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Duration: 22 Days
location : Gaurishankar Conservation Area
Fly in fly out: Kathmandu
Seasons: Spring/Autumn
Accomodation: Lodge
Max Altitude: 5400m
Health: fit
Group Size: 12PAX
Trip Code: 28
Trek Type: Lodge Trek
Route: Dolkha-Lama Bagar-Tashigaun-Naah village- Rolwaling - Chorolpa Lake-Bigu Gumba-Kalinchowk village-Charikot-Kathmandu
Tour Details

This trip features four nights in Kathmandu and a 17 days camping trek into the remote Rolwaling Himal. This neighboring valley of Solo Khumbu (Everest region) lies just a few miles of the Tibetan frontier. The Rolwaling, literally known as “The Furrow” in the Sherpa language has always held a mysterious fascination. Here British Mountaineer Eric Shipton first photographed a yeti track in 1951. Later in 1960 Sir Edmund Hillary 1960 led an expedition on the Rolwaling peaks to search for the yeti.



Rolwaling specifically applies to a white water mountain river that is nourished from glaciers around Tsho Rolpa Lake. But also includes 7000 m high Gaurishankar and Melungtse ranges, 50 additional peaks over 6 000 m, uncontaminated valleys, glaciers and vibrant Sherpa and Tamang villages which are rarely visited. For this reason visitors are often blown away by the immense beauty of this mythical but less know region.



The trek is non-technical and suitable for anyone in good shape who likes to hike over mountain trails and camp out. This is not a backpack trip, our camping staff will carry your gear, prepare all meals and pitch and take down the tents.



“Having trekked in other parts of Nepal, I found Rolwaling to be unique in that it offers much of the remoteness we experienced in Western Nepal and at the same time all the spectacular peaks and glaciers like the adjacent Everest area.”



Short Itenary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu and preparation for trek

Day 3: Kathmandu – The Last Resort

Day 4: The Last Resort – Kaymarle Khark

Day 5: Kaymarle Kharka – Sano Jyandan

Day 6: Sano Jyandan – Tinsang Kewa

Day 7: Tinsang Kewa – Bigu Gompa

Day 8: Bigu Gompa – Loting

Day 9: Loting – Laduk

Day 10: Laduk – Orangdanda

Day 11: Orangdanda – River Camp

Day 12: River Camp – Simigaon

Day 13: Simigaon – Dokhang

Day 14: Dokhang – Beding

Day 15: Beding – Na

Day 16: Na Acclimatization day

Day 17: Na – Beding Village

Day 18: Beding – Kyalche

Day 19: Kyalche – Simi Gaon

Day 20: Simi Gaon – Kathmandu

Day 21: Kathmandu

Day 22: Fly Back Home


Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The trip starts in the capital of Nepal, at an elevation of approx. 1400 m. A melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, Kathmandu is a treasure house of temples, shrines and medieval pagodas. We will stay at the Potala Guest House in Thamel which has hosted many previous Traveltimes Treks’ groups. It is a small pleasant hotel, centrally located and very clean with a friendly staff whose principal aim is to make you feel at home. We get to know each other over a welcome dinner, check formalities and equipment and discuss your itinerary.

We will have time to explore the higlights of the valley in Kathmandu and Patan. You will see Durbar Square and the Temple of the Living Goddess in Kathmandu, Boudhanath containing one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, Pashupatinath Temple on the river Bagmati complete with burning ghats and the remarkable Hindu and Buddhist temples of Patan.

Early in the morning we drive up the 114 km long Arniko Highway which connects Kathmandu to the Chinese border. Built many years ago with Chinese aid, this road follows the Sun Koshi River until we come to Barabise Bazar (3 hours driving) where we stretch our legs. One hour later we reach our camp at the Last resort (1170m) which is famous for the highest bungee in Asia. If you are not a thrill seeker, it is also a great place to enjoy the views over the Bhote Kose River and to relax in the cozy garden or bar and to take a massage in the beauty parlor. Tonight we stay at comfortable tented camps accommodated by The Last Resort.

Today our Rolwaling Camping trek starts. For many of you the first three days will be hard as we steadily climb to Tinsnag La Pass which we reach before lunch on the third trekking day. Of course you will walk at your own pace and you’ll have plenty of time to take a breath, drink a tea and enjoy the scenery. From the Last Resort we cross the bridge and climb for half an hour stone steps to Tyanthali village (1390 m). We walk the trail to the village school and climb 40 minutes up hill to Sakhuwa village. After crossing scrabbly wooded forest we reach Cati village (1520 m) meter and further Mandre (2180 m). After a lunch break we walk another 1 ½ hours to a saddle between the Khagdal Khola and Gulche valley. Here we camp at the scenic saddle or terraces situated at 2285 m. Walking hours today: 5.5 h.

After breakfast, we head up to a large forested ridge which ultimately leads to Tinsang pass. Take your time and enjoy the views, and if you begin early each day there is a good chance of seeing red panda. We follow a trail eastwards and as we climb the forest becomes thicker. After 400 m of ascent (1 ½ hours) we reach the northern slopes of the Nambarjun Danda. After reaching a dry watercourse (1h), the trail continues east back up onto the forest ridge from where you can enjoy views on the Khagdal river below. After 40 minutes you reach a dry watercourse which you should climb to another saddle and potential campsite at Sindurche Kharka (2780 m, 1 hour). The trail from the Kharka continues east, back up onto the forested ridge. The trail sometimes edges against the precipitous edge of the ridge, with views down to the Khagdal Khola 700 m below. As you continue along the ridge the trail rises and falls for short sections and there are small seasonal shelters used by locals when they take their cattle to the high pastures during the monsoon months. After about 2 h we arrive at a Sana Jyandan (3127 m) where we camp near rhododendron forest. Walking hours: 5.5 h.


Start to walk to Palati Jyandan (3210 m, 30 minutes) and enter a forest. We follow a dry watercourse (25 minutes) into an old-growth rhododendron forest. Soon after we reach Marmin Jyandan (3250 m) which has a few stone shelters. From this pasture the trail heads out across a steep rocky hillside. After we connect with a long north-south ridge, which leads to the Tinsang La (3350 m). Once we join the main ridge we are back in rhododendron forest and descend until a large trail that swings east, away from the ridge. From here we drop down to a series of plateaus that lead to our campsite at Tinsang Kew (3266 m). Walking time: 4h

Today we frequently cross the road as you descend via multiple short cuts through forest. In 2 ½ hours you will reach the hamlet of Rupthan (2400 m). From here the trail begins to climb back into the forest on an easy gradient. After 4.30 h walking today we reach Bigu Gompa where we put up our tents. In the afternoon you can visit the nunnery of Bigu Gompa which is dedicated to the Buddha of compassion, who is all-seeing and all-knowing remover of obstacles. Bigu is one of the most fascinating Buddhist nunneries in Nepal. Built in 1933 is houses about 35 nuns, most of them are Sherpas. The nuns are happy to receive visitors, also allow us to attend morning prayers. The walls inside the gompa are lined with interlacing statues of Buddha of compassion, each with eleven heads and 1000 arms, hands and eyes.


From the Sherpa village of Bigu Gompa two routes lead to Loting. We choose the main trail that descends to Pegu (Amatol) river (1700 m, 2 ½ hours and a bridge over the Sangu river before climbing to Loting (1768 m, 1 hour and 20 minutes). Or head east and gradually descend to the village of Alampu, which covers the southeast-facing hillside above the Kotheli Khola. Here a steep trail descends through the village to a bridge (1732m, 2 hours), which you should cross to a small hamlet. Follow the river downstream for about 30 minutes to just before the confluence with the Sangu Khola and veer left to climb about 200 m through scrubby forest. In 1 hour you round the hillside and enter the village of Loting which is inhabited by Gurungs. Enjoy the teahouse and campsite in Loting. Walking hours: 4 h.


We descend slightly to the Dorun river and climb a hill past a large chautaara. After we descend to and to a seasonal watercourse before climbing up an easy trail to Chilingkha (2 h). From here we climb to another scrub-covered hillside, which was affected by a bushfire at the beginning of 2009. The trail traverse around the hillside to the small village of Chyasarpa (2020 m, 1 h 20m) where we descend to a small river and forest. From here we climb smoothly up to our campsite and the teahouse at Laduk (2050 m, 2 ½ hours). Walking hours today: 6 h.

A broad trail climbs an easy gradient from Laduk through pine forest that covers most of the hillside above. In 1 hour and 20 minutes you will reach a ridge above Bulung where you might be lucky and catch your first views of the Gaurishankar Himal. Descend to the village (1890 m, 15 minutes) and again up to the small village of Yarsa (2020 m, 45 m). After climbing 50 minutes through terraced fields, we reach our destination, the ridge-top village of Orangdanda (2029 m). From here we enjoy great morning view of the Gaurishankar Himal from this village. Gaurishankar (7134 m) is the second highest peak of the Rolwaling range behind Melungtse peak (7181 m). Gaurishankar has deep religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhist. Jumbled rock escarpments sweep upwards into knife-edged and corniced iced ridges which finally merge at Gauri Shankar’s double summit. The North summit, is the Hindu god Shiva married to goddess Gauri, the south summit. The Rolwaling Sherpas call it Jomo Tseringma and throughout Buddhist Lamaism, to as far away as Sikkim, Tseringma is considered the most holy mountain of the Sherpas.


On our drop down to River Camp we enjoy plenty views of Gaurishankar. We descend terraces to a stream and climb a little to the village of Deulang (1900 m, 1 ½ hours). After we soon reach the top of large village of Thare where we take our time to observe a Tamang village. Tamang people are believed to have come from Tibet, possibly around 3000 years ago, and are Nepalis largest ethnic group. Tamangs have their own history, religion, culture, costume and living style which make them different from others. The people here are friendly and love to sing and dance. We descend into the valley below to the village of Gongar (1430 m), about 2 h 15 m walking. From here we follow the road to the bridge in Chetchet (1377 m) and cross the Tama river to a campsite on the far bank. Walking time today: 4h 45 m.


Today we make a moderate length hike. From the campsite we follow stone staircases to the lower homes of Simigaon village (2 hours). Once we reach the first terraces the gradient eases as the trail winds between homes. We walk another 1 ½ hours to reach the few teahouses and campsite at 2036m on the ridge above the village. After lunch you can visit the local Buddhist monastery. Walking hours today : 3.5 h.


We start the day descending from a nearby minor ridge to a small yak pasture and walk alongside Rolwaling River (40 minutes). From the yak pasture we climb sometimes steep climb through forest. After 2 hours we take a break at a large waterfall, where you can soak your feet in a pool of cold water if it is a warm day. Heaven! Another 2 hours climbing brings us to Gyalche Kharka (2832 m). After an easy descent through forest (40 m) we reach the settlement of Dokhang where we camp (2791 m). Walking hours: 6h.


After the steep climb of yesterday, the trail today is much easier as it winds a course along the south bank of the Rolwaling river. Enjoy the rhododendron, pine and juniper forests and the river cascades beside the trail. After 2 hours you reach the bridge to the north bank of the river. Soon after the bridge over Themlung river. Enyoy here the views over the steep ravine to the north and Gaurishankar. We climb to the glacial valley above. Juniper and fir trees become more common now, and snow and ice covered bulk to Tsoboje peak fills the end of the valley ahead. Breathtaking! The gradient eases and we reach the village of Nyamare (3550 m) in another 2 hours. Beding (3750 m)where we camp tonight, is a small Sherpa village with perhaps 200 families living in stone houses, is now less than 1 hour away. Walking time today: 5 h, 15 m.


The trek today from Beding to Na (4180 m) takes about 5 hours. Before starting our trek, we visit the monastery and the small hermitage set in a cliff above the village. Here Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated 2000 years ago. We leave the narrow gorge of Beding and from here we start to hike up the Upper Rolwaling valley. After 2 ½ hours the valley becomes U shaped and some large boulders dot the landscape. One of the boulders has been carved with Buddhist prayers and must be the largest single mani stone anywhere. Just beyond is another boulder with a large painting of Padmasambhava and a small shrine. After another 2.5 h we reach the summer village of Na at 4180 m, a pleasant scattered village where we camp tonight.


We take a day to acclimatize in Na which offers good day trip options to explore the stark moraine of Upper Rolwaling Valley with tangle of ice peaks, glaciers and little used passes. Today we recommend you to visit the spectacular Yalung Base camp and glaciers (4200 m, 5 hours walking).


Early morning push towards Lake Tsho Rolpa (4540 m), 2 to 3 hrs walk. The trail first goes through the plain valley and then climbs to the lake. The large glacial lake is dammed by the great Ripimo Shar glacier,lies between the majestic Langtang and Everest ranges and is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and glaciers. Mountain vistas from here are unsurpassed. Return to Na, lunch there and head down to Beding for night stop.


From Beding we walk gradual downhill to Thanthing where we have lunch. After lunch we walk up to Kyalche which is situated on a 30 min walk from Dongang where we camp. Walking time today: 4.30 h.

From Kyalche we walk down to Surmuche along Rolwaling river to Simi Gaon. Walking time:


Return to Kathmandu in 5 h with private jeep. Farewell diner in Kathmandu.


Day of leisure in Kathmandu.


Trip Format

You should be in good physical shape for this trip and feel comfortable hiking 12-20 km per day on a trail while carrying a day pack of about 5kg. In general this is a moderate trek but with several long strenuous days. While the trip has been designed to gradually acclimatize you to altitude, four of our camps will be above 3750 m, and our highest camp will be at almost 4200 m. On some days altitude gains and losses of up to 900 m be expected, and there is one day when a descent of 1.2 km is called for. One rest day is planned and at least four half moving days are planned where we will be in camp by lunch leaving ample time for relaxing. While the trip is rated as moderate overall, two days will be strenuous and good conditioning is essential to your enjoyment of the trek. Strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for at least two steep descents of anywhere between 1 km to 1.2 km depending on availability of campsite.



A program of cardiovascular conditioning such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is essential, but try to supplement your exercise with hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps. The more you can condition by closely simulating the activities of trekking, the better off you will be. While the trip is rated as moderate, good conditioning is essential to your enjoyment of the trek.



The pace on the trek will be leisurely and unregimented. You are encouraged to walk by yourself or in small groups. Take time to visit local houses and temples, share a cup of tea or rakshi with our porters and the locals in the many chia houses. Pursue interests in photography, bird-watching and botany, and sample the culture of the area you are traveling through. The trip will emphasize cultural interaction with both our staff and local villagers. You will quickly learn to love both the graceful and dervish-type dances of our Tamang porters.



Remember that Nepal has the same latitude as Miami. Daytime temperatures will be 10°C-15°C at the lower elevations (20°C – 25°C the spring trip) and 1°C-5°C at our highest elevations. Temperatures at night will in general be cool ranging from 1°C-5°C except for the nights in the upper Rolwaling Valley. Below freezing temperature -5°- -10°C can be expected at our two highest camps during the night, although the temperature rapidly climbs once sun reaches our camp. The weather is generally sunny with the day often starting out cloudless. During the afternoon clouds can start to build up. Rain showers in the afternoon are more likely on the spring trip.



Personal gear will be carried by porters. They will carry three members’ duffel bags. Since their load is 30 kg, this means that your duffel cannot exceed ten kilos. Tents are provided and are carried separately. We use roomy 3-person quality tents that are dome style. You will be expected to share your tent with one other person.



This is not a tour where everything can be planned in advance to run like clockwork. You probably won’t experience exactly what is written in the daily itinerary. Often adjustment must be made in the field. We want you to participate in the trip with the clear understanding that things can go wrong. Adventure travel does involve certain risks both emotional and physical. One has to be flexible when traveling in Nepal and have a cheerful attitude.

Included in the Cost

In Kathmandu


  • Four nights in Hotel Potala Guest House superior deluxe room (with breakfast)
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali Chulo (Authentic Newari food and cultural dance party)
  • Private car transportation for all transfers and sightseeing *Cultural guide and entrance fees during sightseeing.



In Rolwaling Valley


  • Return private transportation to Rolwaling Valley
  • 16 nights camping accommodation and 3 meals every day during trek (fixed menu).
  • During the meals we provide coffee and tea.
  • Traveltimes Treks will provide water for purification after breakfast, lunch and dinner at the participants needs *Assistance staffs *Professional trekking guide, necessary porters as well as their expenses including travel insurance *
  • All fees and administration costs for Gaurishankar conservation area *TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System), local government taxes.

Not Included in the Cost

  • Personal expenses like laundry, communication, shopping, necessary gears and meals in Kathmandu except welcome dinner
  • Tips for guides and porters or staffs
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance including emergency helicopter rescue/evacuation (required).

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2 Reviews

Rolwaling Valley – Poonhill & Chitwan Jungle Safari 2024

Lawrence and I, along with 10 other Kiwis completed a wonderful 4 week trekking holiday in Nepal organised by Dawa our guide, from April 19 – 15 May. We had a fantastic time in Nepal going to Poon Hill, Chitwan National Park, trekking to Tsho Rolpa Lake at 4580 metres and visiting Dawa parents and his village. It couldn’t have been better organised, the weather was great and we all got along very well.


Jo O’Halloran & Lawrence,



June 18, 2024

Rolwaling Valley

“Having trekked in other parts of Nepal, I found Rolwaling to be unique in that it offers much of the remoteness we experienced in Western Nepal and at the same time all the spectacular peaks and glaciers like the adjacent Everest area.” Peter

April 9, 2024