Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Rolwaling Region
  • Max Altitude 4,183m/13,723ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Charikot
  • Ends Simi Gaun
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Highlights

  • Stunning Mountain Views: Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek offers breathtaking views of some of Nepal's highest peaks, including Gauri Shankar (7,134 meters) and Melungtse (7,181 meters). The trek provides excellent vantage points for these majestic mountains.
  • Tsho Rolpa Lake: It is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of approximately 4,580 meters. It is the largest glacial lake in Nepal and is surrounded by stunning Himalayan scenery.
  • Remote and Off-the-Beaten-Path: This trek takes you to a relatively remote and less-touristy region of Nepal. You'll have the opportunity to experience the authentic culture and lifestyle of the local Sherpa and Tamang communities.
  • Challenging Terrain: The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is known for its challenging and rugged terrain. You'll encounter steep ascents, rocky paths, and high-altitude sections, making it a great choice for adventure seekers and experienced trekkers.
  • Rich Biodiversity: The trek passes through diverse landscapes, from lush forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees to alpine meadows. This variety in ecosystems allows you to encounter a wide range of flora and fauna along the way.
  • Cultural Exploration: As you trek through remote villages, you'll have the opportunity to interact with the local SHERPA people and learn about their unique customs, traditions, and daily life.
  • Less Crowded: Unlike some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek sees fewer trekkers, offering a quieter and more serene experience in the Himalayas.
  • Teahouse Accommodation: While the trek is remote, there are teahouses and lodges along the route where you can rest, eat, and enjoy the warmth of the local hospitality. Though the accommodation is basic you can feel the genuineness and typical environment.
  • Adventure of a Lifetime: The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is an adventure of a lifetime, allowing you to get yourself lost in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Rolwaling region while testing your trekking skills and endurance.

Tsho Ropa Lake Trek Overview

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is a captivating adventure in the stunning Rolwaling Valley of Nepal. It offers trekkers a unique opportunity to explore pristine landscapes, remote villages, and a glacial lake at high altitudes. According to legends, the Rolwaling Valley is one of the seven hidden valleys and home of the mythical creature Yeti.

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is an off-the-beaten-path adventure, making it perfect for those seeking a quieter and more challenging alternative. It is certainly a wonderful substitute for the popular trekking routes in Nepal like Everest or Annapurna Trekking.

The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is in the Rolwaling Valley, in the district of Dolakha to the west of the Khumbu region. The trek gets its name from the glacial lake, Tsho Rolpa, which is one of the primary attractions. The lake is surrounded by breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and pristine alpine landscapes.

The Legend of the Hidden Valley of Rolwaling:

One of the most prominent legends associated with the Rolwaling Valley is the story of the "Hidden Valley" or the "Yak Cave." This legend adds an air of mystery and fascination to the already captivating region.

According to local folklore, the Rolwaling Valley was once a hidden paradise, concealed from the outside world. The valley was believed to be protected by a guardian spirit or deity who kept it hidden from the eyes of ordinary people. This guardian spirit was said to have the ability to create illusions that made the valley appear as an uninviting, barren place to anyone who ventured near it.

The legend tells of a yak herder from a nearby village who accidentally stumbled upon the entrance to the hidden valley. As he entered the valley, he was greeted by a breathtaking sight - lush meadows, crystal-clear streams, and a serene atmosphere unlike anything he had ever seen. The valley was abundant with wildlife, and the herder's yaks thrived in this idyllic paradise.

The herder, impressed by the beauty and tranquility of the valley, decided to keep its existence a secret. He returned to his village but kept the location of the hidden valley to himself, fearing that if the outside world discovered it, the valley's magic would be lost forever.

Over time, the herder became wealthy and prosperous. However, his newfound wealth and success aroused the curiosity of his fellow villagers. They questioned him about the source of his good fortune, and he reluctantly revealed the existence of the hidden valley.

Word quickly spread, and many villagers set out to find the hidden paradise. But as they approached the valley, they were met with an illusion that made it appear desolate and inhospitable. The guardian spirit, angered by the intrusion, had cast a spell to protect the valley once more.

It was believed that only those with pure intentions and a deep reverence for the valley could ever truly experience its beauty.

The legend of the Hidden Valley of Rolwaling continues to be a source of fascination for trekkers and adventurers who explore the region. While the story may be a blend of myth and reality, it adds an enchanting layer to the mystique of the Rolwaling Valley, making it not just a place of natural wonder but a realm imbued with ancient tales and hidden secrets.

The Legend of  Yeti:

The valley gained international attention in the 1950s when a British mountaineer named Eric Shipton reported finding giant footprints in the snow near the valley. This sparked rumors of the Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, living in the region. Although these claims have not been substantiated, they added to the valley's mystique.

The Features of Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek:

Challenging Terrain:

One of the defining features of the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is its challenging terrain. Trekkers can expect steep ascents, rocky trails, and high-altitude passes, which add an element of adventure and excitement. The trek also crosses several suspension bridges over roaring rivers, enhancing the sense of adventure.

Cultural Experience:

The trek takes you through remote villages inhabited by the indigenous Sherpa and Tamang communities. This provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the traditional way of life in the Himalayas. Trekkers can interact with the friendly locals, visit monasteries, and gain insights into the region's rich cultural heritage.

Natural Beauty:

The Tsho Rolpa Trek boasts some of the most stunning natural beauty in Nepal. Trekkers pass through lush forests, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests in full bloom during the spring season. The trail also offers jaw-dropping panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, and Melungtse.

Tsho Rolpa Lake 4,580 m / 15,026 feet :

The trek's climax is undoubtedly the visit to Tsho Rolpa, a high-altitude glacial lake at an elevation of around (4,580 m / 15,026 feet). The lake is known for its striking turquoise waters, which are surrounded by rocky terrain and towering peaks.

It's a fantastic spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts. This gorgeous lake lies between the majestic Langtang and Everest mountain ranges. It is one of the biggest glacier lakes in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft) Transfer to the Hotel
  • Day 02:Drive to Charikot (1,554 m / 5,101 feet) a big town at Dolakha District - Overnight Stay
  • Day 03:Drive to Chhetchhet (1398m / 4586 feet) and trek to Simigaon (2020m / 6627 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Dongang (2791m / 9,156 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Beding (3650 m / 11,975 feet) 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 06:Trek to Na Gaun - (4100 m / 13451 feet)
  • Day 07:Acclimatization Day - Explore Na Village
  • Day 08:Trek to Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake – (4183 m / 13723 feet) – and Trek back to Beding – (4100 m/ 13451 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek back to Dongang or Kyalche
  • Day 10:Trek back to Simi Gaun – (2020m / 6,627 feet)– 5 hrs
  • Day 11:Simi Gaun to Chhetchhet (1398m / 4586 feet) and Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 12:Free Day in Kathmandu - Contingency Day - CITY TOUR
  • Day 13:Trip Ends - Transfer to International Airport

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Detailed Itinerary

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • You'll be welcomed by your Trekking Group Leader or our office representative and you will be transferred to your hotel in the city.
  • Your Hotel is located in the Center City of Kathmandu at THAMEL -- a vibrant colorful town, a tourist hub.
  • Check in at the hotel and have some rest to recover from your journey.
  • Welcome Dinner - get to know one another
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1400 m / 4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup
  • After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Charikot, a major town and the headquarters of the Dolakha District.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way, with the journey taking approximately 7 hours.
  • Upon arrival, check in to your accommodation in Charikot.
  • Spend the evening exploring the town or relaxing at your hotel.
  • Overnight in Charikot.
  • Altitude: 1,554 m / 5,101 feet
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 132 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE
  • After an early breakfast, drive for 2-3 hours from Charikot to Chhetchhet, the starting point of the Tsho Rolpa Lake trek.
  • Begin your trek from Chhetchhet to Simigaon, a charming village in the lower Himalayas.
  • The trek is relatively short, allowing you to acclimatize gradually to higher altitudes.
  • The trek takes about 2-3 hours and passes through terraced fields and forests.
  • Arrive in Simigaon and settle into your accommodation.
  • Enjoy the serene atmosphere of the village.
  • Overnight in Simigaon.
  • Altitude: 2020m / 6627 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 2/3 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE
  • Today's trek takes you from Simigaon to Dongang.
  • The trail will lead you through lush forests and picturesque landscapes.
  • Expect a moderate hike that will take approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Along the way, you will have views of the Gaurishankar Himal (7134m).
  • Arrive in Dongang and check in to your accommodation.
  • Rest and rejuvenate for the next day's journey.
  • Overnight in Dongang.
  • Altitude: 2791m / 9,156 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Begin your trek from Dongang to Beding, gaining altitude as you go.
  • The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • The hike will take around 5-6 hours.
  • Arrive in Beding and check in to your accommodation.
  • Enjoy the serene environment and mountain views.
  • Overnight in Beding.
  • Altitude: 3650 m / 11,975 feet)
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Today's trek takes you to Na Gaun, located at an altitude of 4100 meters.
  • The hike is shorter, allowing you to acclimatize to the higher altitude.
  • Spend the day exploring Na Village and getting accustomed to the altitude.
  • It's essential to rest and hydrate well at this elevation.
  • Overnight in Na Gaun.
  • Altitude: 4100 m / 13451 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Take a day off to acclimatize to the high altitude.
  • Explore the village of Na Gaun and its surroundings.
  • Visit the Na Gaun Monastery and learn about the local culture.
  • Altitude: 4100 m / 13451 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Set out on a trek to the stunning Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake.
  • Take in the breathtaking beauty of the glacial lake surrounded by towering peaks.
  • After exploring the lake, trek back to Beding.
  • The round trip will take about 5-6 hours.
  • Overnight in Beding.
  • Altitude: 4183 m / 13723 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Descend from Beding and make your way back to either Dongang or Kyalche.
  • The hike will take about 4-5 hours.
  • Arrive at your destination and check in to your accommodation.
  • Rest and enjoy the surroundings.
  • Overnight in Dongang or Kyalche.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Descend further as you trek back to Simi Gaun.
  • The trail will take you through forests and picturesque landscapes.
  • The hike will take approximately 5 hours.
  • Arrive in Simi Gaun and settle into your accommodation.
  • Overnight in Simi Gaun.
  • Altitude: 2020m / 6,627 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trek from Simi Gaun to Chhetchhet.
  • Upon reaching Chhetchhet, embark on a drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Enjoy the scenic journey back to the capital city.
  • Check in to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE
  • This day serves as a contingency or a free day to accommodate any delays or changes in the itinerary.
  • You can also use this day to explore more of Kathmandu, visit cultural sites, or do some shopping.
  • CITY TOUR to two World Heritage Sites - Pashupati Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Depending on your flight schedule, you'll have some free time for any last-minute activities or shopping.
  • Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your departure.
  • Bid farewell to the beautiful Himalayan region and return home with unforgettable memories.
  • Accommodation: Fly Back Home
  • Meals: Breakfast
What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to trek in the region.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
  • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house or Home Stay accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
  • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

Best Time to Trek to Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek:

The ideal time to embark on the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons.

  • Spring, which runs from March to May, offers pleasant weather with mild temperatures and clear skies. The days are longer, allowing for more time to explore the beautiful landscapes and mountains creating a breathtaking sight along the trekking trails.
  • Autumn, on the other hand, spans from September to November and is equally favorable for trekking in Nepal. The weather is stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures during the day, making it comfortable for trekking. The autumn season also offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, as the skies tend to be clearer and the visibility is excellent.

It is important to note that trekking in Rolwaling Valley during the monsoon season (June to August) is not recommended, as heavy rainfall can make the trails slippery and unsafe. Similarly, winter (December to February) brings extremely cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, making it challenging for trekkers to navigate the trails.

Permits required for Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek:

Trekking in the Rolwaling Valley requires the necessary permits, and it's recommended to arrange a guide and porter for added safety and convenience.

Required Permits:

  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area entry permit:  USD 30 (NPR 3000) and USD 10 (NPR 1000) for SAARC nationals.
  • TIMS Card - Trekking Information Management System: USD 20 (NPR 2000) and USD 10 (NPR 1000) for SAARC nationals

The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is an incredible journey for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. This Classical trek offers a unique and unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Himalayas. If you're looking to explore a less-traveled path in Nepal and witness the raw, unspoiled beauty of the mountains, Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek should be high on your list of trekking destinations.

Daldung La Pass (3976 m / 13044 feet):

This pass is OPTIONAL. It used to be popular at one time but it's been a while since trekkers have not used this pass trail to date. However, it can be done over request and requirements. Daldung La Pass is a hidden gem in the valley of Rolwaling. This high-altitude pass, nestled at an elevation of approximately (3976 m / 13044 feet), offers trekkers a unique and less-traveled route through the spectacular Rolwaling region. The journey to Daldung La Pass takes you through pristine wilderness, dense rhododendron forests, and traditional Sherpa villages, providing a genuine glimpse into the local way of life.

As you ascend towards the pass, the landscape transforms, revealing jaw-dropping views of towering peaks. The phenomenal view includes Mt. Gauri Shankar (7,134 meters) and Melungtse (7,181 meters) and the glacially fed Tsho Rolpa Lake below. Daldung La Pass is a challenging but incredibly rewarding part of the Rolwaling Valley trek. It offers trekkers the chance to dissolve themselves in the raw beauty and tranquility of this remote Himalayan paradise.

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