Trekking in Nepal

Rolwaling and Tashi Laptsa Pass Trek

Rolwaling and Tashi Laptsa Pass Trek
  • Total Duration

    18 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate to Strenuous
  • Trek Duration

    15 days
  • Max Elevation

    5765m at Tashi Laptsa Pass
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse + Camping
  • Trek Starts

    Chetchet
  • Trek Ends

    Lukla
“An adventurous journey into the remote high alpine valleys”

Overview

On this journey, you will cross over one of the most exciting passes of the Himalaya, Tashi Lapcha at 5,755 meters high. And the ability to enter into Khumbu Valley has made this trek popular to all adventurers since the Rolwaling Valley was opened. The Rolwaling valley is very steep and covered in thick forests; therefore the climbs are sheer upright. But this is one of the finest watershed crossings ever made in the entire of Himalaya. One of the highlight of the trip is the camp beside Bigu Gompa, which is an unusual and beautifully situated nunnery. Further walking through the summer pasture lands and narrow valleys that opens up into a wide bowl; give us our first taste of open mountain scenery – a totally unique and mystical experience.

As we leave the Rolwaling Valley, after having climbed the highest point of this adventure, we may feel although the trek is only just beginning. Trekking back we continue down traversing into the Thame Valley, Namche Bazaar and then to Lukla for the scenic panoramic flight to Kathmandu.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

19 April to 06 May
20 September to 07 October

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Gogatkhola (950m) 09 Hrs
Today you will be driving to Gogatkhola via Mude (lunch spot), Charikot, Dolakha, Singati Bazaar and Jagat. The road is almost fine except in some of the places on the way from Dolakha to Gogatkhola. But the road has been greatly improved on recent days. After you reach to Gogatkhola, you will see a small bazaar where there are some houses with few normal lodges. This is the place as a small trading centre, where people around this area come here and collect their daily basic needs like rice, pulses, oil, clothes etc. And all these things are transported either from Kathmandu or the Tibet border, Kodari. There has been running Upper Tama Koshi hydro-Power Project, so this place is quite noisy this time but won’t be disturbed when we enter into the lodge or the tent. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 04: Trek to Simigaun (2060m) via Chetchet (1377m) 04 Hrs
Leaving Gongar, the trail continues along the west bank of the Tama Koshi, which narrows into a gorge, then reaches Chetchet and its beautiful waterfall. Having descended to almost the same height as our starting point after an hour or more walk, the climate here is once again hot and slightly humid. Shortly afterwards we cross the Tama Koshi river and make a steep climb for an hour to the village of Simigaon. After we finish the steep portion of the walk, we will have a gentle trek up to the village of Simigaon, where the overnight camp are beside a Gompa 20 minutes above the main village with more fabulous views of Gaurishanker. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 05: Trek to Dokhang (2791m) 05 Hrs
From Simigaon, our route leads towards North East. Beginning the walk on a gradual uphill slope, we pass through the thick rhododendron and magnolia forests, and the pastures with numerous clearing that are used for summer grazing. In this area, the change from lush Tama Koshi to the mountain side of Rolwaling Valley is very apparent. Depending upon the season, if the monsoon flood has washed much of the trail away, (which is not a rarity during the monsoon season), we either take the high path that climbs steeply towards the ridge of the Sambur Danda, crossing the Daldung la at 3,976m, as this is a safer alternative. Our walk continues contouring above the hill side and then descending to the river passing more huts in an area called Gyalche. After reaching the valley floor we cross a small wooden bridge to our camp at Dovan, a small unlikely clearing in the dense forest of the steep valley side. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 06: Trek to Beding (3700m) 06 Hrs
Today, crossing the Rolwaling khola we take a path that leads through the jungles on the Northern side. The walk heads to a gradual climb, and then comes to a clearing along little settlements of Nyimare, Ramding. We continue on through the farm fields and reach Beding for the overnight stop after a productive walking day with hours or more. We reach in time to visit Beding village. It is the principal Sherpa village in the Rolwaling area, and is situated in a narrow gorge enlivened somewhat by its well positioned Gompa, which comprises about thirty six houses. There is a Hillary school in Beding. Overnight in Teahouse
Day 07: Trek to Na Gaon (4180m) 04 Hrs
From Beding, onwards you can feel the increasing altitude and the cold chill from the surrounding high mountains. Our trek today will be a short walk of three hours or more along the Rolwaling River, going at it in an easy manner at this high altitude. The terrain has very impressive scenery of the surrounding high landscapes, and the snow capped peaks. The walk continues slowly in order to acclimatize, just before Na the valley opens out into classic, glaciated in U-shape. We reach our overnight camp at Na, which is a scattered village and a temporary settlement of the villagers of Beding and beyond. It is a summer yersa (grazing pasture), and potatoes are grown. There is a roughly built Monastery here. Our camp is made on this grassy field with time to relax and marvel the surrounding beauty. Ahead, up the valley beyond Na, the majestic summit of Chobutse 6,689m rises above the Tsho Rolpa at the confluence of the Ripimo Shar and Trakarding glaciers. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Na
It’s a day for acclimatization in Na, with a chance to explore round the village. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 09: Trek to Tsho Rolpa (4560m) 05 Hrs
After a pleasant time at Na, our actual adventure begins from here onwards. The morning walk begins as we cross the river to the south bank and then follow a shallow stream to a crossing point near Yersa at Sangma, the last place of the cattle herders. After the wooden bridge which we use to climb up on moraines, we negotiate our path steeply above the main stream until finally we reach the terminal moraine, near behind is the dammed of Tsho Rolpa. The lake sometime known as Cho Pokhari, we will make our campsite on sandy level ground to the south side of the Tsho Rolpa at Kabuk after 4-5 hours of scenic hard walk. From the camp splendid views of the surrounding peaks can be seen including Tsoboje at 6,689m.and Dragker-Go at 6,793m. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 10: Trek to Drolambau Glacier near Tashi Laptsa (5400m) 05 Hrs
From camp, the path goes over the moraine above north side from the lake, continuing right along the moraine, occasionally passing rocks overhangs. The walk follows high slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section, but further up we have to trek along the centre on the hard rocky glacier to our camp below the Drolambau ice-fall. Steady walk leads us to the lowest point of the icefall and then climbing to the easiest point to gain the Drolambau glacier. Around this section there is some danger of falling rock. The middle moraine provides a route up the glacier. We then stop overnight after finding a suitable campsite where the glacier flattens out. Here we will be surrounded by superb high mountain scenery in this wild and impressive place. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 11: Tashi Laptsa Pass (5755m) and camp on the other side of Khumbu 08 Hrs
Today is the main high light of this adventure journey, which starts well before sunrise following the glacier again for one hour and thirty minutes. We will reach a spur which gives an easy access to our route on the upper glacier. It is here that we will fix ropes, and make steps and ledge for the porters. Although the terrain is not very difficult, it is just a precaution that we must employ in this kind of mountain landscapes. After everything is set for the final climb, a further 3-4 hours climb amidst wild and mind- boggling scenery leads us to the top of the pass at our highest point of this trek at Tashi Laptsa pass, where there are Buddhist prayer flags and cairns. This will be our longest day of trek and it’s important to keep up a good pace to ensure we reach our camp on the other side of the pass well before dark. From the pass, along with the magnificent view of the surrounding snow capped peaks, our walk follows downhill for another 3-4 hours towards Ngole and further near past the glacial pond of Parchemuche-tsho and just before Tengpo for the overnight camp at around 4,900m. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 12: Trek to Thame (3800m) 05 Hrs
After a long hard day, the walk from here will be enjoyable most of the way to Namche and beyond. From the camp below the Khumbu side of the pass, our path follows eastwards over snow slopes. The trail from here is well marked and continues its long descent down the upper reaches of the Thame Khola to Tengpo, with excellent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, and Lumding Himal above the Thame Khola. After an hour or more arriving at dozen or so Shepherd’s huts that makes this place Tengpo with wide pasture field. Another two hours of gradual descend will bring us to our end of our walk for today at Thame Village and our first hint of trekkers civilization since Beding. There is a very old and interesting Monastery at the upper end of the village. At Thame, the old trade route over the Nangpa-la into Tibet branches north, following the Bhote Koshi, which incidentally is the 2-3 river so named on this trek. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m) 05 Hrs
Today it is a pleasant walk down to Namche, which are an affluent rich Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday markets. Fresh food products are brought up from lower villages to barter or sell. Walk leads east from the camp with a short downhill to the bridge over Bhote Koshi River, from the bridge 20 minutes climb to reach the gradual descend and passing through number of villages, mani, prayer walls and pass into the pine woods on this gentle winding path, after 3-4 hours of pleasant walk, Namche Bazaar comes into view from the top ridge where the trail splits into various directions. The north from the “Mani” stupa leads towards Khunde and Khumjung. Our route heads downhill with a view of Namche down below with colored roofed houses. After a 45 minutes descend reaching Namche for the overnight camp. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 14: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
A leisure day, frees from the hassle of packing, a relaxing moment an optional hike to Khunde and Khumjung village, Everest View Hotel or around Namche. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2830m) 05 Hrs
Last day of this great trek will be another filled with good walk to Lukla; you can walk at your own leisurely pace, enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill climbs, the only climb of any distance will be just before Lukla, which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or the “old big oak tree”. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu 45 minutes
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officers will be waiting to receive and escort you back to the Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or if you need to extend your stay for few days and join in our extension trip White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari, Paragliding or Bungee Jump. Overnight in Hotel
Day 18: Final departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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