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Tsho Rolpa

Tsho Rolpa

Tsho Rolpa

5 Days
10 Pax


Tsho Rolpa, located in the Rolwaling Valley of Nepal, is a stunning glacial lake surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, including the majestic Gaurishankar and Melungtse. At an elevation of approximately 4,580 meters above sea level, it is one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal, spanning an area of about 1.5 square kilometers. The name "Tsho Rolpa" translates to "Lake Rolpa" in the local Sherpa language, reflecting its significance to the indigenous communities of the region. The journey to Tsho Rolpa begins in Kathmandu, where trekkers embark on an adventurous drive to the village of Charikot, the gateway to the Rolwaling Valley. From there, the trek follows a rugged trail that winds through pristine forests, alpine meadows, and remote Sherpa villages, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains at every turn. Along the way, trekkers may encounter yaks grazing in the high-altitude pastures and pass by colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, symbols of the region's rich cultural heritage. As trekkers ascend higher into the Rolwaling Valley, the landscape becomes increasingly dramatic, with steep cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and sheer rock walls towering overhead. Eventually, after several days of trekking, the shimmering turquoise waters of Tsho Rolpa come into view, nestled in a glacial cirque beneath the snow-capped peaks. The sight of the lake, surrounded by pristine wilderness and framed by the rugged Himalayan terrain, is truly awe-inspiring and worth every step of the journey.

Tsho Rolpa holds great ecological significance as well, serving as a crucial water source for downstream communities and supporting a variety of flora and fauna in its pristine ecosystem. However, in recent years, the lake has also become a symbol of the impacts of climate change, as rising temperatures have accelerated the melting of the surrounding glaciers, increasing the risk of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). This has prompted efforts to monitor and mitigate the risks associated with Tsho Rolpa and other glacial lakes in the Himalayas. For adventurous trekkers and nature enthusiasts, Tsho Rolpa offers a unique opportunity to explore the remote and rugged landscapes of the Himalayas while experiencing the rich culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people. The trek to Tsho Rolpa is not for the faint of heart, requiring a good level of physical fitness and acclimatization to the high altitude, but the rewards of witnessing this pristine alpine jewel amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas are truly unforgettable. Whether trekking solo or as part of a guided expedition, a journey to Tsho Rolpa is sure to leave a lasting impression and inspire a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty and majesty of the natural world.

Altitude 4130 m
Difficulty Easy
Best Season Autumn

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$ 8500 / PERSON


Depart from Kathmandu by private vehicle. Drive to the village of Simigaon, the starting point of the trek. Begin the trekking adventure, passing through lush forests and terraced fields. Overnight stay in Simigaon, experiencing the warmth of Sherpa hospitality.
Trek through picturesque Sherpa villages and terraced farmlands. Ascend gradually, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Arrive at the village of Dongang, nestled amidst the rugged Himalayan landscape. Spend the night in Dongang, immersing in the tranquility of the mountains.
Continue the trek, following the trail along the Rolwaling River. Ascend through alpine meadows and rocky terrain, with glimpses of glaciers and waterfalls. Reach the mesmerizing Tsho Rolpa, marveling at its turquoise waters and surrounding peaks. Camp by the shores of the lake, under the starry Himalayan sky.
Spend the day exploring the surroundings of Tsho Rolpa. Optional hike to higher viewpoints for breathtaking panoramic views. Relax by the shores of the lake, enjoying the serenity of this pristine alpine gem. Learn about the ecological significance of Tsho Rolpa and efforts to conserve it.
Bid farewell to Tsho Rolpa and begin the descent back to Simigaon. Trek through the picturesque landscapes of the Rolwaling Valley, cherishing the memories of the journey. Reach Simigaon and transfer to Kathmandu by private vehicle. Conclude the trek with a sense of accomplishment and memories to last a lifetime.

Cost Includes

  • Permit Fees
  • Guide and Porter Fees
  • Accommodation (Teahouses or Camping)
  • Food and Water
  • Transportation (if arranged by trekking agency)

Cost Excludes

  • International or Domestic Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Trekking Gear (e.g., clothing, boots, backpack)
  • Optional Tips for Guides and Porters
  • Additional Meals and Beverages (e.g., snacks, alcohol)


FROM 30 Apr 2024
TO 04 May 2024
FROM 10 May 2024
TO 14 May 2024


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