Embark on an Enchanting Trek to Tso Rolpa Lake

14, Jul 2023 | nepaltraveller.com

For those seeking a trek that delves into the cultural essence of the Everest region without venturing into extreme altitudes, the Tso Rolpa Lake trek is an ideal choice

Nestled amidst the magnificent mountain ranges of Langtang and Everest lies the captivating Tso Rolpa Lake, one of Nepal's largest glacier lakes. Situated at an impressive altitude of 4,183 meters, this pristine gem awaits adventurers in the northeastern region of the country. As you traverse the road leading to the starting point of the trek, passing through the trading town of Dolakha along the renowned Kathmandu-Lhasa route, you are transported to a realm of breathtaking natural beauty and ancient folklore. Tso Rolpa Lake is nestled in the Rolwaling Valley, one of the fabled seven hidden valleys, where mythical creatures like the Yeti are said to reside.

While encountering a Yeti along the trail may be a rare occurrence, the journey to Tso Rolpa Lake is rich with captivating sights. Trekking through terraced fields, alongside rapid-flowing rivers, and amidst lush forests, you'll witness the grandeur of two colossal glaciers before reaching the mesmerizing expanse of Tso Rolpa. This trek commences at a relatively low altitude, allowing ample time for trekkers to acclimatize before reaching the lake. Although the trail does not ascend to extreme heights, trekking days typically span 6–8 hours, demanding a good level of physical fitness.

Enveloped by the majestic mountainscape, including the awe-inspiring Gauri Shankar (7,145m) and Menlungtse (7,181m), Tso Rolpa Lake offers a mesmerizing backdrop. Along the trail, you'll traverse through charming villages inhabited by Brahmins, Chhetris, Tamangs, and Sherpas, immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region. A highlight of the journey is the revered Bigu Gompa, an abode for over 300 nuns. This sacred site, steeped in Buddhist traditions, is adorned with mani stones lining the path and prayer flags fluttering in the wind, creating a serene ambiance.

For those seeking a trek that delves into the cultural essence of the Everest region without venturing into extreme altitudes, the Tso Rolpa Lake trek is an ideal choice. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local traditions, marvel at the snow-capped peaks, and revel in the tranquility of the mountain environment. As you embark on this unforgettable expedition, the allure of Tso Rolpa Lake and its surrounding wonders will captivate your heart, leaving you with cherished memories that will endure a lifetime.

The best time to do the Tsho Rolpa trek will be in the autumn and Spring. A forest full of colorful rhododendron flowers will be growing in the forest. Enjoy nature as you trek up.


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Chechet and trek to Simi Gaon (1,900 m) for 12 hours.

Day 02: Simi Gaon to Beding (3,650 m): 7 hours

Day 03: Day trip to Tsho Rolpa Lake (4,183 m) and back to Beding (7 hours)

Day 04: Beding to Gongar Khola, 6 hours

Day 05: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) for 10 hours.

photo credit: nepal-travel-guide

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