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Tsho-Rolpa Lake Trek - 19 Days

Tsho-Rolpa Lake Trek

Tso-Rolpa Lake, situated in Rolwaling valley, is a humongous glacial lake at an altitude of 4580 meters between the Langtang range and the Everest range. Rolwaling valley is known as one of the seven hidden valleys where Yetis are said to reside. Although it is extremely unlikely that you will meet one, the trek in itself is an enthralling one as awe-inspiring views of the Everest range, Langtang range, and Mt. Gaurishankar are the other highlights of the trek beside the lake itself.

The trek is done in the valley of Rolwaling. The route is nearby the Nepal-Tibet border so you might as well get to explore the Tibetan culture. The Buddhist people inhibit majority of the area.  You pass through Brahmin, Chhetri, Sherpa and Tamang villages. Your appetite will be whetted with sightseeing in some popular landmarks in the medieval city of Kathmandu which is only the beginning of your adventure. Next up is a bumpy ride to Shingati as you pass through Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers. On your way, you will be accompanied by peaks such as Rolwaling/Melungtse (7181m), and Gaurishankar (7134m). You follow your path along the Tamakoshi River as you pass through several picturesque and quaint villages into the Rolwaling valley, where the tales of the abominable snowman- the Yetis- haunt the imagination of the trekkers, to finally reach the magnificent glacial Tso-Rolpa Lake. The lake is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal and has grown continuously over the last five decades because of glacial melting and threatens to burst through its unstable dam. The difficulties during the trek will be instantly forgotten in awe of the glacial lake surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas. One other highlight of the trek is the Bigu Gompa. Bigu Gompa is a great nunnery institute which once sheltered over 300 nuns. It lies in the village of Bigu. Bigu is a village at the foot of the Rolwaling Himal which is a quaint village where one can explore the local village culture and excellent mountain views. The trek is rated as a difficult trek but the journey and the destination will make the effort and the difficulties an affordable expense. It is a better choice to trek in seasons other than the monsoon and the winter.

The trip has much more to offer besides the quaint villages, mountains, and glaciers. Embarking on a journey to the lake is the only way to find it out. Our friendly and experienced team is ever-present for making your dream journey to the lake possible as well as memorable.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu |A & D

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Feel free to get a taste of life in the Nepalese neighborhood.

Day 2
a Full day Guided tour of Kathmandu valley |A, B, L & D

Sightseeing in the modern-cum-medieval valley of Kathmandu with a local guide. Explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the valley.

Day 3
By Private Vehicle: Kathmandu to Shingati |200m| 10hrs| A, B, L & D

Bumpy ride to Shingati. Reach Dolakha through the Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers accompanied by quaint villages and the scenic mountains and landscapes. Thereafter ride to Shingati all the while being accompanied by the Rolwaling, Gaurishankar and Melungtse peaks.

Day 4
Trek from Shingati to Jagat 1500m |6 hrs| A, B, L & D

Follow the path along the Tamakoshi River and cross it to reach a mountain alike trail with steeper slopes. Cross the narrow path to reach Suri Dhoban overlooking the Gaurishankar. Cross a suspension bridge and pass by Mani walls and Manthali village. Cross another bridge to reach Jagat.

Day 5
Trek from Jagat to Simigaon |1900m| 5 hrs| A, B, L & D

Descend to the river shores, into the forested area and arrive in Gongar village crossing a small stream. Steep ascend along stone steps with picturesque waterfalls on the opposite bank. Reach the Sherpa village of Chetchet and cross a bridge and go downstream. Pass the Chorten to reach Simigaon.

Day 6
Trek from Simigaon to Gyalche |3300m| 6hrs| A, B, L & D

Go to the other side of the village, and descend and go around the ridge. The trail goes through the forest area as you approach the Rolwaling River. Continue ascending accompanied by glimpses of Gaurishankar. After conquering the steep steps, the trail becomes level to reach Gyalche.

Day 7
Trek from Gyalche to Beding |3650m | 4hrs| A, B, L & D

Follow the trail through the forest with ups and downs to reach Nyamare village. Continue to the village of Beding, the largest and the remotest Sherpa village in Rolwaling valley. Explore the Gompa at the entrance to the village.

Day 8
Trek from Beding to Na Gaon |4100m |4hrs | A, B, L & D

Trek along the right bank of Rolwaling River to reach Kharka from where you can see a different Gaurishankar because of the different angle. Continue trekking as the valley becomes U-shaped. Then pass the gigantic Mani stone to reach Na Gaon.

Day 9
Rest in Na Gaon |A, B, L & D

Rest and explore the beautiful village of Na Gaon which lies at the base of a huge chain of mountains. You can explore the Buddhist village and the cultures as you attempt to acclimatize to the altitude. There are two interesting side trips around Na Gaon. One is to another alpine lake called Dudh Pokhari which translates to ‘Milky Lake’. The second is to the small monastery located before Na Gaon, northern to the trail.

Day 10
Trek from Na Gaon to Tso Rolpa Lake |4183m| 4hrs| A, B, L & D

Walk through the village and cross a wooden bridge on the left bank of Rolwaling River. Continue trekking in the prairie-like valley as the course becomes slightly steep. Several variants of Edelweiss grow in this area. Trek between two glaciers to finally enter the ablation valley with the ever-present and ever-mesmerizing Tso-Rolpa.

Day 11
Excursion around Tso Rolpa Lake. |A, B, L & D

Explore the high glacial lake and its surrounding area which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and mountains. This includes awe-inspiring views of the Everest range, Langtang range, and Mt. Gaurisankar.

Day 12
Trek from Tso Rolpa Lake to Beding |A, B, L & D

Retrace your trail back to Beding passing several small streams and of course the gigantic Mani stone. You can once again look back and see the beautiful and a different view of Mt. Gaurishankar as you pass Na Gaon to finally reach Beding.

Day 13
Trek from Beding to Daldung-la Pass |3976m|6hrs |A, B, L & D

Follow your trail on the left as you reach Daldung-la Pass.

Day 14
Trek from Daldung-la to Simigaon |1900m|5h|A, B, L & D

The steep descent to reach Rolwaling River. Trek through the forest as you go up and down and go around the ridge before reaching Simigaon.

Day 15
Trek from Simigaon to Jagat.| 1500m |6 hrs |A, B, L & D

Retrace your trail back to Jagat as you pass through the Chorten and go downstream, cross a bridge and pass through Sherpa villages and picturesque waterfalls and landscapes.

Day 16
Trek from Jagat to Shingati. |A, B, L & D

Retrace your trail back to Shingati. Pass by Mani walls and follow the mountain-like steep trail to reach Shingati. Last day of trekking as the next morning you will have a bumpy ride back to the capital.

Day 17
By Private vehicle: Shingati to Kathmandu. |A, B, L & D

Retrace your vehicular trail through rivers, picturesque landscapes, and villages to finally reach Kathmandu.

Day 18
Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities |A & B

Free day in the valley so that you can explore the valley even more or shop for souvenirs or you can simply rest in the hotel.

Day 19
Departure |B

Departure after breakfast. See off at the airport.

What's included in the Cost ?

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • All required local and government taxes.
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

What's excluded in the Cost ?

  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.

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Price From USD$2,675/person
Total $ 2,675 USD

Trip Facts

  • 4183 m
  • Moderate
  • 1-20 pax
  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Double/Twin Sharing In Hotel/Lodge
  • Full Board During The Trek