TASHI LAPCHA PASS TREK

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destination Khumbu Region/ Rolwaling
duration 20 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Khumbu Region/ Rolwaling
max altitude 5,755m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hrs
accommodation Lodge + Camping
season Autumn/Spring

TASHI LAPCHA PASS TREK

WILD WILDERNESS FRONTIER EXPERIENCE TO REMOTE ROLWALING VALLEY.

MORE THAN 50 SOARING PEAKS TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON IN THE LAND OF SMILING SHERPAS & THEIR PEACEFUL BUDDHIST TRADITIONS. 

The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek (5755m) is a less traveled adventure that combines the remote Rolwaling Valley ((Gaurishankar) and Khumbu regions of Nepal in one package. You can take in the spectacles of Melungtse (7181m) and Melungtse II (7023m) inside Tibet and Gaurishankar (7134m) on the border of Nepal. Besides these giant peaks, there are 50 others over some 6000m extending from the Nangpa La Pass where the Mahalangur section begins southwest to the Tamaki River. Trek through Sherpa villages, such as Tasi Nam, Simigau, and being located in the Rolwaling Valley and get to understand their culture and traditions – and of course feel their warmth and hospitality. The Sherpa people have a smile that is contagious! Trekkers can reach Everest Base Camp by crossing Tashi Lapcha Pass or by a direct flight to Lukla. The Rolwaling Valley is a valley (within the Gaurishankar Conservation Area) that traverses from east to west just below Mt. Gaurishankar (7145m) slightly south of the border. Due to its depth, it is often cloaked in cloud adding to its mystical and eerie appearance.

On this trek, you will be in awe of numerous peaks, such as Mt. Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa & Mount Everest.  You will also see Tsho Rolpa Lake, one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal located at an altitude of 4580 meters in the Rolwaling Valley.

This is a more physically demanding trek due to the high altitudes, particularly trekking through Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m). The remoteness of the Rolwaling Valley will bewilder you and the quiet will calm you! This area is also the home to the fabled Yeti, an elusive creature that supposedly with human characteristics!  

The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek starts with a drive to Shigatse Village (3800m) and then the trail passes the villages of Jagat, Simigaun (3520m), Donga, Beding and Na where the valley opens up.  Another interesting and remote location is a trek to Yalung Base Camp an isolated and remote location. After leaving Na Village we ascend to Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake and then to  the Rolwaling Glacier ice field. From here we climb to Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m) and amazing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains before descending on the trail to Namche Bazaar via Thame and then to Lukla where we catch our scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek will test your fitness, hence the necessity to prepare beforehand which will make this, not just less physically demanding, but more enjoyable. The Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will help you prepare for this out of the way journey into the forgotten regions of the Gaurishankar Conservation Area. This trek is less traveled and ensures you of a more unique experience trekking in Nepal.

ITINERARY

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On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by a representative from Sherpa Expedition & Trekking who will take you to your 3-star hotel. You can rest at your hotel or stroll around Thamel and do some last-minute shopping and take in the local cafes, restaurants, and shops to do some last-minute shopping prior to your journey.
Today, we will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our guide. We will visit Pashupatinath, which is regarded as the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and where pilgrims worship Lord Shiva (situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River), Bouddhanath, a Buddhist temple known as ‘Little Tibet’ and then on to Swayambhunath known as the Monkey Temple. From Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and located in front of the old royal palace. Upon arriving back at your hotel you may have time to do some last-minute shopping around Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Back at your hotel, your guide will help you prepare for your trek.
Today we travel by jeep from Kathmandu to Sigatte with enough variation in the landscape to interest you along the journey. You may be surprised as we turn a corner and before you is a snow-clad mountain that looms before your eyes. We will stop along the way and visit Bhimeswor Temple, one of the oldest in Dolakha at around 200 years. An hour later on a fairly rough road, we come to the place where we will camp for the night, ideally located on the bank of the Tama Kosi River. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
The trial today heads into the Bhote Koshi Valley near the Tibetan border. The trail takes us through valleys, past terraced farmland and quaint villages. We continue and walk through a dense rhododendron forest before crossing a suspension bridge just before Jagat. Along the trail expect to pause and admire the awesome views of Gaurishankar (7145m), the second highest peak in the Rolwaling Himal, slightly less than Melungtse (7181m). Overnight camp intent. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we leave the valley and head in an easterly direction before ascending to the Sherpa and Tamang village of Simigaon. Like many mountain villages the countryside is abundant with terraced farm land. Just above Gaurishankar on a hill is a Tibetan monastery. Overnight in tent. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
The trail today passes through a rhododendron and bamboo forest prior to entering the Rolwaling Valley. The trail gradually ascends to Gyalche (1760m) before heading back down to the river valley. Tonight we make the camp of the banks of the Rolwaling Khola (river) beneath the shadow of the towering Mt. Gaurishankar. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Our trail today heads uphill through a forest with opportunities to take in some fantastic mountain views and nearby landscape. On arrival at Beding we have a clear view of Mt. Melungtse I (7181m), the highest peak in the Rolwaling Himal. Beding has been known for years and especially by the early mountaineers heading for Everest. Beding is a traditional Sherpa village and its hospitality extends to its making of Chaang (barley beer) and salted yak butter tea. In the centre of the village lies a Buddhist monastery of significant importance to the community. Tonight we camp on the bank of the river in Beding. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today is an important day as we need to acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. Health specialists recommend staying active to better assist the process. One option is to take a trek to Malung La Pass (5616m) that would assist in acclimatizing. As we climb to the pass the views become more spectacular and ultimately we can see more than fifteen snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and areas of the forest below us– a real feast for the eyes! Tonight we camp at Beding. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
The initial part of today’s trek is a short distance to Na, situated on the bank of a river. From Na, we can explore the vivid blue glacial lakes and the surrounding mountains reflecting off them. Na village sits in a valley just below the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake. From here we have more amazing views on the towering snow-clad peaks of Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m), and Yalung Ri (5630m). We make camp in this small Sherpa village for the night. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today is another day where we must acclimatize to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. We have the option of climbing to Yalung La Pass (5094m). On the way, we have a startling view of Ramdung Peak’s glacier and numerous streams cutting through it. From here we also can see Tsho-Rolpa glacier lake, Yalung Glacier in the east, and Ramdung Peak (5930m) in the south, Yalung Ri (5630m) in the west and stunning views of the Himalayans in the north toward the border with Tibet. Tonight we sleep in a tent at Na. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today the trail heads up to the dam that holds back Tsho-Rolpa Lake. Due to the lake’s expansion and unstable nature, the authorities have placed early warning systems on the damn wall in the event it breaks and destroys livestock and over 6000 villagers living further down on the Tamakoshi River. We then follow the trail until we come to what appears to be an amphitheatre (4900m) where we set up camp for the night located between the Tsho Rolpa and Trakarding (4858m) glaciers. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we head to the Trakarding glacier climbing up a 160-meter rock face before reaching the camping site for tonight. Trading is a massive rocky terrain. There are some stunning views of the Trakarding glacier below and the Drolumbau glacier in the north along with numerous streams flowing from the glacier. Tonight we camp here. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today the trail is somewhat difficult and physically demanding as we climb a fairly steep trail to Drolumbau Glacier. Once there we will be amply rewarded with some fantastic views of Tengi Ragi Tau (6943m), Bigphero-Go Shar (6729m), Dragkar-Go (6793m) and numerous other peaks along the Tibetan border. Our trail takes us across moraines and some moderate slopes, across areas of glacial ice as we ascend to the summit. Tonight we camp 300m below the summit at the pass. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today’s trek is more relaxing as we descend to Thame. Prior to entering Thame we catch views of its picturesque monastery on a nearby hill before we finally enter this amazingly quaint Sherpa village. Thame is a gathering place and central hub for Tibetan traders in the region along with their yak caravans making it a relatively colorful hive of activity. Their caravans have made their way through Nangpa La Pass (5716m) and are ultimately heading to Namche Bazaar and further afield. We set up camp here for the night. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today is an easy day as we trek for 3 to 4 hours before reaching Namche Bazaar where we stay the night. Guesthouse accommodation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today’s trek will take us to Syangboche Airport (3700m) that claims to be the highest airport in the world and then continue on to Everest View Hotel –well known for its panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, and other peaks. On the return journey, we will visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Guesthouse accommodation. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
This is our final day of trekking before returning to our starting point at Lukla. This is a time to reflect on the unforgettable memories of our trek as a group and our achieving our individual goals. A free afternoon allows you time to relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening we will celebrate with a few drinks and dance.
After our Tashi Lapcha Pass trek, we take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After arriving at Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some shopping. This is also a time to catch up on visiting places you missed on arrival in Kathmandu. Our guides will continue to assist you with b souvenir shopping or sightseeing. This evening is our farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant along with a traditional cultural dance show.
Today is a day of leisure in Thamel where you are free to rest or to explore Kathmandu and maybe catch up on some last-minute shopping. Overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included.
Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure and explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.

SERVICES

Costs Included:

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu including tour guide, entry fees, and vehicle
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced guide required a number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu including departure Taz
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-Shirt (yours to keep)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag
  • All necessary permits for trek
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge

Costs Exclude:

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu - lunch and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Excess baggage of more than 10 kg for Lukla flight.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom - in Namche which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.

Physical fitness

Tashi Lapcha Pass is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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2 Pax USD 3,400
3 Pax USD 3,350
4 - 6 Pax USD 3,200
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,900
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,800
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,700
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