Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek - 15 Days

Tso Rolpa Lake, lying at an altitude of 4183 m, is between the mountain ranges of Langtang and Everest and is one of the biggest glacier lakes in Nepal. Situated in the north eastern region of the country, the road to the starting point of the trek (the trading town of Dolakha) passes along the route from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Tibet. The lake itself is situated in the Rolwaling Valley, one of the seven hidden valleys where the Yeti is said to live! Although it is highly unlikely to meet a Yeti on the trail, there are interesting terraced fields, fast-flowing rivers, forests and two great glaciers to see as well as the stunning glacier lake of Tso Rolpa. This trek starts at a low altitude so there is plenty of time for trekkers to get acclimatized before reaching the lake. Although the trail does not reach high altitude, trekking days are generally 6-8 hours long so a good level of fitness is required.

Mountains that can be seen on this route include Gauri Shankar (7,145m) and Menlungtse (7,181m), among others. The trail runs through Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang and Sherpa villages, as well as past Bigu Gompa, home to over 300 nuns. This area is mainly Buddhist as can be recognised by the mani stones along the trail and prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

For those who do not want to trek at very high altitudes and are interested in the culture of the peoples of the Everest region this trek is a good option.

Day 1Kathmandu to Shigati (Drive)950 m10 hr
Day 2Shigati to Jagat1050 m6 hr
Day 3Jagat to Simi Gaun1900 m5 hr
Day 4Simi Gaun to Gyalchen3300 m6 hr
Day 5Gyalchen to Beding3650 m4 hr
Day 6Beding to Na Gaun4100 m4 hr
Day 7Acclimatization Day4100 m3 hr
Day 8Na Gaun to Tso Rolpa Lake4183 m4 hr
Day 9Acclimatization Day4183 m3 hr
Day 10Tso Rolpa to Beding4100 m6 - 7 hr
Day 11Beding to Daldung La Pass3976 m6 hr
Day 12Daldung La Pass to Simi Gaun1900 m5 hr
Day 13Simi Gaun to Jagat1050 m4 - 5 hr
Day 14Jagat to Shigati950 m5 - 6 hr
Day 15Shigati to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m10 hr


  • Local transfers for your international flights x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Kathmandu to Shigati by private jeep
  • Shigati to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Porter for 15 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 14 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 15 x set breakfast, 15 x set lunch and 14 x set dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

Yes. It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

Yes. It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own well being and for the well being of our clients.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • 4183 m
  • Shigati/Shigati
  • Demanding