Unshackle your chained legs and get ready to inject an adventure of a lifetime into your lazy bones. One of the most difficult trekking routes in Nepal, Rolwaling Trek offers the unique mix of taxing yet exhilarating trails in Rolwaling region. If you are looking for a challenge along with a scenic backdrop in a trek, then Rolwaling trek is perfect for you. You will get an amazing chance to observe the ambient cultural diversity and the Tibetan influence on the inhabitants of the very region. The trek follows a path that embraces nature and its sorcery to the fullest while offering a pinch of massive thrill along the way.
This 19 days trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Shingati and then towards Suri Dobhan which is the starting point of this trek. The trail will take you to Jagat, Simigaon, Bedding and Thagthing Kharka. Along the trail enriched with rhododendron and orchid forests, a majestic view of Gaurishankar (7134m) is inviting in the sense that it encourages us to get closer to it. The numerous rivers that we need to cross won’t bore us but rather enthrall us with their uniqueness. Beding will be our place for acclimatization as it is the largest settlement of Rolwaling region and it is a home to old historical Buddhist monasteries. As we move along to Na, Tsho Rolpa Lake, Tashi Labsta Base Camp, the decrease in vegetation and habitat is evident and are replaced by the snow-covered lands and glaciers. Tso Rolpa is one of the biggest glaciers of Nepal. The crossing of Tashi Lapcha Pass and the ascension of Parchemuche (highest altitude of the trek) is the most difficult trail of the trek. And the view from the top of here is truly majestic. After crossing this pass you will arrive at Thame, from where the trail will begin towards Khumbu Region. You will visit the famous Thame Monastery of this region and the most famous tourist hub, Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you will walk towards Lukla which will be the last point of this trek. Rolwaling Trek is perfect trek which takes you to the off-beaten paths of the famous Khumbu Region. High Himalayan glaciers, numerous waterfalls make this trek a highly rich tour package that no adventurous trekker should miss in Nepal.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Our team representative will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu from where you will be transferred to your hotel. Take a rest in the hotel after such a long journey.
Today, you will be sightseeing the beautiful Kathmandu valley and its significant religious and cultural places like Pashupatinath, the most significant Lord Shiva temple in Nepal and Swayambhunath, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage and other sites if time permits. These sites have also been listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. After exploring these sites, you will get a brief introduction to the ancient art and culture of Nepal
Along the elegant Koshi River flowing on its course in the Highway, we shall drive to Dolakha enjoying the scenic rhododendron and orchid forest and a variety of wild vegetation. Here, you will meet other staffs and the first short trek to Suri Dobhan will begin from Dolakha. Overnight in Suri Dobhan.
The rhododendron and orchid forest grow denser as we proceed along our trail from Suri Dobhan. Passing by rivers, streams, a variety of vegetation on the flat land and a spectacular view of Gaurishankar (7134m), we reach the village of Jagat on the opposite end of the suspension bridge.
The flatlands continue at first but the trail continues with multiple ups and downs along the jungle. We will have to cross suspension bridges at many places throughout our trek. A steep climb waits prior to reaching Simigaun, a village mostly inhabited by the Sherpa and Tamang people.
We ascend a rocky forested ridgeline at first and then descend to the river bank to reach Thangthing Kharka. Continue walking along the side of Rolwaling Khola to reach the confluence of Rolwaling Khola and Themlung Khola. From here, we walk for about half an hour to reach Thangthing Kharka.
Walking along the left band of Rolwaling River along with the green vegetation of rhododendron and other varieties of trees, an enthralling view of the snows of Mount Gaurishankar dazzling in the sun rays can be seen on the way. Then, we ascend from one of the tributaries of the river to an open plain land of Beding village inhabited by the Sherpa community.
The day is set aside for acclimatizing to the climate and to rest for the upcoming climbs. We can also take short hikes around the village to relish in the sights of the forests and snowy mountains. You can visit the old historical Buddhist Monastery of this village. Enjoy the evening with the local people and taste their famous salted yak butter tea.
Beding to Na follows a relatively easy trail along the north bank of Rolwaling River. Trekking the slight ascend by the river bank and passing the fields of the bucket, wheat and barley, a beautiful glacier lake, a monastery and the views of peaks like Yalung Ri (5647m) and Chekigo (6257m) can be enjoyed on the way to Na.
The Tibetan mountains and Menlung unfold to offer us a greater glimpse of their beauty on our way to Tsho Rolpa Lake. We climb up the dam that holds the lake and the reflections of the surrounding landscape upon the glimmering Tsho Rolpa is a true spectacle. We walk along the extensive plain land to the glacier waters of Tsho Rolpa Lake. Tsho Rolpa Lake is one of the biggest glacier lakes of Nepal, which has grown considerably along the years due to the glacier melting in the Himalayas.
A leisurely probing into the natural environment around the moraine of Trakarding Glacier befalls on the day. Steady walks and some rock climbing on the glacier moraine makes the day quite audacious. We will set our camp on the side of the glacier and beautiful view of the Gakosir Himal (6659m) can be seen from here.
Walking along the high trail of Trakarding Glacier on a steady pace, this day will feature some more rock climbing on the hard rocky glacier to reach the Drolambau glacier from where a panoramic view of the mountain range can be seen. From here, we shall continue downhill to reach the base camp of Tashi Labsta.
The path to Tashi Labsta Pass requires considerable stamina and is a challenge to your legs and body alike. However, the snow-capped mountains seen along the way is really impressive to behold and make every step worth the walk. We will cross the Tashi Labsta Pass and from this pass, mesmerizing picturesque view of mountains like Agole East (6675m), Langmuche Ri (6344m) and glaciers are seen. Then, descending under the trail of overhanging rock will lead us to our today’s destination, Tashi Labsta Camp.
A long trek awaits the day beginning with ascending to the summit of Parchemuche Tsho along the snow-covered slopes. The path is slippery with steep drops at many places. It is advised that maximum caution should be taken to walk through the trail. The steep climb is rewarded with the extensive view of the vast Khumbu region. From here we will continue walking downhill towards Thyangbo.
The day is covered with easy descends along the natural environment, nonetheless with magnificent views of Cho Oyu (8188m) and Sunder Peak (5361m). After arrival in Thame, rest for a while and then visit the famous Thame monastery. From Thame, trails towards Khumbu Region will be started.
The sights of the aforementioned peaks accompany us in our trail. It steepens until the Bridge of Dudh Koshi River and ascends then after. The sight of more civilization is evident on the way as well as the green vegetation. Many Sherpa inhabitants of Namche Bazaar are involved in the tourism sector. Namche Bazaar is the main trade center of the Khumbu region. Here you can enjoy the beautiful view of Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m) and Thamserku Mountain (6608m) and also shop for souvenirs as you explore the village.
The final trekking usually follows a downward trail except for a few climbs. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries multiple times we pass along the pine and rhododendron forests and the majestic mountains can be seen in the far sight. Passing by the Sherpa villages beautified with the Buddhist flags and prayer stones we reach Lukla, our final destination before Kathmandu.
A scenic flight from Lukla over the snow-capped mountains and green lush hills will lead us to Kathmandu. We can use the day to rest our tired and sore legs or if the leftover enthusiasm still persists, an evening visit to Thamel will surely liven up the city feeling once again.
After having breakfast, our team representative will have a brief session with you and you shall be accompanied to the airport in our private van prior to your scheduled flight. Our 19-day long trip comes to an end.