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Rolwaling Trek - 24 Days

Rolwaling trek being strenuous, technical climbing experience and good mountaineering gear are essential. Rolwaling is more sparsely inhabited thus the natural surroundings have been relatively undisturbed. This is an excellent habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals; 526 species of plants, 40 species of orchids and 300 species of birds. Interesting wild animals include many kinds of monkeys, the Himalayan thar, gaur, and the musk deer, Himalayan black bear, wild dog and more than 250 species of birds. The trek route passes by sherpa village, yak pastures, enormous glacier lake, spectacular views of Rolwaling Range, glacier village and more.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
We will have our representative to pick you up from airport and will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion
On this day we will roam around Kathmandu valley. We will have breakfast and will be out to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), bouddhanath, Kathmandu durbar square and other temples too like Taleju, kumari ghar.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Sigatte
We will move towards Sigatte from Kathmandu through the scenic high green hills and white mountain views to the north. On the way we will visit the Bhimeswor Temple in Dolakha. The last hour’s dusty drive will lead down to our campsite on the Tama Kosi River bank.
Day 04: Sigatte - Jagat
On this day we will follow the route through Bhote Kosi’s deep valley which gradually becomes more gorge-like. We will cross the hectic river on picturesque suspension bridges and pass a few hamlets and villages. The forest sometimes gives way to views of the Gaurishankar .
Day 05: Jagat - Simigaon
A short stage: after a 2.5 hrs walk, we will leave the valley to continue east. The path slowly gains altitude on an impressive slope, and later crosses terraces. Simigaon is a Sherpa and Tamang village, marked by its Tibetan monastery perched above the houses on top of the hill in front of Gaurishankar.
Day 06: Simigaon - Donga
We will now enter the Rolwaling valley through a gorgeous rhododendron and bamboo forest. The path steadily climbs towards Gyalche. Eventually, we will descend back down to the river and establish our campsite on the Rolwaling Khola bank: a narrow green belt beneath Gaurishankar.
Day 07: Donga - Beding (3690m/12,105ft), 5-6hrs
We will gradually climb the forested valley of tropical alpine vegetation, with excellent mountain scenery surrounding us. Arriving at Beding, we can see Melungtse I (7181m), Rolwaling’s highest summit. Beding is a lonely small village; well known to Everest summiteers, this Sherpa village may offer you Chaang (barley beer) and salted yak butter tea. An old but historical Buddhist Monastery is located in the center of the village. Our camp will be on the banks of the river.
Day 08: Beding Rest and acclimatization day: Malung Kharka hike, 5-6 hrs.
A day hike to the Malung La pass or as high as you can go above Beding will help with acclimatization. There should be great views of more than 15 snowy peaks, glaciers and the natural forest in the Beding Valley below.
Day 09: Beding - Na
A short walk will take us to Na; the last tiny alpine hamlet that is only inhabited during summer months. Na is situated just below the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake in a beautiful valley overlooked by some very impressive peaks, including Chobutse , Chugimago and Yalung Ri .
Day 10: Na: Rest and acclimatization day – Yalung La hike::
We can either take a rest or organize an excursion towards the Yalung La pass. Here we climb steadily, the path taking us to a vast amphitheatre at 4900m, situated just below the pass, and the Ramdun peak ice fall which is furrowed with streams. This is an excellent place to view the Tsho-Rolpa glacier lake. In each direction we get stunning views: to the east the Yalung Glacier, south the Ramdung Peak (5930m), west the Yalung Ri) and to the north the breathtaking Himalayan summits along the Tibetan border.
Day 11: Na - Nyiduk Kongma
We will climb up to the dam that holds back the Tsho-Rolpa lake, preventing it from splitting the thin moraine and destroying the valleys below. We will continue along the south bank. (The ancient route, marked on all maps, following the northern bank and passing through Chobu, no longer exists. In fact, the moraines bordering the lake have all collapsed into it. After a 300m climb, we must cross a disordered moraine area only scramble down the height we walked up. The campsite is in a sandy amphitheatre, between the Tsho Rolpa and Trakarding glaciers.
Day 12: Nyiduk Kongma - Drolumbau Glacier
The path plunges on towards the Trakarding glacier. This is a huge and impressive and rocky area that gives way, from time to time, to large sections of bluish ice. We will struggle on towards a rocky spur, just beneath the Dolumbau glacier. It is now quite a venture to access the glacier. We need to climb up a rock face and to set a rope for the porters, helping them to scramble up the 160m before accessing the campsite area. This provides a fantastic panorama with the Trakarding glacier below and the great glacial wall of the Drolumbau glacier to the north: an incredible spot with views of countless streams running off the glacier, falling rocks and collapsing ice.
Day 13: Drolumbau Glacier - Teshi Laptsa pass ) and decent to Camp
The only route to get a foothold onto the Drolumbau glacier is tricky and fairly steep. Our efforts will be rewarded by a unique view towards Tengi Ragi Tau, Bigphero-Go Shar , Dragkar, with a background of myriad peaks towards and beyond the Tibetan border. We progress through moraines and gentle slopes, from time to time crossing, glacial areas, towards the summit. The campsite is about 300m below the summit just beyond a tricky but impressive rocky section.
Day 14: Camp - Thame
Today we will visit the picturesque monastery perched on hillside just before arriving in the tiny Sherpa village of Thame.Thame lies on an important route for Tibetan traders and their yak caravans trekking across the Nangpa La on the Tibetan border to Namche Bazaar and beyond.
Day 15: Thame – Khumjung
We will trek towards Khumjung which is located at the foot of sacred Mt. Kumbila. Khumjung is home of the first Edmund Hilary school project. There is a Hospital at the next village of Khunde, manned by Canadian doctors. This most stable and traditional Sherpa cultural settlement is worth a visit, as is the oldest Monastery in this region.
Day 16: Khumjung - Monjo
A long downhill day via Namche Bazaar and the last view of Mt. Everest.
Day 17: Monjo - Lukla
We will return to Lukla in time to reconfirm our return flight to Kathmandu for early the next morning. The day’s walk is along the Dudh Kosi River and passes through several Sherpa villages with many local lodges which accommodate the trekkers to the Everest region.
Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu
Early Morningwe will take a flight to Kathmandu, transfer to your Hotel. Free afternoon and evening join the farewell dinner with Nepal GoGo Treks.
Day 19: Final departure
We will drop you to the Tribhuwan International airport from where you can begin your next journey.
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