This non touristic and less crowded Rolwaling village trek provides an experience the remoteness of this region, romantic mountain views, diverse flora and fauna and rich local cultures. This trek requires a good walking experience and a good physical form.
The main attractions are Great nunnery Gompa monastery called Bigu Gompa wth 300 nuns, ethnic Tamang and Sherpa villages, their authentic culture, view of Gaurishankar (7,145m), Melungtse (7,181m) and other mountains, a great landscapes, the village of Beding (3,690m) and monastery, the village of Na (4,183m), Tso Rolpa glacier lake etc. The land is full of the tales of the yeti, the elusive snow man in the world and it is the place where some mountaineers arranged expedition to hunt yetis in the past. Beding is the last permanent settlement & Na Gaun which is only the summer settlement, is the highest altitude reached in the trek.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Rolwaling Trek. Maximum Elevation: 4400m Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 23 Days Mode of Operation: camping Trek. Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people
Outline Itinerary: Rolwaling Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 02: Formalities for permits and trek preparation hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 03: Kathmandu to Barabise by bus 6 hours.Overnight Camping Day 04: Barabise trek to Kabre 1605 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 05: Kabre trek to Dolangsa 5 hours Overnight Camping Day 06: Dolangsa trek to Bigu Gompa 2310 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 07: Bigu Gompa trek to Chilangka 1923 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 08: Chilangka trek to Dulong 1890 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 09: Dulong trek to Shalu 1500 m. 5 hours Overnight Camping Day 10: Shalu trek to Simi gaon 2000 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 11: Simi gaun trek to Forest camp 2800 m.6 hours Overnight Camping Day 12: Forest camp trek to Beding 3694 m.6 hours Overnight Camping Day 13: Rest at Beding Day 14: Beding trek to Na gaun 4183 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 15: Explore around Na gaun & visit to Tso Rolpa Glacier Lake 4400m. 6 hours Overnight Camping Day 16: Na gaun trek to Forest camp 5 hours Overnight Camping Day 17: Forest camp trek to Chet chet 1500 m.6 hours Overnight Camping Day 18: Chet chet trek to Chetre 1000 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 19: Chetre trek to Dolakha 950 m.5 hours Overnight Camping Day 20: Dolakha to Charikot 2000 m.6 hours Overnight Camping Day 21: Charikot to Kathmandu by bus 6 hours hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 23: International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Ghaurishankar Conservation and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tented camping with foam mattress twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu to Barabise & Charikot to Kathmandu by local bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow