Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek


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Tsho Rolpa Lake trek

Tsho Rolpa Trek Summary

    1. Tsho Rolpa Lake trek Duration: 9 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. Transportation: Car/Bus/Jeep


The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is a remote wilderness trail in the Rolwaling Mountains of Nepal, leading to Tsho Rolpa, one of the country’s largest glacial lakes. Situated at an altitude of 4,580 meters in the Rolwaling Valley of the Dolakha District, Tsho Rolpa has significantly expanded over the past 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.

This hike to Tsho Rolpa Lake follows a less-traveled path, offering an opportunity to explore the remote landscape. Additionally, this trek features impressive mountains like Gauri Shankar (7,145m) and Melungtse (7,181m).

Trekkers can walk through several scattered Sherpa villages near the Tibet border, with Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake just 114 kilometers from Kathmandu. It is a lesser-known route, and you will likely encounter few other tourists, even in peak season, but you can enjoy diverse flora and fauna.

Autumn and spring are the best times for Tsho Rolpa trekking, with bright rhododendron blossoms filling the forests. However, trekking to Tsho Rolpa can be challenging for beginners. Despite this, the Rolwaling Tsho Rolpa trek is possible year-round, offering a chance to appreciate nature in every season.

Rolwaling Trek in Nepal

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$ 625 to US$ 975. 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 9 days hike in Tsho Rolpa route trekking in the Himalayas. If you are 2 tourists Tsho Rolpa Lake trek cost US$ 850 for 9 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 9 days Tsho Rolpa Trek for 2024 and 2025.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 975
2 PersonUS$ 850
3 PersonUS$ 820
4 to 6 personUS$ 775
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 725
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 625

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.


Tsho Rolpa Lake trek itinerary details

Embark on the Tsho Rolpa 9-day itinerary, a multi-day adventure through the controlled region of Rolwaling. For those interested in longer hikes in the Rolwaling and Everest zones, consider following the Tashi Lapcha Pass Trek itinerary. The Tsho Rolpa route is perfect for world travelers seeking a quick yet fulfilling hiking experience. Alternatively, we can provide a tailor-made itinerary to suit your specific needs.

1 DayArrival in Kathmandu valley. UNESCO Heritage sites tour in Kathmandu, 3 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.

kathmandu world heritage sites tour

After lunch, we explore this antique heritage sites with the tour Guide Ammar. We visit Swayambhunath (a Monkey Temple) and Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a historic square in Kathmandu, Nepal, known for its ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and statues.

After exploring the old palace, we continue our journey to Thamel visiting the oldest markets of Nepal including the historic Asan Tole market. Our leader, Ammar Guni, will then brief you about the Tsho Rolpa Hike, introduce your trekking guide, and provide other necessary information.

2 Day Drive from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet and a trip to Simi Gaon (2,010m/6,624 feet), 7 hours

Today, we will take the early morning Bus or Jeep transportation from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet, takes around seven hours. Our road ride journey finishes the uneven ride on the winding and dusty streets.

Simi Gaon, Rolwaling valley

Be that as it may, this 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 Chhetchhet village, it requires a short climb about 3 hours to Simi Gaon for an overnight stay in a lodge.

3 Day Trek to Kyalche (2,825m/9,268 feet), 6 hours

Simigaon is a picturesque village in Nepal, situated at the gateway to the Rolwaling Valley and known for its stunning mountain views and traditional Sherpa culture. Leaving Simigaun, the path features a moderate grade that ascends over stone stairs with gentle climbs and descents.

Kyalche Village

Kyalche offers an open grassy area with a pleasant guesthouse where we stay overnight. The hike from Simigaun to Kyalche is relatively easy, passing through the forest and taking approximately six hours.

4 DayKyalche to Beding Trek (3,721m/12,209 feet), 6 hours walk

Today, after breakfast, we begin our trek from Kyalche to Beding village. Journey to Beding trail has vibrant and colorful due to the blooming rhododendron flowers, lush vegetation, and the white mountains, including Gauri Shankar, shimmering at the top.

Beding village

As we progress, the remarkable sound of birds and the beautiful streams make our journey enchanting through the dense forest and delightful scenery. Beding is a charming village that features a monastery and offers some fine lodges for tourists to stay overnight.

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

Na village

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), 7 hours

Today, we have almost a top scenic trip to visit Tsho rolpa lake and Dudh Pokhari sacred lake. Hike to Tsho Rolpa lake from NA Lodge takes about three hours-long stretches gives you a great view of entire Tsho rolpa lake and as well as a rolwaling valley with some popular peaks.

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

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.

After a scenic lakeside tour, we follow the rough trail on the left side to reach Dudh Pokhari Lake, climbing 120 meters above Tsho Rolpa Lake. Visiting both lakes in a single-day hike from NA is possible and highly recommended. This spiritual journey makes visiting both lakes a sacred and fantastic experience.

Dudh Kunda, Rolwaling

The stunning spots of ice and greenish water, reflecting the blue sky like a gem amid the snow-covered mountains, welcome us to Tsho Rolpa and Dudh Pokhari Lake. Keep in mind that the mountain lake often gets cloudy, so check the weather for Dudh Pokhari and Tsho Rolpa 24 hours before setting out. Visitors can enjoy captivating views of the majestic Gauri Shankar mountain.

Additionally, the Rolwaling Valley is connected to the Everest region. Adventurous travelers can cross the high pass Tashi Labsta La (5,755m) to reach Namche Bazaar in Sagarmatha National Park. The Tashi Labsta pass is considered the most difficult high mountain pass in Nepal Himalayas.

7 DayDescend to Dongang village Lodge (2,690m/8,825 feet), 6 hours.

Today’s hike from Na village to Dongang Lodge in the Rolwaling Valley is challenging yet rewarding. Starting at around 4,180 meters in Na village, the trail features rugged terrain with steep ascents and descents. Hikers are treated to stunning views of snow-capped mountains, including Gauri Shankar, and lush forests with rhododendron.

Dongang lodge

Although generally well-marked, the path can be slippery in wet conditions, so checking the weather forecast is essential. Proper acclimatization and hydration are necessary due to the altitude and elevation changes. Several rest points along the way provide breaks and scenic views. Upon reaching Lodge in Dongang settlement, trekkers can rest comfortably after the demanding hike, making this trail a memorable trekking experience in the Rolwaling Valley.

8 DayDescend to Chhetchhet village (1,395m/4,577 feet), 6 hours.

Today, we begin our hike alongside the Tamakoshi stream, accompanied by the diverse sounds of birds, including the Danphe and Munal, and views of the silver-sparkling mountains. After walking for over three hours, we reach Surmuche village for a lunch break.

Chhetchhet Village

Following a delicious meal, we trek downhill to Chhetchhet village, where we will stay at a guesthouse. Chhetchhet Waterfall, located near Chhetchhet Lodges, is a breathtaking cascade renowned for its serene beauty and the tranquil atmosphere it provides to trekkers and visitors. The next day, we will catch the first bus to Kathmandu.

9 DayDrive back to Kathmandu city, 7 hours.

Pack your gear properly and enjoy a delicious breakfast with a scenic view of an amazing waterfall just 150 meters away. The drive back from Chhetchhet to Kathmandu offers a scenic journey through the diverse landscapes of Nepal, transitioning from rugged mountain terrain to lush green valleys.

Kathmandu to Chhetchhet Jeep service

The route takes you through charming villages and picturesque countryside, providing glimpses of local life and culture. The approximately 7-8 hour drive ensures a memorable and visually enriching experience before reaching the bustling capital city. Trip finish.

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How much does the Tsho Rolpa Lake trek pckage price?

It’s a 9 Days Classic Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek price start at US$ 625 and might reach up to US$ 975 per person on double occupancy basis. Taking a private 4WD jeep to and from Chhetchhet 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 4 to 5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned rooms in Kathmandu with the breakfast Plan. Likewise, Lodge 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.
  • 8 Breakfast serve with a cup of tea/coffee, 8 Lunch and 7 Dinner while on trek routes.
  • 7 Nights double bedroom Lodge accommodation along the Tsho Rolpa Lake trekking routes.
  • Kathmandu – Chhetchhet and Chhetchhet to Kathmandu transfer bothway by Bus/Jeep on a sharing basis as per above plan.
  • All required permits (Restricted Area Permit (RAP) + Gauri Shankar Conservation permit + 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 Sites [Swayambhunath Stupa and Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace] in Kathmandu 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. However, 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 Rolwaling 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.


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: While prior hiking experience is helpful, it’s not strictly necessary for Tsho Rolpa if you’re reasonably fit and prepared. However, due to the remote and confusing trails, it’s advisable to hike with a guide or in a group, especially if it’s your first time in Nepal.

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

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

Question: Is a hike to Rolwaling territory Safe especially for solo Trekkers?

Answer: Yes, this trek is widely regarded as safe for solo trekkers. However, as with any trekking adventure, it’s crucial to take precautions and remain aware of your surroundings.

Our team consists of honest and friendly guides who treat every trekker like a family member. We have been organizing treks for solo female travelers since our establishment, ensuring their safety and enjoyment throughout the journey.

Solo hikes at Tsho Rolpa are not recommended due to the remote wilderness of the trail. Often covered with forests and yak paths, which can make it easy for tourists to get lost. This can be particularly dangerous during the winter months. It’s better to travel in a group of at least two tourists to navigate the trail more easily and to save on accommodation costs by sharing rooms.

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

Answer: We provide tourist-standard lodge accommodations along the trek route. However, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag if you have one; otherwise, you can rent one in Kathmandu. During the Tsho Rolpa lodge trek, tourists will receive all meals at the homestay lodges.

The lodges typically serve vegetarian dishes such as pasta, tuna bakes, 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: Shower facilities along the Tsho Rolpa trek can be limited and vary depending on the lodges. Some lodges might offer basic shower facilities, often with cold water, and occasionally with hot water for an extra fee. It’s best to ask at each lodge about the availability and cost of a shower on the spot.

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

Answer: We recommend booking this Tsho Rolpa trip with us as early as possible. While we strive to accommodate last-minute bookings, a 15% advance deposit is required to secure your reservation. This deposit allows us to make all necessary arrangements for your trip however, the remaining payment can be settled upon 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: On the Tsho Rolpa trek, you typically walk 5-7 hours each day, covering approximately 10-15 kilometers daily, depending on the specific route and your pace.

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
  • Impressive Tsho Rolpa Lake, Dudh Kunda Lake and its surroundings.
  • Over 60% of the route, You’ll trek alongside the cascading Rolwaling River.
  • Diverse in flora and fauna and rich in local cultural heritages of Rolwaling Himalayas.

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 because of stable weather. 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.

Trek difficulty level and require physical fitness!

The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is moderately challenging and requires good physical fitness. The trek involves rugged and uneven terrain, with some steep ascents and descents, making it essential for trekkers to have strong leg muscles and good core strength.

At an elevation of approximately 4,580 meters (15,030 feet), altitude sickness is a concern, so proper acclimatization is necessary. With your experience in trekking around the Everest Base Camp region, Frank, you’re likely well-prepared for the endurance needed—typically 5-7 hours of hiking per day.

Regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking practice with a loaded backpack will help ensure you’re ready for the journey.

Proper hydration, nutrition, and pacing are crucial to maintaining energy levels and reducing the risk of altitude sickness. With adequate preparation, the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek offers a rewarding adventure with stunning views in the Rolwaling region.

Notes for Tsho Rolpa Lake trekkers!

When hiking to Tsho Rolpa Lake, ensure you have the necessary trek permits, including the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for the Rolwaling region. Proper preparation with appropriate hiking gear and a professional guide is essential.

The numerous small trails made by yaks can be confusing, making it challenging to find the correct path to Tsho Rolpa Lake and Dudhkunda. Hiking in a group is advisable to share accommodation costs and enhance safety.

Be ready for cold weather, particularly in winter, and carry sufficient food, water, and warm clothing. Acclimatize properly to prevent altitude sickness and ensure you have the necessary trekking permits. Hiring a local guide can also be beneficial.

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

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.


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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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