The Rolwaling trek is one of the strenuous wilderness treks of Nepal. This trek starts from Dolakha, near Charikot, an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. Moreover, it provides an experience with the remoteness of this region, incredible mountain views, diverse flora and fauna and old traditional rich local cultures and them life style. Furthermore, Rolwaling Trek is a wild and little-frequented trekking route, situated east-west valley below the Mt. Guri Shanker (7,145m) – the standard timeline of Nepal, south of the Tibetan border.
However, the Rolwaling Trek offers you real Nepalese lifestyle and great experience fascinate Nepalese and Tibetan mixed culture. You can experience Breathtaking gigantic mountains panoramic view. Also, un-spoil people and society and them custom, ancient Buddhist monastery and “off the beaten natural beauties” on her lap, varieties of vegetation and rare wildlife are the main attraction in the Rolwaling trek. Rolwaling himal includes Melungtse 7181m, Gaurishankar 7134m on the Nepal border with more then 50 additional peaks over 6000m.
Rolwaling region mostly comprises of Himalayan Buddhism religion. Sherpas, Tamangs and Lama are mainly the inhabitants of the Rolwaling region. Rolwaling holds special religious and spiritual significance for the local people and Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibetan language ‘Rolwa’ means ‘furrow’ and ‘ling’ means ‘place’. It is said to be a beyul or sacred hidden valley, carved from the land with one stroke of Buddhist saint Padmasambhava’s plow.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All necessary trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & conservation permit.
Rolwaling Restricted area permit.
Kathmandu - Dolkha – Shingati and Back to Shingati – Dolkha – Kathmandu Praivate Vehicle.
Trekking Leader, and Guides.
One Assistance Guide who support to pitch tents and guarding camp at night / as per group size.
One Cook and One kitchen supporter/s as per group size.
Required kitchen utensils.
Cooking fuel and lighting service.
Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary tent and equipment.
All the staff insurance, well paid salary, equipment, transportation.
All the transporting.
Government taxes and service charge.
Medical supplies (first aid kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival In Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
By Private Vehicle: Kathmandu to Shingati (1200m) Via Dolakha(1350m)
Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Shingati Via Dolakha (1660m.) which takes about 8 and half hours. The trails pass through gravel road crossing the different villages of mixed community. You have to cross the several streams and jungles with varieties of orchid, rhododendron and other natural vegetation.
Shingati to Jagat (1500)
Trek from Shigati to Jagat (1440m.) and it takes about seven hours. You trek through normal flat land along the side of the river. You pass through rice terraced. There are small villages on your way which are inhabited by mixed community. Several times, you cross the jungles covered by orchid, few rhododendron trees and wild vegetation. Now you cross a suspension bridge to reach Jagat, a small town resided by people of mixed culture.
Jagat to Simigaoun (1900m)
Trek from Jagat to Simigaon (2020m.) which takes about seven and half hours. The first part of your trails follows normally flat path, then it ascends and descends through the jungle. Several places, you cross through suspension bridge. There are numerous villages on your way. You can find small teashops and local shops at some of the places. Steeply climb up to Simigaon, a village inhabited by Buddhist and few Hindus.
Simigaon to Gyalche (3300m)
The Rolwaling valley transforms into a massive ravine and drops into the Bhote Kosi. This and the previous sections get round this obstacle. From Simigaon climb over the spur and enter the lower section of the Rolwaling at half height. This dense forest is uninhabited, and a long path between rhododendron bushes, often crossed by streams , leads to a sort of Far West outpost on the river banks where the valley narrows spectacularly.
Gyalche to Beding (3650m)
As one gains height the valley begins to open, the forest becomes less dense and the impressive Gauri Shankar first comes into view. This section is reminiscent of the Alps. A walk between conifers and babbling streams, grass fields inhabited by Nyimare, Ramding and Gyabrug Yersa, leads to Beding, the main village in Rolwaling valley.
Rest day at Beding
Beding is a typical Sherpa village nestling between the river and the mountain, enclosed by dry-stone walls which mark the start of small potato fields. Few people remain in the village: those that do are women and children, as the men are hard at work with their animals or on trekking or mountaineering expeditions. This day is dedicated to acclimatising, and is a great opportunity to wash, take photos, relax, but above all breathe in the air of this place, both physically and metaphorically.
Beding to Na (4100m).
This short stretch leads to Na, a summer pasture on a plain beneath the towering Kang Nachugo (6735 m). This splendid camping place offers great views of Chobutse (6689 m).
Rest in Na & explore around Yalung La (5310m),
Exploration towards the pass on the southern side of the valley offers fantastic panoramas towards the Ripimo Glacier, Gauri Shankar and Tibet and helps the acclimatization process for the demanding days to come.
Na - Omai Tsho (4800 m) - Tsho Rolpa(4500m)
Tsho Rolpa is a glacial lake formed by a natural dam of ice and glacial morraine. Meltwater from the glaciers threatens to burst the dam and an international project Employing about 100 workers is constructing a run-off channel that should reduce the water level and protect the inhabitants of the Rolwaling valley and Bhote Kosi. This construction site is the only place where one can contact "civilisation" in case of emergency. This stretch is short but a panoramic detour on the Ripimo Shar glacier towards l’Omai Tsho (4800 m) is another good occasion to acclimatise and wander about.
Tsho Rolpa - 1st camp on the glacier (4800m),
The old path led along the northern shore of the lake to reach the Drolambau Glacier, but avalanches and landslides have destroyed it. A new path now leads up the other side to a sandy section at 4900m before returning to the rubble-covered glacier, dominated by the imposing western and eastern Bigphera-Go (6660 m and 6730 m). Camp on the glacier above the lake.
Tso Rolpa Lake to Beding
In the morning after breakfast, we will return back from highly glacial lake same way back down with passing several small streams and ascents and descents through the village of Na.
Bedding to Daldung-la
Today also we return our same way back descents through the forested area and with short glimpse of Gaurisankar until reaching Daldung-La & during the trek, we climb many ups and downs.
Daldung-la to Simigaon
Today also we return our same way back descents through the forested area and with short glimpse of Gaurisankar until reaching Shakpa. During the trek, we climb many ups and downs.untill reaching Simigaon.
Simigaon to Jagat.
In the morning after breakfast, we start our trek from the camp site and continue with climbing ups and downs until reaching Jagat passing the picturesque village and along the stream.
Trek back to Shingati.
Morning after breakfast, we leave the campsite and continue our trek with passing the scenic terraced fields and through the forest until reaching Shingati.
By Private vehicle: Shingati to Kathmandu .
Morning after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu passing the scenic river valley and picturesque villages and transfer to Hotel.
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting thelargest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and aplace which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Return to the home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.