Parchemo and the Rolwaling Valley
Trek from Rolwaling to Khumbu | 27 days
The Rolwaling Valley runs east-west between the Tamba Kosi and the Khumbu Himal, close to the Tibetan border. Parchemo (6,187m) rises above the Tesi Lapcha pass (5,750m) which connects Rolwaling with Khumbu. Being able to cross this tough pass, one of the finest watershed crossings in the Himalayas, is really something special for the adventurer as it was previously closed to foreigners. The descent through Thame, Namche Bazaar and the other Sherpa villages is a delightful way to end the journey.
Day 1: Fly to Kathmandu
Days 2-3: Kathmandu
Day 4: Drive to Simle Commence trek
Day 5 – 23: On trek
Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu
Days 25-26: In Kathmandu
Day 27: Fly to London
guide price £2,865 per person
Fiona’s travel tipsFOR THE ACTIVE: Options for mountain biking and trekking peaks.
MY FAVOURITE PLACE: Kalar Pattar (5,700m) for its amazing views of Everest and sense of achievement – it’s worth the climb!
INTERESTING FACT: Mustang, the former Kingdom of Lo, in north-east Nepal, is a long fertile plain which survived the Chinese invasion of 1951 and maintains its original Tibetan culture.
BEST TIME TO GO: October to April.
JOURNEY TIME: 12 hours (indirect)
“Thank you for getting me to the Kingdom of Lo in Mustang, a dream fulfilled. Both guide and driver looked after me recognising I needed time to adjust to the altitude. Your pre-departure information was as ever brilliant and the holiday realised all my expectations. Some wonderful memories and I loved the people, from new friends to old ones.”
Ian Stubbs, Nepal and Mustang October – November 2018
“Could I please pass on my thanks to my excellent guides both in Kathmandu and Lhasa. I took a great food tour in Kathmandu which involved nipping around the back streets on Vespa scooters! The food was great. I had lassi, samosas, sweet Tibetan food, water buffalo Mo Mo (dumplings) and traditional Newali food. The Mo Mo were out of this world, I loved them, could eat them all day!
Bring on Mustang next year! I spoke to many guides who had been there, it sounds brilliant.”
Ian Stubbs, Nepal and Tibet, September/October 2017
“Excellent drivers, hotels were just wonderful, our holiday experience was just excellent. When we wanted to change our room in Kathmandu you arranged it quickly and efficiently”.
Carole and Jacqui Young, India and Nepal
“I had three priorities — to see Namche Bazaar, to visit the Hillary School and to get views of Everest. Three out of three. Mission accomplished! The best decision I made was to travel alone.”
Marilyn Crosby, Nepal