Our Ramdung and Parchamo expedition is one out of the box. Located directly on the border of the stunning Rolwaling and Khumbu regions of Nepal, Parchamo rises high above the Tesi Lapcha at 6187m. As we approach Parchamo trekking through the stunning Rolwaling valley, we pass Ramdung at 5930m. Ramdung is the perfect warm-up climb and acclimatisation strategy in the lead-up to climbing Parchamo.
Our less travelled route to these majestic mountains begins with a private bus charter from Kathmandu to Jagat at 1395m. From Jagat we commence our trek into the Rolwaling Himal, and before long are passing through some of the wildest mountain scenery imaginable.
Remote Himalayan climbing
The scenic rewards of this seldom travelled trail are quite incredible, with rare close-up views of Gauri Shanker (7145m) and Menlungste (7181m) along with stunning panoramas east to Everest and the peaks of the Khumbu. The villages are completely unspoiled, the forests pristine, and the people encountered spontaneous and hospitable. A remote and wild land in contrast with the tourist routes of the Khumbu. This trip is our signature “off the beaten track” and “away from everyone” adventure, culminating in climbs of Ramdung (5930m) and Parchamo (6187m). This trip provides the opportunity to successfully summit 2 Himalayan peaks with a warm-up climb of Ramdung leading into Parchamo.
Ramdung and Parchamo is our trip
As far as we can tell, nobody else runs this expedition. It’s our own unique adventure. Our Ramdung and Parchamo itinerary includes plenty of rest days allowing for safe altitude acclimatisation. This is an ideal trek and climb for people seeking a challenging experience and is suitable for those that haven’t attempted mountaineering previously.
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be transferred by Trek Climb Ski staff to your accommodation at The Radisson Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks hosted by your Sherpa guides and leaders.
A fantastic buffet breakfast at The Radisson followed by a morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Our staff will be available in the afternoon to assist any guests that may need to make last minute purchases.
After an early breakfast we drive from Kathmandu to Jagat at 1395m. Here we commence camping. Overnight at Jagat (1395m).
Today we trek from Jagat to Simigaon at 2025m. After a gentle 2 – 3 hours walk we leave the main valley and continue east by the Tama Kosi (river) to Chhetchhet. After crossing the river, the path gains altitude up an impressive slope until we reach Simigaon. Simigaon is a Sherpa and Tamang village and is marked by its buddhist monastery, perched high above lodges in front of Mt. Gaurishanker. Overnight at Simigaon (2025m).
This is the day we enter the beautiful Rolwaling valley. Through rhododendron and bamboo forests, the path climbs steadily to Kelche, a small village of Sherpa huts and tea-houses. After a short break we descend back to the river and reach our campsite on the Rolwaling Khola. Overnight beside the Rolwaling Khola (2860m).
Our route today climbs gradually up the forested valley with excellent mountain views all day. Tonight we stay at Beding and from here we can see the Rolwaling’s highest summit – Melungtse at 7181m. Beding is an old and small Sherpa village and the home of many Everest climbers. The old Buddhist monastery is located in the centre of the village and is well worth a visit. Overnight at Beding (3690m).
Today we enjoy an acclimatisation day in and around Beding. We’ll hike part way up the Malung-La pass (5616m) and take in stunning views of more than 20 snowy peaks, streams and glaciers. Overnight at Beding (3690m).
Our walk to Na Gaon today at 4185m is not too taxing. Na Gaon is situated just below the Tsho Rolpa glacier in a beautiful mountain valley with Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m) and Yalung Ri (5630m) towering above. Overnight at Na Gaon (4185m).
Today we’ll walk 2.5 hours up the rocky moraine to arrive at the Tsho Rolpa glacier lake. Our campsite is situated directly at the front of the lake and overnight we’ll frequently hear the glacier cracking and groaning. Overnight at Tsho Rolpa glacier lake (4522m).
An exciting move today as we head to Ramdung Base Camp at 4900m, just below Yalung La. This is a lovely grassy area near a small lake that is fed by clear streams. Overnight at Ramdung Base Camp (4900m).
Today we mover from Ramdung Base Camp to Ramdung High Camp at around 5550m. We’ll relax in the morning to conserve our energy and head to high camp straight after lunch. On arrival at high camp we’ll fuel up in readiness for our summit attempt the following morning.
Day 12 – 13
Ramdung is a challenging little summit and we’ll be up at 3.00 am to get an early start. We’ll climb a steepish slope to the short snow ridge running south to around 5700m and then we continue southwest towards the summit. A final steep slope leads to the summit plateau which is large and flat. The views are awesome from the summit of Ramdung at 5930m. We descend by the same route all the way back to Ramdung Base Camp. Overnight at Ramdung Base Camp (4900m). We include an extra day in our itinerary here to allow for an additional summit attempt if necessary due to weather.
Days 14 – 16
The next 3 days we spend trekking from Ramdung Base Camp to the Tesi Lapcha (pass) at 5755m. We enjoy incredible views along the way and the feeling of remoteness is a constant. Crossing the Drolambu Glacier is a solid undertaking and we need to fix ropes to assist our porters – and us – in order to scramble up the 160m rock, snow and ice wall onto the Drolambu Glacier proper. On day 15 we arrive at the Tesi Lapcha and then descend to Parchamo High Camp at 5520m. Our efforts to reach this point are rewarded by stunning views of Tengi Ragi Tau (6938m), Bigphera Go Shar (6729m) and a myriad of peaks stretching to the Tibetan border. From Parchamo High Camp, Parchamo sits directly in front of us, our next challenge waiting.
Days 17 – 18
Another 3.00 am start has us heading slowly up the glacier towards the steep face of Parchamo. With fixed ropes in place we negotiate some crevassed terrain and icy sections. Above this the route flattens and we ascend gently to the summit of Parchamo at 6187m. From Parchamo summit we enjoy spectacular mountain views across the Rolwaling and Khumbu valleys and all the way into Tibet. 8000m giants Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu are all clearly visible. A long descent from Parchamo to Thengbo follows. Thengbo is a tiny Sherpa village situated in a beautiful grassy valley surrounded by small streams. Overnight at Thengbo (4300m). We include an extra day in our itinerary here to allow for an additional summit attempt if necessary due to weather.
Today is an easy and gentle walk downhill to Thame. Here we visit the local monastery and enjoy some great local produce. Thame is a beautiful Sherpa village and is on the main route for the Tibetan traders and their yaks as they head to the markets at Namche Bazaar having crossed the Nangpa-La (pass). Overnight at Thame (3871m).
Today we trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar at 3440m. We enjoy the fantastic hospitality of Maya and Dorje Sherpa at the Namche Hotel – which is home to the finest food in all of Nepal, not to mention the best hot showers in the Khumbu! Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and is a vibrant and bustling town with a variety of markets, shops and bakeries. Overnight at Namche Bazaar (3440m).
It’s all downhill today as we trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. In Lukla we enjoy a final night of celebration with our porters and guides with our great friend and host Kami Sherpa at Namaste Lodge. Overnight at Lukla (2800m).
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and re-check into The Radisson Hotel. Another celebration and party!
Trip concludes. All guests will be conveyed to Kathmandu International Airport to meet their respective flights.
3 nights accommodation Yak and Yeti Hotel (or equivalent) in Kathmandu with breakfasts
Welcome dinner and drinks with your Sherpa guides and leaders in Kathmandu
All ground transfers in Nepal
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (includes entry fees and guide)
Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (includes taxes)
Private bus transfer from Kathmandu to Jagat
All National Park entrance fees and trekking permits
Ramdung climbing permit
Parchamo climbing permit
All meals while trekking and climbing
All camping facilities while trekking and climbing
Lodge accommodation in Namche Bazaar and Lukla
Experienced leaders and guides
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
Emergency medical kit and gamow bag
Down jacket, sleeping bag and mattress
All necessary personal climbing equipment (includes harness, ice-axe, boots, crampons, prusiks and carabiners)
Complimentary ‘Trek Climb Ski Nepal’ kit bag and T-shirt
All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees
Note: Tips for porters and guides are NOT included
Accomm + meals
This trip includes 3 nights staying at The Yak and Yeti (or equivalent standard) Hotel in Kathmandu. We will be camping on this expedition but will be staying in lodges during our nights at Namche Bazaar and Lukla.