• Duration 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Price from $950 / person
  • Difficulty Level Medium Hard
  • Max Altitude 4600 Meter

A trek to give a full experience of this visually extraordinary and geographically isolated area, hugely rich in flora, wildlife and folklore, yet almost never visited by tourists or scientists. Lapchi Kang is a small Himalayan range lying like a twisted backbone jammed between the road to Tibet and the huge himalayan valley of Rowaling Himal. It is restricted and tucked away enough to be ignored by the tourists and yet not high enough to entice mountaineers. Somewhere in this isolated wilderness, Milarepa-an ancient Tibetan magician, went into retreat, lived in a cave, ate stinging nettles and slowly turned green! The maze of twisted hills, rock spires and sheer cliffs that make the landscape from Ama Bamare Himal to Lapchi Karhka gives the snow leopard a perfect habitat for survival. This trek follows the Tama Khosi river from Jagat to Lamanabagar where we turn off the main trail and head up through dense bamboo and cloud forest to an isolated pocket of Lapchi Kang under the unclimbed rock spire of Ama Bamare and the awesome rock face of Kookur Raja Darra (King Dog Ridge ). This Lapchi Kang Trek is unique!

Lapchi trekking trail located in Rolwaling region along the border of Nepal and Tibet. Lapchi trek is an opportunity to explore the least visited isolated and exciting secreted corners of Nepal. Lapchi is famous pilgrimage of Buddhist where the famous Tibetan Yogi Milarepa’s lived in Milarepa cave for long time and died in lapchi region. Milarepa performed many miracles in Lhapchi and left behind sacred marks such as his footprints. Lapchi trekking protected by the Gaurishankar conservation area require GCA special permit and TIMS for trekking in Lapchi kang.

Milarepa is not only Buddhist yogi but also a poet, singer an ancient Tibetan magician also. Lapchi trek and lapchi region is the sacred destination in the Himalayas after Kailash and Tsari. According to Tibetan Buddhist and Hindus ancient literature, there are three holy Mountains in the Jambudvipa that are 1. Mount Kailash, 2. Mount Labchi Kang and 3. Mount Tsari. These are the core power places or the paramount spiritual mountains not only of Buddhist, but also for Hindus. Holy Lapchi Mountain situated in the eastern part of Nepal at a height of about 4,850 meters. Lapchi trek from Nepal side is cheap and best because it is not necessary to arrange Tibet visa and permit to explore holy Lapchi and mount lapchi Kang once in life time.

When to trek?

Best time to trekking in Lapchi from March to October. Lapchi known as the Milarepa’s Hermitage, there are verities of cave hermitages in Lapchi. We organize Labchi trekking from Lamabaagar on camping basic following Tama Koshi river passing throw dense bamboo and cloud forest to a remote areas of Lapchi Kang under the unclimbed rock spire of Ama Bamare and the awesome rock face of Cookur.

Itinerary

Our standard 11 days itinerary is for Buddhist Pilgrimage and short time trekkers to Lapchi Valley that goes straight up and retraces straight back same way. WE (Wilderness Excursion) propose loop route for adventure and wilderness keen that takes. Bellow is 12 days fully supported camping trek and the cost is USD 1629 per person on minimum two people basis for inclusive package. 
Day 1- Kathmandu to Lamabagar(1950m) by bus/ jeep. 
Day 2- Lamabagar to Lapchi Khola river via Jum Khola (2400m) 
Day 3- Trekking to Lapchi Village (3380 m) 
Day 4- Explore Lapchi Village 
Day 5- Lapchi Village to High Alpine lakes trek (4900 m)
Day 6- Trekking to Yak Kharka (3424 m)
Day 7- Trekking to King Dong Kharka (2800 m)
Day 8- An excursion day at King Dong Kharka
Day 9- Trekking to Samling Phedi
Day 10- Trekking to Lamabagar
Day 11- Drive back to Kathmandu by bus/Jeep
Day 12- A buffer day if required. 

Variation

This trek can be combined with Rolwaling Valley Trek and also can be extended the trek to Bigu Gompa trek that offers cultural and natural verities in untrodden off the beaten trail through the rural village. 

Highlights

  • Explore the unexplored Nepal’s hidden valleys in Himalaya.
  • Discover the wilderness of the isolated regions in Rolwaling Valley
  • Explore Holy Caves believed to be meditated by Tibetan Yogi Milarepa
  • Visit the 400 years old Tibetan Buddhist monastery
  • Astounding views of Mount Gaurishankar range and other surrounding peaks

Itinerary

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Driving from Kathmandu by public Bus or private Jeep to Singate and then to Lamabagar, which takes approximately 9-10 hours,  Overnight stay in a home stay or basic lodge.

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Home stay/ Basic Lodge
  • 1400 m
  • Lamabagar

The trek takes us across the Lapchi Khola and up an incredibly steep path through the bamboo forest. The path twists through dense vegetation and steep stream gullies as we wander high up on one side of the gorge opposite the furious tributary of the Chandu Khola. We cross the Jum Khola by bridge on the Tibet border and then the Lapchi bridge and camp along the valley floor next to the river.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 2400 m
  • Doven


  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • (3379m
  • Lapchi Village

We follow the fast flowing stream under the shadow of Gaurishankar (7134m) to Lapchi Village. You can visit Lapchi Monastery and about 14 houses. Yak herding is the main occupation.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Home Stay / Camping
  • 3379 m
  • Lapchi Village

Today we discover surrounding cultural and natural heritages and spotting Himalayan Thar (and Blue Sheep if we are lucky). Maximum elevation will be at 4300m. The river splits At Lapchi Village into 2 – one comes down from Lapchi Chuwa where Milarepa died (it is now a Chinese military camp in Tibet), the other river on the right comes from Nyalam and is still the main supply road for the yak caravans from Tibet-China. (Nyalam means road to hell!) There’s a very nice walk up Lapchi Mountain, but we have to ask permission to go up, on the mountain slopes are the retreat houses for the 3-year retreats. There are 4 Gompa houses in total, the one down at the monastery is called Duedul Pug, Choera Gompa is the next, in the middle temple, Rechen Gompa, are the footprints of Milarepa on the ceiling. Blue Sheep live around this the highest temple, Ze Pug, where there is water well – the water started flowing when Milarepa struck his staff to the rocks, and then he flew to Mt. Kailash. On the way up is a footprint of a Dakini, one of the Tseringma sisters, a long time cohort of Milarepa. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Home Stay / Camping
  • 4300 m
  • Lapchi Village

This is allowed as an free day if you wish to spend an additional day to meditate and retreat as this trek is mostly for Buddhist pilgrimage. Otherwise we can skip the day and the trek will be one day shorter. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Home Stay / Camping
  • 4300 m
  • Lapchi Village
Customized Trip

What's Included

  • Local bus or local sharing jeep transportation to/from Lamabager from/to Kathmandu.
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 10 Dinners during the trek.
  • Accommodation: teahouse / home stay accommodation during the trek.
  • Accommodation: Tents for camping when there is no lodges and home stay service.
  • An experienced English speaking guide trained by government of Nepal.
  • Necessary porters for food stops and carrying camping gear and luggage. 
  • Guide and porters fee and all their expenses during the trek. 
  • Governmental procedure and documentation charges. 
  • Necessary Lapchi Village permits.
  • Sleeping bag (Should return after trek)

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation, meals and transfers in Kathmandu.
  • International flight, Nepal visa fee, emergency evacuation, rescue insurance
  • Guided sightseeing and monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu. 
  • Dar drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, sprite. 
  • Personal trekking gear / clothing, camera, binoculars etc, 
  • Extra costs arising from unforeseen cause the control of Wilderness Excursion.

Availabilities

Wilderness Excursion is a local trekking agency so we can arrange departure that any time that suits your date. Check available trip start dates and cost for Lapchi Milarepa Cave Trek. Please contact us for your customized departure date. 

Useful Information

This trek is totally off the beaten and seldom visited place in the area of Rolwaling Valley. We can arrange your trek as a basic camping and teahouse or home stay trek that allows to experience the local, their culture and tradition. We also arrange fully supported camping trek for comfortable trekking keens.