Rolwaling-Tashi Lapcha Trek – 14 Days

Trip Overview

Rolwaling  Tashi lapcha pass Trek is considered one of the best treks in the culturally and geographically diverse country of Nepal which leads to the high mountains in the West of Khumbu. Rolwaling which means “the grave” by the primitive Sherpa settlers denoted the area buried between steep ice-giants.

Rolwaling Tashi lapcha Trek leads to a trail of which most part is wild and lonely with high valleys. The trek starts from Dolakha district and then heads to Jagat. The trekking is known to be challenging at its central stage and only few trekkers have been able to successfully excavate Rolwaling. The folk stories of the infamous Yeti are known to be linked to Rolwaling. The trek leads to high passes and glaciers like Nyiduk Kongma, Drolumbau Glacier, and Teshi Lapche La. After TeshiLapche La, the trail leads downwards to the camp and to Thame. Rolwaling not only provides a panoramic beauty of flora and fauna and snow capped mountains but also lets observe the rich culture on the Tibetan frontier.


High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 14 days teahouse and couple of night camping  trek. Rolwaling  Tashi lapcha pass trek entrance fee, Gaurishankhar Conservation Area Park  fee and the Sagarmath National  Park  fee for the section from Tasi lapcha pass to lukla. the lukla is the starting point of Everest region trek.



Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.

Team Composition in Trek

There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.

physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude. Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu 1300 m Lodge
Day 2 Kathmandu to Shigati 1020 m Lodge
Day 3 Shigati to  Jagat 1250 m Lodge
Day 4 Jagat to Simi Gaun 2025 m Lodge
Day 5 Simi Gaun to Donga/kharka  2800 m Lodge
Day 6 Donga to Beding 3650 m Lodge
Day 7 Beding to Nar 4100 m Lodge
Day 8 Acclimatization day  in Nar 4100 m Lodge
Day 9 Nar to Tso Rolpa Lake 4440 m Tent
Day 10 Tso Rolpa Lake to Tso Rolpa Phedi/Dorlumba glacier 5032 m Tent
Day 11 Tso Rolpa phedi to Ngole via Tashi lapcha pass 4350 m Tent
Day 12 Ngole to Thame 3420 m Lodge
Day 13 Thame to Namche Bazaar 3440 m Lodge
Day 14 Namche Bazaar to  Lukla 2860 m Lodge
Day 15 Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 1300 m Lodge
Day 16 Internationale flight

Detail Itinerary


Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m).

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Rowling tashilapcha pass trek each day program. O/n at hotel.


Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City Sightseeing.

The day second sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River,syambunath stupa.(its call monkey temple) Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world. O/n at hotel.


Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Sigatte (1020m): 5-6 hours.

We will drive from Kathmandu through the beautiful high green hills and white mountain  views to the north. On the way we will visit the Bhimeswor Temple in Dolakha. The last hour’s dusty drive will lead down to our campsite on the Tama Kosi River bank. O/n at hotel.


Day 4: Sigatte to Jagat (1250m): 5-6 hours.

Our route follows the Bhote Kosi’s deep valley which gradually becomes more gorge-like. We crisscross the hectic river on picturesque suspension bridges and pass a few hamlets and villages. The forest sometimes gives way to views of the Gaurishankar (7145m). This area is still Hindu although signs of Buddhism, with prayer flags and Chortens begin to appear. O/n at hotel.


Day 5: Jagat to Simigaon (2025m):5-6 hours.

Few houres walking, we leave the valley to continue east. The path slowly gains altitude on an impressive slope, and later crosses terraces. Simigaon is a Sherpa and Tamang village, marked by its Tibetan monastery perched above the houses on top of the hill in front of Gaurishankar. O/n at hotel.


Day 6: Simigaon to Donga/kharka (2800m): 5-6 hours.

We now enter the Rolwaling valley through a gorgeous rhododendron and bamboo forest. The path steadily climbs towards Gyalche. Eventually, we descend back down to the river and establish our campsite on the Rolwaling Khola bank: a narrow green belt beneath Gaurishankar. O/n at hotel.


Day 7: Donga to Beding (3690m): 5-6 hours.

We gradually climb the forested valley of tropical alpine vegetation, with excellent mountain scenery surrounding us. Arriving at Beding, we should see Melungtse I (7181m), Rolwaling’s highest summit. Beding is a lonely small village; well known to Everest summiteers from beding. An old but historical Buddhist Monastery is located in the center of the village. O/n at hotel.


Day 8. Beding to Na: (4185m): 5-6 hours.

A short walk will take us to Na; the last tiny alpine hamlet that is only inhabited during summer months. Na is situated just below the Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake in a beautiful valley overlooked by some very impressive peaks, including Chobutse (6685m), Chugimago (6259m) and Yalung Ri (5630m). O/n at hotel.


Day 9. Na: Rest and acclimatization day – Yalung La hike: 4-5 hours.

We can either take a rest or organize an excursion towards the Yalung La pass. Here we climb steadily, the path taking us to a vast amphitheatre at 4900m, situated just below the pass, and the Ramdun peak ice fall which is furrowed with streams. This is an excellent place to view the Tsho-Rolpa glacier lake.  In each direction we get stunning views: to the east the Yalung Glacier, south the Ramdung Peak (5930m), west the Yalung Ri (5630m) and to the north the breathtaking Himalayan summits along the Tibetan border. O/n at hotel.


Day 10: Na to Nyiduk Kongma (4750m): 5-6 hours.

We climb up to the dam that holds back the Tsho-Rolpa lake, preventing it from splitting the thin moraine and destroying the valleys below. We continue along the south bank. (The ancient route, marked on all maps, following the northern bank and passing through Chobu, no longer exists. In fact, the moraines bordering the lake have all collapsed into it.) After a 300m climb, we must cross a disordered moraine area only scramble down the height we walked up. The campsite is in a sandy amphitheatre, between the Tsho Rolpa and Trakarding glaciers. O/n at tented.


Day 11: Nyiduk Kongma to Drolumbau Glacier (5025m): 5 -6 hours.

The path plunges on towards the Trakarding glacier. This is a huge and impressive and rocky area that gives way, from time to time, to large sections of bluish ice. We’ll struggle on towards a rocky spur, just beneath the Dolumbau glacier. It is now quite a venture to access the glacier. We need to climb up a rock face and to set a rope for the porters, helping them to scramble up the 160m before accessing the campsite area. This provides a fantastic panorama with the Trakarding glacier below and the great glacial wall of the Drolumbau glacier to the north: an incredible spot with views of countless streams running off the glacier, falling rocks and collapsing ice. O/n tented.


Day 12: Drolumbau Glacier to Teshi Laptsa pass (5755m) & decent to Ngole (5460): 6-7 hours.

The only route to get a foothold onto the Drolumbau glacier is tricky and fairly steep. Our efforts will be rewarded by a unique view towards Tengi Ragi Tau (6943m), Bigphero-Go Shar (6729m), Dragkar-Go (6793m), with a background of many peaks towards and beyond the Tibetan border. We progress through moraines and gentle slopes, from time to time crossing, glacial areas, towards the summit. The campsite is about 300m below the summit just beyond a tricky but impressive rocky section. O/n at tented.


Day 13: Ngole to  Thame (3805m): 5-6 hours.

(If you are Interesting  to do Renjola Pass#Gokiyo late#Chola Pass# Everest Base Camp)

Today offers an easy and pleasant descent. Just before arriving in the tiny Sherpa village of Thame, we can visit its picturesque monastery perched on the hillside. Thame lies on an important route for Tibetan traders and their yak caravans trekking across the Nangpa La (5716m/18,752) on the Tibetan border to Namche Bazaar and beyond. O/n at hotel.


Day 14. Thame to Namche bazar (3435m): 3-4 hours.

Namche Bazaar is Sherpa Capital of Solu Khumbu region and visit Sagarmatha National Park visitor Center. There are plenty to do around Namche Bazaar and trekker should spend a day here acclimatizing day on way up to Everest base camp trek. O/n at hotel.

(If you have time keep continuing to Everest base camp).


Day 15: Namche to Lukla (2840m): 6-7 houre.

We have to arrive in Lukla in time to reconfirm our return flight to Kathmandu for early the next morning. O/n at hotel.


Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu. (1350m): 35 min flight.

Early Morning flight to Kathmandu, transfer to your Hotel. Free afternoon and evening join the farewell dinner. O /n at hotel


Flight Lukla – Kathmandu might be delayed due to poor visibility and bad weather forecast. alternative way by Heli…..


Day 17: Final departure: 

Final Departure to your own destinations-Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal.

Equipment List

The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing.Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.



1.Sun hat or scarf

2.Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3.Sunglasses with UV protection


Upper Body:


5Light and expedition weight thermal tops Fleece jacket or pullover

6. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

7Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

8. Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary



9. Lightweight gloves

10. Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

11. Fleece liner gloves

Lower Body:


12. Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

13. Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

14. Lightweight cotton long pants

15. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

16. Fleece or wool pants

17. Gore-tex jacket

18. Gore-tex jacket trouser



19. thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

20. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

21. Hiking boots with spare laces

22. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp


23. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]

24. Headlamp and batteries

25. Basic First Aid Kit

26. Daypack (approximately 35L to 45L . 

27. Water bottles (2)oiletries

28. Small wash towel

29. Swise knife

30. Leap gurd 30spf

31.Sun cream 50spf


What is the best season for this trekking ?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.


How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.


How long do we walk each day ?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 1015 km) in hilly terrain. In the morning we walk from 811 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. A 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length


Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups ?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.


Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport ?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours ?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival ?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa guide will be showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.


What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking ?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.


Are the food and water safe to eat and drink ? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.


How much additional money do I need per day ?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.


What mode of transportation do you use ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.


Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal ?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.


Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..


Can I use credit cards in the places I visit ?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Namche Bazer and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also, if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.


Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airports pick and drop by private Car
  • Accommodation Kathmandu with bed and break fast
  • Domestic Flight and All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with guide by privet car
  • Gaurishankar  Conservation Area entry Permit and Tims card
  • Sagaramatha national park entry fee.
  • khumbu pasang lhamu Rural municipality
  • All accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced high altitude guide and staff and porters services
  • Satellite Phone for emergency communication.
  • Oxygen Bottle Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator for emergency .
  • Gamow Bag 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for emergency
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including guide
  • Trekking camping equipment
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke,
  • Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.


1. Povidone-iodine cream –1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

– For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage – 2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid – 10.

6. Dressing tape – 1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin- 1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.

Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1.Normal arterial oxygen is Approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

2.Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4.Values under 90 percent are considered low.




8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg –10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic –10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Rolwaling-tashi lapcha
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Spring - Autumn
  •   Meals: Yes
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu
  •   Transportation: Tourist Bus-Flight

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