This valley borders with Khumbhu region to the East, the Helambu region to the West and the arid Tibetan Plateau to the North. This isolated high valley “Rolwaling” known simply as “the grave” by the indigenous Sherpa’s because of its location –deep down between the steep ice-giants of the Khumbhu region. The Rolwaling trek is one of the strenuous treks that take you in the wilderness of Nepal. Rolwaling region offers the trekkers splendid views of the Mt. Everest, Langtang, Jugal Himal and Mt. Gauri Shanker. This trek takes you on an interesting passage where in you will come across pristine glaciers, high passes and snow fed lakes. You will get the opportunity for an intimate encounter of the Tamang and Sherpa communities living in this region.
Day 01 Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300 m)
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transfer to your hotel, we will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu (1350 m) to Dolakha to Shigati (950 m), drive 9 hrs
From Kathmandu, we head northeast on the Friendship Highway which connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. A Lamosangu, we leave the Friendship Highway and take another way to Jiri. Earlier the motorable road used to be only up to Dolakha. But nowadays because of the Tamakoshi hydropower construction works, we can drive upto Shigati. From Shigati we trek to Suri Dobhan.
Overnight stay on full board.
Day 03 Trek from Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440 m/4723 ft), 5/6 hrs
Trek along the river, and then continue on the flat land. We cross several streams and jungles with varieties of orchid, rhododendron and other vegetation. Cross the suspension bridge to reach Jagat, a small town with people of different ethnic cities.
Overnight in Jagat on full board.
Day 04 Trek Jagat to Simigaun (1,990 m/6527 ft), 5 hrs
At first, we follow the normal flat path, then the trail ascends and descends through the jungle. The trail follows the river bank. As the valley narrows, we cross the suspension bridge over the river. A steep climb takes us to the Sherpa village of Simigaon, spread on the terrace of the mountainside. The village is mostly inhabited by Buddhists and there are also a few Hindus.
Overnight in Simigaon on full board.
Day 05 Trek Simigaun to Kharka (Dovan) (2,900 m/9512 ft), 6 hrs
We pass by a few more Sherpa settlements. On a clear morning the views of Gaurishankar above the Rolwaling Valley is fascinating. From the ridge top at Simigaun , we continue towards the Rolwaling Valley. The trail climbs a rocky, wooded ridge with beautiful pine forests. Descent again to the river of Rolwaling Khola.
Overnight in Kharka on full board.
Day 06 Trek Kharka (Dovan) to Beding (3,690 m/12,103 ft), 4 hrs
Our trail ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. Continue alongteh left bank of the Rolwaling Khola. Continuing along the deep river valley, we arrive at a tributary river from Gaurishankar. Enjoy the unfolding views of the Gaurishankar. The trail rises further until we come across an easy and relatively flat terrain. Finally, we arrive at the Sherpa village of Beding located by the river.
Overnight in Beding on full board.
Day 07 Trek Beding to Na (4,180 m/13710 ft), 5 hrs
An easy walk along the norther bank of the Rolwaling River begins our today’s trek. We pass across the summer village of Beding, several yaks grazing and people busy in their fields of buckwheat and barley. The crestline formed by the 6000ers such as Chekigo, Bamango, and Konyklemo rise on the immediate left of the village. We arrive at a monastery believed to be a meditative place of the Buddhist Guru Padma Sambhava. Walking along the valley floor, we finally reach the summer village of Na surrounded by potato fields.
Overnight in Na on full board.
Day 08 Trek Na Acclimatization Day
Day 09 Trek Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4,588 m/15048 ft), 7 hrs
At first trek through the leveled plane and gradually ascend to witness the Himalayan Lake filled with the chilling water of the glaciers. The views of Menlung and Tibetan Side Mountains add glory to the unfolding vista. We trek along the right bank of the river and then cross the river to climb up the rocky lateral moraine of the Glacier. We then walk to Tso Rolpa for the night.
Overnight in Tso Rolpa on full board.
Day 10 Tso Rolpa to Trakarding Glacier (4800 m/15744 ft), 4 hrs
Early morning trek to head toward Trakarding glacier. Walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the beauty of the surrounding. The trail will still be ascending through some rock climbing and a gradual walk on the glacier moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs.
Overnight in Glacier on full board.
Day 11 Trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5,010 m/16432 ft), 5 hrs
The walk follows high slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section, but further up we have to trek along the center on the hard rocky glacier. Steady walk leads us to the lowest point of the icefall and then climbing to the easiest point to gain the Drolambau glacier. Here we will be surrounded by superb high mountain scenery. Continuing further downhill, we camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi Camp at the foot of Tashi Lapcha, surrounded by absolutely grandiose mountains over 6000 m with 360 degree panorama.
We stay Camp on full board.
Day 12 Cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 m/18876 ft), 5 hrs
Continue trekking to Trashi Lapcha Pass (5755 m). From the pass, the view of senior Khumbu peaks is magnificent. Some hundred meter downhill trek under overhanging rock, we camp at a superb location, with magnificient sunset views.
Overnight in camp on full board.
Day 13 Tashi Lapcha pass Thengpo (4370 m)
We climb again to the neck of Trashi Lapcha and from there we start the ascent of Pachermo. The snow slopes lead us to the final ridge, sometimes requiring fixed ropes. From the Pachermo summit, enjoy the fantastic views of the Khumbu peaks including Everest, Makalu among others. Descend to Col then to Thengpo. The Pachermo ascent takes about 5 to 6 hrs and then another 3 to 4 hrs descend takes us to Thengpo.
Overnight in Thengpo on full board.
Day 14 Thengpo Trek to Thame (3,820 m/12530 ft), 5 hrs
Today you will be experiencing a bit easy walking, the walk from here will be enjoyable most of the way to Thame. A gradual descend brings us to Thame Village, the first hint of civilization since Beding. There is a very old and interesting Monastery at the upper end of the village. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.
Overnight in Thame on full board.
Day 15 Thame – Longden (4380 m)
Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated amidst some fields on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years.
Day 16 Longden – over Renjo La Pass(5360 m) to Gokyo (4750 m), 8 hrs Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain in the backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lake, Dudh Pokhari. We spend night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms.
Overnight in Gokyo on full board.
Day 17 Gokyo Ri Visit Gokyo (5,330 m) rest day
A full day for rest and acclimatization – but we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Moreover, Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lakes (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake. If interested, climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone’s throw away. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, one may even try to go sixth lake too but depends on interest and time. Back to Gokyo village.
Overnight at Gokyo on full board.
Day 18 Gokyo – Dhole (4110 m), 6 hours
It is a short walk to the village of Machermo following the Dudh Koshi stream. There are yak pastures and a few human settlements. From here you can have an excellent view of Tawoche. While trekking from Machhermo to Dole you can enjoy the views of mountains, landscapes and river.
Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 19 Dhole Khumjung, 6 hours
From here you can have an excellent view of Tawoche. While trekking from Dole to khumjung you can enjoy the views of mountains, landscapes and river.
Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 20 Trek Khumjung to Lukla (2,840 m), 8 hours
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces!
Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 21 Flight: Lukla – Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too.
Overnight at hotel on B/B.
Day 22 Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner.
Overnight at hotel on B/B.
Day 23 Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your on wards destination.
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