Ramdung Peak Climbing

Duration:
15 Days 14 Nights
Category:
Trip Region:
Rolwaling Valley
Grade:
Very Strenuous
Highest Altitude:
5900 m
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Description

Ramdung Peak is a trekking peak situated in the Rolwaling valley amongst many other neighboring peaks. This region is a relatively new trekking route so there is quite a bit of mystery attached to it. This region is greatly blessed with natural landmarks that include snowy mountains and deep valleys, and glacial moraines. This 15-day Ramdung peak climbing trip will definitely give you the thrills as you will observe the glacial lake of Tsho Rolpa and finally the summit of Ramdung Peak.

The adventure begins with a vehicle transfer to Gonghar. You will pass by various hilly villages of Nepal famed for their beauty. After arriving at Gonghar we will begin our trek straight away to Simigaon. The trek will take you through many suspension bridges over the gorges. From Simigaon we make our way to Daldung La. On the way, are many Sherpa hamlets, with the locals going about their traditional way of life. Daldung La itself is a larger traditional village and you can notice local activities such as cheese making. From Daldung La, we trek along the hills carved by the Rolwaling River to Beding. Beding is also a picturesque village on a hill slope, and some traditional stonewalled and tiled roof houses can be seen here. There are many short hikes that can be done for acclimatization from Beding. We will then head to the summer settlement of Na. There are beautiful meadows sometimes with wildflowers on them along the way. The village of Na itself is surrounded by green potato fields. Above Na, we pass into the glacial valleys of upper Rolwaling. The landscape is rocky and snowy as we follow the glacial path up to the Tsho Rolpa Lake. After exploring the magnificent Lake, we will be returning to Na the next day. Then we make our push to the Ramdung Peak basecamp. The terrain is rough and snowy, but it’s more than compensated by the fact that there are amazing panoramic views of the mountains all around. We will trek through the high camp to the summit of Ramdung peak. After witnessing the penultimate views of the trip, we will retrace our steps down to Basecamp. Then it’s retracing our steps back from Na, Beding, Daldung La and Simigaon back to Kathmandu with a vehicle transfer. The best season to travel would be the spring season, where the snow conditions may not be too worse and the roads up are not adversely affected by the monsoon.

Alpine Adventure Team is an experienced travel company and it has conducted many trips to Rolwaling region along with other treks. Our systematic approach, smooth conduction, reasonable prices, and skilled guides will make sure your picture-perfect adventure is not tainted by anything else. Remember us for treks such as the Ramdung peak trek.

Trip Facts
Geography : Hilly and Mountainous
Location : Dolakha, Charikot
Level of Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Duration of Trek : 15 days
Max Altitude : 5900m, Ramdung peak
Religions : Buddhism, Hinduism
Ethnic People : Sherpa, Newar, Chhetri
Accommodation : Lodges, Tented Camps
Transportation : Private Vehicle to and from start point
Minimum Pax : 1 person

Trip highlights
• Travel on the eccentric Landscapes and authentic village life of the Rolwaling Valley.
• Witness and explore the pristine glacial lake of Tsho Rolpa, and soak in the views it provides.
• Make a challenging yet rewarding Climb of Ramdung peak, climaxing with the breathtaking views of its surrounding mountains.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will land on the hustling capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. A representative of Alpine Adventure Team will be ready to pick you in the airport. You will be dropped to your hotel. You can spend the evening relaxing and trying out Nepali cuisine to satiate your taste buds. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Gongar via Dolakha 1660m by the land cruiser and trek to Simigaon 2020m
We will have to wake up early today. This is to avoid traffic which can get pretty rowdy on the afternoons. We will make our way to Gongar through the Dolakha district headquarters. We will wind around hills covered in lush subtropical vegetation. From Gongar we will trek to the village of Simigaon. The trek leads you through green hills and well-drawn paths carved on the forest trail. There are many stone house tea shops along the way and you will cross many suspension bridges that help you traverse the forest gorges. Overnight in Simigaon.

Day 03: Trek from Simigaon to Daldung La 3976m
Today we will be trekking and ascending through the Rolwaling valley. We will notify the Subtropical forests transitioning to Sub-Alpine and then eventually shrubs as we approach the Daldung La. There are many Sherpa settlements along the way, with tin roof houses and grey mud covering the walls. The Gaurishankar Mountain (7,134) and its range would be the predominant view behind the walls of the Rolwaling valley. We will eventually arrive at Daldung La, a beautiful village that sits beside a hill slope. You may also notice traditional Yak cheese-making sheds on the village. Overnight in Daldung La.

Day 04: Trek from Daldung La to Beding 3690m
From Daldung La, we will ascend a bit further before descending down to the hills. The rhododendron, pine, and wildflowers make up the forest vegetation. We will trek along the Rolwaling River with a view of the majestic Gaurishankar. On the latter part of the trek, we will be following the river beside its bank. A mini valley will soon open up where the village of Beding sits beautifully on the hillside as the River runs beside it. Nearby we can see terraced farming. We can also see some old-fashioned houses here that are made of stone and tiled roofs. Overnight in Beding

Day 05: Acclimatization Day
Since it is the last permanent settlement on our trek towards the Ramdung Peak, we will need to acclimatize here. Beding is a beautiful Sherpa village located in its own miniature valley. We can trek around the valley, and hike up to viewpoints at higher altitudes before returning back to the village. On your way, you can see various farms of Barley, Maize, Buckwheat, and potato around the several hamlets of the region. The viewpoints will give an even better view of Gaurishankar and the other mountains in its range. Overnight in Beding.

Day 06: Trek from Beding to Na 4180m
Today’s walk will be short and relatively easy along the level river banks. We will tread on the northern banks of the Rolwaling River. Along the way, we can see mountain views of Chekigo (6257m) and the upper ridgelines of its neighboring mountains. We will also pass along some high-altitude pastures naturally irrigated by the fresh river water. We will soon reach Na, said to be one of the oldest settlements in the region. Na is inhabited only during summer and gives great views of Chugimago (6259) and Chobutse (6685m) peaks. There are also potato fields that surround the few houses in Na. Overnight in Na.

Day 07: Trek from Na to Tsho Rolpa Lake 4540m
We will continue trekking along the river banks. There are many high meadows along the trail with beautiful mountain flowers such as the Edelweiss. Tsho Rolpa is a glacial Lake and leading up to the lake, we will be met by the moraines of two glaciers. We will follow the Rolwaling glacier up to the Lake. Views of Menlung amongst other mountains further up in Tibet can be beautifully witnessed. Tsho Rolpa is the biggest glacial lake in Nepal. The pristine lake waters are walled off immediately by the hills and mountains. From the Lake, we can see great views of Langtang (7227m) in the West and Pachermo Himal (6,273m). If we arrive earlier than expected it’s a good idea to explore or circumambulate the lake. Overnight in Tsho Rolpa Lake.

Day 08: Trek from Tsho Rolpa Lake to Na 4180m
From Tsho Rolpa, we will carefully retrace our steps back down to the village of Na. We will carefully traverse down the Glacier and its moraine back down to the Riverbanks. We will follow the Rolwaling River down to the village of Na. Take some time to comprehend the lifestyle and culture of the people residing in Na. Overnight in Na.

Day 09: Trek from Na to Ramdung Base Camp 5000m
We will have to make an ascent for up to 5 hours. The Trek will soon turn snowy and icy as we will be traveling along the Yalung Glacial moraine. We will arrive at the Yalung Glacier high camp and then forge ahead. From here we will then need to cross the Yalung Danda high pass. From here it’s again a steep ascent up to the Ramdung Basecamp. On the trek up the Rocky glacier leading up to basecamp, there are many great views. The Yalung, Trakarding and the Ramdung Glacier itself can be seen in your surroundings. The mountain views meanwhile are an extensive list that includes Gaurishankar, Menlung, Yalung, Go Shar and Manlung peaks. Overnight in Ramdung base camp.

Day 10: Summit Ramdung Peak 5900m and back to Base Camp 5000m
We will have to wake up even before sunrise to make it to the peak and back. As we start trekking and the sun rises, the Mountains reflect a scarlet hue. We will first head up through the Ramdung La pass (5665m), carefully through the snowy surface. From the top, here are great 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. From here next is the Ramdung high camp along the same snowy and icy landscape. We will climb up steep rocky gullies and traverse on the snowy slopes on our way to the top. The walk will be strenuous and you will also have to tread carefully. Just remember the instructions you are given and you should be at ease, and the experience should be more thrilling. From the top are unobstructed panoramic views of the Himalayas. These include Everest (8848m) itself and the Familiars of Gaurishankar, Melungtse, Trakarding Go Shar, Yalung peak amongst others. After making the summit and soaking in the views we will retrace our steps to base camp, again to magnificent views. Overnight in Ramdung base camp.

Day 11: Trek from Base Camp to Beding 3690m
From Basecamp, we are to retrace our steps down to Beding. The first half of the trek will be through snowy slopes and glacial moraines. As the altitude drops, we will pass through fertile meadows, notably the ones at Na. There are great views again of Pachermo, Rolwaling Range and Gaurishankar. You will rest away the rest of the evening as the long strenuous trek prior warrants that. Overnight in Beding.

Day 12: Trek from Beding to Daldung La 3976m
We will be taking a slightly deviated path from Beding to Daldung La. We will trek through the Thangthing Kharka and the road includes lush vegetation that includes various colored Rhododendrons as well as wildflowers. We can still get glimpses of the mountains from the Vegetated canopies. We may notice some rare birds and animals such as the Langur or Wild sheep. Overnight in Daldung La.

Day 13: Trek from Daldung La to Simigaon 2020m
We will retrace our steps from where we came. We will get a second look at the Sherpa lifestyle through our second passage through the several settlements they inhabit. As you descend, there are even more varieties of plants and trees on display. The Himalayan views are slowly fleeting as you traverse deep through the forested region. You will spend the night at Simigaon.

Day 14: Trek from Simigaon to Gongar and drive back to Kathmandu
We will descend again through dense sub-tropical and subalpine forest along the Lower Rolwaling River, which is now larger than the upper parts of the trek. The view of Gaurishankar appears again, and fittingly the most iconic peak on our trek will bid us farewell today. From Dongang we will be catching our private vehicle and we will pass through beautiful hilly terrain. We will travel through the Dolakha region and pass villages like Jiri on our way to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, head to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Departure to International Airport.
Our trek comes to a close. Bid farewell to your travel partners and the friends you have made along the way. We will also say goodbye to you, with our warmest regards. We hope for your best in future endeavors and drop you off at the airport in time for your departure.

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Cost Details

Our Peak Climbing Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 2 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Best possible lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented camp during the climbing period.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Ghaurishankar Conservation Area Permit.
* Ramdung Peak Climbing Permit and Garbage Deposit.
* Climbing guide/Sherpa equipment charge.
* Camping Equipment (Tents, Mattress and kitchen utensils) during climbing period.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Peak Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…

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