Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Trek

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Rolwaling is the east-west valley below Gauri Shankar (7145m), just south of the Tibetan border. This is an isolated and culturally diverse area, but most treks conclude their visit to Rolwaling by crossing the Tesi Lapcha Pass (5755m) into Khumbu. The Rolwaling Himal is a quiet mountainous region rarely visited by tourists or trekkers, making it possible for one to savor the wild Himalaya along this route. It is possible to add routes to Manlung La and Omai Tsho as well for a prolonged experience in this wonderful region. It is possible to also add one of the trekking peaks in the region to your trip, with the appropriate permits, for those who want a bird’s eye view of the region. This is real great adventure in the wild out backs.

Day 01:Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel

Day 02:Free day. Option: Kathmandu Valley Tour.

Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Singati via Dolakha (1020 m/ 7-8 hrs drive).

We take a 4 wheel jeep to Singati. The drive passes with scenery like green hills, few snowcapped mountains. We driva via Dolakha and here we pay our prayers to one of the religious spot, Dolakha Bhimsen Temple. Now our drive is through dirt roads, its bumpy and bit rough, about an hour. Finally we reach our destination for today, Singati bazaar. Our camp will be by the bank of Tama Kosi River.

Day 04:Singati-Jagat (1250 m/ 5-6 hrs)

Today's trial follows the Bhote Kosi’s valley. We pass river, terrace fields, hamlets. We walk through a dense rhododendron forest and cross a suspension bridge to reach Jagat. Enroute, the views of the Gaurishanker (7145m) will mesmerize you. Though it is Hindu religion area, but we also see the area adorned with prayer flags and chortens.

Day 05: Jagat-Simigaon (2025 m/ 5-6 hrs)

After two and a half hours walk, we leave the valley and continue to the east. The trial makes a steep ascent to Simigaon, a Sherpa and Tamang village. We pass various terrace fields along the village. Tibetan monastery perched above the houses on top of the hill in front of Gaurishanker marks the settlement of Buddhist lifestyle.

Day 06: Simigaon-Donga (2800 m/ 5.30 hrs)

Today's walk first passes through a rhododendron-bamboo forest and enter the Rolwaling valley. The path steadily climbs towards Gyalche and eventually descends back down to the river. We pitch the tent here by the bank of Rolwaling Khola, a narrow green belt beneath Gaurishanker.

Day 07: Donga-Beding (3690 m/ 6 hrs)

We walk is uphill through the forest along with magnificent views of the mountain ahead of us. The trail goes ups & downs and upon our arrival at Beding, we see Melungtse I (7181m), Rolwaling region's highest mountain. Beding village also has an old historical Buddhist Monastery. We set up a camp in bank of the river in Beding

Day 08: Exploration day as well as a acclimatization day. Day hike to Malung Kharka (6 hrs)

We can opt for a day hike to the Malung La pass (5616m), good for acclimatization. The spectacular views of more than fifteen snowy peaks, glaciers and the natural forest in the Beding Valley can be worth staying for an extra day.

Day 09: Beding-Na (4185 m/3 hrs)

We have a pleasant walk today to Na , the summer settlement of the Beding villagers. The trail involves more climbing , but not so steep as the days before. We follow the Rolwaling Khola upstream and the trail gets more exposed and emerges on alpine terrain. Edelweiss , gentianes , azalea's are to be seen. We meet more yaks and local people heading for Beding. About 30 minutes before the village of Na is on the left handside the huge rock called Guru Rinpoche Rock , in bright colours. Some 150 meters up nestled in the mountains is a small monastery. From here you have stunning views on the Chekigo ( 6257 m ) and the Kang Nachugo ( 6737 m ). Na is a large village with many houses and a lot of places to camp. There is a monastery in the village as well. At the end of the Na Valley you see the Chobutse Peak rising from the morenes of Tso Rolpa Lake. Yalung-Ri can be seen from Na.

Day 10: Rest day in Na. Day hike to Yalung La (5 hrs)

Best to have another rest day as an acclimatization day before crossing the hardest pass of Tashi Lapcha in few days. We can opt for a day hike to Yalung La or rest and relazx in Na. Hiking to Yalung La is steady climb which takes us to a vast amphitheatre at 4900m which is situated just below the pass. The view of Ramdun peak ice fall which furrows with streams is amazing. This is also an excellent place to view the Tsho-Rolpa glacier lake. We get stunning views in every direction: Yalung Glacier in the east, Ramdung Peak (5930m) in the south, Yalung Ri (5630m) in the west and some of the breathtaking Himalayan views to the north along the Tibetan border.

Day 11: Na-Tsho Rolpa Lake (4540m/4.30 hrs)

After leaving Na we cross the Rolwaling Khola and stroll through alpine terrain , the trail ascends gradually. The last part to Tso Rolpa Tal climbs steep on a stone staircase. Then we are eye in eye with the glacial lake Tso Rolpa. Many cairns are placed around the lake ( 4500 meters ). The view is superb. Tsho Rolpa Lake is the biggest and one of the most popular lakes in Nepal that is situated at the altitude of 4540m. The deep blue lake hosts an amazing reflection of the surrounding hills and snowy-peaks as it envelops the vicinity in tranquility. We pitch our camp in suitable site nearby the lake.

Day12: Tsho Rolpa Lake-Trakarding Glacier (4800m/ 7-8 hrs)

The trail becomes tough now. We walk through the icy rock trail which is challenging one. We walk almost whole day through Trakarding Glacier, Though it is tough & tiring, the views of several mountains like Rolwaling Kang (6664m), Takargo (6671m), and Jabou Ri (6166m) and many more will make you at ease sometime. Finally, we climb on a rocky terrain to reach Trakarding and we call it a day for today, we pitch the tent finding flat spots to sleep well.

Day13: Trakarding Glacier- Tashi Lapcha Phedi (5755m/ 6.30 hrs),

The trail goes uphill through some rock climbing and a slow walk on the glacier. Leaving Trakarding Glacier, now we walk through Drolambau Glacier. This is another tough day as we walk through slippery & rocky trail. We even have a rope that is helpful to fix in some places where it is slippery and hard to walk without the help of the rope. But again, the majestic mountain views keeps us energizing thorugh out the day though we are tired and looking for the nice spot to rest for the night. Finally we stop at the base of Tashi Lapcha.

Day 14: Tashi Labcha Phedi-Tashi Camp 5200m(8hrs) crossing Tashi Lapcha Pass 5755m.

The final toughest day of the trip, steep climb from the Phedi via glacier and rocky trail to Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m) and down to Tashi Lapcha Camp (5200m), which is also known as Tashi Lapcha Phuk. After a hard and tiring climb to the top of Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m), it separates Rolwaling region from Khumbu region. Descending to Tashi Lapcha Camp. we now enter Sagarmatha National Park, we pitch our tent at Tashi Lapcha Camp.

Day 15: Tashi Lapcha Camp- Thyangbo (4350m/ 4.30 hrs)

The trail becomes relatively easier than of our glacier walking recently. The trails are smooth and downhill to Ngole, though it is walking in snow and ice. The tail further descends to reach Parchemuche Tsho, a glacial lake in the Khumbu region, en route to Thyangbo. With a view of Pasang Lhamu Chuli (7350m and Cho Oyu (8201m), we arrive in Thyangbo.

Day 16: Thyangbo -Thame (3820m/ 5 hrs)

The trail passes through yak pastureland and arrive at the yak herder's temporary huts. This trail is bumpy and gradual descents. We follow a small stream and arrive at the Power House before entering the village of Thame. We stop at Thame for the night. In late afternoon, we pay visit to Thame Monastery and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

Day 17: Thame- Namche Bazaar (3440m/ 6 hrs)

The trail today is almost going down. We gradually go down to Samde, enjoying the peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Taboche (6367m), and other peaks of Khumbu region. Crossing several villages and monasteries, the trail descends to Syangboche before reaching Namche Bazaar. The Sherpa town is vibrant with tourists from all around the world.

Day 18: Namche -Lukla (2840m/ 7 hrs)

We descend down with Bhote Koshi River and Dudh Koshi River on our both side. Reaching the confluence of these two rivers at Larja Dobhan, we descend to Jorsalle and exit Sagarmatha National Park. We further trek alongside Dudh Koshi River as we cross many villages, monasteries, Mani walls, and prayer wheels to arrive in Lukla.

Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.

We take an early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (about 40 minutes) over the spectacular mountain peaks.

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Departure, transfer to Airport.

  • All transfer in a Non Air conditioned private vehicle
  • 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel (tourist class) on BB basis
  • Trekking on organized camping basis
  • 3 meal during trek, sleeping tent, dining & toilet tent.
  • All kitchen utensils & other equipments
  • National park fees & TIMS fee
  • One English speaking guide (Sirdar)
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 members) one porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg of total weight
  • 1 Sherpa (assistant guide) for every 4 members
  • Daily wages of Nepali staffs, meal and accommodation
  • Insurance of guide & porter
  • Domestic flight fare as per the program
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu
  • Laundry, telephone calls, emergency evacuation if required, Donation, tips
  • All personal nature expenses

Please note: Clients are suggested to give maximum of 10 Kg. of personal luggage to the porter. Also, please note that on the domestic flight you are only allowed to carry your luggage of 10 Kg and 5 Kg as a hand carry.  

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