Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Khumbu trek provides an experience of the remote places near to the Tibetan border, west of the Khumbu region and just south of the magnificent Gauri Shankar Himal. Rolwaling region is wild and hardly explored where legendary tales of monstrous snowman called as “YETI” haunt the imagination of climbers. Here on slope of Rolwaling peak, Eric Shipton the famous British mountaineer photographed the first Yeti footpring in 1951. In this trek, we find romantic mountain views, diverse flora and fauna and rich local culture of both Sherpa and Tamang people. Sherpa calls Rolwaling as ‘the grave’ because the valley is so deeply buried between the vertical mountains.
Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha khumbu trekking is one of the most challenging trek in Nepal. It requires expedition style trek with full logistic support. Our trek begin from Shingati (Dolkha) passing through beautiful village of Beding and Na. We camp near to the splendid Tso Rolpa lake (largest Glacier lake of Nepal) before making our way to cross Tashi Lapcha pass 5755m, one of the tough Himalaya pass. Then we finally enters to the Khumbu region. Tashi laptsha pass acts as bridge between Rolwaling and Khumbu region. We spend one extra more day in Namche Bazar to relax and soak our body of tough trekking previous days. Finally, our trek ends with descend to Lukla and flying back to Kathmandu the next day.
Important notes :
a. Rolwaling Tashi Lapsa Khumbu trek crosses high Himalaya glacier and altitude of over 5700m with extreme temperatures of -10 to -20 degree. It is crucial to follow expedition style camping trekking facilities with highly experience Sherpa and staffs.
b. Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. In case of bad weather, flight are cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip. Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.
You can combine this trek with
1. From Beding , extend 4 days to climb Yalung Ri or Ramdung Peak
2. From Tashi Lapcha Pass, extend 3 days to climb Pachermo Peak
3. From Thame Continue to Everest Base Camp trek or climb peaks in Khumbu region.
Please contact us if you like any extension for this trip.
What are included in the package
- All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers (Pick up and drops)
- 3 nights stay in Kathmandu, Hotel in b/b basis
- Rolwaling Area Permit, National park & Conservation area fee all applicable permit & taxes
- Food : 3 meals a day during the trekking day, tea and coffee
- Twin sharing accommodation in tea house/lodge
- One English speaking experienced Nepali guide
- Full board meals on trekking and climbing
- porters as necessary for whole program
- Tent with mattress for Base camp and high camp use
- 1 kitchen tent, 1 dining tent, lighting, gas heating,
- Guide flight, wages, daily allowances and insurance
- Salary, allowance insurances for staff
- Flight Lukla – Kathmandu, domestic air tax
- Farewell dinner
- Rescue evacuation co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
- All transportation as per the itinerary
What are not included in the package
- International air ticket and airport taxes
- Lunch and dinner while stay in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Personal Trekking Equipment for trek
- All expenses of personal nature like: bar and beverages bills, telephone calls etc
- Personal Travel insurance
- Staffs tips
- All not mentioned in cost includes
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02- Sightseeing trip / Trek preparation
Kathmandu valley is has fantastic UNESCO world heritages all around. Today after the breakfast, you’ll be visiting Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings). The lifestyle of the Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, the fascinating history and the awe-inspiring architecture will be the highlight of this day. You can also buy or rent any needed gear or clothing from trekking/mountaineering shops. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 03 - Drive Kathmandu to Shigati (950m). To Suri Dobhan
From Kathmandu, we head northeast on the Friendship Highway which connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. At 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 for our overnight stay. O/N Tented Camp (BLD)
Day 04 – Suri Dobhan to Jagat (1440m). 5-6 hrs.
Today we 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. On the way we cross the suspension bridge and reach Jagat, a small township with people belonging to different ethnic groups. O/N Tented Camp (BLD)
Day 05 – Jagat to Simigaun (1990m) 7-8 hrs
It takes almost seven and half hours to reach Simigaon from Jagat. As we proceed forward, we follow the flat path and it ascends and descends through the thick jungle. You cross the suspension bridges several times. You also come across many villages on the trail. Small tea shops and local shops are available on the trail. Then we ascend up to Simigaon and this small village is inhabited by the Buddhist and Hindus. O/N Tented Camp (BLD)
Day 06 – Simigaon to Kharka (2900m). 6 hrs
We pass by a few more Sherpa settlements. On a clear morning the fascinating views of Mt Gaurishankar above the Rolwaling Valley can be seen. From the ridge top at Simigaun, we continue our walking towards the Rolwaling Valley. The trail climbs a rocky, wooded ridge with beautiful pine forests. We again descend to the river of Rolwaling Khola (river). O/N tented Camp (BLD)
Day 07 – Kharka to Beding (3690m). 4 hrs
Our trail ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. We continue our trek along the left bank of the Rolwaling Khola (river). Continuing along the deep river valley, we arrive at a tributary river from Gaurishankar. Here we enjoy the fantastic views of Mt 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. O/N Tented camp (BLD)
Day 08 - Rest day at Beding
Today is the rest day for acclimatization. You can go for a short hike in the surrounding for acclimatization. In the surrounding, the breathtaking views of Gauri Shankar and Tibetan mountain arrest your attention. O/Nt tented camp (BLD)
Day 09 – Beding to Na (4180m).4-5 hrs
From Beding, we trek towards Na and its four to five hours trek. You can explore the upper slopes of the valley for snow today. You can also visit the nearby glacier too. The trek goes up along the river bank. This place is very open and it offers fresh air and charming sound the river. As the trek proceeds forward, you come across the panoramic view of the mountains. In addition, we also come across the Sherpa village and explore their specialties. O/N tented camp (BLD)
Day 10 – Na to Tso Rolpa Lake (4588m). 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. O/N tented camp (BLD)
Day 11 – Tso Rolpa lake to Trakarding Glacier (4800m). 4 hrs
Early morning trek to head towards Trakarding glacier. Walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the beauty of the surrounding environment. The trail ascends through some rock climbing and a gradual walk on the glacier moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs. O/N tented camp (BLD)
Day 12 – Trakarding Glacier to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp (5010m). 5 hrs
After breakfast we start our journey, Today trek follows high slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section, but now we have to trek along the centre on the hard rocky glacier. Steady walk lead to the lowest point of the icefall and then climbing to the easiest point to gain the Drolambau glacier. Here, we will be able to view majestic mountain scenery. Continuing further downhilll, we camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi Camp at the foot of Tashi Lapcha pass. O/N tented camp (BLD)
Day 13 - Tashi Lapcha BC to Tashi Lapcha pass (5755m) to Thengpo (4370m) 7-8 hrs
Today is the longest day of our trek. We climb to the top of Taashi Lapcha which is the highest point of this Rolwaling Khumbu trek. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Khumbu peaks including Everest, Makalu among others. Descend to Col then to Thengpo. O/N tented camp (BLD)
Day 14 – Thengpo to Thame (3820m). 5 hrs
Today is easy walking as compared to previous day. 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 will 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. O/N at Teahouse (BLD)
Day 15 – Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 5 hrs
At Thame, the old trade route over the Nangpa-la into Tibet branches North, following the Bhote Koshi, which incidentally is the 2-3 river so named on this trek. The trail descends gently at first and then steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains. Overnight at Teahouse (BLD)
Day 16 – Rest day at Namche Bazaar.
We will walk a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also may hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 17 - Namche Bazzar to Phakding to Lukla: 6 - 7 hrs
We trace the route passing through Hillary suspension bridge and through the Sherpa villages. The last day of trek is traditionally completed by party with your trekking crew. All are in happy and celebration mood for accomplishing the great Everest base camp trek. This will also be last day of yours in the mountain. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 18 - Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to Hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 19 - Contingency and rest day Kathmandu
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 20 – Trip ends, Farewell and Departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
While on trek, most of the accommodation will be in tent since there are no lodges in Rolwaling area but you'll be accommodate in lodges in Everest area. The lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
FLIGHT DELAYS IN KATHMANDU-LUKLA
Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.
If you have to wait in Kathmandu at beginning of the trip due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation in Kathmandu is not included so you will have to pay extra for this.
Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average. It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, our experienced cook and kitchen staffs will prepare your breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. Meals will be mostly of Continental, Italian, Indian and Nepal cuisine. Every morning, our staff will provide you with boiled water to carry and drink through out the day.
You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February. The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Water bottle Toiletries
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.