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
- 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 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 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 found 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 life. 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 guaranteed 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, steep climb to the mountain hill, and breathtaking view of lush green forest which undoubtedly makes your journey exciting and pleasing. Along with the beautiful Ganga and Jamuna, twin waterfall all along the trail, Natural hot spring, 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 thought 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 is 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 touristic area, 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 the mountains that lies about 70 km north- northwest of Kathmandu. The major mountain ranges include Yangra ((Ganesh I), Ganesh II, Salasungo (GaneshIII), 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 believed 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 the 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.
Nepal adventure team has already open, and early booking for 2021, and 2022 so if you are interested in the Ruby valley trek kindly contact us.
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.
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 | 4438862 | 4438868 | 4433934
Means of Transport
Local bus or private vehicle and walking. All the cost is already included unless otherwise noted.
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.
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:
- Travel documents: passport, visa(if you have), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 2)
- Bank card or credit cards, travelers' cheque, etc
- Comfortable boots and runners/sports shoes.
- 6-8 pairs of socks woolen/cotton.
- Fleece jacket, Down / Duvet Jacket, and Rain / windproof jacket.
- Gloves- 2 pairs.
- T-shirts 4-6 pcs, shirts(woolen/cotton).
- A cap for the day and a woolen hat or Balaclava for evening/morning wear.
- Short and tracksuits.
- Sleeping bag (4 seasons) with inner liner.
- Large and small towels.
- Water bottle.
- Sun /snow glass.
- Ski / walking poles(optional but useful).
- First Aid/medical kit.
- Duffel Bags(carried by porters or animals).
- Torch / Flashlights with spare batteries.
- Pen knife/ Swiss knife.
- Scarf/mask (for dust and wind).
- Personal hygiene stuff.
- Any other extras you feel are necessary like binocular, cameras, books, journals, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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