Everest Rolwaling trekking is the third stage of our great Himalayan trek with highlights including stunning views of Mount Everest from the picturesque Gokyo Lakes and crossings of the Renjo La and challenging Tashi Labsta passes.
This great Himalayan trek –Everest Rolwaling begins on the spectacular trail to the Gokyo valley for views of Mt Everest (8848m) from Gokyo RI and crossing the stunning Renjo La. The challenging approach to the glaciated Tashi Labsta Pass (5760m) from Thame is as magnificent as it is demanding but the effort is rewarded with fantastic mountain vistas. After crossing two immense glaciers the descent of the Rolwaling valley through picturesque Sherpa villages is a great introduction for the equally hospitable Gurung and Tamang villages. The final challenge is a section of wild ridge-top rhododendron forests before descending to the extensive nunnery at Bigu Gompa and transferring by road to Kathmandu.
During this trek there will be sections where the trail is very rugged or ill-defined, some trails have been trekked only once by a small party, and so the going will be tough. Space in some camp sites will also be very limited. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather, snow or trail conditions, river water levels, or group movement. Your trip leader will advise any changes should this occur. All participants on this trek should be flexible and open minded. The great Himalaya trail –Everest Rolwalilng should be seen as exploratory in the true sense of the word. We are dedicated to helping the people of the Himalaya achieve their goals through supporting and overseeing education, health, cultural and environmental projects. We will help support sustainable tourism development in regions less frequented by trekkers.
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Day 1:Arrive to Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you there and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free on your own, walk around Thamel market is a colorful tourist market.
Day 2:In Kathmandu (1330m)
Kathmandu guided tour and preparation for trekking pack up and final and last trekking gear buying. On Kathmandu tour, we visit historical and heritage sites of Kathmandu valley like old palaces squares, temples and stupas.
Day 3:Fly to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Ghat (2530m, 4hrs)
It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. We assemble our trekking crew and trek downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree pine to make our way to our first overnight stop to Phakding
Day 4:Trek to Monjo (2850m, 4-5hrs).
Trekking today cross and re-cross the Dudh Kosi river through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys and yaks carrying trading goods and trek-gear along the trail. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley.
Day 5:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 3-4hrs).
This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagarmatha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa \\\"capital\\\" of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step.
Day 6:Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters display of photographs, memorabilia and information on the park, and the hill above is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. Around us are Tawache (6542m), Thamserku (6808m), Kantega (6685m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7896m) and Lhotse (8511m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848m), rises at the head of the valley. The Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take the optional morning walk to the Everest View Hotel where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen.
Day 7:Trek to Portse Tenga (3600m, 6hrs).
We initially follow the main trail to Thyangboche as it contours around the hills, before we branch off on a short climb on the flanks of the sacred peak of Khumblia (5761m). We traverse for some time across yak pastures as the trail gradually ascends to Mong La (3992m) and then descend steeply through forest to the Dudh Kosi. After afternoon tea an optional walk up the ridge beyond camp will bring us to the village of Portse.
Day 8:Trek to Dole (4000m, 3hrs).
Trek pass pleasant waterfalls and sit to gaze at the glaciers that flow from Tawache and Cholatse on the opposite side of the valley. Behind us, spectacular ridges lead to the peak of Khumblia and the numerous unnamed peaks that reach almost 6,000 metres. Camp will be at Dole, in a field beside a pleasant stream. In the distance Kantega and Thamserku rise above the foothills. It was at Dole that one of the more recent and \\\"credible\\\" yeti sightings took place.
Days 9-10:Trek to Machhermo (4410m, 3hrs) & rest day Machhermo.
Continuing a steady but constant climb, we reach the \\\"village\\\" of Machhermo for lunch. Like the few small villages in this valley, Machhermo has only a few buildings and these are empty much of the year. Villagers of Khumjung and Khunde generally own land here high up the valley, where they graze yaks in the summer months. This is a valuable acclimatization day as we prepare for our ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m). We take things easy but this afternoon you may wish to stretch your legs and take a walk up the ridge behind Luza for a view of the Gokyo Valley.
Day 11:Trek to Gokyo (4759m, 5-6hrs).
Following the valley high above the river, we commence the ascent to Gokyo village. There are excellent views of Cholatse at the village of Pangka and we stop to enjoy them. We are now in high alpine country and as we approach the Ngozumpa Glacier we trek onto the moraine and rock that extends down from it. We enjoy excellent views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. Once we have ascended the snout of the glacier the path levels. We pass the first of the lakes, Longpongo, before reaching the second, Tawache Lake, a larger body of water and a place where ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters. As we walk up the valley our path parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier and separating us from the glacier is the massive lateral moraine.
Days 12-13:Ascent of Gokyo RI (5483m, 4hrs) and trek to Renjo La High Camp.
An early start is best for the opportunities that the early morning views offer. The steady and unrelenting ascent of Gokyo RI will take two to three hours, depending on your level of fitness and acclimatization. It is not a race and we are still acclimatizing to the thinner air and so an easy steady pace is best. You will be rewarded when you reach the summit with its spectacular view. Probably the most comprehensive view of 8,000 metre peaks in Nepal; many people consider it to be Nepal\\\'s best. Surrounding us are Cho Oyu (8153m), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440m), Tawache (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt Everest (8848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. The striking colour of the lakes below completes the picture.
Day 14:Cross Renjo La (5400m) to Taranga (4368m, 6.5hrs).
A challenging crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and may require the use of ropes to descend into remote northern valley where access is restricted, and the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods.
Day 15:Trek to Thame (3820m, 3hrs)
We turn south and down valley towards Lukla, there are Sherpa villages to be explored as we descend the gorge. We will spend the night at the village of Thame with its spectacular monastery.
Days 16-17:Trek to Parchemo Tsho (4780m/ 6.5hrs), & Rest day.
We will spend two days on our approach to the Tashi Labsta. Our first night will be spent by the lake (Parchemo Tsho) in a picturesque setting. We will be monitoring the weather conditions at this stage to be prepared for our pass crossing. Cave camp is set high and puts us in a good position to assess conditions for our Tashi Labsta crossing.
Days 18-19:Trek to Cave Camp (5665m/ 5.5hrs). Cross Tashi Labsta (5760m) to Trakarding Glacier (4735m, 7.5hrs).
The weather, snow and glacier conditions will play a large part in how difficult the route will be. We climb up steadily through several rock and ice gullies to reach the pass where we are treated with a superb new vista of mountains. We need to make a long, steady trek along the rock/snow and descend crevassed snow slopes to the Trakarding glacier. There are several sections that usually require some scrambling on rock and ice, and if necessary we will fix a rope as a handrail. Our staff will work closely with team members to make a safe passage for all. The pass achieved, we enjoy the thrill of where we are, sandwiched between two fabulous regions and mountain ranges. Overnight camp on the Trakarding glacier.
Days 20-21:Trek to Kabug (4820m/ 4.5hrs) & Beding (3740m/ 5hrs).
The stages to Beding are pleasant, and we will trek through Rhododedron, pine and juniper forest whilst travelling by the riverside. There is also an abundance of bird-life.
Days 22-23:Trek to Dokhang (2791m/ 5.5hrs) and Simigaon (2036m/ 5hrs).
As we descend into warmer conditions and lush surrounds the walking becomes much easier now that we are fit and fully acclimatized. We will overnight in Dokhang where there is a spacious campsite by a small stream. The following day we continue through forest and pass by waterfalls on our way to Simigaon. Simigaon village is rich with terraces of wheat, barley and millet; and people busily tending fields and livestock to make a living for them. It is a pleasant camp on a sharp ridge at the top of the village offering superb sunset and sunrise views of Gauri Shankar.
Days 24-26:Trek down valley to Bigu Gompa (2516m).
Bigu Gompa is the exit point for our Rolwaling great Himalayan trail stage. Bigu is a Sherpa village, and Bigu Gompa is a nunnery dedicated to Avalokiteshwara, the all seeing, all knowing remover of obstacles. If visiting the nunnery, please note that a small donation is considered appropriate.
Day 27:Transfer by road from Bigu Gompa to Kathmandu
Today is the final day of our trek. After breakfast we will meet our transfer back to Kathmandu.
Day 28:Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures.
Airport picks up and drop transfer by private coach.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per guest’s request and demands.
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with tour guide and driver on private coach
Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental
All public or private transfers during the trip
Three daily meals during the trek like breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Neat and clean mountain guest house or local home stay or tented camp accommodation during trekking
Experienced English speaking guide
One porter between 2 clients who carry 25 kg baggage
Public transport from Kathmandu to and from trek start and end points
First-aid kit and trained professionals in its use
Trekking/climbing permit and TIMS Card
Insurance for all trekking staffs including porters, guide and cook, their salary, meals.
Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with culture dance program.
Drinks, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Travel and health insurance that need to cover the helicopter rescue in case of emergency and medication.
Hot shower, drinks like coke, fanta, pot of hot water, beer, whisky, battery charge etc.
Nepal Visa fee
Tips to guides and porters