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 (4,220 m)

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Trial Access:

Private Vehicle

Best Season:

Mar-May & Sept-Nov

Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek is one of the most interesting trekking destinations and one of the least explored hidden trekking trails in the country as this virgin land has its unique features. It takes you to the amazing mountain villages like Sertung, Tipling, Chalish, and Jharlang predominated by the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups, known for their unique culture and rich traditions.

Some of the famous mountain peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli, Dorje Lakpa, and other mountains of Western and Central Nepal of Ganesh Himal region can be witnessed during this amazing expedition. 

This 19 days journey involves walking over the three passes such as Sing La (4,220m), Pangsang La (3,900m), and Magne Goth (2,950m). However, the Pangsang La Pass is the major attraction on this trek. This isolated trekking trail provides you the opportunity to explore some very remote areas in Nepal, not frequented by tourists. Similarly, the three Kunda (Lake) namely Kalo Kunda, Seto Kunda, and Ganesh Kunda adds a degree of charm and curiosity to the area. 

Due to the least number of guest houses and lodges, homestay is the best and effective mode of accommodation where you get a first-hand experience of the rural Nepalese lifestyle. You can even taste the locally made liquor, made out of apples, millet, and also from buckwheat. Therefore, the Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek in Central Nepal is a lifetime experience in terms of cultural exposure and the majestic mountains.

(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
  • The awe-inspiring view of Ganesh Himal comprising Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli, Dorje Lakpa
  • Pangsang Pass (3,900 m) is the major attraction on this trek
  • Provides the genuine experience of unspoiled Tamang and Gurung villages, beautiful farm terraces with magnificent Himalayan Range
  • Experience with local traditions, culture, and lifestyle

Starting Price

USD 1399 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Meals included: Dinner

A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and transfer you to the hotel upon your arrival in the Kathmandu Valley.

In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of the Thamel area. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Half-day Kathmandu tour & trek preparation

Meals included: Breakfast

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, palaces and other significant places and the rest of the day you can do last moment shopping for the trek by consulting with your guide.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Bhalche (1,850m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will be taking a local bus early in the morning or a private four-wheeler to drive from Kathmandu to Bhalche Gaon. We drive past the mesmerizing scenic beauty through Trishuli Bazaar and Betrawati makes your driving a pleasure indeed. The 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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Rupchet (3,250 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs trek

Day 5

Trek to Pangsang Pass (3,842 m) via Singla Pass (4,220 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will trek to Singla Pass. At this point, you can have a glimpse of panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Mt. Manaslu range,s and a few Annapurna ranges. Capture this moment and then the trek continues to Mojyat Kharka.

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. 

 

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs trek

Day 6

Trek to Chalise (1,674m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will be descending to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gompas and also a Protestant and Catholic church. 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. The hospitable people of this area have unique customs and craftsmanship and traditional dances, including a hospitable welcome dance.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 7

Trek to Hindung (Gomba Danda) (2,402m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the locals of Chalish and trek down to Khar Khola and then trek gently up to Pasabar Danda. We will come across the Tribeni river (the place where three rivers intersect and Hindus and both Buddhists believe as a holy river site) just down in the valley where Lord Shiva's statue with little one stoned shrine has been built.

From Pasabar Danda, we trek gently uphill and reach Kalbarang. The trek will continue up the hill edge walk and through a dense jungle. Finally, we will reach Hindung village where a large population of the Tamang community resides. Crystals and rubies are found in areas to the north and Yarchagumba are hunted, too, in the surrounding highlands.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs trek

Day 8

Trek to Thulo Dhunga (3,337m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, we will head towards Thulo Dhunga, a campsite offering stunning waterfalls cascading down. Abundant in terms of flora and fauna, many species of deer, jharal, wild boar, leopard, and pheasant resides in this area. Vegetation includes bamboo, rhododendron and juniper among abundant wildflowers.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs trek

Day 9

Trek to Base Camp (Nojet Kharka) (3,691m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs hike

Day 10

Explore Base Camp & day hike

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs hike

Day 11

Trek to Kharka (3,900m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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). After crossing the river, we will walk for about 3 ½ hours uphill and finally get to Kharka 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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 12

Trek to Ganesh Kunda – Ruby area (3,500m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After having our breakfast, we will hike towards Ganesh Kunda which is another holy and secret lake of the area.  Ruby mines are found in this area and it is also home to a variety of precious herbs.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 13

Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) (1,250m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We trek all the way down to Nheber Gaon. Then, we 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).where you can relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 14

Trek to Lapa Gaon (1,850m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 15

Trek to Magne Goth Pass (2,950 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs trek

Day 16

Trek to Tinsure (1,850m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 17

Trek to Salangkot (1250m) via Ganga Jamuna

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek from Tinsure to Ganga Jamuna is another amazing landscape walk. Ganga Jamuna is the place where thousands of Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimages visit on special occasion. 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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 18

Drive to Kathmandu via Dhading Besi

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Today is the concluding day of our trek. From Salangkot we will drive to Dhading Besi, which is full of scenic and fills with adventure on 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. 

Check-in at the hotel and relax once in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 19

Depart Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport 3 hours earlier than your flight schedule to your home country or another trip. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel

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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 or 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
  • Permits 
  • All airport transfers 
  • Transportation as per the itinerary 
  • Accommomdation as per the itinerary 
  • Fees of Guide and Porters
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Tea)
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • 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.
  • 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. 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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