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Difficulty : Strenuous

Reference Code: ROLWTNP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Singati Bazaar

Trek Days: 14 Days

Maximum Altitude: 5735m.

Age: 20 years to 60 years

Season: Autumn

Accommodation: Camp

Service: Full board

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Lukla

Trip Durations: 18 Days

Physical Rating: Strenuous

Group Size: 4-12

Theme: Walking and Black Rock Climbing

Meals: Standard

The Rolwaling is a remote valley running west to east just south of the border with Tibet. When compared with the popular Everest and Annapurna regions, this valley offers the opportunity to visit the home of the Sherpa people in an environment basically unchanged for centuries. There are 2 designated 'trekking peaks' in this high valley - Ramdung (5925m.) and Parchemo (6187m.) both offering fine viewpoints. This trekking and climbing holiday offers just about every experience possible in Nepal - from the quiet and relatively easy approach, through the terraced farmland of the Bhote Kosi and Sun Kosi valleys, to the high and remote alpine valley and glacial lakes of the upper Rolwaling and ending in the popular Everest region with its high altitude bars, cafes and hot tubs!. On top of this, there is the spectacular open mountain scenery which is encountered during the ascents of both Ramdung and Parchemo. Mountain panoramas include the magnificent Gauri Shankar, Menlungste, Everest, Makalu and all of the Khumbu summits. Each of these peaks involves strenuous, but technically easy climbing and only a single ice-axe is required. This trekking is counted as one of the hardest and sometime quite dangerous route due to rock fall and glacier walk. All the members should be physically fit and fine as well as the Nepalese staffs must be experienced, physically sound and with strong technical knowledge.

The holiday begins with a scenic drive through the foothills from Kathmandu to Gonggar. One days of trekking takes us northwards across lovely terraced hillsides to the start of the Rolwaling Valley at Simigaon. Ascending the Rolwaling we pass through the Sherpa settlement of Beding before reaching the high summer pastures of Na Gaon where the narrow valley opens up into a wide bowl, giving us our first taste of open, mountain scenery after the confines of the lower valley. We spend rest days at Beding and at Na Gaon, which helps with acclimatisation, before proceeding to our basecamp below the Yalung La. Here, we have allowed more time for acclimatisation. The trek is only just beginning to get into its swing, as we intend to leave the Rolwaling Valley by way of the magnificent Tesi Lapcha into the Khumbu Valley. The crossing of this pass presents one of the finest trekking challenges in the Nepal Himalaya. It begins with a difficult climb beside an icefall into the spectacular Upper Drolambu Glacier; a world of ice and snow which is completely surrounded by towering 7000-metre peaks. The crossing of the Tesi Lapcha itself is a fitting climax to this classic trek. Camping just beyond the pass, we take the opportunity to make a one-day ascent of Parchemo, a stunning peak which rises abruptly above the Tesi Lapcha. We then drop down into the Thame Valley, Khumjung for Panoramic view of 8000m. peaks and thence to Namche Bazaar and on to the high airstrip at Lukla. This is unquestionably one of the finest trekking and climbing holidays in the entire Himalaya.

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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.

Approximate Driving Hours: 30 minutes
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: None

Day 02 Rest and preparation day

A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 03 Drive to Singati Bazaar(950m.)

After breakfast we leave Kathmandu with tourist bus altogether with Nepalese staffs to Singati Bazaar via Charikot. The driving route is full of scenic hill and typical Nepalese village with paddy field. The road to Charikot bazaar is in good condition and after that the road get dusty and bumpy. After reaching Singati bazaar we camp overnight. If time gets too dark then we can stay in lodge for this night but food will be provided from our own camp.

drive 7-8 hours

Day 04 Trek to Jagat(1150m.)

Through Bhote Koshi river, Pass fir hamlets, and villages walking through a forest, we will get a chance to see Gauri Shankar Himal (7145m). From Shigati, we will head towards Jagat and spend the rest of the day there.

6-7 hours

Day 05 Trek to Simi goan(2036m.)

Today, we will trek from Jagat to Simigaon (2020m.) taking around seven and half hours. In the beginning the path follows flat route after that it moves up and down through the forest. Number of villages comes on our way. Steeply making way up to Simigaon, we will reach at a village occupied by few Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at Simigaon.

6 hrs

Day 06 Trek to Dokhang(2790m.)

We leave Simigaon and move down by a gentle slope and trek around the ridge by ascending up the steep stony steps. Now we go into the forested area on the edge, with some rising and falling path, very close to the Rolwaling River. After that, we again have steep way up through the woody area with glance of Gaurishankar and after the steep climb, the trail reaches to Dokhang.

Day 07 Trek to Beding(3740m.)

We will gradually climb the valley with good mountain scenery. Continuing the trek, we will go on until we come across the natural and flat terrain. Finally, we will reach to Bedding.  We will visit the ochre-colored Gompa at Bedding, the largest village in the Valley.

5-6 hrs

Day 08 Trek to Na(4180m.)

Today we will move to Na leaving Beding, a summer meadow on a plain under the gigantic Kang Nachugo (6735 m). It is one of the superb camping places that offers great vistas of Chobutse (6689 m). 

4-5 hrs

Day 09 Rest for AMS

We have a day rest at Na Gaun today after a long day travel the day before. And also in order to properly acclimatize at the high altitude, we relax today. Alternatively, you can go around for sightseeing at Na Gaon.

Day 10 Trek to Tso Rolpa Glacier Lake(4540m.)

We leave Na village and go across the wooden bridge over the Rolwaling River. Now our way have a slightly vertical ascent and will observe several types of edelweiss budding in this area. We will be trekking in between two glaciers and go into the ablation valley and then very quickly see the Tsho Rolpa ice Lake. 

4-5 hrs

Day 11 Trek to Glacier camp(4735m.)

Above Tsho Rolpa (4540m), we walk up to the lateral moraines of the Rolwaling glacier. This day we need to be cautious while walking as there is little danger of falling stones from above hills.

Day 12 Trek to Ngole(5130m.) by crossing Tashi Lapcha La(5735m.)

The Teshi Lapcha La goes through these mountains with the foot slopes of Parchomo Peak. The descent on the other side is steep and very rough through boulder fields.

8-9 hrs

Note: if we are interested to climb Parchomo Peak(6273m.) then we need to have additional 2 days in this itinerary. But we need to decide it earlier in Kathmandu as we need peak climbing permit to climb this peak.

Day 13 Trek to Thame(3820m.)

Cross river through ancient rhododendron, oak and pine forests interspersed with terraced fields adjoining the numerous villages of the region.

6 hrs

Day 14 Trek to Namchebazaar(3440m.)

Today, we will walk beside the river and, after coming across we make our way up through birch and rhododendron forest to Thamo which is the last control point of Original Everest Marathon.then we walk to Namche Bazaar. This is the biggest and touristic village in Everest region. It is the gate way of Mt. Everest Base camp.There is plenty of tourist facilities in this area like WiFi, Coffee bar, pubs, cake shop etc.

4 hrs

Day 15 Trek to Lukla (2840m.)

We may awake to the sound of Tibetan horns high above the village. From here the deep valley of the Dudh Khosi drops away as we climb to Lukla. After reaching Lukla we celebrate the success of this trip along with all Nepalese staffs,

5 hrs

Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu

Weather-permitting, we fly from the tiny mountain airstrip back to Kathmandu, with a last chance to glimpse the mighty snowcapped Himalaya in the distance.

flight: 25 min; drive 45 min

Day 17 Rest and final shopping day

This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.

Day 18 Final departure

We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.

Drive: 45 minutes


All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
Domestic Air fare (LUK-KTM) with airport tax
Cargo charges
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system)
Everest National Park Entry fee and Gaurishankar National Park Entry fee

Special NMA Peak Climbing Permit

All necessery climbing equipments
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
All required Nepalese staffs
All Nepalese staffs insurance
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.


International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)

All Personal Climbing equipments
Personal Medicine
Telephone and internet charges
Laundry charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staffs and porters Tips...

Equipment List

Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.

More Lists
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?

» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM

Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

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