Rolwaling ~ Tsho Rolpa, Nepal’s Biggest Glacier Lake

Rolwaling ~ Tsho Rolpa, Nepal’s Biggest Glacier Lake


The Rolwaling Valley is one of the most remote, wild and magical areas in Nepal. It lies Northeast of Kathmandu valley, close to the Tibetan border and between Tama Koshi River and Khambu Himal. This trek offers a unique opportunity to pass through traditional Shepa and Brahmin villages. Along the trek, we will cross high passes, dense forests and beautiful waterfalls. Highlights of this trip include fantastic views of Mt. Gauri Shanker (7146m) and Tso Rolpa glacier lake. This trek is recommended and suitable for adventure seekers that are interested in exploring off of the beaten track.

Tour Package Overview

Ascent/Descent : 835m ascent Kms : 200 kms drive 2.5 kms walk Duration : 9 hrs drive 2 hrs walk

Kathmandu is the starting point for this trek with 9 -10 hrs driving time. The road from Kathmandu to Lamosangu is excellent. The road from Lamosangu to Charikot is in very bad shape and the road from Charikot to Chhetchhet is okay but it is a gravel road. Chhetchhet is a tiny village with one local village style lodge. If we arrive early at Chhetchhet, we can go to Simi Guan (2036m) for better accommodation. The walking trail to Simi Guan is a 659m, 2.5 hour direct climb.

Ascent/Descent : 756m acscent Kms : 9 kms walk Duration : 5-6 hrs walk

Half hour climb from Simi towards Dongang before descending towards the Rowaling River, we will have good view of Gaurishankar Himal (7134m), Rowaling Himal and many more. From this point trail descends to Rowaling River and the trail follow this river till the end of our trek. Source of this river is Tsho Rolpa Lake (4540m) which is our last destination. We will stop at Surmuche village for lunch. From Surmuche the trail gently ascends to Dongang (2791m). Two small lodges surrounded by beautiful forest at the bank of the Rowaling River. Spend a night here.

Ascent/Descent : 949m ascent Kms : 10 kms walk Duration : 5-6 hrs walk

Trail gently ascends towards Beding along the Rowaling River, stop at Thangthing Kharka for lunch. Beding is the largest Sherpa village in this area with a beautiful monastery but most of the houses were damaged by earthquake. So most of the villagers moved to Kathmandu and have not yet returned to village. However good accommodation available here.

Ascent/Descent : 440 m Ascent Kms : 6.5 kms walk Duration : 5-6 hrs walk

Early morning visit to monastery and trek to Na (4180m). Na is the oldest settlement around here. While entering this village we will see large figure of Guru Rinpoche carved on a huge rock. There are a couples of lodges. We will have one day rest here. One can visit small monasteries here, observe villagers work in their potato field and see many yaks. Population is very sparse. Na village is surrounded by snowcapped mountains.

Ascent/Descent : 440m descend Kms : 11.5 kms walk Duration : 8-9 hrs walk

Early morning push towards Lake Tsho Rolpa (4540m), 2 to 3 hrs walk. Trail first goes through the plain valley and then ascend to the lake. Lake is beautiful and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and glaciers. Few years back this lake was at the verge of collapse but Nepal Army engineered a safe passage way for lake’s excess water to escape and now the lake is safe. Return to Na, lunch there and head down to Beding for night stop.

Ascent/Descent : 1140m descend Kms : 11kms walk Duration : 5-6 hrs walk

From Beding we walk gradual down hill to Thanthing where we have lunch. After lunch we walk up to Kyalche which is 30min walk from Dongang

Ascent/Descent : 565 Descend Kms : 8 kms walk Duration : 4-5 hrs walk

From Kyalche we walk down to Surmuche along the Rolwaling Khola to Simi.

Ascent/Descent : 835 Descend Kms : 2.5 km walk, 200km drive Duration : 2 hrs walk, 9 hrs drive

From Simi we walk down to Chettchett and drive to Kathmandu.

We provide bagpacks, crampons, and maps. Price Includes: Guide, assistants, 3 meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, accommodation for the duration of the trek (2 persons per room). However, during high season one room per two clients may not be always available. If this should happen we request our clients to be flexible and share a triple or room with four beds. Annapurna Park entry and TIMS fees, staff insurance, transport to and from the trailhead, and can supply 75 liters backpack for the main trekking stuff, light crampons, gaiters and trekking map. Assistant- (maximum weight to carry is 10 kg for female assistant guide and 13 kg for male assistant guide). Doesn't include: Soft beverages, air tickets & client insurance

  • Off  beaten trail
  • Cross high pass
  • Close to the Tibetain boarder
  • Glacier Lake
  • Cultural experiance
  • Dense forests and beautiful waterfalls
  • View of Mt Gaurishankar

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Rolwaling ~ Tsho Rolpa, Nepal’s Biggest Glacier Lake

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