|Trekking Itinerary Part 3
The Rolwaling valley
Tsho Rolpa - 1st camp on the glacier
(4800m), 4/5 hrs
The old path led along the northern shore of the lake to reach the Drolambau Glacier, but avalanches and landslides have destroyed it. A new path now leads up the other side to a sandy section at 4900m before returning to the rubble-covered glacier, dominated by the imposing western and eastern Bigphera-Go (6660 m and 6730 m). Camp on the glacier above the lake.
1st camp - 2nd camp on the glacier
(5250m), 5/6 hrs
A rocky spur eastwards (towards Bigphera) marks the border between Drolambau and its junction. Reach this and climb up, past some technical sections and fixed rope to aid the porters , to the most spectacular and nerve-wracking camp on this trip. This eagles nest is situated 200m above the glacier and opposite the seracs of Bigphera-Go's West Face.
2nd camp - Tesi Lapcha
(5750m), 4/5 hrs
Having climbed onto the Drolambau a flattish section leads onto this vast glacier and offers spectacular views of Tengi Ragi Tau (6943 m), Bigphera-Go and Dragkar-Go (6793 m). A slope beneath Tengi Ragi Tau leads, steeply at first, to the Tesi Lapcha pass. The camping place is just beyond the imposing overhangs.
Ascent of Parchamo (6270m) 5/6 h - descent to Thengpo (4320m) 3/4 hrs
The ascent is neither long nor difficult - leaving at 6.00am enables a return to camp at 11.00am. The long descent past desolate scree slopes leads to Tengpopast, a pretty village dominated by the beautiful Teng Kangpoche (6500 m). This is a long and tiring day.
Thengpo - Thame
(3800m) 3 hrs
A relaxing stage which offers, once in the Kumbu valley and the delights of civilisation, an afternoon's relax and visit to the beautiful monastery. Telephone, lodge, Coca Cola, small restaurants and relative wealth enable one to finally relax. Thame is one of the most important Sherpa villages and, with its hydroelectric station, also provides the valley's power supply.
Thame - Namche Bazar
(3400m) 3/4 hrs
A long walk on a wide and popular path leads past some of the most beautiful sculted stones to Namche - the Cortina of Nepal .
Namche Bazar - Lukla
(2800m) - 6 hrs
Follow the obvious path from Namche Bazar to Lukla.
Lukla - Kathmandu flight