10 April 2017, 19:00 hour
N 27°54’4.9860” | O 86°22’39.0972”
When this entry is posted, we have already spent three days hiking into the Rolwaling. Unfortunately, we were completely off-grid, so this is a little summary. On the first day, we hiked through a beautiful valley, almost no other trekkers around, always under clear blue skies. In the small villages along the way, our group–including our porters–was the residents’ only distraction.
The road to the Tibetan border, built for a huge power plant site, took us to a steep trail with hundreds of steps leading to the village of Simigaon. A small lodge was our home for the night. From the beginning, the kitchen crew is treating us with various delicacies every day. The rooms at the lodge were simple but clean and offered essential comfort. Several night creatures apparently shared this assessment and decided to crawl out of the cracks in the walls after nightfall. The spiders the size of a palm caused some degree of discomfort. At first, we took them outside one by one, but at some point, we were too tired and didn’t care anymore. In the end, nothing happened and the entire team was unharmed and ready to set out again the next morning.
We followed a wonderfully maintained, ancient trail that took us, for the most part, through blooming rhododendron forests. Protected by the trees' shade, we quickly gained altitude. The next lodge in Dokhang was already located at 2,800 meters above sea level. Our porters, having some trouble with the weight of our equipment and the high daytime temperatures, arrived significantly later just before sunset.
On the third day, we continued to hike through the jungle-like vegetation, always in the shade and all the way to the next village. The views of the mountains around us became increasingly impressive. We finally reached the tree line, finding ourselves in the heart of the Rolwaling mountain range with many, mostly nameless five- and six-thousand meter high peaks on the horizon. Despite the narrow valley, we were able to sneak a peek of famous Gaurishankar (7,135m). Upon our arrival in Beding, the third and today’s stop on our hike, we checked into yet another lodge. When you are at 3,800 meters, sunset has a truly noticeable effect: at dinner, we thankfully made use of our down jackets, and the best place for the night was inside our warm sleeping bags.