Ruby valley Trek is a newly opened trekking destination 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 and Brahman 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.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about nine hours.
Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m.) via Goljung and it takes about six hours.
Day 03: Trek from Gatlang to Somdang (3500m.) which takes about five hours.
Day 05: Trek from Pangsang Bhanjyang to Chalise that takes about seven hours.
Day 06: Trek from Chalise to Hindung which takes about five hours.
Day 07: Trek from Hindung to Rajgang Kharka and it takes about five and half hours.
Day 08: Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) Ganesh Himal Base Camp which takes about six hours. zen.
Day 09: Rest day at the Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek from Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Rajgang Kharka and it takes about six hours.
Day 11: Trek from Chalise to Laba village (1750m.) takes about six hours.
Day 12: Trek from Laba village to Manyang Bhanjyang (2934m.) takes about five hours. You camp for the night.
Day 13: Trek from Manyang Bhanjyang to Majhgaun (2200m.) takes approximately six hours. You camp for the night.
Day 14: Trek from Majhgaun to Budathum takes about five hours. You camp for the night.
Day 15: Trek from Budathum to Arughat Bazaar (500m.) takes about two hours.
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.
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.
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. Day 4 Trek from Somdang to Pansang Bhanjyang (3850m.) via Paldor Bhanjyang (3600m.) and it takes about seven hours. You walk along the trail which moves through villages, forests and terraces. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views of green hills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You trek along the descent and narrow path where you find alpine grass on both sides. Day 11 Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m.) which takes about six hours. 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. Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m.) takes about six hours. The trail moves down hill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and after crossing it you find few Tamang villages. You camp for the night.
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.
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.
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.
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. You camp for the night.
On the same day you drive back to Kathmandu. To reach Arughat Bazaar you trek descent path and then through leveled route. On the way, you pass few streams, villages, farming terraces, small forests. Most of the time the route moves along the river bank of Budhi Gandaki. Aarughat Bazaar covers a small area with old market. Here, you find shops with minimal supply, high school, health post, typical tea houses, small lodges and it lies at the bank of Budhi Gandaki river. Here, the route to Manaslu trek meets. You board vehicle at Arughat Bazaar to reach Kathmandu. This is one of the picturesque journey. While driving you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu and Malekhu is famous for delicious fish. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.
The fabulous journey that you accomplished with the team of Pariwar Holidays Pvt. Ltd. comes to an end today. Depending on the schedule of your flight, a representative of our team will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. The team of Pariwar Holidays Pvt. Ltd. will be more than happy to serve you in the coming days too.
The Trip Cost Includes
- All airport and hotel transfers.
- Three nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu ( Hotel Shanker or another hotel of similar standard) with breakfast.
- Welcome and farewell dinners.
- Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek.
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes.
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS ).
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- All government and local taxes
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs).
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Excess baggage charges.
- 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, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
- Tips for guides and porters