Ruby Valley Trek

Ruby Valley Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

3,850

Transportation

Bus / Jeep

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Duration

16

Ruby valley Trek

It is a newly opened trekking trail in Nepal initiated by TAAN (Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal) and Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee. Ruby Valley trekking partly falls on Langtang trekking route and is located between Manaslu and Langtang region.

The trail takes you to a remote area where facility of home stay is available however there are no tea houses or lodges. Home stay will provide you the opportunity to experience the life style of Tamang, Gurung, Chhetri, Brahman and other ethnic groups, their cultures, food, and customs.

The trail offers varieties of beautiful scenery of the Himalayas including Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples, waterfalls, ponds and forests. Rare flora and fauna such as rhododendrons barking deer, Red pandas, snow leopard, bear, tiger and pheasant are also found in this region. The best time to visit this area is in March-May to see the mountains and to see the magnificent red Rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower.

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Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
1400

You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridge line vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. At the same time, you notice that the road is still under construction.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
2238

While trekking you experience of the Tamang culture. You can see scenery from view point. This day you walk through village. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes your trekking a memorable one. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement. One can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
3500

You walk along the graveled but motorable road. Regular transport is not available till now. While trekking, you can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Langtang Himal ranges, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak and many other unnamed mountain and peaks. You pass some Tamang villages where you can have a close observation of their culture and tradition. Somdang is a Tamang village. There you find zinc mines. 

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
3850

You walk along the trail which moves through villages, forests and terraces. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views of green hills.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE

The trail you follow is quite descent at first and then it climbs up for some distance. En route, you cross forests covered with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and waterfalls. Tipling is the first village you encounter on this route. It is a big Tamang village which is rich in mixed culture and has chorten and church. The houses are made of wood, tin and stones. People living here have their distinct life style and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. You can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. Now you have to climb down steeply until you cross a suspension bridge over Gorkhen Khola (stream). After you cross, the trails go uphill up to Sertung Chalise. It is also a Gurung village. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local culture.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp

The early part of the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and crossing this stream you trek steep up and then gradual up to reach Hindung. This day you pass small Tamang villages, small forests, farming terraces and green hills. Hindung is a pretty big village mainly inhabited by Tamang. The main occupation is farming and the farmers grow potatoes, millet, barley, maize, beans and other vegetables. You find mani walls and prayer flags in some part of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village you pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp

After leaving Hindung you will rarely find terraces. The route up to Rajgang Kharka is ascent and flat as well. You walk along the trail covered with forests of rhododendron and local vegetation. These forests are the nestling place of various species of birds and wild animals. Rajgang Kharka is surrounded by beautiful forests and grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp

The trail is narrow and moves mostly uphill and leveled path somewhere. You walk along the trail covered with forests for a few hours. Towards the ending the trail moves along the land where you rarely find any trees. You find alpine grass here due to high altitude. At Kalo Seto Kunda there are two lakes of holy significance. The surface of Kalo or Black Lake is covered with black stones. On the contrary the surface of Seto Kunda or White Lake is covered with white shinning stones. During winter season these lakes are frozen.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp

You can have an excursion in and around Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake). From here you can enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal and many others.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp

You trek along the descent and narrow path where you find alpine grass on both sides.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2000

The trail moves downhill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and crossing it you find a few Tamang villages. You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
1750

You trek downhill all the way to Laba Besi and trek uphill to reach Laba village. This day you pass pine forests, Tamang villages, farming terraces, green hills and villages at far distance. Laba is a beautiful Gurung village with its own tradition and culture. You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2934

This day you trek through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. These forests are the home of various species of birds and wild animals. The trail moves up hill all the way to Manyang Bhanjyang. From here you can see the first glimpse of Ganesh Himal. While trekking you pass Khading village mainly resided by Tamang and Gurung. Manyang Bhanjyang is a ridge and you find forests and grassland here. This is a perfect place for camping as your camping site is surrounded by rhododendron and oak forests. You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2200

To reach Majhgaun you have to trek along gradual descent path and after some time steep descent path but again you move downward toward the ending point. On the way you pass forests of rhododendron and oak, villages, farming terraces and green hills. This day you may catch a glimpse of Manaslu range, Buddha peak on a clear weather and other unnamed mountains and peaks. As you enter Majhgaun you will find local people being engaged in farming. You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Camp

You walk along the trail dominated with villages, forests, streams and terraces. This day you can enjoy the scenic beauty of green hills. Budathum is a small town with local old market. This village is pre dominated by Newar community. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Manaslu range at far distance. Stay overnight at camp. 

Food
Breakfast
Elevation
1400

After your early morning breakfast, you will drive from Budathum to Kathmandu that takes about 6 hours. Your drive passes through villages, rivers and green hills. 

What Is Included ?

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide 
  • Camping crews (Cook, Sherpa, kitchen helper)
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Required equipment: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges 
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Land transportation: Kathmandu to Syabru Beshi and Budhathum to Kathmandu by bus/jeep 
  • Insurance and equipment for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary) 

Ruby Valley Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:
First Aid Kit 

Optional:
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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