Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek
Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek – The Rolwaling Valley lies between the more famous Langtang Valley to its west, and the Everest region to its east. This trek starts at the edge of the Gaurishankar Conservation Area, northeast of Kathmandu, crosses the very high TashiLapcha Pass (5750m) and ends in Lukla, in the Khumbu Valley, from where you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. It’s the best of both worlds as you’ll get to experience the remoter and lesser-visited area of Rolwaling, yet also visit the incredible and popular Khumbu Valley and parts of the Everest Base Camp trek.
Highlights of the Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek
- The beautiful and under-visited Gaurishankar Conservation Area
- Cross the incredible, snowy Tashi Lapcha Pass for a real challenge
- Trek some parts of the beautiful Everest Base Camp trek, which is popular for good reason!
- Views of Gaurishankar (7134m), Everest (8848m) and Makalu (8485m)
This is a very challenging trek, as the TashiLapcha Pass is very high and very challenging, and usually covered in snow. It is recommended for experienced trekkers who have done high-altitude hikes before and are very fit.
The Route Followed
This trek starts with a day’s drive to Singati, via Dolakha and Charikot, northeast of Kathmandu and to the edge of the Gaurishankar Conservation Area. Start trekking the next day, following a river, through flat and forested terrain. The ascent doesn’t really begin until the second half of the second day, when you reach the foot of Daldung La (2850m).
Follow the Rolwaling River up the valley. Views of Gaurishankar (7134m) will start to appear ahead of you. The path becomes quite flat again, but the trekking days become shorter as you enter higher elevations, and time will be made for acclimatisation and rest days.
Head towards the Ramdung Glacier and towards TshoRolpa Lake (4580m). This is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal, and has become considerably bigger over the last few decades because of glacial melting. It is breathtakingly beautiful, with crystal clear waters and surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
After visiting the lake you’ll start to hike towards the TashiLapcha Pass. It’s a steep ascent, then trek below the pass, followed by a steep descent. This is a very challenging day, as the pass is usually snow-covered. You’ll start to get glimpses of the Khumbu Valley, the Everest region.
Head down to the Thame Valley, which sits west of Namche Bazaar. It is one of the oldest settlements of the Khumbu Valley. Continue towards Namche Bazaar and Monjo, on the Everest Base Camp trail. Exit the Sagarmatha National Park before Monjo, and follow the DudhKosi River down. Return to Kathmandu by air from Lukla, an exciting flight from this (in) famous mountain airstrip.
Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Accommodation availability
This trek includes camping and sleeping in teahouses (lodges). The first part of the trek is more remote, and will require some camping. Once you have descended down into the Khumbu Valley and onto the main Everest Base Camp route, the availability and quality of trekking lodges increases immensely.
Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters).
Day 02: Drive to Singati. (950 meters).
Day 03: Trek to Jagat. (1440 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Simigaon. (1996 meters).
Day 05: Trek to Daldung La. (2850 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Beding. (3694 meters).
Day 07: Acclimatization day.
Day 08: Trek to Na. (4183 meters).
Day 09: Acclimatization day.
Day 10: Trek to Tsho Rolpa Lake. (4580 meters).
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Tso Rolpa Lake.
Day 12: Trek to bottom of Tashi Labtsa. (4800 meters).
Day 13: Cross Tashi Laptsa and trek below the pass at an altitude of 5300 meters.
Day 14: Extra Day.
Day 15: Trek to Thame. (3800 meters).
Day 16: Trek to Monjo. (2835 meters).
Day 17: Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters).
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu .
Day 19: Free day at Kathmandu .
Day 20: Departure.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters).
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation.
Half day guided sightseeing and trek preparation day stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.
- Day 03: Drive to Singati. (950 meters).
After breakfast, a private vehicle (car/bus) will pick you at your hotel and we drive to Dolakha via Charikot. The remaining drive after Charikot is on secondary road all the way up to Singati. The drive will take around 8-9 hours.
- Day 04: Trek to Jagat. (1440 meters).
The trek starts following a river, continues on a flat terrain, and passes through several villages. Most of the day is spent passing through a tropical jungle and the day’s trek ends at Jagat, a typical hilly village of Nepal with various ethnical groups. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 05: Trek to Simigaon. (1996 meters).
Once again, trek continues on a nice flat land in the morning and the starts to undualare through yet another forest. After passing through several suspension bridges and small villages, a final steep climb ends the day trek at Simigaon. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 06: Trek to Daldung La. (2850 meters).
Slowly but steadily the elevation of the trek rises and leads us further into Rolwaling Valley. More Sherpa Villages appear en route and changes in vegetation also starts to appear along the trail. A climb in the afternoon is followed by a descent that ends at Daldung La. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 07: Trek to Beding. (3694 meters).
The trek still continues on the ascend mode and follows Rolwaling River depper into the valley. Gauri Sankar (7134 meters), one of the sacred mountains starts to appear with the uphill. The climb turns into an easy terrain near Beding, one of the biggest civilizations of the valley. The day is a bit shorter as the trek enters into the higher elevations. (4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 08: Acclimatization day.
It is an easy and relaxing day to prepare and acclimatize for the challenging days ahead. (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 09: Trek to Na. (4183 meters).
The day starts with following Rolwaling River once again and more easy climbs follows. The day is another easier day as the trek quickly ends before noon at Na. (4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 10: Acclimatization day.
Explore Na village, monastery and stay overnight at Camp.
- Day 11: Trek to Tsho Rolpa Lake. (4580 meters).
The trek returns to the main trail and heads towards Tashi Labtsa. The day ends at Tsho Rolpa, one of the many beautiful glacial lakes of the country. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 12: Acclimatization day at Tso Rolpa Lake.
It is an easy and relaxing day to prepare and acclimatize for the challenging days ahead. (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 13: Trek to bottom of Tashi Labtsa. (4800 meters).
The trek passes through a glacier and gains elevation with each passing hour. Excellent mountain vistas start to open during the trek to the bottom of Tashi Labtsa. (7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 14: Cross Tashi Laptsa and trek below the pass at an altitude of 5300 meters.
An early morning start is followed by a long climb to the top of the pass. Equally steep descent follows as the Khumbu Valley also starts to appear. The trek ends at a camp that would be used as a base camp for the attempt on Pharchamo. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)
- Day 15: Trek to Thame. (3800 meters).
The descent in the valley continues and only ends at Thame, one of major and oldest settlements of Khumbu Valley. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at tea House)
- Day 16: Trek to Monjo. (2835 meters).
A drop into the river starts the day and an undulating trail leads into Namche Bazaar, finally connecting the popular Everest trek. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6 hours) (Tea House)
- Day 17: Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters).
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu .
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 19: Free day at Kathmandu .
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 20: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
- Arrivals and departure transport (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 in sharing basis with breakfast 2 nights before and 1 night after the trek.
- Land transport Kathmandu Singati by Bus/Van/Jeep.
- Domestic Airfare Lukla Kathmandu for Clients and Guide.
- Full camping gear, tent/ dining tent/ Kitchen tent/toilet tent/table/chair/Mattress.
- Climbing gear - rope/snow-var/ice-crews for Tashi Lapcha Pass.
- Breakfast/lunch/dinner/including tea coffee serves by our trekking cook.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guide/cook/staffs and porters.
- Gaurishanker national Park fees & Sagarmatha national park entry fee with TIMS
- Rolwaling valley special permit.
- Experience Climbing Sherpa to lead on Tashi Lapcha Pass.
- If necessary Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking pole,
- First Aid kit (Medicine kit)
- Government taxes and service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Sightseeing entry fee. personal climbing gear, Mineral water, beer, coca cola, personal expenses as like telephone, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.
Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots, Trekking Socks
Waterproof (trousers / jacket)
Base layer shirts
Sunhat and Woolen hat
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips)
Head torch (spare bulb and batteries)
Water bottles 1 Litres
Antibacterial hand wash
Daypack (25-30 Liters)
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season (up to – 20ºC)
Personal First Aid Kit
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Climbing gear you should bring:
01: Ice Axe w/Leash (General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7" use a 60cm tool; 5’7"- 6’1" use a 65cm tool; over 6’1" use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).)
02: Crampons (With flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails)
03: 40 ft 6mm perlon (For Prussiks or bring your glacier rig.)
04: Alpine Climbing Harness (Harness should fit over all clothing; have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in.)
05: Carabiners (2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 standard ovals or D’s)
06: Climbing helmet (Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on)
07: 1 Ascender (Recommended: left or right hand.)
08: Ski or trekking poles (Snow baskets required. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems)
09: Double plastic climbing boots.
10: Gaiters (Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being to tight around the boot.)
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.