Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Group Size: 1
  • Max Elevation: 3850 m

Highlights

  • Easily accessible trek from Kathmandu Valley
  • Least explored trekking destinations with untouched trekking trails
  • Majestic Mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Mount Manaslu.
  • Dig into the history of crystal, rubies, zinc, and discover the beauty of the deserted gem mine
  • A walk-through dense forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak.
  • Discover Tato Pani (a natural hot spring), and enjoy the hot shower.
  • Explore the rich tradition and culture of Magar, Tamang, Gurung, Brahmin, and Dalit inhabitants.
  • Enjoy the ebullient flow of rivers, streams, and cross many suspension bridges.

Ruby Valley Trek is a newly opened less-known trekking trail in Nepal. It is known as the hidden valley trekking trail, concealed between the popular trekking destinations Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area project. Lies in the Ganesh Himal region Ruby Valley trekking offers a magnificent view of Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu (8156 m), Paldor Peak, Hinchuli, Pabil Himal Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges, and many others. Offering a view of splendid Ganesh Himal and picturesque villages the trail leads you to a single pass (4050 m), and the Pangsang pass (3850 m). Besides that, the trek provides you with a great opportunity to explore many different communities such as Gurung, Magar, Newar, Tamang, and Chepang with their unique customs and lifestyle.

Ruby Valley trek gives you the best impression of walking along with nature’s care and a mix of traditional and cultural diversity. The Ruby Valley trekking trail leads you through the Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading, and Gorkha districts between the popular trekking region Manaslu on the west and the Langtang region on the other part. Due to the lack of tourist infrastructure, the majority of local you find here is Homestays which gives you the chance to engage with the locals authentically which is the best part about the Ruby Valley trekking. The least crowded Ruby Valley trekking is actually walking through the route that the locals walk between the villages each day in their day-to-day lives. While cherishing nature’s paradise Ruby Valley you will be overwhelmed by the warm hospitality of local people. Unlike other popular trekking trails in Nepal, the Ruby Valley trekking trails guarantee a chance to engage with locals authentically.

Ruby Valley trek starts from Syabrubesi and ends at Dhading Besi. The trail passes through a remarkable view of the terraced farm, a steep climb to the mountain hill, and a breathtaking view of lush green forest which undoubtedly makes your journey exciting and pleasing. Along with the beautiful Ganga and Jamuna, twin waterfalls all along the trail, Natural hot springs, and Tripura Sundari temple continuously encourage you to explore some remote areas in Nepal such as Chalis gaon and Himding. Besides that Tipling, Jharlang, Raute Village, and Serthung are some of the other authentic villages to visit through the trail. Another popular attraction of this trek is the Black (Kalo) and White (Seto) lakes at the base of Ganesh Himal where Rubies are minded around the area of these lakes. Moreover, you are going walking through the trekking trail which is blessed with cultural and biological diversity. Around 526 species of plants along with precious medical herbs, 40 species of orchids, and 300 species of birds are found in this region, and wildlife including the Himalayan Thar, Gaur, different kinds of monkeys, and musk deer.

The most rewarding Ruby Valley trek is an idle trek for those who are looking for a less-than-challenging trek. Nepal Adventure Team works with a local guide in order to make their lifestyle better which is why you must remember Nepal Adventure Team if you are planning to do trekking in Ruby Valley. Nepal Adventure Team is a renowned trekking agency in Nepal that organizes the best trekking and tours in Nepal.

Ruby Valley and Ganesh Himal

Ruby Valley is an excellent off-the-beaten-path trekking destination in Nepal. As the trekking trail is a newly opened journey, which introduces you to authentic local and indigenous culture while staying in Homestay where you will have the perfect opportunity to interact with local people. Ruby Valley Trek is the perfect combination of incredible mountain landscapes, and cultural exploration, adorned with the breathtaking scenery of amazing mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Manaslu. Lying in between Langtang and Manaslu trekking trails, the Ruby Valley trek route is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It was previously known as the Ganesh Himal trek. Trekking to Ruby Valley is quite a jovial experience that offers the unspoiled raw experience of nature and culture. Among the lesser-known tourist areas, the Ruby Valley trek is a must-visit trekking area of Nepal.

Likewise, Ganesh Himal is one of the star highlights of the Ruby Valley trek in the Ganesh Himal region. Ganesh Himal is a sub-range of mountains that lies about 70 km north- northwest of Kathmandu. The major mountain ranges include Yangra ((Ganesh I), Ganesh II, Salasungo (Ganesha), and the Pabil (Ganesh IV). Among them, the highest peak in the range is Yangra (Ganesh I) at 7422m. Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed Hindu God; Lord Ganesh. Because the south face of the Pabil (Ganesh IV) slightly resembles an elephant, many believe that Ganesh Himal is a Holy Mountain. Ganesh Himal Trek is another exciting journey to the Himalayas through terraced hills, lush forests, and charming villages. The beautiful picturesque beauty of Ganesh Himal is so fascinating that you will be pleased throughout the trekking.

Pangsang (3842 m) La Pass

One of the major highlights of Ruby Valley Trek is Pangsang La Pass. At an elevation of (3842 m), Pangsang La Pass is the highest point of the Ruby Valley trek in the Ganesh Himal Region. During the fourth day of the Ruby Valley Trek itinerary, you will traverse through Pangsang La Pass which is a challenging yet thrilling journey for any trekker. Walking through the beautiful trekking trail rich with flora and fauna, Pangsang La Pass offers its trekkers enchanting views of the Ganesh Himal Range.

Best Time for Ruby Valley Trek

Although Ruby Valley Trek is an all-year-round trek. The best time for Ruby Valley Trek is March to May and September to November. During the monsoon, the trails get slippery due to the heavy rainfall, storms, and strong winds. It is hard to trek in winter also because snowfall starts in Ruby Valley. Therefore, during monsoon and winter, it is not advisable to trek but it is also not impossible to trek.

The Nepal adventure team has already open, and early bookings for 2024, so if you are interested in the Ruby Valley trek kindly contact us. 

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel
  • Day 02Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1503 m) drive by local bus, 6/7 Hours
  • Day 03Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2337 m) 5/6 hours
  • Day 04Gatlang to Somdang (3271 m) 6/7 hours.
  • Day 05Somdang to Pangsang La Pass (3842m) and trek to Tipling
  • Day 06Tipling to Borang (1700 m) 5/6 hours
  • Day 07Borang to Kuri (1785 m) 5/6 hours
  • Day 08Kuri to Raute Village (850m) via Moti Gompa, Gumbong jong durbar
  • Day 09Drive to Kathmandu by local bus 5/6 hours
  • Day 10Finale Departure to Your sweet hometown
  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel

    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport one of our Nepal Adventure Team representatives will pick you up and they will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After that, you can take a little rest or you can stroll around the hotel or Thamel Bazaar; a tourist hub in Kathmandu which is near your hotel area. In the evening you will join a welcome dinner party hosted by the Nepal Adventure team where you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine and cultural dance performance which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture, along with traditional Nepali folk song and dance.

    Overnight at Hotel

    • Meals: Welcome Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350 m
  • Day 02 Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1503 m) drive by local bus, 6/7 Hours

    Today you will start your day by taking an early morning local bus to Syabrubesi which is a 6-7 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu Valley. You will have an amazing view of green hills, mountains, and charming villages while driving through the countryside narrow and curvy zigzag road. The journey to Syabrubesi also introduces you to a popular small town like Trishuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaon, and Dunche Bazaar. This will be a bit adventurous road trip for you with all the scenic beauty and beautiful landscape which will give you a perfect head start for the upcoming trek. Your journey ends at beautiful Syabrubesi which is a gateway to the famous Langtang trek.

    Overnight at Hotel

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Tea/House Lodge
    • Place: Syabrubesi
    • Altitude: 1503 m
  • Day 03 Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2337 m) 5/6 hours

    After having a heartwarming breakfast, your first day of the trek to the Gatlang; a beautiful Tamang village begins. You will be walking a narrow and zigzag trekking trail with lots of excitement to Bahun dada pass. As we descend to Gatlang on the trail, you will stop at Chawatar for lunch. While witnessing the rich culture, tradition, and lifestyle of local people, your trek continues with the stunning views of mountain landscapes. After 5-6 hours of trek, you will find yourself in Homestay at Gatlang where you can enjoy the great hospitality of villagers which surely won't make you feel like you are far away from home.

    Stay at Homestay Lodge.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Tea/House Lodge
    • Place: Gatlag
    • Altitude: 2337 m
  • Day 04 Gatlang to Somdang (3271 m) 6/7 hours.

    Today is your second day of trek from Gatlang to Somdang which is 6-7 hours of a rewarding trek, you will visit Parvati Kunda, an alpine wetland. Sitting like a jewel in a forest Parvati Kunda has not only religious and historical significance but it has also a rich natural beauty. After a short break observing various flora and fauna, you will trek further through lush pine and Rhododendron Forest to Yuri Kharka. You will trek down to the Somdong River through KhurpuBhanjyang after a warm meal. A few hours of walk towards the north takes you to a shutdown mine where you can experience the fascinating beauty of this abandoned site. You will be amazed by the unbelievable sight of a 1.4km tunnel that was used to extract zin, copper, crystal, tin, and even valuable rubies. At last, you will wrap up your today’s trek at Samdong Valley.

    Stay overnight at a normal tea/house lodge 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Tea/House Lodge
    • Place: Somdang
    • Altitude: 3271 m
  • Day 05 Somdang to Pangsang La Pass (3842m) and trek to Tipling

    After breakfast, your trek begins with walking through the ridges of the mountain. Without a doubt, today’s trek will be demanding but the stunning views of panoramic Mount Manaslu, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal Range will keep motivating you to trek further through Pangsang La Pass. As you trek further you can experience the human settlements slowly decrease which let you feel like stranded among the mountain. While enjoying the isolated trekking trails of the Ganesh Himal Region, you then trek to the southwest of Somdong valley to reach PangsangKharka which is a top magnificent spot with a vast stretch of nature that includes soaring peaks of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu to the north. The treks keep going on through the large meadow, filled with abundant medical herbal plants. Along with enjoying the rich vegetation you further descend through the dense forest to Laptung Village and then finally you reach Tiplung, your last trekking destinations for today where you take a deep breath after a long demanding trek. But soon the small village makes you forget your pain with its beauty.

    Stay overnight at Tea/ house Lodge

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Tea/House Lodge
    • Place: Tipling
  • Day 06 Tipling to Borang (1700 m) 5/6 hours

    From Tipling you trek to the Borang. You will start your day with a warm breakfast. You trek further the sister villages of Shertung and Chalis Gaon welcome you with Tamang and Gurung settlements. In Shertung you can mainly find Tamang settlements and Chalis Gaon is inhabited by Gurung and Dalit. There is an interesting story behind the name Shertung which means place of gold where you will have lunch. According to legends, two brothers led by their dreams came to visit this place in search of gold, and the settlement was born. After lunch, you will trek towards BorangviaAyui village. During the trek, you can experience the culture and traditional wear of Tamang and Gurung culture, along with the remote lifestyle of local inhabitants. Your trek ends at Borang for today.

    Stay overnight at Tea/house lodge 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Tea/House Lodge
    • Place: Borang
    • Altitude: 1700 m
  • Day 07 Borang to Kuri (1785 m) 5/6 hours

    Today you will head towards Kuri from Borang. It is 5-6 hours of a trek through the Jharlang Gaon. During the trek, you will encounter small rivers and an ebullient flow of streams which makes this journey pleasant. You will continue your trek until you reach Tatopani(a natural hot spring), where you can take a short break to take a warm bath then after an hour you will resume your trek, and as you descend down to Dhundre Khola and trek uphill, you will end up at Kuri Village where you will stay overnight at Tea/house lodge. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Home Stay Lodge
    • Place: Kuri
    • Altitude: 1785 m
  • Day 08 Kuri to Raute Village (850m) via Moti Gompa, Gumbong jong durbar

    Today will be your last day of the trek in the Ganesh Himal trekking region which takes you to Raute Village from Kuri via Moti Gompa. starting the trek will be an easy walk where you don't have to walk up and down to Birchet Village.  From here, your trek continues to Gumbong Jong Durbar, a beautiful palace. After taking pictures and videos of the historical sites of Nepal, you then head towards Raute village walking through the SallaGhari, a pine forest where you can primarily find Magar inhabitants.  After arriving at Raute, You will be welcomed by Aama Samuha of Raute Village, and end up staying at cozy Homestay. Their kind hospitality and generous manners will leave you speechless. At last with a feel-like home environment, your last day at the mountain ends up with a cultural dance performance, along with a delicious dinner in the homestay Lodge. 

    Stay at homestay.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Home Stay Lodge
    • Place: Raute Village
    • Altitude: 850 m
  • Day 09 Drive to Kathmandu by local bus 5/6 hours

    Today you will take an early morning bus to Kathmandu from Raute Village. Which is going to be a scenic 5-6 hours' drive that will present you with a scenic countryside road with green hills, lush forest, and small villages of its route. After arriving at Kathmandu, you will join a farewell dinner party in the evening. During the party, we can make a toast for a successful trek and for the time you enjoy the most.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350 m
  • Day 10 Finale Departure to Your sweet hometown
    Officially, your trip comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal Adventure Team will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. We will wish for your safe journey back home and hope you will remember us for your next adventure in the beautiful country of Nepal.
    • Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance
  • 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan basis
  • Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by Local bus ticket
  • 7 Nights tea/house lodge and homestay during the trek
  • All Meals during trek like as (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee in a cup)
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-licensed holder trekking guide and his all expenses
  • Strong helper (Porter) two clients sharing one and his all expenses including insurance
  • Langtang national park permit fee
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System) and fee
  • Local bus from Raute village to Kathmandu
  • Company T-shirt, appreciation certificate, and duffle bag
  • Ruby valley Trekking route map and trekking pole
  • Trekking equipment like a sleeping bag, down jacket (If you required)
  • All necessary first aid medical kit bag
  • All Nepal government VAT, and Local Taxes

Excluded

  • Nepal visa fee and international flight
  • Extra drinks; alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Personal expenses as phone bill, chocolate, bakery items, battery charge, laundry, hot shower, and extra porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips to guide and porters

PRICES & DATES

Useful Information

Passport and Visa

All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Getting a visa must be the easiest one though. You just have to go to the Nepalese Embassy/consulate in your country or it can also be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. To get a visa, you need to bring 2 pp size photos, visa fees, and a valid passport.

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost

15 Days – 30 USD

30 Days – 50 USD

90 Days – 125 USD

For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration.
Kalikasthan, Kathmandu
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 | 4438862 | 4438868 | 4433934
E-mail: [email protected].
Website: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/

Means of Transport

Local bus or private vehicle and walking. All the cost is already included unless otherwise noted.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must when you travel abroad. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen.

Solo Travellers

We have arranged for a single traveler to pay for a single trip only. He has to share the accommodation with other people of same-sex though while he can also join the other groups.

Foods and Accommodations

All meals are provided during the trek while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Generally, traditional Nepalese(daal, Bhat, curry, and pickle), Tibetan, Continental, Indian and other cuisines are available in the local lodges/teahouses. There will also be a welcome and farewell dinner for guests in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you'll be staying in the best quality standard hotel, on a twin-sharing basis. On trekking, accommodations are simple yet comfortable on-mountain lodges. Toilets and bathrooms need to be shared in some teahouses.
Note: Single room is always available but only on special requests and spending extra bucks.

Health and Fitness Required

No previous experience is required since it's a moderate trek. But you being a healthy person, physically and mentally is very important. It is better if we prepare ourselves a few days/weeks prior to the start of the trek by jogging and running regularly since will be walking a lot of ups and downs in the hills, ridges, villages, and mountains. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions should inform us beforehand.

First Aid Kit/High Altitude Sickness

Nepal Adventure Team strongly suggests that you have your own personal first aid or medical kit. This trip takes you to some high altitudes though not much but the slow walks and regular stops between the walks will help you acclimatize to high altitude saving you from the high altitude sickness called AMS(acute mountain sickness). Gaining altitude without proper consideration of AMS is fatal.

Your Guide and Porter

Since mountain trekking takes you to remote places over high altitudes, the leader should have a piece of significant knowledge in the field so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you there clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nepal Adventure Team can proudly say that our guides are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced, and licensed. They have undergone a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.
Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow a maximum weight of 25kg to be carried by one porter. We make sure that they are well paid and well treated.

Best Time to Travel

The best time for trekking to the Ruby valley trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) because the weather is warm and moderate while the view and visibility are the best. The winter is also somehow fine but the monsoon is the less frequented time because of the occasional heavy rain and when the roads might be troublesome.

Equipment and Packing Lists

After booking with Nepal Adventure Team, please pack necessary items as listed:

  1. Travel documents: passport, visa(if you have), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 2)
  2. Bank card or credit cards, travelers' cheque, etc
  3. Comfortable boots and runners/sports shoes.
  4. 6-8 pairs of socks woolen/cotton.
  5. Fleece jacket, Down / Duvet Jacket, and Rain / windproof jacket.
  6. Gloves- 2 pairs.
  7. T-shirts 4-6 pcs, shirts(woolen/cotton).
  8. A cap for the day and a woolen hat or Balaclava for evening/morning wear.
  9. Trousers.
  10. Short and tracksuits.
  11. Sleeping bag (4 seasons) with inner liner.
  12. Large and small towels.
  13. Toiletries.
  14. Water bottle.
  15. Sun /snow glass.
  16. Ski / walking poles(optional but useful).
  17. First Aid/medical kit.
  18. Rucksack/backpack.
  19. Duffel Bags(carried by porters or animals).
  20. Torch / Flashlights with spare batteries.
  21. Pen knife/ Swiss knife.
  22. Scarf/mask (for dust and wind).
  23. Personal hygiene stuff.
  24. Any other extras you feel are necessary like binocular, cameras, books, journals, and more.

Precautionary Note:

Trekking has been long established in Nepal, so the itineraries are modified and moderated in such a way that you can take it easy and slow. DO NOT RUSH AND ENJOY. There is plenty of time and the guide will keep track of you all the time. It might be a bit harder or a bit colder but you will get used to it.

Additional Money

Every traveler is different and they spend their own way. Some spend on food and drinks while others on souvenirs. Either way, consider your own spending habits and also tipping, emergency fund ($200), etc before you pack up and leave.

Trip Specific Safety

Your guide is always there for your safety concerns and looking after your valuables. But you have to be equally careful. Carry some sort of wallet or belt for your important documents and money. The hotels have a safety deposit box where the lock is recommended before passing the luggage.

A Couple of Rules

Possession or use of any illegal drugs is totally intolerable. It is because of the law that respects the local people and their culture. The group will be expelled in such a case.

Responsible Tourism

Nepal Adventure Team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favor of the local people and the surrounding environment. Our clients too have an important role to

  • Respect the local laws, custom, and their beliefs
  • Always ask for permission before doing something in the local or consult to the leader
  • Keep the area the same as you found it as, wherever you go and dispose of rubbish
  • Support local skills to encourage positive sides of tourism.

Feedback and Reviews

This is very very important for us. After your travel, we want your feedback whether it is good or bad since thats the way we can thrive further. To motivate you to finish the review or feedback online, we are going to give you an 8% discount on your next trip with us. Outstanding, ain't it!

Additional Information

For all the additional information, go to Contact Us by message, and call Mr. Jeevan Thapa Magar +977 9851234322 (Viber/WhatsApp) 

Client Reviews

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    Rating Review by: Emma T., United Kingdom

    Enchanting Exploration

    Trek was an unforgettable journey through the pristine beauty of Nepal's Himalayan landscapes. The hospitality of the local communities along the route added a warm touch to the adventure, making it an authentic cultural experience!!

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    Rating Review by: Alessandro Rossi, Italy

    A Nature's Canvas!

    Exploring Nepal's Ruby Valley was like stepping into a dreamland of untouched beauty. The winding trails led me through a mesmerizing landscape of lush valleys and towering peaks, each corner revealing a new marvel of nature. The simplicity of life in the remote villages, coupled with the warmth of the locals, made me feel at home despite being thousands of miles away.