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Upper Rolwaling – 19 days


Trip Overview

Duration: 19 days
Maximum altitude: 5'755 m
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 – 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Camping
Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November

Upper Rolwaling the lonely high valley is hidden by the steep snow-capped peaks in the eastern part of Nepal and lays westwards of the Khumbu region, near the Tibetan border. The native Sherpa call it "the grave". Here you can hear many mysterious stories about this area; it is even believed that the legendary Yeti is staying here.

This trek offers a magnificent view of the mountains, the experience of seclusion, various flora and fauna and the impressive cultural heritage of Buddhismuses. We pass the nunnery of Bigu Gompa. In the Sherpa language Biku is called "seeds".

It is a rather strenuous trek and you should be in good physical condition, but with the help of our team we will make this tour an unforgettable adventure.

Our tour begins in one of the loneliest and most beautiful parts of Nepal. We walk through the Rolwaling Valley, one of the seven hidden valleys in the Himalayas, we pass Tamang and Sherpa villages and we are able to see Gauri Shankar 7'135 m near the Tibetan border. Beding and Na are the last Sherpa villages of the valley and the home of many famous Sherpa climbers who have climbed Mt. Everest and many other 8'000er summits. We cross the Tashi (Tesi) Lapcha pass 5'755 m to get into the Khumbu valley and visit the village of Thame; Tenzin Norgay's home. Afterwards we hike to the capital of the region, Namche Bazar and finally to Lukla where we fly back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Drive to Dolakha, Shigati 950 m and trek to Suri Dobhan 1'030 m

Day 04: Suri Dobhan – Jagat 1‘440m

Day 05: Jagat – Simigaun 1‘990 m

Day 06: Simigaun – Kharka 2‘900 m

Day 07: Kharka – Beding 3‘690 m

Day 08: Beding – Na 4‘180 m

Day 09: Na rest day

Day 10: Na – Tso Rolpa (Lake) 4‘580 m

Day 11: Tso Rolpa (Lake) – Trakarding Glacier 4‘800 m

Day 12: Trakarding Glacier - Tashi Lapcha Pass 5'755 m

Day 13: Tashi Lapcha Pass – Thengpo 4'230 m

Day 14: Thame 3‘820 m

Day 15: Rest day

Day 16: Namche Bazar 3‘440 m

Day 17: Namche – Lukla 2‘840 m

Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Drive to Dolakha Shigati 950 m and trek to Suri Dobhan 1'030 m
We take the Friendship Highway, which connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. In Lamosangu we leave the Friendship Highway and head towards Jiri. In Shigati we start our trek to Suri Dobhan.

Day 04: Suri Dobhan – Jagat 1‘440 m
We walk along the river. We cross several streams, coming through jungles with different variants of orchids, rhododendrons and other flora. After a suspension bridge we reach Jagat, the town with different ethnic groups.

Day 05: Jagat – Simigaun 1‘990 m
First the trail is flat before it goes up and down and through a jungle. We follow the river. When the valley narrows, we cross a suspension bridge. A steep climb brings us to the Sherpa village Simigaun.

Day 06: Simigaun – Kharka 2‘900 m
We pass another Sherpa settlement. On a clear morning, we have excellent view of the Gaurishankar above the Rolwaling valley. The path is rocky and leads through dense pine forest. Then we walk down to the river Rolwaling Khola.

Day 07: Kharka – Beding 3‘690 m
The path goes through rhododendron trees and along the left bank of the Rolwaling Khola and further into the valley. We reach the creek Gaurishankar. The trail flattens out and we finally arrive in Beding.

Day 08: Beding – Na 4‘180 m
We leave the summer village Beding behind us, passing grazing yaks and farmers who farming their buckwheat and barley fields. The mountain range formed by the 6'000er as Chekigo, Bamango and Konyklem rise in front of us. We reach a monastery which people believe it is the meditative place of the Buddhist Guru Padma Sambhava. Next we walk into the valley and come to the summer village of Na.

Day 09: Na rest day
We take our time to adjust and acclimate. Walk for example to the monastery nearby.

Day 10: Na – Tso Rolpa (Lake) 4‘580 m
First, the path goes through flat terrain, slowly we reach the sign of the Himalayan lake filled with icy water of the glacier. The fascinating view of Menlung and the mountains on the Tibetan side is revealed. We continue on the right bank of the river and then climb up the rocky moraine. Finally we reach Tso Rolpa (lake).

Day 11: Tso Rolpa (Lake) – Trakarding Glacier 4‘800 m
We leave the Rolpa Lake behind us and climb up the steep side part of a moraine. The glacier is covered with rubble, which makes it more difficult to get ahead, but the grandiose Himalaya-sceneries compensate us for our efforts.

Day 12: Trakarding Glacier - Tashi Lapcha Pass 5'755 m
After we crossed a small piece of rock (50 m) with a rope and a large snow field we cross the historic passage into the Khumbu valley. From Tashi Lapcha pass we have a great view. A few hundred meters further down, under an overhanging rock, we set up our camp and enjoy a beautiful sunset.                       

Day 13: Tashi Lapcha Pass – Thengpo 4'230 m
Over moraine terrain and finally Yak pastures we descend to Thengpo.

Day 14: Thame 3‘820 m
Today we are facing a rather simple day. It always goes down. Once in Thame we are back in civilization. We reach the Khumbu region. The path leads beneath the famous Thame monastery; it looks like a bird's nest that has been embedded in the steep rock. Finally, we can see the first hints of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.

Day 15: Rest day

Day 16: Namche Bazar 3‘440 m
We cross the Bhote Khola via a suspension bridge and passing painted Buddhist rock. In this region it is possible to see Himalayan Tahrs. We continue through Thamo and back to Namche Bazar. The mountain village is the trading centre of the region, there are hotels, restaurants, bakeries, shops and even bars.

Day 17: Namche – Lukla 2‘840 m
We continue down via Hillary bridge through the Dhud Khosi valley, come through rhododendron and pine forests, villages, as well Monjo (permit check point), and finally we reach Phakding and Lukla.

Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.