RUBY VALLEY TREK - 6 Days

The Ruby valley trek is one of the best-kept trekking secrets in central Nepal! On this hidden valley trail, splendid views can be seen from 3,850 meters from Pangsang pass. This trek also offers an authentic experience of several ethnicities of the region including Tamang, Ghale, Gurung, and Kami. Experience the villages, the beautiful farm terraces, and the everyday lives of the Nepali people in the hills of the Himalayas. The trek starts after driving from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi. It passes through foothills and lowland farm terraces to ethnic Tamang villages at higher altitudes like Gatlang, which used to be on the ancient salt trade route between China and Nepal. Along the trail, the trek offers splendid close-up views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, BouddhaHimal, Hiunchuli, and other peaks of the central Himalayas. The highest altitude on this trek is the Pangsang pass at 3850m and it is one of the finest viewpoints on the trek.

The Ruby Valley Ganesh Himal trek is a homestay trek, meaning you will get an opportunity to interact with and support the local people. Homestays also allow guests to discover villages, ethnic groups, distinct cultures, languages, and lifestyles. Your homestay and trek will also help with the economic growth of the area. Homestay treks are also comparatively less expensive, making it a more affordable option for many people. Trekking always demands a spirit of adventure, following narrow winding paths to summit passes and mountains. For the extra adventurous there are also passes, lakes, mountains and peak climbing.

Walkthrough alpine trees and thick forests

Panoramic views of snow-capped mountains including Langtang and Ganesh Himalaya Range

Unique and rich cultures and traditions of Tamang, Gurung, Brahmin and Dalit people

Beautiful waterfalls, gorges, stone mills, and suspension bridges

Experience beautiful Tamang villages including Gatlang, Somdang, Tipling

Enjoy typically local organic Tamang food and culture

Day 1
KATHMANDU – GATLANG 3800M

Early in the morning, we head to Machhapokhari where we get a local bus that drives us to Gatlang. Our total driving hours today will be around 9 hours and we will pass Trishuli Bazaar and the Trishuli River. We will stop at Kalikasthan for lunch and then continue past Langtang National park at Dhunchee. As there is a National park entrance permit checking, we will stop there for 15-20 mins and then the drive continues to Gatlang with magnificent views of hills and river flowing from the bottom of our journey on a bus. Overnight at Gatlang hotel.

Day 2
GATLANG – SOMDANG 3270M

Today is the first day of our hike. We will have breakfast in the hotel catching the panoramic views of Langtang Himal range in the east with a sunrise rays falling on the snow-capped mountains. We start hiking after breakfast and today our total hours of hiking will be 6–7 hrs. We will walk through pine, juniper, and dense Rhododendron forest increasing in the higher altitude. After Khurbu danda, we walk downwards following a rough trail that leads us to a small and beautiful valley – Somdang.

Day 3
SOMDANG – PANGSANG 3850M / TIPLING 2078M

There will be a wake-up call in the morning for breakfast then we will start hiking from Somdang to Pangsang. It takes 4–5 hrs to reach the Pangsang pass from Somdang, and where our lunch point is. Depending on conditions, we can decide whether to extend our overnight to Tipling or we can stay overnight at Pangsang pass looking at the beautiful mountains.

Day 4
PANGSANG / TIPLING – SERTUNG / BORANG

Today our walking time will be around 4–5 hours and we will be mostly descending. The climate will be warmer than the previous days.We witness the panoramic and astounding view of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Range. As we explore the village, we discover a wide range of medicinal herbs. One of the untouched trekking routes of Nepal, there are relatively fewer lodges around here. The locals are initiating to build accommodation near the Pangsang Pass. We further descend to Laptung village passing through dense fir forests and rhododendron that adds up to the beauty of the route. We rest at Tipling after a long day.

Day 5
TIPLING / SERTUNG – DUNDURE / JHARLANG

The trail is easier, passing through different Tamang villages with beautiful terraced fields and the Ankhu Khola at the bottom. Total hiking of the day will be 6–7 hours. These are the only two villages in this region which are still under development. However, the locals and the tourism committee of the place ensures to provide its visitors with a basic meal and a place to rest. We hike further ahead to Bortang village. A settlement influenced by Tibetan culture, we get a glimpse of the beauty of the authentic culture and tradition of Tibetan people.

Day 6
DUNDURE / JHARLANG – KATHMANDU

Today is the last day of the Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley trek. We will have breakfast and walk to a place where there is access to a road and then travel by local jeep to Dhading and drive to Kathmandu. 3 hours drive from Dhading to Kathmandu and 4 hours drive from Dundure Khola to Dhading.We take another bus from Dhading to Kathmandu from where we will escort you back to your hotel. We can manage a tour around the city as per your request.You can visit several world heritage sites around the city. As beautiful as the mountains, the culture around the city is a must-see before you call it an end to your vacation.

Includes

  • Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car / van.
  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Homestays during the trek
  • Government licensed, experienced English speaking guide.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Langtang National Park permits and TIMS
  • Sleeping bags and Down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after trek)
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • First aid
  • All government taxes.

Excludes

  • Your travel and rescue insurance
  • Beverage bills, bar bills, telephone bills and Personal expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Day pack (25–35 liters)Pack cover

Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference) optional

Waterproof hiking boots

Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)

LED headlamp with extra batteries

Trekking poles, Trekking Clothing

Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)

Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)

Heavyweight long underwear bottoms

Mid-weight long underwear bottoms

Mid-weight long underwear top

Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)

Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)

Convertible hiking pants

Fleece pants or insulated pants

Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket

Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants

Mid-weight fleece gloves or wool gloves, Liner gloves

Mid-weight fleece/wool winter hat, Sun hat

Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)

Liner socks (optional)Sunglasses, Sun lotion 35 to 50

Water Bottle, Slippers, Towels, Raincoat

Personal medicine kits

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Price From USD 500 USD $ 450/person
450
Total $ 450 USD

Trip Facts

  • Car and Bus
  • 2-6
  • 5000 m
  • Nepal