Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trekking
Embark on an adventure trekking in one of the remotest regions on Earth. Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek lies at an average altitude of 4,000 meters. It accounts for one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. The trek is well suited to adventure enthusiasts. Enjoy the getaway amidst the most pristine Himalayan peaks such as Rolwaling Himal, Melungtse (7181m), Melungtse II (7023m), and Gaurishankar (7134m).
Tashi Lapcha Pass, a treacherous mountain pass, divides Rolwaling from Khumbu (Everest) Region. Rolwaling Valley, also known as “The Grave,” lies between two gigantic peaks i.e., Langtang Himal and Mount Everest. The culture, lifestyle, and tradition of the local people in the region resemble that of Tibet. Get ready to bask in the stories and folklores of Yeti, an Abominable Snowman. The locals believe that the mighty creature still inhabits the mountains of the region.
Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trekking begins with a scenic half-day drive towards Gonggar Khola via Dolakha. You’ll start trekking along with the villages and cross the forested path to arrive into the permanent snowline. The tricky part of the trek begins at Daldung La and goes through Beding (3740m) and Na (4180m) towards Ramdung Go (5925m), the highest point of the trek.
Crossing the mighty Yalung Glacier, you’ll arrive at the high glacial Lake of Tsho Rolpa (4540m). The populated villages in the area remain inhabited by local Tibetan and Sherpa tribes. You’ll begin climbing through Trakarding Glacier (4800m) to arrive at the high-pass of Tashi Lapcha (5755m). Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains such as Everest (8848m), Langtang Lirung, Rolwaling, Melungtse, and Gaurishankar Himal before descending to the other side. Here on, you’ll be traversing through the famous Everest trail. The path leads through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and heads towards Lukla via Namche Bazaar. Reaching Lukla concludes the trek. A short flight from Lukla will take you back to Kathmandu. The trek ends at Kathmandu.
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Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trekking Trip Facts
Location: Rolwaling/Khumbu Valley
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Duration of Trek: 18 Days
Max Altitude: 5925m
Ethnic People: Multi-ethnic
Transportation: Private Car/Flight
Minimum Pax: 2 people
Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trekking Trip highlights
Enjoy the panoramic views of some of the highest peaks on Earth, such as Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse, Melungtse I, Melungtse II, Gaurishankar, Rolwaling, and Langtang Lirung.
Cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m), one of the highest and most challenging passes in Nepal.
Hike to Ramdung Go at 5925 meters, one of the highest points of the trek.
Explore the well-preserved Rolwaling Valley or “The grave.”
Witness the indigenous lifestyle and culture of the ethnic Tibetan and Sherpa tribes.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
One of our representatives will welcome you upon your arrival in Kathmandu. He will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in a private car. Enjoy the chaotic scene of the bustling Kathmandu city as you make your way towards the hotel. You will stay in one of the most beautiful three Star Hotels in Kathmandu. Afterward, you will visit our office to meet your trek guide and discuss the trip in detail. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Gongar via Dolakha 1660m (7/8 hours) by a land cruiser and trek to Simigaon 2020m (1/2 hours), overnight at tented camp.
The day begins rather early. After enjoying your delicious breakfast, you’ll embark on a half-day road journey towards Gongar Khola via Dolakha. The road journey spans almost 200km and goes past the historical Dolakha Town. The trail surrounds the sprawling forested hills and small settlements such as Pikhuti, Suri Dobhan, and Manthali village. You will get to witness and cross few massive rivers en route such as Sunkoshi, Bhote Koshi, and Tama Koshi Rivers. Upon arrival, you’ll have your lunch and then embark on the first day of the trek, more like a warm-up, towards Simigaon.
Day 3: Trek from Simigaon to Daldung La 3976m (7/8 hours), overnight at tented camp
After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll begin trekking through the small settlements and advance into the lush forested path. The upper valley contains the dense decorated forests of Rhododendron. After lunch, you’ll continue trekking uphill and cross the mighty Rolwaling River to arrive at Daldung La located at the altitude of 3976 meters. Overnight in Daldung La inside a tented camp.
Day 4: Trek from Daldung La to Beding 3690m (7/8 hours), overnight at tented camp
You will wake up to the beautiful view of the forested valley. After breakfast, you’ll begin trekking and walk past the fair settlements comprising of the Tamang tribe. You will get to witness their unique lifestyle and occupation. Most people here rely on animal husbandry and trade. Leaving Daldung La, you’ll begin climbing the rocky trail to reach Nyamare village. Enjoy the beautiful sight of Mount Gaurishankar (7134m) at a distance. You’ll climb further and arrive at Beding village, the largest Sherpa village in the Rolwaling valley. Overnight inside a tented camp.
Day 5: Exploration Day, Overnight at tented camp
You will spend the day acclimatizing at Beding. You can use this opportunity to explore the beautiful villages located beside the Rolwaling River. Beding is a small village containing no more than 70 houses. The village lies en route to Tsho Rolpa Lake, a revered lake and a popular pilgrimage site. The village also marks a “No Kill Site,” meaning anyone killing an animal or buying/selling meat will receive a $500 fine. Catch the beautiful sight of Melungtse from the village. You can consider making a short hike towards or Melung La (5616m). Overnight at Beding.
Day 6: Trek from Beding to Na 4180m (4/5 hours), overnight at tented camp
Leaving Beding, the trail begins to climb uphill towards Na Gaon, situated at 4180 meters. The trail goes alongside the Rolwaling River and rises through Dhogre village towards an open area filled with large Mani stones wrapped in Buddhist prayer flags. You can consider visiting a local Buddhist Monastery. The day ends at Na Gaon village. Although a short trek, you will climb almost 500 meters in altitude. Overnight inside a tented camp.
Day 7: Acclimatization day: Hike to Ramdung Go 5925m and Yalung glacier, overnight at tented camp.
You will spend the day acclimatizing. You will use this day to make an adventurous hike to Ramdung Go at 5925 meters. You’ll begin hiking through the slippery and challenging path through Yalung Glacier to arrive at the base of Ramdung Go. Afterward, you’ll start climbing Ramdung Go via Ramdung Glacier. Ramdung Go is a small peak located in the Rolwaling Valley from where you can enjoy the beautiful sight of Tsho Rolpa Lake. After enjoying the view, you’ll begin trekking downhill and cross Yalung Glacier to arrive at Na Gaon for the overnight stay.
Day 8: Trek from Na to Tsho Rolpa Lake 4540m (4/5 hours), overnight at tented camp
The day begins with a beautiful sight of the mountains, including Melungtse (7181m) and Rolwaling Peak. Leaving Na Gaon, you’ll begin trekking through the rocky path and climb the steep hill to arrive at the largest glacial lake in the region, Tsho Rolpa Lake (4540m). Tsho Rolpa is an oligotrophic lake. Believed to be a holy site by both Hindu and Buddhist adherents, it remains a popular pilgrimage site. Enjoy the day exploring the lake overlooking the beautiful Mt. Gaurishankar. Overnight at Tsho Rolpa.
Day 9: Trek from Tsho Rolpa Lake to Trakarding Glacier 4800m (7/8 hours), overnight at tented camp
Overlooking the beautiful Tsho Rolpa Lake, you’ll begin trekking along the narrow and steep path leading to Trakarding Glacier. Although the trail remains shorter, you will climb almost 350 meters in altitude and cross the icy road to reach the glacier site. Enjoy the beautiful sight of Rolwaling Kang (6664m), Takargo (6671m), and Jabou Ri (6166m) peaks. Trakarding Glacier remains the source of water for the nearby Tsho Rolpa Lake. Overnight inside a tented camp at Trakarding Glacier.
Day 10: Trek from Trakarding glacier to Tashi Lapcha Phedi 5755m (6/7 hours), overnight at tented camp
The day begins with a short trek over the Trakarding Glacier. After a short hike, you’ll arrive at another glacier called Drolambau. You will continue trekking through the slippery trail of Drolambau to reach the base of Tashi Lapcha Pass. The trail rises towards Tashi Lapcha Phedi. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing before attempting the climb of Tashi Lapcha pass. Overnight inside a tented camp.
Day 11: Trek from Tashi Lapcha Phedi to Tashi Camp 5200m (6/7 hours) via Tashi Lapcha Pass, overnight at tented camp
Today, you’ll encounter a problematic part of the trek. Leaving Tashi Lapcha Phedi, you’ll begin climbing the rocky terrain and make your way towards the top. One of the highest passes in the region, Tashi Lapcha Pass divided Rolwaling and Khumbu Region. From the top of the pass, you’ll be able to see some of the highest mountains inside Nepal and China, such as the Jugal Himal, Rolwaling range, Gaurishankar, Mahalangur, and Pharchamo Peak. Here on, you’ll begin descending and heads towards Tashi Lapcha Camp or Tashi Lapcha Phuk. Overnight inside a tented camp.
Day 12: Trek from Tashi Camp to Thyangbo 4350m (4/5hours), overnight at tented camp
Leaving Rolwaling Valley, you’ll begin trekking through the Khumbu Region and traverse inside Sagarmatha National Park, a Himalayan national park and a UNESCO Designated Site. The trail starts dropping through a glaciated path and crosses Ngole village to arrive at Thyangbo. After enjoying your lunch, you’ll start trekking alongside the Parchemuche Tsho Lake to reach Thyangbo overlooking the Kwangde peak (5981m). Spend the night inside a tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Thyomgbo to Thame 3820m (4/5 hours), overnight at tented camp
Leaving Thyangbo, you’ll encounter an easy descent alongside the yak pastures towards Thame village. The trail goes past the local Power-House overlooking the magnificent views of Cho Oyu (8188m) and Sunder Peak (5361m) before entering the Thame village. Once you reach Thame, you can consider visiting the Thame Monastery and enjoying the local architecture. Thame Monastery is known to be the oldest monastery in the entire region. Spend the evening overlooking the beautiful mountains.
Day 14: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar 3440m (5/6 hours), overnight at tented camp
After breakfast, you’ll begin trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River and make your way towards Namche Bazaar. The largest village in the region, Namche Bazaar, remains a popular stop among the tourists. You can consider taking a detour and visit the nearby Khumjung Monastery before descending to Namche. Enjoy the majestic sights of Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and Taboche Peak (6367m) as you head down to Namche. The majestic view of Kongde Ri (6187m) will welcome you with arms wide open.
Day 15: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m (6/7 hours), overnight at tented camp
Here on, the trail goes through the usual Everest trail heading down to Lukla. Leaving Namche Bazaar, you’ll begin trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River to arrive at Monjo. After exiting Sagarmatha National Park, the trail drops alongside the massive waterfalls and through suspension bridges to arrive at Phakding. A short downhill trek from Phakding will bring you to Lukla. This marks the ends of the trek. You can celebrate the completion of the trek with your team in the evening.
Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
An early morning flight from Lukla will take you back to Kathmandu. Bid farewell to the mountains and the beautiful Khumbu Valley as you begin enjoying the aerial tour of the lush forested hills and villages beneath. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, your guide will drop you off to the airport. You can enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. As there are no plans for today, you can choose to spend the rest of the day according to your wish.
Day 17: Reserve day for flight cancellation from Lukla to Kathmandu due to bad weather, Overnight in Hotel
An additional day is in hand to ensure that you get back to Kathmandu on schedule. If the weather at Lukla is bad, the flight will postpone to the next day. Otherwise, if you make it to Kathmandu on time, you can consider spending the day hitting the nearest massage center, shopping around Thamel, or enjoying the sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 18: Departure to International Airport.
Our representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport at the time of your international flight.
Rolwaling Valley is a restricted area. You must get a permit to enter the region costing the US $ 10 per week per person. You will also need to obtain the permission for Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS Card.
You will be trekking in an off-beat trail, Rolwaling Valley. You’re advised to pack every essential item with you during the trek.
The minimum age for this trek is 15 at the time of travel. Brining a minor in this trek isn’t advised due to the difficulty of the trek.
This is a camping trek. You will stay in a comfortable tent provided with three meals a day throughout the trek.
Your trek guide will assess your health daily. If you’re fit to travel: you show no signs of altitude sickness or severe fatigue, you can continue with the journey
You must adhere to local laws while trekking inside Rolwaling Valley. This is a restricted area; hence your trek guide will tell you when it comes to interacting with the local tribe and their culture.
When is the best season to undertake Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trekking?
You can undertake Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trekking during two different seasons. Spring (March-June) and autumn (September-November). These two seasons are the best occasions for trekking in the Himalayan regions. You may encounter snowfall during late autumn; otherwise, the weather remains bright and warm. It’s best to avoid trekking Rolwaling Valley during monsoon due to heavy rainfall and frequent flight cancellation from Lukla.
What sort of lodging facilities will I get in this trek?
Although many destinations inside Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trekking offers teahouses for lodging, we’ll be accommodating you in a tented camp throughout the trip. This is a camping trip that allows complete lodging facility even in the remotest regions such as Tashi Lapcha pass.
What are the typical hours of trekking?
In this trek, you will typically hike about 5-7 hours each day. A few lengthy sections may require a longer duration of walking, such as 8-9hr. However, the itinerary provides you with ample time for rest and acclimatization throughout the trek. Do remember, this is an off-beat trail. So, you need to be physically fit and healthy to do this trek.
Will there be any delay or postponement with Lukla flight?
Yes, there are always chances of delay or postponement with Lukla flight due to sudden changes in weather conditions. During monsoon, the flight delay or cancellation is too frequent. To ensure that you arrive in Kathmandu on time, we have added a reserved day in the itinerary to cover any flight delays. If there is any severe delay or cancellation with flights, we’ll arrange an alternative mode of transportation after consulting with you.
What is the highest altitude I will reach during this trek?
You will get to visit two different high destinations. Ramdung Go at 5925 meters and Tashi Lapcha Pass at 5755 meters are the two highest altitudes you will reach during this trek. The average elevation in this trek remains 4,000 meters.