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Ruby Valley Trek - 12 Days

Ruby valley

Explore the culture, religion, and hospitality of the Tamang, Gurung, and Ghale tribes. Explore the real taste of Nepali rural lifestyle and breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna Himal.

Ruby Valley Trek Although close to Kathmandu, Ruby Valley has become a newly explored trekking trail in the Ganesh Himal region of Nepal. Ruby Valley Trek lies between Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Areas. Ruby Valley Trek is for those adventure seekers who want to trek in a less crowded area and explore the remote Himalayan region of Nepal. This fascinating trekking destination offers wilderness adventure and a true taste of the Himalayas, including Manaslu Himal, Langtang, Ganesh Himal Range, Hiuchuli, Annapurna South, Dorje Lakpa, Machhapuchhre, and other mighty peaks.

Ruby Valley Trek is also known as Ganesh Himal Trek offers golden opportunities to explore wild flowers, green valleys, geographical diversity, rhododendron and pine forests, cultural and biological diversity, serene landscape, flora, and fauna, snow-capped mountains, beautiful mountains. , terraced farms, primitive lifestyle, culture and religion of Tamang, Gurung and Ghale tribes etc. As Ruby Valley Trekking is a new trekking trial in Nepal, lodges and teahouses are not yet developed. Homestay is the main mode of accommodation that offers a real taste and direct experience of Nepali rural lifestyle and culture. The best season for trekking in this new destination of Nepal is March-May and September-November.

Our special trek to Ruby Valley starts from Kathmandu. After a good day of sightseeing around the UNISCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley, we take an 8/9 hour drive towards Shaprubesi for the trek. We begin our trek with a less beaten track that leads through beautiful terraced farmland towards the traditional Tamang village of Gatlang. Continuing our trek, we pass Parvati Kund to reach Yuri Khark and descend to Somdang. Then we head towards Chukarma Falls and gradually venture towards Pansan La Pass (3842m) from where we can see incredible panoramic views of beautiful valleys and snowcapped mountains including Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Manaslu and Langtang. The trial then reaches Tipling, a large village of the Tamang community. We continue our trek and head towards Chalise village to follow the trail towards Shertung village, the ‘place of gold’. After enjoying the natural hot spring to relax our body, we travel through Tamang village inside the dense forest of rhododendron to reach another popular village, Jharlang. From here we follow the downhill road towards Jharlang Phedi to the beautiful village of Darkha via Singgang. Our trail then heads towards Satyadevi, from where we take a scenic drive through steep hilly roads towards the capital, Kathmandu.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350)
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi (1,420m) 8/9 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Gatlang (2240m) 5/6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Somdang (3,270m) 6/7 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Tipling (1,875m) 7/8 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chalis Gaon (1,800m) 4/5 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Jharlang (1,650 m) 6/7 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Satyedevi (1,300 m) 6/7 hrs
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 11: Free day in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 12: International departure

Join us on the Ruby Valley Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/
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Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon reaching the hotel welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the evening at your hotel lobby. And familiarize yourself with your surroundings by walking the busy streets during your free time

Day 2
In Kathmandu sightseeing

Today we have an organized sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. This will include a visit to Bodhnath Stupa, the largest Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims taking ritual baths, and occasionally, lighting pyres at the ghats. The cremation ground here is also used for the royal family and commoners living nearby. And return for lunch and the day will be free to relax at your hotel or visit the supermarket for some curious shopping. And likewise, you will be given your trek departure orientation by our senior guide.

Day 3
Drive to Syabrubensi (1,420m) 8/9 hrs

From Kathmandu, we take a 8/9 – hour scenic drive to Syabru Besi, a little trading town for the Langtang area. After driving for 30 km, we approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get to view the enthralling panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and peaks of the Langtang region. Overnight at your lodge

Day 4
Trek to Gatlang (2240m) 5/6 hrs

Today after breakfast we start trekking from Sibrubesi. A steep dirt track takes us to Bahundanda Pass and then to Gatlang, a beautiful settlement in Tamang. Again there is an alternative route to Gatlang via Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and religions in a magnificent setting. Hence the Parvati Kunda holy pond and holy temples just above the village attract thousands of pilgrims during the Janai Purnima festival. And stay Gatlang.

Day 5
Trek to Somdang (3,270m) 6/7 hrs

Our trek starts after breakfast. Today our trek reaches Yuri Khark through pine and rhododendron forests. And after having our lunch of the day at Yuri Khark, we slowly continue our trek towards Khurpu Bhanjyang. Descending from here, we reach Somdong River, which is the border of the Dhading and Rasuwa districts. From here we climb uphill, through picturesque valleys to see the beautiful Chukarma Falls. You may also get a chance to visit the sprawling mining compound, but these days it is no longer in operation. Overnight at Somdang Tea House.

Day 6
Trek to Tipling (1,890m) via Pansan La Pass (3,842m) 7/8hrs

Today we start our journey after breakfast. We start our trek with packed lunch for the day as there are no teahouses before Pansan La Pass. From Pansan Khark, located in the southwest of Somdang village, one can view snow-capped mountains like Manaslu and Ganesh Himshringhala. So this area is a very good place to conduct camping and some people camp here for one night depending on the time to enjoy the hidden scenery. After crossing this adventurous Pansan La pass we reach a village called Tipling, Tipling is very famous and rich in Tamang culture, customs, festivals, traditions, and primitive way of life. We stay at Tipling Homestay.

Day 7
Trek to Chalise gaon (1,800m) 4/5 hrs

After breakfast, we slowly descend towards half the river. Then we go towards Chalise village. The village is very famous for its fertile fields, river valleys, and rice fields. This Chalisgaon is a mixed settlement inhabited by Gurung, Ghale, and Kami. However, there are hospitable people living here with unique customs, traditions, crafts, etc. Today where you stay at Chalise village homestay.

Day 8
Trek to Jharlang (1,650 m) 6/7 hrs

Today we enjoy a natural hot spring near Chalise village. And we went back to breakfast. Then our trek begins towards Manidanda through the beautiful landscape, from where we can explore the panoramic views of the Ganesh Himal mountain range. Then our trek continues through Deuldanda, Gobregaon, and Chhapdanda. We slowly trek through Borang to Ukhum. After lunch at Ukhum, our trek continues to Lishne forest. Crossing several suspension bridges our trial takes us to Chhapchhyat village and finally to Jharlang (Ungal) village. It is a beautiful Tamang village with one of the best scenic mountain viewpoints in the region. Live in homestay.

Day 9
Trek to Satyedevi (1,300 m) 6/7 hrs

After breakfast, our trek takes us up to Jharklang Phedi. And our test passes through many suspension bridges, terraced rice and paddy fields, and beautiful landscapes. Passing through Singang village we reach Darkha village with a lovely view of Ganesh Himal, Ankhu river, and Ri village opposite. After lunch at Darkha village, our trek leads to the beautiful village of Satyadevi. Satyadevi is a beautiful mixed culture village inhabited by Brahmins and Tamangs. Overnight Homestay at Satyadevi

Day 10
Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m) 7/8 hours

After breakfast at Satyadevi, we walk uphill for half an hour towards the bus station. Then we board the Land Cruiser. We go through the thick zigzag road of Trishuli by Land Cruiser and finally, we reach Kathmandu. It takes about 7/8 hours to reach the capital Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, spend the day at your own leisure.

Day 11
Free day in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Spend a free and easy day, perhaps shopping or relaxing in the hotel’s beautiful courtyard. During the event, we will taste a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of our trek. While enjoying our dinner, we will also be entertained by a charming cultural dance performed by local bells
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you wish to extend your stay. Please contact us for more details on extensions.

Day 12
International departure

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 7 nights teahouse/homestay
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Trekking permit, and national park +local fees
  • Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • 1 porter for every 2 trekkers throughout the trek
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if required' (return after completing the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • 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
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Personal trekking gears
Difficulty

Difficulty: Moderate

Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Group Size

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions; Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. We only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you are to join our’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, the minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.
If you want to travel something that is not included in our travel list, we are ready to tailor a trip to your exact needs. In short, we will do our best to get you on the journey you want, when you want it.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Track:
(Langtang Ruby valley area) Large logistics accommodation is not required for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have adequate warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.

The bathrooms are often shared and in many places, the toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.

Meals

Includes food:
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to send your message to your staff. For a gluten-free diet, we recommend that you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast, as your options for breakfast will be limited.

On Trek: Drinking Water
Staying hydrated is important during any physical activity but especially at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3 liters per person per day.
We urge you not to buy bottled water on the trek as it contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal.
Teahouses sell almost boiled water. Nepali Rs.150-300 per liter but (cost increases when traveling) which does not require treatment. It’s also perfect for bedtime refills as it can double as a hot water bottle.
Alternatively, all teahouses will provide free cold water on request. Although it is not good to drink without treatment, it is important to note that we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle and use an effective form of water treatment.

A normal day on the trek

Daily wake-up calls will be from 6.00 to 7.00 in the morning while on track. The time of getting up and the time of breakfast will be fixed one night before the briefing time. The schedule of each day will depend entirely on the length of your walk for that day.

After breakfast, we take day’s walk. So before breakfast, you need to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are eating breakfast. After a 3-4 hour walk, we stop for mid-day lunch. The afternoon walk is usually short and we usually arrive on time for our afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent walking around the village, washing clothes or relaxing with a good book. And after dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and retrieving the day’s adventures, before going to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. .All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

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Ruby Valley Trek
From $1,450.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 11N/12 Days
  • Moderate
  • 3,845m/12,645 ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Land Cruiser
  • Homestay
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