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Starts at: Shigati Ends at: Lukla
Trek Region: Rolwaling Transport: Flight
Duration: 16 Days Trip Grade: Strenuous
Max Altitude: 5682 m / 18641 ft Accommodation: Teahouse

The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek goes through the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area and the Sagarmatha National Park, linking the Rolwaling Valley with the Everest region.

This trek will visit the beautiful Tso Rolpa Lake (4183 m), summit the Tashi Lapcha Pass (5682 m), visit Namche Bazaar, and offers superb breathtaking views of Gauri Shankar and Everest, and many other mountains. The Tashi Lapcha Pass is perhaps the most difficult in this region, so a high level of fitness and stamina is required.

This is reportedly one of the possible routes that people from Kham in Tibet used during the mid-1800’s. These people subsequently settled in this area and the Everest region and are now known as Sherpa. Therefore, this trek also has historical and cultural significance. After crossing the pass and coming into the Everest region, there are glorious views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. And once reaching the bustling market town of Namche Bazaar there is an opportunity to interact with other trekking and climbing groups as well as the Sherpas.

But before that, aside from perhaps spotting a snow partridge or two, and coming across herds of yaks (or more specifically, naks) producing milk for cheese making, don’t forget to look out for the fabled Yeti. It was on the slopes of the Rolwaling Peak that Eric Shipton photographed Yeti footprints in 1951!

This trek certainly combines history and culture with stunning mountain views, and the satisfaction of crossing a high Himalayan pass.

Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Shigati (Drive)

Shigati – 950 m / 3116 ft – 9 hrs

Day 2: Shigati to Jagat

Jagat – 1050 m / 3444 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Jagat to Simi Gaun

Simi Gaun- 1900 m / 6233 ft – 5 hrs

Day 4: Simi Gaun to Gyalchen

Gyalchen – 3300 m / 10826 ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: Gyalchen to Beding

Beding – 3650 m / 11975 ft – 4 hrs

Day 6: Beding to Na Gaun

Na Gaun- 4100 m / 13451 ft – 4 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day

Na Gaun- 4100 m / 13451 ft – 2 hrs

Day 8: Na Gaun to Tso Rolpa Lake

Tso Rolpa Lake – 4183 m / 13723 ft – 4 hrs

Day 9: Acclimatization Day

Tso Rolpa Lake – 4183 m / 13723 ft – 1 hr

Day 10: Tso Rolpa Lake to Tso Rolpa Phedi

Tso Rolpa Phedi – 5682 m / 18641 – 4 hrs

Day 11:Acclimatization Day

Tso Rolpa Phedi – 5682 m / 18641 – 2 hrs

Day 12: Tso Rolpa Phedi to Ngole via Tashi Lapcha Pass

Tashi Lapcha Pass – 5110 m / 16765 ft – 9 hrs

Day 13: Ngole to Thame

Thame – 3820 m / 12532 ft – 6 hrs

Day 14: Thame to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 6 hrs

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Lukla- 2860 m / 9383 ft – 7 hrs

Day 16:Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1380 m / 4527 ft – 30 min

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Plan Your Trip


  • 15 nights accommodation in tents
  • Guide for 16 days
  • Cook for 16 days
  • Required number of porters for 16 days
  • Kathmandu Shigati private jeep
  • Lukla Kathmandu flight
  • Restricted area permit
  • Gaurishankar conservation area permit
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permit
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 16 x set breakfast, 15 x set lunch and 15 x set dinner while on trek.
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu

Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek Map

Rolwaling Trek

FAQs For Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek:

General Information

What is the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek?

The Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek is a strenuous 16-day trekking adventure in Nepal that connects the Rolwaling Valley with the Everest region, offering breathtaking views and rich cultural experiences.

How long is the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek?

The trek lasts for 16 days, covering various terrains and high-altitude passes.

What is the maximum altitude of the trek?

The highest point of the trek is Tashi Lapcha Pass at 5682 meters (18641 feet).

What type of accommodation is provided?

Accommodation includes 15 nights in tents and teahouses along the route.

Is this trek suitable for beginners?

No, this trek is considered strenuous and requires a high level of fitness and trekking experience.

What is the best time to do the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek?

The best times to trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.

What permits are required for the trek?

You need a restricted area permit, Gaurishankar Conservation Area permit, and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit.

What cultural experiences can be expected on this trek?

The trek offers opportunities to interact with the Sherpa community and explore the historical routes used by Tibetan settlers.

Is there a chance to see wildlife during the trek?

Yes, trekkers might spot wildlife such as snow partridges and herds of yaks.

Are there any historical significances to this trek?

Yes, the route was historically used by Tibetan settlers in the mid-1800s and offers insights into Sherpa culture and history.

Preparation and Gear

What gear is essential for the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek?

Essential gear includes warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, sturdy hiking boots, and a first-aid kit.

Do I need technical climbing equipment?

Yes, you will need technical climbing equipment such as crampons, ice axes, and harnesses for the high passes.

How should I prepare physically for the trek?

Preparation should include cardiovascular training, strength training, and practice hikes at high altitudes.

Is acclimatization included in the itinerary?

Yes, there are scheduled acclimatization days at Na Gaun and Tso Rolpa Lake.

What type of food is provided during the trek?

The trek includes 16 set breakfasts, 15 set lunches, and 15 set dinners, catering to vegan and vegetarian preferences.

Are there any health risks associated with this trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is a risk; proper acclimatization and awareness are crucial.

Do I need travel insurance for this trek?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking is essential.

What kind of weather should I expect?

Weather can vary from warm days to very cold nights, with possible snow at higher altitudes.

Can I rent gear in Kathmandu?

Yes, most essential gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu.

Is there any communication available on the trek?

Limited communication facilities are available, but it’s advisable to inform family and friends about limited connectivity.

Itinerary Details

What is the starting point of the trek?

The trek starts in Shigati after a drive from Kathmandu.

What are the main highlights of the trek?

Highlights include Tso Rolpa Lake, Tashi Lapcha Pass, Namche Bazaar, and views of Mount Everest and Gauri Shankar.

How many acclimatization days are included?

There are three acclimatization days included in the itinerary.

What is the final destination of the trek?

The trek ends in Lukla, followed by a flight back to Kathmandu.

How many hours of trekking are expected each day?

Daily trekking hours range from 4 to 9 hours depending on the stage of the trek.

What are some notable villages on the route?

Notable villages include Jagat, Simi Gaun, Beding, Na Gaun, and Thame.

Are there any rest days in the itinerary?

Yes, there are scheduled acclimatization and rest days to help adjust to the altitude.

What type of terrain will we encounter?

The terrain includes valleys, high mountain passes, and steep ascents and descents.

Is the trek guided?

Yes, the trek includes a guide, cook, and necessary porters.

What cultural sites can we visit?

Cultural sites include Namche Bazaar, where trekkers can interact with the local Sherpa community.

Health and Safety

What health precautions should be taken?

Precautions include proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, and having a comprehensive first-aid kit.

How to prevent altitude sickness?

Prevent altitude sickness by acclimatizing properly, ascending slowly, and staying hydrated.

What medical facilities are available on the trek?

Basic medical facilities are available, but for serious conditions, evacuation might be necessary.

Is it safe to drink water on the trek?

It’s recommended to drink boiled or purified water to avoid waterborne illnesses.

What safety measures are in place for the trek?

Safety measures include carrying emergency communication devices and having a well-trained guide.

What are the risks of trekking in remote areas?

Risks include altitude sickness, extreme weather, and limited access to medical facilities.

Are there emergency evacuation options?

Yes, emergency evacuation by helicopter is available but requires appropriate insurance coverage.

What should I do in case of an emergency?

In case of an emergency, contact your guide immediately and follow their instructions.

Are vaccinations required for the trek?

Consult with a healthcare provider for recommended vaccinations before traveling to Nepal.

How to stay healthy during the trek?

Stay healthy by eating well, maintaining hygiene, and taking necessary precautions against altitude sickness.

Costs and Booking

What is the cost of the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek?

The cost varies; contact Magical Nepal for the most current pricing.

What is included in the trek cost?

The cost includes accommodation, meals, permits, guide services, and internal transportation.

Are there any additional costs?

Additional costs may include personal expenses, tips, travel insurance, and gear rental.

How do I book the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek?

You can book the trek through the Magical Nepal website or contact their travel experts.

What is the payment process?

The payment process typically involves a deposit upon booking and the balance before departure.

Are there any discounts available?

Discounts may be available for group bookings or during certain seasons; inquire with Magical Nepal.

What is the cancellation policy?

The cancellation policy varies; check the terms and conditions on the Magical Nepal website.

Is travel insurance included in the cost?

No, travel insurance is not included and must be arranged separately.

Can the itinerary be customized?

Yes, Magical Nepal offers the option to customize the itinerary based on your preferences.

What are the payment options?

Payment options include bank transfers, credit card payments, and other methods as specified by Magical Nepal.

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