Region: Everest Region Nepal
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Cultural Observation
Accommodation: Lodge, Camping, Resort Hotels
Access: Lukla to Namche Bazaar.
Transportation: Local Bus and Jeep, Horse, Airplane
Best Season: Autumn and Spring
Maximum Height: 4900m
Hinku Hongu Valley Trek located to the west of Solukhumbu is the secluded and rarely visited Rolwaling valley. The upper reaches of the valley are connected to the Solukhumbu by the high and difficult pass of Tashi Lapsta pass. Trekkers contemplating trek that connects Rolwaling with Khumbu should always travel from east to west (khumbu to Rolwaling). To attempt to do the trek in reverse is likely to result in technical and altitude problems. The trek, particularly the crossing of Tashi Lapsta pass, is one of the more difficult treks in Nepal and should only be attempted by self-sufficient and experienced parties. Some basic mountaineering skills are required. Staff, particularly porters, must be experienced and from the district. For good acclimatization, atrek to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo, prior to crossing over to Rolwaling, is an excellent idea. The route to Tashi Lapsta passes starts at Thame. It takes two nights to reach Tashi Lapsta pass which, ideally, should be crossed early in the day to avoid rock fall from the slopes above. The pass is usually ice covered and porters carrying large loads will need assistance. If camping at the peaks, be careful to choose a campsite that is well away from the rock fall area.
The next two days are spent traveling down the Drolambao glacier. There are two icefalls on the route, which usually require the use of ropes to descend. At the end of the glacier is the massive Cho Rolpa glacial lake. After the glacier the upper Rolwaling valley is hemmed in by mountains on both sides with the bulk of Gauri Shankar on the northern side. The settlements on Nah and Beding are Sherpa villages, Nah being only a summer settlement. As you descended below beding the valley becomes forested first with juniper and pines and later the vegetation becomes lusher. The Sherpas give way to people of the middle hills mainly Tamang and Brahmins. After seven days from Tashi Lapsta pass the end of the trek is reached at Charikot on the Kathmandu to Jiri road.
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Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport (T.I.A) and pick up by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley. (B)
Day 03: 40 minutes Fly to Lukla (2728m), and commence trek to Chutanga tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 04: Chutanga to Tuli Kharke crossing Zatrwa La tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 05: Tuli Kharke to Tashing Ongma, Hinku Valley tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 06: Tashing Ongma to Tangnag tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 07: Rest day tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 08: Tangnag to Dig Khare tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 09: Dig Kare to Mera La tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 10: Mera La to Hongu Valley camp I tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 11: Camp I to Hongu Valley camp II tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 12: Camp II to Hongu Valley camp III tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 13: Rest day and climb rock peak tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 14: Camp III to Panch Pokhari tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 15: Rest and explore day tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 16: Panch Pokhari to glacier lake beneath Hunku Nup Glacier tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 17: Glacier lake to Nare Glacier crossing Mingbo La tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 18: Nare Glacier to camp beneath snout of Nare Glacier tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 19: Nare Glacier to Pangboche tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 20: Pangboche to Phortse tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 21: Phortse to Namche Bazaar tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Lukla tent camp (B.L.D)
Day 23: Morning after breakfast 40 minutes fly back to Kathmandu. (B)
Day 24: Final departure to your country. (B)
Note: In case of emergency for helicopter rescue during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by our company (Skyline Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.) The rescue charges and medical evacuation must be paid by the clients themselves.
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