Trip Facts

Trip Duration 19 Days
Trip Difficulty Challenging
Maximum Altitude 5,755 m/18,881 feet
Best Season To Visit Feb- May & Sept-Dec

Trip Highlights

  1. Max altitudeTashi Laptsa Pass (5,755m/18,881ft)
  2. Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  3. Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  4. The highest mountain on earth (Mt. Everest 8848m)
  5. Stunning views of Himalaya, Khumbu icefall, Makalu, Mt Everest, etc
  6. Trekking through Sherpa villages, learning and experiencing their ethnic culture
  7. Fauna found through the trail: wild – Snow Leopard, Musk deer, wild yak, Himalayan black bear
  8. Rolwaling is one of the most isolated and beautiful valley, it is also known as “the Grave”
  9. Everest is also known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet; the Everest region is known locally as the Khumbu
  10. Its home to three of the highest peaks in the world: Everest 8848m; Lhotse, 4th highest at 8516m; and Cho Oyu, 6th highest at 8201m
  11. Rolwaling Himal is home to Tamang, Sherpa, eastern Gurung and the indigenous Thami people
  12. While Rolwaling Himal has no formally protected areas it is rich in plant and bird species and wildlife including red panda, black bear and leopard cat
  13. Buddhist culture in the Khumbu, while Rolwaling Himal offers the chance to learn about how Hinduism, Buddhism and Shamanism have blended together over time

Trip Overview

The Rolwaling to Everest trek is a highly challenging adventure in Nepal. It takes you through the world’s highest passes, the beautiful Rolwaling valley, and Tashi Laptsa. The Rolwaling valley, also known as “the Grave,” is a remote and stunning area of Nepal.

The trek offers pristine surroundings, fresh trails, breathtaking scenery, and diverse wildlife. You’ll encounter thick forests, alpine meadows, and have the chance to immerse yourself in the unique cultures of different ethnic groups.

The Rolwaling trek showcases magnificent views of mountains like Mt. Melungtse, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, and Mt. Tashi Lapcha, as well as the enchanting Tso Rolpa Lake. The villages of Beding and Na, along with the famous Tsho Rolpa Lake, are remarkable natural wonders in Nepal. Mt. Melungste, towering at 7,181 meters, stands as the highest peak in the region, providing a majestic backdrop to the villages below.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism, we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple), and the Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour, you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipment required, and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Chhyot Chhyot (1,440m/4,724ft) 7-8 hrs drive

We have an early breakfast and a vehicle will be organized that will drive us to Chhyot Chhyot. The drive offers us a panoramic view of Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa, Melungatse, and other high snow-capped mountain ranges. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas, the drive passes through many rural villages and towns. After this long ride, we reach Chhyot Chhyot where we will stay overnight.

Day 04: Chhyot Chhyot to Simigaon (2,020m/6,627ft) 3-4 hrs. trek

After having an early breakfast, we take the descent trail and cross the bridge. Further, take a switchback ascending trail all the way to Simigaun. Simigaun is mostly inhabited by Buddhist people and a few Hindu people. We will camp the night here at a suitable camping site.

Day 05: Simigaon to Dovan (2,850m/9,350ft) 6hrs trek

After an early breakfast, we leave Simigaon behind and follow the trail that leads north. The trail starts with an uphill climb, passing through rhododendron and magnolia forests and pasture land. The trek continues above the hillside and then descending to the river in an area called Gyalche. We further cross a small wooden bridge to the camp; Dovan is a small clearing in the forest on the steep valley side. We will camp overnight here.

Day 06: Dovan to Beding (3,690m/12,106ft) 6-7hrs trek

We have a long day to trek today, so we start off early. As we start trekking, the trail ascends uphill through the rhododendron forest. We will trek over a suspension bridge, passing through deep gorges in a few places. After a few hours of trekking, we arrive at Beding, a Sherpa village. We will camp the night here.

Day 07: Beding to Na (4,180m/13,713ft); 3-4hrs trek

After having breakfast, we will have an easy walk from Beding. We start to walk along the northern bank of Rolwaling River. The trail is broad with fresh air and the charismatic sound of Rolwaling river. Further, we pass the summer village of Beding where you can see many yaks grazing on the field and locals working in the fields of buckwheat and barley. We pass the monastery and follow the valley until we arrive at Na valet, the valley that opens out in a glaciated U shape. It is situated just beneath the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake and surrounded by potato fields.

Day 08: Rest day at Na

Today we stay back here in Na. A day hike around the area can be organized, or you may explore the area. From here we will be able to witness mountain views such as Gauri Shanker, Menlung, Yalung, and other mountains on the Tibet side. We will return to our camp overnight.

Day 09: Na to Tso Rolpa (4540m/14,895ft) 5-6hrs trek

As our trek starts we will be trekking through the flat leveled path and then soon ascend as we will get to witness the beautiful Natural Lake filled with glacier lakes. Along the trail, we will be offered beautiful views of Menlung and the Tibetan Side Mountains. After walking for several hours we arrive at our campsite on the sandy ground, from here we can see amazing views of the surrounding peaks. We will rest the night here in the camp.

Day 10: Tso Rolpa to Drolambau Glacier near Tashi Laptsa Base Camp (5,400m/17,716ft) 5-6 hrs trek

After having breakfast in the camp we set off to our next destination, the trail follows high slopes above the glacier. Further, we trek along the center of the hard rocky glacier, then a steady walk leading us to the lowest point of the icefall and then climbing up again to the Drolambau glacier, where we will camp the night in a suitable camping site.

Day 11: Drolambau Glacier to Ngole (4,900m/16,076ft) over [Tashi Laptsa Pass (5,755m/18,881ft)] 7-8hrs

Today is a long trek day; we trek over Tashi Laptsa Pass. We start our trek before the sun is out, the trail follows the glacier and soon to the upper glacier. The trail is not so tough, yet we will have to fix ropes and make steps for the porters, further climbing along with beautiful scenery we reach our highest point of the trek at Tashi Laptsa pass. Here at the top, there are Buddhist prayer flags and from the pass, we can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Then we trek towards our camp on the other side of the valley. As it is a long trek day, we need to walk at a good pace so that we reach our camp before the sun falls out. Within a few more hours of trekking, we will reach Ngole where we will camp overnight.

Day 12: Spare day

Today, we have reserved it as a spare or contingency day, in case we face problem with the weather or delay in our schedule due to unforeseen reason.

Day 13: Ngole to Thyangbo Kharka (4,350m/14,271ft) 4- 5hrs trek

With an early breakfast, we will walk through the glacier. The trek together is a pleasant one as we will be passing through beautiful valley until we reach Thyangbo where we will camp overnight.

Day 14: Thyangbo Kharka to Thame (3,750m/12,303ft) 4-5hrs trek

After breakfast, we will trek down to Thame leaving Thyangbo Kharka behind. The trail steadily and easily descend all the way to Thame passing several villages and monasteries.

Day 15: Thame to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5hrs trek

Today we head to Namche, after a climb through the rhododendron forest and descend gently at first and then steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga. Further, we pass numerous villages and tea shops and climb steeply to Sansa.  We reach Namche after walking small ups and downs with the vistas of beautiful forests and mountains.

Day 16: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) 7 – 8 hrs. hike

With an early breakfast, we start our trek by descending downhill to Lukla. We will trek along the Dudh Koshi River, pine forests, hamlets, and crop fields with views of mountain-like Kusum Kanguru, Khumbila, Tawoche, Thamserku, etc. When we reach Lukla, you will be extremely exhausted, so we will get some rest and stay the night at Lukla.

Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) 35mins flight

We will have an early breakfast at the lodge and walk to Lukla airport and take a flight back to Kathmandu, you will then be accompanied to your hotel, and you have free time for yourself and overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu

It’s also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on the scheduled date and time, or we can organize a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu, you can refresh yourself and explore the valley on your own.  Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 19: Fly Back Home

You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu, from where you will take your flight back home.

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