Parchamo Peak Climbing-20 Days

Parchamo Peak Climbing-20 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

Parchamo Peak is situated in the Rolwaling Himalayas. It is located on the border of the Janakpur and Sagarmatha zones. It is located south of the Tashi Lapcha Pass. It is situated at an altitude of 6,273m/20,575ft. The trail passes the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area and Sagarmatha National Park, connecting Rolwaling Valley to the Everest region. We can see Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Gaurishankar, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many other peaks.

The main highlight of the journey is the summit to the Parchamo peak, Tsho Rolpa, and Tashi Lapch pass trek is important both historically and culturally. You will get the chance to meet the Tamang and Sherpa communities in this region closely. The paths lead you to the ancient monastery of Beding, the path leads to the famous lake called Tsho Rolpa, whose peacefulness cannot be expressed in words. A difficult trek across Tashi Lapsta La provides a breathtaking view of Everest and other Khumbu area mountains. Because of the rockfall, the Tashi Lapcha Pass is one of the most challenging treks, requiring many days of walking over the magnificent glacier.

Your 19-day trek will begin at Simigaun. On the route to Simigaun, you will pass through an amazing part of the trail along the Tamakoshi River. On this trail, you may encounter the glacial lake Tsho-Rolpo. Summit the Parchamo peak. Further, the journey reached numerous Sherpa communities in Khumbu including Namche Bazaar before ending in Lukla, through the Sagarmatha National Park. This trek will allow you to experience the Himalayan routes as well as the busier ones, giving you the best experience in the Himalayan.

Trip Facts 

Country  Nepal
Duration  20 Days
Maximum Altitude  6,273m/20,575ft
Region  Rolwaling
Meals  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation  Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses, Camp.
Grade Challenging.
Best season  Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Trip Highlights

  • The second half of the trek is very much in contrast to numerous sceneries, incredibly wonderful Landscapes.
  • Enjoy a beautiful view of the high Himalayas, such as Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Gaurishankar, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many other peaks.
  • Explore the least explored trekking route, Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake and Tashi Lapcha Pass.
  • Experience high-level and a challenging pass through.
  • Learn about the Tibetan people’s distinct culture and traditions, as well as their way of life.
  • Summit Parchamo Peak 6,273m.
  • Explore the remote villages of the Rolwaling region and the Popular Sherpa Village of the Everest region.

Is this trek appropriate for you?

  • This trek includes 16 days of strenuous climbing. You’ll be trekking for a minimum of 2hrs to a maximum of 10 hrs per day, reaching elevations of over 5000 meters at times. We cannot overestimate the importance of being in excellent physical shape and health, which requires training before your trip to ensure that you are properly prepared.
  • This is the trek for you if you have previous rock climbing or wall climbing experience. It is recommended that you have prior experience with high-altitude trekking.
  • The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, you must plan and prepare accordingly, as well as stay up to date on the weather forecast.
  • The teahouses, or trekking lodges, where we stay on the trek are very basic, with just basic services. Hot water may not be accessible at all times and may be charged extra, as well as access to electrical outlets for charging electronics. Wi-Fi is available in some areas, although the quality of the connection may be poor.
  • The path twists and turns through challenging terrain. At 6,273 meters, you’ll reach the highest peak. Because of the weather, isolation, and high altitude of this walk, it’s critical to take it carefully and stay hydrated.

Itinerary

Days                                                Activities   Durations
1 Arrival at TIA, Kathmandu (1400m/ 4,595ft)
2. Drive from Kathmandu to Chetchet Via Dolkha and Hike to Simi Gau (2,019m/ 6,625ft) 9-10hrs
3. Trek from Simi Gau to Dongnang (2,800m/ 9,190ft) 6-7hrs
4. Trek from Dongnang to Beding (3,690m/ 12,100ft) 4-5hrs
5. Trek from Beding to Naa (4,183m/13,725ft) 3-5hrs
6. Hike from Naa to Tsho Rolpa (4,580m/ 15,030ft) 2-3hrs
7. Acclimatization Day (4,580m/ 15,030ft)
8. Trek from Tsho Rolpa lake to Trakarding Glaicer (4800m/ 15,750ft) 7-8hrs
9. Trek from Trakarding Glacier to Tashi Lapcha Phedi (5,755m/ 18,885) 6-7hrs
10. Trek from Tashi Lapcha Phedi to Tashi Lapcha Camp (5,200m/ 17060ft) via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,750m/ 18,875ft) 6-7hrs
11. Acclimatization Day (5,200m/ 17060ft)
12. Summit Parchamo Peak (6,273m/20,575ft) and descend to Ngole (5,110m/16,760ft) 9-10hrs
13. Contingency Day for Summit
14. Trek from Ngole to Thyangbo (4,350m/ 14,275ft) 5-6hrs
15. Trek from Thyangbo to Thame (3,820m/ 15,815ft) 4-5 hrs
16. Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar (3,340m/ 11,290ft) 5-6 hrs
17. Trek From Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,480m/ 8,140ft) 6-7 hrs
18. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
19. Rest Day
20. Departure

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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

Once you arrive at the international airport of Kathmandu A friendly smile will greet you. Our agent will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your accommodation. Arrive at the hotel and check-in. Our guide will meet you in the evening and give you a quick overview of the journey.

Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2

The first day of your trek will include a private vehicle ride from Kathmandu to Chet Chet. The journey will last 7 to 8 hours. The route will be Kathmandu – Dhulikhel – Mude – Dolkha – Bhimsen – Singati – Jagat- Chetchet. Lunch will be on Mude. After arriving at Chetchet, you will relax for 15 minutes before hiking to Simigaun. You will walk on the stairs to Simigaun.  Hike to Simigaun will take around 2 hours due to the steepness of the route.

Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 3

Today, after breakfast, you will depart from Simi Gaun. The track is easy to follow, with just moderate ascents and descents. We take a break at the village of Uttise. Surmuche arrives a little more than an hour after Uttise. Surmuche is reached through a steady ascent. We’ll stop at Surmuche for lunch. We’ll leave for Donang after nearly an hour of relaxation. After lunch, it’s another hour to Kyalche, where there’s a lovely teahouse. In Kyalche, we will have a 15-minute break. You will walk for 40 minutes from Kyalche to Donang. Dongang village consists of only two teahouses.

Overnight at Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will depart for Beding. You’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. The trek to Thangding is breathtaking.   There appears to be a mountain view in nearly every direction. After about 2 hours of trekking, you will arrive at Thangding for lunch. You will cross a sacred temple shortly after leaving Thangding. According to locals, a cow gave birth to a god here. Throughout the hike, you will pass by many waterfalls and hike alongside Rowaling Khola. Beding has two monasteries and is a fairly large village. An ancient monastery built into the rocks was sealed after the earthquake. Regardless, you can still hike up there. You may go to the second, newer monastery, which is right beside the river. You will be staying in Beding for the night.

Day 5

After breakfast, depart for Naa village. You will be hiking for around 2 hours. You should walk gently as you gain elevation and keep hydrated the entire time. The trek from Beding to Na is breathtaking. There are numerous spectacular waterfalls and another monastery built into the mountainside. Enjoy your lunch and rest for the day. Acclimatize yourself on this day. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6

After enjoying your breakfast leave for Tsho Rolpa You’ll be hiking for roughly 2 hours from Naa to Tsho Rolapa. The trek from Na to Tsho Rolpa Lake is short but strenuous. The walk begins easy and straight, but just before the lake, it transforms into a steep stairway that goes straight up. When you get to the lake, you will be fascinated by its milky glacier lake. You can relax and enjoy the scenery because it is peaceful. You may have your snacks while admiring the lovely photos.

Dinner and Camping at the Tsho Rolpa.

Day 7

Enjoy the sunrise from the Tsho Rolpa camp. The fog over the Tsho Rolpa Lake with the ray of sun is photogenic. You will spend the day relaxing in peaceful surroundings. You should properly prepare yourself for the upcoming challenging days.

Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.

Day 8

Leave after breakfast towards the Trakarding Glacier. The journey will be difficult today, despite its small distance, because we will be walking through the cold and difficult Trakarding Glacier path all day. We ascend a rough terrain to reach Trakarding, with views of numerous mountains including Rolwaling Kang, Takargo, and Jabou Ri, among others. Tented camp for the night.

Day 9

The route climbs higher and takes us a slow walk along the glacier. Now we leave the Trakarding Glacier route and go through the glacier of Drolambau. We go through icy paths. This day will be challenging. The majestic beauty would be stunning when we witness snow all around us. We arrive at Tashi Labcha Phedi after walking on the glacier of Drolambau. Dinner and overnight at Camp.

Day 10

After Breakfast leave for the Tashi Lapcha pass. Steep ascent to Tashi Lapcha Pass from Tashi Lapcha Phedi will take us to Tashi Lapcha Camp. After a steep climb, we arrive at the summit of Tashi Lapcha Pass that separates the district of Rolwaling from Khumbu. Now we enter Sagarmatha and go down to Tashi Lapcha Camp for a little while. Dinner and overnight at Camp

Day 11

As we move to a higher altitude, the altitude will hit you. We need to take a break and restore our energy. We will explore the Tashi Lapcha Camp. We will go for a hike over Base Camp. We will let our bodies acclimate properly by resting. We will enjoy lunch, after that, you will have a training period during which your guide will teach you how to use climbing equipment such as an ice ax, jumar, and crampon, as well as some other basic skills. We will become familiar with the necessary equipment and learn basic rope skills. You’ll need to practice to get it right. Dinner and overnight at Camp.

Day 12

After breakfast, we’ll set out for the summit of Parchamo Peak. We’ll be walking for 9 to 10 hours. Today, we must begin our day at a very early hour. We need to climb on the Rugged Path.  To get to the top, we need to properly equip ourselves and follow the instructions. We’ll have to walk on ice and snow. After reaching the summit, we will have a spectacular view of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Gaurishankar, Nuptse, Lhotse. We will explore and enjoy the peace at the top before descending to Ngole, where we will enjoy hot drinks and enjoy the achievement. Dinner and overnight at Camp.

Day 13

An additional day in case severe weather prevents you from summiting on time. This day can also be used in the event of an emergency, such as canceled or missed flights, delays due to minor injuries or weather conditions, and so on. If you keep to your timetable and everything goes according to plan, you can spend the extra day exploring a Sherpa village along the way.

Day 14

After a filling breakfast, depart for Thyangbo. We’ll be walking for 5 to 6 hours. We’ll be going downhill. We will be treated to spectral views of mountains. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. Before arriving in Thyangbo, we will travel through a beautiful valley. Dinner and overnight at Camp.

Day 15

We pass across the Yak farmland and arrive at the bamboo huts of the Yak Herder early in the morning after breakfast. This path is humpy and descends slowly. We follow a little river while we enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the surroundings. Before approaching Thame Village, we arrive at the Power House shaped like a pyramid. In the evening, we visit the Monastery Thame and enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains around it. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 16

After Breakfast, the path gradually descends to Samde. View the major peaks of the Khumbu area, including Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Taboche, and other summits. The path descends to Syangboche before reaching Namche Bazaar, passing through numerous towns and monasteries. Then, following the Bhote Koshi River’s paths, we arrive in Namche Bazaar, the commercial center. Tourists from all around the nation visit the Sherpa settlement. Stay the night in Namche Bazaar. Overnight and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 17

After Breakfast, we leave Namche Bazaar and go on either side with Bhote Koshi River and Dudh Koshi River. At Larcha Dovan we go down to Jorsalle and leave the Sagarmatha National Park when we arrive at a junction of these two rivers. Then we walk along the River Dudh Koshi, passing through several towns, monasteries, walls, and prayer wheels to reach the town of Lukla. Overnight and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 18

After a hearty breakfast move to the airport. It’s time to say goodbye to the mountains. Take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. From above, take in the panorama of the Himalayas. On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be collected up by our agency car or van and escorted to the hotel. You are free for the rest of the day. You may take a walk in Kathmandu’s valley or stroll around the street of Thamel. Kathmandu offers you many things to do and many places to visit. Have a farewell dinner with your trekking team and spend the night in the hotel.

Day 19

At the Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will be enjoying a delicious breakfast. The remainder of the day is yours to design according to your preferences. You may go shopping or visit one of Kathmandu’s three durbars. Swyambhunath or Bouddhanath can also be visited in the evening for the evening prayer. Go to a Pasupathi Nath for “Sandhya aarti,” also known as Night aarti, at night. Following that, have a farewell dinner with your teammates. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 20

The 19-day journey has concluded. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

  • Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop on private basis).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3nights at Star categories hotel on twin sharing on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Welcome Dinner and farewell dinner at Nepali culture restaurant.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing at Lodge/teahouses during the trek.
  • Permit: All necessary paper works: Gauri Sankar Conservation Area permit (GCAP), TIMS Cards, NMA Parchamo Peak Climbing Permit, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, and Sagarmatha National Park Permit.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Trekking Map: Rolwaling Region trekking map.
  • Member transportation: – Road Transportation: Drive from Kathmandu – Chetchet and Air Transportation: Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance, accident, Helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs)

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,


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The ideal season to travel

Spring

March: The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The Rolwaling region trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Rolwaling region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate. At lower altitudes, the weather is not particularly hot, and at higher altitudes, it is not particularly cold. The views of the mountains are spectacular, and the trail is excellent. Nature can be experienced at its most beautiful.

April: April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to the Rolwaling region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to the Rolwaling region, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.

May: May, the final month of the spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. Rolwaling region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.

Summer 

June: June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall.  The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season. The weather is slightly humid, and you can enjoy nature while it is wet and cool. If you enjoy the rain, rainbows, and less crowded trails, this is the month for you. During this month, the air begins to become humid due to continuous rain.

July: Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly in the Rolwaling region. As the rain washes away the dust and pollution, the environment opens up and becomes very fresh, and you will be able to enjoy nature despite the chilly weather.

August: In the Rolwaling region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable.

Autumn

September: The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to the Rolwaling region is in September. The weather and temperature for the Rolwaling region Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night.

October: October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.

November: The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal is November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible.

Winter

December: In the Rolwaling region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Rolwaling region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Annapurna Region Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.

January:  In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper. The trails will be covered in snow, so you may need crampons to cross the pass.

February: The Rolwaling region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult.


Drive to Chetchet

  • The distance between Kathmandu and Chetchet is 200 kilometers.
  • It takes around 7 to 8 hours to travel by private jeep, and approximately 9 to 10 hours to travel by public bus.
  • The route to Rolwaling valley is the same either way, Kathmandu – Dhulikhel – Mude – Dolkha – Bhimsen – Singati – Jagat – Chetchet.
  • To drive from a private jeep, you must depart early at 7:00 a.m., as the jeep will arrive at your hotel to pick you up.
  • To drive in a public bus, you must leave early to catch a bus at either 6:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. from Ratna Park. You must arrive early and reserve your seat.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a sneaky monster that may attack even the fittest trekkers. This demand doing everything in your power to prepare for altitude trekking and taking things carefully throughout your journey. With increasing altitude, the amount of available oxygen decreases, which is the primary cause of high-altitude sickness.

The Parchamo Peak climbing is a high-altitude trek that needs proper acclimatization. Your body requires time to adjust to thin air, so start at a lower altitude and work your way up. Some of the symptoms of Altitude sickness are:

Early symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Increased breathing.
  •  Increased urination.
  •  Headache and Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night as a result of altitude.
  • Dehydration.

Later symptoms

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  •  Respiratory failure.
  •  Cerebral edema.
  •  Coma.

Certain care should be made to ensure that the situation does not worsen. However, if the symptoms worsen, you may need to return to a lower height and seek medical help. There are, however, several other precautions you may take while trekking to lessen your risk of altitude sickness.

  • Trekkers can change their bodies by slowly and gradually climbing, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.
  • You should do various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym to acquire strength and stamina for your adventure.
  • As the air gets increasingly thin, an increase in elevation reduces oxygen levels, and in the Rolwaling region trek, an increase in altitude also means less vegetation. The consumption of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco decreases the body’s water content.
  • The greatest remedy is to stay hydrated at all times. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water.
  • Diamox is the most effective altitude sickness medication; thus, you should bring a subscription with you on the trek. However, you should consult with your physician to see whether it is advantageous.

Things to know before traveling to Rolwaling valley

Drinking-Water

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water daily (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).

Rowaling valley is one of Nepal’s most remote valleys having very little human settlement. Simi Gaun and Beding are the only two places where there is a large human settlement. There are only one or two houses in Uttise, Surmuche, Kyalcha, Dognang, Thakding, and Naa for tourists to stay, eat, and rest. Other than this, there isn’t even a single settlement within the distance of 5km (around 3hrs) from one destination to another. As a result, getting drinking water on the way to Tso Rolpa will be extremely difficult. Throughout the trek, the only places to get drinking water are teahouses and lodges, but it is not safe to drink without purifying it. Sealed bottled water is available in some places.

Every day, carry enough water for the day before beginning the trek because in someplace you won’t find any water resources on the trail. In and beyond the base camp there are no water resources. So that, from the base camp to the summit you have to melt the snow for water and treat it to make it drinkable. But not to worry, if you are traveling from any agency like us, you’ll be provided hot water 2-3 liter per day. Therefore, we recommend you bring a Reusable water bottle of 2-3ltr or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water.

During this trek, you may have to pay between 1$ to 5$ for a sealed bottle of water.

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free tap water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1-2$ per liter and 3$- 10$ for a large pot.

  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water, purify by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.

  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, economic, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolet light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of the water. This is a highly recommended means of purifying water (a one-time investment).


Electricity and Internet facility at Rolwaling Region.

Electricity facility.

Rolwaling valley is one of the remote areas of Nepal. There is no access to electricity. The entire valley relies on solar power electricity, which is only enough to light a bulb. There is no charging socket in your room. Even if you are willing to pay for charging, your device will not be able to charge with solar power. You can charge your device in Chetchet, which is both the beginning and endpoint of our trek. As a result, it is recommended that you bring a power bank that will last the duration of your trek.

Recently a new hydropower project has been proposed near the Rolwaling valley, and an electricity pole has been installed. So, within a few years, Rolwaling valley will have access to electricity.

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is needed to contact your family, friends, and employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

Rolwaling Valley has no internet service because there is no electricity.

NTC cellular service has been providing the GSM mobile network service in Rolwaling valley. You can buy the NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1$. By taking data packages you can access the internet, only when the mobile network catches a signal. It is not guaranteed that your mobile network will catch the signal throughout Rolwaling valley.

Buy NTC data package

Dial*1415#

Cost of data package in NTC:

-14GB=7$

(Valid up to 28days

-30GB=15$

(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#

 

Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

Some useful tips to solve the problem of no electricity.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp)
  • As possible less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and airplane mode.

Essential Backpack items for Parchamo Peak Climbing.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek. As this trek is in a remote valley, there are no shops once you leave the road, so need to bring enough supplies that you need in the trek.

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel permits.

 

Clothing

  • A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  • A pair of mountaineering boots for climbing.
  • 2-3 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • Pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  • Pairs of trekking shorts and down pants.
  • Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket with large hood and pants.
  •  Insulated hard-shell jacket.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  • 5-6 pairs of quick-dry wool socks/liner socks, underwear, sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, Sun cap, Beanie, or Bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses/ eyeshade for trekking and Full coverage eyewear for climbing (Eye and nose).

 

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 2-3litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles.
  • Map of Rolwaling region.
  • Ice Crampons.
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it is solar-charged and very much portable)
  • Stuff sacks, plastic bags.
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.

Peak Climbing equipment

 

  • Ice Axe.
  • Pair of ice/mountaineering crampons.
  • Harness.
  • Screw gate Carabiners (2lock, 2 unlock).
  • Ascender (jumar)and Descender (figure of 8).
  • Plastic mountaineering boots.
  • Helmet.
  • Snow bar.
  • Climbing Rope.
  • Ice hammer.
  • Ice screw.

Toiletries

  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Deodorants.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Bandage.
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets- Diamox
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent.
  • Salt or anti-leech oil (If traveling in the rainy season, July- Aug)
  • Earplugs

You can buy or hire trekking clothes and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before you arrive in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around the Thamel area at a reasonable price.


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation

We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu.

For our stay from Chetchet, we will accommodate in Lodges/ Teahouses/ Camp. There is no human settlement except in Simigaun, Dognang, Beding, and Na in Rowaling Region, which is our destination to stay overnight. Beyond Na, until we reach Thyangbo we will accommodate in Camp.

Meal

During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, Cornflakes, Cereal, Pancakes, Gurung/ Tibetan Bread butter, Eggs, Oatmeal, Tsampa porridge, tea, etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhat set (Rice, Vegetable curry, Meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Vegetable noodle soup, chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fried cheese Potato, Fried rice, etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhat set (Rice, Vegetable curry, Meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Mo: Mo, Fried noodles, Noodles soup, Thukpa, Fried Potato, Fried rice, etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy it from your pocket.

Transportation

By Bus- From Kathmandu airport to hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Kathmandu to Chetchet and vice-versa.

By Air: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Throughout the trek, all your activities will be handled by our well-qualified and professional staff. They will do all the escorting. As this is one of the hardest and tricky treks, we are providing you with a highly experienced and licensed guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent navigation and technique of rope fixing skills. They will accompany you from Kathmandu and guide you throughout your Parchamo Peak climbing journey. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weighs more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged for 2 people.

All our lead guides, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek.


A typical day on the Parchamo Peak Trek

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m. We need to start our trek early to avoid the scorching sun as in midafternoon the wind gets stronger compared to morning in higher altitudes.

You’ll wander along the trail enjoying the scenery, clicking photos, creating memories, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories. Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the afternoon. Having the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the day’s final destination as per the itinerary.

On arrival at the destination, check into your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse/lodge where we stay has a common dining area with a wood-burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet other travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forget all the tiredness of the day. Later in the evening, you will have your dinner together. After dinner, your guide will give a short briefing about the next day’s trek regarding when you must get up when we have to start our trek the next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk, and so on.

During this 16-day journey to Parchamo Peak, you will be walking for a maximum of 10hrs to a minimum of 3hrs in a day. The whole trek is steep. Mt. Gauri Shankar will be your constant companion throughout the trek. The entire trek is a peaceful walk-through nature. When you reach Tsho Rolpa you will be fascinated by its milky glacier lake. You will get to experience the isolated village of Beding and Naa. Tashi Lapcha pass is one of the hardest pass treks. But once you reach the pass you will be mesmerized by the snow-covered pass. On the side, the view of Mt. Tyangi Ragyi will motivate you to cross the pass.  During the acclimatization day, hike around the small peaks/viewpoints and prepare your body to deal with any difficult walk. Before climbing the peak, you will be taught how to walk/how we have to move while climbing the peak. You have to study and practice well because your life and success depend upon your skill, knowledge, and endurance.  At night enjoy the view of sparkling stars floating in the clear sky above the cold wind. The most difficult day of the trek will be the summit day. But, the success of the summit and the panorama views of the gigantic mountains such as Mt. Gaurishankar, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many other peaks from the top are jaw-dropping. Summiting the peak you will pass through Ngole, Thyangbo, Thame, Namcha (the capital of Sherpa) and fly from Lukla to our final destination- Kathmandu.

Every stop in the journey might not offer you a scenic view but will offer you a peaceful environment. Your hard walk will be paid off on the successful summit of Parchamo Peak with memories that last for a lifetime.


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel to Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 1 month because anything can happen during the trip, and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.

  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR 2, 00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note- 15 days visa costs USD 30. Our trip is for 20 days, so apply for 30 days tourist visa that costs USD 50.

Entry permits and Requirements

Parchamo peak lies in the restricted area (Rowaling Region) of Nepal. So, you have to obtain some permits from the government of Nepal to trek in this region. The Entry permits that you need for the trekking and climbing Parchamo Peak are;

Trekking permits  Foreign Nationals SAARC nationals Nepali Citizens
1. Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit NPR 3,000 per person per entry NPR 1,000 per person per entry. NPR 100 per person per entry.
2. TIMS Card/ Special Permit/ Rowaling Valley Restricted Area Permit. NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT) NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT) -N/A
3. NMA Parchamo Peak Climbing Permit Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125

Off-Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70.

Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125

Off-Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70.

Spring (Mar-May)-NPR 4,000.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- NPR 2,000

Off-Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- NPR 1,000.

4. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit NPR 2,000 per person (For the first 4 weeks)

NPR 2,500 per person (beyond 4 weeks)

NPR 2,000 per person (For the first 4 weeks)

NPR 2,500 per person (beyond 4 weeks)

NPR 2,000 per person (For the first 4 weeks)

NPR 2,500 per person (beyond 4 weeks)

5. Sagarmatha National Park Permit. NPR 3,000 per person per entry + 13% vat.

(Approx. 34$)

NPR 1,500 per person per entry +13% vat

(Approx. 15$)

NPR 100 per person per entry +13% vat

(Approx. 1$)

 

Note-Obtain Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Permit, and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board, Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu. Rolwaling valley restricted area permit is commonly known as TIMS Card, so not to get confused in these two permits.

NMA Parchamo Peak Climbing Permit has to be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nagpokhari, Naxal, Kathmandu.

A Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance permit must be obtained from the Rural Municipality desk at the Lukla checkpoint.

For the issue of the TIMS Card, you need at least 2 members, accompanied by a licensed guide.

For more information about TIMS Card here is the link.

(If you are traveling from a travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

 

Documents required to get these permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date, and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • Passport size photos.
  • Original passport with a valid visa
  • Photocopies of passport personal information page.
  • Copy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.

Travel Insurance

During the journey, you may encounter several unexpected incidents or losses. Trekking/climbing peaks in Nepal is an adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers/climbers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking. During this 20-days journey to Parchamo peak, you may encounter a physical injury, illness, or an unexpected accident, all the medical expenses and losses have to be borne by yourself.

Choose an insurance policy that covers all of your possible risks from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance:

  • Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Lost and stolen baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
  • All high-altitude trek dangers up to 6,500m.

You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such an incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.

You can get your travel insurance in either your home country of Nepal.


Responsible Travel

Rolwaling valley is the virgin tourist destination of Nepal. The village in Rolwaling valley is isolated and soaked in culture. You will be able to experience the typical lifestyle of Chettri, Gurung, and Sherpa that have been living in this area for a long time. This is the valley with the least amount of human settlement.

So, you have to respect the local people, their local culture and tradition as well as nature and environment. You can help them by using local products and services. You can learn some Nepali greetings words to greet them respectfully for example, “Namaskar”, “Tashi Delek” which means good day/Goodluck/Blessings. While walking along the forest trail, you must maintain a peaceful attitude. In the forest, do not play music. It frightened the wildlife. We expect you to properly dispose of your plastic garbage (food wrappers, plastic water bottles).

Rolwaling valley is a restricted area, so you must obtain permits from the Nepalese government to trek through it. Because it is a newly discovered trekking destination, the infrastructure in this valley is not well developed. Not just for the sake of people, culture, and nature, also you have to travel responsibly for yourself. Compulsorily wear the crampons when walking in the glaciers or on snow to prevent any injuries caused by slipping on the ice.

Your small act of neglect and disrespect can cause a major problem in the future.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.


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