Ruby valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Tamang and Gurung culture
  • Excellent view of central Himalayas of Nepal
  • Ruby mines up in the mountains
  • Home stay experience.
Ruby valley Trek
Photo Stunning view of Scenery with the Himalayan Range at backdropn
Trip Duration: 12 days(s) / Trek Duration: 9 days(s)
Max Altitude: 3842m (Pangsang Pass La)
Trip Grade: 3
Lodging: Tea house / Camp
Transportation: Private vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Mar-May / Sept-Nov

Trip Overview

Ruby Valley in the Ganesh Himal region of Nepal is a least explored hidden trekking trail in Nepal. The trekking got its name as the Ruby valley trek as the Ganesh Himal region has deposits of the Gem Ruby. The mining is not significant but this whole region has high deposits of other minerals including Ruby, the red precious stone.  This trek of 12 days takes you to the villages of the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups know for their unique culture and rich traditions. The trail on this 12 day trek has all kinds of landscape and walking conditions as it includes almost flat lands, terraced farms gradual and steep climb and beautiful scenery of lush green forest and high snow capped mountains. Some of the famous mountains you can see on this trek include the Ganesh Himal, the mountain named after the Elephant headed god Ganesh, Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli Dorje Lakpa and other mountains of western and central Nepal. The Pangsang pass situated at 3900 m is the major attraction on this trek. This unexplored trekking trail provides you the opportunity to explore some very remote areas in Nepal, not frequented by tourist. Since this is a very new trekking trail in Nepal , lodges and guest houses have not been developed yet so home stay 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 life time experience interms of cultural exposure and Mountain View.

Outline

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi (1460m).
Day 3: Trek to Gatlang (2238m)
Day 04: Trek to Somdang (3271 m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day
Day 06: Trek to Tippling via Pangsang Pass La (3842m)
Day 07: Trek to Shertung (1875m) 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Visit Hot Springs (2 ½ hrs walk) and trek back Chalish Gaon 1674m. 5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Jharlang (Ungul) 3000 m
Day 10: Trek to Darkha Gaun 850m. 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Darkha Phedi and drive to Kathmandu 1310m via Dhading Besi.  45 minutes trek and 6 -7 hrs drive
Day 12: Final departure.

Service includes

  • All Arrival/Departure Transfer as per itinerary
  • Hotels in BB in Kathmandu.
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide and  required number of porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • Trekking Equipments (Duffle bag/Sleeping bag/Down jacket/Walking Stick if require)
  • All government tax

Service does not include

  • Lunch and dinner in cities except the trek.
  • Your travel insurance and Any other additional trip
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Any kinds of Bar bills

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Therepresentative/guide assigned for you by Adventure mission Nepal will receiveyou at the airport. In the evening your trekking guide will meet you in thehotel lobby and brief you about the trek. If you have any queries you can putthem in front of the guide.

Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi (1460m).
After breakfast wedrive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu which is almost 7 hours drive on rough road.Upon reaching Trishuli bazaar we will have lunch and continue our drive.

Day 3: Trek to Gatlang (2238m)
Today we have a longyet interesting day with almost 6 hours of walk. We walk up in a steep trail upto Rongga Bhanjyang for about 3 hours and stop for some photography and rest.From Ringa we descend about an hour to reach Goljung where we will take a lunchbreak. It takes us 3 more hours to reach Gatlang from the lunch place. In theevening we can do a short excursion to the pond named after Lord Shiva’s wife,Parvati.

Day 4: Trek to Somdang (3271 m)
We will start the walktoday after breakfast and then head towards Somdang village. One of the biggestsettlements we pass is Yuri Kharka before lunch. The trail goes gradually upand continues towards Khurphu Bhanjyang. After crossing the Somdang River wewill enter Dhading district from the Rasuwa district. A sprawling miningcompound, no longer functioning but seem locals appealing government to reviveit, lies a few hours to the north upriver. Before reaching the village ofSomdang we will pass the Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot beexplored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extractzinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.

Day 5: Acclimatization day
We will spend this dayaround Somdang village; we will also visit the Lari mine nearby. This is aTamang village with some typical houses and farming life.

Day 6: Trek to Tippling via Pangsang Pass La (3842m)
This is one of the mostinteresting days of the trek as we cross the Pangsang la pass, the highestpoint of this ruby valley trek today. The day starts early in the morning andwe proceed with packed lunch. Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest ofSomdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the northare the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadowis graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for campingand taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region isblessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibetalong an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool andturquoise. This hill/danda/pass is known as one of the most beautiful and thebest magnificent mountain views point almost in 270 degrees Langtang ranges,Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu ranges and bit of Annapurna ranges Mountain Viewpoint. Descend to Tippling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gombas andboth a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a ridge top to the east is a Gombaand cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorfulflags. Being a majority of Tamang people it has beautiful Tamang culture show.

Day 7: Trek to Shertung (1875m) 5-6 hrs
Descend to cross theAdha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung andChalish, regally overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields.Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means 'place ofgold'. According to a legend, two brothers in search of gold were led here by adream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture toshow for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said tohave been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jhankri (shaman) activity isrobust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenouslocal deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Holy Chyamra dandd,Fyanchyat monastery and Sajyat are the main holy attraction of the village.Spectacular Mountain View of Lapsang Karpu, Ganesh Himal (Yangri) as well asGanesh II and III can be seen from this village.

Day 8: Visit Hot Springs (2 ½ hrs walk) and trek back Chalish Gaon 1674m. 5 hrs
After breakfast , trekdown to Chalish village taking 30 minutes’ walk, leave your most of the luggageand trek to Tatopani (hot springs) walking 1 ½ hours where pack lunch will besuited to eat (no lodge has built yet). Enjoy half of the day taking bath withone of the best hot spring of this region. After enjoying return back to Chalishvillage.
Chalish is inhabitedprimarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people but theymigrated to Kathmandu city. The hospitable people of this area have uniquecustoms and craftsmanship and traditional dances, including a hospitable welcomedance, Ghatu Dance, Dohori is also popular with call and response between maleand female participants, a type of courtship ritual, complemented by folkmusic. Some dances depend on the time of year and take place during festivalsincluding the Maruni Dance during Dasai and Tihar, Hai Nelo Dance of Tihar, andthe Ghatu (Ghasiri Dance) that occurs during Chandi Purnima in the Nepali monthof Chaitra. Gurung men traditionally wear vangra, a woman, embroidered cottoncloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carrying goods. Sri TinkanyaDevi Mandir lies above Chalish. Local women tie bits of cloth or leave a banglerepresenting a wish to be fulfilled near a small pool of water surrounded byBarmase or periwinkle flowers. This village is known as one of the mostfriendliest of the areas in terms of culture show program, hospitality, andkindness and helpful. Most of the youngsters of this village are in tourismwork as a trek guide, Sherpa, porter or even trek and travel owners.

Day 9: Trek to Jharlang (Ungul) 3000 m
After breakfast trek toMani Danda – 30 minutes’ walk from where you will see the breath taking GaneshHimal ranges mountain views and a stone through entire Chalish village views onthe back. Trek continued passing Deul danda, Gobre village (hilly walking slowwalking is recommended with your guide and porter), Chhap danda and BandariBhir where rock climbing possibility has been seen. So any rock climber who iswilling to climb highly recommended but basic infrastructure has not developedyet. Arrive Borang village which is also majority of Tamang people and trekcontinue to Ukhum for lunch. After lunch trek continue to Lishne jungle, crosssuspension bridge, passing through Chhapchyat village you finally get toJharlang village (Ungul). One of the best and panoramic Mountain View point ofthe area. This is Tamang village and belongs nearly 200 houses.

Day 10: Trek to Darkha Gaun 850m. 6-7 hrs
After breakfast trekmost of the way down to Jharlang Phedi walking 2 ½ hours passing paddy terracesand surrounding landscapes. Passing through suspension bridges, breath takingviews of Ankhu khola and Chhapchyat as well as Ri village other side of theriver finally reach at Darkha gaon. This village is mix culture village ofBrahmin people and Tamang as well as Dalit.

Day 11: Trek to Darkha Phedi and drive to Kathmandu 1310m via Dhading Besi.  45 minutes trek and 6 -7 hrs drive
After breakfast trekall the way down to Darkha Phedi taking 45 minutes downhill walk and then takesharing local Jeep with other people and the arrive in Dhading Besi after 3-4hours rough and tough zig –zags road drive. Crossing through Ankhu Khola as wellas Kimdang phedi villages, Katunje village and Jyamrung village will make youbreath taking scenic driving having fabulous landscape surroundings. FromDhading change another bus and drive back to Kathmandu taking 3 hours driving.

Day 12:Final departure.

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The round Annapurna base camp or the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a moderate trekking. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Pokhara and Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

 Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?

Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?

Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?

Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Manang, Jomsom, Muktinath etc are exceptions with internet facilities.

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