Tashi Lapcha Pass and Tsho Rolpa Trek via Rolwaling Valley- 17 Days

Tashi Lapcha Pass and Tsho Rolpa Trek via Rolwaling Valley- 17 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16


  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16


  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

The Tashi Lapcha pass in the Gauri Shankar area of northeast Nepal is one of the toughest passes in Nepal. The Walk to Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha passes the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area and Sagarmatha National Park, connecting Rolwaling Valley to Everest region. The Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek includes biodiversity, history, and contact with a mythological character (Yeti). It also gives access to the largest Tsho-Rolpa lake. Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kusum Kangaru are all visible after crossing the pass and entering the Everest area.


Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapch pass trek is important both historically and culturally. You will get the chance to meet the Tamang and Sherpa communities in this region closely. The paths lead you to the ancient monastery of Beding, the path leads to the famous lake called Tsho Rolpa, whose peacefulness cannot be expressed in words.

A difficult trek across Tashi Lapsta La provides a breathtaking view of Everest and other Khumbu area mountains. Because of the rockfall, the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek is one of the most challenging treks, requiring many days of walking over the magnificent glacier.


Your 17-day trek will begin at Simigaun. On the route to Simigaun, you will pass through an amazing part of the trail along the Tamakoshi River. On this trail you may encounter the glacial lake Tsho-Rolpo. The journey reached numerous Sherpa communities in Khumbu including Namche Bazaar before ending in Lukla, through the Sagarmatha National Park.    This trek will allow you to experience the Himalayan routes as well as the busier ones, giving you the best experience in the Himalayan.



Trip Facts 


Country  Nepal
Region  Rolwaling
Duration  17 Days
Highest Elevation  5,750m/ 18,875ft
Grade  Difficult
Meals  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation  Hotel, Lodge, Camping
Best Seasons  Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov


Trip Highlights 


  • The second half of the trek is very much in contrast to numerous sceneries, incredibly wonderful Landscapes.
  • Enjoy a beautiful view of the high Himalayas, such as Gauri Shankar, Everest, Lhotse, and more.
  • Explore the least explored trekking route, Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake and Tashi lapcha Pass.
  • Experience high-level and a challenging pass through.
  • Learn about the Tibetan people’s distinct culture and traditions, as well as their way of life.


Is this Trek Appropriate for You? 


  • The Tashi Lapcha pass trek is the Difficult Trek. You can easily complete this trek if you are physically and mentally prepared and willing to do so.


  • You will be Trekking for 12 Days. The Path can be completed in as little as 2 hours as much as 8 hours.


  •  If you’re looking for a challenging trekking experience, this is the trek for you. It is encouraged, but not needed, that you have prior high-altitude trekking experience.


  • Each day you will cover 200 to 400 meters in height while trekking. The highest point in the trek you will reach on the trek is 5,750m.


  • The weather and Remoteness of this trek, as well as dealing with the high altitude, require a slow pace and the need to stay hydrated.


  • This trek requires enough endurance and stamina.



Days Activities Durations
1. Arrival at TIA Kathmandu
2. Drive from Kathmandu to Chetchet Via Dolkha and Hike to Simigau (2,019m/ 6,625ft) 9-10 hrs
Trek from simigau to Dongnang (2,800m/ 9,190ft) 6-7 hrs
4. Trek from Dongnang to Beding (3,690m/ 12,100ft) 4-5 hrs
5. Trek from Beding to Naa (4,183m/13,725ft) 3-5 hrs
Hike from Naa to Tsho Rolpa (4,580m/ 15,030ft) 2-3 hrs
Acclimatization Day (4,580m/ 15,030ft)
Trek from Tsho Rolpa lake to Trakarding Glaicer (4800m/ 15,750ft) 7-8 hrs
Trek from Trakarding Glacier to Tashi Lapcha Phedi (5,755m/ 18,885) 6-7 hrs
10. Trek from Tashi Lapcha Phedi to Tashi Lapcha Camp (5,200m/ 17060ft) via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,750m/ 18,875ft) 6-7 hrs
11. Trek from Tashi Lapcha Camp to Thyangbo (4,350m/ 14,275ft) 4-5 hrs
12. Trek from Thyangbo to Thame (3,820m/ 15,815ft) 4-5 hrs
13. Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar (3,340m/ 11,290ft) 5-6 hrs
14. Trek From Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,480m/ 8,140ft) 6-7 hrs
15. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. 30   in
16. Rest Day at Kathmandu
17. Departure

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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

Once you arrive at the international airport of Kathmandu A friendly smile will greet you. Our agent will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your accommodation. Arrive at the hotel and check-in. Our guide will meet you in the evening and give you a quick overview of the journey. Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2

The first day of your trek will include a private vehicle ride from Kathmandu to Chet Chet. The journey will last 7 to 8 hours. The route will be Kathmandu-Dhulikhel-Mude-Dolkha-Bhimsen-Singati-Jagat-Chetchet. Lunch will be on Mude. After arriving at Chetchet, you will relax for 15 minutes before hiking to Simigaun. You will walk on the stairs to Simigaun.  Hike to Simigaun will take around 2 hours due to the steepness of the route. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 3

Today, after breakfast, you will depart from Simi Gaun. The track is easy to follow, with just moderate ascents and descents. We take a break at the village of Uttise. Surmuche arrives a little more than an hour after Uttise. Surmuche is reached through a steady ascent. We’ll stop at Surmuche for lunch. We’ll leave for Donang after nearly an hour of relaxation. After lunch, it’s another hour to Kyalche, where there’s a lovely teahouse. In Kyalche, we will have a 15-minute break. You will walk for 40 minutes from Kyalche to Donang. Dongang’s village consists of only two teahouses. Overnight at Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will depart for Beding. You’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. The trek to Thangding is breathtaking.   There appears to be a mountain view in nearly every direction. After about 2 hours of trekking, you will arrive at Thangding for lunch. You will cross a sacred temple shortly after leaving Thangding. According to locals, a cow gave birth to a god here. Throughout the hike, you will pass by many waterfalls and hike alongside Rowaling Khola. Beding has two monasteries and is a fairly large village. An ancient monastery built into the rocks was sealed after the earthquake. Regardless, you can still hike up there. You may go to the second, newer monastery, which is right beside the river. You will be staying in Beding for the night.

Day 5

After breakfast, depart for Naa village. You will be hiking for around 2 hours. You should walk gently as you gain elevation and keep hydrated the entire time. The trek from Beding to Na is breathtaking. There are numerous spectacular waterfalls and another monastery built into the mountainside. Enjoy your lunch and rest for the day. Acclimatize yourself on this day. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6

After enjoying your breakfast leave for Tsho Rolpa You’ll be hiking for roughly 2 hours from Naa to Tsho Rolapa. The trek from Na to Tsho Rolpa Lake is short but strenuous. The walk begins easy and straight, but just before the lake, it transforms into a steep stairway that goes straight up. When you get to the lake, you will be fascinated by its milky glacier lake. You can relax and enjoy the scenery because it is peaceful. You may have your snacks while admiring the lovely photos.  Dinner and Camping at the Tsho Rolpa.

Day 7

Enjoy the sunrise from the Tsho Rolpa camp. The fog over the Tsho Rolpa Lake with the ray of sun is photogenic. You will spend the day relaxing in peaceful surroundings. You should properly prepare yourself for the upcoming challenging days. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.

Day 8

Leave after breakfast towards the Trakarding Glacier. The journey will be difficult today, despite its small distance, because we will be walking through the cold and difficult Trakarding Glacier path all day. We ascend a rough terrain to reach Trakarding, with views of numerous mountains including Rolwaling Kang, Takargo, and Jabou Ri, among others. Tented camp for the night.

Day 9

The route climbs higher and takes us a slow walk along the glacier. Now we leave the Trakarding Glacier route and go through the glacier of Drolambau. We go through icy paths. This day will be challenging. The majestic beauty would be stunning when we witness snow all around us. We arrive at Tashi Labcha Phedi after walking on the glacier of Drolambau. Overnight at the Camp.

Day 10

After Breakfast leave for the Tashi lapcha pass. Steep ascent to Tashi Lapcha Pass from Tashi Lapcha Phedi will take us to Tashi Lapcha Camp. After a steep climb, we arrive at the summit of Tashi Lapcha Pass that separates the district of Rolwaling from Khumbu. Now we enter Sagarmatha and go down to Tashi Lapcha Camp for a little while. Overnight at the camp.

Day 11

The paths today are pretty smooth and descending. We will walk relatively easy on glaciers. We go to Ngole, whose route is filled up with ice and snow, from Tashi Lapcha camp. After this, we will descend the road to the glacier lake in the Khumbu area, Parchemuche Tsho on the way to Thyangbo. We come to Thyangbo with a view of Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Pachhermo Peak and Cho Oyu.

Day 12

We pass across the Yak farmland and arrive at the bamboo huts of the Yak Herder early in the morning after breakfast. This path is humpy and descends slowly. We follow a little river while we enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the surroundings. Before approaching Thame Village, we arrive at the Power House shaped like a pyramid. In the evening, we visit the Monastery Thame and enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains around it. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 13

After Breakfast, the path gradually descends to Samde. View the major peaks of the Khumbu area, including Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Taboche, and other summits. The path descends to Syangboche before reaching Namche Bazaar, passing through numerous towns and monasteries. Then, following the Bhote Koshi River’s paths, we arrive in Namche Bazaar, the commercial center. Tourists from all around the nation visit the Sherpa settlement. Stay the night in Namche Bazaar. Overnight and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 14

After Breakfast We leave Namche Bazaar and go on either side with Bhote Koshi River and Dudh Koshi River. At Larcha Dovan we go down to Jorsalle and leave the Sagarmatha National Park when we arrive at a junction of these two rivers. Then we walk along the River Dudh Koshi, passing through several towns, monasteries, walls, and prayer wheels to reach the town of Lukla. Overnight and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 15

After a hearty breakfast move to the airport. It’s time to say goodbye to the mountains. Take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. From above, take in the panorama of the Himalayas. On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be collected up by our agency car or van and escorted to the hotel. You are free for the rest of the day. You may take a walk in Kathmandu’s valley or stroll around the street of Thamel. Kathmandu offers you many things to do and many places to visit. Have a farewell dinner with your trekking team and spend the night in the hotel.

Day 16

At the Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will be enjoying a delicious breakfast. The remainder of the day is yours to design according to your preferences. You may go shopping or visit one of Kathmandu’s three durbars. Swyambhunath or Bouddhanath can also be visited in the evening for the evening prayer. Go to a Pasupathi Nath for “Sandhya aarti,” also known as Night aarti, at night. Following that, have a farewell dinner with your teammates. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 17

The 16-day journey has concluded. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

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Route Map


Altitude Map


What's Included

  • Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop on private basis).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 2nights at Star categories hotel on twin sharing on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Welcome Dinner and farewell dinner at Nepali culture restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing at Lodge during the trek.
  • Permit: All necessary paper works: Gauri Sankar Conservation Area permit (GCAP), TIMS Cards.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Trekking Map: Rolwaling Region trekking map.
  • Member transportation: – Road Transportation: Drive from Kathmandu – Chetchet and Air Transportation: Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Insurance of guide and potter.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance, Accident. *Mandatory
  •  Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,

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The ideal season to travel

Spring (March- April- May): The weather warms up in the spring, and the winter snows begin to melt. Trekking is a wonderful option in March. Wildflowers such as Rhododendron bloom all over the hills, transforming the landscape into a colorful paradise. There are more blooms and the vegetation is greener.

Summer (June- July- August): Monsoon starts at the eastern end of the Himalayas, starting from the Bay of Bengal. During the monsoon in Nepal, we do not organize any trekking it’s risky. Landslides and rocks make driving on highways and walking on the paths dangerous. The monsoon rain affects this season, even though it is the warmest of the year.

Autumn (September- October- November): Autumn is the greatest time for the Tsho Rolpa walk because the weather is clear and the trail is dry. Wildflowers such as Rhododendron flourish throughout the slopes, converting the hills into a colorful paradise. Mountain views are crystal clear, and this is the perfect moment to shoot them.

Winter (December- January- February): It is possible to trek in Tsho Rolpa during the winter, but your trek may be affected by heavy snowfall, therefore you must be properly equipped and plan wisely for this trek.

Drive to Chetchet

  • The distance between Kathmandu and Chetchet is 200 kilometers.


  • It takes around 7 to 8 hours to travel by private jeep, and approximately 9 to 10 hours to travel by public bus.


  • The route to Rolwaling valley is the same either way, Kathmandu – Dhulikhel – Mude – Dolkha – Bhimsen – Singati – Jagat – Chetchet.


  • To drive from a private jeep, you must depart early at 7:00 a.m., as the jeep will arrive at your hotel to pick you up.


  • To drive in a public bus, you must leave early to catch a bus at either 6:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. from Ratna Park. You must arrive early and reserve your seat.


Flight from Lukla

  • Lukla Airport is also known as the most dangerous airport in the world. This airport, which is only open when the weather is calm, and visibility is excellent.


  • The Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 30 min.


  • It’s impossible to say whether your Lukla flight will be canceled. If this occurs, your trip may be extended by one or two days. So, plan and add buffer days to your itinerary to ensure you don’t miss your international flight.

Altitude sickness

Beyond 2500m (8000ft), Altitude sickness is a sneaky monster that may attack even the fittest trekkers. These demands do everything in your power to prepare for altitude trekking and take things carefully throughout your Rolwaling and Everest region journey. With increasing altitude, the amount of available oxygen decreases, which is the primary cause of high-altitude sickness

Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha Pass is one of the hardest pass treks in Nepal. There is a very high chance to occur Altitude Sickness during this trek. You may suffer from different altitude sicknesses at the altitude of 5,750m (Tashi Lapcha Pass) i.e., Acute Mountain sickness (AMS), High pulmonary edema (HAPE), High-altitude cerebral edema. So, it is very important to know everything about altitude sickness. Your body requires time to adjust to thin air, so start at a lower altitude and work your way up. Some of the symptoms of Altitude sickness are:

  • Increased breathing.
  • Increased urination.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night because of altitude.
  • Dehydration.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Cerebral edema.
  • Coma.

Certain care should be made to ensure that the situation does not worsen. However, if the symptoms worsen, you may need to return to a lower height and seek medical help. There are, however, several other precautions you may take while trekking in the Rolwaling region to lessen your risk of altitude sickness.

  • Trekkers can modify their bodies by slowly and gradually climbing, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.


  • You should do various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym to acquire strength and stamina for your adventure.


  • As the air gets increasingly thin, an increase in elevation reduces oxygen levels, and in the Everest region trek, an increase in altitude also means less vegetation. The consumption of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco decreases the body’s water content.


  • The greatest remedy is to always stay hydrated. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water.


  • Diamox is the most effective altitude sickness medication; thus, you should bring a subscription with you on the trek. However, you should consult with your physician to see whether it is advantageous.

So, here you have it: everything you need to know about altitude sickness before trekking to Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha Pass.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Things to know before traveling to Rolwaling valley



Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water daily (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).


Rowaling valley is one of Nepal’s most remote valleys having very little human settlement. Simigaun and Beding are the only two places where there is a large human settlement. There are only one or two houses in Uttise, Surmuche, Kyalcha, Dognang, Thakding, and Naa for tourists to stay, eat, and rest. Other than this, there isn’t even a single settlement within the distance of 5km (around 3hrs) from one destination to another in Rolwaling valley. As a result, getting drinking water on the way to Tsho Rolpa will be extremely difficult.


Throughout the trek, the only places to get drinking water are teahouses and lodges, but it is not safe to drink without purifying it. Sealed bottled water is also not available throughout the trial. Therefore, we recommend you bring a Reusable water bottle of 2-3ltr or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water.

During this trek, you may have to pay between 1$ to 5$ for a sealed bottle of water.

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.


  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free tap water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1-2$ per liter and 3$- 10$ for a large pot.


  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water, purify by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.


  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, economic, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolet light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of the water. This is a highly recommended means of purifying water.

Electricity and Internet facility at Rolwaling valley.

Electricity facility.

Rolwaling valley is one of the remote areas of Nepal. There is no access to electricity. The entire valley relies on solar power electricity, which is only enough to light a bulb. There is no charging socket in your room. Even if you are willing to pay for charging, your device will not be able to charge with solar power. You can charge your device in Chetchet, which is the beginning point of the trek, and after crossing the Tashi Lapcha pass from Thame, by paying a certain amount. As a result, it is recommended that you bring a power bank that will last the duration of your trek.

Recently a new hydropower project has been proposed near the Rolwaling valley, and an electricity pole has been installed. So, within a few years, Rolwaling valley will have access to electricity.

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is needed to contact your family, friends, and employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

Rolwaling Valley has no internet service because there is no electricity. But after crossing the pass, entering the Everest region you might get internet service in your accommodation. Everest Link has been providing internet service in Everest Region.

NTC cellular service has been providing the GSM mobile network service in Rolwaling valley up to Tsho Rolpa. You can buy the NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1$. By taking data packages you can access the internet from NTC up to Tsho Rolpa only when the mobile network catches a signal. It is not guaranteed that your mobile network will catch the signal throughout Rolwaling valley. From Thame both Ncell and NTC network signal are good.

Buy NTC data package


Cost of data package in NTC:


(Valid up to 28days


(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#


Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.


Some useful tips to save the battery.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp)
  • As possible less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and airplane mode.

Essential Backpack items for Tsho Rolpa - Tashi Lapcha Trek.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek. Trek. As this trek is in a remote valley, there are no shops once you leave the road, so need to bring enough supplies that you need in the trek.the clothes

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel permits.


  • A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  • 2 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • 4-5 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  • Pairs of hiking shorts and pants.
  • Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof rain jacket and pants.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  • 4-5 pairs of quick-dry socks, underwear, and sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, sun cap, beanie, or bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses and eyeshade.

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 2-3litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles.
  • Map of Rolwaling region.
  • Crampons (if you are trekking in winter season, Dec-Feb).
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it solar charged and very much portable)
  • Stuff sacks, plastic bags.
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.


  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Deodorants.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Bandage.
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets- Diamox
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent.
  • Salt or anti leech oil (If travelling in rainy season, July- Aug)
  • Earplugs

You can buy or hire trekking cloths and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before you arrive in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around the Thamel area at a reasonable price.

Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation



We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu.

For our stay from Chetchet until returning to Chetchet we will accommodate in lodges. There is no human settlement except in Simigaun, Dognang, Beding, and Na which is our destination to stay overnight.



During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, Cornflakes, Cereal, Pancakes, Gurung/ Tibetan Bread butter, Eggs, Oatmeal, Tsampa porridge, Tea, etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Vegetable noodle soup, Chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fried cheese Potato, Fried rice, etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Momo, Fried noodles, Noodles soup, Thukpa, Stews, Fried Potato, Fried rice, etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy from your it pocket.



By Bus- from Kathmandu airport to hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Kathmandu to Chetchet and vice-versa.

Guide and Staff Arrangements

Throughout the trek, all your activities will be handled by our well-qualified and professional staff. They will do all the escorting. We are providing you with it a highly experienced and licensed guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent navigation skills. They will accompany you from Kathmandu and guide you to Tsho Rolpa, Tashi Lapcha pass. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weighs more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged for 2 people.

All our lead guides, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek.

A typical day on the Tsho Rolpa- Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m. We need to start our trek early to avoid the scorching sun as in midafternoon the wind gets stronger compared to morning in higher altitudes.

You’ll wander along the trail enjoying the scenery, clicking photos, creating memories, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories. Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the afternoon. Having the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the day’s final destination as per the itinerary.

On arrival at the destination, check into your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse/lodge where we stay has a common dining area with a wood-burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet other travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forget all the tiredness of the day. Later in the evening, you will have your dinner together. After dinner, your guide will give a short briefing about the next day’s trek regarding when you must get up when we have to start our trek the next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk, and so on.

During your 7-8 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Chetchet enjoy the mountain ranges and landscape from the window of the jeep. You will be walking for a maximum of 7 hrs to a minimum of 2 hrs per day. The whole trek is steep. Mt. Gauri Shankar will be your constant companion throughout the trek. The entire trek is a peaceful walk-through nature. When you reach Tsho Rolpa you will be fascinated by its milky glacier lake. You will get to experience the isolated village of Beding and Naa.  Tashi lapcha pass is one of the hardest pass treks. But once you reach the pass you will be mesmerized by the snow-covered pass. On the side, the view of Mt. Tyangi ragyi will motivate you to cross the pass. Returning from the Tashi lapcha la, we will pass through Thame, Namcha (the capital of Sherpa) and fly from Lukla to our final destination- Kathmandu. Have a

Every stop in the Rolwaling valley might not offer you a scenic view but will offer you a peaceful environment. Your hard walk will be paid off on reaching the final destination with lifelong memories.


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel to Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 1 month because anything can happen during the trip, and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.


  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR 2, 00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note: For 15 days visa, costs USD 30. But our trip is for 17 days so, apply for 30 days visa, which costs USD 50, and if you want to spend more time in Nepal you can spend more days with this visa. For 90 days visa costs USD125.


Entry permits and Requirements

The Entry permits that you need for the trekking to Tso Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass are;

Trekking permits  Foreign Nationals SAARC nationals Nepali Citizen
1. Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit NPR 3,000 per person per entry NPR 1,000 per person per entry NPR 100 per person per entry
2. Special permit/ Rowaling valley restricted area permit. NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT) NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT) -N/A
3. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit NPR 2,000 per person (for the first 4 weeks)

NPR 2,500 per person (beyond 4 weeks)

NPR 2,000 per person (for the first 4 weeks)

NPR 2,500 per person (beyond 4 weeks)

NPR 2,000 per person (for the first 4 weeks)

NPR 2,500 per person (beyond 4 weeks)

4. Sagarmatha National Park Permit NPR 3,000 per person per entry + 13% vat.

(Approx. 34$)

NPR 1,500 per person per entry +13% vat

(Approx. 15$)

NPR 100 per person per entry +13% vat

(Approx. 1$)


Note– a Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance permit must be obtained from the Rural Municipality desk at the Lukla checkpoint.

Permits for the Sagarmatha National Park can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate at Monjo. To save time, we recommend that you obtain a Sagarmatha National Park Permit from the Nepal tourism board, Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu.


Get a Gaurishankar Conservation area permit and TIMS Card from the Nepal tourism board, Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu. Rolwaling valley restricted area permit is also commonly known as TIMS Card, so not to get confused in these two permits.


For the issue of the TIMS Card, you need at least 2 members, accompanied by a licensed guide.

For more information about TIMS Card here is the link.


(If you are traveling from a travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)


Documents required to get these permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date, and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • 6 Passport size photo.
  • 4 Photocopies of passport personal information page.
  • Copy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.


Travel Insurance


During the journey, you may encounter several unexpected incidents or losses. Trekking in Nepal is an adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking.

Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass is a very difficult trek.  During this 17-days trek, you may encounter a physical injury, illness, or an unexpected accident, and you will be responsible for all medical expenses and losses. There is a high chance of occurring Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) in this trek.

Choose an insurance policy that covers all of your possible risks from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance:

  • Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Lost and stolen baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (Physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
  • All high-altitude trek dangers up to 5,800m.

You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such an incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.

You can get your travel insurance in either your home country of Nepal.

Responsible Travel

Rolwaling valley is the virgin tourist destination of Nepal. The village in Rolwaling valley is isolated and soaked in culture. You will be able to experience the typical lifestyle of Chettri, Gurung, and Sherpa that have been living in this area for a long time. This is the valley with the least amount of human settlement.

So, you have to respect the local people, their local culture and tradition as well as nature and environment. You can help them by using local products and services. You can learn some Nepali greetings words to greet them respectfully.


While walking along the forest trail, you must maintain a peaceful attitude. In the forest, do not play music. It frightened the wildlife. We expect you to properly dispose of your plastic garbage (food wrappers, plastic water bottles).


Rolwaling valley is a restricted area, so you must obtain permits from the Nepalese government to trek through it. Because it is a newly discovered trekking destination, the infrastructure in this valley is not well developed. Not just for the sake of people, culture, and nature, also you have to travel responsibly for yourself. Compulsorily wear the crampons when walking in the glaciers or on snow to prevent any injuries caused by slipping on the ice.

Your one small negative activity can make a big impact on them and their daily life.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.


  • Why do Tsho Rolpa and Tashi lapcha Pass Trek?

Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek is an adventurous trek on a peaceful trail.  Though it is difficult, you will have lots of fun, adventure and get to experience a lot i.e., Wide angle view of snowcapped mountains, milky glacier lake, magnificent landscapes, Sherpa- Brahmin- Chhetri villages, Undisturbed Sherpa culture, delightful cuisine, and so on. During the peak season also, this trek has a calm atmosphere. For anyone who seeks adventure in a peaceful area, this trek is definitely for you. It is an adventurous but peaceful trek.


  • In how many days can we complete Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek?

The Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek can be completed in as short as 10 days too long as 20 days.


  • When are the best time to do Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek?

If you are a nature lover, the autumn season/ Mid-September to mid-November is the best time to do Rowaling valley- Tsho Rolpa. The weather is warm and stable, the sky gets clear and you will get to see the alluring view of green landscape and snow-covered mountains.

But if are a snow lover, the winter season/January is the best time to travel because it is the early time of winter. You will get to experience light snowfall and the trail will be covered in light snow, making the walk easier. It is very dangerous and difficult to cross the passes during mid-winter.

  • Will I gain AMS during the Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek, even if am a frequent trekker?

Acute Mountain sickness is the sneaky monster that sometimes attacks even the fittest trekkers beyond 2,500m (8,000ft). There is a high possibility of you gaining AMS during the Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek after you pass Donang or Beding.another newbie trekker


Even if you are a frequent trekker, sooner or later depending on your health condition and your previous trek altitude history, you might gain AMS. You might gain AMS much later than other newbie trekker. So, you have to balance everything to make your body able to tackle altitude sickness. For that, you have to intake a sufficient amount of liquid and if needed acclimatize properly.


  • What is the Emergency medical facility/ availability in Rowaling valley?

There are local health posts in Simigaun but no advanced hospitals. It is difficult to find health posts around Rowaling village. If you require any emergency medical treatment, Heli rescue evacuation is available.


  • What is the available infrastructure for Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek?

Transportation– If you are a solo traveler, you can take a local bus from Ratna Park to Chet Chet, which departs at 6:00 am and 7:00 am daily. It will take you to your trek’s starting point.


Drinking water– Rowaling valley is one of Nepal’s most remote valleys having very little human settlement. Simigaun and Beding are the only two places where there is a large human settlement. There are only one or two houses in Uttise, Surmuche, Kyalcha, Dognang, Thakding, and Naa for tourists to stay, eat, and rest. Other than this, there isn’t even a single settlement within the distance of 5km (around 3hrs) from one destination to another.

As a result, getting drinking water on the way to Tso Rolpa- Tashi Lapcha Pass will be extremely difficult. So, you have to bring 2-3liter reusable water bottle.


Accommodation– Basic lodges and teahouses are available on this trek.


Foods– You will get various types of food during this trek, from Nepali dal Bhat (Thakali Set) to European cuisine, from Italian cuisine to Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian. Some of the popular food you can find on the trek is.


For breakfast– French toast, Pancakes, Gurung/ Tibetan Bread butter, Eggs, Oatmeal, Tsampa porridge, Tea, Butter Tea, etc.


For Lunch and dinner– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Vegetable noodle soup, chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Thukpa, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fried cheese Potato, Fried rice and so on.


Electricity/ Network/ Internet – There is no access to electricity. The entire valley relies on solar power electricity, which is only enough to light a bulb. NTC cellular service has been providing the GSM mobile network service in Rolwaling valley up to Tsho Rolpa. Rolwaling Valley has no internet service because there is no electricity However, you can connect to the internet via. Your cellular network’s data package.


  • What permits are required for Tsho Rolpa and Tashi lapcha pass trek?

TIM’s card, Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, and Sagarmatha National Park Permit are required for Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek.


TIMS Card cost NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT).

Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit costs NPR 3,000 per person per entry for Foreign Nationals, NPR 1000 per person per entry for SAARC National, and NPR 100 per person for Nepali citizens.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs NPR 2,000 (20$) per person (for the first 4 weeks) and NPR 2,500 (25$) per person (beyond 4 weeks).

Sagarmatha National Park Permit cost NPR 3,000 per person per entry + 13% vat. (Approx. 34$) for foreign Nationals,

NPR 1,500 per person per entry +13% vat (Approx. 15$) For SAARC Nationals and NPR 1, 00 per person per entry +13% vat (Approx. 1$) for Nepalese citizen.


  • Can we do Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek without a guide?

It is possible to do Tsho Rolpa and Tashi Lapcha pass trek without a guide for Nepalese citizens, but it is very risky. There is a high chance of getting lost.


For foreign nationals, it is not possible to do the Tsho Rolpa trek without a guide. First, the foreigner will need a TIM’s card to travel to this region. The first requirement to obtain a TIMS card is you must be accompanied by a two-person along with a Guide. Secondly, the trail to Tsho Rolpa and Tashi lapcha pass is very confusing. You might get lost.


  • What is the average expense per day for solo travelers on the Tsho Rolpa- Tashi Lapcha pass trek?

For food and lodging, the average expenses per day for solo travelers cost between USD 40$ to USD 60$.

For guide, they might charge you 30$ – 60$ per day, porter might charge you around 20$ -25$ per day. They will carry about 20- 30kg of load.


  • What is the major festival that we might encounter while trekking to Tsho Rolpa and Tashi lapcha pass?

This region is inhabited by the Chettri, Gurung, Tamang, and mostly Sherpa. So, there are many festivals you might encounter during this trek. Some of them are:


Main Festivals of Chherti is Dashain, Tihar, Janai Purnima, Teej and so on. They are the festival that is celebrated widely around Nepal in a grand way. Every people with different culture celebrate this festival all over Nepal.


Main festival of Sherpa/Gurung/Tamang is Lhosar. It is also known as Tibetan New Year. As the culture and traditions of Sherpa and Tibet are closely related, they organized a big event during Loshar. It is a three-day festival of prayer, ceremonies, dancing, and family reunion. Traditional attire is worn, traditional food is enjoyed and gifts are exchanged. This year this festival begins onit 3rd March and ends on 5th March.


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