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Rolwaling Valley Trekking – 7 Days

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -10°C to 16°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 7 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate View Difficulty Detail

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April & May

Rolwaling Valley Trek is a unique and lesser-known trekking destination in the Everest region of Nepal. Its off-the-beaten trail takes you into the Gauri Shakar Conservation Area and is close to the Tibetan border.

The Rolwaling Valley is also known as the “Grave” because of its challenging topographical location. Similarly, the valley has another name, “The Land of Yeti,” you will hear many local stories about its sightings and existence.  It is a region’s hidden gem with serene and untouched natural beauty. But the trek is a difficult venture requiring basic peak climbing skills. It is more like climbing than trekking.

Despite its challenges, the Rolwaing Trek is a rewarding and remarkable journey. It is even among some of the best treks in Nepal. The breathtaking view of Mt. Langtang, Gauri Shankar, and Mt. Everest is the trekking’s main draw to Rolwaling Valley. En route, trekkers will also come across several glacial lakes, glaciers, moraines, high pastures, waterfalls, remote communities, and other natural features.

Few trekkers have successfully completed this journey because of its remote location. The valley was closed to outsiders until recent years. When one descends to this lovely valley, the trail between the vast mountains and the surrounding splendor graces them.

The Rolwaling Trek is a one-of-a-kind high-altitude journey into a remote area of the Everest region. The trail passes the ancient Sherpa settlement of Beding and Na, which has a rich Tibetan Buddhist culture. These communities offer traditional local traditions and the most difficult Tashi Lapcha pass between Rolwaling Valley and the Khumbu region. The optimum seasons to complete the Rolwaling trip are spring and fall. This trekking is best suited for experienced hikers or seasoned trekkers.

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Highlights

  • Commence on a thrilling adventure to the Land of Yeti.
  • Traverse through charming Sherpa settlements, ancient monasteries, dense woodland, green pastures, cascading waterfalls, rivers, and glaciers.
  • Trek on an off-beat and isolated trail of the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area.
  • Get to witness the diverse Himalayan flora and fauna.
  • Visit the picturesque and ancient village of Beding and Na.
  • Grand view of Mount Everest, Gauri Shankar, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, Ramdung, Yalung Ri, Pharchamo, and other peaks.
  • Take an excursion to the stunning turquoise Tso Rolpa Lake.
  • Learn about the Sherpa community’s unique culture, traditions, and customs.

How Difficult is Rolwaling Valley Trek?

Rolwaling Valley Trek is a challenging trek that requires reasonable fitness, strength, and stamina. Trekkers have to walk on varied terrain while making steep ascends and descends. The trek has a moderate grade but can get physically demanding as you climb to higher altitudes. On average, trekkers walk 5 to 6 hours each day.

The highest point of the Rolwaling Valley Trek is Tso Rolpo Lake, at an altitude of 4500 meters. Hence, there is a risk of altitude sickness. Trekkers must take proper acclimatization and precautions. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the weather becomes more unpredictable. The rapidly changing weather can make the trek more challenging.

The Rolwaling Valley falls in a remote area. Hence, there is a lack of infrastructure, and the accommodations are also basic. Trekking to Rolwaing Valley requires proper physical and mental preparation for a safe and comfortable experience.

January
-10°C to 5°C
February
-8°C to 6°C
March
-5°C to 8°C
April
-2°C to 10°C
May
2°C to 13°C
June
5°C to 15°C
July
7°C to 16°C
August
7°C to 16°C
September
5°C to 15°C
October
0°C to 11°C
November
-5°C to 8°C
December
-8°C to 6°C

Best Season for Rolwaling Valley Trek

The best seasons for Rolwaling Valley Trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). These seasons offer the best weather and temperature for trekking. Similarly, there is less rainfall, and the views are stunning. The landscapes are also vibrant and thriving at these times of the year.

Rolwaling Valley’s temperature ranges from -10°C to 16°C throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 16°C, and the minimum is  -10°C. There is a drastic change in temperature between lower and high-altitude regions. The daytime temperature in spring and autumn ranges between 5°C to 15°C.

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Jagat /Chhochhot - Trek to Simigaun

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km/08 hours drive - 8 km./02 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Jagat

Altitude

2020m./6666ft.

After an early breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, you will meet with your guide. Then, you will drive towards Jagat, the starting point of your trek. The drive will take around 8-9 hours, passing through scenic countryside, rural villages, hills, and rivers. You will stop for lunch and rest before reaching Jagat in the late afternoon.

From Chhochhot, it is a short hike to Simigaun. The trail will take you through beautiful forests, crossing several suspension bridges and passing by small villages. You will stop for a short break before heading towards Simigaun. You will arrive in Simigaun late in the afternoon and stay overnight.

Day 2

Trek to Dongang

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Dongang

Altitude

2790m./9207ft.

After breakfast in Simigaun, you will begin your trek towards Dongang. On this day, you will enter the Rolwaling River valley. The trail crosses several streams and waterfalls through rhododendron and pine forests. The off-beat trail is also distinct; you are less likely to lose your way. Today, it is mostly an uphill, steep trek inside the dense forest trail.

You will take a short lunch break around midday. Then, it is a steep uphill climb to Gyalche. It takes around half an hour to reach Dongan, a small village in a beautiful valley on the river bank. We will stay overnight in a cozy lodge at Dongang.

Day 3

Trek to Beding

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km./06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Beding

Altitude

3700m./12210ft.

Our destination for the day is Beding, a beautiful village at the foot of the Rolwaling Himal range. It is a long and demanding climb as we trek to higher altitudes. You will begin by crossing a bridge from Dongang and heading north. Then, you will cross the Rolwaling Khola. While trekking, you can view stunning landscapes of snow-capped mountains and glaciers.

Then, you will cross the Themlung River before reaching the Themlung Valley. From here, you can get a closer look at Mount Gauri Shankar. Similarly, you will see numerous traditional houses and yaks grazing leisurely on the green pastures. En route, you will cross other picturesque settlements such as Jobalu, Nyiamare, Ramding, and Chimmu Golche. Finally, we will arrive at the beautiful and biggest village in the Rolwaling Valley, Beding.

Day 4

Trek to Na - Excursion to Tso Rolpa

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km./06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Na

Altitude

4200m./13860ft.

After breakfast, you will trek towards Na, a small village above Beding. As you ascend to a higher altitude, the valley opens up and offers spectacular views. The trail will take you through beautiful icefalls, waterfalls, glaciers, and high mountain passes. Similarly, the vegetation also becomes sparse, with few grasslands and alpine meadows.

You will stop for lunch at a cozy teahouse in Na village. After lunch, you will continue your excursion towards Tso Rolpa, a stunning glacial lake at an altitude of 4500m. The trail goes north, and you must cross the Rolwaling River again. After a few hours of trek, you will reach Tso Rolpa Lake, which sits at the end of the Ripimoshar Glacier. After exploring for a while, you will retrace your way back to Na for an overnight stay.

Day 5

Trek to Dongang

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km./06 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Dongang

Altitude

2790m./9207ft.

It is time to head back, and you will start your trek back towards Dongang. It descends on the same trail you previously climbed. The trail will once again take you through similar landscapes. You will arrive in Dongang late afternoon.

Day 6

Trek to Gongar Khola

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km./05 hours walk

Accommodation

Lodge in Gongar Khola

Altitude

1430m./4719ft.

After breakfast, start your trek towards Gongar Khola, a small village at the bottom of the valley. It is the final day of your trek, so soak into the beauty of the trail, magnificent scenery, and mountain vistas. After a 6-hour trek, you will reach Gongar Khola, the final stop for the day.

Day 7

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

170km./08 hours drive

Altitude

1295m./4273ft.

You will have your final breakfast in the Everest region before your drive back to Kathmandu. The vehicle retraces the same route that you took on your way to Jagat. The journey will be complete after you reach Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport)  in Kathmandu.
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Lodge accommodation( Twin share) during the trekking.
  • One experienced, well trained, fluent English /Local Language speaking, friendly and government authorized trekking guide and required porters (one porter for two persons).
  • Guide’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Necessary permits and documents.
  • Oxygen saturation check up everyday, A trek map, first aid medicines, water purification, Trekking completion certificate etc.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Assistance for Emergency Rescue Evacuation.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Not included

  • Hotel and Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, hot shower, hot water, battery charge etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porter.( Highly suggested ).

Book the Trip

Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 2 - 4 $650.00 PP $550.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $630.00 PP $530.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $610.00 PP $510.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $590.00 PP $490.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $570.00 PP $470.00 PP
Group of 21 - 24 $550.00 PP $450.00 PP

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Additional Trip Information

Where is Rolwaling Valley Located?

The Rolwaling Valley is in northeastern Nepal. It lies west of Everest, close to the Tibet border. It is within the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area and below the towering Mount Gauri Shankar (7,145 meters). It is one of the most remote valleys in Nepal, with off-beat and less-frequented trails. Due to its challenging and remote location, Rolwaling Valley is the perfect venture for adventure seekers.

The trail begins from the subtropical lush forests, which change into forests of conifers and highland pastures.  The Rolwaling Valley has several names, such as Grave and the Land of Yeti. The rough and rocky terrains and desert-like landscape gave the valley its nickname as “Grave.” The valley is home to the gorgeous Tso Rolpa Lake and offers magnificent mountain views.

How do you get from Kathmandu to Rolwaling Valley?

You will begin by driving from Kathmandu to Jagat via Prithvi Highway. It is an 8 to 9 hours drive, passing by picturesque countryside, hills, rivers, and banks. Jagat is the starting point of the trek. The trek route from here enters the dense woodland. Along the way, you will pass by several suspension bridges, traditional settlements, valleys, gorges, rivers, and glaciers. You will mostly walk on off-beat but distinct trails. The terrains are rough and rocky, and the landscape becomes more desert-like as you reach higher altitudes.

Your first stop will be in Simigaon. From here, you will head to Dongang, Beding, and Na. Beding and Na are ancient Sherpa villages and popular stops during Rolwaling Valley Trek. From Na, you will hike to the gorgeous turquoise glacial lake, Tso Rolpa. Then, you will retrace your step back to Dongang and Gonga Khola before driving back to Kathmandu.

Rolwaling Valley Trek Cost

The cost of the Rolwaling Valley Trek can vary depending on the itinerary, duration, and services. The trek cost usually ranges between USD 500 to USD 1500. Nepal Alternative Treks also offers group discounts. Our standard 7-day Rolwaling Valley Trek includes airport transfer in Kathmandu, transportation, meals during trekking (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), accommodation, permits, guide fees, and porter fees.

The trek cost can increase accordingly if you want to extend your stay or add services. Our package does not cover visa fees, travel insurance, accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, drinks and beverages, hot shower charges, battery charges, etc.

Permits Required for Rolwaling Valley Trek

For the Rolwaling Valley Trek, trekkers will require two permits: a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and a Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Permit.  

The costs of the TIMS card are as follows: 

Solo SAARC Nationals NPR 600 Green card
Group SAARC Nationals NPR 300 Blue card
Solo Non-SAARC Nationals NPR 1000 Green card
Group Non-SAARC Nationals NPR 2000 Blue card

The Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Entry Permit costs NPR 3000 per person.

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