Tsho Rolpa, situated at an elevation of 4580 meters in Nepal’s Dolakha district, stands as one of the largest glacier lakes in the Nepal. It falls under the conservation efforts of the Gaurisankar Conservation Area Project (GCAP) and is overseen by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). In the Sherpa language, “Tsho” denotes lake, while “Rolpa” refers to the Rolwaling valley, known for its steep cliffs resembling a plough-carved furrow.
The lake has gained significance in recent decades due to its notable expansion, a phenomenon attributed to glacial melting and the broader impact of global warming in the Himalayas. The conservation initiatives led by (GCAP) and managed by NTNC underscore the imperative to safeguard this natural wonder amidst environmental challenges. Tsho Rolpa’s story encapsulates the delicate balance between preservation efforts and the ecological transformations unfolding in the majestic Himalayan landscape.[caption id="attachment_328" align="alignnone" width="728"] glacial Lake[/caption]
The trekking trail leading to Tsho Rolpa stands out as an exemplary route, characterized by its exceptional quality and meticulous management. This remarkable trail is a testament to the success of a three-year Swiss project within the Gaurisankar Conservation Area. Thanks to this initiative, the path is now well-maintained, featuring clear markings and informative signposts. The collaborative efforts of the project have significantly enhanced the overall trekking experience, ensuring that adventurers can navigate the route seamlessly while gaining valuable insights about the area. This accomplishment highlights the positive impact of international collaborations in promoting sustainable and well-managed trekking routes in the picturesque landscapes of Nepal.
District : Dolakha
Duration : 5 Night 6 Days
Max Altitude : 4580M
Difficulty Level : Moderate
Best Season : September to November, March to May
Major Attraction: Embarking on a journey to Tsho Rolpa Ice Lake unveils a tapestry of natural wonders and cultural richness. The trek encompasses the ethereal beauty of terrace farmlands, providing a glimpse into the harmonious coexistence of nature and traditional agriculture. Against the backdrop of snow-covered Himalayan peaks, the majority of the local population comprises Sherpa people, whose distinct culture enriches the entire experience.
Dolakha Bazzar stands as a historical gem, adding a touch of antiquity to the trek. The vibrant tapestry of Beding and Naa Villages captivates with their scenic charm, offering a firsthand encounter with the unique lifestyle of the residents. Tsho Rolpa emerges not just as a pristine glacial lake but as a portal to a multifaceted journey, seamlessly blending natural beauty with the rich cultural tapestry of the Sherpa community and the historical significance of the surrounding locales.
Day 1 : Drive from Kathmandu to Chhetchhet and Trek to Simigaun (2,019 m)
Embark on an exciting journey starting with a scenic bus ride from Koteshowr Jadibuti Bus Park. You have two options for vendors, “Rolwaling Yatayat” or “Arniko Delux Yatayat,” each operating two shifts at 6 AM and 8 AM. Ensure a comfortable seat by booking a day in advance for this approximately 9-10 hour, 195km bus ride.
The bus journey begins at Jadibuti and winds through Koteshwor, Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Khadichaur, Mude, Charikot (Headquarters), Dolkha Bhimsen, Singati, Bhorley Jharna, Jagat, Gongar Khola and Chechet. If time permits, a 2-hour trek from CheChet takes you to Simigaun.
Highlights of Day:
Bhorley Jharna: A stunning waterfall en route, offering a picturesque stop for nature lovers.
Che Chet: Encounter the mesmerizing Upper Tamakoshi River, with its breathtaking views and soothing Water fall sounds.
Chet Chet Suspension Bridge: Experience crossing this iconic suspension bridge, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Simigaun Village: Reach the charming Simigaun Village, ready to welcome trekkers with its warmth and natural beauty.
Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower:Witness the impressive hydropower project and the engineering marvel of the Upper Tamakoshi Tunnel.
Day 1 sets the tone for an exhilarating trek, commencing with a lengthy but scenic bus journey through diverse landscapes and captivating landmarks. From cascading waterfalls to mighty rivers and impressive infrastructure projects, the route offers a glimpse of Nepal’s natural beauty and human ingenuity. Arriving at Simigaun Village after a potential trek from CheChet marks the beginning of your immersive trekking adventure in this picturesque region.
Day 2 : Simigau (2019 m) To Dongang (2800 m)
Day 3 : Dongang (2800 m) to Beding Village (3690 m) to Naa Village (4183 m)
Day 4 : Naa Village (4183 m) to Tsho Rolpa Lake (4580 m) to Beding Village (3690 m)
Day 5 : Beding Village to Simi Gaun or Chhetchhet
Day 6 : Simi Gaun or Chhetchhet to Kathmandu drive.