Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

Duration9 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude4580
Group Size1-12
Best TimeThrough out the Year

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Highlights

  • One of the shortest trekking itinerary
  • Explore the Homeland of the Everest Climbers
  • Tso Rolpa Lake (4,580m), the largest glacial lake in Nepal
  • Possible for the novice trekker as well
  • Well maintained trails
  • The typical Nepali cuisine at the most reasonable cost
  • Natural waterfalls, green hills and high-altitude villages
  • Monasteries of Beding and Na Gaun
  • Sherpa culture and tradition of Rolwaling Valley

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek takes you to the largest glacial lake of Nepal. Tsho Rolpa Lake (4,580m) is located in the classic Rolwaling Valley, which is known as the Everest Climbers’ Home. Due to its beauty, this lake has been one of the central attractions among national and international tourists.

As this lake lies in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GSCAP), there exists a large variety of flora and fauna. The chirping of the birds and the gurgling sound of the waterways make the trip more memorable. Throughout the Nepal trekking, you come to see tens of natural waterfalls. One of the most remarkable is the Bhorley Jharana near the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project.

The amazing feature of  Tsho Rolpa Lake trek is that Rolwaling Valley is a hunting-prohibited zone. If one kills a bird, they will be fined up to NRS 50,000 and jailed for more than 6 months. This provision is made to contribute in the biodiversity conservation of the region.

The snowcapped peaks of the Rolwaling Himalayan Range and Mt. Gaurishakar (7,134m) accompany you throughout the journey. Once you reach, Tsho Rolpa Lake (4,580m), the serene beauty of it keeps you silent! The lake changes its color according to the weather of the day. The water remains frozen in winter whereas it flows through the streams in other seasons.

Most of the inhabitants of Rolwaling Valley are the Sherpas who are known as the Great Mountaineers. These people are very helpful to the trekkers reaching their area. They are motivated to promote tourism more than earning money. The monasteries, chortens, and mani walls are common phenomena of the Tsho Rolpa Lake trek. The Cliffside Monastery of Bedding and two local monasteries of Na Gaun are the prominent Tibetan Buddhist cultural sites that must be visited.

Tsho Rolpa Trek Itinerary

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek itinerary ranges from 7 days to more than 3 weeks. This trek 7-day itinerary excludes your time in Kathmandu and final departure date.

Nepal Trekking Routes has proposed 9 days itinerary including the reception and farewell. On the second day, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley as well.

If this trekking in Nepal is connected with the Everest region, the itinerary becomes longer. For this, you should cross Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,755m) which connects Rolwaling Valley and the Everest region. Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek rewards you with the natural and cultural wonder of both Rolwaling Valley and the Everest region.

One of the trekking peaks of Nepal, Ramdung Go (5,925m) lies close to Tsho Rolpa Lake. If you want to leisurely explore the Ramdung Go Glacier, Yalung La Pass (5,310m), and beautiful scenery, you can add up some days more.

Tsho Rolpa Lake trek itinerary is always a matter of customization. It depends upon your vacation and interest of trekking in Nepal. Just contact us to determine the best trip at the most reasonable cost.

Tsho Rolpa Trek Cost

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek cost is different for different packages. The cost is determined by the duration, food and accommodation services, mode of transportation, and route that you want to follow.

Tsho Rolpa Lake trek cost for 7 days itinerary lower than for 3 weeks or more. You don’t have to use any domestic flights for this trek. Likewise, it is free individual trekking (FIT) area requiring no special permit.

This is completely a teahouse trekking in Nepal although we can arrange camping trekking as well if you so desire. The food and accommodation services provided by the teahouses or lodges are basic. Likewise, you don’t require any climbing gear to do the Tsho Rolpa trek.

If you take the risk, you can also do this trip as a solo trekker in Nepal. For this, you have to prepare all the legal documents and hotel booking yourself. If you are familiar with Rolwaling Valley, it is okay! But we recommend you to do an organized trekking to avoid any possible mishap.

Tsho Rolpa Trek Difficulty

Tsho Rolpa Lake trek difficulty is considered to be of moderate type. The trekking trails are well maintained by the local communities. You don’t have to worry about food and accommodation services en route. The people of Rolwaling Valley are very kind and helpful to the visitors.

You have to walk for about 6/7 hours along the steep up-and-down rocky trail. The highest point to reach is Tsho Rolpa Lake (4,580m). There are not any high passes requiring climbing gears as well.

Altitude is the only factor contributing to Tsho Rolpa Lake's trek difficulty. As long as you reach above 2,500m, there is a high chance of altitude sickness. However, you can prevent yourself from this health hazard.

Walking slowly; having enough water, food, and sleep; keeping a first aid kit box, and following the instructions of the team leader are the ultimate measures. Booking a trip with a local tour operator is the best way to do this trek successfully.

Before going for Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek, make a habit of regular exercise and walking. Keep your physical condition and mental determination quite strong. Avoid having alcoholic and tobacco products during the trekking.

In a nutshell, even a beginner trekker in Nepal can do this trek with Nepal Trekking Routes. We are a committee to provide the local tour guide who can describe to you more about the natural and cultural heritage of the region. The registered guide is really helpful and honest and we guarantee your safety and satisfaction!

Trip PlanExpand All

On the arrival day, the team member of our agency welcomes you to the Tribhuvan Airport. After that, you complete the visa procedure right at the airport. For this, you shouldn’t forget to bring USD 50 in cash and 2 pp sized photograph to get the on-arrival visa. Tourist Visa is issued by the Immigration Service Center for 15, 30 and 90 days with the cost USD 30, 50 and 100 respectively. Then, he transfers you to the hotel booked for your stay while in Kathmandu. In the free time, go around Thamel Bazar on your own.

This day is allocated for both Kathmandu guided tour and trek preparation. The tour guide of the agency guides you around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Capital City. Generally, the Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa will be visited.

However, if you want to explore other World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan Temple, we can manage that as well. For this, you should consult with us beforehand.

When you return from the guided tour, the team leader meets you and instructs about Tsho Rolpa Lake trek itinerary. As you don’t need any climbing gears, you needn’t worry much. The legal documents required for this trek will be managed by the agency itself.

To cover the 195 kilometers road distance, you should begin earlier that means it depends upon if you hire a private or drive in public vehicle. Enjoying the morning view of the snowcapped peaks, green forests and many trading centers, you move along the Araniko Highway up to Khadichaur.

Then, the vehicle takes right turn across the Bhotekoshi River and begin to ascend through the modes. Driving past Mude, Dolakha Bhimsen, Singati and Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project, you reach Gongar Khola.

A little this side from Tamakoshi Hydropower, don’t forget to take a short pause at the Bhorley Jharana that almost falls on the road! From the Gonger Khola, you cross the Chetchet Suspension Bridge over the Tamakoshi River and follow the steep trail to reach Simigaun.

Moving along the snaky rugged trail, you continue the journey after having breakfast. On the way, you go across the 2nd cantilever bridge of Nepal to reach Surmuche. The natural waterfalls found in plentiful numbers make the walking more pleasant.

By crossing some wooden bridges and waterfalls amidst the dense forests, you reach Kyalche Village. Here, you find a couple of teahouses where you can stop for the night as well. From here, you have to walk more for 45 minutes to reach today’s final destination, Dongang. Actually, Dong Gaun (Dong Village) is pronounced Dongong in Sherpa tone speaking Nepali.

From here, you enter into the classic Rolwaling Valley by following the rocky trail along the dense forests. By listening to the chirping of the birds and gurgling of the Rolwaling River, you continue the trek through the curvy trail.

On the way, you might come across herds of yaks and few Sherpa Villages reflecting their living style, culture and tradition. When you reach Beding, another popular stop during Rolwaling Valley trek, don’t forget to visit the Cliffside Monastery. Beding is the largest village of Rolwaling Valley inhabited by the Sherpa people. The scenery of the Himalayas of Rolwaling region and the valley seems really incredible!

At the end, you reach Na Gaun for the night station. Na Gaun has around 20 villages where around 5 hotels and lodges are found. Most of the villagers shift to Beding Village to avoid the extreme cold of winter. Here, visit the local monastery to acclimatize and enjoy the serenity of the high altitude village.

Today is the most remarkable day of the entire Tsho Rolpa Lake trek as you are going to reach the final destination. By walking for about 2 hours along the steep up and down trail, you reach Tsho Rolpa Lake (4,580m). It is the largest glacial lake of Nepal which remains frozen in the winter whereas runs along the streams of Rolwaling Valley in other seasons.

The lake changes its colour according to the weather of the day. The soaring peaks of the Rolwaling Himalayan Range and the green hills below them are so mesmerizing that you are lost in the serene beauty.

Capture the moments in your camera and the mind as much as you can. Then, you gradually descend towards Beding Village moving across Na Gaun.

You begin today’s trek after having breakfast and then following the downhill trail, so quite comfortable. The splendid view of Mt. Gaurishankar (7,134m) makes your trip more memorable. You might also sight some birds and animals of Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GSCAP) as well. At the end of the trek, you arrive in Gongar Khola for the night stay. Make some celebration to mark the completion of Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Lake trek.

As you are going back to Kathmandu, enjoy the morning view of the entire Rolwaling Valley for the last time this season. If you want to experience the local bus, you should buy the tickets of either Rolwaling Yatayat or Araniko Yatayat. Optionally, you can also hire the private jeep at a comparatively higher cost.

By riding along the bus, you come across Dolakha, Mude, Khadichaur, Dhulikhel and Banepa to reach Kathmandu.

When you arrive here, you will be relocated to the hotel. In the remaining time, you can go around Thamel for purchasing handicraft products of Nepal. In the evening, we invite you to farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant somewhere at Thamel. Or, if you want to take rest the following day, no problem that we shall organize farewell program then.

Today is the last day of your Tsho Rolpa Lake trek 9 days itinerary. Therefore, we shift you to the Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight time. Nevertheless, if you have still some days, we are happy to assist you plan something more remarkable as well. Please, let us know what you want to do!

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Cost Details
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek with breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Farewell dinners with cultural program.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • City sightseeing entry fee in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses.
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