Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek

Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

19 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Singla Pass (4220 m)

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Trial Access:

Private Vehicle

Best Season:

Mar-May & Sept-Nov

    Three Kunda Trek of Ruby Valley takes you to the amazing mountain villages predominated by the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups. They are known for their unique culture and rich traditions. Some of the famous mountains you can see the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli, Dorje Lakpa and other mountains of Western and Central Nepal of Ganesh Himal regionIt is the least explored hidden trekking trail.

    The trekking trail got its name as the Three Kunda Trek of Ruby Valley because the Ganesh Himal region has large deposits of Ruby, the gemstone. But, there exists no major mining activity here. This whole region also has high deposits of other minerals too. The Pangsang Pass at an altitude of 3900 m is the major attraction on this trek. This unexplored and virgin trekking trail provides you the opportunity to explore some very remote areas in Nepal, not frequented by tourist. Similarly, the three Kunda adds a degree of charm and curiosity to the area. The literal meaning of Kunda is Pond. These three water bodies are worth watching for attractions.
    Due to the least number of guest house and lodge homestay is the best and effective mode of accommodation. . You get a firsthand experience of Nepali rural lifestyle. Local people here even do not hesitate to share their food. In fact, they are very kind in sharing. You can even taste the locally made liquor, made out of apples and also from buckwheat. Therefore, the Three Kunda Trek of Ruby Valley in Central Nepal is a lifetime experience in terms of the cultural exposure and the majestic mountains.

    Three Kunda trek of Ruby Valley is one of the most interesting and hidden destinations as this virgin land has its unique features. This region is mostly inhabited by the Tamang, Gurung, and Bhotia people.

    On your trek, you will encounter Tatopani (Hot water spring), which is quite popular amongst the visitors and trekkers. This nature made warm water is also used for the therapeutic purpose as it helps in releasing the tension and body aches including knee, elbows and so on. It is advisable that you take a dip and relax after the hectic walk during this trek.

    (Note: Ganesh Himal is the mountain named after the Elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesh)

     

    Why Three Kunda(Lake) trek of Ruby Valley

    • Least explored hidden trekking trail.
    • Mouthwatering view of Ganesh Himal comprising Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli, Dorje Lakpa.
    • Pangsang Pass (3900 m) is the major attraction on this trek.
    • Provides genuine experience of unspoiled Tamang and Gurung villages, beautiful farm terraces with magnificent Himalayan Range.
    • Experience with local traditions, culture and their lifestyle.

     


    Trip Outline

    Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300m)
    Day 02: Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and Trek preparation
    Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhalche (1850m), 5/ 6 hrs walk
    Day 04: Trek to Rupchet (3250 m), 6 hrs walk
    Day 05: Trek to Pangsang Pass (3842 m) via Singla Pass (4220 m), 6 / 7 hrs walk
    Day 06: Trek to Chalise (1674m) 5/6 hrs walk
    Day 07: Trek to Hindung (Gomba Danda) (2402m) 4 /5 hrs walk
    Day 08: Trek to Thulo Dhunga (3337m), 4 / 5 hrs
    Day 09: Explore around & day Hike
    Day 10: Trek to Kharka (3900m), 5 hrs walk
    Day 11: Trek to Ganesh Kunda – Ruby area (3500m), 5/6 hrs walk
    Day 12: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) (1250m), 5/6 hrs walk
    Day 13: Trek to Lapa Gaon (1850m) 5/6 hrs walk
    Day 14: Trek to Magne Goth Pass (2950 m), 4 hrs walk
    Day 15: Trek to Tinsure (1850m) 5 / 6 hrs walk
    Day 16: Trek to Salangkot via Ganga Jamuna (1250m) 5/6 hrs walk
    Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu via Dhading Besi. 6/7 Hrs
    Day 18: Leisure Day
    Day 19: Final Departure

    Starting Price

    USD 1399 per person

    Group Discount : Available

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    Itinerary

    Arrival on: Kathmandu

    Departure from: Kathmandu

    Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu (1300m)

    Your flight to Kathmandu will be full of exciting and scenic flight as you can see the panoramic view of the Himalayan Range which will add curiosity in your mind about Nepal and its natural beauty. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) will greet you in typical style with garland and assist you to the hotel.

    Day 2

    Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and Trek preparation

    You will have a half day sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley as Kathmandu valley is popular as the “City of Temples”. We will take you to some of these ancient temples and Palaces and the rest of the day you can do last moment shopping for the trek by consulting with your guide.

    Day 3

    Drive from Kathmandu to Bhalche (1850m)

    We will be taking a local bus early in the morning or a private four-wheeler to drive from Kathmandu to Bhalche Gaon that takes almost 5/6 hrs to reach. This is also the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. We drive past the mesmerizing scenic beauty through Trishuli Bazaar and Betrawati makes your driving a pleasure indeed. Narrow and bit adventurous zigzag road along with some amazing landscape make a good drive at the start of the trek. You have the option to start the trek on the same day but after a slightly rough ride, it is best advised that we spend the night at Bhalche that will also give you time to acclimatize.

    Day 4

    Trek to Rupchet (3250 m)

    After breakfast, we will trek a bit uphill and have a breathtaking view of Bhalche village. The trek continues passing through the high tropical jungle and the surrounding landscape. After arriving in Thulo Kharka, we will stop for lunch. After lunch, the trek continues to Rupchet where you will find a beautiful campsite and yak hut.

    Day 5

    Trek to Pangsang Pass (3842 m) via Singla Pass (4220 m)

    After breakfast, we will trek all the way to Singla Pass. At this point, you can have a glimpse of almost 270 degrees panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Mt. Manaslu ranges and a few Annapurna ranges. Capture this moment and then the trek continues to Mojyat Kharka wherein monsoon and sometimes in spring also shepherd keeps their cattle like goat, sheep, cows and buffalo too but its seasonal. After crossing the dense jungle and walking for about 5-6 hours in the main jungle, we will finally reach Pangsang Pass. This is an adventure walking through a varied flora and fauna. But it is advised that you have a local guide or an expert person to help you navigate; otherwise, there is a chance that you may get lost in these environs. You should carry a Compass, good trek map (TAAN and GHTDC made map will be very useful) and dry fruit with you. This is highly recommended unless you have a pack lunch from Rupchet.

    Day 6

    Trek to Chalise (1674m)

    We will be descending to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gompas and also a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a ridge top to the east is a Gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Being a predominant Tamang village it is a beautiful showcase for the Tamang culture. From here we will descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and climb to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, regally overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields.

    Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people but most of them have 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. Some dances depend on the time of year and take place during festivals including the Maruni Dance during Dasai and Tihar, Hai Nelo Dance of Tihar, and the Ghatu (Ghasiri Dance) that occurs during Chandi Purnima in the Nepali month of Chaitra.

    Day 7

    Trek to Hindung (Gomba Danda) (2402m)

    After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the locals and trek down to Khar Khola and then trek gently up to Pasabar Danda taking about an hour walk. We will come across the Tribeni river (the place where three rivers intersect and Hindus and both Buddhist believe as a holy river site) just down in the valley where Lord Shiva's statue with little one stoned shrine has been built. Especially during the Makar Sankranti festival, locals gather here and celebrate by singing, dancing and meeting friends and relatives as well as neighbors village kith and kin.

    From Pasabar Danda, we trek gently uphill and reach Kalbarang (just the small Kharka name but no village at all). The trek will continue up the hill edge walk and through a dense jungle (there is a chance that rocks might fall from the top of the hill due to an inhabitant of wildlife so careful walking with your trek guide or helper is highly recommended). Finally, we will reach Hindung village where a large population of Tamang community resides. It is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are found in areas to the north and Yarchagumba are hunted, too, in the surrounding highlands.

    Day 8

    Trek to Thulo Dhunga (3337m)

    The trail continues steeply with occasional jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks. Continue through seasonal grazing areas to eventually drop into an immense green meadow and a splendid campsite known as Nojet Kharka.

    Day 9

    Explore around & day Hike

    A climb to the ridge to the northeast, Dobra Danda, is rewarded with supreme views of the towering Ganesh Himal. The mesmerizing sight is unforgettable. Two small lakes shimmer below at the foot of the Himalaya. Kalo Kunda (black lake) has waters that mirror the awe-inspiring surroundings and the smaller Seto Kunda (white lake) has a seasonal pasture nearby. These lakes are said to have mystical powers that will bless visitors but anybody who misbehaves will be punished with poor weather and difficult travels.

    Day 10

    Trek to Kharka (3900m)

    You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings early in the morning which is the best time to view them. We can have breakfast and then trek all the way down the hill to cross a river (no bridge). In winter this river will be a mere stream but in summer you will have to be careful as it will be dangerous to cross unless you have a big team with special river crossing equipment. After crossing the river, we will walk for about 3 ½ hours uphill and finally get to Kharaka where only the option of staying is camping as there is no village and no tea house at all. It is an isolated campsite from where you will see Ganesh Himal (Yangri – 7245m), just 3 Kms away. Nice, cool/cold, quiet and amazing jungle camp right on the hilltop but you may encounter wildlife so group trek is recommended.

    Day 11

    Trek to Ganesh Kunda – Ruby area (3500m)

    After having our breakfast, we will visit Ganesh Himal Basecamp (try) and then the trek continues towards Ganesh Kunda which is another holy and secret lake of the area, wherein September hundreds of Jhakri (shamans) get together and along with the locals participate and celebrate. Ruby mines are found in this area and it is also home to a variety of precious herbs.

    Day 12

    Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) (1250m)

    We trek all the way down to Nheber Gaon. Have a bit of rest, enjoy looking around the village sites, take lunch and then the trek continues along the river bank and after a walk through the dense jungle, we will finally arrive in Tatopani (hot spring). It has a bathing pool and 3 taps. Here you can relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.

    Day 13

    Trek to Lapa Gaon (1850m)

    The trail onward follows stone steps built by Kadoorie Agri Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. Both organizations are active in this area and responsible for building many water taps, bridges and improved trails. Pass through Tir on the way to Racyat and Kapur villages. We will have lunch in Kapur gaon and then trek down to Ankhu Khola; cross a box suspension bridge and finally arrive in Lapa gaon. It is one of the biggest villages in this region and has a huge community of Tamang people. Lapa gaon is home to beautiful Tamang culture and occasionally you will be shown their culture through performances.

    Day 14

    Trek to Magne Goth Pass (2950 m)

    Steeply up the hill to the west in a tall, blue pine forest with rambling rhododendron is Magne Goth, and nearby is a large boulder, that shines red and is the place where this precious gem is found and extracted.

    Day 15

    Trek to Tinsure (1850m)

    After breakfast, we will trek to Tinsure Danda, passing through the beautiful alpine jungle, rhododendron forest and dense mix jungle. It is beautiful and scenic to trek but there is no human inhabitation here. After walking 5-6 hours walking, we will finally arrive in Tinsure Danda which is known as Queen of Hills for the tremendous mountain views that it provides. We will camp at the viewpoint.

    Day 16

    Trek to Salangkot via Ganga Jamuna (1250m)

    Trek from Tinsure to Ganga Jamuna is another amazing landscape walk. Walking through a small dense jungle; passing by local villages having mix cultures and hilly paddy terraces make you're walking an amazing experience. It has beautiful open views of the areas and nice and easy walking a day. Ganga Jamuna is the place where thousands of Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimages visit on special occasion. However Janai Purnima and Makar Sankranti festival sees a large number of devotees here. People have a strong belief that Ganga Jamuna, names of the twin sisters, fulfills your desire if you go and ask in the temple. After visiting Ganga Jamuna, we will trek to Salangkot and stay the night at the village site camp or at a local house.

    Day 17

    Drive to Kathmandu via Dhading Besi

    Today is the concluding day of our trek. From Salangkot we will have private 4WD drive till Dhading Besi, the drive is full of scenic and fills with adventurous in a dirt road. From Dhading Besi the road is well paved until we reach Kathmandu. While driving we can see the magnificent view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and other snow-capped peaks. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

    Day 18

    Leisure Day

    Although today is a spare day, you can visit some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu like Durbar squares and temples. Also, you can spend your time by going to massage or spa center to get relief from tiredness of trek. Similarly, you can explore the market area for the last moment souvenir shopping from Nepal to your friends, relatives and friends.

    Day 19

    Final Departure

    You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal

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    Accommodation

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

    Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. 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 the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

    If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

    Meals

    Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
    For other meals in the city, you would have to pay 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 to fit your taste.

    In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
    On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

    Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


    Inclusion

    Whats Included

    • TIMS
    • Permit
    • Transportation
    • Guide and Porter
    • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Tea)
    • Accommodation
    • First-Aid Kit
    • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
    • All Taxes

    Whats Not Included

    • International airfares and airport tax
    • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
    • Trekking Equipment
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
    • Beverage expenses
    • Tips to Guide, Porter and Driver
    • Your Travel Insurance
    • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation etc.


    GearList

    Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

    Head

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Sun glasses
    • Sunscream
    • Lip Balm.

    Feet

    • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
    • Sandals
    • Trekking Shoes on the trek
    • Comfortable Shoes in cities

    Body

    • Warm gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Light jackets and pullovers
    • Wind – stopper jacket
    • Undergarments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

    Accessories

    • Earplug
    • Electronics gadgets of your choice
    • Spare Battery
    • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
    • Tour/Trekking Bag
    • Hiking Poles
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Down jacket
    • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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