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Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek

Duration

17 Days

Tour Type

Trekking/Hiking

Group Size

2+

Accomodation

Hotel/Tent

Meal

B.L.D.

Max. Altitiude

5,755 M

Best Season

Through Out The Year

Departure from

Kathmandu


Overview

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek is one of the least frequented routes in the Nepalese Himalayas. It takes you from Rolwaling Valley to Khumbu Valley via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 m). In other words, this trek takes you from the Land of Yeti to the Land of Mount Everest.

It begins from Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project and ends at Sagarmatha National Park. Many endangered species of animals like red pandas, snow leopards, etc. and birds like the Himalayan Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird are protected in these conservation centres.

The snow capped peaks of Rolwaling Himalayan Range, Langtang region and Everest region can be seen during this trip. Most of the time during this trek, you will see Mt. Gaurishankar (7,134 m). You know, Mt. Gaurishankar is the determinant of the local time of Nepal. It is one of the nearest mountain from the Kathmandu Valley.

The other prominent peaks you see are Rolwaling Kang (6664 m), Takargo (6671 m), and Jabou Ri (6166 m). Similarly, Pasang Lhamu Chuli (7,350 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m) can be seen during this offbeat trek.

Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580 m), Yalung Glacier and Ramdung Go Glacier are the natural landscapes enjoyed in this journey. Moreover, Ramdung Go is a perfect place for training peak climbing in Nepal.

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek is a wonderful combination of teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal towards the eastern Nepal. The amazing experience of the complete wilderness is the lifelong memory one can ever get in trekking in the Himalayas.

The cultural beauties of this Nepal trek are the unexplored Sherpa, Tamang and Rai villages of Rolwaling and Everest region. The local monasteries, chortens and mane walls highly decorated with the paintings of Buddhist cultures are equally beautiful.

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Itinerary

This trek connects two different locations: Rolwaling Valley and Khumbu Valley. You know, Khumbu Valley is one of the most visited Himalayan terrains of Nepal. It is so because of the presence of Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and other peaks.

However, Rolwaling Valley is least visited by the international trekkers because of the lack of right publicity. This is why, you can witness the authentic lifestyle, culture and tradition the least affected by the modern technology and tools. The story of the abominable creature, the Yeti is another attraction of this isolated region.

As you can separate Rolwaling Valley Trek and Tashi Lapcha Pass trek, the itinerary becomes different. Nevertheless, Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek itinerary can be designed from 10 days to more than 3 weeks. Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580 m) is a glacial lake of Rolwaling Valley that one shouldn’t miss during this trek. Therefore, Nepal Trekking Routes has made Rolwaling Valley Tashi Lapcha Pass trek itinerary for 17 days.

Within the given duration, you can explore all the natural and cultural landmarks of Rolwaling Region and some of Everest Region. You can also extend this itinerary by adding Everest Base Camp trek or Everest Gokyo Valley trek. If you have time and zeal to face more challenge, you can also do Everest Three High Passes Trek after completing this.

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Permits

Rolwaling Everest Trek via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 m) takes you through two conservation areas of Nepal. You enter from Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GSAP) and exit from Sagarmatha National Park.

You know Sagarmatha National Park is one of the 10 World Heritage Sites in Nepal. Therefore, to do Tashi Lapcha Rolwaling Valley trek, you need:

  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GSCAP) Entry Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) Entry Permit
  • Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (PLRM) Entry Permit, &
  • TIMS Card

The above mentioned permits can be taken from Tourist Service Center, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. If you book an organized Nepal trekking via a local tour operator, you don’t have to worry about them. Because, the tour operator manages all the permits by paying the fixed charges.

In case, you are a solo trekker in Nepal, you have to manage it yourself. Although you can do this trek independently, we recommend you to do an organized trekking. It is easy to manage for the camping trekking and hurdles possible to come during the remote area if you book via a trekking agency.

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Map

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek map includes three Himalayan Valleys. It begins from Simigaun, of the Bhotekoshi River Valley and then through Rolwaling Valley.

The Trekking trail, moves along Daldung La, Beding, Na Gaun, Tso Rolpa Lake, Trakarding Glacier and Tashi Lapcha Phedi. All these locations lie in Rolwaling Valley.

Then, when you go across Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m), you enter in to Everest Region. Moving along the Dudh Koshi River Valley, you will go across, Tashi Lapcha Camp, Thyangbo, Thame, Namche Bazar and finally Lukla.

Finally, from Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu by witnessing the aerial view of the Great Himalayas.

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Cost

To know about Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek cost, let’s talk about some factors related with it. In fact, the trek cost is fixed based on duration, services, mode of transportation and number of guide or porter you need. Likewise, whether it is teahouse trekking in Nepal or camping trekking in Nepal is also playing a vital role.

First, this is teahouse plus camping trekking towards the remote area of Rolwaling Valley. You need a crew consisting of a few members like a cook, team leader, waiter and some porters in it. This trek cost is comparatively higher than teahouse trekking.

Next, you must be sure whether you do this trek separately or not. I mean, avoiding Tashi Lapcha Pass trek and just do Tso Rolpa Lake trek. Or, combine with Everest Base Camp trek or Gokyo Lakes trek.

To plan Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek, you can contact us via different media available. It may be email, direct phone call, WhatsApp or online booking inquiry as well.

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Difficulty

Considering all the factors, Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek difficulty is listed under challenging trek in Nepal. On the daily basis, you have to walk for about 6/7 hours along the rugged trails higher than 2,500 m. While walking above the given height, there is a probability of altitude sickness. However, by taking some preventions, you can avoid this hurdle.

Besides, some sections of the trail may be difficult as this is one of the least visited region by the international tourists. As the population of this region is not much higher, there is no chance for regular maintenance of the trails. As you may not find teahouses and lodges more often en route, you have to manage packing food yourself. You have to bring sleeping bag, mattress and other things for personal use yourself.

The most difficult sections are from Tso Rolpa Lake section to until you go across Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 m). The trails are icy and slippery in this part; therefore, you should be very careful while traversing. Especially, this trek in winter and summer becomes more challenging. The higher part in winter is ice-covered while the lower section in summer is muddy and slippery due to heavy rainfall.

Last but not the least, if you walk with the group, it is easier to traverse along the remote steep trails. Moreover, the professional guide helps you in the middle of the trek if you have any difficulties. To prepare yourself physically and mentally, consult with our agency that is experienced in organizing trekking in the Himalayas in all seasons.

Itinerary

Welcome to Kathamndu. The representative of Nepal Trekking Routes receives you at the Kathmandu Airport. Then, he/she transports you to the hotel. Consult with the trekking agency what you should manage for Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek.

Today, you catch a private jeep to drive from Kathmandu to Gonger Khola. Driving along the banks of the Bhotekoshi and the Sunkoshi Rivers, you will leave Dolakha, Pikhuti, Suri Dobhan and Manthali.

 

Again, the road moves further along the Tamakoshi River up to Gonger. From here, you will begin Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek formally. By walking past a Sherpa village, you will reach Simigaun at the end of the day. From Simigaun, you will enjoy the 360-degree view of Mt. Gaurishankar (7,134m). Overnight stay at a teahouse.

Following the steep trail that goes along the rhododendron forests, you will walk up to the Rolwaling River. While moving further, you will enjoy the alluring vista of Mount Gaurishankar. Moving through the rugged trails, you finally get to Daldung La in around 8 hours. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

After having breakfast, you begin today’s walk by following the snaky trail that runs across rhododendron forests. By walking across Nyamare Village while enjoying the stunning Mt. Gaurushankar, you will reach Beding.

 

Beding is the largest Sherpa village of the Rolwaling Valley. Here, you find a local gompa and Gaurishankar temple to visit in the leisure. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

This is the acclimatization day provisioned to help you adjust with the higher altitude. Likewise, this also gives you a chance to have a better preparation for successfully do the rest of the trek. For acclimatization purpose, you will hike up to Malung La Pass (5,616m). Although the walk up to the pass top is challenging, the rewards are incredible.

 

You will witness around 50 snowcapped peaks of Rolwaling, Langtang and Everest region as well. The closest peak you see is Mount Gaurishankar (7,134m). The glaciers  and green forests surrounding the Rolwaling Valley are equally beautiful.

 

You can also visit the village to find out the real knowledge about the Sherpa lifestyle, culture and tradition. The senior citizens of this village will perhaps narrate the story of the Yeti!

The trail moves upwards along the Rolwaling River until it reaches Dhogre Village. Then, you will walk past a long mani walls painted with the different artistic features of Buddhism. The colourful prayer flags murmuring with the speed of the wind make the environment even more beautiful. Moving a little further, you will reach Na Gaun, which is situated on the banks of the Rolwaling River. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

This is another acclimatization day kept to explore the Ramdung Go (5,930m). Ramdung Go is an excellent place for peak climbing training. By walking through the icy and slippery trail, you walk up to the Yalung Glacier and then the Ramdung Go Glacier.

 

From the top of Ramdung Go Peak, you will enjoy the astounding view of Tso Rolpa Lake and the nearby glaciers. After spending some time there, you will trek down to Na Gaun to spend the night at the tented camp.

Walking across the wooden bridge over the Rolwaling River, you will follow a comparatively steep trail. Leaving the moraine of the Rolwaling Glacier behind, you will reach Tso Rolpa Lake. You know, Tso Rolpa is one of the largest glacial lakes of Nepal located at the elevation of 4,580m. The reflection of the snowcapped peaks all around on the emerald water is something one cannot easily get to see in their lifetime!

 

The sunrays on the turquoise water make the scenery more beautiful and livelier than ever. You will set up your tent somewhere nearby the lake. Enjoy the sunset view from the camp site.

Although the physical distance to Tradarding Glacier is not long, the trekking is gonna be a little challenging. You will have to walk along the icy and slippery trails to reach the destination today.

 

Enjoying the view of Rolwaling Kang (6664m), Takargo (6671m), and Jabou Ri (6166m) many more, you follow a rocky terrain to reach Trakarding. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

You begin the trek early in the morning from Trakarding Glacier towards Tashi Lapcha Phedi.  You follow the main trail to Trakarding  Glaceir for some time and then divert towards the Drolambau Glacier. Although the trip is difficult due to icy and slippery trail, the amazing view will assist you to move ahead enthusiastically. Moving further along the Drolambau Glacier, you will reach at the bottom of Tashi Lapcha Pass. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Today’s trekking is also challenging and interesting as well because you are going to pass the highest point of Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek. Walking along the steep rugged track, you will reach Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m).

 

Also known as the Tashi Lapcha Phuk, this pass divides the Rolwaling Valley with Everest Valley. Take a short pause at the pass to capture the lifelong memory of the brilliant view of the Himalayas and the Mountain Valleys.

 

After enjoying the mesmerizing view from the Tashi Lapcha Pass top, you will gradually move down towards Tashi Lapcha Camp. By leaving Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project, you will now enter into Sagarmatha National Park. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Following comparatively easy downhill trail, you will arrive in Ngole Village, another stop during Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek. Descending further along the icy trail, you walk past the Parchemuche Tso, a glacial lake of Khumbu region.

 

At the end of the day, you will  wrap up your trip at Thyangbo. From here, you can have the panoramic view of Pasang Lhamu Chuli (7,350m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m). You spend the night at a tented camp.

Today’s trail is a little bit bumpy and sloppy that goes past some yak pasturelands with temporary huts. Moving further along the Himalayan stream, you reach the Power Station of Thame.

Spending some time at the Power Station, you will reach Thame Village at the end of the trek. In the leisure time, you visit Thame Monastery where you can meet some nuns and the Lama. From here, you can relish the wonderful view of the snowy mountains of Everest region.

You begin today’s journey after having breakfast. In the beginning, you will descend towards Samde. While traversing, you will enjoy the view of Mt Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Taboche (6367m), and other peaks of Khumbu region.

 

Then, the trail leads you along some Sherpa villages  until you arrive in Syangboche. Syangboche is famous for one of the most dangerous airstrip in the world. Everest Helicopter tour sometimes lands at this airport. After that, following the trails along the Bhotekoshi River, you will end up in Namche Bazar.

 

It is the main trading center of the entire Everest region that it is also called the Sherpa Capital. All types of modern amenities are available here from ATM to five star hotel, Everest View a little farther.

If you want to visit the Sherpa Museum, Sagarmatha National  Park Office and Everest View Hotel, you can extend one more day here. For this, you can consult with our agency via the team leader.

 

From Namche Bazar, you walk along the banks of the Bhotekoshi River and the Dudhkoshi River alternatively. After you arrive at the confluence of the two at Larja Dobhan, you exit Sagarmatha National Park.

 

Walking further along the Dudhkoshi River banks, you will walk past some Sherpa villages and reach Lukla. The local monasteries, chortens and mani walls painted with Buddhist art and scriptures including the prayer flags and wheels are common during the trek.

 

This is the last day of walking and spending night at Everest region, therefore, try to make it as memorable as you can. Don’t forget to taste some typical Sherpa food like “Thukpa” and beverage item like “Tongba.”

Enjoy the morning view of the snowcapped peaks of Everest region while having breakfast. Then, fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the aerial view of the Everest region as much as you can.

 

After the plan lands at the Kathmandu Airport, the crewmember transfers you to the hotel. In the leisure time, you can visit Thamel Bazar and purchase some garment and relic items. They can be the best unique gifts to your people back in the home country.

 

In the evening, NTR organizes farewell dinner party at a cultural restaurant somewhere around Thamel. Enjoy the typical Nepali cuisines and cultural shows over there.

According to your flight schedule, the team member of NTR takes you up to the Kathmandu Airport.

FAQ's

The section between Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580m) and Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m) is a bit more challenging. The trail is icy and slippery, so it may be difficult to traverse. Otherwise, even the beginner trekkers can do this trek. If you are physically fit and mentally determined, you can do this trek without any worry. But, we recommend you to book through a local tour guide and take some trainings before doing this trek.

You can do this trek throughout the year. When it rains heavily in summer, the trails are muddy and slippery. In addition, when the snow falls in winter, it is difficult to do. The Tso Rolpa Lake side and Tashi Lapcha Pass side are covered by thick layers of the ice. Therefore, the trekking is impossible. The best time for Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek is spring and autumn. The weather is fine with perfect temperature and visibility. You can have the wonderful scenery of the snowcapped peaks and green forests far and wide.

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