The Hinkhu and Hongu Valleys

Few people venture west of Solukhumbu where the secluded Rolwaling valley lies. The high and difficult pass of Trashi Labsta connects the upper ridges of the valley to Solukhumbu. Those with a mind to do the trek connecting Rolwaling and Khumbu should trek from east to west (Khumbu to Rolwaling). Anybody attempting the trek in the reverse direction is likely to suffer from adverse effects of altitude and technical problems. Remember, this trek and particularly the Trashi Labsta crossing is one of the more difficult treks in Nepal and should only be attempted by self-sufficient, strong and experienced parties. Some basic mountaineering skills are also required which will be a deterrent for many trekkers. Also remember to take experienced porters and moreover, make sure they are from the district. For proper acclimatization, it is advisable to trek up to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo prior to crossing over to Rolwaling.  

The route to Trashi Labsta starts at Thame (see Everest Base Camp description). It takes two nights to reach Trashi Labsta. The next two days are spent traveling down the Drolambao glacier. 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. Descending through the valley below Beding, one encounters lovely juniper and pine forests first with juniper and pines and gradually the vegetation thickens until it becomes lush green. As you descend, the Sherpas give way to people of the middle hills mainly Tamangs and Brahmins. After seven days on the trail from Trashi Labsta, the trek ends at Charikot on the Kathmandu – Jiri road.