Trek Highlights

  • Ruby Valley Trek is uncharted territory. You will be going through small traditional villages, through their barns and houses to next destination and so on. There is no fixed trail which increases the natural experience of a trek in the Ruby Valley region.
  • There are very few hotels on the trail of Ruby Valley so that you will be staying in local homes with the residents. Immerse into the local culture and experience how it feels to live in wooden and mud-built houses and eat locally produced cooked with firewood.
  • Ruby Valley trek route passes through some of the most authentic and undisturbed ethnic villages of different ethnic groups of Nepal. You will literally walk in a field of wheat or rice, depends on the season of cultivation.
  • The Ruby Valley Trekking route falls between Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park. The trail is near the Ganesh Himal region so during the trek Ganesh Himal Range is observed from very close. In the course of the trek, other mountains like Annapurna Range, Langtang Valley, Twin Waterfall: Ganga Jamuna is seen.
  • The area homes musk deer, Jharal goats, wild boars and, Langur monkeys. Pheasants and partridges also live in this area. Medically popular and strange, reportedly, aphrodisiac, caterpillar-fungus, Yarshagumba, is also harvested in the nearby highlands of villages found in this trekking route.
  • The landscape is scattered with a bunch of rivers, streams,  cascading waterfalls, and lakes. 
  • Traverse through many passes. The highest point of this journey is Sing La pass (4040m) which present superb vistas of Mt. Ganesh I, locally called Yangra peak (7422m), Ganesh II (7118m), Lapsang Karbo (7043m), Pabil (7,104m), Manaslu and Langtang

Trek Overview

Ruby Valley Trek is authentic and one of the least explored hidden trekking route in Nepal. This region is not explored extensively and provides the experience of pristine traditional Tamang and Gurung villages, their culture and lifestyle. If you wish some first-hand experience than tourist hub trek routes, then Ruby Valley Trek is the one to explore.

Ruby Valley Trek is an exceptional and distinctive trek, just like the precious stone Ruby itself. Termed after the valuable stone Ruby, Ruby Valley is considered home to Ruby stone mine sites. The trek is comparatively a new trekking destination newly opened. The entire region has high deposits of minerals, including ruby, the red precious stone.

This trek of 13 days leads you to the villages of the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups, famous for their unique culture and rich traditions. This trekking trail has currently come into practice where the ethical groups of people exist and carry out the ancient ethical and medicinal practices. The people perform shaman practice which provides extra exploration and understanding on this trip.

The region host diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Newar, Tamang, etc. But Tamang who are Buddhists forms the majority of settlers. This trek begins from Syabrubesi and takes you through the high alpine zone and encounter with people following Tamang, Sherpa, and Tibetan ethnicity.

The trail Ruby Valley Trek winds through varied landscape and walking conditions as it comprises almost flatlands, terraced farms, steady and steep ascents and spectacular scenery of lush woodland and towering snow-capped peaks. The trek presents an exceptional experience of mountain, culture and natural biodiversity.

You will witness the famous Himalayan peaks like  Mt. Ganesh I, locally called Yangra peak (7422m), Ganesh II (7118m), Lapsang Karbo (7043m), Pabil (7,104m), Mt. Manaslu and Langtang.  Penang Pass (3,850 m/12,631 ft); is another highlight on the Ruby Valley Trek where we will have superb views of beautiful valleys and soaring mountain ranges comprising Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Langtang

This unexplored trekking trail offers you the chance to discover some very far-flung areas in Nepa. Meanwhile, this is a very new trekking trail in Nepal, lodges, and guesthouses have not been established yet so homestay is the mode of accommodation, which lets you get a first-hand experience of Nepalese countryside life as you stay with locals and share their food.  The Ruby Valley trekking is a lifetime experience in terms of cultural exposure and mountain vistas.

The perfect time for the trekking in Ruby Valley is during March & April because at this point of the year the forests look as red-painted with the blooming rhododendron. Other than the natural attractions in this trek the monasteries, ponds, flora, fauna, terraced landscapes, mineral mines, birds and endangered animals like Thar, deer, Red Pandas (rarely seen), Snow leopard, Monkeys can be witnessed in the region.

Ruby Valley and Ganesh Himal Trek

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Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.
  2. Day 02: Optional Morning tour to ancient marketplace and explore world's UNESCO Heritage sites

    After breakfast, we will start our fresh morning by wandering Ason and Indrachowk marketplaces to get a glimpse of traditional Nepalese life. You’ll witness the bustle of the market, see how locals purchase the products and haggle for a bargain. Whilst walking around enjoy the lively and vibrant atmosphere this local market has to offer.

    We walk through a narrow alley and see people rushing. Observe the first hand the local produce people from Nepal actually purchase. You will also take in the sights and smells of the market. Your friendly tour guide will explain in full detail all the products and procedures you will see. There is plenty of opportunities to buy something for your selves and lots of photo opportunities to capture in your camera.

    Next, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar, and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. This ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

    The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.

    The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.

    Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.

    Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.

    Swayambhunath:

    You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    Boudhanath:

    Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied

    to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.

    Pashupatinath:

    Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditatingoutside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

    After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

  3. Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1,420 m/4,658 ft) approx 6 – 7 hrs drive

    After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. With a beautiful drive, the roads twist and turn along the high hills as we pass through many remote villages and get to see the villagers working in their fields.  You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers, and village.

    The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. After having lunch we continuing further to Dhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay once we reach our destination we will check-in to the lodge and prepare ourselves for the trek with some briefings given by the guides.

    Highlights:

    • While passing along the road at the bank of Trisuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces, villages and lush hills.
    • You can see Pangsang range while you are on a drive
    • Syabrubesi is a mixed settlement of Tamang, Tibetan, etc.
    • You will make your way through lush green hills, Torrent Rivers, and waterfalls, few of which even intersect the road at locations. With enthusiasm, you’ll also have that feeling of appreciation, and love for the places.

     

  4. Day 04:  Syabru Besi to Parvatikunda (2,240 m/7,349 ft) 6-7 hrs trek

    We start our trek from today, we take a dirt meandering trail to Bahundanda where we stop for lunch. And continue to trek along the motorway to Tamang settlement of Gatlang. Through the trail, we come across the village of Chawatar. After a few more hours of trekking from Chawatar, we will reach Gatlang. It is a Tamang village with people following Tamang cultures. After Ghatlang, we take gradual ascent for half an hour that leads you to Parvatikunda. Stay overnight in camp.

    Highlights

    • From the viewpoint at Bahundanda near these settlements, one can also witness a panoramic sight of Lantang, Kerung, and the Ganesh Himal, Sanjen Himal ranges
    • You are likely to see langur monkeys along the trail
    • Walk through serene shaded trees of pine forest
    • Explore Ghatlang, the Tamang village
    • Parvati Kund is a pristine fresh lake popular during Janai Purnima where thousands of pilgrims visit to pay the homage.
  5. Day 05: Parvati Kund to Somdang (3,271 m/10,760ft) via Khurpa Pass (3,610 meter/11,843 ft) 6-7 hrs trek

    After an early breakfast, we walk on a flat trail and gradual ascent through the beautiful forest of pine and oak trees to Yurikharka where we will stop for lunch. Continue to ascend to Khurpu Danda (Pass) 3,610 m and follow a steep descend to the Somdang River for half an hour. After that, we meet motorway and continue to follow the dirt path till Somdang. Stay overnight in Somdang.

    Highlights:

    • Views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak along the way
    • You are likely to see langur monkeys on the way
    • Pass through the beautiful meadow called Yurikharka
    • Walk through the forest filled with the pine and rhododendron trees before climbing up to Khurpu Danda Pass
  6. Day 06: Somdang to Marmilung Kharka (3,200 m/10,498 ft) via Pansang Pass (3,850 m/12,631 ft);5-6 hours

    After having breakfast, we follow the zigzag track and continue up to Pansang pass (3,850m).  The pass is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang with a wide panorama of the surrounding terrain. After that take descends through mid of the pine forest to Marmilung Kharka.

    Highlights:

    • Cross the highest pass of ruby valley trek named Pangsang Pass (3,850m/12,631 ft)
    • View of Langtang, Gosainkunda, Ganesh Himal and other peaks blessed with bountiful of herbal plants.
    • Come across with yak grazing in a lush meadow
  7. Day 07: Marmilung Kharka to Tipling village (2,500m/8,202ft) 3-4 hours

    After having breakfast, we leave Marmilung kharka behind and head towards Tipling village which is quaint village inhabited mostly by the Tamang ethnicity. Tipling is a large village that hosts two Buddhist gompas and both a Protestant and Catholic church.

    Highlights:

    • Visit Buddhist Gompas and the Catholic church of Tipling
    • Beautiful prayer flags on the Chorten along the trail
    • Observe cultural program in Tipling performed by Tamang such as Horse dance, Paru dance, Mane dance, and shaman dance.
    • Tipling village is culturally affluent in Shamanism and Tantrism.
  8. Day 08: Exploration day

    After breakfast, we can either take rest or explore Tipling village, visit waterfalls and you get to see a beautiful view of Ganesh Himal range. We will return back and stay overnight in Tipling.

    Highlights:

    • The babbles cascading waterfalls truly makes the trails serene and blissful.
    • Explore Tipling village and get to know the culture and tradition of locals.
  9. Day 09: Tipling to Neber (2,220 m/7,283 ft); 6-7 hours

    After having breakfast, we start to trek downhill to Chalish Gaun for about 20 minutes. We pass Tin Kanya Hindu temple, picturesque village and continue to Khar Khola.  Further, we take a gentle ascent to Pasabar danda where you can see spectacular vistas of holy Tribeni River (river confluence). After enjoying the view from Pasabar danda, we trek down to hot spring and further climb uphill all the way to Neber village.

    Highlights:

    • Visit Tin Kanya Hindu temple at Chalish Gaun
    • Pass through Tamang village
    • Spectacular view of Tribeni River from Pasabar Danda.
    • Stop over at hot spring where you can relax and enjoy the hot water observing the natural marvels around.
  10. Day 10: Neber to Kapurgaun via Timla Pass (2,900 m/9,514 ft); 5 hours

    After breakfast, we start our trek taking ascend to Mangyal Bhanjyang then descend to Kapurgaun via Timla pass. During trek, we walk through a shaded forest of pine, rhododendron trees. If you are trekking through spring, the entire forest beautifies with colorful flowers.

    Highlights:

    • Spectacular views of Ganesh Himal
    • Encounter with birds like a woodpecker, red bulbul, and animals like langur monkeys
  11. Day 11: Kapur Gaun to Khading (2,025m/6,643 ft)    6-7 hours trek

    After breakfast, we start our trek by taking a first gradual descent to a small river and cross the suspension bridge. Further, we take ascend all the way to Lapchet. Then continue to take descend crossing the river and ascend up to Lapagaun. This is a main village and trading center of the neighboring village and gradually ascends to Khading.

    Highlights:

    • You might encounter with langur monkeys
    • Relish the view of Ganesh Himal along the trail
    • Khading is one of the largest Gurung villages in Ganesh Himal region
    • From Khading you can see an exotic Ganesh Himal view, brilliant Gurung culture, monasteries, temples
  12. Day 12: Khading to Nauban Kharka (2,800 m/9,186 ft) crossing Myangal Bhanjyang. (2,975 m/9,760 ft) 5-6 hours

    After breakfast, we take to ascend and walk through the forest up to Myangal Bhanjyang. The trails have several ups and downs to Magne Goth. After crossing small pass you will reach Nauban Kharka

    Highlights:

    • Walk through a forest of pine, rhododendron trees.
    • Encounter with exotic birds like the woodpecker, red bulbul
    • Reaching Nauban Kharka present the views of Himal Chuli and Boudha Himal of Manaslu mountain range.
  13. Day 13: Nauban Kharka to Lamo Dhunga (2,200 m/7,217 ft) 4-5 hours

    After breakfast, we take a decent and zigzag path all the way to Lamo Dhunga.

    Highlights:

    • Get to see birds such as the woodpecker, red bulbul, falcon
  14. Day 14: Lamo Dhunga to Manbu (1,300 m/4,265 ft) 4-5 hours

    After breakfast, we take one and half hour descend trail and enter the village called Ghunchet. This is the oldest village of Tamang and Gurung settlement. Further, continue to take descend path and walk through off the beaten track to Manabu.

    Highlights:

    • Pass through the old village of Tamang and Gurung settlement
    • Walk through a forest of bamboo trees
    • Manabu village with superb views of Manaslu range of peaks, Himal Chuli, Boudha Himal.
  15. Day 15: Manbu to Arughat (605 m/1,984 ft) 4 hours

    After breakfast, we descend to the river called Budi Gandaki. After crossing the suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River we connect to the main road of Arughat Bazaar. Finally, we continue to follow motorway all the way to Arughat.

    Highlights:

    • Pass through rice paddy fields and people working in the fields
  16. Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu 8 hours or depend on road condition

    After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our representative will transfer you back to Kathmandu Hotel. You will have leisure time where you can either take rest or go shopping.

  17. Day 17: Back home          

    It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.
    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Private transfer to/from a trek
  • 3 nights accommodation ***Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • 14 days Tea house lodge on a trek with breakfast
  • Trek Permits & National Park Fee,
  • Staff insurance on the trek,
  • Trek guide & porter/s
  • Duffel bag
  • Map

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (approx. US$ 20 per day)
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • International airfare
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), Liability insurance
  • Tips
  • Optional Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour 

 

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