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Pachermo Peak via Tsho Rolpa Lake

Trip Overview

Rolwaling trek combined with Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755 m/18881ft)is one of the most difficult trekking trails in Nepal. The Rolwaling valley is known as “the Grave” – simply because of its location buried down between steep ice-giants of Gaurishankar Mountain – is quiet to trek and equally adventurous.You will be rewarded with the enchanting views of majestic Mount Gauri Shanker (7,134 m/234065ft) named after Hindu god Shiva and his consort Gauri or Parvati. Other mountain peaks that you can enjoy are Mt. Melungtse (7,181 m/ 23,560 ft), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m/22,854 ft), Mt. Tashi Lapcha and others. The views of beautiful waterfalls, Tsho Rolpa Lake – one of the biggest glacial lakes of Nepal at 4,580m/15026ft with 1.538 Square Kilometers, age old Buddhist monasteries, and unparallel landscapes enchant you. There was a wide belief that mysterious Yeti lived in this valley.


Meet with our friendly representative at the arrival terminal of only international airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. You check-in at your hotel and then after short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
You start the day with delicious breakfast served at your hotel. The sightseeing involves tour of two religious and cultural sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most celebrated Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually significant for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day. Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu in the ancient trade route between India-Nepal and Tibet. The site is peaceful and culturally filled with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city, we return to the hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
From Kathmandu, we head northeast on the Friendship Highway – that connects Kathmandu with Lhasa. At the intersection namely Lamosangu, you leave the Friendship Highway and take another road to Jiri. Earlier the motorable road used to be only up to Dolakha. But nowadays because of the Tamakoshi hydropower project in the Tamakoshi river, we can drive up to Shigati. From Shigati we trek short to Suri Dobhan. Overnight at local lodge.
Enjoy your morning breakfast and then start the trek along the river, and then continue the gradual trail. During the day you must cross numerous small streams and walk in the forest sections with varieties floral heritages including orchid, rhododendron, and others. Cross the suspension bridge to reach Jagat, a small town lived by diverse ethnic people. Overnight at local lodge.
At first after breakfast, you walk along the gradual commonly flat path and then the trail ascends and descends through the jungle intermittently. The trail follows riverbank. As the valley narrows, you cross over the suspension bridge. After this, a steep climb takes us to the Sherpa village of Simigaon, spread on the terrace in the mountainside. The village is mostly inhabited by Buddhists with few Hindu community. Overnight at local lodge.
Today you pass by few more Sherpa settlements. On a clear morning, the view of Gaurishankar above the Rolwaling Valley is fascinating. From the ridge top at Simigaun you continue towards the Rolwaling Valley. The trail climbs a rocky, wooded ridge in a beautiful pine forest. Descend again to the river of Rolwaling Khola and reach Kharka – a common word to denote the pastureland. Overnight at local lodge.
You enjoy your morning breakfast and be ready to walk for today. You are now gradually gaining height and today you cross the line of 3000m/9842ft. from where your body needs to work much for the altitude. The trail ascends at first through the forest covered with varieties of plants and Rhododendron trees. You continue the walk along left bank of Rolwaling Khola. The walk through deep river cannon takes you to the junction where tributary river from Gaurishankar joins. You can enjoy the unfolding view of Mt. Gaurishankar. The trail ascends further until you come across easy and relatively flat terrain. Finally, arrive at the Sherpa village of Beding situated adjacent by the river. Overnight at local lodge.
An easy walk along the northern bank of the Rolwaling River begins today's trek. You walk past the summer village of Beding where you can see Yaks grazing and people busy in their buckwheat and barley field. You can visit the monastery where Guru Padma Sambhava believed to meditate. Walking along the valley floor, you finally reach the summer village of Na surrounded by potato fields. Overnight at local lodge.
At first trek through the gradual flat and then gradual ascend to the beautiful Himalayan Lake filled with the chilling water of the glacier. The views of Menlung and Tibetan Side Mountains add glory to the unfolding vista. We trek along the right bank of the river at first and then cross the river to climb up the rocky lateral moraine of the Glacier. We then walk to Tsho Rolpa lake for the night stay. Tsho Rolpa is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal. Overnight at local lodge.
Early morning trek to the Trakarding glacier. You walk past the glacier throughout the day and explore the beauty of surrounding. The trail still be ascending here through some rock boulders and a gradual walk on the glacier moraines, occasionally passing rocks overhangs. Overnight at local lodge.
After breakfast walk to the higher slopes above the glacier to avoid the lower section that is uncomfortable to walk. But further up you must trek along the center of the glacier on the hard rocky glacier. The steady walk leads the lowest point of the icefall and then climbing to the easiest point to gain the Drolambau glacier. Here you are surrounded by splendid Himalayan scenery. Continuing further downhill, we camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi Camp or Tashi Lapcha Base Camp at the foot of Tashi Lapcha pass, surrounded by grandiose mountains over 6000m/19685ft with 360-degree panorama. Overnight at local lodge.
Today you cross over the Rolwaling region to Sagarmatha region. You walk steep uphill to the Pass (5,755m/18881ft) and then descend takes you to the Tashi Lapcha Camp also known as Lapcha Phuk. From the pass, the view of Khumbu peaks is magnificent. Some hundred meters downhill, and trek under an overhanging rock, we camp at a superb location that offers magnificent sunset views. Overnight at local lodge.
Today is a long day in the higher Himalayan passes. You climb again to the neck of Tashi Lapcha and from there start climbing to Pachermo. The snow slopes lead us to the final ridge, sometimes requiring fixed ropes to climb. From the Pachermo summit, enjoy the fantastic views of the Khumbu peaks including Mt Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse among others. Descend to Col then to Thengpo. The Pachermo ascent takes about 5 to 6 hrs and then another 3 to 4 hrs descend to Thengpo. Overnight at local lodge.
There is no such guarantee that you will be offered great weather window for the summit day, so this day is used as a contingency. If weather, your health, or any other factor let you down for the summit, then this contingency day used for re-attempt. Overnight at local lodge.
Today is a comparatively easy day of the walk. You walk to Thame – a village in the Everest region. A gradual descend brings you to Thame Village – with a sense of civilization and lively village life since Beding. There is a very old and interesting Monastery at the upper end of the village which you can tour around in the evening. Now you can have a splendid view of the peaks from the Khumbu or Everest region including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kusum Kangaru. Overnight at local lodge.
At Thame, the old trade route over the Nangpa-La into Tibet branches North, following the Bhote Koshi river – incidentally two-three rivers get the same name here. From Thame walk to Namche Bazar which is a beautiful walk. Namche Bazar is a buzzing town and gateway to the Everest and other peaks. You can enjoy various facilities here such as internet, pub, coffee, cakes, shops, and so on. Overnight at local lodge.
The trail descends steeply downward, so you need to walk slowly and under control as your shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain while descending. After crossing the suspension bridge – the scariest among those who fears of height, yet the most enchanting to enjoy the hanging bridge of its kind in Nepal – over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi. From here the trail is beautiful along the river with intermittent ascending and descending. You arrive Lukla passing many small towns such as Monjo, Jorsalle, Phakding, TokTok and others. At Lukla, you can enjoy the coffee, shops, bars, etc. Overnight at local lodge.
We take another beautiful and thrilling morning flight back to Kathmandu saying a heartfelt goodbye to the majestic mountains. You land at Kathmandu airport to feel the bustling city atmosphere after a week in the Himalayas with freshness and greenery. You are transferred to the hotel and leave you to enjoy the day on your own and relax. Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural, and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick up and Drop.
    • Nepal 3-star standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • All meals (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner).
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day)
    • English-speaking licensed and experienced Trekking Guide and porter to carry your luggage and other camping equipment/cooking utensils. (If you are in a group with more than 5 trekkers then an assistance guide will be provided)
    • Air ticket (Lukla –Kathmandu).
    • Accommodation in tented camps, tea houses, and local houses are available.
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, and all transport for Trekking Staff.
    • Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters, and other necessary staff.
    • All Camping Gear ( Two men's tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
    • Sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle, etc)
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS).
    • Gaurishankar and Everest National Park Entry Permit.
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, a Fleece liner, and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Dhangadi.
    • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
    • International air ticket and Visa fee
    • Travel insurance that must include emergency helicopter evacuation

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipment can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag and suitcase (Optional/Duffel bag we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  • Daypack.
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses.
  • Headlamp.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).


  • 1 pair of liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair of warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women's sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  • Long shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs of nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair of hard-shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. (Should zip     from the top and bottom - this  makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should   the weather change once you    are underway for the day.)
  • 1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).

All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture-resistant plastic bags.


  • 2-3 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 2-3 pairs of heavy-weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair of lightweight socks, is a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair of light to medium-weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to them (otherwise you will get lots of blisters).
  • 1 pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair of hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keeping your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair of sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. (Please discuss this with us before starting to take this medicine.)
  • 1 small personal-sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape,  anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.


  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave it at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. (Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.)
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.


  • 1 pair of adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill.
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds.
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. (Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweight.)
  • Binoculars.
  • 1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
  • A pee bottle for men and a pee funnel for women, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late-night trip.
  • 1 small stainless-steel thermos.

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