Rolwaling Valley Trek
Rolwaling Valley Trek
Rolwaling Valley Trek

Rolwaling Valley Trek

Duration12 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude4580 M
Group Size1-12
Best TimeMarch to May & Sept to Dec

Rolwaling Valley Trek Highlights

  • Yeti stories
  • One of the offbeat trekking in Nepal
  • Exploration of the ethnic villages including Sherpa villages
  • Appropriate destination for flower-watching tours, ice climbing, trekking, and peak climbing
  • Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580m)
  • Flora and fauna like white monkeys, snow leopards, musk deer, and red pandas of Gaurishankar Conservation Area
  • Nearly 50 snowy peaks including Gaurishankar (7,134m), Mt. Melungtse (7,181m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Mt. Tashi Lapcha (5,755m), etc.

Rolwaling Valley Trek Overview

Rolwaling Valley Trek is one of the off-beat trekking in Nepal. Rolwaling Valley is located between the Langtang region and the Everest region. It is recognized by different nicknames like “the Grave”, “Land Yeti” and “the Home of the Summiteers.”

Visiting this hidden valley in the Eastern Himalayas lets you be familiar with the Yeti. The people of this valley narrate interesting stories about the abominable creature Yeti. Therefore, it is called the Land of Yeti.

As this region was less visited by the national and international tourists. This is why, it is also said to be the grave, the place which is the least visited by the people. Most of the Sherpa males of this valley are involved in expeditions and mountaineering. Hence, it is also known as the Land of the Summiteers as well.

Rolwaling Valley Trek is a perfect combination of natural beauty and cultural diversity. The flora and fauna of Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GSCA) are the attractions of this trek.

The Sherpa or Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition are the assets of this valley. You will visit the ancient monasteries, chortens, and mane walls decorated by prayer flags.

You will witness nearly 50 snow-capped peaks of the Langtang region, Rolwaling Range, and Everest region. Mt. Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Mt. Melungtse (7,181 m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Mt. Tashi Lapcha (5,755 m) and numerous natural waterfalls all over the valley. Tso Rolpa (4,580 m) and Omi Tso are the two glacier lakes in this region.

Rolwaling Valley Trek Difficulty

The Rolwaling Valley trek takes you to one of the offbeat paths of Nepal. To talk about the Rolwaling Valley trek difficulty, we should consider some vital factors. They are trekking hours per day, the condition of Nepal trekking trails, the altitude gain and the availability of teahouses or lodges including the support of a porter or guide.

You have to walk for about 5/6 hours per day along the rugged trails going uphill and downhill. The trails to the Rolwaling Valley trek are less frequented, so they may not be in perfect condition throughout the year.

5 days of this trek (Dongdong, Beding, Na, Dongdong plus acclimatization day) will be spent above 2,500 m. You know as soon as you reach higher than 2,500 m, there is the possibility of altitude sickness.

Besides, Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580 m) is the highest place to reach during this trek. You should take some precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Keeping hydrated; having enough food and resting including walking slowly by taking rest are some ways to fight back against this health hazard.

As it is a teahouse trekking in Nepal, you don’t have to worry about accommodation and food services. The teahouses and lodges en route Tso Rolpa Lake are of basic types providing basic facilities.

Moreover, if you have a guide or porter, you can do Rolwaling trek without any difficulty. They will help you in case of health problems like altitude sickness.

The children and senior citizens cannot do this trek due to its difficulty. You should have a habit of regular walking and exercise. For beginner trekkers, this trip may be difficult,  however, for the ones who have previous Nepal trekking experience, it is not a problem!

Rolwaling Valley Trek Permits                                                                           

Rolwaling Valley trek lies in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GSCA). Therefore, you should have a GSCA Entry Permit and TIMS Card as Rolwaling Valley trek permits. Both permits can be received from the Tourist Service Center, Kathmandu by paying the specified charges.

TIMS Card cost is USD 10 for an organized Nepal trek while USD 20 for an independent trekking in Nepal. For the GSCA Entry Permit, you have to pay USD 30 for a permit.

If you an independent trekker, you should manage this yourself. But, if you book this trip with a local tour operator, they will manage this for you.

Talking about GSCA Entry Permit, you can also get it from its office at Shivalaya Checkpoint, Dolakha. Shivalaya lies between Jiri and Jagat. The officers check you at the checkpost and let you move ahead only if you have the necessary permits.

Best Time for Rolwaling Valley Trek

Rolwaling Valley Trek is accessible throughout the year. However, sometimes the Tso Rolpa Lake section remains closed due to heavy snowfalls in winter. Similarly, the lower sections are muddy and slippery in the summer season if it rains heavily over there.

Rolwaling Valley is a famous tourist destination in Nepal for its seasonal activities. In June and July, a large scope of diverse species of colorful flowers blossom there. So, it is best for flowering viewing trek flowering viewing trek in this time.

From mid-November to February, it is good to plan Rolwaling hiking to experience ice climbing and playing with Himalayan snow. Likewise, Spring and Autumn are the best times for peak climbing and trekking in Rolwaling Valley. In these seasons, the weather remains stable and appropriate for these activities.

Rolwaing Valley Trek Itinerary

Rolwaling Valley Trek is a customizable package. You can consult with the local tour operator you book this trip. Generally, the Rolwaling Valley trek itinerary can be customized from 6 days to 21 days.

Your holiday, budget, and willingness are some major factors to consider while planning this trek. The itinerary of the Rolwaling trek can be extended if you want to cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 m) and do the Everest region trek.

Crossing Tashi Lapcha Pass gives you a lifetime memory of crossing a High Himalayan pass of the Nepalese Himalayas. Additionally, this pass connects you with the Everest Base Camp Trek as well.

From Tashi Lapcha Pass, you have glimpses of the mountain giants of Langtana and Khumbu region. Nevertheless, a Pachermo Peak Climbing permit is required for the Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek.

Rolwaling Valley Trek Map

Rolwaling Valley Trek begins from Jagat where you can drive within 10 hours from Kathmandu. You drive along the blacktopped and dusty-bumpy road past Jiri and Shivalaya to reach Jagat. From Jagat, you trek further through Simigaun, Dongdong, and Bedding. From Bedding, you hike to Na Village, which is located just underneath Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580 m). By keeping your backpack at a hotel, you ascend toward one of the highest-placed glacial lakes of Nepal.

After getting the lifetime achievement of reaching Tso Rolpa Lake, you descend towards Na. Spending a night at Na, you return to Dongdong and then Gonger Khola the following day. Finally, you drive back to Kathmandu via the same pitch and off-road for about 10 hours.

Trip PlanExpand All

Upon arrival, reception at the Tribhuvan International Airport and hotel transfer. Visit around Thamel Bazar on your own after becoming fresh.

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour with the tour guide of NTR. Guiding through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (7 in the Capital City out of 10 in Nepal). Mostly, four of these sites: the Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa are visited. The art and architecture including historical importance are the alluring factors of them.

In the evening, the trekking guide gives you all the t information about Rolwaling Valley trek itinerary.

The journey begins after having breakfast at the hotel. You will drive along the Araniko Highway up to Khadichaur and then take right turn enjoying the panoramic vistas of the Himalayas and green forests. Driving for about 10 hours, you reach Jagat by crossing Lamosanghu and Charikot of Dolakha. Overnight at a lodge or homestay.

The snaky trail takes you through some classic Sherpa villages like Chetchet. By crossing the bridge over the Tama Koshi River, you reach a beautiful village called Simigaun. Here, you can take a side trip to a Buddhist monastery located on top of a cliff.

Assimilating the fertile soil of the Rolwaling River Valley, you keep moving further. The trekking becomes more fascinating as you get to cross dense forests of rhododendron, pine, oak and juniper.

On the way, you go across some small settlement areas having a few teahouses. As the people of Rolwaling Valley are involved in trekking in Nepal, they assist the trekkers as guides or porters in peak season. Finally, you reach Dongdong by leaving behind Gyalche Village.

Dongdong is a small beautiful Sherpa village boasting a complete Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. The chortens and mani walls painted with Tibetan Buddhist art and scriptures are the testimonials for this claim.

One of the challenging trekking days, you gain almost 1,000m elevation today. On the way, you come to see an NMA board written “No one benefits from illegal mountaineering. So, stop doing it right now!” Enjoying the magnificent view of Chekigo Peak (6,257m), you move forward along the Rolwaling Khola.

Then, the trail joins the Themlung Khola banks that originates from Mt. Gaurishankar (7,134m). Moving ahead through Jobalu, Nyiamare, Ramding and Chhima Golche villages, you reach Beding at the end of the day.

Beding is a beautiful and the largest village of the Rolwaling River Valley. Most of the times, the huts of this village remains closed as the males go for trekking and women involved in animals husbandry.

This is the first acclimatization day of Rolwaling Valley trek to enable you to do Tso Rolpa trek. You will take a hike to Malung La Pass (5,616m) to have the eye-catching view of more than 50 peaks of Rolwaling Himalayan Range.

From here, you can see the most enchanting view of the entire Rolwaling Valley surrounded by the silvery peaks from all around. The glimpses of lush green forests and scattered mountain villages make the side trip more meaningful.

Alternatively, you can take a short walk around the village to be familiar with their lifestyle, culture and tradition. Perhaps, you might hear the anecdote about the abdominal creature, the Yeti!

Today is the most unforgettable day of the entire trip! You are going to reach the Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580m), the gem of Rolwaling Valley trek. For this, you hike to Na Village along the Rolwaling Khola banks enjoying the icefalls and waterfalls. Na is a Sherpa village situated just below Tso Rolpa Lake.

Keep the backpack at the hotel and begin to ascend towards the prime destination of this region. Tso Rolpa Lake is one of the highest placed glacial lakes of Nepal. From here, you can observe the bare hills and snowcapped peaks far and wide. Capture the moment in your camera and the mind as well!

After getting the lifelong experiences of Rolwaling Valley Tso Rolpa Lake trek, descend towards Na.

Following the trails running across the dense forests of rhododendron and juniper, you descend twards Dongdong. You will enjoy the fantastic view of the snowy peaks of Rolwaling Range, Langtang Valley and Everest region as well. Spend night at a teahouse by tasting Tongba (rice beer) and Thukpa (typical Sherpa cuisine).

Today’s trek begins after you have breakfast. You come along the sloppy rocky tails toward the Gonger Khola. The downhill trek goes to be more joyous when you come to see the appealing view of pastoral Sherpa villages and rhododendron forests of wonderful landscapes.

Moreover, you will also witness the spellbinding sight of the snow-clad peaks all around! This is the last day of visiting Rolwaling Valley. Make it more memorable by doing interesting things, perhaps party with your people!

After breakfast, you begin the roadway trip to Kathmandu. On the way, you enjoy the glimpses of ethnic villages, snowcapped mountains, lush forests in the deep valleys and clustered houses.

It takes nearly 10 hours to arrive in Kathmandu.

After arriving in Kathmandu, our representative escorts you up to the hotel. Then, you can stroll around Thamel Bazar for shopping. Relics and garment items are the special handcrated gifts for your people in the home country.

We invite you for  farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant somewhere around Thamel. Enjoy the cultural shows and typical Nepali cuisine over there!

In this way, you have come to the end of Rolwaling Valley trek. The crewmember of NTR accompanies you up to the Kathmandu Airport to catch up with your flight. Have a wonderful journey back to your home country!

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Cost Details
  • Three Night Deluxe hotel accommodation in BB plan,
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour guide and transport,
  • Three time meal with a cup of hot drink,
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek,
  • Trekking permit and TIMS card,
  • Local buddy entry fee,
  • Round trip private vehicle for trekking starting and ending point
  • Fluent English speaking trekking guide,
  • Trekking porter(two traveler have one porter)
  • first aid kit box carried by trekking guide
  • Appreciation or achievement certificate provided by your travel company
  • Food, salary, insurance and equipment for trekking staff
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation which will paid by your travel insurance
  • Farewell dinner with Nepal family in Nepali style
  • Nepal arrival Visa fee
  • Travel insurance & International airfare,
  • Bar bill, Drink,
  • Things which is not mention in the include section
  • Tips for trekking crew member

Rolwaling Trek is recommended for the international trekkers for its amazing nature and culture. You get to have the lifelong experiences of Tibetan Buddhist Culture and Tradition, the wildlife and vegetation of Gaurishankar Conservation Area including the snowcapped peaks of Rolwaling Range, Langtang Valley and Everest Region. You can also do Pechhermo Peak Climbing if you love peak climbing in Nepal.

Of course, yes! There is not any restricted area declared by the Government of Nepal, a solo trekker can also do this trek. However, we recommend you to book an organized trek via a local tour and trekking specialist. The professional guide helps you in case of emergency like altitude sickness. He/she also helps you find the right track and know about the natural and cultural landmarks of this region.

Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580m) is the highest elevation to reach during this trek. However, if you want to connect this with Everest region, you have to go across Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m).

In fact, trekking cost depends upon a few vital aspects associated with this. Generally, the trekking duration, services, mode of transportation and number of guide/porter determine the cost. As you can customize. Rolwaling Valley trek cost comes to be different for different itinerary. For more details, click @ our website

The Rolwaling Valley Trek typically takes around 10 to 15 days to complete. However, the duration can vary depending on your fitness level, acclimatization needs, and itinerary.

The Rolwaling Valley Trek is considered a challenging trek and is suitable for experienced trekkers with a good level of physical fitness. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, high altitude, and some technical sections, making it more demanding than regular treks.

The best time to undertake the Rolwaling Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, providing ideal trekking conditions.

To trek in the Rolwaling Valley, you will need to obtain two permits. The first is the Sagarmatha National Park Permit, which allows entry into the national park. The second is the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, which is required for trekking in the Everest region. Both permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or at the entry point of the national park.

The Rolwaling Valley Trek offers stunning views of towering Himalayan peaks, including Gauri Shankar (7,134m), and allows you to explore the remote and pristine Rolwaling Valley. The trek takes you through lush forests, charming Sherpa villages, and picturesque landscapes, offering a unique cultural and natural experience. Additionally, the trek provides an opportunity to cross the challenging Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m), adding an adventurous element to the journey.

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