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Ramdung Peak 5,925m & Tashi Laptsa

Trip Route: Ktm-Barabise-Dolangsa-Tingsang-la-Simigaon-Dovan-Tsho Rolpa Namche Bazaar-Lukala-Ktm
Max Altitude: 5,925m.
Trip Duration: 26 days
Transportation: Car/Bus/Flight
Best Season: Spring & Autumn
Ramdung Peak 5,925m & Tashi Laptsa

dramatic landscapes, rich buddhist culture, isolated rolling valleys, traditional villages, crossing of thrilling pass, pristine forest, world's heritage 'Sagarmatha National Park'

This adventure starts from the busy bazaar of Barabise on the highway to Tibet. On leaving the civilization behind and heading towards the mountains and in the hidden land of Rolwaling Valley. The trek passes through beautiful alpine forest of pines and rhododendron and picturesque alpine passes including traditional and unspoiled rural villages blending with farm fields, alpine pastures and the highland villages of Sherpa, with the backdrop of the towering view of Mt. Gaurishankar straddling the border with Tibet.

This is one of the most outstanding and spectacular high alpine valley treks, in the north east of Nepal. The Rolwaling valley is steep sided and covered in thick forests; therefore the climbs are sheer upright. But this is going to be one of the finest watershed crossings ever made in the entire of Himalaya. One of the highlight of the trip is the camp beside Bigu Gompa, which is an unusual and beautifully situated nunnery. Further walking through the summer pasture lands and narrow valleys that opens up into a wide bowl, give us our first taste of open mountain scenery - totally unique and mystical. After the climb, one more adventure awaits us to cross the 5,755 meter Tashi Laptsa pass. The crossing takes at least 2 days (weather permitting), after crossing the pass, a long descent to Thame Valley, then coming to the village of Thame in the Khumbu area of the Everest Region. From here, the trek comes to the main trail to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpas Capital. From Namche, a scenic day walks to Lukla for the last camp and for the panoramic flight back to Kathmandu.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. 1,300m and transfer to Hotel. 
Day 02:
A day in Kathmandu with 1/2 Day Tour. 
Day 03:
Drive to Barabise approx. 860m.65 km.4-5hrs journey.
Day 04:
Trek to Dolangsa 2,510m. 4/5 hrs walks. 
Day 05:
Trek to Tingsang-la 3,319m. 4 hrs. 
Day 06:
Trek to Bigu Gomba. 2,310m. 4-5 hrs walks. 
Day 07:
Trek to Chilangka.1,930m.
Day 08:
Trek to Gongar Khola.1,430m. 6 hrs. 
Day 09:
Trek to Simigaon.2,000m. 4-5 hrs. 
Day 10:
Trek to Dovan. 2,850m. 5-6 hrs. 
Day 11:
Trek to Beding. 3,690m. 5-6 hrs walks. 
Day 12:
Trek to Na Gaon. 4,180m. Approx. 3-4hrs walks. 
Day 13:
Trek to Ramdung Base Camp.
Day 14-15:
At Ramdung Base Camp. 
Day 16:
Trek to High Camp. 
Day 17:
Climb of Ramdung Peak and return to Base Camp. 
Day 18:
Trek to Kabuk at Tsho Rolpa 4,560m. 4-5 hours. 
Day 19:
Trek to Drolambau Glacier near Tashi Laptsa Base Camp. Approx. 5,400m. 5 hrs walks. 
Day 20:
Travarse Tashi Laptsa Pass 5,755m and camp on the other side of Khumbu area. 
Day 21:
Trek to Thame 3,800m. 5 hrs. 
Day 22:
Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,450m. 5 hrs. 
Day 23:
Trek to Lukla via Phakding. 2,630m. 5 hrs. 
Day 24:
Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
Day 25:
Free day at leisure.
Day 26:
Transfer to airport for International departure.

Service includes
  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Tent and teahouse stay in trek
  • Conservation permit
  • Royality of Peak
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,.
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Transpotation by bus, car or by flight,
  • Medical kit box
  • Climbing Equipments
  • All government tax
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
  • All necessary transportation while sightseeing
Service does not include
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee US 30
  • Any kinds of Bar bills
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. 1,300m and transfer to Hotel. 
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu. 1/2 Day guided tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.

Day 03: Drive to Barabise approx. 860m.65 km.4-5hrs journey.
Morning after breakfast a bus ride from Kathmandu heading towards the Bhote Koshi Valley reaching at Barabise a large village and a bazaar, situated merely 10 km from the Tibetan border, on the only motor able highway that connects to Lhasa, Tibet from Kathmandu. After a short preparation, start the climb up from the bazaar heading to Simle. On the first day of walk is always slow to get started, as the porters and staffs have to sort out their loads and the first days of this adventure is always short walk to the overnight camp. Trek climbs above from the busy bazaar of Barabise for an hour then coming on the gradual path till the camp is reached between the rural village of Simle and Budipa approx.at 1,130m after nearly 3 hours of good walk.

Day 04: Trek to Dolangsa 2,510m. 4/5 hrs walks. 
Today’s walk follows the path through number of small farm villages and terraced fields, and small patch of cool forest then gradually climbing and crossing many small streams, until we reach at Dolangsa, a small village on the bottom of the Tinsang-la pass with a primary school yard for camping. People in these villages are of Sherpa tribes and there is a small monastery just above the village. Camp will be on the open clearings in the village itself.

Day 05: Trek to Tingsang-la 3,319m. 4 hrs.
Route follows above Dolangsa village, starting with a steep climb passing by the monastery and through oak woods and rhododendron forest coming to a clearing with a small settlement of cattle herders after two hours of steady walk, from here walk continues further for another 2 hours to Tinsang La. On reaching at the top ridge of Tingsang-la with excellent views looking towards Gaurishankar and onwards the Tashi Lapcha. After good hard climb to the pass a short descend on the grassy meadow lead to the overnight camp overlooking grand views of the surrounding landscapes and snow capped peaks, camp is made where there is number of old temporary shade of the shepards as this place happens to be summer pasture. An early morning view from this campsite is well worth the effort of waking up earlier.

Day 06: Trek to Bigu Gomba. 2,310m. 4-5 hrs walks. 
After an early morning view of the superb scenery, journey continues with an hour and half descend to the settlement of Ruphtang situated on a small hill top amongst the terraced fields. After a brief stop here, walk follows on the downhill slope path to a small stream. From here nearly two hours of gradual climb will reach us to our overnight camp on the large grassy field just few minutes away from the Bigu Gomba premises. From the camp we can see large stupas for a nunnery, each stupa which houses about 30 nuns and the nuns are mostly Sherpa women. Here we have ample time for a visit to Bigu Gompa, a fine and interesting monastery set among juniper on a terraced hillside. The building which houses a nunnery was built around 1933.

Day 07: Trek to Chilangka.1,930m.
From here our trek leads to a long descend through the terraced fields towards Sangwa khola, which later joins the Tamba khola, coming to the warmer area after a good walk of two hours. The path then gradually climbs after crossing the bridge, the path winds up leading through Lading and continues to Chilangka after 2-3 hours of walks for the overnight camp high above the river. It is a quiet and lovely spot with splendid views across the terraced hillside, and down to Bhote Kosi.

Day 08: Trek to Gongar Khola.1,430m. 6 hrs. 
After Chilangka, route heads east above the Sangwa khola, crossing several tributary streams the path leads to gradual walk with few ups and downs in between and then coming to Chutara, well decorated with religious paintings. After few hours of walk reaching at Balung village, trek from Bulung leads to north east along the trail above the Tama Koshi through the village of Yarsa and Warang, walking along the seldom used path at first, but after a an hour of good trek the trail becomes something of a highway, on this broad winding road with excellent views of Mt.Gurishanker. Traversing through intensively terraced farm fields, we then skirt past the village of Orang and coming through few small ridges and finally our route leads to a steep downhill path to the junction of the Gongor Khola and Tama Koshi, and the small settlement of Gongor on the wide valley floor where we make our overnight camp by the river after a good walk of six hours.

Day 09: Trek to Simigaon.2,000m. 4-5 hrs. 
Leaving Gongar, the trail continues along the west bank of the Tama Koshi, which narrows into a gorge then reaching at Chetchet and its beautiful waterfall. Having descended to almost the same height as our starting point after an hour or more walk, the climate here is once again hot and slightly humid. Shortly afterwards we cross the Tama Kosi river and make a steep climb for an hour to the village of Simgaon, after the steep portion the walk leads to gentle up to the village of Simigaon, where we camp beside a Gompa 20 minutes above the main village with more fabulous views of Gaurishanker.

Day 10: Trek to Dovan. 2,850m. 5-6 hrs. 
From Simigaon, route leads towards north east. Beginning the walk on the gradual uphill slope passing through the thick rhododendron and magnolia forests and pasture with numerous clearing that are used for summer grazing. In this area the change from lush Tama Koshi to the mountain side of Rolwaling Valley is very distinct. Depending upon the season, if the monsoon flood has washed much of the trail which usually happens sometimes in this case,we either take the high path that climbs steeply towards the ridge of the Sambur Danda, crossing the Daldung la at 3,976m. as a safer alternative. Walk continues contouring above the hill side and then descending to the river passing more huts in an area called Gyalche. After reaching the valley floor we cross a small wooden bridge to our camp at Dovan, a small unlikely clearing in the dense forest of the steep valley side.

Day 11: Trek to Beding. 3,690m. 5-6 hrs walks. 
Today, crossing the Rolwaling khola we take a path leading through the jungles on the northern side, the walk heading to a gradual climb then coming to a clearing passing along little settlements of Nyimare, Ramding and through the farm fields and reaching at Beding for the overnight stop after a good walk of five hours or more with time to visit Beding village. It is the principal Sherpa village in the Rolwaling area. Situated in a narrow gorge enlivened somewhat by its well-positioned Gompa, comprising about thirtysix houses. There is a Hillary school in Beding.

Day 12: Trek to Na Gaon. 4,180m. Approx. 3-4hrs walks. 
From Beding, onwards you can feel the increasing altitude and the cold chill from the surrounding high mountains. Our trek today will be a short walk of three hours or more along the Rolwaling river, taking easy on this high altitude terrain with its impressive scenery of the surrounding high landscapes and the snow capped peaks. Journey continues slowly in order to acclimatize, just before Na the valley opens out into classic, glaciated in U-shape. On reaching to our overnight camp at Na which is a scattered village and a temporary settlement of the villagers of Beding and beyond, it is a summer yersa (grazing pasture) and potatoes are grown. There is a roughly built monastery here. Our camp is made on this grassy field with time to relax and marvel the surrounding beauty. Ahead, up the valley beyond Na, the majestic summit of Chobutse 6,689m rises above the Tsho Rolpa at the confluence of the Ripimo Shar and Trakarding glaciers.

Day 13: Trek to Ramdung Base Camp.
Ramdung peak situated south of Na in the upper Rolwaling, Ramdung, also called Ramdung-Go on the Schneider map, is one of a cluster of peaks around the Yalung La (5,310m / 17,421ft), a pass giving access to the upper Rolwaling from the south, via the Khare Khola. Although the peak is not high the approach from Na covers a good distance, so we will be making two high camps for the climb. From Na the route cross to the south bank of the river and follow it east to where the trail near Kyiduk climbs south toward the Yalung La. Suitable campsite can be found around at 4,900 metres (16,000ft).

Day 14-15: At Ramdung Base Camp. 
From this Base Camp, Yalung Ri, a view point north-west of the pass, is easily climbable by its eastern glacier and attractive snow ridge.This will be an important acclamatisation day for the climb and going through Tashi Labtsa Pass.

Day 16: Trek to High Camp. 
From this camp route climb towards the pass gaining the snow and broad glacier slopes east of the pass. Our overnight high camp will be pitched here before the glacier at about 5,500m / 18,000ft).

Day 17: Climb of Ramdung Peak and return to Base Camp. 
Early morning climb to the slopes of the Ramdung Glacier south-west of the subsidiary peak at 5,766m / 18,917ft and gaining the saddle at its head at its junction with the Yalung Glacier 5,650m / 18,537ft. From this saddle turning right, and climbing gradually, at first southwards, to the foot of the summit block of Ramdung, which is climbed more steeply to the summit. This takes about more than four hours, depending on snow conditions, from our high camp. After a great memorable moment here at the top of the Ramdung summit. Descend by the same route towards our Base Camp.

Day 18: Trek to Kabuk at Tsho Rolpa 4,560m. 4-5 hours. 
After a pleasant time at this end of Rolwaling Valley, our next adventure begins from here onwards, morning walk starts crossing the river to the south bank and then following a shallow stream to a crossing point near Yersa at Sangma, the last place of the cattle herders. After the wooden bridge climbing up on moraines, traversing steeply above the main stream until 
finally we reach the terminal moraine, near behind is the dammed of Tsho Rolpa. The lake sometime known as Cho Pokhari, we will make our campsite on sandy level ground to the south side of the Tsho Rolpa at Kabuk after 4-5 hours of scenic hard 
walk. From the camp splendid views of the surrounding peaks can be seen including Tsoboje 6,689m. Dragker-Go 6,793m.

Day 19: Trek to Drolambau Glacier near Tashi Laptsa Base Camp. Approx. 5,400m. 5 hrs walks. 
From camp the path traverses the moraine above north side from the lake, continuing right along the moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs, as the walk follows high slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section, but further up we have to trek along the centre on the hard rocky glacier to our camp below the Drolambu ice-fall. As the steady walk leads us to the lowest point of the icefall and then climbing to the easiest point to gain the Dromlambau glacier. Around this section there is some danger sometime of rock falls. The middle moraine providing a route up the glacier, we then stop for the overnight on finding a suitable campsite where the glacier flattens out, here we will be surrounded by superb high mountain scenery in this wild and impressive place.

Day 20: Travarse Tashi Laptsa Pass 5,755m and camp on the other side of Khumbu area. 7-8 hrs. 
Today is the main high light of this adventure journey, starting well before sunrise following the glacier again for an hour and half, then reaching a spur which gives an easy access to our route on the upper glacier? Here we will fix ropes and make steps and ledge for the porters, although the terrain is not so difficult, just a precaution that we must imply in this kind of mountain landscapes. After everything is set for the final climb, a further 3-4 hours climb amidst wild and mind-boggling scenery leads us to the top of the pass at our highest point of this trek at Tashi Laptsa pass, where there are buddhist prayer flags and cairns. This will be our longest day of trek and its important to keep up a good pace to make sure that we reach our camp on the other side of the pass well before dark. From the pass along with the magnificent view of the surrounding
snow capped peaks our walk follows downhill for another 3-4 hours towards Ngole and further near past the glacial pond of Parchemuche-tsho and just before Tengpo for the overnight camp at around 4,900m.

Day 21: Trek to Thame 3,800m. 5 hrs. 
After a long hard day, walk from here will be enjoyable most of the way to Namche beyond. From the camp below the Khumbu side of the pass our path follows eastwards over snow slopes the trail from here is well marked and continues its long descent down the upper reaches of the Thame Khola to Thengpo, with excellent views of Mt.Ama Dablam, Mt.Makalu and Lumding Himal above the Thame Khola, after an hour or more arriving at dozen or so Shepard’s huts that makes this place Thengpo with wide pasture field. Another two hours of gradual descend will bring to the end of walk at Thame Village with the first hint of trekkers civilization since Beding. There is a very old interesting Monastery at the upper end of the village. At Thame, the old trade route over the Nangpa-la into Tibet branches north follows the Bhote Koshi, which incidentally is the 2-3 river so named on this trek.

Day 22: Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,450m. 5 hrs. 
Today it is a pleasant walk way to Namche, an affluent rich Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market, fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages to barter or sell. Walk leads east from the camp with a short downhill to the bridge over Bhote Koshi river, from the bridge 20 minutes climb to reach the gradual descend and passing through number of villages, mani, prayer walls and pass into the pine woods on this gentle winding path, after 3-4 hours of pleasant walk, Namche Bazaar comes into view from the top ridge where the trail splits into many direction the north from the mani stupa leads towards Khunde and Khumjung. Our route heads downhill with a view of Namche down below with colored roofed houses. After a 45 minutes descend reaching Namche for the overnight camp.

Day 23: Trek to Lukla 2,800m via Phakding. 2,630m. 5 hrs. 
Last day of this great trek will be another good walk to Lukla, enjoying the lush green scenery around with an easy day downhill walk today, from Namche an hour walk brings to the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Imjatse River that makes the Dudh Koshi which we follow most of the way. From here we cross the long suspension bridge with a short climb into the pine woods, the walk will be on the busy path full of trekkers, locals, porters and pack animals, reaching again back to the river bed, the gentle trail follows the river downstream passing through many farm fields and villages then coming at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. After Monjo another hour of good walk leads us to Phakding near the river Dudh Koshi. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 24: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, depending upon the flight time make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. On arrival at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our office staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.

Day 25: Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 26: Transfer to airport for International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

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