Tsho Rolpa Lake
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 18, 2012 6:04 AM Last Post By: la_vache
Jan 17, 2012 3:53 AM
Tsho Rolpa LakeHello
I'd love to visit Tsho Rolpa Lake from KTM but have 10 days (travel included) to do this. Do you think its possible? A post on trip advisor says yes, having got the bus to Singati, but the majority of advice I see says it takes a lot longer than this. I live in Nepal mountains so pretty acclimatised but still...this sounds ambitious.
Failing that i would love to visit any high altitude lake if you have any suggestions.
Jan 17, 2012 4:29 AM
Jan 17, 2012 4:41 AM
2If you are fit, determined and pre-acclimatized you should be able to visit the lake in 10 days. You need to have a guide and peak permit for Parchemo to go to the end of the Rolwaling Valley, though.
One possible lake for a mountain dweller is Tilicho Tal. You could use 5-6 days to climb up from the Jomsom side, have to camp all the way, down you can get in one long day. "Easy" in 10 days KTM-KTM. If you could find a flight to Ongde you could approach form Manang, but then you would have to stay at high altitude sooner and longer.
Jan 18, 2012 12:25 AM
3It seems more hard to be there within 10 days. only reaching there could be possible if you skip reast day on the way and have habit of trekking faster even in high altitude.
See Itinerary below
Day 01: Kathmandu to by drive to Barabise (819m) and trek to Ghorthali (1700m) O/N at Tented camp.
Day 02: Ghorthali to Dolongsa O/N at Tented camp.
Day 03: Dolongsa to Bigu Gompa (2310m) O/N at Tented camp.
Day 05: Bigu Gompa to Chilangka (1923m) O/N at Tented camp.
Day 06: Chailangka to Kulong (1890m) O/n at Tented camp.
Day 07: Kulong to Shalu (1500m) O/N at Tented camp.
Day 08: Shalu to Simigaon (200m) O/N at Tented camp.
Day 09: Simigaon to Daldung La (2800m) O/N at Tented camp.
Day 10 Daldungla to Beding (3694m) O/N at Tented camp.
Day 11: Beding to Na (4100m). O/N at Tented camp.
Day 12: Acclimatization day at Na. O/N at Tented camp.
Day 13; Trek to Tso Rolpa (4525m) O/N at Tented camp
Jan 18, 2012 12:48 AM
4I can't comment on Lake Rolpa, but from the map it looks like it would be quite an adventurous trek - do post up trip report if you do go there - there are far too few reports on the less visited parts of Nepal on this forum. Hopefully such reports will encourage people to visit these areas.
I agree that Lake Tilicho Tal is well worth visiting - I have only been there once (April 2008), but the views are absolutely stunning, especially of the Annapurna "wall". In fact I am amazed that many more people don't go there when they are doing the Annapurna Circuit - trekking up there from Manang is not difficult, contrary to many reports. I think it is probably the best part of the AC trek. Approaching from Jomsom would be more adventurous.
Also consider Lake Imja in the Everest region - the lake is not as stunning as Tilicho, though it is impressive, but the region is again fantastic. You could include walking to the foot of Amphu Labcha pass on the south side of the lake, walking past Island Peak base camp on the north side, going up Chhukung hill, which is next to Chhukung Ri, but about 300m higher, and is possibly the highest point that trekkers can easily reach. Again I am very surprised that more people going to EBC don't walk up the Chhukung valley, especially as they effectively walk right past the entrance to the valley.
Lake Rara trek is less mountainous than the above lakes, but you trek through some beautiful countryside, and get some stunning views of the Himalayas, and the lake itself is very impressive. Though I only went there in once (in 1994) I believe that things have not changed much, and this area is pretty much unaffected by mass trekking/tourism, so you see "real" Nepal. This does mean that the accommodation etc will almost certainly still be very basic.
Jan 18, 2012 6:04 AM
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