Trekking and Walking

Ruby Valley Trek

Nepal

Ruby Valley Trek

Trip Rating

4/5 Out of 5 Reviews

Trip Duration

12 Days

Trial Access

Private & comfortable drive

Country

Nepal

Max Altitude

Pangsang Pass 3842 M

Activity Level

moderate

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Best Season

Spring (Mar, Apr)

Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Ruby Valley Trek in the Ganesh Himal region of Nepal is one of the least explored hidden trekking trails. The trek got its name as Ruby Valley as the Ganesh Himal region has deposits of the gem ruby. The mining is not that significant but this whole region has high deposits of minerals, including this the red precious stone.

The trekking trail is of 12 days takes that you to the villages of the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups, known for their unique culture and rich traditions. These people here also follow the ancient medicinal practices. The shaman practice is done here, which provides additional exploration and knowledge on this trip.

The trail Ruby Valley Trek has all kinds of landscape and walking conditions as it includes almost flatlands, terraced farms, gradual and steep climbs and beautiful scenery of lush green forest and high snow-capped mountains.

Some of the famous peaks you can see on this trek includes the Ganesh Himal, the mountain named after the elephant-headed god Ganesh, Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli Dorje Lakpa as well as pristine mountains of western and central Nepal. The Pangsang Pass situated at 3,842m is the major attraction of the Ruby Valley.

This unexplored trekking trail provides you the opportunity to explore some very remote areas in Nepal, not frequented by tourists. Since this is a very new trekking trail in Nepal, lodges, and guesthouses have not been developed yet so homestay is the mode of accommodation, which allows you to get a first-hand experience of Nepali rural life as you stay with locals and share their food.

The Ganesh Himal, Ruby Valley trekking in central Nepal is a lifetime experience in terms of cultural exposure and mountain views.

Trek Highlights

  • Tamang and Gurung culture
  • Excellent views of the central Himalayas of Nepal
  • Ruby mines up in the mountains
  • An exposure to Shaman Practice of Nepal
  • Homestay experience and rural lifestyle of locals
  • Superb Himalayan views from Pangsang La

Simple, Transparent Price

No hidden fees

$ 1,075

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

After arrival at the International airport at Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative from Himalayan trekkers and transfer to the hotel. After having some rest there we will be discussing the trek details and necessary equipment that you need while trekking. We will organize a welcome dinner at the traditional Nepalese restaurant with a fine meal in the evening and overnight at the hotel.

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

On this particular day, we start our tour with experience guide and takes you to the several most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu, world heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the renowned and wonderful Swoyambhunath which is also called 'Monkey Temple' and Buddhists shrine (Baudha Nath). In the day time, there will be a pre-trip discussion about the trekking equipment and we will meet the trek leader as well.

Overnight at the hotel.

BB

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Syabru Besi via Dhunche

7-8 hrs

1,600 m

After a warm breakfast at the hotel, we leave Kathmandu and head towards Syabru Besi. The journey provides a panoramic view of the Mountains, small community and villages, beautiful river gorges and waterfalls, fascinating impenetrable forests, scenic terraced fields, where local citizens are plowing the field and working. 

The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth and afterward the trailheads along the gravel road. On the time of Monsoon, the trail is blocked due to the landslides. From Kathmandu, you take either a comfortable bus or land cruiser. 

Overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Lodges/ guest house.

Day 4

Trek to Gatlang

5-6 hrs

2,337 m

After a warm breakfast, you will begin your trek with your trekking team following the zig-zag uphill track to Bhaun Danda pass which will lead you to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang.

After reaching there, you can enjoy exploring the Tamang settlement, make some chit chat with locals.

Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Homestay/ local lodges/ tented camp

Day 5

Trek to Somdang

5-6 hrs

3,271 m

You will cross the forest of pine and rhododendron after leaving Gatlang. with some sweats, you will reach Yuri Kharka for delicious lunch and again start your walk towards the Somdang river (border of Rasuwaa and Dhading district).

Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Homestay/ tented camp

Day 6

Trek to Tipling via Pangsang Pass

7-8 hrs

3,842 m

Today you will be reaching the highest point of the trek i.e Pangsang pass from where you can enjoy the great views of Manaslu peak and other Ganesh Himal ranges.

 After your delicious meal, you will move towards Tipling, a destination for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Homestay/ tented camp

Day 7

Acclimatization/ Rest day

2-3 hrs

3,842 m

Today you can explore the local area of Tipling, make some chit chat with locals and can also involve in their work.

Also, take a good rest. Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Homestay/ tented camp

Day 8

Trek to Chalish via Sertung

4-5 hrs

1,900 m

You will descend to cross Adha Khola and ascend to Shertung (place of gold), a Tamang village after your delicious and warm breakfast.

You will spend some quality of time by interacting with locals and move towards Chalish for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Homestay/ tented camp

Day 9

Trek to Darkha Gaun via Borang

5-6 hrs

850 m

By enjoying your breakfast with good sunlight, you will begin today's trek.

You will cross the small forest, rivers and will stop at Percho for lunch. Then you will continue your remaining walk of the day till you enter the Darkha Gaon.

Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Homestay/ tented camp

Day 10

Trek to Darkha Phedi & return drive to Kathmandu via Dhading Besi

An hour walk and 7 hrs drive

1,350 m

An hour walk to Darkha Phedi after your breakfast is the moment where you conclude your trek of Ruby valley.
A 4wd vehicle will be standing by to take you back to the capital, Kathmandu via Dhading Besi.

Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast & Lunch

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 11

Free day

1,350 m

This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping.

You can also explore the heritage sites of Kathmandu valley or visit massage centers and spa to get relief from body pain given by the trek.

 In the evening we will drive you for a farewell dinner with cultural dance. You will enjoy each and every moment with a team of Himalayan trekkers.

Overnight at the hotel.

BB

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 12

Departure

30 mins

Our representative from Himalayan trekkers will take you from the hotel to the airport and on the way, we will discuss the experience of the trek and leave the airport after wishing to have a great journey.

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Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All ground transfer in a Private vehicle
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Entrance fee for sightseeing Kathmandu
  • English Speaking altitude certified Trek and Tour Guide
  • Accommodation in lodge/homestays/tented camp during trek
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B, L, D during the trek) & breakfast in cities
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking map for group
  • TIMS
  • Required number of porters
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation, and insurance for the trekking staff
  • Government taxes
  • Welcome of Farewell Dinner as per you arrival time
  • All applicable government taxes and official expenses

Whats Not Included

  • Interenational Airfare and airport taxes
  • Tips 
  • Personal expenses including beverages or alcoholic drinks
  • Visa fee for Nepal
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses occurred due to unforeseen circumstances not under our control eg. earthquake, landslide
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Gearlist

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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