Ruby Valley Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Ruby Valley Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Langtang/Ruby Valley
  • Max Altitude 3842m/12,604ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Syabru Besi
  • Ends Darka Gaun
  • Activity Homestay Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Ruby Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Ganesh Himal Range: The Ruby Valley Trek offers stunning views of the majestic Ganesh Himal range, with its snow-capped peaks and rugged beauty.
  • Tamang Culture: Experience the rich Tamang culture as you pass through traditional Tamang villages.
  • Ruby Valley: Explore the hidden gem of the Ruby Valley, known for its lush landscapes, terraced fields, and picturesque villages.
  • Hot Springs: Take a relaxing break at the natural hot springs in Tatopani, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters and rejuvenate your body and mind.
  • Pangsang Pass: Trek to Pangsang Pass, which offers panoramic views of the Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, and Manaslu range, making it a perfect spot for breathtaking sunrise and sunset views.
  • Waterfalls and Rivers: Encounter numerous waterfalls and cross scenic rivers as you trek through the beautiful valleys, adding to the natural beauty of the trek.
  • Flora and Fauna: The Ruby Valley Trek is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, and various bird species, providing ample opportunities for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
  • Local Homestays: Experience the warmth of Nepalese hospitality by staying in local homestays, where you can experience the local culture, enjoy traditional meals, and learn about the daily lives of the villagers.
  • Buddhist Monasteries: Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries along the trek, where you can witness the peaceful ambiance, observe monks in prayer, and gain insight into Buddhist philosophy and practices.
  • Terraced Fields: Be amazed by the uniquely crafted terraced fields that dot the landscape, showcasing the ingenuity of the local farmers and offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys.
  • Gorkha Historical Sites: Explore the historical town of Gorkha, known for its rich history and ancient palaces, including the Gorkha Durbar, which holds significant cultural and historical importance.
  • Peaceful and Off-the-Beaten-Path: The Ruby Valley Trek offers a tranquil and less crowded experience compared to other popular treks in Nepal, allowing you to enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

Ruby Valley Trek Overview

The Ruby Valley Trek is a captivating and relatively unexplored trekking route in the Ganesh Himal region of Nepal. This hidden gem offers a unique opportunity to venture off the beaten path and immerse oneself in pristine natural beauty. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to witness the unique cultural richness of the region.

Named after the precious gemstone, the Ruby Valley Trek is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse flora and fauna. Ruby Valley is famous for its warm and hospitable local communities.

The Ruby Valley Trek offers a picturesque journey through remote valleys, dense forests, gushing waterfalls, terraced fields, and traditional villages. The trek takes you through the Ganesh Himal range, which consists of several majestic peaks, including Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV. These snow-capped peaks provide a stunning backdrop throughout the trek, adding to the charm and allure of the experience.

Why the Valley is Named as 'Ruby Valley'?

The Ruby Valley in Nepal, also known as "Manaslu Ruby Valley," is a region named for its association with the discovery of rubies and other precious gemstones in the area. The name "Ruby Valley" reflects the rich deposits of rubies and other gemstones found in the region, making it historically significant for gemstone mining and trade. However, the region's historical significance lies in its gemstone mining activities, particularly the extraction of rubies.

Nepal has a history of gemstone mining dating back centuries, and the Ruby Valley was a notable location for this industry. While ruby mining has declined significantly in recent years due to environmental concerns and regulations, the name "Ruby Valley" has endured as a nod to the area's past association with these precious stones.

Today, the Ruby Valley is gaining recognition as a trekking destination, with travelers visiting to explore its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unique trekking routes. While the attraction of rubies may have faded in the region, the name remains a testament to its historical importance in the world of gemstones.

Ruby Valley Trek Trip Information:

The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, a small village located on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River. From Syabrubesi, the trail ascends through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, offering glimpses of rare wildlife and bird species. As you ascend higher, the landscape gradually changes with the most beautiful dramatic setting. The valley delivers stunning alpine meadows, marvelous glacial lakes, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

One of the highlights of the Ruby Valley Trek is the opportunity to interact with the local communities and experience their unique culture and way of life. The region is predominantly inhabited by Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups, known for their rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality.

You can visit traditional and very cultured rustic setting villages along the way. You'll have the chance to witness age-old traditions, taste authentic local cuisine, and stay in homestays or tea houses run by the locals. Feel the genuine LOCAL authenticity in Ruby Valley.

Accommodation Facilities at Ruby Valley Trek:

Unlike other popular trails, there aren’t luxurious accommodations along the Ruby Valley Trek. However, there are several options available and here are some common types of accommodations you can expect during the trek:

  • Teahouses/Lodges:

There are basic guesthouses that offer rooms with beds, blankets, and sometimes, shared bathrooms. The facilities are typically basic and very simple, with limited amenities such as hot showers and communal dining areas. Teahouses also serve meals, including local and international dishes.

  • Homestays:

Another option during the Ruby Valley Trek is to stay in local homestays. This allows you to experience the local culture and hospitality firsthand. Homestays are usually basic, with shared facilities and traditional meals prepared by your host family. It is a fantastic opportunity to interact with locals and learn about their way of life.

  • Camping:

If you prefer a more fascinating experience in nature, camping is another delightful option. Camping allows you to immerse yourself fully in the great outdoors, surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of nature. It provides a unique opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with the natural world.

However, it's important to note that camping does require more ground staff compared to other outdoor activities. Setting up and maintaining a campsite necessitates the presence of knowledgeable and experienced staff members who can ensure the safety and comfort of campers.

Their presence is crucial in order to enhance the overall camping experience. While camping can be an incredibly rewarding experience, it's also worth considering that it may be slightly more expensive compared to tea house trekking. This is primarily due to the additional costs associated with maintaining the campsite and providing the necessary facilities and amenities.

  • Community Guesthouses:

In some villages along the Ruby Valley Trek, community guesthouses or homestays managed by local cooperatives may be available. These guesthouses are often set up to support the local community and provide an authentic experience for trekkers. The facilities and services offered can vary, but they generally provide comfortable accommodations and meals.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu International airport and transfer to hotel (1,400 m/4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:Drive to Syabrubesi (1460m / 4,790 feet)
  • Day 03:Trek to Gatlang (2238m / 7,342 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Somdang (3271 m / 10,760 feet)
  • Day 05:Acclimatization day at Somdang - side excursions
  • Day 06:Trek to Tippling (1890m / 6200 feet) via Pangsang Pass La (3842m / 12,640 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Shertung (1875m / 6,188 feet)
  • Day 08:Visit Hot Springs (2 ½ hrs walk) and trek back Chalish Gaon (1674m / 5,505 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek to Jharlang (Ungul) (3000m / 9,900 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Darkha Gaun (850m / 2,805 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Darkha Phedi and drive to Kathmandu via Dhading Besi.
  • Day 12:Trip Ends - Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport

Ruby Valley Trek Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you'll be greeted by the vibrant energy of the city. Your Trekking Group Leader and transport will be waiting to whisk you away to your hotel. Take some time to settle in, and if the jet lag isn't too overwhelming, consider exploring the immediate surroundings.

  • Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Today marks the beginning of your adventure. After a hearty breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Syabrubesi. Enjoy the changing landscapes and get glimpses of the local life along the way. Syabrubesi, nestled at an altitude of 1460m, serves as the gateway to the Langtang Valley.

  • Altitude: 1460m / 4,790 feet
  • Accommodation: Available Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 120 km

Get ready for your first trekking day. The trail to Gatlang will take you through picturesque landscapes and charming villages. Immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the warmth of the people in Gatlang.

  • Altitude: 2238m / 7,342 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

As you ascend further, the terrain transforms, offering breathtaking views. Reach Somdang, a serene spot at 3271m. Take in the beauty of the surroundings and prepare for an acclimatization day tomorrow.

  • Altitude: 3271 m / 10,760 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Give your body the time it needs to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Explore the surroundings, and perhaps take short hikes to nearby viewpoints. Use the day to rest and recharge for the upcoming trek.

  • Altitude: 3271 m / 10,760 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Challenge yourself with a trek to Tippling, passing through the Pangsang Pass La at 3842m. The panoramic views from the Pass are a reward for your efforts. Descend to Tippling for a well-deserved rest.

  • Altitude: 3842m / 12,640 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Continue your journey to Shertung, a charming village with a unique cultural identity. Experience the hospitality of the locals and immerse yourself in their traditions.

  • Altitude: 1875m / 6,188 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Take a detour to the rejuvenating hot springs, a perfect way to relax your muscles. After soaking in the warmth, trek back to Chalish Gaon, surrounded by lush greenery.

  • Altitude: 1674m / 5,505 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

As you ascend to Jharlang, the landscape becomes more rugged. The higher altitude brings a different charm to the surroundings. Enjoy the journey and the changing scenery.

  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Descend to Darkha Gaun, witnessing the transition from alpine to subtropical landscapes. The lower altitude brings a change in flora and fauna, adding diversity to your trekking experience.

  • Altitude: 850m / 2,805 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The final trekking day takes you to Darkha Phedi. From there, embark on a scenic drive to Kathmandu via Dhading Besi. Reflect on your journey and savor the memories as you return to the bustling city.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 45 min. TREK / 6 -7 hrs DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Your unforgettable journey comes to an end. After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your departure. Take with you the memories of the breathtaking landscapes, the warmth of the people, and the sense of accomplishment from this trekking adventure. Safe travels!

  • Accommodation: Home
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer
What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to trek in the region.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in KATHMANDU on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
  • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
  • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: An all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

The Beauty of Ruby Valley Trek:

Homestay Experience

Immerse yourself in the local culture as you stay with welcoming families along the route. Experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals, who will open their homes to you and share their way of life. Engage in authentic activities such as cooking traditional meals, learning local crafts, and participating in cultural ceremonies.

Untouched Natural Beauty:

The Ruby Valley Trek takes you through pristine and untouched landscapes, showcasing the unspoiled beauty of the Ganesh Himal region. You'll encounter lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, terraced fields, and picturesque villages along the way. The trail offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Manaslu, which add to the allure of the trek.

Cultural Diversity:

The Ruby Valley Trek allows you to dissolve yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the local communities. As you pass through various villages, you'll have the opportunity to interact with different ethnic groups, including Tamang, Gurung, and Tibetan communities. You can witness their traditional lifestyle, observe their unique customs and rituals, and even stay in homestays to experience the local hospitality firsthand.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience:

Unlike some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Ruby Valley Trek sees fewer visitors, which adds to its charm. The trail is less crowded, providing a peaceful and tranquil environment for trekkers. You'll have ample opportunities to connect with nature. Furthermore, you can reflect, and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings without the hustle and bustle often found on busier routes.

Diverse Flora and Fauna:

The Ganesh Himal region is known for its diverse flora and fauna. During this trek, you'll come across a variety of plant species, including rhododendron forests, pine forests, and alpine meadows. The area is also home to a wide range of wildlife, such as the Himalayan tahr, musk deer, red panda, and numerous bird species. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted by the opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting along the trail.

Challenging Yet Rewarding:

The Ruby Valley Trek offers a moderate to challenging trekking experience, making it suitable for both seasoned trekkers and those seeking a bit of adventure. The trail involves ascending and descending through rugged terrains, crossing suspension bridges, and navigating through mountainous landscapes. The physical exertion is rewarded with breathtaking views, cultural experiences, and a sense of accomplishment as you complete the trek.

The Ruby Valley Trek lies in its pristine natural surroundings, cultural diversity, solitude, and the sense of adventure it offers. It's a trek that allows you to dispel yourself in the raw beauty of the Himalayas while exploring lesser-known paths and connecting with local communities.

Best Time to do Ruby Valley Trek:

The Ruby Valley Trek is a moderate-level trek that can be completed in around 12 to 14 days, depending on the itinerary and pace.

The best time to undertake this trek is during the SPRING (March to May) and AUTUMN (September to November) seasons. During these seasons the weather is generally clear, and the views are at their best. However, with proper preparation and the assistance of experienced guides, the trek can be done throughout the year.

The Ruby Valley Trek offers a less crowded and off-the-beaten-path experience compared to popular treks like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. However, it still requires a reasonable level of fitness and trekking experience. It's recommended to trek with a licensed guide who can ensure your safety, navigate the trails, and provide insights into the local culture and environment.

In conclusion, the Ruby Valley Trek is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored in the heart of Nepal. With its captivating landscapes, cultural encounters, and serenity, this trek offers a unique and unforgettable adventure for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience in the majestic Himalayas.

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