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Rolwaling Valley trek (7 days)
Rolwaling, Nepal

Highlights: Sumigaun, Beding, Na, and Tsho Rolpa

Difficulty: challenging
Rolwaling Valley
Starting at $319 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.04 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $22.75 per person for vat tax
+ $48 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Sherpana prices are based on group size. We refund you the difference if more people join your trek.
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Included Services
  • Permits GCAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

Would you like to request a specific guide?

If you do not specify a guide, a request will be sent to all available guides (once a payment is made and the trek is confirmed). Once confirmed, you can choose from the guides who indicated that they would like to lead your trek, or ask us to recommend a guide.

Easily reachable by road from Kathmandu, the Rolwaling Valley is a great option for those with limited time and want to trek into a less touristy area of the Himalayas. The lodges in this region are far more rustic than those in the nearby Everest Region, so don’t expect wood fired pizzas and attached bathrooms. But what the area lacks in creature comforts it makes up in rugged beauty. While the basic version of this trek does not go over any high passes, it is plenty strenuous with a steep climb of 600 m (1,970 ft) in the first 2 hours. The trail passes through rhododendron forests and past several waterfalls before rising above the tree line just after Beding. The valley widens at Na to reveal a glorious surround-sound of high snow-clad peaks. At the head of the valley is the large Tsho Ropa, a glacial lake at the foot of the Tashi Lapsa pass into the Khumbu (Everest Region).

Weather Conditions in January

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January is one of the coldest and driest months, which makes it good for Himalayan views while wearing lots of layers. While there is little rain, skies in the hills and valleys further from the high mountains can be hazy from dust and pollution. The days are short and the nights long, so you can finally catch up on War and Peace while hiking the Himalayas. Now that’s something to be proud of! Go with the e-book version, your back or your porter’s back will thank you for it. At high altitudes, temperatures can drop to well below freezing. Even during the day, temperatures may not rise much above freezing, if at all, and the snow that does fall doesn’t melt and can become hard and icy. This can make crossing high passes more difficult. During this season it may be wise to bring crampons or at a minimum a good trekking pole.

At a glance
On average there are 2 days with precipitation in January. The highest point on the trek is Tsho Rolpa at 4580 m. During January, expect high temperatures of around -0.1°C (32°F) and lows down to -17.1°C (1°F) at Tsho Rolpa.

Rolwaling Valley Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.

Thu Jan 23 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.4°C (36°F) in January.

Kathmandu
Public bus from Kathmandu to Chetchet (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $6.00
Travel time: about 10 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Chetchet (1400 m)

If taking the local bus it may be necessary to use headlamps to reach Sumigaun depending on when the bus arrives.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.0°C (66°F) and lows of about 2.0°C (36°F) in January.

Chetchet

Sumigaun (2000 m)

About 2-3 hours up a steep stairs in the cliffside from the road at Chetchet
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in January.

Sumigaun
Fri Jan 24 (day 2)

Surmuche (2470 m)

About 3 hours up and down through forest from Sumigaun
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.6°C (55°F) and lows of about -4.4°C (24°F) in January.

Surmuche

Kyalche (Kelje) (2760 m)

About 2 hours some up and down through forest and past waterfalls from Surmuche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.8°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.2°C (21°F) in January.

Kyalche (Kelje)
Sat Jan 25 (day 3)

Dongang (2800 m)

About 30 minutes through forest from Kyalche to the riverside.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.6°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.4°C (20°F) in January.

Dongang

Dangding (3340 m)

About 2-3 hours from Dongang, the lodge at Dangding is only open during the fall high season.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.4°C (45°F) and lows of about -9.6°C (15°F) in January.

Dangding

Beding (3720 m)

About 3 hours from Dangding (6 hours from Dongang), the trail follows the river passing mountain views and waterfalls
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.1°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.9°C (11°F) in January.

Beding
Sun Jan 26 (day 4)

Na (4200 m)

About 3 hours from Beding
Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.2°C (36°F) and lows of about -14.8°C (5°F) in January.

Na
Mon Jan 27 (day 5)

Tsho Rolpa (4580 m)

About 2.5 to 3 hours from Na and 1-2 hours return
Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.1°C (32°F) and lows of about -17.1°C (1°F) in January.

Tsho Rolpa

Na (4200 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.2°C (36°F) and lows of about -14.8°C (5°F) in January.

Na

Beding (3720 m)

About 2 hours down from Na
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.1°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.9°C (11°F) in January.

Beding
Tue Jan 28 (day 6)

Dongang (2800 m)

About 3-4 hours down from Beding
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.6°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.4°C (20°F) in January.

Dongang

Kyalche (Kelje) (2760 m)

About 20 minutes from Dongang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.8°C (51°F) and lows of about -6.2°C (21°F) in January.

Kyalche (Kelje)

Surmuche (2470 m)

About 2 hours from Kyalche (Kelje)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.6°C (55°F) and lows of about -4.4°C (24°F) in January.

Surmuche

Sumigaun (2000 m)

About 2 hours from Surmuche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.4°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.6°C (29°F) in January.

Sumigaun
Wed Jan 29 (day 7)

Chetchet (1400 m)

About 1-1.5 hours steep down to the road at Chetchet (Bus to Kathmandu at 6 am and 7 am)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.0°C (66°F) and lows of about 2.0°C (36°F) in January.

Chetchet
Public bus from Chetchet to Kathmandu (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $6.00
Travel time: about 10 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.4°C (36°F) in January.

Kathmandu
you can add extra rest days after the itinerary is created