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.
- Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu
- Day 02 Full day Kathmandu city tour 5 heritage sites.
- Day 03 Kathmandu – Drive to Barabise – Trek to Kabre (819m/2,687ft), 3-4 hrs drive & 3-4 hrs trek
- Day 04 Kabre – Dolongsa (2431m/7,976ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 05 Dolongsa - Bigu Gompa (2,310m/7,579ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 06 Bigu Gompa – Chilanka (1,923m/6,309ft), 4-5 hrs trek
- Day 07 Chilanka - Kurlang (1,890m/6,201ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 08 Kurlang - Syalu (1,500m/4,921ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 09 Syalu - Simi (2,000m/6,562ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 10 Simi - Forest Camp (2,800m/9,366ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 11 Forest camp – Beding (3,694m/12,119ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 12 Beding – Na (4,100m/13,451ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 13 Na rest and acclimatization day. Excursion towards Yalung Pass and glacier views
- Day 14 Na rest and acclimatization day. Excursion to Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake
- Day 15 Na – Beding (3,690m/12,106ft), 5-6 hrs
- Day 16 Beding – Gyalche (2,990m/9,810ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 17 Gyalche – Simi Gaun (1,990m/6,523ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 18 Simi Gaun – Jagat (1,550m/3,773ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 19 Jagat – Singati Bazar (990m/3,317ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 20 Singati Bazar – Dolakha (1’650m/ 5,413ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 21 Dolakha – Kathmandu (1,317m/4,321ft), 6-7 hrs drive
- Day 22 Final departure
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, 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.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek 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
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
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.