Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

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Tsho Rolpa Lake trekking

Tsho Rolpa Trek Summary

    1. Tsho Rolpa Lake trek Duration: 8 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Grading
    3. Tsho Rolpa lake Altitude: 4,580m/15,027 feet
    4. Trek Hours: 6 hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 1 – 15 People
    6. Best Time to Hike: March, April, May, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Lodge Basis
    8. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/bus

Overview

The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is a wilderness nature trail located in the Rolwaling mountains in Nepal. It’s one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal, located at an altitude of 4,580 meters in the Rolwaling Valley, Dolakha District, and has grown considerably over the last 50 years due to glacial melting in the Himalayas.

Moreover, researchers are now reassessing the state of Tsho Rolpa – located around 115 km northeast of Kathmandu in Dolakha District. One of the benefits of considering Tsho Rolpa is the accessibility of information on the lake’s evolution. Analysts Scientific started considering the lake in the mid-1990s when the lake’s high flood hazard was recognized.

Hike the Tsho Rolpa Lake is still the beaten path trek route that provides an opportunity to explore the scenery of the remote landscape. Hike the Tsho Rolpa incorporates impressive mountains Gauri Shankar (7,145m) and Melungtse (7,181m), among others.

The hiking path goes through Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, and Sherpa towns as the route go very close to the Tibet border. Because the distance from Kathmandu to Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake is 114 kilometers only.

Furthermore, glacial lake Tsho Rolpa is not the easiest trek in Nepal for beginner trekkers. Tsho Rolpa trail is a virgin route awakening, thus there is almost no other tourist along the route even in the high season however you can see the diverse species of flora and fauna.

The best ideal opportunity for the Tsho Rolpa trip in Autumn and Spring. Loaded with bright rhododendron blossoms will be filling in the backwoods. Appreciate nature as you journey up. However, the Rolwalling Tsho Rolpa trek is possible to explore in all months of the year.

Beding village, Tsho rolpa

How much is the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of Tsho Rolpa lake trek package with a Gokyo Treks local Agency in Nepal ranges between US$ 525 to US$ 775. And certainly, the Tsho Rolpa Trek package price will vary as per the mode of transportation service you choose. However, this figure price includes transportation, a guide, porters, hotels and food accommodation and hiking permits, facilities.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It’s a standard trip package price for 8 days hike in Tsho Rolpa route trekking in the Himalayas. If you are 2 tourists Tsho Rolpa Lake trek cost US$ 625 for 8 days trek as given plan. We can modify the Tsho Rolpa lake trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for Tsho rolpa treks.

Price Per Person for 8 days Tsho Rolpa Trek.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 775
2 PersonUS$ 625
3 PersonUS$ 625
4 to 6 personUS$ 610
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 575
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 525

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Tsho Rolpa Lake trek itinerary details

Hike the Tsho Rolpa trek 9 days itinerary is a multi-day adventure journey in the Rolwalling territory. However for travelers who wish to go longer hikes in the Rolwalling with Everest zone? follow Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek. Besides that, the particular hike at Thso rolpa route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike quickly and then try this itinerary. Or ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 DayArrival in Kathmandu valley. World Heritage sites(1,348m) tours in Kathmandu, 5-6 hours.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and drive you to the hotel in Kathmandu. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip, and any last-minute questions are answered.

After lunch, we explore this medieval capital with the tour Guide Ammar. We visit Boudhanath (a Little Tibet) and Pashupatinath, a holy Hindu temple where the cremation takes place on the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and walk back to Thamel via Oldest Markets Asan tole. Our representative or Ammar Guni will brief you about Tsho Rolpa Hike and introduce your guide information.

2 Day Drive from Kathmandu to Chechet and a trip to Simi Gaon (2,010m/6,624 feet), 10 hours

Today we will take the early morning Bus transport from Kathmandu to Chechet. The drive finishes the uneven ride on the winding and dusty streets. The dusty ride with wonderful scenes and sprouting rhododendron blossoms in transit make your lengthy drive worthwhile.

We cross Kharidhunga, Charikot, Singati, and Gongar along the journey. From Chechet, it requires a short climb about 3 hours to Simi Gaon for an overnight stay in a lodge.

3 Day Trek to Dongang (2,790m/9,154 feet), 6 hours

In the wake of leaving Simigaun, the path is a moderate grade with just slight climbs and plunges. Climb at Kyalche has a pleasant guesthouse. We proceed to climb further to Dongang to make the following day simpler.

Hikes from Kyalche to Dongang are genuinely simple. Dongang village has only two teahouses. Coming, we see an incredible eagle flying on the opposite side of the waterway. It sits roosted there while we appreciate how enormous it is from far off.

4 Day Beding Trekking (3,721m/12,209 feet), 5 hours walk

Today after breakfast, we ascend our trek to arrive at Beding today. The path in transit is vivid and lively on account of the sprouting Rhododendron blossoms, vegetation, and the white Mountains shimmering at the top. From Simi Gaon, an easy hike to Surmuche town and of two hours further trip takes us to Kyalche and then to Dongyang.

Coming, the phenomenal sound of birds and wonderful streams make our trip alluring. From Dongang the path to Beding is the lonelier way, through the thick woods and delightful vegetation, the tough walk takes around 4/5 hours to arrive at Beding.

5 Day Beding to Na Trek (4,183m/13,724 feet), 5 hours walk

The best part of this day is seeing all of the yak herds, cows, and sheep roaming freely across the valley. We got to know that about 10 years ago Guru Rinpoche made it illegal to kill animals above Dongang.

Previously, tourists would come camping and demand meat. Locals would kill the animals for business, but it’s a Buddhist zone and Guru Rinpoche felt it was disrespectful.

Five years later, he rescued 108 yaks and brought them to the area to roam free. Seeing the animals free and wild Yaks were pretty cool but have in mind that the YAKS are wild, so do not touch or approach them.

6 DayTsho Rolpa Lake trek (4,580m/15,027 feet). Trek to Dudh Pokhari (4,700m). 6-7 hours

Today, we have almost a top scenic trip to visit Tsho rolpa lake and Dudh Pokhari sacred lake. Note that Tsho rolpa lake is also popular as a Chhyugima Pokhari situated on the foothill of Chukyima peak. However, our excursion starts around 7AM after breakfast at NA village. First destination journey is to Tsho Ropla lake at 4,580 meters above the sea, later on, we continue with a glacial moraine trail to a sacred lake Dudh Pokhari at 4,700m possible to explore in a single day.

Hike to Tsho Rolpa lake from NA takes about three hours-long stretches gives you a great view of entire Tsho rolpa lake and as well as a rolwalling valley with some popular peaks. After a scenic lakeside tour, we follow the left side rough trail to catch Dudh Pokhari lake climbing 120 meters above Tsho Rolpa lake. However, visiting to both lakes possible in a single day hike from NA.

The excellent spots of ice and greenish water, an impression of blue sky sparkling like a gem in the midst of the all-encompassing blanketed mountains invite us to Tsho Rolpa and Dudh Pokhari Lake. Have in mind that the mountain lake is often getting cloudy, so check Dudh Pokhari and the Tsho Rolpa weather 24 hours before moving. Excursionists can see the captivating perspective of the majestic Gauri Shankar mountain.

In addition, Rolwaling Valley is connected with the Everest mountain district. Optional travelers cross the high pass Tashi Labsta la 5755m to get to Namche Bazar of Sagarmatha national park. The Tashi Labsta pass is considered the most difficult high mountain pass in Nepal Himalayas.

In the wake of going through certain hours visiting the Glacial lake of Tsho Rolpa, we will get back to Beding to stay overnight.

7 DayDescend to Gongar Khola, 8 hours.

Today we hike close by the stream Tamakoshi toward the beginning of the day with the different bird sounds (exceptionally Danphe and Munal) and the perspective on the silver-sparkling mountains. Following over two hours of walking, you will arrive at Dongang and a further 1 hour of trip to Kalche.

And then to Surmuche. We will be following a similar preliminary on our second-day journey. Notwithstanding, we can remain for the time being at Simi Gaon or Chechet as well, despite that it is smarter to travel down to Gongar Khola to get the principal transport of Kathmandu.

8 DayDrive back to Kathmandu city, 10 hours.

Today we will return a drive to Kathmandu through a similar course we drove before to arrive at Chechet, It’s around 9 hours of excursion to Kathmandu from Gongar Khola with a similar dusty and uneven street. Trip finish.

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Cost

How much does the Tsho Rolpa Lake trek pckage price?

It’s a 8 Days Classic Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek price start at US$ 525 and might reach up to US$ 775 per person on double occupancy basis. Taking a private 4WD jeep to and from Chechet saves your time and riding the bus minimize the tour expenses. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency notify this express Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Package price for 2024 and 2025 based on group size you are travelling with.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned rooms in Kathmandu with the breakfast Plan. Likewise, Tent camping accommodations along the journey. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Tsho Rolpa Lake trek package includes

  • Kathmandu International airport transfer with a private car on your arrival.
  • 1-night double bedroom accommodation in a Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 7 Breakfast serve with a cup of tea/coffee, 7 Lunch and 6 Dinner [main course] while on trek routes.
  • 6 Nights double bedroom Lodge accommodation along the Tsho Rolpa Lake trekking routes.
  • Kathmandu – Chechet and from Shigati Bazar – Kathmandu transfer by Bus (sharing basis) as per above plan
  • Gauri Shankar Conservation entrance permit fee
  • TIMS permit for Tsho Rolpa trekking.
  • Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder mountain trek guide.
  • Professional porters (each 2 guest (12 kg + 12 kg) = 1 porter basis) to transfer guest’s baggage.
  • World heritage Site in Kathmandu city tour guide service.
  • Trekking equipment, Insurance, and other facilities for Nepali trekking staff.
  • Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for Tsho rolpa trekking.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity), and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for high altitude risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Tsho Rolpa Trek map & trek completion certificate – keep them as a souvenir.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

What’s not included in the Tsho Rolpa Lake trek package cost:-

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipment including clothes.
  • -10 comfort fresh Sleeping bag rental cost per piece US$ 2 per day.
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of beverage drinks.
  • Kathmandu city world heritage sites transportation, sport entrance fee and donations.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

Group join

We can organize a private trek at Tsho Rolpa in a Rolowaling area if that starts on any date that works for you. So, please contact us for more information regarding Tsho Rolpa trail routes, weather, and price packages.

FAQ

Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?.

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight information. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to hike Tsho Rolpa?.

Answer: Trek is suitable for keen hikers who can walk around 5 hours each day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have a little experience would be better.

Question: Can I store my suitcase luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.

Question: Is a hiking in the Rolwalling territory Safe especially for Solo Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely yes. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; the Tsho Rolpa trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Tsho Rolpa Lake Rolwalling trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and lodge accommodation on the trek route. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on this trek?.

Answer: During the Tsho Rolpa lodge trek, Tourists will get all food in the homestay Lodge. They cook mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna baked, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, and rice with seasonal vegetables.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along the lake Tsho Rolpa trek?.

Answer: You can get a shower in the guest house perhaps on additional payments.

Question: How do I get drinking water Tsho Rolpa route?.

Answer: You can buy aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available almost everywhere on the stream or in the lodges.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the local lodges there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters!

Question: Are there any communication facilities on a short trek to Tsho Rolpa?

Answer: Yes, only for some places but not for everyday hikes.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No. Not possible for Tsho rolpa trekking routes.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Our adventure treks book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings. And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tsho Rolpa short trek?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day. However, you need to prepare your body to walk roughly about 5/6 hours each day as it is not a very easy hike in the Himalayas.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles as you are going to the glacial lakes. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 to 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Tsho Rolpa Lake trek highlights

  • Investigate the world’s beautiful two high Gauri Shankar mountains and Melungtse (7,181m) in a line.
  • Remote area excursion – off-the-beaten path trekking experience
  • Diverse in flora and fauna and rich in local cultural heritages of Rolwalling Himalayas.

When is the best time for Tsho Rolpa Lake Trekking?

The best time for Tsho Rolpa Lake Trekking in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons offer the most favorable weather and optimal trekking conditions in the Rolwaling zone.

During spring, the temperatures are mild, and the rhododendron forests along the path come alive with vibrant blooms, creating a picturesque landscape. Skies are generally clear, and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.

Autumn is another excellent time for Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek. The weather is stable, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures during the day. Likewise, the autumn months offer excellent visibility, allowing trekkers to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Gauri Shankar (7,145m), Melungtse (7,181m) and Rolwaling peaks.

Both spring and autumn are considered the very busy seasons for hiking in Nepal, including the Tsho Rolpa at Rolwaling territory. Usually, the trails are well-maintained, and there is a festive atmosphere in the high mountain villages due to various cultural celebrations.

It’s worth noting that while these seasons are generally ideal, weather patterns can vary from year to year. It’s always a good idea to check the latest weather forecasts time to time that your holiday adventure to ensure the best possible experience.

Notes for Tsho Rolpa Lake trekkers!

Solo Hikes at Tsho Rolpa is somehow not a good way to go because of the wilderness trail. Hikes in those areas often covered with forest and yak trails make tourists confused about following the right trail. Thus, it can be dangerous sometimes if you are hiking in the winter months.

However the Tsho Rolpa hike as stated above itineraries is subject to modification according to our guest’s request. This is a sample guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical, and natural condition may change the above itineraries.

What makes Tsho Rolpa Lake trek trip special?

Tsho Rolpa Lake trekking holds a distinct appeal for hikers due to its unique blend of natural wonders and cultural experiences. Nestled in the serene landscapes of Nepal, this trek unveils breathtaking views of the Rolwaling Himalayas, treating hikers to awe-inspiring vistas throughout the journey.

Beyond the scenic beauty, the trek offers a glimpse into the local Sherpa and Tamang cultures, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the rich traditions and warm hospitality of these communities. Moreover, the trek’s challenging yet rewarding trails provide a sense of accomplishment, making it a truly special and fulfilling experience for hiking enthusiasts seeking adventure amidst unparalleled natural beauty and cultural encounters.

We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Review

Beautiful Journey to Tsho Rolpa Lake

Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 21, 2023

We are avid trekkers and recently we book our trip to TSHO ROLPA LAKE with a local Gokyo Treks Agency as this agency was highly recommended by one of my friends from western Berlin.

We started to make email and Whatsapp with Ammar, owner of the agency to make the best travel plan to hike just before the pre-monsoon in Nepal. All worked well they receive us in the airport and arranged the trekking gear, guide, and necessary gears quickly.

Driving to Chechet in a first day was quiet tiring because of the off road drive however the journey offers picturesque landscapes and the typical village and valley made us not boring. It was quiet and fantastic to walk along the valley with the sound of screaming birds and rivers.

Travelers get basic lodge accommodation and foods but often camps are little longer than expected that’s why bring some energy bars to maintain your energy and stamina.

All in all, Ammar and the agency did a great job, we absolutely very happy and recommend this company to anyone if planning a trip to the Himalayas.

Cheers!

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Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear Mario Guenter, your wonderful review is deeply appreciated. We are thrilled that you had a fantastic experience with us. Your satisfaction is our utmost priority, and we cannot wait to have the pleasure of serving you on another remarkable trip to the Himalayas very soon. Thank you once again, and we eagerly anticipate your return.

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