Upper Rolwaling Trek

19 Day(s)

Upper Rolwaling Trek The Upper Rolwaling Trek is a remarkable adventure that takes you through the stunning Rolwaling Valley in Nepal, offering a unique and less-explored trekking experience. In this challenging journey, you'll be captivated by the beauty of the Himalayas, encounter remote Sherpa villages, cross high-altitude passes, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking alpine landscapes. Scenic Beauty Sightseeing during Upper Rolwaling Trek The trek typically begins in Kathmandu, where you embark on a scenic drive to the town of Barabise. From there, the real adventure starts as you step into the Rolwaling Valley. The trail gradually ascends, taking you…

Upper Rolwaling Trek

The Upper Rolwaling Trek is a remarkable adventure that takes you through the stunning Rolwaling Valley in Nepal, offering a unique and less-explored trekking experience. In this challenging journey, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of the Himalayas, encounter remote Sherpa villages, cross high-altitude passes, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking alpine landscapes.

Scenic Beauty Sightseeing during Upper Rolwaling Trek

The trek typically begins in Kathmandu, where you embark on a scenic drive to the town of Barabise. From there, the real adventure starts as you step into the Rolwaling Valley. The trail gradually ascends, taking you through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees. You’ll have the chance to witness the diverse flora and fauna of the region, including rare Himalayan wildlife.

Peaks Sightseeing During Upper Rolwaling Trek

As you venture deeper into the valley, the surrounding peaks begin to reveal themselves. The mighty Gauri Shankar (7,145 meters) dominates the skyline, while other prominent peaks like  Melungtse (7,181 meters) and Ramdung (5,925 meters) grace the horizon. These towering giants create a breathtaking backdrop throughout the trek.

Tashi Lapcha Pass

The highlight of the Upper Rolwaling Trek is undoubtedly the Tashi Lapcha Pass. This high-altitude pass, standing at approximately 5,755 meters, tests your endurance and offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Himalayan panorama. Crossing the pass requires careful acclimatization and the assistance of experienced guides to navigate the challenging terrain.

Tso Rolpa Glacial Lake

Another gem of the trek is the enchanting Tso Rolpa, a glacial lake nestled amidst the mountains. Its pristine turquoise waters reflect the surrounding snow-capped peaks, creating a truly magical sight. Taking time to explore the lake’s serene shores is a memorable experience that allows you to soak in the tranquility of the Himalayas.

Cultural Experience and Accommodation

Throughout the trek, you’ll encounter warm and hospitable Sherpa communities. Interacting with the locals and learning about their unique culture and way of life adds depth to the journey. The tea houses and lodges along the trail provide simple yet comfortable accommodations and delicious Nepalese meals, offering a chance to rest and rejuvenate after long days of trekking.

Conclusion and Summary

The Upper Rolwaling Trek is an adventure that requires physical fitness, previous trekking experience, and a spirit of adventure. The rewards, however, are immeasurable—breathtaking mountain vistas, remote and pristine landscapes, and a sense of accomplishment. It’s a journey that will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for the beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas.

Trip Highlights

  • Off the beaten trail to Beyul, one of eight sacred hidden valleys in the Himalayas
  • Traverse Daldung La pass/Less trodden route
  • Area unknown to many trekkers and climbers
  • Beautiful sceneries, diverse geography and rich culture
  • Truly off-the-beaten-track and going in to remote terrain.
  • Follow one of the traditional routes to early Mount Everest expedition groups
  • Extraordinary culture, great people, culture and tradition
  • Famous as the best area to find the Yetis, the legendary mountain gorilla?


Upon your arrival our Airport representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal  will pick up you and transfer to Hotel.  After check in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will provide Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.

After breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. NTA briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

From Kathmandu, we head northeast on the Friendship Highway which connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. A Lamosangu, we leave the Friendship Highway and take another way to Jiri.  Earlier the motorable road used to be only upto Dolakha. But nowadays because of the Tamakoshi hydropower construction works, we can drive upto Shigati. From Shigati we trek to Suri Dobhan for our overnight stay.

Trek along the river, and then continue on the flat land. We cross several streams and jungles with varieties of orchid, rhododendron and other vegetation. Cross the suspension bridge to reach Jagat, a small town with people of different ethnicities.

At first, we follow the normal flat path, and then the trail ascends and descends through the jungle.  The trail follows the river bank. As the valley narrows, we cross the suspension bridge over the river. A steep climb takes us to the Sherpa village of Simigaon, spread on the terrace of the mountainside. The village is mostly inhabited by Buddhists and there are also a few Hindus.

We pass by a few more Sherpa settlements.  On a clear morning the views of Gaurishankar above the Rolwaling Valley is fascinating. From the ridge top at Simigaun , we continue towards the Rolwaling Valley. The trail climbs a rocky, wooded ridge with beautiful pine forests. Descent again to the river of Rolwaling Khola.

Our trail ascends uphill through different varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. Continue alongteh left bank of the Rolwaling Khola. Continuing along the deep river valley, we arrive at a tributary river from Gaurishankar. Enjoy the unfolding views of the Gaurishankar. The trail rises further until we come across an easy and relatively flat terrain. Finally, we arrive at the Sherpa village of Beding located by the river.

An easy walk along the norther bank of the Rolwaling River begins our today’s trek.  We pass across the summer village of Beding, several yaks grazing and people busy in their fields of buckwheat and barley.  The crestline formed by the 6000ers such as Chekigo, Bamango, and Konyklemo rise on the immediate left of the village. We arrive at a monastery believed to be a meditative place of the Buddhist Guru Padma Sambhava.  Walking along the valley floor, we finally reach the summer village of Na surrounded by potato fields.

At first trek through the leveled plane and gradually ascend to witness the Himalayan Lake filled with the chilling water of the glaciers. The views of Menlung and Tibetan Side Mountains add glory to the unfolding vista. We trek along the right bank of the river and then cross the river to climb up the rocky lateral moraine of the Glacier.  We then walk to Tso Rolpa for the night.

Early morning trek to head toward Trakarding glacier. Walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the beauty of the surrounding. The trail will still be ascending through some rock climbing and a gradual walk on the glacier moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs.

The walk follows high slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section, but further up we have to trek along the centre on the hard rocky glacier. Steady walk leads us to the lowest point of the icefall and then climbing to the easiest point to gain the Drolambau glacier. Here we will be surrounded by superb high mountain scenery.  Continuing further downhill, we camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi Camp at the foot of Tashi Lapcha, surrounded by absolutely grandiose mountains over 6000m with 360 degree panorama.

Continue trekking to Trashi Lapcha Pass (5755m). From the pass, the view of senior Khumbu peaks is magnificent. Some hundred meter downhill trek under overhanging rock, we camp at a superb location, with magnifiscent sunset views.

We climb again to the neck of Trashi Lapcha and from there we start the ascent of Pachermo. The snow slopes lead us to the final ridge, sometimes requiring fixed ropes. From the Pachermo summit, enjoy the fantastic views of the Khumbu peaks including Everest, Makalu among others.  Descend to Col then to Thengpo. The Pachermo ascent takes about 5 to 6 hrs and then another 3 to 4 hrs descends takes us to Thengpo.


There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather especially on our planned day for the Parchemo summit, so this day is used as a contingency.  If weather became exceptionally unfavorable we wisely have to postpone the program of summiting the peak.  Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough; then the day can be used in that condition too.

Today you will be experiencing a bit easy walking; the walk from here will be enjoyable most of the way to Thame.  A gradual descend brings us to Thame Village, the first hint of civilization since Beding. There is a very old and interesting Monastery at the upper end of the village. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.

At Thame, the old trade route over the Nangpa-la into Tibet branches north, following the Bhote Koshi, which incidentally is the 2-3 river so named on this trek. The trail descends gently at first and then steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces.

We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing your adventure.



 Fly Home: Farewell Friend or extend some other Adventure

What's Included

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts

What's Excluded

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 and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip Information

The Upper Rolwaling Trek is a challenging and rewarding trekking adventure in the Rolwaling Valley region of Nepal. This remote and less-visited area offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including towering peaks like Gauri Shankar (7,145 meters) and Melungtse (7,181 meters).

Here is some information about the Upper Rolwaling Trek:

Trek Duration: The trek usually takes around 18 to 21 days, depending on the specific itinerary and pace of the trekking group.

Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake the Upper Rolwaling Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months generally offer stable weather conditions and clear views of the mountains.

Difficulty Level: The Upper Rolwaling Trek is considered a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and previous trekking experience. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, high-altitude passes, and rugged terrain. Altitude sickness can be a concern as well, so acclimatization days are included in the itinerary.

Permits: Trekking permits are required for the Upper Rolwaling Trek. You need to obtain a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and a Rolwaling Valley Restricted Area permit. These permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or through authorized trekking agencies.

Itinerary: The typical itinerary for the Upper Rolwaling Trek includes Kathmandu as the starting point. From Kathmandu, you’ll drive to the town of Barabise and start trekking towards the Rolwaling Valley. The trail takes you through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush forests, glacial valleys, and alpine landscapes. You’ll cross high passes like Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 meters) and eventually reach the picturesque alpine lake of Tso Rolpa. After exploring the lake, you’ll retrace your steps back to Barabise and return to Kathmandu.

Equipment and Accommodation: It’s important to pack appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a backpack, and other essentials. Accommodation during the trek is mainly in tea houses or basic lodges along the trail. These lodges provide simple but comfortable accommodation and meals.

Guides and Porter: It is highly recommended to hire a local guide or join a guided trekking group for the Upper Rolwaling Trek. Experienced guides can provide valuable assistance in navigating the challenging terrain and ensure your safety. You can also hire a porter to carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with less weight and fatigue.

Safety: Trekking in the Himalayas involves certain risks, and it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Make sure to have travel insurance that covers trekking activities, follow the guidance of your guide, and pay attention to any altitude-related symptoms. It’s also essential to have a comprehensive medical kit and be prepared for emergencies.

As the Upper Rolwaling Trek is a remote and challenging adventure, it’s advisable to plan and book your trek with a reputable trekking agency in Nepal. They can provide detailed itineraries, organize necessary permits, arrange experienced guides, and offer valuable local knowledge for a successful trekking experience.

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