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Rolwaling Trek

Trip Introduction

Rolwaling Trek

The Rolwaling trek is one of the strenuous wilderness  trek of Nepal. This  trek starts from Dolakha, near Charikot, an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. And it  provides an experience the remoteness of this region, romantic mountain views, diverse flora and fauna and rich local cultures. Rolwaling Trek is a wild and little-frequented trekking route, situated east-west valley below the Mt. Guri Shanker (7,145m) - the standard time line of Nepal, and just south of the Tibetan border. This remote trekking trail offers you real Nepalese lifestyle and great experience fascinate Nepalese and Tibetan mixed culture. Breathtaking gigantic mountains panoramic view, un-spoilt people custom, ancient Buddhist monastery and “off the beaten natural beauties” on her lap, varieties of vegetation and rare wildlife are main attraction of the Trekking in Rolwaling.

 

 

Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade:Moderate

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  walking : 5  hours

Trek Type: Camping  Trekking

Maximum Elevation: 5,310m

Duration :19  days

Region:  Rolwaling Region

The Route: KTM – Singati – Tsho Rolpa Lake and Kathmandu.

Mode of Travel: Ground transportation

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: 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!

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

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!

 

Day 03: 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.



Day 04: 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.



Day 05: 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.



Day 06: 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.



Day 07: 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.



Day 08: 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.



Day 09: 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).



Day 10: 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.



Day 11: 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.



Day 12:  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.



Day 13: 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.



Day 14: 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.



Day 15: 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.



Day 16: 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.



Day 17: 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.



Day 18: 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.



Day 19: Kathmandu sighteeing

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.

 

Day 20:  Depart, Return to the home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

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 wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We understand that after a hard day trekking the need for some comfort is very important. At Top of the World Treks we only use the best possible accommodation and also food.  We allow our customers to chose from the menu and eat what they would like and this is included in the cost of the trip. We choose places with the best hygiene possible. 

If your trip includes camping we will take a train chef and kitchen staff to ensure the food is also to the highest standard although choices from a menu will not be available.

 

This price includes the following:

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)

Cost Not Includes

Nepal visa.

International airfare.

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.

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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 seeling 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 guide line.The basic check list 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 weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list 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 weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 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  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (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.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    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  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

     

    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 ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea 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.

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