Overview of Tsho Rolpa Lake
Location: - Rolwaling Valley, Dolakha District, Nepal
Coordinates:-27°52′N 86°28′Coordinates: 27°52′N 86°28′E
Type: - glacial lake
Primary inflows:-Trakarding glacier
Primary outflows:-Rolwaling and Tamakoshi rivers
Max. Length:-3.45 kilometers
Max. Wide:-0.5 kilometers
Surface area:-1.537 square kilometers
Average depth:-55 meters (180 ft.)
Max. Depth:-135 meters (4,43 ft.)
Water volume:-85,940,000 cubic meters
Surface elevation:-4,580 meters (15,030 ft.)
Highlight of Tsho Rolpa Lake
High Altitude Glacial Lake
Unique Flora and Fauna
Remote and Untouched Area
Experience the Local Culture of Sherpa People
Best View of the Gaurishankar Himal
Conservation and Responsible Trekking
Estimated Cost of the Tsho Rolpa Trek
Taxi to Bus station- USD 10
Round trip Bus Kathmandu/Chet-Chet/Kathmandu- USD 30
Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit- USD 30
TIMS- USD 20
Guide per Day- USD 30
Porter per Day- USD 25
Accommodation per night-USD 10
Meals per Day- USD 30
Tea/coffee per Day USD 10
Private Jeep- USD 150 each way
Sharing Sumo Jeep- USD 15
Accommodation and Food in Tsho Rolpa
Nepal is the fascinating and vibrant destination for the mountaineers and trekkers, providing the stunning and magnificent views of the mountains, rivers, lakes, jungle, waterfalls and flora and fauna. Among the popular trekking destination, Tsho Rolpa trekking trail is newly opened trekking trails of Nepal. However, facilities in the area are basic but clean and comfortable.
Accommodation in the Tsho Rolpa
Along the popular trekking routes in Nepal like Annapurna circuit, Everest base camp, Langtang valley and Manaslu circuit trek are the common areas for the Tea house trekking. So, Tsho Rolpa offers you basic lodges that provide a clean and comfortable bed with outside bathroom. Many lodges have telephone services and electricity facilities.
Food in the Tsho Rolpa
Mostly, you will be served with Nepali food known as a Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup, different pickles, potatoes and green vegetables.
However, you can also eat different food like, Tibetan and continental. Every day, you can eat organic and hygienic meals during the trek.
The Tsho Rolpa is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal. The lake threatens to burst through its unstable dam. Which would be threatened for the lives and livestock of over 600 villages living around the Tamakoshi River.
This trek is a popular trekking route in the Rolwaling valley of Nepal's Dolakha district, located in the central Himalayas. This is another valley of Everest base camp trek. The trek takes you to the stunning Tsho Rolpa glacial lake, which is the largest glacial lake in Nepal. This glacial lake is roughly 3:45 kilometers (1.9 miles) long and 1 kilometers (0.6 miles) wide with maximum depth of around 135 meters, which is 330 feet. The lake is fed by the melting glaciers of the surrounding mountains, and its water is a brilliant turquoise color, making it a breathtaking sight to behold. The highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the Tsho Rolpa Lake, which sits at an altitude of 4,580 meters (15,030 feet) above sea level. The lake is surrounded by towering mountains and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. This could be the alternative trek rout of Gokyo Lake trek or Tilicho Lake in Annapurna circuit trekking trail.
The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to the small town of Chet-Chet, which is nearly 200 kilometers followed by a trek through beautiful forests, remote villages, and High Mountain passes. Along the way, you'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, and Melungtse.
The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek and requires a good level of fitness and some trekking experience. The best time to go on this trek is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons, when the weather is clear and dry.
Overall, the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is a fantastic opportunity to experience the natural beauty and culture of the Rolwaling region while challenging yourself with a high-altitude trekking adventure.
Day-1- Kathmandu to Chet-Chet and Simigaon
Kathmandu to Chet-Chet Dolaka is about 195 Kilometers, and the travel time can vary depending on the mode of transportation, usually it takes 7/8 hrs. From Kathmandu all the way to Sigati, it is quite good road as it has black top, but from Sigati to Chet-Chet is off road even though it is not that bad. The journey is quite interesting and enjoyable through the small selectmen’s on the subtropical hills. Once you reach to Chet-Chet, you can be ready for hike up to Simi Gaon which is about 1000 m.to climb, and it will take about 2 hrs.
Overall, the most convenient way to travel from Kathmandu to Chet-Chet Dolaka is by private Jeep, just ensure for comfortable and safe trip.
Day-2 Simigaon to Dongang-5/6 hrs.
It is the most beautiful day to trek from Simigaon to Dongang usually takes around 5- 6 hours, and it involves a moderate level of difficulty. The trail passes through beautiful forests, streams, and hills, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. There are small settlements between two places, likewise Uttise,Surmuche and Kalyche. You can stop for tea break and lunch breaks at any places that you like to stop. But I would like to recommend having lunch break at Surmuche.
Overall, the trek from Simigaon to Dong gang is a wonderful experience that takes you through some of the most scenic and picturesque parts of Nepal. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and witness the stunning beauty of the Himalayas up close.
Day-3- Dongang to Beding 5hrs 2800 m.-3690 m.
This is another beautiful day to trek from Dongang to Beding is located about 3690 m. 05 kilometers. To reach Beding from Dongang it will takes you about 5 hrs, passing through other small settlements, crossing the bridges and walking through the Rhododendron forest. Mostly you will hike up and you need to assent nearly 900 m.
After few hours of walking, you will reach to Thanding Karkha where you can have lunch break. There are a couple of teahouses where you can take basic food to get some power back to walk a couple of hourses further to Beding. Once you reach to Beding, you will have an opportunity to choose better accommodation as it is the main village of the Rollwaling valley. The Beding village just lies on the Tsho Rolpa river bank.
Day-4 Beding to Na 2 hrs.
Trek to Na is one of the best and easy walk along the pristine Tsho Rolpa River in the fascinating valley. It takes only two hours to reach to Na village. It is quite easy and pleasant hiking to Na Village is at the altitude of, 4250 m. Many residents own small plots of land in both village. Na and Beding village people shift to the respective village according to the climate, hence those who have their house in Beding have their house in the Na as well. Most of them have their small land to grow potatoes and keep and tend to animals. They can make money selling the Yak milk, ghee and animals. Most of them do animal husbandry and agriculture. Moreover, many young man and women are involving the trekking field.
Day-5 Na to Tsho Rolpa Lake and Trek Back to Beding
As soon as you finished your breakfast, you will be heading towards to the Tsho Rolpa Lake. It takes around 2 and half hours to reach there. The first hour is quite easy and pleasant walk and last part is ascending towards the lake so, you will feel the altitudes, and you will have hard breath and challenging. Once you reach to the lake, there is a small tea house where you can have a cup of hot tea or coffee. The lake is itself, pristine setting and magnificent views of the high mountains.
As soon as you feel to walk back, you can start your trek back to Na and have warm lunch. Once you finished your lunch, you can trek back to Beding for the overnight stay.
Day-6 Beding to Simigaon 6/7 hours
Embarking our return journey same way back down to Simigaon, The path unfolds mesmerizing captivating landscape throughout the journey. You will enjoy with the lush green pine trees and Rhododendron forest. Being in the higher altitude for few days, it is always feel pleasant being in the warm and vibrant village welcome you with open arms, offering a heaven filled with amenities and facilities that you are keen to receive. Tonight, always make party as this is your last night of your lifetime of journey of your memories.
Day=7 Simigaon to Chet- Chet to Kathmandu by road 195 Km. 7/8 hours
Start your day with organic and hygienic breakfast early in the morning at your Guest House. We hurry up, catching your transportation to Kathmandu in Chet-Chet. The journey takes around one and half hour to get back to Chet-Chet. There are a couple of local buses and Sumo departure around 8 am from Chet-Chet every day. Enjoy the exhilarating drive through the small local settlements, ascends towards Charikot. You can stop at kharidhunga or elsewhere for good lunch. As soon as finished lunch, our journey continuous drive to Kathmandu. The bus/sumo will drop you at Tinkune. You can conclusion your journey here and move on to your own destination.