One of the recently explored trekking trails is Ruby Valley Trek which lies in the Ganesh Himal region. Named after the ruby deposits in Ganesh Himal, this trekking route is hidden between the popular trekking routes of Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area Project. Ruby valley lies in the countryside of Nepal, giving you the real essence of Nepali way of life. Not only does this trekking route gives you beautiful sceneries to look at, but it also lets you experience Nepalese culture especially of Tamang community as you get to spend time in their local setting, watch their cultural dances and familiarize with their way of life. There are several trails one can take but the one with the best view goes through the sides of Langtang National Park crossing through dense forests, waterfalls, passing by Pangsang-La Pass (3842 mt.) then walking through local villages and feeling the warmth of the locals in the area.
We kick start our trek after driving from Kathmandu to Sybrubensi. We pass by terrace farms, hills overlooking the up-close views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli and other peaks of central Himalayas. Pangsang-La Pass is the highest point of our trek route, situated at an altitude of 3850 mt., which is one of the most spectacular viewpoints of our trek route. This pass is also one of the finest viewpoints on the trek. The trek also features sacred lakes like Ganesh Kunda, Parvati Kunda, and Seto and Kale Lake which holds great importance to the Hindus. Ruby Valley Trek not only quenches your thirst for picturesque views but also blends you with the local communities, giving you the experience of their way of life, their practices, culture, and language. Ruby Valley Trek has its route along Tamang and Gurung villages. The trekkers will enjoy the homestays in these villages and get to learn about the struggles and cultures of the people living in the remote part of the country. This trek will certainly give you a wonderful experience and a joyful stay on the lap of Himalayas.
High Camp Adventure is a popular trekking organizer based in Kathmandu. We take full responsibility that our clients have the adventurous Himalayan experience. We have guides and equipment that adhere to the highest international safety standards. We provide our clients with all kind of transportation services required throughout their stay in the country. We also have various other packages which can fit in to elongate your stay in Nepal.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport.
Day 02Kathmandu to Sybrubensi (1420 m)
Day 03Syabru Besi to Gatlang (2337 m)
Day 04Gatlang to Somdang (3271 m).
Day 05Somdang to Tipling (2078 m) via Pangsang-La Pass (3842 m)
Day 06Tipling to Shertung (1875 m).
Day 07Visit Hot Springs and trek to Chalise Gaon (1674 m).
Day 08Chalise to Jharlang (3000 m).
Day 09Jharlang to Khaniyabas (1785 m).
Day 10Khaniyabas to Megan Danda (3220 m).
Day 11Megan Danda to Trishuli Bazaar.
Day 12Trishuli Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus.
Day 13Transfer to airport for final departure from Nepal.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport.Welcome to Nepal! Our company representative will be waiting for you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your arrival. You will then be taken to the hotel where you will be staying overnight. The representative will give you briefings and an insight into the entire trek.
Day 2Kathmandu to Sybrubensi (1420 m)Our day kick starts early. After a heavy breakfast, we head towards Sybrubensi taking the Northern Highway, via Dhunche Bazar. Time flies by quick on the bus as you will be occupied with scenic landscapes, mountain ranges like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang, valleys, and hills. We stay over at a guest house near the Bhote Koshi River.
Day 3Syabru Besi to Gatlang (2337 m)Our walking days begin today. We take the steep trail that goes through Bahun Danda Pass and takes a break after three hours upon reaching Rongga Bhanjyang. We descend to reach Goljung where we have our lunch. In about three more hours, we will reach Gatlang a Tamang village situated at an altitude of 2337m. We take a stroll to the pond “Parvati Kunda” which holds high religious value. Today is our first night stay in tented camp.
Day 4Gatlang to Somdang (3271 m).We start off early post breakfast, taking the trail that ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to Yuri Kharka 3710m where we stop for lunch. We then trek further to Khurpu Bhanjyang and then descend to the Somdang River. Our trail today passes through the 200m tall Chukarma Waterfall before reaching Somdang Village. We stay overnight in a tent.
Day 5Somdang to Tipling (2078 m) via Pangsang-La Pass (3842 m)Our trek today follows a rather interesting course as we pass by the highest point of the trek, the Pangsang la pass (3842 m). We hit the trail after breakfast, going uphill and enjoying the mesmerizing views of the beautiful landscape. We reach Pangsang Kharka which is a viewpoint located in the southwest of Somdang village. We can see mighty mountains like Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Range to our north. There is a giant entry gateway best suited for camping and sightseeing. This viewpoint is one of the best points from where we can see the 270-degree view of Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu range and also a slight portion of Annapurna mountain range. The trail leads us down to Tipling, a Tamang village that hosts two Buddhist Gumbas, Protestant and Catholic Churches and prayer flags on the Chhorten along the way. Shaman Dance, Horse dance, Mane dance, Mendo Maya, Paru dance and Lama (monk) dance are some of the popular cultural dances performed when trekkers and visitors stay in the village.
Day 6Tipling to Shertung (1875 m).We cross Adha Khola and climb uphill to sister villages of Shertung and Chalish. Shertung means place of gold and is a typical Tamang village from where we can see the Mountain View of Lapsang Karpu, Ganesh Himal (Yangri) as well as Ganesh II and III. Tamang people are rich in culture and have different dances like Jhankri dance, Ghode dance that they perform for visitors. The people here believe in witchdoctors or Jhankris and also worship natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. A number of holy places like Chyamra danda, Fyanchyat monastery, and Sajyat are sacred attractions of this village.
Day 7Visit Hot Springs and trek to Chalise Gaon (1674 m).After having breakfast, we head down to Chalise village which is about 30 minutes’ walk away. We trek for about one and a half hours more to reach the Hot Springs also known as Tatopani. The hot spring water relaxes the muscles and is a very soothing dip. We then return back to Chalise village which is a village inhabited by Gurung and Ghale.
Day 8Chalise to Jharlang (3000 m). We leave Chalise and trek to Mani Danda after breakfast. Here we can see amazing views of Ganesh Himal range. We pass by Deul danda, Gobre village, Chhap danda, and Bandari Bhir. We arrive at another Tamang village, Borang from where we trek to Ukhum for lunch. The walk continues to Chhapchyat village where you reach from Lishne jungle crossing the suspension bridge. Finally, we reach Jarlang village which is a Tamang village with about 200 houses in the settlement.
Day 9Jharlang to Khaniyabas (1785 m). We head towards Khaniyabas today, which is a settlement inhabited by Tamang, Brahmin and Dalit people. After breakfast, we descend down to Jharlang Pahiro which takes about an hour to cross. The trek continues to Ukhum and downhill for about one and half hours to Dungre Khola. We trek uphill to Kuri via the suspension bridge. Located on the hilltop, Kuri village overlooks to the breathtaking landscape and Ganesh Himal range. We continue our trek through Birchet village finally reaching Khaniyabas Village or Satya Devi. The sunsets are breathtaking on clear days and also the Ankhu River and Todke hill gives a perfect painting-like image right in front of your eyes.
Day 10Khaniyabas to Megan Danda (3220 m).The breakfast will be followed by a walk to Thambu Khola from where we take stone steps for 2 and half hours uphill to Kimdang Gaun. We stop here for lunch and trek to Megan Danda walking through the dense jungle at the top of the hill. Megan Danda is another viewpoint which gives you the 270-degree view of the mountains
Day 11Megan Danda to Trishuli Bazaar.In about 5 hours, we reach Trishuli Bazaar from Megan Danda. We take a downhill route to Trishuli Bazaar, the route is accompanied by the sound of river Trishuli. We enjoy barbeque and campfire by the river and stay overnight at a guest house.
Day 12Trishuli Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus.After late lunch, we depart from Trishuli Bazar by private van to Kathmandu. It will take about 4 hours to reach the hotel. After freshening up, we walk around Thamel and see the nightlife of Kathmandu Valley. We will dine at a fine restaurant serving the best Nepali dinner. We check in to the hotel for good night sleep.
Day 13Transfer to airport for final departure from Nepal.Finally, the trip has come to an end. After the wakeup call, the breakfast is served at the Hotel. Have a safe flight back and we hope to Megan you again in the near future.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen the 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Ganesh Himal Trekking is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying the personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Ganesh Himal Trekking is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy the good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Ganesh Himal Trekking. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.
Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.