Rolwaling Valley Trek is a lesser-known trek in the Rolwaling region of Nepal. It takes you to the remote trekking region of Nepal and between the Everest and Langtang regions. The trail to Rolwaling Valley bestows breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Melungtse (7181m), Melungtse II (7023m), Gaurishankar(7134m) and peaks over 6000m.
Rolwaling Valley is associated with the folklore of the abominable snowman, Yeti. People believe that this valley is home to Yeti.
The Rolwaling Valley trek route leads up the remote trails, crossing high passes and through isolated valleys. The trail encompasses high passes, picturesque Sherpa villages, cascading waterfalls, dramatic landscapes, and ancient monasteries. Walkthrough lush rhododendron and pine forest and explore the largest Sherpa village settlement and old Buddhist monastery in Beding.
Trekkers who embark on a journey to Rolwaling Valley also get to experience Buddhist culture and the warm hospitality of local people. This trek offers an exceptional opportunity to admire the beauty of Tsho-Rolpa, the largest Glacier Lake in Nepal.
Rolwaling Valley Trek Route
Start your adventure to Rolwaling Valley with a short and scenic drive to Jagat from Kathmandu. The ride rewards the horizon filled with rolling hills and busy roadside settlements.
After driving for about 9-10 hours, you will arrive in Jagat. From Jagat, you will start the trek heading to Simigaun. The trek today is moderate as you steeply ascend through the rugged trail. You will cross the bridge over the Tamakoshi River and continue uphill until you reach the beautiful village of Simigaun. Follow the ridge that houses few lodges and a monastery on top of the ridge.
Leaving Simigaun, you will hit the trail to Dongang at 2790m. The trail follows an up and down trail through forests. On the way, you will find two small shacks where you can refill your water. From here, you will walk through the rhododendron forest and cross small bridges. Keep ascending and you will reach Gyalche. And after half an hour, you will arrive in Dongang, perched on the bank of the river.
Wake up early, enjoy light breakfast, and continue trekking to Beding. Today’s trek is arguably the challenging trek. En route, cross the bridge and the valley now opens up. After about an hour, cross the Themlung Khola. The trail commands a spectacular view of Gaurishankar. Trek for three more hours, passing Jobalu, Nyiamare, Ramding, and Chhimu Golche villages and you will reach Beding. The Sherpa village of Beding is the largest settlement in Rolwaling valley. You will spend another day in Beding. You can explore the village and embark on a short, rewarding-trip to embrace the sight of Gaurishankar’s north face.
On the 6th day, you will head to Na at 4200m. Remember to walk at your own pace. Trek for a couple of hours and you will reach Na village. Today, you will cross 2 or more small bridges to reach Tso Rolpa. Tso Rolpa is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal. Very few trekkers make their way to Tso Rolpa.
The next day, you will descend, retracing your steps back to Dongang. The route stretches the same trail to Gongar Khola. After trekking for about 6 hours, you will reach Gongar Khola. On the last day, you will drive to Kathmandu.
Rolwaling Valley Trek Difficulty
Rolwaling Valley Trek is an easy to moderate trek, perfect for anyone with good health. If you can walk for a couple of hours, you can do this trek. Let our experienced trek leader take you to Rolwaling Valley.
The minimum trekking hours for this trek is 4-5 hours. On a challenging day, you must trek for 6-7 hours. The highest elevation marked during the trek is 4500m.
Although the trek is easy to moderate graded, you should be cautious regarding altitude sickness. Our well-designed itinerary entails one acclimatization day for you.
Rolwaling Valley Trek Itinerary
Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1150m)
Duration: 9-10 hours drive
Trek from Jagat to Simigaun (2020m)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Trek from Simigaun to Dongang (2790m)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Trek to Beding (3700m)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Acclimatization Day in Beding (3700m)
Trek from Beding to Na (4200), and Tso Rolpa (4500m)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Trek to Dongang (2790m)
Duration: 56 hours
Trek from Dongang to Gongar Khola (1430m)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Drive from Gongar Khola to Kathmandu