Adventure of a Life Time, the Rolwaling Valley!

Adventure of a Life Time, the Rolwaling Valley!

Rolwaling, a Himalayan Valley; lies northeast of Dolakha District and west of the Everest Khumbu Region. It is the East-West valley below the Mount Gaurishanker (7145m). The valley is surrounded by steep cliffs and giant snow peaks. Bordering with Tibet , it is an ethnic Himalayan region. Only a handful trekkers reach the valley each year.Thus it is an isolated and a culturally diverse area. The route is truly adventurous, its magnificent forests and views are among best in Nepal.

Rolwaling Valley and Na Gaon(4193m)

Rolwaling Valley and Na Gaon(4193m)

We took the Kathmandu-Charikot-Singati-Gongar Khola to reach this beautiful valley. After the walk from Gongarkhola to Chet-Chet and the hike through steep steps, we arrive at Simigaon. Simigaon is situated at an altitude of 2100m and offers the beautiful rhododendron forests and closeup views of Mt. Gaurishanker.

Rolwaling Valley lies in Gaurishankar conservation Area

Rolwaling Valley lies in Gaurishankar conservation Area

Simigaon (2100m)

Simigaon (2100m)

After Simigaon, the walk turns into a thrilling experience as you pass through the dense forest. There are numerous waterfalls inside the forest and a lot of wooden bridges to cross them. The trail continues to Surmuche –Calche – Dongang(2800m). These three stops on the way offer home stay for travelers. But, it’s rare to find another trekking group. Its better to stay the night at Dongang  and start fresh in the morning on the way to Beding.

Nepali national flower Laligurans (Rhododendron) with the view of Mt. Gaurishanker

Nepali national flower Laligurans (Rhododendron) with the view of Mt. Gaurishanker

The Closest view of Gaurishanker (Frontside)  from Surmuche.

The Closest view of Gaurishanker (Frontside) from Surmuche.

The walk from Dongang to Beding takes about 7 hours and there are no houses or people on the way. The path is very steep and the hike continues towards uphill terrains from here. A small village called Nuware comes an hour before reaching Beding.  Sherpas live in three villages around here. The Sherpas live a tough and interesting nomadic life. In Winter they live at Neware. In the beginning of March till April, they move to Beding. And after all snow in the Na melts out, they migrate to Na Gaon in the Rainy season. And this cycle continues every year. During the hike from Dongang to Beding, we saw many waterfalls, but they were frozen as we traveled around mid February.

Frozen waterfall on the way to Beding

Frozen waterfall on the way to Beding

After we reached Beding, we were really lucky to find the only single house where a Sherpa couple were staying. All the Houses in Beding were empty.  That’s the reason the best time to travel this route would be after april 15 and  September to October.

Beding (3700m above sea level)

Beding (3700m above sea level)

Beding lies just behind Mt. gaurishanker and it takes about 4 hours walk from here to reach Na Gaon. When we started walking through the way to Na, it was totally covered with snow, it was slippery as hell but quite an amazing experience for us. After walking for an hour, one can see the rear view of mount Gaurishanker (view seen from Tibet). We also saw few Danphes (Lophophorous, the national bird of Nepal) but were unable to capture them in camera as they disappeared as soon as they saw us.

View of Mt. Gaurishanker (7145m) from the Northern Side

View of Mt. Gaurishanker (7145m) from the Northern Side

Snowy trail on the way to Na

Snowy trail on the way to Na

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Trekkers walking on the Way to Na!

Finally Reached the Na Gaon! What a warm welcome!

Finally Reached the Na Gaon! What a warm welcome!

After reaching Na, you can see the mighty Mt. Melungtse. From Na,  Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake is about 2 hours walk away. Unfortunately, we were not able to go there as it was mid February and snow was almost about 6 ft thick.

Beautiful Landscape views await you in Na gaon

Beautiful Landscape views await you in Na gaon

The Mighty Mount Melungtse 7181m upclose!

The Mighty Mount Melungtse 7181m upclose!

The thought of Tsho-rolpa just 2 hours away was too much to give up so easily. So, I tried to walk through snow, but got stuck so badly that I had to be pulled out by my friends. With heavy hearts, we decided we will give it a try next time. And the landscape of Na is really wonderful. Someone who visits here once, will never forget it in his/her lifetime. From Na, one can also trek through the Tashi Lakpa pass (5700m) and enter the Khumbu Region (Everest valley). But it’s very difficult pass, one of the highest Passes in the world. Without proper guidance of Sherpas or Guides, it is very risky.

Hey, is that the Everest? A beautiful  Mountain Peak sneaks between the two Mountains!

Hey, is that the Everest?
A beautiful Mountain Peak sneaks between the two Mountains!

If travelling was free, you'd never see me again!

If travelling was free, you’d never see me again!

Fun Fact before concluding : It’s believed that famous British Mountaineer Eric Shipton snapped footprints of Yeti, a mythical creature in the northern part of Rolwaling valley.

 

Prashanna Guragain,

Prashanna is a pharmacist by profession and loves travelling around the exotic places. He hails from Panauti-12, Khopasi and currently is in Norway.

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