Rolwaling Valley Trekking

Trip Duration 13
Max Altitude 5755m
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, October to December

Trip Overview

The Rolwaling Valley Trekking is a challenging and remote trekking route in Nepal that takes you through one of the most isolated and untouched regions of the country. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas, traditional villages, and high mountain passes, making it a popular choice for adventurous trekkers. The trek usually takes around 16-20 days to complete and covers a distance of approximately 160 km. The starting point of the trek is in Charikot, which is a 5-6 hour drive from Kathmandu. From there, the trek takes you through dense forests, remote villages, and high mountain passes, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. The highlight of the trek is the Tsho Rolpa Lake, which is one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,580 meters and offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayas, including Gauri Shankar, Melungtse, and Everest. The trek also takes you through traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages, where you can experience the unique culture and traditions of these communities. You will also have the opportunity to visit ancient monasteries and explore the natural beauty of the region, including waterfalls, hot springs, and wildlife. The best time to go on the Rolwaling Valley Trekking is from September to November and from March to May. During these months, the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. However, the trek can also be done during the winter months, but you need to be prepared for colder temperatures and snow on the trail. Overall, the Rolwaling Valley Trekking is a challenging but rewarding trek that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, cultural significance, and adventure. It is a must-do trek for anyone looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience in Nepal.

 Trip Highlight

  • Trekking trip in the route where less people visits.
  • Walk through the lush green jungle along the Rolwalng Khola (River)
  • Rolwaling; the home of Sherpas who involve in mountaineering most.
  • Prayaers engraved mani walls and rocks.
  • Tso Rolpa Glacier Lake and Dudh Kunda.
  • Splendid View of Mountain Vista from Yalung Ri Peak
  • Peaceful and tranquil route without crowed and inclusive package trip.


Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Friendship World Treks at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

  • Meal: (None)
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu Guest House
  • Trekking Hours: 0

Today we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be given your trek departure orientation in the evening by your trek leader at hotel lobby.

  • Meal: (B)
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu Guest House
  • Trekking Hours: 0

Leaving Kathmandu, we will drive toward Chechet via Charikot. Located atop the hill, Charikot offers scenic views of Gaurishanker Mountain, Melungtse Mountain and other peaks and mountains. We will drive past rustic villages and town to reach Gongar Khola which is located near to Jagat village. Arriving Chechet we get ready for our trek to Simigaun, which takes 2 hrs of ascent.

  • Meal: (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Trekking Hours: 8 hrs drive/2 hrs trek

Today we detour the standard Rolwaling valley trek route and head for the Daldung La Pass Trail. Daldung La is a new emerging trekking route in this area. From Simigaun, it is uphill all the way to our first overnight camp Chusa. The trek takes 6-7 hrs and is 6km in total distance. Passing by the lush forests we reach Chusa.

  • Meal: (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation: Tented Camping
  • Trekking Hours: 6 km/ 6 hrs

From Chotar, our route leads towards North East. Beginning the walk on a gradual uphill slope, we pass through the thick rhododendron and magnolia forests, and the pastures with numerous clearing that are used for summer grazing. After ascending for 2 hrs, we reach the top of Daldung La Pass. As we reach the top of the pass, the view upfront of Rolwaling Himal Ranges will surely amaze you. From the pass, we trek another 2 hrs on gradual terrain and reach Chotar for our overnight.

  • Meal: (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation: Tented Camping
  • Trekking Hours: 6 km/ 5 hrs

Today, crossing the Rolwaling khola we take a path leading through the jungles on the northern side, the walk heading to a gradual climb & then coming to a clearing passing along little settlements of Nyimare, Ramding and through the farm fields and reaching at Beding for the overnight stop after a good walk of five hours or more with time to visit Beding village where we can do some chatting with the local folks. It is the principal Sherpa village in the Rolwaling area. Situated in a narrow gorge, it is enlivened somewhat by its well-positioned Gompa, comprising of about thirty-six houses. There is a Hillary school in Bheding built for the benefit of the poor deprived kids in these remote outposts

  • Meal: (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs

This is a well earned day for rest; we can just stroll through the village and its monastery overlooking grand views of Mt. Gauri-Shankar and the peak of Melungatse. Or we could just give some time to the children in the village. maybe we could simply chill out with one of our favorite books – overnight at our lodge

  • Meal: (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Trekking Hours: 6 hrs

From Bheding onwards, we can feel the increasing altitude and the cold chill from the surrounding high mountains getting into our bones. Our trek today will be a short walk of three hours or more along the Rolwaling River, as we take it easy on this high altitude terrain with its impressive vistas of the surrounding high landscapes and the snow capped peaks. Our walk continues slowly in order to acclimatize, just before Na the valley opens out into a classic, glaciated U-shape. On reaching our overnight camp at Na, which is a scattered village and a temporary settlement of the villagers of Beding and beyond, it is a summer yersa (grazing pasture) and potatoes are grown hereabouts. There is a roughly built monastery around here. Our camp is made on this grassy field with time to relax and marvel the beauty that surrounds us. Ahead, up the valley beyond Na, the majestic summit of Chobutse 6,689m rises above the Tsho Rolpa at the confluence of the Ripimo Shar and Trakarding glaciers. We just relax & relish these stunning surroundings.

  • Meal: (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Trekking Hours: 2-3 hrs

Today, we hike up to Tso Rolpa lake [4,600m/15,092ft] which takes around 3 hrs up and down. Visit Tso Rolpa in the morning, trek back to Na for lunch and spend the free evening witness the giant mountains surrounding the Naa.

  • Meal: (B,L,D)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Trekking Hours: 2-3 hrs

Our return leg starts today. We retrace our trek following the standard route. Passing by Beding and other small villages, we trek to Kyalche.

  • Meal: (B,L,D)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs

From Kyalche, trek to Simigaun following the Rolwaling Khola. Our last night of the trek.

  • Meal: (B, L, D)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs

After an early breakfast we will take 7-8 hrs drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and we spend the day at our own leisure, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu

  • Meal: (B, L)
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu Guest House
  • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs drive

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

  • Meal: (B)
  • Accommodation: None

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.

Price Excludes

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

Gears And Equipment

Rolwaling Valley trek is one of the off  beat trekking in Nepal. Rolwaling Valley is located between Langtang region and 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 the 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. And 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 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

Rolwaling Valley trek takes you to one of the offbeat paths of Nepal. To talk about 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 availability of teahouses or lodges including the support of 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 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 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 rest including walking slowly by taking rest are some ways to fight back 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 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 exercises. For the beginner trekkers, this trip may be difficulty,  however, for the ones having previous Nepal trekking experience, it is of not problem!

Rolwaling Valley Trek Permits                                                                           

Rolwaling Valley trek lies in Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GSCA). Therefore, you should have GSCA Entry Permit and TIMS Card as Rolwaling Valley trek permits. Both the permits can be receive 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 GSCA Entry Permit, you have to pay USD 30 for 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 check post and lets 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 summer season if it rains heavily over there.

Rolwaling Valley is a famous tourist destination in Nepal for its seasonal activities. In the June and July, a large scope as 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 time 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, Rolwaling Valley trek itinerary can be customize from 6 days to 21 days.

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

From Tashi Lapcha Pass, you have the glimpses of the mountain giants of Langtana and Khumbu region. Nevertheless, Pachermo Peak Climbing permit is require for 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 Beding. From Beding, 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 towards 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 pitched and off-road for about 10 hours.

Rolwaling Valley Trekking Route Map

Rolwaling Valley Trekking Map


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