Tsho Rolpa Trek Overview
Tsho Rolpa Trek known as Rolwaling Valley Trek, is an unexplored trail that lies in Rolwaling Region that falls under Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA). A newly built well-managed trail under the Swiss Project offers you an opportunity to visit Tsho Rolpa Lake, one of the largest glacier lakes in Nepal, elevated at 4,580 meters. Additionally, it also takes you to the hidden gem of Rolwaling valley, Dudhkunda, a holy lake situated at an altitude of 4700 meters. Dudhkunda also known as the ‘Milk Lake’ holds great religious significance, attracting both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. This trek is somehow similar to Annapurna Circuit trek, combination of culture and mountains at the same time.
The trek offers stunning panoramic views of peaks like Gauri Shankar (7145m), Melungtse (7181m), Yulng Ri (5630m), and Chukyima Go (6685m). These towering peaks provide a close-up sightseeing experience. Trials along the Rolwaling and Tama Koshi Rivers pass through various untouched landscapes, waterfalls, Sherpas settlements, and forests teeming with flora and fauna, with an occasional crossing of various wooden and suspension bridges.
The hidden Rolwaling Valley holds a spiritual shrine for the local Buddhist community and as a result, there is a prohibition to kill animals for meat after crossing Simi Gaun. No animals are harmed and only veg items are available. So, be prepared to get some power of local cuisine made of vegetables and fruits.
Tsho Rolpa Glacier Lake Trekking permit Card.
You will need two permit to do Tsho Rolpa Trek. TIMs (Trekkers Information Management System) and GCA (Gaurishankar Conservation Area ) are two trekking permits for Tsho Rolpa. TIMs costs you NRP 2000 (16 USD) and GCA costs you NPR 3000 (25 USD).
Best time to do Tsho Rolpa Trek
The ideal time to do Tsho Rolpa trek is during Spring (March to April) and Autumn (September to November). During these seasons, the sky is clear, the weather is pleasant and visibility is excellent compared to other times. This is when you can enjoy the best the mountain views, and the trails are less likely to be affected by rain or snow. It is a popular season for trekking and mountaineering in this region. However, Tsho Rolpa trek is not widely recognized yet, so many tea houses and lodges might be closed during the off-season. Therefore, if you plan to trek during the monsoon and winter seasons, we do not recommend it.
Keep in mind that Tsho Rolpa is situated at a high altitude, and mountain weather can be unpredictable. It is advisable to check the current weather conditions and consult with local authorities or experienced guides before finalizing your visit. Additionally, be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at higher elevations, and make sure you have suitable clothing and equipment for your trek or trip to Tsho Rolpa.
Altitude sickness prevention for Tsho Rolpa Trek
At higher altitudes, oxygen levels decrease, affecting the body unpredictably. Trekking above 3000 meters can cause mild altitude sickness symptoms like dizziness, headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath.
Tsho Rolpa Trek takes you to a maximum elevation of 4700 meters. There is high chances of altitude sickness, especially above 4000 meters where cold winds blow continuously. To reduce the risk, take precautions such as:
- Walk on your own pace, never rush throughout the trek.
- Always put a day or 2 extra days for your trip.
- Drink vegetables soups as much as you can with you meals.
- Avoid meat product as much as you can to maintain healthy diet.
- Limit alcohol intake throughout the trek.
- Stay hydrated with 4-5 liters of water daily.
- If symptoms worsen, rest or descend to a lower altitude and inform your guide.
Why Tsho Rolpa Trek is unique than othertreks in Nepal?
Tsho Rolpa trek is an off-beaten-path trekking trail known for its untouched natural beauty and breathtaking mountain views. Thanks to the Swiss Project, a recently constructed and well-maintained trail, trekkers can enjoy a truly unique experience. The main attractions of this trek include the magnificent Tsho Rolpa Lake, the hidden gem Dudhkunda "Milky Lake," magnificent mountain views and authentic local culutre. Throughout the journey, trekkers will traverse the Rolwaling and Tama Koshi rivers, pass through the culturally rich Sherpa community, and be mesmerized by the never-ending panoramic vistas of Gaurishankar and other majestic peaks offers a lifetime experience.
Trekking Gear For Tsho Rolpa Trek
- Duffel Bag
- Sleeping bag and down Jacket
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Day backpack
- Small first aid kit
- Water purifying pills.
- Toiletries like towels, brush, paste, etc.
Upper Body Gear:
- Pair of gloves
- Warm hats
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (more than 30 SPF)
- Walking poles
- Long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal High neck and tops
- Woolen Jacket
- Wind proof jacket
Lower Body Gear:
- Thermal Trouser and wind proof trouser
- Trekking pants
- Casual Shorts for day time
- Trekking Boots
- 3-4 pair of woolen socks
- Pair of flipflop
Most of the trekkers who are used to trekking in different part of the world have their own trekking gear. But if you are doing it for first time, then you must have at least above mentioned trekking gear with you.