Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek

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Rolwaling Valley, Nepal
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Duration

14 Days 13 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek is an adventurous and off-the-beaten-path trekking route located in the eastern part of Nepal. Nestled between the Everest and Langtang regions, the Rolwaling Valley offers stunning and untouched landscapes, high mountain passes, and a glimpse into the traditional lifestyles of the local Sherpa and Tamang communities.

The trek starts from the small town of Chhetchhet and gradually ascends through lush forests, terraced fields, and remote villages. The highlight of the trek is the glacial Tsho Rolpa Lake, one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal, surrounded by towering peaks. The challenging and rewarding journey takes trekkers through pristine alpine environments, crossing high passes like the Tashi Lapcha La (5,755 meters), and provides breathtaking views of Gaurishankar, Melungtse, and other snow-capped peaks.

The Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek is a less-crowded alternative to the more popular trekking regions in Nepal, offering a unique opportunity to experience the raw beauty of the Himalayas and immerse oneself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. It is a trek for experienced and adventurous trekkers seeking an authentic and remote trekking experience in the heart of the Rolwaling Valley.

Essential Tips for a Successful Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek

  • Get the TIMS card and Rolwaling Valley Restricted Area Permit before starting the trek.
  •  Trek during the pre-monsoon (spring) or post-monsoon (autumn) for stable weather and clear views.
  •  Train and build endurance before the trek, as it involves challenging terrains and high-altitude passes.
  • Carry essential trekking gear, pack light, and bring proper clothing for varying weather conditions.
  • Local guides and porters enhance the trekking experience and ease the burden of carrying heavy backpacks.
  • Drink plenty of water, use water purification tablets, and consume nutritious meals to maintain energy levels.
  • Be mindful of the customs and traditions of the Sherpa and Tamang communities in the region.
  • Be ready for sudden weather shifts by carrying appropriate clothing layers.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles, respect wildlife, and be considerate to other trekkers.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance covering emergency medical evacuation and high-altitude trekking.
  •  Share your trekking plans and itinerary with family or friends and provide them with the contact details of your guide and trekking agency.

Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek Safety Considerations

  • Ensure that you are physically fit and have undergone proper acclimatization before ascending to higher altitudes to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Hiring a local guide and porter enhances safety, as they are familiar with the terrain, weather conditions, and can provide assistance in case of emergencies.
  • Be aware of weather forecasts and prepare for sudden weather changes. Avoid trekking during adverse weather conditions, especially during heavy rain or snowfall.
  • Wear sturdy and comfortable trekking boots, layered clothing for varying weather conditions, and carry essential gear like a first aid kit, map, and GPS.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious meals to maintain energy levels during the trek.
  • Use water purification tablets or boil water before drinking to avoid waterborne illnesses.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card or a satellite phone for communication in case of emergencies.
  • Familiarize yourself with the trekking route, landmarks, and key locations to avoid getting lost.
  • Whenever possible, trek in a group for added safety and support.
  • Be aware of the nearest emergency evacuation points and have a plan in place in case of any medical emergencies.
  • Exercise caution around steep slopes, avalanche-prone areas, and glacial crevasses.
  • Respect wildlife and maintain a safe distance from animals encountered during the trek.
  • Share your trekking itinerary with a reliable contact person and update them regularly about your progress.
  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes and includes emergency medical evacuation.

About Tsho Rolpa Lake

Tsho Rolpa Lake, situated in the Rolwaling Valley of Nepal, is a glacial lake renowned for its stunning natural beauty and unique geographical setting. Nestled at an altitude of approximately 4,580 meters (15,026 feet), it is one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal. The lake is encompassed by towering peaks, including Gaurishankar, which adds to the spectacular backdrop of the region. The trek to Tsho Rolpa offers trekkers an off-the-beaten-path experience, traversing through remote valleys, dense forests, and traditional Sherpa villages. The pristine and tranquil waters of the lake reflect the surrounding snow-clad peaks, creating a breathtaking and serene ambiance. Tsho Rolpa gained attention due to concerns about glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) resulting from the effects of climate change, adding an environmental dimension to its significance. The trek to Tsho Rolpa Lake provides an immersive experience in the raw and untouched landscapes of the Rolwaling region, attracting adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Best Time for Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

The best time to undertake the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons in Nepal. These periods offer favorable weather conditions and clearer skies, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

  1. Spring (March to May): This season is considered one of the best times for the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek. During spring, the weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures and blooming rhododendrons adding vibrant colors to the landscapes. The days are longer, providing ample daylight for trekking, and the visibility is excellent for enjoying panoramic mountain views.
  2. Autumn (September to November): Another ideal time for the Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek is the autumn season. The weather is clear, and the temperatures are moderate, making it comfortable for trekking. The skies are usually crisp, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Autumn is also post-monsoon, so the trails are relatively dry, making trekking conditions more stable.

During these months, daytime temperatures in the Tsho Rolpa region can range from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius (41 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit), providing a pleasant environment for trekking. It’s important to note that the winter months (December to February) can bring harsh weather conditions, including heavy snowfall, making the trek challenging. Similarly, the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rain, making the trails muddy and less suitable for trekking.

Highlights

  • Experience breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and pristine alpine landscapes throughout the trek.
  • Visit Tsho Rolpa, one of the largest glacial lakes in Nepal, surrounded by towering mountains, making it a stunning and remote destination.
  • Cross challenging high-altitude passes like Tashi Lapcha La (5,755 meters), offering panoramic views of the Rolwaling and Khumbu regions.
  • Enjoy a less-crowded trekking experience with fewer tourists, allowing for a peaceful and authentic Himalayan adventure.
  • Encounter the unique culture and hospitality of the Sherpa and Tamang communities residing in the Rolwaling Valley.
  • Spot various Himalayan wildlife and birds, including musk deer, Himalayan thar, and the colorful Himalayan monal pheasant.
  • Immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the Rolwaling Valley and experience a remote trek away from the bustling trekking routes.
  • Witness the stunning beauty of glaciers and icefalls as you trek through the high mountain valleys.
  • Embrace the adventure of a challenging trek that rewards you with stunning scenery and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Visit traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages, experiencing their way of life, culture, and unique architecture.

Included/Excluded

  • International Airport Pick Up and Departure by Private Vehicle.
  • Welcome and Farewell Cultural Dinner.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • An excellent government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • A strong One porter who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single Trekkers booked then Guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter.
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Start your journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet.
  • Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and rural villages along the way.
  • Overnight stay in Chhetchhet.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin your trek through beautiful forests and terraced fields.
  • Pass through small villages and experience the local culture.
  • Reach Simi gaun, a charming village with warm hospitality.
  • Overnight stay in Simi gaun.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek, ascending through lush forests and rhododendron groves.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Reach Do-Gang, a remote settlement with stunning surroundings.
  • Overnight stay in Do-Gang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue your trek, passing through picturesque landscapes and traditional villages.
  • Experience the high-altitude environment and unique culture of the region.
  • Arrive at Beding, a quaint village in the Rolwaling Valley.
  • Overnight stay in Beding.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek towards Na gaon, one of the last settlements in the Rolwaling Valley.
  • Enjoy the majestic views of Gauri Shankar and other surrounding peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Na gaon.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a day to rest and acclimatize to the high-altitude environment.
  • Explore the surrounding areas, take short hikes, or participate in training activities organized by the trekking team.
  • Overnight stay in Na gaon.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek, ascending towards Kabug, a campsite with stunning mountain views.
  • Take in the serene atmosphere and unique landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Kabug.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue your trek towards Tashi Lapcha Phedi, the base of the Tashi Lapcha Pass.
  • Prepare for crossing the challenging pass tomorrow.
  • Overnight stay at Tashi Lapcha Phedi.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a day to rest and acclimatize in preparation for crossing the Tashi Lapcha Pass.
  • Explore the surrounding areas and take in the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Overnight stay at Tashi Lapcha Phedi.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin early to cross the Tashi Lapcha Pass (5755 m), a challenging high-altitude pass.
  • Descend to Thyangbo, a campsite surrounded by stunning landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Thyangbo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek, passing through alpine meadows and traditional villages.
  • Reach Thame, a beautiful Sherpa village with a rich cultural heritage.
  • Overnight stay in Thame.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue your trek, passing through lush forests and crossing suspension bridges.
  • Reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest Base Camp and a major trading center in the region.
  • Overnight stay in Namche.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Descend through rhododendron forests and traditional villages.
  • Arrive in Lukla, the endpoint of your trek.
  • Celebrate the successful completion of your journey with the trekking team.
  • Overnight stay in Lukla.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
  • Enjoy aerial views of the Himalayas during the short flight.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Spend the rest of the day at leisure or exploring the vibrant city.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Durations

14 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers with good physical fitness. The trail involves steep ascents, high-altitude passes, and long days of trekking. Proper acclimatization is essential due to the high altitude.

The best time for the Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. During these periods, the weather is stable, and the skies are clear, offering excellent views of the mountains and pleasant trekking conditions.

The duration of the Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek can vary depending on the chosen route and trekking pace. On average, the trek takes around 15 to 20 days to complete, including acclimatization days and time for exploration around Tsho Rolpa Lake.

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide and porter, it is highly recommended for safety and convenience. Local guides are familiar with the terrain, culture, and weather conditions, while porters can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to enjoy the trek more comfortably.

Trekkers need to obtain the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and the Rolwaling Valley Restricted Area Permit. These permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

Yes, there are tea houses and lodges along the Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek route, especially in popular trekking areas. However, the facilities may be more basic compared to well-established trekking regions like the Everest or Annapurna regions.

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern during the Rolwaling Valley Tsho Rolpa Trek due to the high altitudes. Proper acclimatization and trekking at a gradual pace can help reduce the risk. It is essential to recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness and take appropriate measures if needed.

Yes, the Rolwaling Valley and the Tsho Rolpa region were affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, efforts have been made to rebuild and restore the trekking trails and infrastructure in the area, and the region is now safe for trekking.

During the trek, you may encounter various Himalayan wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan thar, langur monkeys, and a variety of bird species, including the colorful Himalayan monal pheasant.

While it is possible to do the trek independently, it is recommended to have some prior trekking experience, good navigation skills, and proper gear. Hiring a local guide and porter can enhance your safety and provide valuable insights into the region's culture and nature.

Tour's Location

Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

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