- Duration:10 Days
- Primary Activity:Trekking
- Group Size:1-25 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Moderate - Strenuous
- Meals:Full board during the trek
- Max-Altitude:4,540 m.
- Departure from:Kathmandu
- Culture:Sherpa and Tamang
Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek: 10 Days
Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is one of the least visited trekking routes located in the Rolwaling region. This trek takes you to the largest glacial lake in Nepal – Tsho Rolpa.
Although a neighbor to the most famous trekking destinations in the Everest region, Tsho Rolpa remains remote and serene in all its glory. Apart from the pristine lake Tsho Rolpa itself, the trek features a continuous panorama of Gaurishankar Himal (7134m). The remote trek to Tsho Rolpa Lake may be challenging, but it is an isolated one full of amazing facets of nature to make it a trip worth heading for.
The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek begins from Dolakha, near Charikot, an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. The trail moves along the Tama Koshi River for the most part of the trek and also follows the Rolwaling River on the upper regions. Throughout the trek, you will have a spectacular view of Gaurishankar Himal (7134m) as you walk through the small settlements of the Rolwaling valley.
The highlight of this trek – Tsho Rolpa Lake, is located between small hills and the surrounding mountains that make the view appear surreal. Also, the tranquil environment around the lake makes the trek worth every step.
Since the route takes you to the Tibetan border side, a huge influence of Buddhism can be seen in the area. As we trek, you will experience the culture and lifestyle of the Brahmin, Chhetri, and Sherpa people. You will also experience the Sherpa culture of Rolwaling valley as it reaches villages like Chhetchhet and Beding. This trail is mostly waterfalls, rivers, Mani walls, rice fields, and meadows working together to make the trek a memorable journey.
Travel Society Nepal has been organizing various tours and treks in different parts of Nepal for 15 years. Our team has crafted this itinerary in such a way that you do not miss any aspect of Nepal: cultural or natural. Our guides are very friendly and are usually from the local region, but also fluent in English to help you make the most out of your trip. We accommodate you in the best lodges available and provide you with a private land cruiser for off-road drives.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Gongar Khola (1,350 m) | 9-10 hours
The first day of this trek will be spent on a local bus to Gongar Khola. The driving route is pretty simple which goes all the way from Ratna Park – Koteshwor – Bhaktapur – Dhulikhel – Dolalghat – Khadichaur – Mude – Charikot (Headquarters) – Dolkha Bhimsen – Singati – Bhorley Jharna – Jagat – Gongar Khola. We stay overnight at Gongar Khola. (B. L. D)
Day 04: Trek from Gongar Khola to Simigaon (2020m) | 3-4 hours,
Today, we start ascending, using the stone steps to trek towards amazing waterfalls. We then walk on through fields until we reach the Sherpa village of Chhetchhet. After crossing a suspension bridge, we ascend into the forest and through the fields. Next, we pass the Chorten to reach Simigaon, where Mount Gaurishankar (7134m) rises over the valley. We will spend the afternoon exploring the Buddhist Monastery here and other surrounding sights. Stay overnight in Simigaon. (B. L. D)
Day 05: Simigau to Dongang (2800 m) | 6-7 hours
We leave the village from the Gompa of Simigaon, and descend to a slope and go around the edge by ascending to the vertical stone steps. As we enter the forest and walk on the trail, we reach Rolwaling River. Then, we climb uphill through the forest with 360 views of Gaurishankar (7134m). After ascending uphill for an hour or two, the trail becomes flat and smooth as we reach Daldung-La. Stay overnight in Dongang. (B, L, D).
Day 06: Dongang to Naa Village (4183 m) via Beding Village (3690 m) | 7-8 hours
Today, we start from the very beginning of the Rolwaling Valley “Dongang”. Dense lush green forest covers you on the top with the mesmerizing sound of the Rolwaling River. There are few uphill climbs as you reach the valley of the Beding. In between Dongang and Bedig, there are a few tea shops that are open for day time only. We can stop by for a milk coffee or tea if time allows.
Once you reach Beding, you will see a lot of yaks and naks, people from the Sherpa Community and the Beauty of the Real Rolwaling. We will have an overnight here in Beding for better altitude acclimatization (Highly recommended) if you like or we can continue our trek to Naa Village if you feel comfortable enough to do so. (B. L. D)
Day 07: Naa Village (4183 m) to Tsho Rolpa Lake (4580 m) and back to Beding Village (3690 m) | 6-7 hours
The most unforgettable and vital moment of the trek finally arrives! We walk from Na Gaon to reach the well-known glacial Lake of Tsho Rolpa. Early morning, we leave Na Gaon and pass the bridge over Rolwaling River. We ascend uphill to see several kinds of edelweiss growing in the meadows. We then walk between two glaciers and enter the valley and then walk to Tsho Rolpa Lake. Walking on the moraines of Rolwaling Glacier, we arrive at the mesmerizing Tsho Rolpa Lake.
Tsho Rolpa is the biggest glacial lake in Nepal.
The amazing natural beauty, located at over 4500 meters of altitude, will amuse the explorer in you. The turquoise lake is surrounded by bare hills and snow-capped mountains, which when reflected on the surface of the lake, is a breathtaking sight. We will enjoy the calm, explore the lake, take amazing pictures, and treasure these moments spent around Tsho Rolpa Lake.
When we are ready to descend, we retrace our route back following the same track to Na Gaon. With a short rest at Na Gaon, we start walking to Beding following the trail of Rolwaling River. Once you arrive at Beding, you shall rest at leisure and explore the village. Overnight stay in Beding. (B, L, D)
Day 08: Beding Village to Gongar Khola (1,350 m) | 6-7 hours
Today, we begin with a downhill trek all the way from the Beding village to Gongar Khola. The route will be the same trail that you had climbed before so we can easily calculate the amount of the time and the speed that you require to reach our destination. This walk is pretty easygoing which is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural landscapes on your last day in the Rolwaling Valley. (B. L. D)
Day 09: Gongar Khola to Kathmandu | 7-8 hours
After a good breakfast in Gongar Khola, we bid goodbye to the Rolwaling area as we drive towards Kathmandu. We drive along the countryside road enjoying the view of surrounding hills, rivers, and villages. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be taken to the hotel. Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. (B. L. D).
Day 10: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
Note: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner.
Cost of Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek- 10 Days
Price Per Person: $990
(Contact us for Group Discounts!)
Note: Please feel free to ask us for a tailor-made itinerary that suits your interest, time, and budget.
- Free airport picks upon your arrival and a drop at the end of your trip
- Langtang National park Permit
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
- All necessary ground transportation as per itinerary
- Complete free trekking information before going to trek
- Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
- All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
- An experienced licensed holder Trekking Guide
- Foods, transportation, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters
- Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team)
- Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available on a hire
- Trekking Map
- Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum)
- Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking
- Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service, and cart meal.
- Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
- Nepal entry visa fees