, simigaun, daldung la, bending  (which is the main town of this area )and to the Na village on the next day, we will be doing a  day hike to Tso Rolpa Lake 4,550m then back to Na. After reaching Na village trek we will be moving downward from Rolwaling valley to Kathmandu or Tashi Lapcha Pass. This trek is not so easy only few explorers had thrived in this trek because it’s covering the mountain terrain of the Nepal- China (Tibet).so, one must needs technical ascending experience and mountaineering knowledge.

 On this trek you will get a scenic of Mt. Melungtse (7,181m), Mt Tashi Lapcha and Mt Dorjee Lakpa. You will cross through the rugged glacier; we then reach tashi lapcha Pass (5,755m).We will carry on to pass the trail then descends to Thame village, Tenzing Norgay Birthplace which is in Khumbu Valley. In this valley there are lots of Sherpa communities where you can visit. This rolwaling region is a home to some around 58000 people, the largest group being are Tamangs followed by Sherpa’s and Chettris. On the trail you will be spotting beautiful waterfalls, Tso Rolpa Lake, monasteries and landscapes.

Our GHHT (Ganesh HImal Hiking Team) provides you with Well-equipped gear, best facilities and skilled staff so, that you achieve your dream to trek in this difficulty trekking aswell.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Dolakha, and Singati (1,020m/3445ft), 6- 7 hrs.  Drive.

Day 04: Singati - Jagat (1250m/4,100ft), 5-6hrs

Day 05: Jagat - Simigaon (2025m/6643ft), 5-6hrs

Day 06: Simigaon - Donga (2800m/9185ft), 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Donga - Beding (3690m/12,105), 5 - 6 hrs.

Day 08: Beding acclimatization and exploration day 

Day 09:  Beding - Na (4185m/13,730ft), 5 -6 hrs.

Day 10:  Na rest and acclimatization day. Excursion towards Yalung Pass and glacier views

Day 11:  Na - Nyiduk Kongma (4750m/15,582 ft.), 5 -6 hrs.

Day 12: Nyiduk Kongma - Drolumbau Glacier (5205m/17,075ft), 5 -6 hrs.

Day 13:  Drolumbau Glacier - Teshi Lapche La (5755m/18880ft) and decent to Camp at (5460m/17910), 7 -8 hrs.  

Day 14:  Camp to Thame (3805m/12,482ft), 7 - 8 hrs.

Day 15:  Thame - Khumjung (3871m/12,700ft), 2-3 hrs.

Day 16:  Khumjung – Monjo (2840m/9,317ft), 4-5hrs

Day 17:  Monjo – Lukla (2642m/8,405ft), 4-5hrs

Day 18:  Lukla – Kathmandu (35min. flight)

Day 19: Final departure

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu at 1,300 meter &4,264 feet

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport our representative from the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will greet you and take you to the respective hotel. After checking in into the hotel you can relax as you have come from long hour’s flight journey so, you can rest at hotel and after that you can freshen up. After that you can visit Ganesh Himal Hiking Team office where we will be discussing about the trek and if you have any enquiry or any confuses about this trip you are free to discuss with the trek leader and we will also introduce you to other fellow participants who will be joining you. Later in noon time we will wander around the Thamel area which is the best tourist spot where you will come across many tourists where you feel like you are in your own home town. In Thamel area you will be observing antique and souvenir shops where you can buy if like and for the bargaining our guide will be helping you. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Dinner is included.


Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu city

After breakfast we will start our trip where we will be visiting most known and most visited heritage sites of Kathmandu which are listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. Firstly we will begin with the prime holy shrine of Hindus as well as cremation sites named Pashupatinath temple. Hindu devotees from far away from different country like India come to visit this lord Shiva temple. Next we will be visiting Swambhunath temple a site both for Hindu and Buddhist devotees simply for the visitors this temple is known as monkey temple. After that we will visit the Buddhist pilgrimage site known Boudhanath stupa which is the largest stupa in South Asia. Lastly we will visit the prehistoric Patan Durbar square which showcases ancient arts and architecture. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.


Day 03: Drive Kathmandu toward Sigatte at 1020 meter & 3,345 feet: 5-6 hours.

Today we take a drive from Kathmandu to Sigatte and during our drive we will enjoy slightly view of snowcapped peaks and lush green hills. During our drive we will stop at Dolakha and visit Hindu temple known Bhimeswor temple. Continuing our drive through dusty trails we will reach at the campsite on the bank of Tama Koshi River.


Day 04: Sigatte to Jagat at 1250 meter &4,100 feet: 5-6 hours.

Today we will start our day following the Bhote Koshi River and then we will cross the river through suspension bridge and continue our trek passing few settlements. Continuing our trek on the trail to lush forests we will start getting glimpse of Mt. Gaurishanker at 7,145 meter. The area is mostly inhabited by Nepali people but on the trail you will be observing some Chorten- small stupa, Buddhists prayer flags hanging over. We will spend our night at Jagat.


Day 05: Jagat to Simigaon at 2025 meter &6,643 feet: 5-6 hours

We will begin our trek where firstly we will be trekking for 2 hours and heading to the east side. From here our trail starts to gain elevation so, we will slowly trek and cross the terraces fields and then we will come across Tamang and Sherpa villages and in this area you will be visiting Buddhists monastery which is situated at the top facing the Gaurishanker. We will spend our night at Simigaon.


Day 06: Simigaon to Donga at 2800 meter &9,185 feet: 5-6 hours.

Today we will enter the Rolwaling valley via exquisite bamboo and rhododendron forests. After that we will ascends to Gyalche and eventually we will descend down to the river and here we will be setting our camp close to Rolwaling river bank. We will spend our night at Donga.


Day 07: Donga to Beding at 3690 meter &12,105 feet: 5-6 hours.

Today we gradually trek through forested trail of sub tropical forests with alpine vegetation along with enjoying the view of the mountain that surrounds us. Continuing trekking for while we will reach at Beding and here one can relish breathtaking view of Mt. Melungtse I at 7181 meter and Mt. Rolwaling. In this bending village which is mostly inhabited by Sherpa tribe and the people living there are very welcoming where they will offer you local beer called Chyang which is made up of barley and even they will serve you a butter salt tea which is made from pure yak milk. We will be setting our camp close to the bank of river.


 Day 08: Beding Rest and fully acclimatized the altitude:  Malung Kharka hike around 5-6 hours.

Today we will be acclimatizing the altitude and take rest so, instead of spending a full day rest we will hike to Malung La pass which is at 5616 meter or you can even hike over Beding. This hike will be benefit for proper acclimatization. Below the Beding valley one gets wonderful view of snowcapped peaks, flourishing forests and glaciers.


Day 09: Beding to Na: at 4185 meter &13,750 feet 5-6 hours.

Today we will be trekking to Na village which is the small alpine village and in this village the ethnic people settled only in summer seasons and the village is situated beneath Tsho ropa glacier where one gets captivating view of several snowcapped peaks including with Chobutse at 6685 meter, Yalung Ri at 5,630 meter and Chugimago at 6,259 meter.


Day 10: Na- Rest and acclimatization day or hike to Yalung La for: 4-5 hours.

Today once again we will be acclimatizing the altitude or instead of spending a whole day resting we will hike to Yalung La pass. We will be climbing gradually and our trail leads us to huge amphitheatre 4,900 meter it is situated just below the pass and on the way we will pass by Ramdun peak ice fall furrowed with Small River and from here one get the splendid view of Tsho- Rolpa Glacier Lake. From both the direction we will get to view the magnificence view of Yalung glacier, Ramdung peak and Yalung Ri.  


Day 11: Na to Nyiduk Kongma at 4750 meter &15,582 feet, 5-6hours.

Today we will be climbing steadily to the dam that holds the Tsho- Rolpa Lake and continuing our trek alongside towards south bank of ancient trading route and then we will follow the northern bank and then after that we will pass above Chobu. After a 300 meter climb we will cross the chaotic moraine and then we will be descending down. We will be setting our camp amid at Tsho Rolpa and Trakarding glaciers.


Day 12: Nyiduk Kongma towards Drolumbau Glacier at 5205 meter &17, 0755 feet: -6 hours.

Today we will be descending down to Trakarding glacier which is huge and continuing our trek with lots of struggling on the rocky trail beneath the Dolumbau glacier. After that we will be ascending up to the rock face and from here we will get mind blowing view of Trakarding glacier beneath the huge Drolumbau glacier including wit h abundant streams.


Day 13: Drolumbau Glacier to Teshi Laptsa pass at 5755 meter &18,820 feet and decent to Camp at (5460 meter/17,912ft), 6 -7 hours

Today we will be heading on the trail of Drolumbau glacier which is bit difficult but with lots of effort we will get splendid view of Bigphero- Go Shar at 6,729 meter, Tengi Ragu Tau at 6,943 meter and Dragkar –Go at 6,793 meter including with other several peaks. After that we will move forward above moraine and steadily cross the glacier part. Our campsite will be just beneath the summit.


Day 14: Camp towards Thame at 3805 meter and 12,482 feet: 5-6 hours.

Today we will be trekking with easy and pleasing descend and before reaching Thame – a Sherpa village and on the way we will be visiting exquisite monastery positioned in hill side. This area is significant trail for traders of Tibetan and for yak caravan trekking towards Nangpa la at 5,716 meter to Tibetan border and towards Namche bazaar and further on.


Day 15: Thame towards Khumjung at 3871 meter &12,700 feet: 3-4 hours.

Today we will be trekking towards Khumjung which is located at the foot of sacred peak named mount Khumbila. This Khumjung village is the abode of first mountain climber to Everest and there is a school which was constructed by Edmund Hillary and nearby there s a hospital run by Canadian doctors. In this village the mostly inhabited are from Sherpa tribes and in this village you will also get to visit the largest and the oldest Buddhist monastery.


Day 16: Khumjung towards Monjo at 2840 meter and 9,318 feet: 3-4 hrs.

Today we will be heading downwards to Namche bazaar and one can relish the last view of Mount Everest.


Day 17: Monjo towards Lukla at2840 meter &9,317 feet: 4 - 5 hours

Today we will retrace our trek back towards Lukla where we will be trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River and then we will come across Sherpa people and Sherpa village with plenty of local lodge. We will spend our night at Lukla.


Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu at 1,350 meter &8,405 feet: 35minutes flight

Today we will take a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla and reaching at the Kathmandu airport our representative will drive you to the hotel and relax for awhile and you can also do souvenir shopping. In evening the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a farewell dinner as well as celebrate for successfully completing the trek.


Day 19: Final departure

Today your journey Rolwaling Trek finally comes to an end and one of representative from GHHT Company will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule so, you reach safely to your destination on time. 


 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
  • 13 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu 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

TRIP INFO

Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 19 days which is main customary and pragmatic that has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment. 

Flight Delay in Lukla:

Only domestic mountain flight is only available to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition so, that why we have kept the extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situation like delay or cancel the flight. In case if the flight is canceled for 2 or more than that, then we will have to charter a helicopter and make sure that you reach on scheduled flight and reach safely in your own home. This extra service cost can be deposited directly to the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team office and the expense is carried out by the Insurance Company as the helicopter charter cost will be maximum US$ 500 or the US $ 3500 which depends on a number of people in flight. 

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 19 Days

Difficulty: Challenging

Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Excursion & Sightseeing

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Tea House Trekking, Camping

Country: Nepal

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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