Days: 20 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek lies between Langtang range and Everest range and the side of both Mt. Langtang and Mt. Everest are the highlights of this trek. The trekkers will be rewarded with the enchanting view of Majestic Mountain Gaurishankar. The route is near by the Tibet border side so that one can understand a little about Tibetan culture too. This area is mostly used by Buddhist people However, we can also see the Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang and Sherpa villages and theirs life style. The trail following the course of River Tamakoshi on the way to Simigaun adds more thrills to the trek. Between the Everest and Langtang regions is the stunning mid-Eastern range of the Himalayas; the Rolwaling valley. This is home to famous peaks such as Mount Ghauri Shankar (7134m), Dorje Lakpa, and many others. A few miles south of the Tibetan border, it is known as one of the seven hidden valleys in the Himalayas. This is a wild and barely explored district where legendary tales of the abominable snowman, known as the "Yeti", haunt the imagination of climbers. On the slope of Rolwaling Peak itself, the famous British mountaineer, Eric Shipton, first photographed Yeti footprints in 1951. The trek starts from Dolakha, near Charikot, an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. Trekkers also will be enjoying beauty of Tsho-Rolpa, the largest Glacier Lake in Nepal. There is a Great nunnery Gompa called Bigu Gompa. There are more than 300 nuns. Two festivals are celebrated in a year in this place like Mani Rimdu in Tenngboche Gompa in Khumbu region. In Sherpa Language, Biku means "Seed". There is Sherpa village from where stunning View of Gaurishankar (7,145m), Melungtse (7,181m) and other mountains, a good landscapes; the village of Beding (3,690m) and monastery, the village of Na (4,183m), Tsho Rolpa Lake are the main attractions.
Major Attraction: Exploring the Tsho Rolpa Ice Lake, breathtaking scenery of terrace farmlands, panoramic snow covered soaring high Himalayan peaks, majority of Sherpa people and their own traditional culture, a historical place in Dolakha Bazzar, beautiful and scenic Beding Village.
Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Dolakha 1660m/7-8 hours by land cruiser,
Today after breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Dolakha through the Sunkosi and Bhote Kosi River, taking about seven hours to reach. We will have our lunch in the place name is called Mude. During the drive, we pass the scenic villages and spectacular mountain views as well as picturesque landscapes and terraced fields. Dolakha is a good-sized village and the Ethnic Newars comprise the mail body of the population. The village spreads out of the mountain flank, Bhimsen Nath, one of the Hindu temple with a long history, stands about in the middle of the village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 4: Trek from Dolakha to Shingati 950m/4-5 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we follow the trail through the village with panoramic view of Rolwaling Himal like as twin peaks of Gaurisankar and Tibetan peak Melungtse are so impressive. Now we move on peaceful path and begin a steep descent towards Tama Kosi passing more and more terraced fields and rice paddies. We cross by a suspension bridge and arrive in Malepu village. Then, we continue the path following through pine forest with viewing Gaurisankar again upstream of the valley. We again walk along the Tama Kosi and arrive in Piguti village where we have our lunch. After lunch, we cross by a suspension bridge, once we go down to the shores of Tama Kosi and soon climb up along the level and easy walk. We keep walking passing wide rice paddies and then, we arrive in Shingati village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Trek from Shingati to Jagat 1440m/6-7 hours,
Morning after breakfast, we follow a dull path continuing along the river and the valley is much narrower. After crossing the stream and the trail becomes more like a mountain road, we will come across steeper slopes. We walk the narrow path on the cliff and arrive in Suri Dhoban from where view of Gaurisankar looming high over the valley upstream. We leave the village and cross by a suspension bridge, then climb a little higher around the path. We walk generally level trail except a few spots of steep ascent pass by Mani Stones and Prayer Wheel (cylindrical Buddhist object containing written prayers inside) until reaching Manthali village. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we cross by a suspension bridge and follow the right bank to reach Jagat village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Trek from Jagat to Simigaon 2020m/7-8 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we follow the trail going down to the river shores, where rice paddies spread. We follow the trail into the forested area and arrive in Gongar village after crossing small stream. The course continues going up and down; now the valley becomes narrower forming a V-shaped valley. We follow a steep ascent by stone steps seeing picturesque water falls on the opposite bank to our right. Now, we finish the stone steps and go on a gentle flank through the millet fields until reaching the Sherpa village of Chhetchhet. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we cross by a suspension bridge and go downstream. We begin a steep zigzag ascent, gaining elevation passing first part in forested area and gradually move into fields with open view. We continue our trek passing the chhorten until reaching Simigaon. We can see formidable Gaurisankar rises over the valley and visit the Buddhist Monastery. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 7: Trek from Simigaon to Daldung-La 3976m/7-8 hours,
We leave the village after breakfast, from the Gompa of Simigaon, we go to the other side of the village, and descend by a gentle slope and go around the ridge by climbing up the steep stone steps. Now we enter through the forested area on the flank, with some ups and downs approaching the Rolwaling River. We will have our lunch on the way near the river side. Then, we again begin steep ascent through the forested area with glimpse of Gaurisankar and after finish steep ascent, the trail becomes level until reaching Daldung-La. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 8: Trek from Daldung La to Beding 3690m/7-8 hours,
We start our trek after breakfast; the trail goes through the forested area with ascents and descents until reaching Nyamare village where we have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue to the remotest and largest Sherpa village of Beding. There is a superb Gompa at the entrance of village. This is a largest settlement in Rolwaling valley with majority of Sherpas. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 9: Exploration Day,
Today, we will explore the surrounding hills and villages. Then, we meet the peoples and talk with their culture and tradition. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek from Beding to Na 4180m/4-5 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village and start a gentle climb on the right bank of the Rolwaling River until reaching kharka in Dhogre. If we turn around, we can see the imposing Gaurisankar looking different because of the different angle. We continue our trekking the valley gradually opens and becomes a U-shaped valley and a prairie. Then, we pass the gigantic Mani stone draped with prayer flags and a large rock on which the image of Bodhisattva is panted and will come to Na Gaon surrounded by stone walls. Na Gaon is spreading at the base of a huge chain of mountains. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trek from Na to Tsho Rolpa Lake 4540m/4-5 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village and cross the wooden bridge to the left bank of Rolwaling River. We move on the prairie-like valley. Now the course will becomes a slightly steep ascent and will see several kinds of edelweiss growing in this area. We trek between two glaciers and enter the ablation valley, soon see the Tsho Rolpa Lake. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Exploring the high glacial Tsho Rolpa Lake,
Today, we explore the high glacial; lake and surrounding hills with fully view of snow-capped mountains. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Tsho Rolpa Lake to Beding 3690m/6-7 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we will return back from highly glacial lake same way back down with passing several small streams and ascents and descents through the village of Na. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Beding to Shakpa 2250m/6-7 hours,
Today also we return our same way back descents through the forested area and with short glimpse of Gaurisankar until reaching Shakpa. During the trek, we climb many ups and downs. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Trek from Shakpa to Manthali 1070m/6-7 hours,
Morning after breakfast, we again continue our same route which I have experienced before our climbing up trek. We cross the several ups and downs as well as cross many suspension bridges. We trek passing the many villages until reaching Manthali Village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Trek from Manthali to Piguti 920m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we start our trek from the camp site and continue with climbing ups and downs until reaching Piguti passing the picturesque village and along the stream. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Trek from Piguti to Dolakha 1660m/6-7 hours,
Morning after breakfast, we leave the campsite and continue our trek with passing the scenic terraced fields and through the forest until reaching Dolakha. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Drive from Dolakha to Kathmandu by land cruiser,
Morning after breakfast, we drive back from Dolakha to Kathmandu passing the scenic river valley and picturesque villages and transfer to Hotel.
Day 19: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private car.
* All Camping equipment (Tents) and Kitchen equipment.
* Tented accommodation during the camping trek.
* Gaurisankar Conservation Area Pemit.
* All necessary permits.
* Office Service charge.
* All government tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, andstrikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.