Rolwaling Eco-Cultural Trek

Rolwaling Trek takes you deep into the pristine region lying in the southern flank of the Rolwaling range. The Himalayan range situated in the north of Dolakha district in central Nepal between Everest range in the east and Langtang range in the west is called Rolwaling range. This range has acquired fame for Mount Gaurishankar (Shankar means Mahadev and Gauri his consort in Sanskrit) and Tso-Rolpa Glacier Lake. Mount Gaurishankar (7145m), besides being holy, is a scenically very beautiful mountain. The standard time of Nepal is defined by the longitude passing through this mountain.

As you trek along the trail, you get miraculous experience with some majestic Himalayan sceneries of the region, dominated by Mt. Gaurishankar. On the way meet the villages that have remained out of even the slightest modern influences, and explore the vibrant Buddhist culture in higher region. The high villages of Beding and Na are fine specimens of unspoiled rural life and customs. These localities are also rife with the Yeti tales — you might perhaps meet some locals who claim to have met one and who narrate the story too vividly for you to express disbelief! In addition, when you reach the  Tso-Rolpa Lake, you will see with your own eyes the threat posed by global warming.

The glacial lake, which existed only in tiny form till two decades ago, blew up into alarmingly gigantic proportions because of the melting of glacier caused by global warming. After the government perceived the threat of glacial lake outburst here, which could cause untold damage downstream, sirens were installed along the bank of Tamakoshi River that drains the lake. Starting in 1998, an outlet to the lake has been built in order to let its waters flow down in a controlled manner. Therefore, Rolwaling trek is also an essential eco-trek that gives you firsthand experience of the environmental threats caused by human activities.

An intimate experience of high mountain region, together with various ethnicities with their centuries old-culture and ways of life, await you along the trail. The trekking is moderately strenuous one, without Tashi Lapcha Pass. But if you want to add a dash of adventure to your trip and explore the Everest Base Camp regions as well including Kalapathar, you need to go over this pass. This is the technical section of the trek, requiring you to get a climbing permit. The additional advantage of the permit is that you can utilize it by climbing Mt Ramdung or Pashermo.

Opened only recently to the visitors, it remains one of the most mysterious, least explored regions of Nepal. However its high Himalayan sceneries, spectacular waterfalls, its floral and faunal diversity and its remoteness alone do not exhaust its attractions. There is equally vibrant culture in the villages up the trail. For evidence visit the Bigu Monastery that houses more than 300 nuns. The high villages of Beding and Na have remained out of the reach of even the slightest of modern influences. These localities are also rife with the Yeti tales — you might perhaps meet some locals who claim to have met one and who narrate the story too vividly for you to express disbelief!

Our itinerary gives you the way upto Na village and Tso Rolpa Lake and the same route for you to return. But if you want to add a dash of adventure to your trip and explore the Everest Base Camp regions as well including Kalapathar, you need ten more days at your disposal.


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Shingati (950m) in Dolakha 7-8 hrs

Day 2: Trek to Jagat (1310m) 6-7 hrs

Day 3: Trek to Simigaun (2114m) 7-8 hrs

Day 4: Trek to Kharka (3440m) 6-7 hrs

Day 5: Trek to Beding (3700m) 6-7 hrs

Day 6: Trek to Na village (4183m) 2-3hrs

Day 7: Rest and exploration

Day 8: Trek to Tso Rolpa glacial lake (4525m) and explore the vicinity

Day 9-15: Trek back to Shingati



Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area Trekking Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance



Country: Nepal
Duration: 15 days
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Highest Alt: 4525m
Group Size: 5
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