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Rolwaling Trekking

The Rolwaling Trekking, located in the east-central region of Nepal, along the Tibet border is a challenging and technical trekking trail. The trek passes through one of the highest elevation in the world at Tashi Lapcha Pass at 5,755 meters. The trekking classified as the one of the most adventurous and offers amazing natural beauties with mytical mountains views. The Rolwaling Himalayan range includes Melungtse (7,181m), Melungtse II (7,023m), Gauri Shankar (7,134m) along with 50 other additional peaks. Likewise, views of mountains like Dorje
Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langtang ranges and Everest make the trekking even more enchanting. The trekking trials comprised of climbs and falls through lush low land, alpine forests, glaciers, rivers, Buddhist monasteries, temples, and authentic Sherpa & Tamang Villages.
 
Trek to Rolwaling starts from Singgati Bazar with a gradual ascend every day towards the Parchamo Base camp via Tashi Lapcha Pass. Moreover, the route traverses through Sure Dobhan, Jagat, Simigaon, Thame, and Namche Bazaar before concluding in Lukla. Crossing over Tashi Lapcha Pass once can indulge in rare sights of alpine lakes, great Himalayas and varied floras-faunas within a certain geographical boundary. Rolwaing trek is for those who wish to get acquainted with the mystic beauties of towering mountains  and be closer with some remote locations on earth. 

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Explore around high altitude lakes and glittering icy glaciers.
  • Walking past Tashi Lapcha Pass located at an altitude of 5,755 meters .
  • Attend the Parchamo Base camp.
  • Visit Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest. 
  • Scenic Lukla- Kathmandu flight with outstanding panorama of the Himalayas & the Everest region.
  • Experiencing authentic Hindu & Tibetan-styled villages where inhabitants
  • follow different traditional ways of livings.
  • Witnessing variety of floras and faunas
 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Singgati Bazar (950m) 6-7 hrs bus ride

Day 04 : Singgati Bazar to Sure Dobhan (1030m) 5-6 hrs

Day 05 : Sure Dobhan to Jagat (1150m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06 : Jagat to Simigaon (1990m) 5-6 hrs

Day 07 : Simigaon to Gyalche (2890m) 5-6 hrs

Day 08 : Gyalche to Beding (3690m) 5-6 hrs

Day 09 : Beding to Na (4180m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10 : Acclimatization at Na

Day 11 : Na to Chyukyoma (4870m) 5-6 hrs

Day 12 : Chyukyoma to Trakarding (6850m) 5-6 hrs

Day 13 : Trakarding to Odar 5-6 hrs

Day 14 : Odar to Parchamo Base camp via Tashi Lapcha lapass (5755m) 5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Parchamo Base camp to Thame (3820m) 5-6 hrs

Day 16 : Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs

Day 17 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla 5-6 hrs

Day 18 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

Day 19 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Singgati Bazaar Nayapul by bus.
  • Lukla - Kathmandu flight fare.
  • Domestic Airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at Tent/Camp or guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Rolwaling Permit & national park entrance fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels. If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jetlag. O/N at Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening. After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at
Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Singgati Bazar (950m) 6-7 hrs bus ride

On the day, you will be driven towards Singgati Bazar from Kathmandu. During this 6-7 hours bus ride, you can see the scenic suburbs and countryside of Nepal while passing over the high ridges. O/N at Camp.

Day 04 : Singgati Bazar to Sure Dobhan (1030m) 5-6 hrs

The trails leading towards Sure Dobhan are undulated, however, providing the scenic landscapes along the Himalayan ranges on the north. You will surely reach Sure Dobhan for an overnight stay. O/N at Camp.

Day 05 : Sure Dobhan to Jagat (1150m) 5-6 hrs

The day will start early as you have to be on the trail leading towards Jagat. On the day, you will have to pass through bamboo & rhododendron forests. This is a scenic path where you will get the panoramic views of Himalayan panorama. You will reach your destination of the day before dusk. O/N at Camp.

Day 06 : Jagat to Simigaon (1990m) 5-6 hrs

Leaving the Jagat village behind, on the day, the trek will continue towards Simigaon. Walking on scenic trails, you will slowly proceed towards the destination of the day. O/N at Camp.

Day 07 : Simigaon to Gyalche (2890m) 5-6 hrs

From Simigaon, the day will start with a trek towards Gyalche, a small village known for animal husbandry in the region. From the venue, you can see the glimpses Melungtse (7,181m), Melungtse II (7,023m), Gauri Shankar (7,134m) and other adjacent peaks. O/N at Camp.

Day 08 : Gyalche to Beding (3690m) 5-6 hrs

The day’s trails lead toward a forest at the start. Soon, you will pass few ethnic villages walking on nice and flat tracks. There will be a descending route for an hour before you reach Beding for an overnight shelter. O/N at Camp.

Day 09 : Beding to Na (4180m) 5-6 hrs

On the day, you will ascent to Na, leaving the mesmerizing Bedubg behind. You are expected to reach Na before sunset. O/N at Camp.

Day 10 : Acclimatization at Na

Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on the high altitude trek. For the purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. If you want you can go for a short hike to the surrounding places. O/N at Camp.

Day 11 : Na to Chyukyoma (4870m) 5-6 hrs

The trekking trails do not fall on the easier side as you will have to trek on steep rocky areas. Likewise, the trails get tougher as you come across some glaciers. After some strenuous trekking for few hours, you will reach Chyukyoma. You can get some of the most amazing mountain views form the site. O/N at Camp.

Day 12 : Chyukyoma to Trakarding (6850m) 5-6 hrs

The trek to Trakarding is comprised of undulated trails. At times, you will have to walk past small glacial lakes. O/N at Camp.

Day 13 : Trakarding to Odar 5-6 hrs

The day will start with a right away ascent towards Odar on glacier filled trails. During this trip, you can enjoy some of amazing views all over the place. You will reach Odar by evening. O/N at Camp.

Day 14 : Odar to Parchamo Base camp via Tashi Lapcha lapass (5755m) 5-6 hrs

This is the toughest day in the route as you prepare to walk to Parchamo Base camp passing through Tashi Lapcha Pass. This is also a strenuous route which is covered by snow throughout the year. Walking slowly and steadily, you will approach towards the base camp which will be covered before evening. O/N at Camp.

Day 15 : Parchamo Base camp to Thame (3820m) 5-6 hrs

From Parchamo Base camp, you will head towards Thame Village. The Sherpa village is well known for ancient Gompas (Monasteries). O/N at Lodge.

Day 16 : Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hrs

From Thame, you will head towards Namche Bazaar. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset. O/N at Lodge.

Day 17 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla 5-6 hrs

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. Traversing various Sherpa settlements, and hiking past some dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Lukla. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Lukla before sunset. O/N at Lodge

Day 18 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Lukla. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 40 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels. The remaining day in the capital city will be all yours. You can do whatever you like. You can relax at the hotel or visit markets for the final day shopping. O/N at Hotel

Day 19 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

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When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Rolwaling Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Rolwaling Trekking, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 19 days Rolwaling Trekking is strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 19 days Rolwaling Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Rolwaling Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Rolwaling Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Rolwaling Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 19 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: February to November

Max Altitude: 5,755 meters (Tashi Lapcha pass)

Daily Walking: 5-6 hours

Transportation: Tourist Bus, Flights as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse or tent/camp during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse & Camping trek

Starts/Ends: Shiggati Bazaar/Lukla

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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