Rolwaling Valley Trek – 22 days

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Trekking Destination: Rolwaling Valley Trek
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 22 Days


Rolwaling valley trek is sandwiched between the over-popular Langtang Region of Kathmandu and the Everest Region of Everest fame to the east. The Rolwaling Himal, along the Tibetan border, forms the northern border of a wild, beautiful east-west valley that, due to its isolated location, has been largely closed to trekkers; home to Hindu and several Tibetan groups of which the Tamangs are in the majority, followed by Sherpas and Chhetris. The region is rich in flora (with 16 major vegetation types) and fauna (with 34 species of mammal, 16 of fish, 10 of amphibian, 8 of lizard, 14 of snake and 235 of birds). 

The Sherpas named this valley Rolwaling – “The Grave or Furrow” – due to its location along the Rolwaling Khola deep beneath the countless ice-giants that tower above this unusual east-west valley. Rolwaling is considered a beyul, one of only eight sacred, hidden valleys in the Himalaya serving to protect the dharma. 

There are over 50 spectacular peaks that tower to heights above 6000m, crowned by the double peaks of Gaurishankar on the border and the two Melungtse peaks in Tibet. Gaurishankar is the Sherpa’s most sacred mountain and is also important to Hindus. The highest, northern, summit (7145m) is known as Shankar (a manifestation of the god Shiva) and the southern summit (7010m) is called Gauri (a manifestation of Shiva’s consort).

Our camping trek requires good walking experience and physical fitness, but does not require any experience of rock or ice work. The adventure begins with a scenic drive eastwards along the Tibetan Highway to Lhasa. It then turns northwards, climbing gradually into the high Himalaya. The scenery is everywhere captivating. 

The trek begins the following morning along footpaths that undulate between ridge and river-crossings through ancient rhododendron, oak and pine forests interspersed with terraced fields adjoining the numerous villages of the region. Many suspension bridges across gorges help shorten the climbs. Magnificent peak views could be had from high ground such as the Daldung La (3900m), and then more continuously as the path rises. 

Northwest of Simigaon and our route is Bigu Gompa, an unusual, beautiful and ancient nunnery of the Kagyupa sect. Bigu means “Seed” in the Sherpa language and, particularly since the late 1950’s it has grown as an important training centre for nuns. Today it is home to 300 nuns. We will visit the ochre colored Gompa at Beding, the largest village in the Valley. 

Beyond Beding, we climb to the last settlement in the valley: the summer pasture village, kharka, of Na. From here we will spend two days exploring the Yalung La region with its spectacular glacier fields and the Tsho-Rolpa glacier lake. The lake is held back behind its terminal moraine and there are real fears that when the climate changes sufficiently and the ice melts it will break through the barrier causing untold damage in the valleys below. Attempts are being made to shore it up safely.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu

2 Day 02: Full day Kathmandu city tour 5 heritage sites.

Full day Kathmandu city tour 5 heritage sites. 

3 Day 03: Kathmandu – Drive to Barabise – Trek to Kabre (819m/2,687ft), 3-4 hrs drive & 3-4 hrs trek

Kathmandu – Drive to Barabise – Trek to Kabre (819m/2,687ft), 3-4 hrs drive & 3-4 hrs trek

4 Day 04: Kabre – Dolongsa (2431m/7,976ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Kabre – Dolongsa (2431m/7,976ft), 5-6 hrs trek

5 Day 05: Dolongsa - Bigu Gompa (2,310m/7,579ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Dolongsa - Bigu Gompa (2,310m/7,579ft), 5-6 hrs trek

6 Day 06: Bigu Gompa – Chilanka (1,923m/6,309ft), 4-5 hrs trek

 Bigu Gompa – Chilanka (1,923m/6,309ft), 4-5 hrs trek 

7 Day 07: Chilanka - Kurlang (1,890m/6,201ft), 5-6 hrs trek

 Chilanka - Kurlang (1,890m/6,201ft), 5-6 hrs trek

8 Day 08: Kurlang - Syalu (1,500m/4,921ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Kurlang - Syalu (1,500m/4,921ft), 5-6 hrs trek

9 Day 09: Syalu - Simi (2,000m/6,562ft), 5-6 hrs trek

 Syalu - Simi (2,000m/6,562ft), 5-6 hrs trek

10 Day 10: Simi - Forest Camp (2,800m/9,366ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Simi - Forest Camp (2,800m/9,366ft), 5-6 hrs trek

11 Day 11: Forest camp – Beding (3,694m/12,119ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Forest camp – Beding (3,694m/12,119ft), 5-6 hrs trek

12 Day 12: Beding – Na (4,100m/13,451ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Beding – Na (4,100m/13,451ft), 5-6 hrs trek

13 Day 13: Na rest and acclimatization day. Excursion towards Yalung Pass and glacier views

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

14 Day 14: Na rest and acclimatization day. Excursion to Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake

Na rest and acclimatization day. Excursion to Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake

15 Day 15: Na – Beding (3,690m/12,106ft), 5-6 hrs

Na – Beding (3,690m/12,106ft), 5-6 hrs

16 Day 16: Beding – Gyalche (2,990m/9,810ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Beding – Gyalche (2,990m/9,810ft), 5-6 hrs trek

17 Day 17: Gyalche – Simi Gaun (1,990m/6,523ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Gyalche – Simi Gaun (1,990m/6,523ft), 5-6 hrs trek

18 Day 18: Simi Gaun – Jagat (1,550m/3,773ft), 5-6 hrs trek

 Simi Gaun – Jagat (1,550m/3,773ft), 5-6 hrs trek

19 Day 19: Jagat – Singati Bazar (990m/3,317ft), 5-6 hrs trek

 Jagat – Singati Bazar (990m/3,317ft), 5-6 hrs trek

20 Day 20: Singati Bazar – Dolakha (1’650m/ 5,413ft), 5-6 hrs trek

Singati Bazar – Dolakha (1’650m/ 5,413ft), 5-6 hrs trek

21 Day 21: Dolakha – Kathmandu (1,317m/4,321ft), 6-7 hrs drive

Dolakha – Kathmandu (1,317m/4,321ft), 6-7 hrs drive

22 Day 22: Final departure

 Final departure

Trip Facts

Cost Inclusive:

  •     All airport/Hotel transfers
  •    3 star accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights on BB plan
  •     Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  •     Hot drinks (Tea & Coffee)
  •     All mountain accommodation (3 Nights twin sharing Room with independent bathroom and hot shower; remaining nights soft, comfortable         twin sharing private room but share bathroom)
  •     Ground transportation Kathmandu/Barabise and Dolakha/Kathmandu
  •     Airport taxes
  •     An experienced English-speaking trek leader (Govt. registered trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and             Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  •     Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  •     All necessary paper work and permits (National Park Permit & TIMS )
  •      A comprehensive medical kit
  •     All government and local taxes
  •     Trekking equipment such as down filled sleeping bag, down jacket, walking poles and duffel bag

Cost Exclusive

  •     City monument fees
  •     Bottle drinks
  •     Boiled water
  •     Personal expenses
  •     Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  •     Travel insurance & evacuation


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Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Himalaya Message Adventure, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.


Drinking water:

Himalaya Message Adventure provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem

What to take

This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .

Important to note:

Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.

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