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Difficulty : Strenuous

Reference Code: MPCMNP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Sigati bazaar

Trek Days: 19 days

Peak Climbing Period: 3 days

Maximum Altitude: 6187m.

Age: 20-60

Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Camp

Service: Full Board

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Lukla

Trip Durations: 23 days

Peak Grade: Hard

Physical Rating: Strenuous

Group Size: 2-10

Theme: Expedition

Meals: Standard

First climbed in 1955, Mt. Pharchamo is an attractive snow peak lying south of Tashi Lapcha. It has a north-by-northwest ridge, which rises from the crevassed glacier astride the Tashi Lapcha. The face of the ridge forms a uniform slope broken by crevasse and seraes rising from the rocky lower buttresses above the Drolambau Glaciers in the west. Rolwaling valley is the main access to Pharchamo, though this route was closed for most of the 1980s due to potential dangers to porters crossing the Tashi Lapcha. The only other alternative route is from the Khumbu side via Namche Bazar and Thame. 

Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek is a striking journey that sums up the beauty of both Rolwaling valley and Khumbu region of Nepal. This thrilling and inspiring trek leads you to a faraway location and lets you acknowledge the lovely views of the Himalayas with the difficulties of crossing the high-mountain pass of Tashi Lapcha (5755m). Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek is an amazing mixture of the quiet and quaint paths of the remote Rolwaling region with the bustling trails of the Khumbu region. Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek involves steep climbing, lots of patience, and rock climbing, thus, is a thrilling and adventurous journey in the Himalayas. 

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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.

Approximate Driving Hours: 30 minutes
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: None

Day 02 Rest, NMA peak permit issue and preparation day

A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. In this day our staff will issue NMA Peak climbing permit. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 03 Drive to Sigati bazaar 1660m.

After breakfast we leave Kathmandu with tourist bus altogether with Nepalese staffs to Singati Bazaar via Charikot. The driving route is full of scenic hill and typical Nepalese village with paddy field. The road to Charikot bazaar is in good condition and after that the road get dusty and bumpy. After reaching Singati bazaar we camp overnight. If time gets too dark then we can stay in lodge for this night but food will be provided from our own camp.

Driving Hours: 7-8 hours 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04 Trek to Jagat 1150m.

Through Bhote Koshi river, Pass fir hamlets, and villages walking through a forest, we will get a chance to see Gauri Shankar Himal (7145m). From Shigati, we will head towards Jagat and spend the rest of the day there.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 Trek to Simi Gaon 2020m.

Today, we will trek from Jagat to Simigaon (2020m.) taking around seven and half hours. In the beginning the path follows flat route after that it moves up and down through the forest. Number of villages comes on our way. Steeply making way up to Simigaon, we will reach at a village occupied by few Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at Simigaon.

Walking Hours: 6 hours 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 Trek to Dokhang 2790m.

We leave Simigaon and move down by a gentle slope and trek around the ridge by ascending up the steep stony steps. Now we go into the forested area on the edge, with some rising and falling path, very close to the Rolwaling River. After that, we again have steep way up through the woody area with glance of Gaurishankar and after the steep climb, the trail reaches to Dokhang.

Walking Hours: 7 hours 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07 Trek to Beding 3740m.

We will gradually climb the valley with good mountain scenery. Continuing the trek, we will go on until we come across the natural and flat terrain. Finally, we will reach to Bedding.  We will visit the ochre-colored Gompa at Bedding, the largest village in the Valley.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08 Trek to Na 4180m.

Trek towards Na and its four hours trek. You can explore the upper slopes of the valley for snow today. You can also visit the nearby glacier too. The trek goes up along the river bank. This place is very open and it offers fresh air and charming sound the river. As the trek proceeds forward, you come across the panoramic view of the mountains. In addition, we also come across the Sherpa village and explore their specialties.

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 Rest for AMS

Today is the rest day for acclimatization. Then the trek further goes towards Ramdung Go. You spectator the mountains such as Gauri Shanker, Menlung, Yalung and the mountains of the Tibet on the trail,  at the end you arrive at Yalung glacier camp today.

Walking Hours: Depends on wish
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Tso Rolpa Lake 4540m.

From Na, the trek further goes to Rolpa Lake. The trail goes through the flat path and gradually climbs up. You come across many natural lakes filled the scary water of glacier on the trail. The beautiful view of Menlung and Tibetan Side Mountain adds more glory in the trek.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Trek to Trakarding Glacier (4800m)

We wake up early in the morning and start our trek towards Trakarding glacier. We walk past the glaciers throughout the day and explore the beauty of the surrounding. This also enriches your trek.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Trek to Tashi Lapcha Phedi (5010m

From Trakarding glacier, we further trek towards Tashi Lapcha Pedi camp. It is situated in the altitude of 5755m. The trail involves some rock climbing and then we walk gradually on the glaciers. We set up our camp at Tashi Lapcha Pedi camp.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Trek to Pharchamo Base Camp (5500m) via Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755m)

You will climb up the Tashi Lapcha Pedi and to Tashi Lapcha high camp through the Tashi Lapcha Pass. The trial will completely be over the snow straight up and then steep down towards high camp.  Trek from Tashi Lapcha Pedi to Tashi Lapcha pass is very exciting.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Rest, basic climbing training and preparation day

This day most of the time we rest at our camp. Afternoon, the climbing support sherpa will brief the team about peak climbing skill and safety on the mountain. After that we will check all our group and personal climbing equipment.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 Summit Mt. Pharchamo 6187m. and back to base camp

This is a big day, we wake up at 2.30 am around and after a breakfast, the group will put on crampons and rope up before setting out for the summit. From the high camp a well acclimatized party will take 4 - 5 hours to the central summit of Parchamo peak. From the summit can be seen the magnificent views around the many mountains. You then retrace your steps to Pharchamo base camp

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: High Altitude food

Day 16 Reserve day for incase

If any problem encounter on the summit day, we will use this day for summit.

Walking Hours: 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: High Altitude food/Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 17 Clean Base Camp and trek to Ngole 5110m.

Trekking from Pharchamo base camp to Ngole, takes about 5 to 6 hrs through. The trail goes down towards the Thame.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Trek to Thame 3820m.

We wake up at dawn this morning. Then we start trekking to Thame. The trail ascends up and follows the easy trek afterwards. You enjoy the beauty of the surrounding environment.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19 Trek to Namchebazaar 3440m.

As we go further Thame to Namche Bazaar, the trail ascends for an hour up to Sanasa which is in the altitude of 3550m. In this point, you get your first glimpse of the peaks of the Khumbu region such as Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. After passing several villages and numerous teashops, the trail further descends steep towards the bridge over the Dudhkoshi River at Phunki Tenga. You feel very exhausted due to the rough path; the trek still offers numerous other attractions such as the chirping sound of the birds and scenery mountain views. This makes your trek more exciting. You come to notice several villages and teashops in the trail. The trail ascends up and you arrive at Sanasa where you find local people selling Tibetan goods. The way further goes to Namche bazaar and this path involves lots of ups and downs. While walking in the trail, the thick forest, scenery and mountain views arrest your attention right away.

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20 Trek to Lukla 2840m.

We may awake to the sound of Tibetan horns high above the village. From here the deep valley of the Dudh Khosi drops away as we retrace our steps to Lukla. Evening we will celebrate the success of the trip with all the Nepalese staffs altogether.

Walking Hours: 4 hrs 
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinne

Day 21 Fly to Kathmandu 1350m.

Weather-permitting, we fly from the tiny mountain airstrip back to Kathmandu, with a last chance to glimpse the mighty snowcapped Himalaya in the distance.

Flight Hours: 25 minutes Driving hours: 40 minutes
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 22 Rest and final shopping day

This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 23 Final departure

We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.

Driving Hours: 40 minutes
Meals include: Breakfast 

Inclusion

All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
Domestic Air fare (LUK-KTM) with airport tax
Cargo charges
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Gaurishankar National Park Entry Fee
Everest National Park Entry Fee
Peak climbing permit
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges during climbing period
All required group climbing equipments( like fixed  ropes, man rope, ice bar, ice screw.....)
All required Nepalese staffs including climbing support sherpa
Climbing support Sherpa equipments
All Nepalese staffs insurance
Company service charge and government taxes etc.

Exclusion

International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
All personal climbing gears
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Personal Medicine
Telephone and internet charges
Laundry charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...

Equipment List

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

Climbing equipment:
» Climbing harness;
» One 3 metre/10 foot sling and three 2 metre/6 foot slings.
» Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
» 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
» 2 locking carabiners, (1 large and 1 small)
» 4 regular carabiners;
» Good quality Ice axe with leash;
» Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
» Optional; Adjustable trekking poles;

Upper Body:
» 2 cotton t-shirts;
» 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
» 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
» 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
» 1 polar fleece jacket.
» Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
» Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in camp;

Hands:
» 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
» 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts.

Head:
» Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
» Balaclava;
» Face mask;
» Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
» Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu,
» 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
» Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
» Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions.

Lower Body:
» Cotton underwear briefs;
» 1 pair walking shorts;
» 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
» 1 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
» 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
» 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
» 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

Feet:
» 1 pair Double Plastic boots (Koflach);
Modern single waterproof-leather climbing boots with special insulation for cold weather/winter climbing on 4000 metre/13,000 foot high peaks are OK, as long as they will fit comfortably with two thick pair of socks and a vapour barrier liner and the boot will fit the crampon perfectly.
» 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the trek;
» 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
» 1 pair down booties (optional);
» 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
» 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
» Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
» 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
» Cotton socks for in town.

Sleeping:
» 1 good quality sleeping bag (good to -30 degrees C)
» At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats. We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

Rucksack and Travel Bags:
» 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
» 1 or 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals or porters;
» Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Personal Hygiene:
» female or male hygiene supplies;
» 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
» anti-mosquito cream;
» 1 toothpaste/brush;
» 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
» hand wipes.

Medical:
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:
» small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
» 1 skin blister repair kit;
» 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
» 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
» 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
» 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
» 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide.
» Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
» 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
» 1 set earplugs;
» Extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu, Lhasa, or Kashgar for just $20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested.

Personal Food:
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas/local porter will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
» We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-3 kilos/4-6 pounds is a good amount (for the trek and Island Peak combined). A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

Practical:
» 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
» 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
» 1 compass or GPS;
» Recent good quality map of visiting area.
» 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
» 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
» nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
» 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
» 1 plastic cup and spoon;
» 1 small folding knife;
» binoculars (optional);
» 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
» passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
» separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
» dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
» credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
» 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
» basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
» travel clothes for basecamp and in town;

This Peak Climbing equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.
Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@advzambuling.com

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