We will meet you at the airport and then transfer to the hotel which is closer to the multitude of shopping centers and restaurants.
Rolwaling valley is a quiet mountainous region, visited by a number of trekkers which is bordered by Tibet in the north. This region is home to the famous Sherpa climbers with the unique culture of Sherpa and Tamang peoples, high glaciers lakes as well as many beautiful mountains including the Mt. Gaurishankar (holy mountain), Melungtse, Chekigo, Ramdung peak, Chobutse, etc.
This is really interesting visiting into the Gaurishankar conservation area, less touristic than other Nepal trekking route as the route passes along Tama Koshi river valley through remote Sherpa villages of Simigaun, Beding to Na. The walkthrough high Rolwaling glacier and Trolambau glacier make the journey an unforgettable experience.
The altitude gains gradually from the valley to Tashi Lapcha pass (5755M) which helps us to acclimatize well. After the Tashi Lapcha pass we descend into Khumbu valley and trek through the famous Sherpa villages of Thame, Namche Bazaar, and back to Lukla. Then we take a flight back to Kathmandu.
This trek can combine the peak climbing in this route including Ramdung peak, Yalung Ri, or Phachermo peak. This trek is necessary as one must be fully equipped with tents, foods, and appropriate gears. We organize this trek for all who need to be physically fit.
We will meet you at the airport and then transfer to the hotel which is closer to the multitude of shopping centers and restaurants.
A Jeep will take us from Kathmandu through the river gorges and scenic hills with mountain views to the north. After Charikot, we will drive north on dirt road following the Tama Koshi river bank through Singati, Jagat and arrive at Gongar Khola. Overnight in camping/Lodge.
We walk along the dirt road for a while then cross the suspension bridge over Tama Koshi River. The path continues on a rocky steep slope as we get walk through a forest and later crosses terrace fields of Simigaun. This village represents Buddhist religion and lives the Sherpa and Tamang community. We continue walk through the villages and reach at the monastery on top of the hill. Overnight in camping.
Today we walk through dense mixed forests and enter the Rolwaling valley. The path steadily climbs towards the forests and streams as we get Cyalche. Then we descend back down to the river side and set up camps on the bank of Rolwaling Khola.
We gradually walk through the forested valley of lush green alpine vegetation, with excellent mountain scenery surrounding us. We cross the Rolwaling river then walk on the left side of the valley with great view of Gaurishankar mountain and Melungtse which is Rolwaling’s highest summit. Beding is a small Sherpa village; well known as village of Everest summiteers. We will camp on the bank of the river.
Today we hike above Beding for acclimatization. There should be great views of snowy peaks, glaciers and the green forest in the Rolwaling Valley.
Today we have short and gentle walk to Na; the last tiny alpine hamlet that is only inhabited during summer months. Na is situated just below the Chekigo mountain in a beautiful valley overlooked by impressive peaks, including Chobutse, Chugimago etc.
We can make a day excursion towards the Yalung Ri base camp. The trail is steadily climbing up after we pass the valley floor. You will get some stunning views of Yalung Glacier, Ramdung Peak (5930m), Yalung Ri (5630m) and to the north the breathtaking Himalayan mountains along the Tibetan border and Mt. Cho-oyu(8201m).
We walk along the Rolwaling khola then climb up to the short steep hill section where is a dam that holds back the Tsho-Rolpa glacier Lake. We walk along the right side of the lake and enter a meadow where we take lunch. After a steep climb, we cross a moraine area then descend to the sandy field. Then we continue the walk along the Trakarding glaciers and camp at the middle of Glacier.
The path enters towards the Trakarding glacier which is a huge and impressive rocky area. We will struggle many ups and downs through the glacier following the cairns which marks trail. Just below the Trolumbau glacier, we need to climb up a rock face and to set a rope for the porters, helping them to scramble up the 160m before accessing the campsite area. This provides a fantastic panorama with the Trakarding glacier below and the great glacial wall of the Trolumbau glacier to the north. Overnight in camping.
Early morning we climb through a rocky gully and steep section with fix lines before getting into the Trolumbau glacier. Once we get up higher in the valley a unique view towards Tengi Ragi Tau (6943m), Pigphera-Go Shar (6729m) and Dragkar-Go (6793m). We walk through moraines and gentle slopes, crossing glacial areas then eventually climbing steeply towards the summit of Tashi Lapcha pass. There is full of snow all year round at the pass. After the pass just walk half an hour to campsite of Tashiphuk (Big cave).
Today we traverse the rocky sections then from the corner, reppel down to the glacier field. Then we continue walking through the glaciers and passing beautiful lakes. Finally we get to walk into nice meadows with soft ground after 4 days walking in glaciers. We reach the tiny village of Thengba and overnight camping.
We descend all morning through the bushes of juniper and rhododendrons enjoying the khumbu valley views. Just before arriving in the Sherpa village of Thame, we can visit its picturesque monastery perched on the hillside. Then we continue the walk to Namche bazaar where we take shower and laundry after nearly 2 weeks of wilderness. We get back to the civilization as there is available wifi and internet. Overnight in Lodge.
Today we can rest all day or short hike to the view point of National park headquater.
Today the trail descends all the way down to Dudhkoshi River and after there we walk through Monjo, Benkar to Phakding.Lunch at Phakding and iresume the walk back to Lukla. Overnight in Lodge at Lukla.
Early morning, you will take short flight back to Kathmandu. Soon as arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transfer to the Hotel.Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
Free day for shopping or sightseeing tours around Kathmandu.
Today is the last day of your trip in Himalaya, as we will transfer you to the international airport. We trust that you will cherish this inspiring experience and the deep, newly formed friendships in the years to come.
Nepal Entry Visa Procedures
Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid Passport (6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to a passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.
You can obtain the Nepal visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. And you can apply for the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.
Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport-sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visas. We suggest you take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied for the online visa then a visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.
Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.
Nepal Trekking Season’s
The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months, flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be a bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.
The Autumn season is considered from September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures.
December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from mid-June through August. This period is considered the monsoon season.
Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.
A Typical Day of the Trekking
The trekking day begins early at around 6.30 AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting a good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight.
We reach the teahouse/camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check-in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips, or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for dinner around 7 PM and sleep.
Geography of Nepal
Nepal covers a land area of 147,181SQKM, stretching 800 km from east to west and 90 to 230 km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region, and the plains region.
Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 meters. Nepal is divided into seven states and seventy-seven districts. Where the high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000 m to above 8,848 m.
This region accommodates eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m), and Annapurna I (8091m).
Currency in Nepal
Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1 and 2 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.
Credit Cards: All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.
Effects of Global Warming & Climate Change
Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address the impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice.
With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields.
The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood-prone in the world. Currently, Nepal's Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters.
Nepal's potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. The current development of rivers is sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.
Clothing in Nepal
From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purposes should be comfortable and lightweight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly.
In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the daytime but in the evening and night, it is advisable to carry a light jacket.
The Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers, etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance with Nepali weather, you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.
Health Issues Regarding Altitude Sickness
Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.
Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involve high altitude and can be strenuous. A simple headache, fever, loss of appetite, or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously.
The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end. As altitude increases, especially above 3,000 meters, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength, and fitness make no difference here.
The only prevention is to give one's body time to adjust to high altitudes. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness. To minimize its threat, we recommend following this advice:
01. Drink adequate fluids. At 4,300 meters, for example, the body requires 3 to 4 liters of liquid a day. At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 liter a day.
02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.
03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention, and/or swelling of the body. The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.
04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate. If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying Best Nepal Trekking facilitators immediately.
05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.
People and Religions of Nepal
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here.
The ethnic diversity and customs of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicate that the Nepali population of around 35 million includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.
History of Nepal
Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in molding Nepal to the present day’s Modern Nepal. Karin's ruled Nepal from 9th century BC to 1st century AD Later Lichchhavis took over Karin from the 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to the Malla dynasty.
Then the Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern-day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Jung Bahadur Rana back seated the power of the monarchy and made the Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy.
A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahindra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established the Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system,' by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government, and enforcing a ban on all political activities.
People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with a constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with a heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency, corruption, and downfall in the national economy.
The royal family massacre in 2001 left the whole world in complete shock. Gyanendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006, all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days of strikes to restore democracy. Finally, Gyanendra Shah handed over the political power to the Nepali people, and democracy was once again restored in Nepal. Then Maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.
Shopping in Nepal
In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well-resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sportswear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food, and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping for both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed prices tagged along with their goods.
But in the case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, New-road, and Durbar-Marg are the most popular Shopping centers.
What Foods You Will Expect In Nepal
Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers. Besides Nepali food, Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican, Thai, etc to continental at a remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises steamed rice, lentil soup, and varieties of vegetables/non-vegetable curries.
Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Pokhara also has numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains (trekking routes) also fresh, hygienic, and delicious.
Travel Insurance For Traveling in Nepal
Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue), and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Hotels in Nepal
Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star luxury hotels to budget-priced guesthouses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you high-quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.
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