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Rolwaling Trek with Daldung La

Walk on the less trodden trail via Daldung La Pass

15 Days 4,180m/13,714ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 15 Days Trip Grading Modertate
Max Altitude 4,180m/13,714ft Best TimeMarch - May
Sept - Nov
Trip ModeFully Tented Camping Group SizeMin 1 Max 14
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Off the beaten trail
  • Traverse Daldung La pass/Less trodden route
  • Area unknown to many trekkers and climbers
  • Unimaginable mountain and village scenery

Trip Overview

Rolwaling Trekking with Daldung La Pass is one place to blow your mind to bliss. This taxing trail sees very few footprints and winds through the far-flung, virgin territory of Rolwaling. The mountain vistas and village landscapes, shared with cultural gaiety and rural lifestyles integrate into discoveries that are simply unforgettable…for any length of time. The Rolwaling valley trek is something akin to nature’s gem that sits between the lovely Langtang Region of Kathmandu and the ever well-known Everest Region to the east. Numerous airy suspension bridges across gorges help cut down the climbs. Brilliant peak views could be had from the high alpine section of Daldung La pass at (3900m), and then more continuously as the path rises.

Our journey starts in the region of Rolwaling which sits south of Tibet. We plod on by Sherpa settlements and thick forests. Sublime vistas of the Mountains give way to Gauri-Shankar at (7145 m/23816 ft) a peak named after the mythical Hindu couple Shiva and Parvati. The Sherpas aptly call this valley of Rolwaling - “The Grave or Furrow” – due to its geography along the Rolwaling Khola that sits deep below the so many ice-giants that hover above this abnormal east-west valley. Rolwaling is thought to be a beyul, one of only eight sacred, hidden valleys in the Himalaya stretch which is said to protect the mountain gods.

Many strange and legendary stories have done the rounds about this valley, through which the ancestors of the present-day Sherpa's once came. It is here that the notorious and celebrated Yeti is assumed to have his home.

Trip Profile

- Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking
- Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen backup for all high altitude treks
- Satellite phone for emergency purpose
- Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff
- Medical trained staff with English language proficiency
- All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek
- Reasonable price with no hidden cost
- High staff to client ratio on all trips
- Higher success ratio

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 03 : Drive to Gongor Khola [1,440m/4,726ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]
  • Day 05 : Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]
  • Day 07 : Rest and Acclimatization day [3,790m/12,437ft]
  • Day 08 : Trek to Na [4,200m/13,783ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek to Thakar
  • Day 10 : Traverse Daldung la [3,900m/12,796ft] and trek to Bhangbhang
  • Day 11 : Trek to Tashinam
  • Day 12 : Trek to Jagat [1,150m/3,774ft]
  • Day 13 : Drive back to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 14 : Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 15 : International departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

 

 

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    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 Highland Expeditions 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
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    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
  • Day 03 - Drive to Gongor Khola [1,440m/4,726ft]

    Leaving Kathmandu, we will drive toward Gongor Khola 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. We will stay overnight in a camp near to the confluence of Tamakoshi River and Gongar River. We will stay overnight in Gongar Khola.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 8-9 hrs drive
  • Day 04 - Trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]

    Leaving Kathmandu, we will drive toward Gongor Khola 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. We will stay overnight in a camp near to the confluence of Tamakoshi River and Gongar River. We will stay overnight in Gongar Khola.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]

    From Simigaon, 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. In this area, the change from lush Tama Koshi to the mountain side of Rolwaling Valley is very apparent. We will pass through small settlement area of kyalche and reach the wooden bridge. Crossing the bridge, we will make it to Dongkang where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]

    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
  • Day 07 - Rest and Acclimatization day [3,790m/12,437ft]

    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 : 2-3 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Na [4,200m/13,783ft]

    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
  • Day 09 - Trek to Thakar

  • Day 10 - Traverse Daldung la [3,900m/12,796ft] and trek to Bhangbhang

  • Day 11 - Trek to Tashinam

  • Day 12 - Trek to Jagat [1,150m/3,774ft]

    From Simigaon, the trek goes downhill for an hour or more to the bridge, & from the bridge it is on the same trail for a few hours on a gradual winding path, where our route from near Gongor Khola diverts on the straight forward trail towards south following the River Tama Koshi all the way to camp at a farm village at Jagat. At Jagat we will have time for a walk and to refresh in the cool river near our campsite.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 13 - Drive back to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,430ft]

    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
  • Day 14 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of the ‘Rolwaling Valley with Daldung La Trek.’ While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
    • Meal : (B, D)
    • Accommodation : Kathmandu Guest House
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 15 - International departure

    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
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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Candy Chew Jan 20, 2016

I engaged the services of this company recently to do a solo trek – helpful porter and an informative and supportive guide. You need one especially when you are trekking in high altitude. Thank you Highland Expeditions for a good and memorable adventure!

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