Overview

Our Rolwaling Tashi Laptsa Pass Trek is an outstanding trail that takes trekkers through remote Sherpa settlements, around glacial lakes, and over high passes. On a map, this trial connects the Everest region with the nearly unheard of Rolwaling area by way of the thrilling Tashi Laptsa Pass (5755 meters/18,881 feet). As we cross from the distant Rolwaling Himal area into the world-famous Khumbu region, dazzling mountain views lie before our eyes. Another highlight of the trek is taking a rest near one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal, Tsho Rolpa (4580 meters /15,030 feet). Throughout the journey, though, you will be in constant amazement of the beauty that surrounds you.

During the first part of the trek, the trail passes over gushing rivers, some of which we cross by slippery wet rocks and wood. After ascending from Simigaon, we reach the Draplung La Pass (3976 meters), with breathtaking views of Gaurishankar (7146 meters). In Beding, explore the old Buddhist monastery. Maybe we can get a tour if the monks are not busy! The route rises through alpine meadows and yak grazing pastures, all while being surrounded by the majesty of the Himalayas.  During the journey, feast your eyes on dozens of peaks over 6000 meters, including Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and more.

A couple of days later, we reach the majestic Tsho Rolpa lake, which could be frozen depending on how early in the season we reach there. The deep blue lake is enveloped by flanked by mountains – a truly picturesque scene. Before we know it, the time has come to cross the Tashi Laptsa Pass – one of the most difficult passes in the region. The hard work pays off as we get panoramic views of Everest region peaks as well as Langtang region peaks.

The trail makes its descent into the Everest region. Arrive in the tranquil Thame river valley and slowly hike through Sherpa settlements. We have a stop in Namche Bazaar, a big shopping and trading hub of the area, before ultimately winding up in Lukla for the flight back.

Our Rolwaling Tashi Laptsa Pass Trek is a combination of teahouse and camping journey. Where there are guesthouses or homestays, we can stay there upon your request. Otherwise, we will be camping outside under a tent. Release your attachments to your normal, everyday life and ‘lose yourself’ in the mountains. That's why the cost of the trek has been decreased a bit. Our detailed Itinerary will give day by day information. For a couple of weeks, forget about the worries you have and live in the moment! Enjoy the views and feel the refreshing mountain breeze.

Trip Highlights

High-altitude trek to Tashi Laptsa Pass (5755 meters/18,881 feet)

Relaxing, peaceful excursion from the Gaurishankar region to the Everest region

Rest near the majestic Tsho Rolpa (4580 meters /15,030 feet) lake

Sleep under the stars on the lap of the Himalayas

Learn about Sherpa culture and their devotion to Tibetan Buddhism

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Valley(1400m).
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Singati (1020m), 6-7 hour drive.
  • Day 03: Singati to Jagat (1250m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 04: Jagat to Simigaon (2025m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 05: Simigaon to Donga (2800m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 06: Donga to Beding (3690m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration.
  • Day 08: Beding to Na Gaon (4185m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration.
  • Day 10: Na Gaon to Tso-Rolpa (4360m), 4-5 hours.
  • Day 11: Rolpa to Drolumbau Glacier (5205m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 12: Drolumbau Glacier to Tashi Laptsa-La (5755m) and descend to Base Camp (5460m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 13: Base Camp to Thame (3805m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 14: Thame to Namche Bazar via Khumjung Village(3440m), 5hours.
  • Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m), 4-5 hours.
  • Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 30 minute flight.
  • Day 17: Final Departure from Nepal.

Trip note

Accommodation

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek includes accommodation in the cost.  This accommodation is included only during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2/3 star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will arrange good local teahouse in Rolwaling Valley and after we start to sleep in the tented camp.

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we will order our meals from teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.   

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Domestic Flights

Flights from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days.  It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.  If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days.  In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.  Again, we recommend added a couple extra days to your arrival and departure dates to prevent any problems.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Valley(1400m).
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at the hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Singati (1020m), 6-7 hour drive.
    We take a jeep from Kathmandu to Singati, passing rolling green hills and views of white shimmering mountains that keep you engaged all along the way. On our way, we can pay a visit to Bhimeswor Temple in Dolakha. About an hour’s drive after the temple, we reach our campsite on the bank of the Tama Kosi River. Overnight at a teahouse.
    • Singati
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 1020m
  • Day 03: Singati to Jagat (1250m), 5-6 hours.
    Our trail leads deep into the Bhote Koshi valley. We pass a river that paves its way in the midst of terrace fields, and picturesque villages. We walk through a dense rhododendron forest and cross a suspension bridge to reach Jagat. The views of the Gauri Shankar (7145m) on the way through the forest are astonishing. The area is adorned with prayer flags and chhortens, although it is mostly inhabited by Hindus. Overnight at teahouse.
    • Jagat
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 1250m
  • Day 04: Jagat to Simigaon (2025m), 5-6 hours.
    After breakfast, we begin the day. About two and a half hours after leaving our campsite, we leave the valley and continue to the east. The path steeply ascends to Simigaon, a village inhabited by Sherpa and Tamang people. Before reaching there, we pass through picturesque terraced hills and villages. In Simigaon, there is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched above the houses with spectacular views of Gauri Shankar. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Simigaon
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2025m
  • Day 05: Simigaon to Donga (2800m), 5-6 hours.
    To begin the day, we pass through rhododendron and bamboo forests and begin trekking through the Rolwaling valley. Climb up towards Gyalche and then back down to the river. Our camp will be next to the Rolwaling Khola (River). Going to sleep with the sound of flowing water gives us an inexplicable feeling of peace. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Donga
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2800m
  • Day 06: Donga to Beding (3690m), 5-6 hours.
    After breakfast, we move uphill through a forest, still admiring the mountains peering around each corner. Upon our arrival to Beding, we see Melungtse I (7181m), the highest summit in the Rolwaling range. Here, you can try chyaang (barley beer) and salted yak butter tea, some local favorites. There is also an old Buddhist Monastery in the center of the village, which is cool to explore. We set up a camp along the bank of the river in Beding for an overnight stay. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Beding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3690m
  • Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration.
    Today we take it easy and have a rest (or explore if you are up for it!). To help with the acclimatization process, it is best to climb high and then sleep low. So, we recommend hiking up to the Malung La Pass (5616 meters). Those who take the hike are rewarded with mind-blowing views of over fifteen peaks, several glaciers, and the expansive Beding Valley. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Beding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3690m
  • Day 08: Beding to Na Gaon (4185m), 5-6 hours.
    Follow the river from Beding nearly all the way to Na. Admire the pristine glacial lakes, reflecting the crisp mountains in the still water. Nested right below the Tsho Rolpa Glacier, Na provides amazing views of Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m) and Yalung Ri (5630m). This is a campsite to remember. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Na Gaon
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4185m
  • Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration.
    We have set aside another day to acclimatize. Altitude sickness is no joke. If you are up for another adventure, let’s head up to the Yalung La Pass. Before we reach the pass, we already get stunning views in this natural amphitheater at 4900 meters. Incredible views surround us. Take a deep breath and enjoy the panorama: Yalung Glacier to the east, Ramdung Peak (5930m) to the south, Yalung Ri (5630m) to the west. To the north are more mountain views. Head back down and relax. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Na Gaon
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4185m
  • Day 10: Na Gaon to Tso-Rolpa (4360m), 4-5 hours.
    Wake up, have a tasty breakfast, and begin the journey. We break a sweat quickly as we climb the dam that holds the Tsho-Rolpa Lake. Continue along the south bank of the lake. It’s a relatively short hike today. Our campsite lies along with a sandy place near the Tsho Rolpa and Trakarding glaciers. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Tso-Rolpa
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 4360m
  • Day 11: Rolpa to Drolumbau Glacier (5205m), 5-6 hours.
    After breakfast, we hike towards the Trakarding glacier – a massive rocky area that gives way to the turquoise ice at times. Scramble on a rocky part and climb up the rock face. We help the porters by setting up a rope to climb up the last 160 meters before checking for a stellar campsite. Innumerable streams run from the glacier, which we may hear cracking from time to time. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Drolumbau Glacier
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 5205m
  • Day 12: Drolumbau Glacier to Tashi Laptsa-La (5755m) and descend to Base Camp (5460m), 7-8 hours.
    The path to Drolumbau Glacier is tricky and fairly steep but our efforts will be rewarded by the spectacular views of Tengi Ragi Tau (6943m), Bigphero-Go Shar (6729m), Dragkar-Go (6793m) with even more awesome views as we look north towards Tibet. We progress through moraines and gentle slopes, cross glacial areas and head towards the summit. We set up our camp 300 meters below the summit beyond a rugged rocky section. Overnight at tented camp.
    • Tashi Laptsa Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 5755m
  • Day 13: Base Camp to Thame (3805m), 7-8 hours.
    Today’s walk is long but mellow as we descend to Thame. We visit a picturesque monastery perched on the hillside just before entering the tiny Sherpa village of Thame – a crucial route for traders and their yak caravans as they move from Tibet and cross the Nangpa La (5716 meters/18,752 feet) on the Tibetan border to Namche Bazaar and beyond. Overnight at tented camp.
    • Thame
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 3805m
  • Day 14: Thame to Namche Bazar via Khumjung Village(3440m), 5hours.
    Today before heading towards Namche Bazaar, we will explore the famous monastery in Thame. We might share the trail with trekkers coming to and from Everest Base Camp. Khumjung is a beautiful Sherpa village that lies in the foothills of the sacred Khumbilla mountain. We stop at Khumjung for Lunch. There is plenty to explore here, including a school developed by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to summit Mount Everest. Then we head to the bustling marketplace and trading point of the Khumbu region Namche Bazaar. Arrive at Namche Bazaar and explore the town and enjoy real coffee and Black Forest Cake at a cafe. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m), 4-5 hours.
    As the journey from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is a bit long but predominantly downhill, we take our time. We make a stop in Phakding for lunch. The descent from Namche to the river below is a bit of a challenge. Departing from the main Everest trail, we take our last few views of the magnificent Khumbu region peaks. Pass through the small villages of Benkar, Phakding, and Chuthawa. After a few ups and downs, we eventually arrive at Lukla. The trek is nearing the end, a bittersweet moment after all these days on the trail. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Lukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 30 minute flight.
    Have breakfast and then walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast, Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 1400m
  • Day 17: Final Departure from Nepal.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing your adventure partner, Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport. 

Three nights in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

Local guest house accommodation and tented camp in mountain.

Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters 

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

Sagarmatha National Park permit

Gauri Shankar National Park permit

TIMS card

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)