Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

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Starts at: Shigati Ends at: Shigati
Trek Region: Rolwaling Transport: Drive
Duration: 16 Days Trip Grade: Demanding
Max Altitude: 4183 m / 13723 ft Accommodation: Teahouse

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.

Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Shigati (Drive)

Shigati – 950 m / 3116 ft – 9 hr

Day 2: Shigati to Jagat

Jagat – 1050 m / 3444 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Jagat to Simi Gaun

Simi Gaun- 1900 m / 6233 ft – 5 hrs

Day 4: Simi Gaun to Gyalchen

Gyalchen – 3300 m / 10826 ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: Gyalchen to Beding

Beding – 3650 m / 11975 ft – 4 hrs

Day 6: Beding to Na Gaun

Na Gaun- 4100 m / 13451 ft – 4 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day

Na Gaun- 4100 m / 13451 ft – 2 hrs

Day 8: Na Gaun to Tso Rolpa Lake

Tso Rolpa Lake – 4183 m / 13723 ft – 4 hrs

Day 9: Acclimatization Day

Tso Rolpa Lake – 4183 m / 13723 ft – 1 hr

Day 10: Tso Rolpa Lake to Beding

Beding – 4100 m/ 13451 ft – 7 hrs

Day 11: Beding to Daldung La Pass

Daldung La Pass – 3976 m / 13044 ft – 6 hrs

Day 12: Daldung La Pass to Simi Gaun

Simi Gaun – 1900 m / 6233 ft – 5 hrs

Day 13: Simi Gaun to Jagat

Jagat – 1050 m / 3444 ft – 5 hrs

Day 14: Jagat to Shigati

Namche Bazaar – 950 m / 3116 ft – 5 hrs

Day 15: Shigati to Kathmandu (Drive)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4268 ft – 9 hrs

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  • 14 nights accommodation in tents
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Cook for 15 days
  • Required number of porters for 15 days
  • Kathmandu Shigati Kathmandu local bus
  • Restricted area permit
  • Gaurishankar conservation area permit
  • 15 x set breakfast, 14 x set lunch and 14 x set dinner while on trek.
  • Private jeep USD 240 (Optional)

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