21 Days Rolwaling & Everest
Rolwaling Valley is a Beyul, one of the lands hidden by Padmasambhava. Located to the west of Khumbu it is a very narrow and isolated valley inhabited solely by Sherpas who cultivate barley and potatoes and keep yaks (male) and naks (female). The main settlements are Beding and Na. To the western edges of the Rolwaling village, about 30 kilometres, lies the famous Mount Gauri Shankar. This beautiful valley gorged by Rolwaling Chu (River) creating access to the Khumbu region by the Tashi Lapcha pass, which is a very high and dangerous pass, at 5,755 metres, always covered by snow and ice.
Gauri Shankar is the second-highest mountain of the Rolwaling region and the central mountain of this region. The name of the mountain is given after the Hindu goddess Gauri, a manifestation of Durga and her consort Shankar, The Tibetan/Sherpa name for the peak is Jomo Tseringma or Tseringma. The Nepal Standard Time, GMT+05:45, is based on the meridian of this mountain peak
Tsho Rolpa Lake, above the Rolwaling village, will be seen when going toward Tashi Lapcha is said to be the largest of the Himalaya. This lake, which is now slowly drained, to regulate the water density, once threatened to burst and inundate the entire Rolwaling Valley. The trek to Rolwaling, especially the Tashi Lapcha Pass, is a difficult one, and people interested in it must be well prepared and accompanied by experienced Sherpa guides and assistance. The trip through the Rolwaling valley to Khumbu is considered an exciting part of mountaineering adventure.
To the south-east of the Tashi Lapcha Pass is the famous Phapchermo peak of 6,187 metres, was first climbed in 1955. Phapchermo is one of the most preferred trekking peaks is an attractive snowy peak, which lies due south of Tashi Lapcha. It has a well-defined north by a north-west ridge rising from the crevassed glacier astride the Tashi Lapcha. To the west of the ridge, the face forms a uniform snow slope broken by crevasses and rising from the rocky lower buttresses above the Drolambau glacier. Access to Phapchermo is mainly through the Rolwaling valley. The other only route to access the peak is from the Khumbu side via Namche Bazaar and Thame. The journey through Rolwaling enables one to climb one or two peaks and a fascinating crossing of a high glaciated Pass followed by a descent and a return trek through a new valley, the Khumbu or vice versa.
- Cross one of the challenging high mountain passes between Rolwaling and Khumbu valley.
- Experience a mountaineering atmosphere.
- Visits the innermost ancient villages of Rolwaling and Khumbu valley.
- See the Gauri Shanker and Everest from their best angles.
• The total length of the trip: 20 days from arrival to the day of departure • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / optionally visit UNESCO sites • Trek starting point: Gongar Khola (Chhet-Chhet) • Trek ending point: Lukla • Road transport: 4x4 Jeep Kathmandu to Gongar • Domestic flights: Lukla to Kathmandu • Highest elevation achievement: 5,756m metres Tashi Lapcha • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, tented camps Na to Thame, and teahouse Lodge on full board basis on the trek • Meals: Open menu in teahouse Lodge and expedition meals during Na village to Thame trek. • Trip grade: Moderate to challenging • Best season to trek: from the end of February to the mid of November
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350M)
Day 02: Free day / permit day
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Gongar Khola 1,400m. A 7-8h trek.
Day 04: Trek to Simigaon 1,900m. A 5h trek
Day 05: Trek to Gongang 2,200m. A 5h trek
Day 06: Trek to Pheding 3.693m. A 6h trek
Day 07: Trek to Na 4,183m. A 3h trek
Day 08: Rest and explore Na
Day 09: Trek to Cho-Rolpa Lake 4,800m. . A 5h trek.
Day 10: Trek to Noisy Knob 4,980m. A 6h trek.
Day 11: Trek to Tashi Lapcha 5,756m. A 5h trek
Day 12: Climb Phapchhermo 6,187m. & trek to Thengpo. A 9-1h climb and trek
Day 13: Trek to Thame 3,800m. A 3h trek
Day 14: Trek to Lungden 4,300m. A 6h trek
Day 15: Trek to Renjo-La 5,417m. and to Gokyo 4,750m. A 7-8h trek
Day 16: Excursion to Gokyo-Ri 5,483m. and trek to Phortse 3,840M. A 607h trek
Day 17: Trek to Khumjung and to Namche. A 5-6h trek
Day 18: Trek to Lukla. A 7h trek
Day 19: Fly to Manthali and drive to Kathmandu
Day 20: A free day / optionally take a guided city tour
Day 21: Departure
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350M)Upon your arrival, you will be received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking into the Hotel, you will be briefed about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or rest. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 02: Free day / permit dayWe provide the Hotel at the very centre of Kathmandu so one can walk nearby sanctuaries like Kathmandu Durbar Square and Soyambunath stupa etc. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Gongar Khola 1,400m. A 7-8h trek.Today we drive till the trekking starting point. It takes about eight hours drive to arrive at Gongar Khola. Until Charikot, the official centre of Dolkha district with a small town, the road until here is comparatively good. After Charikot the road is rough but takes you through sparse villages with a lovely view of the entire valley. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Simigaon 1,900m. A 5h trekThe valley becomes narrow, and the flow of Bot Khola (Tibet River) follows in its most vigorous might. You will cross many beautiful waterfalls until Chhot-Chhot. From Chhot-Chhot you will climb up for an hour to Simigaon leaving the Bot Khola. Simigaon is the first Sherpa village to Rolwaling. The people of here are comparatively prosperous than of the down valley because of its fertile land. The meaning of Simigaon is the village of beans. Beyond beans, they grow wheat, Potato, Corn and all kind of vegetables. From Simigaon one will have a charming view of Mount Gauri Shanker. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Gongang 2,200m. A 5h trekFrom today, you are entering the main Rolwaling valley the altitude is gaining quickly without letting know you. The view of Mt. Gaurishankar gives rhythm to your trek. The trail leads through forests of maple, fir, and rhododendron. In places, you will be enjoying beautiful mountain streams, waterfalls. There are several open meadows used for the cow shades, where graze Naks in winter and cows in summer. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Pheding 3.693m. A 6h trekThe trail is pleasant through the Rolwaling River. The trail leads very nearby the Mt. Gauringshankar to the winter village of Sherpas of Rolwaling. The valley is narrow, both sides surrounded by giant peaks but beautiful. Pheding (Bedding) is the main village of the Sherpas of Rolwaling. The people of this valley own three houses in 3 different parts: one for the summer in Na, one the main home in Pheding and the other for winter in Ngimare, one hour walk down from Pheding village. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Na 4,183m. A 3h trekIt is an easy trek through pasture lands until Na village. As we approach Na the valley opens broader and accordingly the mountain sceneries, in all directions. Na village is surprisingly seated in the cradle of a giant Mountain. Some time you can hear and see active avalanches by the side of the village, but it is safe. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 08: Rest and explore NaDay 08: Rest and explore Na
Day 09: Trek to Cho-Rolpa Lake 4,800m. . A 5h trek.Today we walk up till the Cho Rolpa Lake. The entire trail till the Cho-Rolpa offers a beautiful panorama of giant peaks. Time permitting one can hike up to a sacred lake beyond the Lake Cho-Rolpa. Cho Rolpa is the name of a lake formed by the glacial water. This three kilometres long lake has been declared danger of possible explode, and the water from the lake has regulated a level. Overnight stay in a Tented Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Noisy Knob 4,980m. A 6h trek.Today we walk along and across the Tsho Rolpa glacier. The path quickly takes us up through rocky and mountainous terrain. We have a beautiful view at the Tsho Rolpa Lake to the West and Tsho Rolpa glacier to the east. We go down again across boulders, often sliding down, and start crossing the rocky glacier. If there are no movements, sometimes it is difficult to find the trail. You are entirely inside mountain masses but still could find several dispersed cairns. The name Noisy Knob is very suitable for this campsite. You can hear and see many avalanches and cracking of ice chunks all day and night. One can experience a real mountain atmosphere.
Day 11: Trek to Tashi Lapcha 5,756m. A 5h trekIt is not a hard climb and dangerous to pass Tashi Lapcha. Tashilapcha is the border hill between Thame/Everest and Rolwaling region. Just on the pass stands the Phapchhermo Peak. The camp is mostly set under a giant rock locally known as Tashi Phuk (Tashi Cave). This site is prone to stone fall from the fragile mountain above us, and one needs to take special care while moving around or out of the campsite. The suggestion of the guide must follow strictly. From the saddle, the views toward Thame is open. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 12: Climb Phapchhermo 6,187m. & trek to Thengpo. A 9-1h climb and trekIf everything goes well, as planned, then we start to climb Phapchhermo early in the morning, and in the afternoon we trek down to Thengpo. Phapchermo peak of 6,187 metres was climbed in 1955 for the first time. Phapchhermo is a relatively attractive snow peak, which lies due south of Tashi Lapcha. It has a well-defined north by a north-west ridge rising from the crevassed glacier astride the Tashi Lapcha. To the west of the ridge, the face forms a uniform snow slope broken by crevasses and seracs rising from the rocky lower buttresses above the Drolambau glacier. The mountain is quite scenic with Khumbu Mountains including Everest and Rolwaling mountains. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Thame 3,800m. A 3h trekAfter breakfast, two and a half hours descend to Thame Village. It is easy and scenic trekking down full of sceneries, and we are again back to the human settlement. En route, we will visit the Thame Monastery, one of the most important and festive monasteries of the area. Visit the monastery and probably get well come with a cup of Sherpa tea (Salted tea). We then further walk down to the Thame village, the trail provides a full view of Thame and surrounding. We will arrive for lunch, which allows us a relaxing day at our guest house. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Lungden 4,300m. A 6h trekThe trail is an entry route to Tibet through Nangpa La which passes nearby Mount Cho-Oyu 8012m, first summited in 1954. We walk about 4 hours through on an old trade route to Tibet with a beautiful landscape to the village of Lungden. The name of the Lodge is suitably given Renjo La Support Lodge. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Renjo-La 5,417m. and to Gokyo 4,750m. A 7-8h trekAn important day begins with an early start since it is a long day walk. The first part of the trail brings us on top of Renjo La Pass, which is approximately 4 hours walk. After a photographic stopover, to enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Everest Range and uncountable other summits surrounding us from all directions, we start on the downhill hill for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo. The trail passes through along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda (milk lake/Gokyo Lake). The mountain sceneries of the entire day are unforgettable! Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 16: Excursion to Gokyo-Ri 5,483m. and trek to Phortse 3,840M. A 607h trekThen we continue a pleasant trek to Phortse village. The trail retraces till the first lake and then gradually goes down following the river and traverses to the Phortse village. This part of the trail is less frequented by local and trekkers, which provide sanctuary to the wild animals and birds and we may enjoy seeing some of them. The magnificent mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village we check into the Lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of Khumbu region and offers a beautiful panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru and Tengboche Monastery. Overnight stay in Lodge.
Day 17: Trek to Khumjung and to Namche. A 5-6h trekWe go down to Phortse Tenga and cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama offered by this beautiful viewpoint. The trail further descends to Khumjung village through a narrow cliff trail. At Khumjung, we will stop for lunch and see the village. The village has beautiful views of Khumbi-La, Amadablma, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusumkangru and Kongde etc. In the evening we take a short and panoramic trek down to Namche Bazaar. The first part of the trail climb to a hill ridge that divides Namche and Khumjung and then takes a very scenic trail down to Namche Bazaar.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla. A 7h trekFrom Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place with several lodges and full of nature amidst a dense forest. From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river through some small Sherpa villages and arrives at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. Today is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a 3 days' trek and bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest Base Camp! Overnight stay in Lodge.
Day 19: Fly to Manthali and drive to KathmanduWe'll board an early morning flight to Manthali and take a 4 hours' drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive in Kathmandu at around 14:00 hours. The rest of the day is free. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 20: A free day / optionally take a guided city tourA free day / optionally take a guided city tour
Day 21: DepartureBreakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your Hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport to see off formalities and departure.
|COSTS PER PERSON|
|NUMBER IN GROUP||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels|
|2 - 3 Persons||3453$||3573$|
|4 - 5 Persons||2994$||3124$|
|6 - 7 Persons||2770$||3020$|
|8- 10 Persons||2554$||2684$|
|Single room supplement||440$||560$|
|HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS|
|CITIES||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels|
|KATHMANDU||Marshyangdi or similar||Hotel Shanke or Malla|
|DURING TREK||Tented camp||Tented camp|
What is included
- Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
- 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
- Kathmandu to Gongar Khola transportation by bus
- Guide, cook, kitchen boys, Sherpa helpers and the necessary number of porters for the entire trekking period
- Insurance and all expenses of local staff
- All camping equipment such as two men dome tent (Ozark/Mountain Hardware) dining tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, toilet tent, Shower tent, hard and soft mattresses for each member and kitchen equipment for daily use.
- All necessary food and beverages for trekking / A good sleeping bag to each member / A pair of a trekking pole to each member / A trekking map and duffel bag
- A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call) / Phapchhermo climbing permit fee
- A Climbing Sherpa guide for Phapchhermo Peak / Fix rope, climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar etc. for Phapchhermo Expedition / Lukla to Manthali airfare (Tax included)
- Manthali to Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle / Gaurishanker, Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits
What is not included
- Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
- International air tickets
- Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
- Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
- Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
- Sleeping bag (one can hire with us and costs per day 1.5€ per day, pre-booking required)
- Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.
During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.
During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).
End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.
January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.
The best months to take this itinerary is from the end of February to the mid of November
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.
Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.
Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.
Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.
- To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
- Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
- Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.