This fantastic Rolwaling Valley trek, is located in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) is a moderately difficult teahouse trek nestled between Langtang National Park and Khumbu (Mt.Everest) in Nepal. It forms part of The Great Himalaya Trail. The Rolwaling Valley trek is a comparatively less visited and quiet trekking route that runs parallel to Tibet. The Sherpa village of Beding (3 days walk from Gonghar Khola) is the largest settlement in the Rolwaling Valley. It is possible to combine this trek with Everest crossing Tashi Lapcha La (5755m), nevertheless, it requires basic climbing experience and good guides to complete this and another Pachermo Peak Climbing permit. Tsho Rolpa (4580m) is one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal. This is the point of turnaround if returning to Gonghar Khola.
How to get there
There are direct local buses leave from Kathmandu to Singati - Lamabagar. Local buses leaves at 5am and 6am. Alternatively, we can arrange private jeep on request. The package cost we have offered includes local bus only. The beginning of the trek is at Chhechhet, 25km north of Singati. We will have to make sure if the bus goes all the way there. The journey takes approximately 9 to 10 hours on dirt road.
Gauri Shankar Conservation GCAP Permit NPR 3000.00 per person
TIMS Card NPR 2000 per person though there is no check post, TIMS is recommended for you and your guide safety and security.
Na Village and Chhorolpa Lake area: Per week per person USD 20.00
Logistics and facilities
There are basic teahouse along the way and homestays offers verities of food offering Dal Bhat, fried rice, noodles etc. No extensive menus like standard Annapurna and Everest route etc, which makes package cost cheaper compared to other well established major trekking routes. You won't come across many shops once you leave the road so bring adequate supplies with you. Limited lodges, teahouses and home stay are available in the area.
Acclimatization day in Beding and explore.
Beding - Tsho Rolpa - Beding. (10 to 11 hours) is a long (22km) and tough day. It is possible to stay at Na on the way back which makes shorter by 4km however this might not be possible in winter as the lodges will be closed. We will have to check in Beding before heading to Tsho Rolpa.
Short itinerary for young and fitter people (Cost US$ 469 per person)
Day 1: Kathmandu to Simigaun (drive & trek)
Day 2: Trek Simigaun (2036m) to Dongang (2791m)
Day 3: Trek from Dongang to Na Village (4180m)
Day 4: Excursion to Tso Rolpa Lake and trek to Thangdingma (3100m)
Day 5: Trek from Thangdingma to Simigaun (2036m)
Day 6: Trek to Chhechhet and drive to KTM.
Long itinerary with side trip to Yalung Ri base camp (Cost US$ 569 per person)
Day 1: Drive to Chhochhot (1377m) from Kathmandu and trek to Simi Gaun
Day 2: Trek to Dongang (2790m), 6 hours from Simi Gaun.
Day 3: Trek to Beding (3740m), 6 hours walk from Dongang.
Day 4: Trek to Na (4180m), and afternoon excursion to Tso Rolpa (4500m), 6 hours walk.
Day 5: Hike to Yalung Ri Base Camp (4900m), 5 to 6 hours for round.
Day 6: Trek to Dongang (2791m), 6 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Chhechhet (1377m), 5 hours.
Day 8: Drive to Kathmandu by public bus