Since the 1950s however, Rolwaling has received scant attention, particularly when compared to other valleys in Nepal. It has, though, remained connected with the noisier Khumbhu Valley to its east via Beding, an important settlement that numerous Everest summitters call home. Yet apart from this, the Rolwaling Valley remains not exactly forgotten, but rather drowned out between Solukhumbu to its east and Langtang to the west. Considerably fewer trekkers pass through this windy valley than they do the ones on either side. Such little attention is not deserved. Its connection to mountaineering history and its thinner tourist numbers make it an attractive option for trekkers and mountaineers alike.
The hike to Tso Rolpa, the largest glacial lake in Nepal, is just one of the many draws of the Rolwaling Valley. The valley differs from most in Nepal with its east-to-west orientation. This creates an easier climate for animals to wander, and as such the valley is home to a large variety of animals, including bears, jackals and most notably the snow leopard (if not the legendary yeti).
The valley is not just home to animals and mountaineers. According to Buddhist mythology, Gauri Shanker (the 7,134 metre mountain that dominates the valley) is the embodiment of Tashi Tseringma, the leader of the Tsher Ring Mched Inga. For Hindus, the peak symbolizes Lord Shiva and his consort, Parvati.