Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Getting Rolwaling Valley: Dolakha ------part (2)

Way to Rolwaling from Dolakha trail Just after leaving Dolakha bazar uphill from Nagdaha

Getting Rolwaling Valley
The Dolakha Trail
The trek from Dolakha to Beding is the quickest and easiest route into the valley, taking 3-5 days. It offers a wide range of environments and numerous outstanding vistas. Ranging in altitude from 800m to 3600m, this trek covers a large number of Nepal’s varied ecosystems. The express bus from Kathmandu to Dolakha takes about 5 hours, while the local bus can take as long as 7 or 8 hours. Also the express bus and local buses are available from Kathmandu to Singati bazazr in other than moonson season, it takes 5-6 hrs by bus for 33 km from Dolakha to Singati bacause of unpaved road conditions, if you go by walk you can reached by 3 1/2 hrs.
Dolakha is a large bazaar town at the end of the paved road. It is also the district seat and a popular retreat for Nepali and Indian Pilgrims. There are several lodges, with the most accessible and the one best geared for tourists being the Dolakha Lodge, immediately uphill from the bus station. It is possible to arrange porters in Dolakha if needed. The normal rate is about 300 Rs. per day. Note that if you have porters they will probably insist on taking five days, or at least getting paid for five days. Food, lodging and tips for the porters are not included in this figure, but are usually expected. The guided group treks typically stop in Singate, Jagat, Simigaon, and Drongkhang before reaching Beding; these villages have the best established tourist infrastructure and the highest number of visitors. It is possible to stay in most of the other towns along the way, but you should expect very simple accommodations.
The express bus generally reaches Dolakha around noon. If the bus arrives early enough, it is possible to begin the trek immediately. Otherwise, the hike begins the following day with a long, steep descent. From the Dolakha lodge, turn left work your way down and through the sprawling village. At the first stupa, bear to your right, and then again around toward the left. Ask the locals to point the way to the right trail. “Singate jaane bhato?” (Singate-going path?) will usually elicit a comprehensible response. It is important to note that very few people along this trek speak little more than rudimentary English. Therefore, a basic understanding of simple Nepali phrases will be helpful. A phrase book could come in handy as well.
Once on the trail, it takes 1-1½ hours to reach the suspension bridge over the Dolti Kosi. For those coming directly from the bus, there is a simple lodge immediately before the bridge with excellent food. The elevation here is about 800m. From the bridge a short uphill brings you to Nagdaha where it is also possible to stay in simple teahouses. The path continues its gentle climb along the Tamba Kosi, occasionally jumping up and down to avoid obstacles. Although there are numerous teahouses spread out along the way, the next major village and substantial lodges are found in Piguti (2-3hrs from Nagdaha). This large town has at least three lodges in the main square. Immediately after leaving the town, the trail crosses a suspension bridge before continuing along the northern side of the Tama Kosi toward Singate, somewhat less than an hour away. Wind your way through the numerous gardens and fields of this pleasant town to yet another suspension bridge. Other accommodations may also exist. If you are leaving Dolakha on the same day you arrive by bus from Kathmandu, you should not expect to go much further than Singate. If you could get direct bus from Kathmandu to Singati bazzar or from Dolakha to Singati bazar, we can stay at Singati on the same day of leaving Kathmandu.

To be continue..............

Information Source: http://rolwaling.tripod.com/getting-there.html

1 comment:

  1. It looks very beautiful. I hope I can travel to Rolwaling some day.

    Thank you for sharing.