Rolwaling Valley Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek

Explore the remote Eastern region of Nepal.

Trip Facts

duration Duration 15 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty Extreme
trip-difficulty Highest Point 5755M
trip-code Trip Code TLPT
trip-code Start Point Kathmandu
trip-start-point Trip End Point Kathmandu
trip-accomodation Accomodation Teahouse and Camping
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation On Private Basis

Trip Highlights

  • Outstanding view of various Himalayas.
  • Incredible adventurous Tashi Lapcha pass.
  • Views of Gaurishankar, Everest, Makalu etc.
  • Experience traditional lifestyle and Buddhist culture.
  • Diverse cultures, Flora, Fauna, picturesque villages.
  • Walkthrough pristine forest enriched with flora and fauna.

Trip Overview

Rolwaling valley Tashi Lapcha pass trek is a challenging trek taking to the maximum height of 5755 meters from the sea level along with the land of the amazing Rolwaling valley; standing at the base of Mount Gaurishankar making feel like entering inside the scenic world that can be only seen on a painting of nature. Trek lands at the two beautiful valleys; Rolwaling valley and Khumbu valley along with a thrilling experience of crossing the Tashi Lapcha pass. Also, explore the remote Eastern region of Nepal. 

Commencing on the Rolwaling valley trek to enjoy the raw and unrefined natural beauty of the unravelled countryside setting of Eastern Nepal. Rolwaling Trek is a marvellous place to visit in Nepal and myths about the Himalayan Yetis make it even more interesting. Tashi Lapcha pass is the highest elevation of the Rolwaling valley Tashi Lapcha pass trek itinerary. There is no human settlement after the Na village of the Rolwaling Valley. Because of that, tented camps are needed for the accommodation while crossing the Tashi Lapcha pass through the Rolwaling Valley. 

Khumbu region can be reached after crossing the Tashi Lapcha pass. The trail to Tsho Rolpa Lake is not so difficult but the Tashi Lapcha pass is one of the most difficult mountain passes in Nepal. This trek is not suitable for beginners with a normal fitness level. Few permits are required before going on a Rolwaling valley Tashi Lapcha pass trek. Rolwaling Valley is one of the untouched and unexplored trekking trails of Nepal. Meanwhile, fascinating views of Everest, Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa along with other high mountains fascinate the trekkers with glorious Himalayan views.

In 1951, the famous British mountaineer Eric Shipton photographed a Yeti in the Rolwaling Valley of Nepal. So, the Himalayan Yetis are believed to be found in this region of Nepal. This makes the Rolwaling valley trek even more interesting and adventurous. But as of now no sight of the Yetis have been reported. Meanwhile, Tsho Rolpa lake at an altitude of 4,580 meters above sea level is also one of the main highlights of this trek. It is one of the largest glacier lakes of Nepal and has attracted visitors by its deep blue water.

March, April and May are the best times to go on a Rolwaling valley Tashi Lapcha pass trek. During these months of the year, the weather is warm with clear skies. Fascinating views of the valleys, mountain ranges and the valley can be seen due to high visibility during these months. September, October and November are also regarded as the best time to travel Rolwaling Trek via Tashi Lapcha pass. The temperature remains warm, the sky is clear and different colours of nature can be explored during this time. Meanwhile, snowfall may occur in December and makes it difficult to cross the Tashi Lapcha pass. 

Rolwaling Valley

The Rolwaling Valley is one of the most remote and sparsely inhabited trekking areas in Nepal. The Rolwaling Valley is located northwest of Kathmandu, close to the Tibetan border between the TamaKoshi River and the Khumbu Himal. This is the valley where the tales of much-wanted YETI originated. Rolwaling is also called “the grave” by the indigenous Sherpa’s on account of its location – buried down between steep ice-giants. 

Many mysterious stories are prevalent about this valley. It is said that the forefathers of the present-day Sherpa’s once came from Rolwaling. Likewise,  After passing Tashi Lapcha pass you will traverse into the lush Thame Valley, the homeland of the Sherpas. During the Day of Crossing Tashi Lapcha pass (5,755 M), one should be careful to avoid altitude sickness. Similarly, This trek needs excellent walking skills and a healthy bodily structure. Above all, the Tashi Lepcha pass offers the vista of the great Himalayan Shangri-la like Cho-Oyu, Everest, Nuptse and Makalu. And also Gaurishankar, Melungtse and many other mountain pinnacles.

Tsho Rolpa Lake

Tsho Rolpa lake located in the Dolakha district of Nepal is one of the biggest glacier lakes. It lies at an altitude of 4,580 meters above sea level and is growing in size because of the melting glaciers. The average depth of the lake is marked as 55 meters. Similarly, the maximum depth of the lake is 270 meters. The total length of the Tsho Rolpa lake is 3.45 kilometers, whereas the average width is around 0.5 kilometers. Tsho Rolpa Lake covers an area of 1.537 square kilometers. It is a major threat to the villagers living around the Rolwaling valley because of its unstable dam. 

Tashi Lapcha Pass

Tashi Lapcha pass is the highest point of the whole trek. It lies at an altitude of 5,755 meters above sea level and Khumbu region can be reached after crossing this high pass. Meanwhile, there is no human settlement area after the Na village of the Rolwaling Valley. The trekkers have to carry their own food and tents to cross this pass. The trail to Tashi Lapcha pass is filled with snow almost throughout the year, which makes it even more difficult to cross. But the trek is worth it as amazing views of the Rolwaling and Khumbu valley unfurl from the top of the Tashi Lapcha pass.

Summary of Rolwaling Valley Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek

Rolwaling Valley is one of the hidden valleys of Nepal. The off the beaten trekking trails to the Tashi Lapcha pass is one of the untouched and unexplored trekking trails of Nepal. Snow and high altitudes are the main reason for the difficulty of the trek. Proper trekking gears and tents and foods are to be carried before moving towards the Tashi Lapcha pass. Meanwhile, to do the shopping and visit some of the UNESCO World heritage sites inside Kathmandu valley, we have reserved a seperated day. 

The trek starts after a drive to Gongar Khola. The first day of the trek leads you to Dongang and the trek difficulty level of the day is moderate. You will also cross the second cantilever bridge of Nepal on this day. During the trek to Bedding, amazing views of the mountains, villages along with the waterfalls can be seen. Bedding is also the largest sherpa village of the Rolwaling Valley. Na is situated beneath the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake at an altitude of 4,180 meters above sea level. Similarly, Na village is considered as the oldest settlement of the Rolwaling valley. 

From the Tsho Rolpa Glacier lake, amazing views of the mountain ranges can be seen. The lake itself is one of the main highlights of the day and has never disappointed its visitors by its deep blue colour. After Tsho Rolpa, camping is required before reaching the human settlement area of the Khumbu valley after crossing the Tashi Lapcha pass. Khumjung holds one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu Region. Similarly it is also the largest sherpa settlement area of the Khumbu region. Two days of trek is required to reach Lukla through the Namche Bazaar from where you will take a flight back to Kathmandu.

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Best Time To Travel

Late Spring (April and May) and early Autumn season (September and October) are regarded as the best time to visit Rolwaling valley Tashi Lapcha pass trek. The temperature remains warm, the skies are clear and different colours of nature are seen during this time.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival at Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel.

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program.

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trip-accomodation Hotel
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transportation On Private Basis
Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, get ready for a full day sightseeing at Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa and Patan Durbar Square. Once you complete your sightseeing we will drop you back at your hotel. You will have a free evening for your shopping and trek preparation.

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Day 03

Drive to Simi Gaon via Gongar Khola

At 07:00 AM: On the first day, you will have a drive to the Gongar Khola. Gongar Khola is 195 Km away from Kathmandu. The driving route is pretty simple which goes all the way from Koteshwor – Bhaktapur – Dhulikhel – Dolalghat –  Charikot (Headquarter) – Jagat – Gongar Khola. The main highlights of the day are Bhorley Jharna, Gongar Khola, Upper Tamakoshi River, Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower, Upper Tamakoshi Tunnel, Waterfall Near to the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project, Chet Chet Suspension Bridge and the Simigau Village.

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trip-accomodation Teahouse
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation On Private Basis
Day 04

Trek to Dongang

At 07:00 AM: Simigau is about 2 Hours walk from Gongar Khola. Simigau Village (2019 m) is located at the top of the hills. The Trail from the Simigau to Surmuche is pleasant and full of excitement. The lush green forest with the up and down trail from the Simigau is a moderate level of difficulty for the average trekkers where you have to cross the Nepal 2nd Cantilever Bridge. YOu will be seeing lots of Waterfalls and the fast-flowing Rolwaling river with the Rolwaling mountain range on the backdrops. Surmuche to Kyalche is about 2 hours of walking distance and in between these two stops, you will be crossing some locally invented bridges and waterfalls on the way. Kyalche and Dongang are very near to each other and require about 40 mins of walking. Once you reach Dongang, you are officially entering the Rolwaling Valley. Rolwaling is an inner Himalayan valley, considered to be a Beyal or holy sanctuary by the local Buddhist Sherpa inhabitants. 

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trip-accomodation Teahouse
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Day 05

Trek to Bedding

At 07:00 AM: The trail ascends through rocky roads following the bank of Rolwaling River gazing into the horizon adorned with beautiful Gaurishankar Himal. There are many waterfalls on today’s trail adding allure to the already beautiful landscape. You will walk on a flat trail before entering the Sherpa village of Bedding, the largest village in Rolwaling valley, located by the river. 

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trip-accomodation Teahouse
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Day 06

Trek to Na Village

At 07:00 AM: Na Gaon is situated just beneath the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake and is surrounded by some noteworthy pinnacles. Na Gaon is also considered the oldest settlement of Rolwaling valley. 

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Day 07

Acclimatization at Naa

You will stay at Naa village today. You will explore Naa village. After the extensive trekking to Naa, you will rest this day and prepare for the further trek. 

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trip-accomodation Teahouse
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Day 08

Trek to Tsho Rolpa Lake

At 07:00 AM: After an early breakfast, you will ascend gradually to find the Himalayan Lake filled with chilling water from the glaciers. The surrounding view of Ladung Himal Range and Mahalangur Himal Range is sure to purify your soul. We will move along the bank of the Rolwaling River and walk on a frozen trail to reach Tsho Rolpa, one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal. The deep blue water of the tranquil lake seated at the foot of Chobuje makes the tough climb worth it. You’ll stay overnight at Tsho Rolpa.

ascent 4580M
trip-accomodation Camping
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Day 09

Trek to Glacier Camp

At 07:00 AM: Starting early in the morning, you will head towards Glacier Camp. You’ll walk all the way to the end of Tsho Rolpa and follow the lateral moraines of Glacier as we enjoy the view of the surrounding snowy peaks. Still walking along some frozen and slippery path, we reach Glacier Camp, where we’ll rest overnight in tented accommodation.

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trip-accomodation Camping
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Day 10

Glacier Camp to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp

At 07:00 AM:  Today, you will trek to Tashi Lapcha Base Camp enjoying the mountain scenery and beautiful barren landscapes in the higher elevation. The arid landscape is beautiful and offers beautiful Himalayan scenery. You will trek for about 5 Km from Glacier Camp to reach Tashi Lapcha Base Camp. Overnight stay in tented accommodation. 

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Day 11

Trek to Thyangbo via Tashi Lapcha Pass

At 07:00 AM: Today you leave the Rolwaling region and enter the Khumbu region via Tashi Lapcha pass (5755 m). You will ascend on the bank of Drolambau Glacier on a steep trail covered in moraines. Upon reaching the top of Tashi Lapcha La, you will have a mind-blowing panorama of the Khumbu Himalayas as well as the peaks of the Rolwaling region. From there, you’ll continue a downhill trail to reach Thyangbo where you’ll camp overnight.

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Day 12

Trek to Namche Bazaar

At 07:00 AM: After a short downhill trek through the picturesque village of Khund, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a Sherpa town vibrant with many shops and eateries catering to the trekkers and peak climbers in Khumbu and is thusly known as the Gateway to Everest. You will have a breathtaking view of the mighty Everest (8848.86 m) from this area.

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trip-accomodation Hotel
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Day 13

Trek to Lukla

At 07:00 AM: After having morning breakfast in Namche Bazaar, you’ll continue your downhill trek to cross Dudh Koshi River via multiple suspension bridges and pass small villages with Mani walls, prayer wheels, and prayer flags to reach Phakding. After crossing several suspension bridges and monasteries, you’ll reach Lukla where you’ll stay overnight. 

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trip-accomodation Hotel
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Day 14

Flight Back to Kathmandu.

At 07:00 AM: You will fly back to Kathmandu after a long and exhilarating mountain trip. The early morning flight will take you to Kathmandu valley while you enjoy an aerial view of the high Himalayas one last time during this trip. Stay overnight at your hotel and we also enjoy a farewell dinner. 

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Day 15


You will be free until your flight time; we will drop you at Kathmandu airport 3 hours before your flight. 

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Trip Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is rolwaling Tashi Lapcha pass trek?

    Tashi Lapcha pass trek (5755 m) is located on the border between Dolakha and the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. The route starts from Simigaun and follows the Tsho Rolpa lake trail and after crossing the pass trekkers will reach to join Everest trail. 

  • How difficult is Tashi Lapcha pass trek?

    It is one of the extremely difficult treks in Nepal with a crossing height of 5755m. It requires climbing techniques and ropes to cross the trail. The insufficient availability of freshwater makes it more difficult to stay while camping nights after Naa village of Dolakha. 

Services Includes

  • All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.

  • Private transfer (Kathmandu/Gongar Khola) as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Flight transfer from Lukla to Kathmandu.

  • Standard 2 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the trek itinerary.

  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.

  • Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day as mentioned.

  • All necessary paperwork. (Two National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)

  • An experienced English speaking licensed trekking guide.

  • A porter to carry your baggage during the trek. (who can carry maximum 20 KG baggage of 2 people)

  • Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.

  • Tented accommodation after Naa village before reaching Khumjung/Thame. 

  • All government and local taxes.

  • Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.

  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.

  • Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.

  • Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee. (USD 40)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)

  • International flight ticket.

  • Travel health insurance. (Recommended)

  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver.

  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.

  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.

  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the including section.

  • Luxury arrangement of tent accommodation or foods while 3 nights camping after Naa village.

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