High in a side-valley, above the summer settlement of Na with its yak pastures and stone-walled potato fields, we encamped in a wide snow-basin enclosed by the ice-bound Chugimago and Yalung Ri. A magnificent outlook extended across the Rolwaling Valley to the imposing Chobutse and Kang Nachugo lining the northern border with Tibet.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Prior to our landing in Kathmandu, we should have some excellent views of the Himalaya. After Customs’ clearance, you will transfer to your hotel. The afternoon will remain free for exploring Kathmandu. Includes: (A).
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing. Kathmandu stands at 1350 meters and the valley is surrounded by hills at an altitude of around 2400 meters. There are three important cities in the valley, the most significant being Kathmandu itself. Patan is the most Buddhist of the three and is across the Bagmati River to the south of Kathmandu, but so close as to be almost an extension of the capital. Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, is the most "mediaeval" and is situated in the eastern part of the valley. While Kathmandu and Patan have undergone great changes in the two decades since Nepal ended its long isolation, Bhaktapur has changed very little and is still much as it was three decades ago. Includes: (A), (B).
Day 3: Kathmandu - Barabise 819m. The day starts with a pleasant drive along the Arniko Highway to Barabise, affording good views. We camp for the night beside the Sun Kosi river. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Barabise - Kabre 1605m. We start with a steep climb behind the town of Barabise through rice and mustard fields. After a couple of hours we reach a ridge with beautiful views down the Sun Kosi. Along this ridge, we get some excellent views of the many birds of prey, soaring along this ridge. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Kabre - Dolongsa. Our climb continues through small settlements and forest to a clearing at the edge of the Rhododendron forest and our camp site. Many birds can be seen in this area. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Dolongsa - Bigu Gompa 2310m. A very steep climb to the pass (3320m) is rewarded with breathtaking views of the Himalaya, including Everest. From the pass we descend through magnificent forest to the lone monastery of Bigu Gompa. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Bigu Gompa - Chilangka 1923m. We have to descend to the Samling Khola 1710m. before our climb to Chilangka. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Chilangka - Dulong 1890m. We contour the hillside for most of the day with a few ups and downs and some excellent views of Gauri Shanker 7145m. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Dulong - Shalu 1500m. A pleasant day of easy trekking mostly down hill to the Bhote Kosi to the village of Jagat. From here, it is an easy walk upstream to our campsite at Shalu. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Shalu - Simigoan 2000m. The day starts with an easy walk along the river until we cross the Bhote Kosi. From here, it is a very steep climb to Simigoan and the Gompa, where we will camp. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Simigoan - Forest Camp 2800m. After a short steep climb, we enter a beautiful mixed forest hanging with moss and giving way to Rhododendron as we climb higher. We then descend to our campsite beside the Rolwaling River. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Days 12 - 13: Beding 3694m. We continue our climb through forest before entering the more open Rolwaling Valley at Ramdung and Beding, the largest settlement in the Rolwaling Valley. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Beding - Na 4100m. We continue upwards along the valley through Rhododendrons to the summer settlement of Na. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Days 15: Na 4100m. A day for exploring the upper slopes of the valley for Snow Partridge or a visit to the nearby glacier lake. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 16: Na - Forest Camp 2800m. We retrace our steps to this beautiful campsite in the forest. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 17: Forest Camp - Chetchet 1500m. We take a different route down the forest to Simigoan before the steep descent down to the Bhote Koshi River. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 18: Chetchet - Chetre 1000m. As we continue down river, we pass through some interesting villages of medieval appearance and many photographic possibilities. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 19: Chetre - Dolakha 950m. We continue along the valley which has now become the Tama Koshi, as we pass through some very interesting forest. Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 20: Dolakha - Charikot. A steep climb brings us to Charikot (2000m). Includes: (A), (B), (L), (D).
Day 21: Charikot - Kathmandu. By road to Kathmandu. Includes: (A), (B), (L).
Day 22: Rest in Kathmandu. Includes: (A), (B).
Day 23: Depart from Kathmandu. Includes: (B).
Note: If you are interested to climb Ramdung Peak, extra 5 days are required. Abbreviation: A - Accommodation, B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner.
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