If you are looking for thrilling, unspoiled mountainous terrain to trek in, the Rolwaling Valley trek is your game. Rolwaling Valley is sandwiched between two glaciers and few have made it to this surreal, fascinating region surrounded by myths of the Yeti (said to be its home) and by peaks on all three corners. In fact, from the very start of the trek, one is captivated by the landscape which takes away the fatigue of the arduous hike ahead.
The hair rising trails above fast flowing turbulent rivers and banks,and impassable passes which through the passing of time, have made it a place of venture for a few and at the same has managed to keep this part of the Himalaya region away from the onslaught of adventure seeker. But for those who do, the reward is a plethora of Himalayan highland lakes, roaring waterfalls, serene snow capped peaks, hanging glaciers, moraines and dense alpine forests.
The hike is mostly along the Rolwaling River from the Valley it gets its name from, littered with unspoiled floral beauty and faunal parts of nature. The culture in this area has also undergone the same evolution as that of its natural counterpart.
The trek to Rolwaling Valley and to Lukla
The trek, starts in earnest from Singati, after having arrived from Kathmandu, is a small town on the banks of Singati Khola (river) to Jagat gives you a taste of what lies ahead. Jagat is situated above the Marsyangdi Khola a wonderful view of the rive,r which you would be following on the route to Simigon whose inhabitants are mostly Sherpas and Tamangs and was one of the villages bouldered by the Maoist and Military in the insurgency period.
From Simigon, it is a trek to Kharka Camp where the picturesque view of Mount Dhaulagiri and Tukuche come slowly into sight.Then it is onto Bedding where we rest for the day to acclimatise ourselves to the high altitude we are in. Next, we hit Nagaon and then onto Kabuk. On from there, it is Noisy Knob Camp, a misnomer for the noise comes from natural sources rather than human activities. The next day’s stop is at Tashi Lapcha Camp at 5,777m. Here we are in the Khumbu region. Then it is onto Thyangbo, Thame, Namache and Lukla where you fly back to Kathmandu.
1. Day One – Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m)
You will be met at Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Green Lotus Trekking holding a welcome placard and taken for your overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu and to freshen up. Prior to dinner a briefing will be held. You could spend the rest of the day resting or wandering around the city of Kathmandu sightseeing.
2. Day Two – To Singati (950m) – (By Bus)
Our bus drive takes you towards Lhasa where we leave the highway at Lamosangu and head towards Dolakha and move past it to Shigati. We rest at a Lodge for the day and night.
3. Day Three – To Jagat (1150m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)
In the first leg of the trek, we hike to Suri Doban from where we continue along a river trail and then onto flat land crossing a few streams and forests with varieties of orchids, rhododendron and other floras. Finally, across a suspension bridge we get to Jagat; a town of varies ethnicity.
4. Day Four – To Simigaon (1990m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)
Initially following a well trodden path the trail ascends and descends through a forest and then following a river, the valley gets narrower and after crossing a suspension bridge a steep climb takes us to the village of Simigaon perched on the terraced mountain.
5. Day Five – To Kharka Camp (3000m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)
Pass a few Sherpa hamlets; getting the magnificent view of Mount Gaurishankar is wonderful. From the ridge at the top we trek towards the Rolwaling valley where the trail becomes rockier and beautiful pine forest become more apparent. Descending the river of Rolwaling, we get to the camping site.
6. Day Six – Beding (3690m) – (Approx 4 hour trek)
Taking a uphill trail through a variety of plants and rhododendron forests, we continue the trek via the Rolwaling stream deeper into the valley till the confluence of the river Gaurishankar. Ascending up and over a relatively flat trail, we get to Beding.
7. Day Seven – Acclimatization at Beding
Today we rest at Beding to acclimatize to the high altitude we are in, with side trips Lha Dengka (4030m).
8. Day Eight – To Na Gaon (4180m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)
The day’s trek begins with a relatively easy walk along the northern bank of the Rolwaling River. Passing the summer hamlet of Beding, peaks of more than 6000m begin to appear in the eastern horizon. Passing the believably meditation place of Guru Padma Sambhava, we reach the summer hamlet of Na, apparently with the touch of high mountain potato fields.
9. Day Nine – To Kabuk (4561m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)
The day’s trek begins along the southern bank of river following a shallow stream where we cross at Sangma and up moraines to reach its terminal to reach Tsho Rolpa where we camp for the night in Kabuk. From the camp we get the surreal sight of Tsoboje (6,689m) and Dragker-Go (6,793m).
10. Day Ten – To Noisy Camp (4980m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)
Hiking the northern side of the moraine, and continuing further along its right side with frequent overhanging rocks, we trek above the glacier on the rocky surface of it. Below will be the Dromlambau glacier. Further around this section is the danger of rock falls. Getting to the middle of the glacier is the safest. Walking further for an hour or so we get to Noisy Camp, a misnomer in name as no drunken brawls happen here but from the constant noisy though the night of breaking ice and falling rocks reaching the camp site.
11. Day Eleven – To Tesi Lapcha Camp (5400m) – (Approx 4 hour trek)
Hiking further from noisy camp further up the moraine traversing both side and hop skipping exposed rocks for a couple of hours, we get to Tesi Lapcha Camp. We camp here for the night.
12. Day Twelve – To Parchamo High Camp (5700m) – (Approx 4 hour trek)
Hiking further up the moraine up east, we get to the vintage of the summit of the Island Peak of Parchamo or to continue onto Ngole. This Parchamo High Camp gives a 360 degree view of the Rolwaling valley to the west and the entrance to the Khumbu region to the east. We set camp for the night.
13. Day Thirteen – To Ngole (5110) – (Approx 4 hour trek)
Hiking further down the moraine after the vintage point to the eastern side of it and over more exposed rocks and ice, we get to Ngole where we camp for the night. We have now come to the eastern side of the Rolwaling Valley into the Khumbu region.
14. Day Fourteen – To Thame (3820m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)
Trekking further east along a well define trail, we are well in Khumbu region and we continue descending to the Thame Stream and on reaching it to Thegpo from here we get magnificent views of Mountains Ama Dablam, Makalu and Lumding Himal. Passing through shepherd huts and pastoral lands, we finally get to Thame where we lodge for the night.
15. Day Fifteen – To Namche Bazaar (3440m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)
We trek to the affluent town of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Heading further east downhill for a short while, we cross Bhote Koshi River and after twenty minutes or so, we gradually begin ascending uphill passing a number of villages, mani walls, prayer inscribed on fluttering flags and on boulders, we get to Khunde and Khumjung from where Namche comes into view. After a 45 minute hike downhill, we hit the town. O/N stay in lodge.
16. Day Sixteen – To Lukla (2800m) – (Approx 7 hour trek)
An hour’s trek gets us to confluence Bhote Khosi and Imatjse Rivers to make way for Dudh Koshi which we follow most of the way till Pakding in the backdrop of the highest mountain in the world, Everest. Walking leisurely through lush green scenery we reach Cheplung and finally Lukla. O/N stay at lodge.
17. Day Seventeen – To Kathmandu (1400m) – (40 min Flight)
A forty-five hike to the airport in Lukla gets us in time to catch our early morning flight to Kathmandu. In air you would catch the panoramic view of many Himalayan mountain peaks above 8000m and Mount Everest the highest in the World. You get to freshen up at the hotel and then, to either rest for the remaining part of the day or to go sightseeing and buy souvenirs.
18. Day Eighteen – Farewell
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
What is the best time of year to trek?
You can find good places to trek somewhere in the Himalayas at anytime of the year. However for most regions the best time is from October to May, with Oct-Nov having best weather for trekking. During the autumn nights are cold in the high Himalaya, but the bright sun makes for pleasant daytime temperature (20 degree centigrade to 5 centigrade in the night). Above 3500m temperature range goes down to -10 degree centigrade, and in winter (Dec-Jan) it is about 10 degrees colder.
How fit do I have to be to do a trek?
Whilst you do not need to be super-fit, you need to be fit enough to comfortably walk for 5-6 hours per day in the mountains on reasonable trails. Most of our customers have an interest in walking in the hills or countryside of their homeland and are used to similar daily trips.
What is a typical group size? Will I fit in?
We pride ourselves in our small group approach to Adventure Travel. Small groups allow you to share great company without crowding your experience. Our typical groups range in size from 2 up to 8. One of the attractions of such a trip is the chance to meet people with different backgrounds and personalities
What if the dates for the group treks don’t fit my itinerary?
If this is the case, we can organize a personalized trek for you. Additionally if you want to spend more time in Kathmandu before or after a trek we can organize the hotels and quote you a price.
Are your tours guaranteed to run?
If you are group of two and more the trip is guaranteed to run.
Do I need to buy special equipment?
Usually our clients simply bring their existing clothing and equipment and if necessary supplement this with some extra items purchased cheaply in Kathmandu.
What gear to bring?
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
Day pack for daily personal items
Light sandals or plimsolls to wear in the lodges
2 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of walking socks
2 warm shirts/ thin fleece
1 pair of thin thermal under trousers.
Long trousers for walking (or long skirt for women)
Gloves (it’s cold on the Thorung La, Laurebina Pass and Cho La)
Warm hat which covers your ears (for the Kali Gandaki and Thorung La – it’s windy)
Base ball cap or broad brim hat to keep the sun off (Australian Barmah recommended)
Soap and soap dish
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Tampons – hard to buy in rural areas
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Sheet of plastic (Use as a poncho if it rains)
1 roll of toilet paper. You can buy more on the way.
2 large plastic bag. One for smelly clothes, one for things which must be kept dry.
Small good quality padlock
Iodine tablets for water purification
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Notes. All of the trekking items are available in Kathmandu at nominal prices. However we suggest you bring hiking boots from your home country if you decided to purchase these items in Kathmandu .
Can I store stuff that I do not use on trek?
Yes, all hotels provide storage facility for free.
Do I need travel insurance?
Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is a condition of booking a tour with Green Lotus Trekking, and your responsibility to ensure for type of tours you are undertaking; the policy must include satisfactory cover for repatriation, high altitudes, trekking and climbing, and helicopter rescue. Please forward your insurance details (e.g. policy number, 24-hour emergency telephone number, name of insurance company) to Green Lotus Trekking when available.
Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
Yes. You can apply in your home country thorough Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or obtain it at the airport on arrival by paying fee as below:
Multiple entry 15 days: US $25
Multiple entry 30 days: US $40
Multiple entry 90 days: US $100
Notes. We suggest you to bring the exact change. You also need bring 2 passport size photo.
Tourist Visa Extension
Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
I am a single trekker. How does this work?
Normally single trekkers have no problems fitting in with a group. Normally single trekkers share rooms or lodges with other trekkers of the same sex, but if we have an odd-number we ensure that a room or lodge is organised accordingly.
How will my booking be processed?
To confirm your booking we will require deposit of $250 for treks and $300 for a peak climbing which can be made by bank transfer or online through paypal.com (leading transaction site). The balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or traveler cheque. Alternatively balance can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal shortly before arriving in Kathmandu.
Beside deposit payment what information do I need to forward?
Following details is needed to process your trekking permit, national park permit, flight booking etc.
Place of issue:
Date of birth:
Your arrival details (time, date, flight no., airlines):
All above info can be sent electronically via email.
How far do I trek each day?
You will typically walk 4-9 miles (5-8 hours) each day. Some days may be rest days for impromptu exploration. In high and steep areas, you may move more slowly. Most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude over about 2000 meters and your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization. Our treks follow established trails used by local people. You will probably carry only a light day pack.
How flexible is the trekking day?
You can hike at your own pace, stopping when you wish. There is ample time to cover the necessary hiking distance each day with lots of stops. If you are on a private trek, you may wish to take more or fewer days to cover a given distance, or add in rest days. If you like to hike fast, your guide will be concerned that you acclimatize to high altitude effectively. You may wish to reach camp at a measured pace, but take a side hike after camp arrival. Your guide is always interested to learn about your personal interests and to accommodate those interests as the trip permits.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
Loss of appetite
Dizziness, light headaches, confusion
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face
Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of the appearance of any of the above symptoms, any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems can occur which can cause death, sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.
Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by everyone, even the Sherpas, but most people find that gentle acclimatisation allows them to reach their high point without any problems.
What is teahouse and camping treks?
Tea House accommodation: There are a number of lodges along the popular trekking routes in Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang regions. These lodges are called Tea House Lodges and managed by local people. These lodges have basic requirements for over night accommodation like private rooms, dormitories, toilets, shower room with hot and cold water, and one attached restaurant. The quality of food offered might vary from lodge to lodge but most serve simple and hygienic meals. The teahouse trekking provides you an opportunity to feel the warm hospitality of friendly Nepali hosts. The money you spend goes to the local community.
In a typical camping trekking, each pair of trekkers will sleep in a spacious mountain tent with a durable rain, fly, and full insect netting. The tent is fitted with foam mattresses. When your campsite is near villages or lodges you may be invited to sleep in the lodges or homes of local people.
What are the typical foods on the treks?
Breakfast options includes Oatmeal,French toast,Chapatti, Tibetan bread, eggs,, pancakes,, muesli and for Lunch or dinner you can have sandwich, soups momo (dumpling), macaroni dishes, pizzas, noodles, steak, dal bhat (rice, lenthal, veg platter) pasta etc.
What is your guide like?
Our trekking guides are carefully selected for their ability and are generally from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, Magar, and other communities from remote mountain villages. Each guide is trained and has abilities in eco-friendly trekking methods and safety. They help to maintain your health and your happiness as well as his crew members. Our guides are committed to making sure that all our trekkers have an enjoyable trek, come back safe and are overwhelmed by their experience. Your guide will be a friend and companion, who takes pleasure in showing you his country’s specialties and, perhaps, meet his home and family too.
What about the Porters?
Services of porters and pack-animals to carry your luggage and equipment are hired at the beginning of a trek to make sure that most of the costs our clients pay go directly into the local community where you trek.
How much should I tip the guides and porters?
Tipping is at your discretion but always appreciated. A good rule of thumb is anywhere from $2- 5 dollars per day for the guide and $1.5 to 3 dollars per day per porter. The total amount can then be divided among the group.
What is your Kathmandu contact address in case if my family needs to contact me in case of emergency?
Please have them contact at any of the following numbers:
Cell : ++977-98510-32108+977-98510-32108 or 9841-250248. Landline (office hour) 977-1-400-5037977-1-400-5037 or 444-5475. We check email frequently throughout the days so you could also write to our email: [email protected] if it’s not urgent.