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.
  • 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
  • Participate in community service projects like school painting, teaching, interactive session with students and teachers and many more.

Trek Overview

Ruby Valley Community and Spiritual 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.

It 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.

The region host diverse communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Newar, Tamang, etc. But Tamang who are Buddhists forms the majority of settlers. The trail Ruby Valley 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 highlights on the Ruby Valley Community Trek where we will have superb views of beautiful valleys and soaring mountain ranges comprising Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Langtang

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 unexplored trekking trail offers you the chance to discover some very far-flung areas in Nepal. 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 communities open their homes to visitors and afford local experiences that allow you to engross yourselves into local life, creating a cultural exchange and the opportunity to learn different traditions.  

During your stay, you can participate in some of the traditional farming practices and help your hosts in their fields. You might like to try your hand using manual wooden rice thresher (Dhiki) and Stone grinder (Jato).

This 11 days long immersion program covers versatility as guests embrace their adventurous side, their culinary side, and their spiritual side, discovering Nepal’s off-the-beaten-trail, world’s UNESCO Heritage sites and impacting local communities.

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.

Note: This is a sample itinerary of Ruby Valley Community Trek. However, we tailor-made the program according to your needs and preferences.

Itinerary

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

    On arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome with great hospitality.  The representative will be displaying “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal. You will be then escorted and transfer to the hotel in our private vehicle. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. You will have leisure time to relax and freshen up.

  2. Day 2: Morning tour to ancient marketplace and visit 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 meditating outside 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 the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

  3. Day 3: 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. Stay overnight in family-run teahouse.

    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 4: Trek begins! Syabru Besi –Ghatlang (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. Stay overnight in Homestay. Community School

    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.
  5. Day 5: Gatlang- Parvatikunda (2,240m/7,349 ft.) - Somdang (3,258m/10,688 ft.) via Khurpa Pass (3,610 meter/11,843 ft) 6-7 hrs. trek

    After an early breakfast, we walk on flat trail and, we take gradual ascent for half an hour that leads you to Parvatikunda. Parvati Kund is a pristine fresh lake popular during Janai Purnima where thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple. From there we walk up 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 teahouse.

    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 6: Somdang to Tipling (1,890m/6,200 ft.) via Pangsang La pass Pansang Pass (3,830 m/12,565 ft.) 8-9 hours

    We start our trip from Somdang Village early in the morning. From the small settlement of Somdang, we take ascent through more picturesque terrain with dense forest on the way up to a meadow called Pangsang Kharka. This pass has broad pasture field and offers grand views of the surrounding area including the Annapurnas, Manaslu and mighty Ganesh Himal and more.

    We then make our way down through more thick forest as we descend with a wide lush valley that we are entering. Finally, we reach Tipliing, a large settlement of mostly Tamang people with Buddhist monasteries and Christian churches as well. Stay overnight at Tipling homestay.

    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 7: Exploration at Tipling (1,800m/6200ft.)

    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. Tipling is a large village that hosts two Buddhist gompas and both a Protestant and Catholic church.

    You have an option to visit community school where you can do a one-day service project including teaching a lesson, running classroom games & experiencing cultural interactions. You can also participate in several meaningful community service projects like painting classrooms, create recycling program, constructing a pathway, wall or toilet/building block or planting and supporting an organic garden.

    Visitors visiting Nepal can collect the old books in their home country before the trip to build a library to support an underfunded school. You can also conduct a talk program in communities, schools, in any topic of interest. For example, if you are a student of art, you can take a class and teach children how to draw, painting and make different crafts. The work can be customized to visitors’ interests and the requirements of the school. Stay overnight in Tipling homestay

     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.
    • The babbles cascading waterfalls truly makes the trails serene and blissful.
    • Explore Tipling village and get to know the culture and tradition of locals
    • Observe cultural program in Tipling performed by Tamang such as Horse dance, Paru dance, Mane dance, and shaman dance.
    • Culturally rich in Shamanism and Tantrism.
  8. Day 8: Tipling to Shertung ( 1,900m/6,233 ft.) 5-6 hrs.

    After breakfast, we trek down to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the villages of Shertung. Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang ethnic groups. The name Shertung means ‘place of gold’. According to a myth, two brothers in search of gold were lead here by a dream and so the settlement was born. Marvelous mountains view of Lapsang Karpo, Ganesh Himal as well as Ganesh II and III can be seen from the Shettung village.

    If you are keen to learn Shaman Practice then the local Shaman Practice can be performed in the evening where you can learn the new traditions and cultures. Shamanism is based on an unseen celestial power and is related with a spiritual power that dates back to more than 5000 years old and that is entirely different from modern scientific teaching. Stay overnight in community homestay.

    Highlights:

    • Enjoy the magnificent vistas of Lapsang Karpo, Ganesh Himal as well as Ganesh II and III
    • Learn and observe the shaman practice performed by Dhami (witch doctor)
  9. Day 9: Shertung- Dhundure 6-7 hours  

    After breakfast, we trek down all the way to Dhundure. Stay overnight at Homestay.

  10. Day 10: Drive to Dhading Besi (approx.4 hours) and back to Kathmandu 3-4 hours drive

    After having breakfast we take 4 hours to drive to Dhading Besi. We will take a lunch break and drive all the way 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.

  11. Day 11: 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.

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