Off the Beaten
rolwaling valley trek

Rolwaling Valley Trek with Daldung La

Walk on the less trodden trail via Daldung La Pass

  • Group Size:Min 2 Max 15
  • Duration:15 Days
  • Max Altitude:4,200m/13,783ft
  • Accommodation:Fully Tented Camping
  • Activity:Trekking in Nepal
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Moderate
All inclusive cost $ 1,700.00
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Trip Overview


  • 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

Rolwaling Valley Trek Overview

Rolwaling valley trek is fantastic off the beaten trek that takes you through the remote and virgin territory of Rolwaing region. Something akin to nature’s gem that sits between the lovely Langtang Region to the west and the ever well-known Everest Region to the east. 

Often the major trekking routes in Nepal have everything figured out; easy trail, best accommodations, tea houses and many more. However, these facilitated treks have its own drawback. Inconveniences such as traffic in the route can be a great turn off while trekking. For this, here we present you Rowlaling valley trek with Daldung La Pass, a less trodden route which sees very few footprints and winds through the far-flung, virgin territory of Rolwaling.

Rolwaling Valley Trek with Daldung La Pass is one such trek that will blow your mind to bliss. 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. 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.

Rolwaling Valley Trek Itinerary Overview

Our journey to Rolwaling valley starts with a 9 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Gongor Khola. Rolwaling region lies in the northeast of Kathmandu, which sits south of Tibet. From Gongor Khola, we plod on by Sherpa settlements and thick forests passing through remote villages and terrain.

Our Rolwaling trek itinerary includes a traverse of the untrodden Daldung La pass. The pass is barely trodden and the sublime vistas of the Mountains from the pass makes this even better. The trail provides a fantastic view of 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.

Rolwaling valley, apart from its beautiful sceneries, diverse geography and religious values; this region has alone produced several world-class Sherpas who have histories and records made when it comes to mountaineering world. 

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.

Is this trek for you?

  Grade   Moderate
  Physical Rating   3-4
  Total Duration   14N/15 Days
  Trekking Duration   09N/10 Days
  Maximum Elevation   4,500m/14,760ft at Na

Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks. Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

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.

Trip 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

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) freshly prepared by our chef with tea & coffee whilst on trek.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Twin sharing accommodation on tent during trekking period
  • High quality tents for accommodation, dining, kitchen and more for your comfort
  • All required permits for trek
  • Experienced local trek leader 
  • Full support crew including kitchen staffs and 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts on private A/C vehicle
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private A/C vehicle
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
  • Group welcome dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant 

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff


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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