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Ruby Valley Trek

Trip Overview

  • Walkthrough alpine trees and thick forests
  • Panoramic views of snow-capped mountains including Langtang and Ganesh Himalaya Range
  • Unique and rich cultures and traditions of Tamang, Gurung, Brahmin, and Dalit people
  • Beautiful waterfalls, gorges, stone mills, and suspension bridges
  • Experience beautiful Tamang villages including Gatlang, Somdang, Tipling
  • Enjoy typically local organic Tamang food and culture

The Ruby valley trek is one of the best-kept trekking secrets in central Nepal! On this hidden valley trail, splendid views can be seen from 3,850 meters from Pangsang pass. This trek also offers an authentic experience of several ethnicities of the region including Tamang, Ghale, Gurung, and Kami. Experience the villages, the beautiful farm terraces, and the everyday lives of the Nepali people in the hills of the Himalayas. The trek starts after driving from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi. It passes through foothills and lowland farm terraces to ethnic Tamang villages at higher altitudes like Gatlang, which used to be on the ancient salt trade route between China and Nepal. Along the trail, the trek offers splendid close-up views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, BouddhaHimal, Hiunchuli, and other peaks of the central Himalayas. The highest altitude on this trek is the Pangsang pass at 3850m and it is one of the finest viewpoints on the trek. The Ruby Valley Ganesh Himal trek is a homestay trek, meaning you will get an opportunity to interact with and support the local people. Homestays also allow guests to discover villages, ethnic groups, distinct cultures, languages, and lifestyles. Your homestay and trek will also help with the economic growth of the area. Homestay treks are also comparatively less expensive, making them a more affordable option for many people. Trekking always demands a spirit of adventure, following narrow winding paths to summit passes and mountains. For the extra adventurous there are also passes, lakes, mountains, and peak climbing.

 

Itinerary

Early in the morning, we head to Machhapokhari where we get a local bus that drives us to Gatlang. Our total driving hours today will be around 9 hours and we will pass Trishuli Bazaar and the Trishuli River. We will stop at Kalikasthan for lunch and then continue past Langtang National park at Dhunchee. As there is a National park entrance permit checking, we will stop there for 15-20 mins and then the drive continues to Gatlang with magnificent views of hills and river flowing from the bottom of our journey on a bus. Overnight at Gatlang hotel.
Today is the first day of our hike. We will have breakfast in the hotel catching the panoramic views of Langtang Himal range in the east with a sunrise rays falling on the snow-capped mountains. We start hiking after breakfast and today our total hours of hiking will be 6–7 hrs. We will walk through pine, juniper, and dense Rhododendron forest increasing in the higher altitude. After Khurbu danda, we walk downwards following a rough trail that leads us to a small and beautiful valley – Somdang.
There will be a wake-up call in the morning for breakfast then we will start hiking from Somdang to Pangsang. It takes 4–5 hrs to reach the Pangsang pass from Somdang, and where our lunch point is. Depending on conditions, we can decide whether to extend our overnight to Tipling or we can stay overnight at Pangsang pass looking at the beautiful mountains.
Today our walking time will be around 4–5 hours and we will be mostly descending. The climate will be warmer than the previous days.We witness the panoramic and astounding view of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Range. As we explore the village, we discover a wide range of medicinal herbs. One of the untouched trekking routes of Nepal, there are relatively fewer lodges around here. The locals are initiating to build accommodation near the Pangsang Pass. We further descend to Laptung village passing through dense fir forests and rhododendron that adds up to the beauty of the route. We rest at Tipling after a long day.
The trail is easier, passing through different Tamang villages with beautiful terraced fields and the Ankhu Khola at the bottom. Total hiking of the day will be 6–7 hours. These are the only two villages in this region which are still under development. However, the locals and the tourism committee of the place ensures to provide its visitors with a basic meal and a place to rest. We hike further ahead to Bortang village. A settlement influenced by Tibetan culture, we get a glimpse of the beauty of the authentic culture and tradition of Tibetan people.
Today is the last day of the Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley trek. We will have breakfast and walk to a place where there is access to a road and then travel by local jeep to Dhading and drive to Kathmandu. 3 hours drive from Dhading to Kathmandu and 4 hours drive from Dundure Khola to Dhading.We take another bus from Dhading to Kathmandu from where we will escort you back to your hotel. We can manage a tour around the city as per your request.You can visit several world heritage sites around the city. As beautiful as the mountains, the culture around the city is a must-see before you call it an end to your vacation.

What is Included?

    • Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car / van.
    • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee) during the trek.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Homestays during the trek.
    • Government licensed, experienced English-speaking guide.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
    • Langtang National Park permits and TIMS.
    • Sleeping bags and Down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after the trek.
    • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
    • First aid.
    • All government taxes.

What is Excluded?

    • Your travel and rescue insurance
    • Beverage bills, bar bills, telephone bills and Personal expenses.
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • 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, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Equipment Checklist

  • Day pack (25–35 liters)Pack cover
  • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference) optional
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
  • LED headlamp with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles, Trekking Clothing
  • Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
  • Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
  • Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid-weight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid-weight long underwear top
  • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
  • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
  • Convertible hiking pants
  • Fleece pants or insulated pants
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
  • Mid-weight fleece gloves or wool gloves, Liner gloves
  • Mid-weight fleece/wool winter hat, Sun hat
  • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
  • Liner socks (optional)Sunglasses, Sun lotion 35 to 50
  • Water Bottle, Slippers, Towels, Raincoat
  • Personal medicine kits

faqs

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

This trip is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. The best preparation for this trek is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted, and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers, it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

 

Will some body come to pick me up at the airport open my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Mount Adventure Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

 

Do I need any extra document?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

What are the toilet facilities in the tea house /guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

 

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost?

During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled rooms instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.

 

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 30 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

 

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, etc.

 

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

 

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly. If you are on a private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible whereas if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.

 

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

 

All your departure is guaranteed to run?

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

 

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