Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek 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
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 acclimatization 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 a 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 increase immensely.
Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek 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 the 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.
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.
Full day guided sightseeing and trek preparation day stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
It is an easy and relaxing day to prepare and acclimatize for the challenging days ahead.
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)
Explore Na village, monastery and stay overnight at Camp.
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)
It is an easy and relaxing day to prepare and acclimatize for the challenging days ahead.
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)
An early morning start is followed by a long climb to the top of the Tashi Laptsa pass (5750 meters) 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)
The descent in the valley continues and only ends at Thame, one of major and oldest settlements of Khumbu Valley. (5-6 hours)
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)
We trek back to Lukla via the route folowing popular Everest Base Camp Trek route. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours)
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and 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)
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.
Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.
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Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek
A big"thank you" for the great trekking experience! All the way and time we felt really comfortable, from the first second until the end. And this belongs to the hearty care taking group. We had so much fun and a lot of laughs with you guys! Even in hard times and the bad case situation (like an evacuation handled without losing the mind but with calmness and clear actions) everything was very well organized: it couldn't have been any better in Switzerland! Knowledge, experience, organization and strength of purpose as well as precision, meet together with flexibility, spontaneity, humor and empathy as well as compassion, this is what I call a great performance! This is trekking with VISIT HIMALAYA TREKS Pvt. Ltd. All this mixed with respect, tolerance, an open mind and a deep cordiality is a performance on the highest level and what made this trip absolutely unique and unforgettable for us. Manuela Mueller, Freestyle Aerials, 7th in the winter Olympics 2006 in Torino, 3rd in world cup overall 2006/07.
We always try to be flexible in designing the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced with our suggested itinerary then of course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained before booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are taking regular medication then tell us before the trip starts which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety in even the remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital if possible otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care of the time cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staff will care all about the food section.
We use standard quality (Camping Gear) like Clients' tents (3 men tents for couples and two men tents for single), dining tents, Shower tents, Toilet tents, staff tend thick mattresses, etc. Also, we care for our staff and provide them with proper equipment for the camping trek. You will also be requested to have the proper gear for your personal use which will be suggested while confirming the trip.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phones do not work, and even if there is no other communication access then we send satellite phones along with our guide so you can always be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilos. A trekking helper (porter) carries baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The Level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.