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Ruby Valley Trekking – 8 Days

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -2°C to 25°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 8 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Easy

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges/Home Stay

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Overland

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhist, Christian

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Tamang, Gurung

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, hill

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Ganesh Himal Region , Dhading

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 3850m

Our trek begins with a beautiful ride to Syabrubesi. The road to Syabrubesi is excitingly adventurous with a narrow and dirt path. We drive through Langtang National Park, where we will be lured to sight enchanting floras and faunas. We head steep uphill towards Gatlang via Chawatar. We explore the beauty of the Tamang culture and tradition as we pass through the lush green forests and thrilling suspension bridges. The trail lead us to the sacred Lake Parvati Kunda. We further ascend to Yuri Kharka and walk down to Somdang which is the literally Ruby valley beginning point. We can explore the zinc, copper and mines in short distance. Next, is our key highlights of the trip. Crossing through the marvelous Pangsang Pass witnessing a panoramic view of the Ganesh Himal range, Langtang Range, Manaslu, and Paldor peak will amuse you dramatically.

Leaving Pangsang pass behind, We walk downhill through a panoramic view of the Himalayas, embellished with diverse terrain farmland, green meadow, and rocky hills. We will walk passing Sertung, Chalish and Awai village en route to Borang village. These villages are so special to explore diverse species of herbal plants and minerals like ruby, crystal, and zinc, the trail is even more beautiful as we get a glimpse of exotic floras and faunas.

The upper area of Ruby valley is blended of Buddist, Bon, Christian and Hindu and inhabitant by Tamang, Gurung and Dalit while the lower area gives the opportunity to explore Bhramin, Chhetri, Dalit, Tamang and Magar community . After an easy and pleasant walk through Lisne, Percho and Dundure, we drive to Kathmandu via Dhading Besi with an amazing memory of the trek that we will cherish it for the rest of our lives.

About Us

At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate trips from challenging ones to relaxing one experience a diversified scenery, geography, and different climate zones of the unexplored beauty of Ganesh Himal Area. We organize a fully supportive local homestay with a local team of skilled guides and porters to assist local economy and provide the opportunity to experience the great hospitality of local people residing in the Ganesh Himal Region. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to change the itineraries as per your liking easily.

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Highlights

  • Newly opened, unexplored and unspoiled ethnic communities close trekking destination from Kathmandu Valley
  • Panoramic close up view of Ganesh Himal range, Langtang Himal, Paldor Peak and Manaslu
  • Indulge yourself in local country life while staying at a homestay.
  • A dense forest of Rhododendron, pine, oak and bamboo
  • Mid -hills diverse terrain farmland, green meadow and rocky mountains
  • Homes to the domestic animals like sheep, yak, goat and ox and exotic animals like musk deer, leopards.
  • Several rivers along with suspension bridges, Georges, waterfalls and stone- driven mills
  • Ruby, Crystal, Zinc mines in the mountains
  • Unique and unspoiled cultures and traditions of Tamang, Gurung, Ghale, Brahmin and Dalit people
January
-2°C to 8°C
February
0°C to 10°C
March
2°C to 12°C
April
5°C to 15°C
May
8°C to 17°C
June
12°C to 22°C
July
14°C to 25°C
August
13°C to 24°C
September
11°C to 21°C
October
7°C to 15°C
November
3°C to 12°C
December
-1°C to 9°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Syafru Besi

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

170km Drive
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Syafru Besi

Altitude

1503m/4945ft

Early Morning, we drive to safrubensi through the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar makes you scenic driving. Narrow and bit adventurous zig zags road but amazing landscapes along the way driving will take your to reach Safrubensi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 2

Trek to Gatlang

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill Hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Gatlang

Altitude

2337m/7690ft

We begin our trek with a dirt track zig-zags to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang, a cornerstone village on the Tamang Heritage Trail or hike to Gatlang by way of Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Just above the villes lies Parvati Kund, popular during Janai Purnimaa when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple. Stay overnight at community lodge.

Day 3

Trek to Somdang

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Somdang

Altitude

3271m/10760ft

After breakfast, We ascend through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurphu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwaa and Dhading districts. Ruby valley Municipality begins here.

A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but it seems locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 4

Trek to Tipling

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22km Hike
(Avg 8hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Tipling

Altitude

1960m./6468ft

Begin the day with ascending to pangsang pass which is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise.

You will have the best sun rise view and magnificent 270 degrees mountain views then trek to all the way down to Laptung village. Passing through fine, fir and amazing rhododendron forest thick jungle along the way arrive at Laptung village. After lunch turn rise side and passing Phyang village, paddy terraces and surrounding landscape finally arrive in Tipling Village. Stay overnight at Homestay.

Day 5

Trek to Chalish Village

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Chalish Village

Altitude

1674m/5505ft

After breakfast, trek down to Kami gaun then steep descend to Adha khola. The trail leads you gradually to Chalish village.

Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people but they migrated to Kathmandu city. The hospitable people of this area have unique customs and craftsmanship and traditional dances, including a hospitable welcome dance, Ghatu Dance, Dohori is also popular with call and response between male and female participants, a type of courtship ritual, complemented by folk music.

Gurung men traditionally wear vangra, a woven, embroidered cotton cloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carrying goods. Sri Tinkanya Devi Mandir lies above Chalish. In the evening mother group of Chalish gaon will welcome you performing Gurung typical dance program and culture show. Stay overnight at local lodge.

Day 6

Explore Sertung Village and visit Tatopani ( Natural hot spring)

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

5hrs Round Trip

Early Morning, view point  (buddha park ) ”. You will have a magnificent view of Ganesh himal range, Paldor peak, low land villages and surrounding high hills. On the way back, visit phyanchyat Gumpa and Tamang village- Sertung.

Have a breakfast then visit Natural hot spring – tatopani with pack lunch. In the evening, often local cultural group offers entertainment program with cultural show on your request. Stay overnight at same home stay.

Day 7

Trek to Borang - Drive to Dhading Bensi

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Hike(Avg 3hrs)
7hrs Drive

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Dhading Bensi

Altitude

1800m./5400ft

After breakfast, the trail lead us to Borang village. We will get jeep from there then drive through  Lishne jungle, Jharlang village ( Percho), Kimthang phedi and finally arrives dhading besi. Stay overnight in Dhading Bensi.

Day 8

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

112km Drive
(Avg 3hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu

Altitude

1295m./4273ft

After breakfast, We will embark on the bus to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport ( Airport – Hotel – Airport ) transfer in Kathmandu .
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with tea/coffee).
  •  Accommodation ( Lodge/ Home stay) during the trekking.
  •  One experienced, well trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, specialized in Ganesh himal/Langtang region and government authorized trekking guide and required porter ( One porter for two persons)
  •  Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Langtang national park fee and required necessary documents.
  • A Trekking map, Water purification, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, duffle bag, company t-shirt, first aid medical and trekking completion certificate etc.
  •  Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, laundry, phone bill etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.( Highly suggested ).

Route Map

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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Traveler Reviews

Tej arranged a fine trek for my sister and me. This 9 day trek is off the beaten track and we saw very few other trekkers. The scenery was beautiful, the villages we passed through were welcoming and friendly. Our guide Nauser was excellent - very informative, attentive and helpful. Our porter Krishna was always cheerful and keen to help and learn English. We had the trip of a lifetime.

5.0

Caroline Rowley Hildrew

Winchester, UK
My sister and I have just returned from an incredible 9 day trek in Nepal. Thank you Tej for arranging our trek, permits, hotel accommodation, taxis, buses, jeeps and final night in Nagarkot. Our trek took us through beautiful countryside, lovely scenery, small villages and very friendly locals. Nauser, our guide was excellent and looked after us really well. He kept us informed about our trek, the mountains we saw and their heights and even checked out our accommodation each night. We also had Krishna, our porter who was delightful, very helpful and eager to improve his English. Between the two of them they made our trip very memorable.

5.0

bunnytibbs

Warwick, United Kingdom

ESSENTIAL INFO

When to visit

Similar to other treks Ruby Valley Trekking is very famous for its glorious view of the Himalayas. Similarly, the perfect time to visit this trek is during the spring and autumn season.  But, the ideal time to do this trek is between September to November. If not, you can always do this trek in the spring and autumn seasons. During this time of the year, you will find an ideal climate to trek in, Similarly, April is the warmest month of the year in Nepal. So, you can do this trek at this time of the year. During this time of the year, the climate is moderately stable and suitable. Therefore, it can be very helpful for people who want to enjoy the scenery and the surroundings. In addition, if you travel here during this time then you can enjoy a stunning view of the Himalayas.

The difficulty of the trek

There can be a lot of difficulties if you climb at a higher altitude. Similarly, the trek to Ruby Valley is very troublesome. Likewise, you can face a lot of difficulties climbing here. The most common difficulty that you are going to face while trekking here is high altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a condition when your body has shortness of breath and dizziness. Similarly, if you travel here during overripe seasons then there might be a shortage of suitable porters and accommodation facilities because they might already be hired by other tourists. Likewise, if you travel here during the winter season then you might find slippery trails which can hamper your journey. In addition, if you do this trek in the rainy seasons then the climate and weather can affect your journey.

Travel insurance

You must have your travel insurance with you. So, make sure your travel insurance company has covered all your safety measures. Make sure that the insurance company provides you with every facility. Because it has a lot of benefits during the trek. Therefore, make sure your travel insurance covers your injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property, etc. But, most importantly make sure your travel insurance is not expired.  Furthermore, make sure that your Insurance policy has covered your 3000m trekking and adventure policy. Otherwise, it will be difficult for us to cooperate. Therefore, make sure you have it with you.

Meals and Accommodation

We provide a wide range of food and accommodation to our visitors at Ruby valley trekking. Similarly, we provide a suitable and peaceful environment for our visitors for yoga and meditation. Likewise, at the routes of Ruby Valley, we provide a wide range of comfortable hotel lodges and accommodation facilities. As most of the accommodation facility is run by the locals you will get a chance to experience quality local food and hospitality. In addition, the locals there also provide western foods though its a bit expensive compared to the local meals. Local dishes are less pricey because they prepare them with their local farm produce and spices. Whereas, most of the ingredients for western foods are imported from cities. So, western foods are slightly expensive. Furthermore, as you go higher up the altitude the price of the meals also increases. In addition, meals and accommodation can add value to your trip.

Fitness and experience requirements

Climbing at a higher altitude requires you to be mentally and physically fit. Similarly, if you can walk for around 4-5 hours with a light backpack then this trek is very fruitful for you. This trek is for around 8 days which is suitable for busy people. Similarly, you should not have any health issues. So, if you have some health issues then you cannot do this trek. Your heart and lungs should be perfectly fine if you want to enjoy and complete this trek. Similarly, you should not have any blood-related diseases. In addition, walking and running initially before the trek is helpful.  However, you should not be that experienced for the trek. But, you should have a little knowledge about the trek.

Climate and weather

Climate and weather are important factors to consider for your trek. Similarly, your trek success rate solely depends on this. So, it is very important to consider before heading on the trek. The spring and autumn season is the best time to trek here. During this time of the year, the weather is very pleasant and warm. However, it gets cold at night. It can probably snow above 3000m altitude. However, the climate of the Himalayas is unpredictable. It is usually warm during the day and cold during the night. So, you should have a reliable sleeping bag with you. But, it is quite warm if there is sunshine. Similarly, if there is sunshine during the trek then you can fully enjoy the view of the surroundings and watch the stunning view of the Himalayas. Likewise, you will travel in clear visibility. However, in the winter season, the weather gets cloudy which makes it challenging to trek.

Safety and security

The Safety and Security of our trekkers are very important for us. Similarly, while trekking in Ruby Valley we carefully check every route for the trek. So, don’t worry you will be safe with us. Similarly, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers on the lodges and during the trek as well. Therefore, you feel free and fully enjoy yourself during the trek, you should not worry about yourself and your belongings. We fully take care of that.

Required Permits

Langtang National Park Fee: NPR 3000 for foreigner and NPR 1500 for SAARC

Note : Child under 10 years are free

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

Frequently
Asked Questions

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