Tips and Essential Guide for Trekking in Rolwaling and Lapche valley of Gaurishankar Area

Tips and Essential Guide for Trekking in Rolwaling and Lapche valley of Gaurishankar Area

Trekking through the Gaurishankar conservation area is all about the heavenly high valleys such as Rolwaling and Lapche, majesty crowing mount Gaurishankar, isolated Tsho Rolpa Lake, Sherpa’s culture, variety of geographical landscape, adventurous activities of mountaineering and trekking over the high pass of Tashi Lapcha. The mystical power of this region has lured all the pilgrims, curious trekkers, mountaineers, and spiritual seekers. This region is a sacred place of Tibetan Buddhist devotees especially those who are from the Kagyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Many foreigners from Asia as well as western Europe visit this area by trekking all the way from Lamabagar to Lapche Valley for pilgrimage. Lapche Gompa area is recently getting more popular among retreater.  Even Hindu Devotees do visit Gaurishankar to pay homage to Lord Shiva and Parvati. 

Trekking in the Rolwaling region of the Gaurishankar Conservation area offers an unspoiled, least visited, more authentic Himalayan Experience. Gaurishankar, a sacred peak guarding the Tibetan border and kept all the secret by hiding the treasures of Lapche and Rolwaling valley.  The route covers the common hilly area to the most strenuous part of the Himalayas dotted by the high vantages where the trekkers get relief after the hard climb to witness the jaw-dropping views.  Not many visitors have reached here and the valley is waiting to be discovered by adventurous trekkers and explorers. 

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How to reach Rolwaling and Lapche of Gaurishankar?

Rolwaling/ Garurishankar lies in the Northcentral of Nepal in the Dolakha district of Bagmati Province where the Helambhu and Khumbu regions are neighboring on the west and east of it respectively. Charikot Bazar is the ideal town to start all the treks within the Gaurishankar conservation area. If you are starting your journey from Kathmandu then you can take a private vehicle or you can drive by local buses which are available from Ratnapark Bus station. In the past, everyone used to start their trek right from Charikot but nowadays off road facility has reduced the trekking duration. Currently, the road has reached Lamabagar where the Tama Koshi hydropower is based. If you are trekking toward Rolwaling valley or Tashi Lapcha Pass then Chhetchhet is your trekking start point and the Lapche valley trek starts from Lama Bagar which is half an hours drive from Chhetchhet. Recently Chhetchhet and Lama Bagar are the most popular trekking entry and exit points because of the new road construction.   

Road condition of Rolwaling Gaurishankar Trek
The road connection from Kathmandu reaches the furthest to Lama Bagar village. Trekkers trekking to Bigu Gompa can drive to Sotang River as the last drivable point.  Those who are heading to Tashi Lapcha and Rolwaling valley can drive to Chhetchhet and start the trek from there. Currently, there is a new road construction project is going above the old trekking trail. The under-construction road comes from Lumnang to lama Bagar and vice versa. In between the road is not yet fully connected and trekkers and local people needs to use the same old path.  

Permits and Entrance feee for Rolwaling and Lapche Trek

Permits are mandatory to enter the Gaurishankar area of both Rolwaling and Lapche valley for all-purpose whether you are visiting by air or land. To obtain restricted permits for Lapchi at least two travelers are required. Restricted permits are issued from Nepal Immigration Department through registered and authorized trekking agencies. If you are single and willing to visit Lapchi but not able to trek because of no permits. Please let us know, we can help you to get done with your permits. 

Many Say that Rolwaling Doesn’t need restricted Trekking Permits. Is it true?

Let me clarify it. For many trekkers, it is confusing which part of the Rolwaling area required restricted permits. Local-level government division was made based on article 56 of the Constitution of Nepal 2015 such as municipalities, municipalities, and district assemblies. Since that time Department of Immigration of Nepal decided to bring changes in the royalties of the restricted areas.  

Within the Gaurishankar conservation area, Bigu Rural Municipality (All areas of ward number 1) and Gaurishankar Rural Municipality (All areas of ward Number 9) required restricted trekking permits. Lapche valley lies inside Gaurishankar rural municipality and Lama Bagar of Rolwaling lies inside Bigu Rural Municipality.

Trekking in Rolwaling require following permits:

S.No Trekking Areas Permits
1 Lapche Valley Trek 

Lapche Restricted Permit

Gaurishankar Conservation Permit

2 Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek

Lapche Restricted Permit

Gaurishankar Conservation Permit

Sagarmatha National Park

Pasang Lhamu Rural Munscipility Fee

3 Bigu Gompa Trek

Gaurishankar Conservation Permit

4 Trek within Rolwaling Circuit

Gaurishankar Conservation Permit

How much does it cost for trekking permits in the Rolwaling region of the Gaurishankar area?

Permits cost for Conservation area are normally paid in Nepali rupees and restricted permit’s royalties are charged in US Dollars. 

1. Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (GCAP) cost NPR 3000 per person for one time single entry

2. Special Permit for Rolwaling and Lapchi cost USD 20 per person per week  

3. Sagarmatha National Park costs NPR 3000 per person for a one-time single entry.

4. Khumbu Rural Municipality costs NPR 2000 per person for a one-time single entry.

How to get Permits for Rolwaling Trek?

Trekking in Lapchi is the same as other restricted areas of Nepal where you are not allowed to visit the places individually. You must need a local trekking agency to prepare your permits, guides, and even organize your whole trip. 

Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCAP) entry ticket is issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation located within the Nepal Tourism Board office building at Brikutimandap in Kathmandu. It is also available during your visit at the entry point. 

To obtain your permits for Rolwaling and Lapche, you need to email us the following documents at info@hwwtreks.com or hwwtreks@gmail.com 

  1. A clean copy of your valid passport (if you already got a visa then send a copy of your Nepal visa too)
  2. Copy of your visible passport-sized photo (taken within last 6 months)
  3. International Flight Tickets of Nepal
  4. Copy of your travel Insurance 
  5. Hotel Booking if you booked by yourself

Different places to visit in Rolwaling Gaurishankar, Dolakha

Rolwaling doesn’t mean only trekking and mountaineering things. There are many things to do other than trekking. Following are the reasons why you must visit this amazing region. 

  1. Dolakha Bhimsen Temple
    Dolakha Bhimsen temple lies at Charikot Bazaar in the east of Kathmandu by 133km. The main temple is located just below the highway. It is one of the holiest Hindu Temple in central Nepal. Inside this temple, you can find three main statues of Bhimsen, goddess Bhagawati and lord Shiva. There is a story that the passing porters found three stones that were floated by Tama Koshi River and used them as a fire pot for cooking their meals. It is believed that the sweating from the main statue of the temple shows a bad omen of the country. Because of some mystical evidence, thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the temple and locals perform puja every Tuesday and Saturday.

  2. Kalinchowk, Kuri 
    Kalinchowk has been a popular and trending place for quite some while. It is the best place to witness snowfall and to have a great snow experience near Kathmandu. Many weekenders go there to enjoy the snowfall and explore the place during the winter season. Kalinchowk is the name of the temple (Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple), located at the top of the hill at an altitude of 3842m. It is about 150 km away from Kathmandu. Before it was a challenge to reach Kalinchowk but recently a cable car has been added to help with the growing number of visitors which made it so easy for travelers. One can go from private vehicles or local buses. Read our Kalinchowk travel Blog.

  3. Sailung 
    Sailung Hills is one of the best places to visit in the Dolakha district. This mind-blowing place attracts every traveler who pays a visit there. This hill is located at a height of 3146 meters from sea level and it is 118 kilometers away from Kathmandu. A perfect vacation spot for a day hike and picnic.  On the backdrop of these hundreds of hills lies a panoramic view of the Himalayas. There is a popular Nepali song called “Mathi Mathi Sailungi Ma.” 

  4. Jiri 
    Jiri is also called Switzerland of Nepal. It is 185 kilometers away from the Capital city, Kathmandu which takes approximately eight hours by bus. It was the first trekking route that lead to Everest Region when there was no airport at Lukla. Jiri is a perfect place for cattle grassing and you will see the beautiful hills with the green pasture. There is an Agricultural development center which is looked over by the Swiss government. Locals get training and employment opportunities from this center. Jiri is also known for organic agricultural products. You can find cheese factories, cattle rearing farms, Kiwi farm, and other crops. In Jiri, there is a memorial park of Tenzin Norgay and Edmund Hillary. For visitors, there are homestays to stay overnight during their visit. The hospitality of Jirels welcomes all visitors from within and outside the nation. 

  5. Lapche Gompa (Chora Ghephelling Monastery)
    Lapche Gompa is originally named Chore Ghephel Ling Monastery. This monastery belongs to the Drigung Kagyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The main monastery is enclosed by the wall in a squared area. There is a number of rooms for monks’ dormitory as well as for guests who come to visit Lapche valley. This monastery is surrounded by three snowy peaks named Chenresig, Chagna Dorjee, and Jampeyang which represent the guardians of the monastery.  The construction of this monastery represents the mandala of Tara. That is why monks do not need to create Mandala during Tara Puja. Above the monastery, there are retreat caves where sage Milarepa meditated in the upper cave.

  6. Bigu Gompa
    Bigu Gompa was founded in 1934 AD by a respected Monk from Bhutan with the help of a Local Sherpa named Nima Pasang. The real name of the Bigu monastery is Tashi Chime Gatsel. This monastery is home to 60-65 nuns. Locals are also called Ani (nun) Gompa. Nuns here practice and follow the Drigung Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Bigu village was the epic center of the 2015 earthquake. It was completely destroyed and restored in 2017 with the help of local and foreign NGOs. A must-not missed a place in the Gaurishankar area.

  7. Tamakoshi Hydropower Project
    Tamakoshi hydropower’s Dam lies in Lama Bagar and the ground powerhouse next to Gongar Khola of Dolakha district. This hydropower project was started in 2011 and completed in 2021. Recently Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Oli Sharma inaugurated this project on 5th July 2021. The Tamakoshi Hydroelectric Project is a 456 MW peaking run-of-the-river hydroelectric project in Nepal. It is the largest hydroelectric project in Nepal with the national most priority project.

  8. Gaurishankar Himal
    Gaurishankar (7134m) is a mountain that lies near the west of Rolwaling Himal. Sherpa people called it Jomo Tseringma in the Tibetan language. It is the second-highest peak of the Gaurishankar area. Gauri is the Hindu Goddess manifestation of Pravati, Lord Shiva’s beloved wife. So, Hindu devotees pay homage to Gaurishankar. This Mighty Mountain is visible even from Kathmandu and it is approximately 100 kilometers away from Kathmandu city. 

  9. Tsho Rolpa Lake
    Tsho Rolpa is a glacial lake located at the height of 4580 meters, one of the biggest lakes in Nepal. It is one of the most highlighted places on the Rolwaling valley trek in the Dolkha district. This lake is getting bigger every year for the last fifty years because of global warming, glaciers are melting. The trekking route of trekking to Tsho Rolpa is fine and well managed. In Tsho Rolpa there is an early warning system installed which will alarm locals about the flood one hour before the flood reach village. 

Treks in Rolwaling/ Gaurishangkar Region

1. Rolwaling Valley trek

The Rolwaling valley Trek is not well known but worthy to do. Rolwaling valley is tucked between two impressive mountain ranges the Gaurishankar Himal and the Rolwaling Himal. The sensational mountain vistas and the Sherpa villages with Buddhist vibes are the main highlights of this trek. Rolwaling trek will definitely make your trip exciting. This trek is perfect for those who don’t like to climb high passes during the trek. The only drawback of this trek is you have to retrace the same route down to Chhetchhet. 

Facts of Rolwaling Valley Trek

  1. Difficulty: Easy-moderate
  2. Trek Duration: 10 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
  3. Max. Elevation: 3,730m
  4. Permits:  Gaurishankar Conservation Area
  5. Accommodation: Camping, basic Tea houses.
  6. Start/End Point: Chhetchhet

    See Details of Rolwaling valley Trek.

2. Bigu Gompa Trek

Bigu Gompa trek lies in the west of Lapche and Rolwaling valleys that lies within the Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCAP). It is an alternative trek to the Rolwaling trek. In the past, this trek needs almost 10 days to complete. These days you can do this trek in a very short time within a week. This trek is suitable for those who want to experience a very less traveled area and one can add this trek to Rolwaling trek if there is available time to do both at the same time. The most interesting attraction of Bigu Gompa is nuns. When you trek in the Himalayas of Nepal you might have seen monasteries with monks in most of the regions but here you will witness nunnery. Trekkers love to explore the daily life of nuns who stay there 12 months of the year.  

Facts of Bigu Gompa Trek

  1. 1. Difficulty: Moderate - Herd
  2. 2. Trek Duration: 6 Days
  3. 3. Max. Elevation: 3317m
  4. 4. Permits: Gaurishankar conservation permits
  5. 5. Accommodation: Camping, basic homestays.
  6. 6. Start Point: Sarang Khola
  7. 7. End Point: Barabise 

See Details of Bigu Gompa Trek.

3. Lapche Valley Trek

Lapche valley Trek is one of the desirable trekking routes in the Himalayas of Nepal which is recommended by all travelers who had visited there. Lapchi or Lapche is a paramount spiritual mountain which is known as the Milarepa’s hermitage. It is located in Rolwaling in the eastern part of Nepal at a height of about 4850 meters along the border of Nepal and Tibet. This trek offers an opportunity to discover the least visited remote and exciting secreted corners of Nepal. Lapchi trek and Lapchi area is the sacred destination in the Himalayan after Kailash and Tsari.

Facts of Lapche Valley Trek

  1. 1. Difficulty: Moderate – Strenuous 
  2. Trek Duration: 8 Days.
  3. Max. Elevation: 4600 m
  4. Permits: Dolakha Restricted Permit and Gaurishankar Conservation
  5. Accommodation: Camping, basic homestays.
  6. Start/End Point: Lama Bagar

See Details of Lapche Valley Trek.

4. Tsho Rolpa Trek 

Tsho Rolpa is a lake of the Rolwaling region of the Gaurishankar conservation area which is located at the height of 4600m and the distance of 4.5 km away from the Na village. The lake is formed from the melting glacier. In Tibetan Tsho Means Lake and the name, Rolpa came from Rolwaling. Literary Tsho Rolpa means Lake situated in Rolwaling. The trekking route to Tsho Rolpa and Rolwaling is the same as both treks lead to Tsho Rolpa, the last point of the whole trek. Although there are two different names the trek is 100 percent the same. Previously Rolwaling trek is popular and later on in 2016 the flow of domestic tourists grow and many youths reach different trekking areas of Nepal. Some made videos and blogs and the bloggers used Tsho Rolpa as their title. So, the Trek name became Tsho Rolpa.   

Facts of Tsho Rolpa Trek

  1. Difficulty: Easy-moderate
  2. Trek Duration: 3 days to the lakes. 5-6 days return.
  3. Max. Elevation: 3,730m
  4. Permits:  Gaurishankar Conservation Permit
  5. Accommodation: Camping, basic homestays.
  6. Start/End Point: Chhetchhet

See Details of Tsho Rolpa Trek.

Trekking Peaks of Rolwaling, Gaurishankar Region

Rolwaling valley offers an opportunity for mountaineers who want to experience some difficult and challenging climbing routes. Shipton was the first person who explored the upper Rolwaling area in 1951. But at that time no one has climbed peaks in this area. After a year of Shipton’s visit, W.H Murray’s team summited Ramdung Go peak in 1952. There are numbers of peaks that are lured by many serious mountaineers. This region of the Gaurishankar area doesn’t lack fine mountain vistas. 

1. Ramdung and Yalung Ri Peak Climbing
Ramdung and Yalung Ri lies on the same routes that lie south of Na village in Upper Rolwaling valley. Ramdung Go (5925m) is a trekking peak that offers a stunning panoramic view of mountain ranges from Everest to Langtang and also a splendid view of Gauri Sankar and Menlungtse.  Ramdung Peak required technical support somehow depending on the snow level and condition of the route whereas Yalung Ri is more like a La pass which doesn’t need that much technical support. The best season to climb the Ramdung Go peak is from early October to late November. 

Facts of Ramdung Peak Climbing 

  1. Start Point: Chhetchhet (1377m)
  2. Finish Point: Chhetchhet (1377m)
  3. Distance: 85-95 km Approximately
  4. Time Duration: Min 17-Max 20 Days 
  5. Max Altitude: 5953m/19526ft (Ramdung Go)
  6. Trekking Style: Camping during climb and rest with lodges
  7. Transportation: Jeep and Bus

2. Parchamo Peak climbing
Perchamo Peak climbing can be done in two ways. One from the Khumbu region and another way from the Rolwaling region. Those who are doing from Dolakha need to cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m). The route of Tashi Lapcha Pass trek and Parchamo Peak Expedition is the same the only thing is that you need two extra days for acclimatization and summit Parchamo (6,187m). It required several technical skills. The view from the summit is rewarded with breathtaking vistas of Amadablam Expedition, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Cho Oyu, and other surrounding mountains. After the summit, the route link with Khumbu, the Everest region, and finally end the trip at Lukla. 

Facts of Parchamo Peak Climbing 

  1. Start Point: Chhetchhet (1377m)
  2. Finish Point: Lukla (2840m)
  3. Distance: 90-100 km Approximately
  4. Time Duration: Min 17-Max 19 Days 
  5. Max Altitude: 6,187 meters / 20298 ft (Perchamo)
  6. Trekking Style: Camping during climb and rest with lodges
  7. Transportation: Jeep, Bus and Flights

Trekking Routes and Itineraries of Rolwaling Region of Gaurishankar

The trekking routes in Rolwaling are mostly similar except Lapche Valley trek route. Please check the itinerary of different treks in the Gaurishankar area.

1. Rolwaling Valley Trek Itinerary (9 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Day 01: Drive to Jagat (1150m) from Kathmandu

Day 02: Trek to Simigaun (2020m), 4-5 hours walk.

Day 03: Trek to Dongang (2790m), 6.5 hours.

Day 04: Trek to Bedding (3700m), 6 hours.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Bedding (3700m).

Day 06: Trek to Na (4200), 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Side Trek to Tso Rolpa (4500m), 6-7 hours walk.

Day 08: Trek to Dongang (2790m), 6 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Gongar Khola (1430m), 5.5 hours.

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu

2. Bigu Gompa Trek Itinerary (6 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Day 01: Drive to Sarang Khola (1300 m) from Kathmandu

Day 02: Sarang Khola - Bigu Gompa (2450 m) 6hrs of walk 

Day 03: Bigu Gompa - Tingsang La (3300 m) 5hrs of walk and O/N in hotel.

Day 04: Exploration Day

Day 05: Trek To Dolangsa Village (2600m) via small pass of Tingsang La (3300 m).

Day 06: Trek to Barabise & drive to Kathmandu

3. Lapche Valley Trek Itinerary (8 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Day 1: Kathmandu – Lamabagar (2077m)

Day 2: Lamabagar – Lumnang Village (2900 m)

Day 3: Lumnang to Lapchi Village (3030 m)

Day 4: Hike to Sephuk (4600m)

Day 5: Ramding Namgoma

Day 6: Lapchi Gonpa to Lumnang (Retrace)

Day 7: Lumnang to Lamabagar (Retrace)

Day 8: Lamabagar to Kathamndu Ktm (Final Day of a trip)

4. Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Itinerary (15 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet (1377m), 8-10 hrs

Day 02: Chhechhet to Simi Gaon (2100m), 3 hrs 

Day 03: Simigaon - Dongang (2800m/9,185ft), 5-6 hrs).

Day 04: Dongang - Beding (3690m/12,105ft), 5-6hrs

Day 05: Beding Rest and acclimatization day: Malung Kharka hike, 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Beding - Na: (4185m/13,750ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Na: Rest and acclimatization day – Yalung La hike, 4-5 hrs

Day 08: Na village to Nyiduk Kongma (4750m/15,582), 5-6hrs

Day 09: Nyiduk Kongma - Drolumbau Glacier (5205m/17,075), 5 -6 hrs

Day 10: Drolumbau Glacier - Teshi Laptsa pass (5755m/18,820ft) and decent to Camp at (5460m/17,912ft), 6 -7 hrs

Day 11: Camp - Thame (3805m/12,482), 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Thame – Khumjung (3871m/12,700ft), 3-4 hrs

Day 13: Khumjung - Monjo (2840m/9,318), 3-4 hrs

Day 14: Monjo - Lukla (2840m/9,317ft), 4 - 5 hrs

Day 15: Lukla - Kathmandu (1350m/8,405ft), 35min flight.

 

5. Ramdung and Yalun Peak Climbing Itinerary (16 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet (1377m), 8-10 hrs

Day 02: Chhechhet to Simi Gaon (2100m), 3 hrs

Day 03: Simi Gaon to Donggang  (2791m), 5-6 hrs

Day 04: Donggang to Beding (3740m), 6-7 hrs

Day 05: Explore Bedding

Day 06: Bedding to Na (4180m)

Day 07: Na village 

Day 08: Na village 

Day 09: Na Village 

Day 10: Na to Yalung Base Camp (4800m), 5-6 hrs

Day 11: Yalung base Camp to High Camp (5300m), 4-5 hrs

Day 12: High Camp to summit (5930m) and Return to High Camp, 7-9 hrs

Day 13: High Camp to Na Village (4180m), 7-8 hrs

Day 14: Na to Kyalche (2810m), 7 hours.

Day 15: Trek Kyalche to Chhetchhet (1377m), 4 hours.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m)

6. Rolwaling Baramji Ridge Trek Itinerary(17 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet (1377m), 8-10 hrs

Day 02: Chhechhet to Simi Gaon (2100m), 3 hrs

Day 03: Simi Gaon to Donggang  (2791m), 5-6 hrs

Day 04: Donggang to Beding (3740m), 6-7 hrs

Day 05: Explore Bedding

Day 06: Bedding to Na (4180m)

Day 07: Na village 

Day 08: Na village  

Day 19: Na to Yalung Base Camp (4800m), 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Yalung Base Camp to Yalung Kharka (4800m), 7-8 hrs

Day 11: Yalung Kharka to Tosabun (4460m), 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Tosabun to Hanbu Kharka (4320m), 3-4 hrs

Day 13: Hanbu Kharka to Jatagoti Kharka (5050), 4-5 hrs

Day 14: Jatagoti Kharka to Baramji (4071m), 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Baramji to Chordung (3690m), 6-7 hrs

Day 16: Chordung to Jiri (1995m), 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Jiri to Kathmandu (1300m), 9-10 hrs

 

7. Tsho Rolpa Trek Itinerary (10 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu) 

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet (1377m), 8-10 hrs

Day 02: Chhechhet to Simi Gaon (2100m), 3 hrs

Day 03: Simi Gaon to Donggang  (2791m), 5-6 hrs

Day 04: Donggang to Beding (3740m), 6-7 hrs

Day 05: Explore Bedding

Day 06: Bedding to Na (4180m)

Day 07: Na to Tsho Rolpa  and return to Bedding (3740m), 5-6 hrs

Day 08: Bedding to Kyalche (2810m), 5-6 hours.

Day 09: Trek Kyalche to Chhetchhet (1377m), 4 hours.

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m)

Variations of Treks of Rolwaling Region

Rolwaling is also one of the routes which connect the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) route from east to west Nepal. 

1. Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek to Khumbu Everest

Tashi Lapcha Pass trek is not only a trek, it is about mountaineering which requires skill and climbing experience. It offers an outstanding view of the Himalayas that lies along the northeastern side that is linked with the Khumbu region. This trek is one of the most challenging treks of Nepal. The route starts from the Chhechhet of Rolwaling area and then continues all the way to Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake. After a couple of hikes through the glacier, you will reach the most demanding Pass of this trek, Tashi Lapcha at 5755m. Now you are walking in the Khumbu Region of Sagarmatha National Park. This trek is a dream for many trekkers who want to witness and experience the high passes, isolated villages, glacier lakes, and altitude challenges.  

2. Panch Pokhari Trek to Helambhu Region

Panch Pokhari lies at the height of 4100 meters from the sea level in Sindupalchowk district on the east of Helambu Region. This trek can be done based on a very basic tea house trek where you will stay with a local family. From Rolwaling Region there is a Great Himalayan Trail that passes through the Bigu Gompa Trek routes until the last resort and then to Pach Pokhari. The itinerary from Chhetchhet or Shigati to Last Resort is same as an itinerary of Bigu Gompa and from last Resort, it will take 4-5 days to reach Panch Pokhari. 

How much does the Rolwaling trek cost?

The cost of trekking in Rolwaling depends on many aspects like duration, facilities, means of transportation, crew members, number of trekkers in a group, etc. Trekking in the Gaurishankar area of the Rolwaling region is not expensive than other regions of Nepal because 80 percent of the area is done in tea house trek and in addition to that restricted permit is cheaper. Some treks don’t require restricted permits. Check below in the table of cost breakdown for trekking in Rolwaling and Lapche valley of Gaurishankar Area. 

S.No

Permits and Services

Cost in USD

1

Local Bus  (Two ways) approximately

16

2

Gaurishnakar Permit

30

3

Dolakha Restricted Permit for a week

20

4

Guide per day

30-40

5

Camping cost with everything includes cost per person with minimum of two person in a group

110

6

Tea House Room Per Night

 

5-10

7

Food  per Day (3 times meal per day) Approximately

25-35

8

Agency service fee for organizing per person

10% of total cost per person

Camping trek in Rolwaling area

In the Rolwaling area camping trek is recommended only for Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek. The rest of the treks can be done based on tea houses. If you prefer better service for your treks in Rolwaling such as quality food, soulful trip, and pure private trip. Then camping trek is the best option but it will be more expensive than tea house treks which require all camping treks supplies - camping equipment, kitchen implements, and food are all carried by pack animals like mules, Yaks, and horses. Even Porters are common in Nepal. All trekkers are accompanied by a guide, a cook, and usually at least one horseman or yak herder.  

Tea house Trek in Rolwaling

Teahouse treks in the Rolwaling region are getting popular due to the new road construction and good management of trekking trails. Decades back trekking was possible only with a fully camping trek in the whole Gaurishankar area. These days lodges and homestays are available in different villages. Like in Lapche valley you need to stay at Lapche Monastery if you are doing a tea house trek. There is no food menu available, you need to eat what they provide at the monastery for monks. If you are planning to do a tea house trek in Rolwaling and you think that the services are similar to Annapurna and Everest area then you are wrong. If you have experience of trekking in Everest and looking for a similar service then Camping trek is your choice.

Best time to Trek in Rolwaling valley

In general trekking in Nepal is popular in the spring (Mid-March, April & May) and autumn (Mid-September, October, November) season. Trekking to Rolwaling in Spring and Autumn is the best time as winter is too cold and summer the routes are difficult due to the monsoon season. 

Throughout the Spring and Autumn seasons in the Rolwaling area, the temperature will range from 15°C down to -10°C and colder at night. 

The Lapche valley is the only rain shadow area among all treks of the Gaurishankar conservation area. Even though the valley is beautiful in summer season but very few people travel during the monsoon season due to the risky trails between Lama Bagar to Lumnang.

Top Tips for Rolwaling Trekking

  1. Whenever you are planning your trek to Rolwaling never forget to check weather focus in advance and take a printout of the coming 10 days weather focus with yourself. It will definitely be useful when there is no internet connection.  
  2. It is normal to meet your porter in the teahouse where you will stay overnight. So, pack your necessary things in your own day pack.
  3. The earlier you visit this hidden valley of Rolwaling and Lapche, it will be a more rewarding trip. Who knows whether the present tradition, lifestyle, culture, and its natural beauties remain the same as it or not.
  4. Trekking in Rolwaling valley and Bigu Gompa is easy but if you are trekking to Lapche and Tashi Lapcha Pass isn’t easy. So, proper clothing and gear are essential. 
  5. Staying healthy during your trekking days is key to the success of your trip. So, take more hot drinks and eat well. 
  6. Acclimatization is necessary for trekking in the Gaurishankar area especially in Lapchi and Rolwaling valleys as you are walking in the high altitude mostly 4000 meters. Always flexible with your itinerary and keep spare for rest. 
  7. Don’t forget to choose the right season to visit this Gaurishankar area.
  8. Choose a local trekking agency. Locals have a direct link with local people.
  9. You must have your own travel insurance which covers helicopter rescue because chartering a chopper is the best and quickest way to rescue in the mountain.  
  10. Don’t set off without your permits. If you are traveling without permits and the checkpoint officer noticed you. Then you are compelled to pay the cost of permits and return to Kathmandu without entering flailing your dream trek. 
  11. Take your Passport and a copy of your insurance.
  12. Hire an experienced guide who has good knowledge of the Region.
  13. Don’t forget to tip your crew members because they never ask for it directly. If you don’t have an idea how much to tip. Normally tips are 10 to 15 % of their wages.

Rolwaling, Gaurishankar area Map

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Conclusion

Both Rolwaling and Lapche valleys of the Gaurishankar conservation area (GCAP) are the perfect destinations for adventurers, climbers, pilgrims, philosophers, and dreamers. Climbing up and down is normal for trekking in Nepal. So, don’t think that you will trek like hiking in the Alps of European countries. Whatsoever the difficulties that you face during your trek but in the end, you will know the worth of seeing giant mountains in front of yourself and experiencing one of the most hospitable people in the world. Gaurishankar Area is always blessed by Lord Shiva (Hindu) and ancient Buddhist sage, Milarepa. So, visit this holy place and feel the mystical power.

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