This region is Nepal’s equivalent to the “Wild West Frontiers” where few people venture. It is a showcase of more than 50 massive peaks and home to the amazingly resilient, smiling Sherpas and their strong Buddhist traditions. The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek (5755m) is a less traveled trekking location that combines the remote Rolwaling Valley ((Gaurishankar) and Khumbu regions of Nepal in one exciting package. You can take in the magnificent views of Mt. Melungtse (7181m) and Melungtse II (7023m) inside Tibet and Gaurishankar (7134m) located on the border with Nepal. in addition to these gigantic peaks there are 50 others with some over 6000m that reach from the Nangpa La Pass where the Mahalangur section begins and southwest to the Tamakosi River. You will follow trails through Sherpa villages, such as Tasi Nam, Simigau and Beding located in the Rolwaling Valley and get a first-hand glimpse of their culture and traditions – and of course feel their warmth and amazing hospitality. The Sherpa people have an infectious smile! Trekkers can also reach Everest Base Camp by crossing Tashi Lapcha Pass or by a direct flight to Lukla. The Rolwaling Valley is within the Gaurishankar Conservation Area that goes from east to west just below Mt. Gaurishankar (7145m) slightly south of the Tibetan border. Due to its depth the valley is often shrouded in cloud adding to its mystical and eerie appearance.
On this trek you will see many peaks, such as Mt. Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa & Mount Everest. You will also see Tsho Rolpa Lake, one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal (4580m) located in the Rolwaling Valley.
This is a more physically challenging trek due to the high altitudes, especially crossing through the Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m). The isolation of the Rolwaling Valley will mystify you and the quiet is something quite bizarre! The area is also claimed to be the home to the mythical Yeti, an elusive creature that supposedly has human characteristics!
The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek starts with a drive to Shigatse Village (3800m) and then the trekking begins and passes the villages of Jagat, Simigaun (3520m), Donga, Beding and Na where the valley widens. Another interesting and remote location is a detour to Yalung Base Camp an isolated and very 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 have some awesome panoramic views of the surrounding mountains before heading down to Namche Bazaar via Thame and then finally Lukla where we catch our scenic flight to Kathmandu.
The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek will test your fitness, hence the need to physically prepare beforehand which will make this less of a physical challenge and more enjoyable. The Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will help you prepare for this off-the-beaten track journey into the forgotten regions of the Gaurishankar Conservation Area. This trek is sees a lot less tourists and will give you a more authentic experience trekking in Nepal.
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by a representative from Sherpa Teams who will take you to your 3-star hotels in Thamel. You can sit back and relax at your hotel or wander around Thamel and do some last-minute shopping or visit one of the many local cafes or restaurants.
Today we will go sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our guide. We will visit Pashupatinath, which is considered to be the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and a place where pilgrims worship Lord Shiva (situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River). The next stop is Bouddhanath, a Buddhist temple known as ‘Little Tibet’ and then on to Swayambhunath commonly referred to as the Monkey Temple. After leaving Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu’s renowned Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, and located in front of the old royal palace. Back at your hotel, you may have time to do some last-minute shopping around Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Your guide will also help you prepare for your trek.
Today we take a bus from Kathmandu to Dolakha with occasional views of several snow-capped peaks along the journey. We will stop along the way and visit Bhimeswor Temple, said to be one of the oldest in Dolakha (200 years). After another hour on the road, we come to Dolakha where we will camp next to the river.
This morning we hit the trail from Dolakha and head towards Sigatte via Piguti and passing through several villages along the way. The trail crosses streams and heads through the jungle, where you will see wild orchids and rhododendrons. Tonight we will set up camp at Sigatte.
This morning we head into the Bhote Koshi Valley close to the Tibetan border. The trail takes us through valleys, past terraced farmlands and through charming villages. We then pass through dense rhododendron forest before crossing a suspension bridge just before Jagat. Along the take a few moments and stop to admire the splendid views of Gaurishankar (7145m), the second-highest peak in the Rolwaling Himal, slightly less than Melungtse (7181m).
This morning we leave the valley and head east before ascending to the Sherpa and Tamang village of Simigaon. Similar to many mountain villages the countryside is scattered with terraced farmland. Just above Gaurishankar Village on a hill is a Tibetan monastery.
Along the trail today we come across a quaint Sherpa village. Along this leg of the trek there is an abundance of amazing and varied flora and fauna. Further on we come to Yak Naka, a temporary Yak shed where at certain times of the year they produce butter and cheese. Tonight we will set up camp at the pass.
This morning we head up through rhododendron trees and then have to cross the suspension bridge over the gorge. Eventually, we will come to the quite large Sherpa village of Beding where we will camp overnight.
The trail to Na is relatively short. Na is located on the banks of a river. From Na we can explore the vibrant blue glacial lakes and the nearby mountains that reflect off the lakes. Na Village lies in a valley just below the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake. From here we can see the soaring snow covered peaks of Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m) and Yalung Ri (5630m). We will make camp in this small Sherpa village for the night.
Today is set aside for acclimatization, necessary before heading to higher altitudes. Health professionals recommend staying active during this period. To stay active we will head up to Ramdung Go from where you can see Gaurishankar, Men lung, Yalung and mountains in Tibet. We will set up camp at Na for the night.
From Na we head to Rolpa Lake and along the trail pass several glacial lakes. From here we can see Men Lung. We will camp here overnight.
We wake up early in the morning and start our trek towards Trakarding Glacier. We will follow the trail alongside the glaciers until stopping to set up camp for the night. We can also explore the area close to where we camp.
From Trakarding glacier we follow the trail to Tashi Lapcha Pedi camp situated at an altitude of 5755 meters. Along the trail we have to climb over some rocks and then onto the glaciers. We will establish our camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi camp.
This morning we ascend to Tashi Lapcha Pedi and then to Tashi Lapcha high Camp following the trail through the Tashi Lapcha Pass. Heading up to the pass the trail is more than likely covered in snow and on the other side we have a steep descent to high camp. This leg of the journey is exciting – and tiring. We will set up camp at High Camp for the night.
Following the trail from Tashi Lapcha high camp to Thyomgbo we pass through the village of Ngole. We will walk across the glacier before descending to Thyomgbo where we will stay at a teahouse overnight.
We have a long trek today, so will wake up at dawn and start on the trail to Thame. The terrain along the trail is beautiful. We will stay at a teahouse tonight.
This morning the trail heads to Sanasa at an altitude of 3550 meters. From here you can see the massive peaks of the Khumbu region such as Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. We will continue and pass several villages and many tea shops before having to cross the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga. You will hear the chirping of birds in the forest on this section of the trail. We continue on to Namche bazaar on an undulating trail. Tonight we will stay at a teahouse at Namche Bazaar.
This is the last day on the trail as we head back to our starting point at Lukla. This is a time to reflect on the treasured memories of our trek as a group and on accomplishing our individual goals. A free afternoon allows you time to relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening we will celebrate with our guides with a few drinks and dance. You would have earned it after this physically challenging trek.
This morning we will fly back to Kathmandu after our long journey through the mountains. After a 30 min flight we will arrive back at Kathmandu. We will then take you to your hotels in Thamel where you can sit back and relax or if you still have the energy you can wander around Thamel and find a quiet café. Tonight we will stay at a deluxe hotel.
Today is your last day in Nepal and the end of your adventure into this mountainous region of the world. A representative from Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will take you to the airport at least three hours prior to your scheduled flight. On the way home you may be already planning your next Nepal adventure with Sherpa Expedition and Trekking.
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.
Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Based On 8 Reviews
Our trip to Tashi Lepcha was undeniably challenging, but it was also an excellent experience led by local professionals. The itinerary was thoughtfully planned, allowing us to witness the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and encounter a variety of wildlife. It was truly a remarkable opportunity to experience Nepal in this unique way. We highly recommend this trip for those seeking a rewarding and exhilarating adventure.
Very hardest and An excellent trip to Tashi Lepcha, led by local professionals. The itinerary was great and we saw so many mountains and wildlife. Wonderful to experience Nepal in this way.
The expertise of our local guides made all the difference in our Tashi Lepcha trip. Their knowledge of the region and its wildlife was exceptional, providing us with insightful information and enhancing our overall experience. Their professionalism and guidance were invaluable, ensuring our safety and making every moment of the trip memorable. This excellent journey would not have been possible without the expertise of these local professionals.
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