Everest Rolwaling Grand Trek (23 Days)

Everest Rolwaling Grand Trek From Everest to Rolwaling trek is a new circuit, over 3 high passes and amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, through the Khumbu – Sherpa country up to the wild and little-frequented region of Rolwaling. After a magnificent mountain flight to Lukla we start our trek through the Khumbu, Sherpa country. We ascent the Kala Patthar (5545 m) to savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6856m), Kantega (6809m), Kwangde (6194m), Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few. We join the Gokyo lakes via the Cho La Pass (5420 m). After the ascent of Gokyo Peak (5480 m) the path continues over Renjo Pass (5345 m) and descends into the Bhote Khosi valley. We enter now into the Rolwaling and come closer to the Tibetan boarder. One of the highlights of this trek is the Tashi Lapsa (5755 m), the gate to Rolwaling, hidden in the glaciated wilderness of the very heart of the Himalayas.
The mountain scenery is stunning: Tengi Ragi Tau (6943 m), Bisphero Go Shar (6729 m), Dragkar Go (6793 m) and countless snowy peaks.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Khumjung
Day 07: Khumjung-Tengboche
Day 07: Tengboche – Pheriche (4250 m)
Day 08: Pheriche – Lobuche (4920 m)
Day 09: Lobuche – Kala Patthar (5545 m)
Day 10: Gorak Shep – Lobuche – camp after Dzongla (4950 m)
Day 11: Camp after Dzongla – Cho La Pass (5420 m)
Day 12: Gokyo lakes. Optional ascent of the Gokyo Peak (5480 m)
Day 13: Gokyo – Renjo Pokhari
Day 14: Rermo Pokhari – Thame (3800 m)
Day 15: Thame – Tengpo (4500 m)
Day 16: Thame – Base Camp (5200m)
Day 17: Base Camp (5200m) – Tashi Lapsa (5755 m)
Day 18: Tengpo – Thame (3800 m)
Day 19: Thame – Namche Bazaar
Day 20: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2800 m)
Day 21: Flight back to Kathmandu, Sightseeing and shopping
Day 22: Last day of Yours Trip

Detail Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

You will be welcomed by the boss of  our company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m). after completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent tourist Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visiting of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu Nepal.

Morning, we will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people.We begins to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples.Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole.After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming.

We will take lunch at Durbar Square in the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.

Afternoon, you will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets.Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come.From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.

Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:  Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding
After breakfast flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m). Today, we get transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek starts. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. It takes three hours walk. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight at Phakding

Day 04:  Trek to Namche Bazaar 
Morning having a breakfast after trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Today, Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. It takes five hours walk. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 05:  Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
This is the scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. Overnight at Namche Bazaar in same camp.

Day 06:  Namche Bazaar – Khumjung
After breakfast trek from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3,810m).Today’s journey starts with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. Trekking up for about 2 hours and then leveling off until we reach the village of Khumjung. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kondge and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Another set of busy and colorful monasteries, lined with prayer flags and prayer wheels, are braced along the slopes high above this traditional village. It takes four hours walk. Overnight at Khumjung.

Day 07:  Khumjung-Tengboche

Morning have a breakfast after trek from Khumjung to Tengboche (3,870m). Today, we take a walk descent down to Dudhkoshi River passing through little villages on the way. The trails involve down with forest and across riverside for the lunch and we take a final ascent step up for 2 hours through pine and fir forest to reach a small hill Tyangboche. It has the famous Tengboche Gumba to explore for the day. Tyangboche offers the best views of Ama Dablem. It takes five hours walk. Over night at Tengboche.

Day 07: Tengboche – Pheriche (4250 m)
Morning after breakfast trek from Tengpuche to Pheriche. It takes four hours walk. Today, A steep descent through woods towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River, then a steady climb up to Pheriche via Pangboche that houses the most ancient monastery in the region. Overnight at Pheriche.

Day 08: Pheriche – Lobuche (4920 m)
In 5hrs. We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse (6440 m) and Tawoche (6542 m). The climb gets steeper to reach the foot of the Khumbu glacier, and then zigzag up through the boulders of the glacier terminal moraine. Superb views of Nuptse. Overnight at Lobuche.

Day 09: Lobuche – Kala Patthar (5545 m)
After breakfast trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5100 m) and Kala Patthar. It takes five hours. Today, we continue along the side of the Khumbu glacier. The sugar loaf dome Pumori (7145 m) lies directly ahead. An intricate route threading its way between crevasses and almost translucent ice pinnacles and undulating over moraine ridges. Unforgettable panorama from the Kala Patthar: Ama Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse and the impressive black pyramid of Everest. We then retrace our steps to Gorak Shep

Day 10: Gorak Shep – Lobuche – camp after Dzongla (4950 m)
After breakfast trek departure for Dzongla. We descent through moraines towards Lobuche then progressively climb up to Dzongla. Overnight at Dzongla.

Day 11: Camp after Dzongla – Cho La Pass (5420 m)
Today after morning breakfast departure for Gokyo (4750 m). it takes seven hours walk. After the pass, we shortly cross an easy segment of the glacier then descent a steep trail through blocks of rocks. Overnight at Gokyo.

Day 12: Gokyo lakes. Optional ascent of the Gokyo Peak (5480 m)
After breakfast  trek Gokyo. It takes four hours walk. This day  A breathtaking and view with Lhotse, Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, four of the forteen 8000m on earth, dominating the myriad lesser peaks. Overnight at Gokyo.

Day 13: Gokyo – Renjo Pokhari
After breakfast  trek from Gokyo to Rermo Pokhari (5000 m).  it takes five hours walk. Magnificent panorama from the pass : Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Himal and the small Rermo Pokhari lake on west and Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Gokyo lakes on east. Overnight at Renjo Pokhari.

Day 14: Rermo Pokhari – Thame (3800 m)
After breakfast our trek start from Rermo Pokhari to Thame. It takes five hours walk. Today, An easy and pleasant descent. At the tiny Sherpa village of Thame, we can visit a picturesque monastery perched at hillside. Overnight at Thame.

Day 15: Thame – Tengpo (4500 m)
After morning breakfast as usual trek departure for Tengpo. It takes five hours walk. We enter now the Parchamo valley that offers wild scenery. Overnight at Tengpo.

Day 16: Thame – Base Camp (5200m)
Today, after breakfast trek start from Thame to Base Camp. It takes six hours walk. We carry on our steady progression through moraines and gentle slopes. We establish our campsite about 500 m bellow the Tashi Lapsa pass, just underneath an impressive rocky section coming down from the Tengi Ragi Tau. Overnight at Base Camp.

Day 17:  Base Camp (5200m) – Tashi Lapsa (5755 m)
After breakfast trek start from Tengpo (4500 m). it will takes eight hours walk. A tough climb takes us to a steep slope (ice or rocks, depending of the weather conditions) about 35° and 100 m high. From the top we will join an over-hanging trail taking us to a snowy section. We will climb snowy slopes to reach the Tashi Lapsa pass. From the Pass we get a unique view towards Tengi Ragi Tau (6943 m), Bigphero-Go Shar (6729 m), Dragkar-Go (6793 m), with a background of myriad peaks towards the Tibetan boarder. We then retrace our steps to the camp and descent to the Tengpo. Overnight at Tengpo.

Day 18: Tengpo – Thame (3800 m)

After having morning breakfast our trek starts from Tengpo to Thame. This day is very easy descent. It takes 3 hours walk. Overnight at Thame.

Day 19: Thame – Namche Bazaar 
After breakfast trak start from Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m).Today is a short walk and relaxing day. Many of the typical Mani walls and prayer wheels are spread on the trail to Namche, the Sherpa capital. We have plenty of time to explore the bustling local market and admire the beautiful vistas of Thamserku (6608 m), Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). it takes 4 hours walk. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 20: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2800 m)
After have a morning breakfast we descend through the forest and continue along the Dudh Koshi banks. A short climb finally arrive to Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 21:  Flight back to Kathmandu, Sightseeing and shopping
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our adventure into the Himalayas. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu and drive to hotel after check in and rest, we will begins to sightseeing another world heritages site in Kathmandu. We will take you to visit Pashupatinath; this temple lies in world heritage sites, which is very famous among Hindu all over the world. One can view the ritually burning of death body in Hindu culture. After Pashupatinath, we will walk for another world heritage site. The name is Boudhanath. During this walkway we can see deferent lifestyle and developing city.30 minutes after finally we arrived Boudhanath. This is also another world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Where one can see the Tibetan settlement and their culture, It is being home for thousands of Tibetan refugees. Millions of Buddhist people visit this place every year.

 Lunch at Boudhanath with view of Buddha Stupa, you will be gaze by the Buddha eyes all the time. You will have heavenly environment.

Afternoon, its quiet relaxable time for you before your last destination. so, it  is  time for your shopping  different souvenirs for your family and friends in Boudhanath, also come back in Thamel and you can visit other  local market.

Evening, we will provide farewell dinner with our crew members.

 Overnight stay at Kathmandu hotel.

Day 22:  Last day of Yours Trip

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be transferred to the Airport before 2 hours of flight with nice farewell. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Facilities On Trail : The Everest  Region
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Lukla :Government Health post – Health assistant

Namche:Dental clinic – Dental Doctor

Khunde:  Hospital – Doctor (Hillary Trust)

Pherche: HRA aid – post Doctor

IT facilities and Telephone

Lukla/Namche/Tengboche.

High-Altitude Illness: How to Avoid It and How to Treat It.

Every year millions of people go to the mountains for backpacking, skiing, mountain climbing and other activities. If you’re planning a trip to altitudes over 8,000 feet, talk with your doctor about high-altitude illness (also called mountain sickness or altitude sickness).
What causes high-altitude illness?
The higher you climb above sea level, the less oxygen there is in the air. The oxygen level becomes very low at altitudes above 8,000 feet. This causes problems for people who normally live at lower altitudes because their bodies aren’t used to working on so little oxygen. If you stay at a high altitude for a long time, your body gets used to the low oxygen level, and you don’t get sick from it.

The following are the 3 main types of high-altitude illness:
1. Acute mountain sickness
2. High-altitude pulmonary edema (also called HAPE), which affects the lungs
3. High-altitude cerebral edema (also called HACE), which affects the brain

These illnesses can be serious, but they can also be prevented.

How can I prevent high-altitude illness?

You can do 2 important things to prevent high-altitude illness:
1.Take your time traveling to higher altitudes. When you travel to a high altitude, your body will begin adjusting right away to the lower amount of oxygen in the air, but it takes several days for your body to adjust completely. If you’re healthy, you can probably safely go from sea level to an altitude of 8,000 feet in a few days. But when you reach an altitude above 8,000 feet, don’t go up faster than 1,000 feet per day. The closer you live to sea level, the more time your body will need to get used to a high altitude. Plan your trip so your body has time to get used to the high altitude before you start your physical activity.

2.Sleep at an altitude that is lower than the altitude you are at during the day. For example, if you ski at an elevation of 10,000 feet during the day, sleep the night before and the night after at an elevation of 8,500 feet.

How do I know if I’m getting high-altitude illness?

Some of the first signs of high-altitude illness are headache, light headacheness, weakness, trouble sleeping and an upset stomach. If you have these symptoms, stop going up or go back down to a lower altitude until your symptoms go away. More severe symptoms include difficulty breathing even while you’re resting, coughing, confusion and the inability to walk in a straight line. If you get these symptoms, go to a lower altitude right away and get help from a doctor.

What should I do if I get high-altitude illness?

The best treatment for any of the 3 high-altitude illnesses is to go down to a lower altitude right away. But if you only have mild symptoms, you may be able to stay at that altitude and let your body adjust. If you do this, don’t exercise at all–just rest until you feel better.

If you have severe symptoms, go down 1,500 to 2,000 feet right away to see if your symptoms get better. Keep going down until your symptoms go away completely.

Medicines that may be used to prevent or treat the symptoms of severe high-altitude illness include acetaminophen (one brand name: Diam-ox) and nifedipine (one brand name: Procardia).

Don’t ignore signs of high-altitude illness. People can die of this if they don’t recognize the signs or if they don’t believe their illness is caused by the high altitude. When you have signs of high-altitude illness, don’t go higher until you feel better and your symptoms have gone away completely

PRICE INCLUDING :

Plane Kathmandu-Lukla – Kathmandu.All treks is in full board.  Accommodation and meals in the Lodges (good quality local food), The meals are not order by each client in every lodge, but following the menu proposed by the guide). All the transports (go/back on the places of trek and during the trek). Accompanied by a professional Guide and one porter for 2 persons to carry your bags (maximum 20 kg for 2 persons). TREK IN TENT. Trekking team with Professional English speaking  guide, cook and porters. Lodging under tent, meals prepared by the cook. IN KATHMANDU: Welcome at the airport, transfer hotel/airport. Comfortable hotel (near heart of Thamel) with breakfast, rooms with double bed/shower, Trekking permit. Reconfirmation of your return plane ticket. 

PRICE NOT INCLUDING :

Lunch and Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara (except breakfast), drinks during all stay or trek, (except teas or coffee in breakfast). Entrances fee of monuments, cities and museums, your insurance, Nepalese visa (40 dollars cash) and all tax airports in Nepal.

Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance don’t cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.

In The trek the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make change any form of program may not ask any money compensation to the agency.

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