Ruby Valley Trek - 12 Days

Overview

Ruby valley trek is a trek in which you hike to the heart of the Ruby Valley a place in the ambits of the Himalayas between the Langtang National Park and Manaslu Range in a short hiking itinerary duration. This particular valley got its name after red gemstones resembling rubies were found in the vicinity of this valley. More or less, this particular trekking experience happens in one of the off-beaten trekking routes than one normally experiences in Nepal Treks.

The Ruby Valley trek, itself, is unique in the sense, that it is more less a cultural hike in which you come to learn of the ethnic groups of the Gurungs and Tamangs whose villages you would be stopping off each night. They give you a glimpse of the manner in which they live along with their religious aspect and evolution of their tradition. Hiking daily through the green verdure forest, grazing pastures, terraced cultivatable fields cut into the hills and the gushing streams and rivers setting them apart are all natural phenomena of this trek. Glaciers flowing into the valley, glens and green terrain is another part of this trek to the Ruby Valley. The Higher Himalayans of Ganesh Himal is a prominent view along the trek. This particular mountain got its name from the elephant god, who happens to be revered as the auspicious son of Lord Shiva. The other known mountain peaks which you would capture in your hikes on the Ruby Valley Trek are Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli, Dorje Lakpa and a few others. Another part of this Ruby trek, is the pass known as Pasang Pass that you would traverse at the height of 3,850 meters above sea level.

This Ruby Valley trek which you might consider doing has some things which you will gain. It is one of the shorter treks. If you are looking to spend more time in the outdoors trekking, then you might consider taking the Upper Dolpo Trek, which is one of nearly twenty-four days. In this particular trek, you get to learn of the cultures, traditions and religious ways of the Gurung and Tamang people who basically follow a version of the Tibetan Aryan Buddhist faith so evolved to suit their manner of it. Then there are their monasteries and gompas, and unique Mani Prayer walls, prayer flags and temples. Further on, you encounter glaciers in the Ruby Valley and the massive sight of Ganesh Himal in the backdrop. Then, the trek to and from the Ruby Valley is done in an environment which is refreshing to the sense, with the lush green hills, the terraced farmlands, the rivers and streams gushing down from the glaciers and eventually the valley itself, where it was once said, and from which it got its name, that rubies were found. How far that is true is still needed to be asserted.

Nevertheless, getting to one so named without finding the rubies, is a game all by itself but the spectacular natural views of nature’s bounties of the Himalayas seen is a gemstone all by itself. So much, when you have completed the trek to the ruby valley, you feel that the trek was worth the while.

Where do we stay on the trek?
This is off beaten trek, not like one of the fully developed trek routes or trails in Nepal. So the infrastructure has not been made. So in all probability, it will be homestays to help the local economies. Else it would be pitched tents by campfires, so romantic. The food more or less will be at homes where in this cultural trek, you will get the authentic taste of hygienic food cooked over firewood. You will be welcomed most of the way to the local villages.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Ruby Valley Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1600m) (7 – 8 hr drive)
Day 4: Syabru Besi to Gatlang (2337m) (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 5: Gatlang to Somdang (3271m) (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 6: Somdang to Tipling via Pangsang La Pass (3842m) (7 – 8 hr hike)
Day 7: Rest Day
Day 8: Tipling to Chalish (1900m) via Sertung (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 9: Chalish to Darkha Gaun (850m) via Borang (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 10: Darkha Gaun to Darkha Phedi and onto Kathmandu (by bus) (1 hr hike and 7 hr drive)
Day 11: Rest Day
Day 12: Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

Today would be your first day in the country. A representative from the Company, will be at the international airport at Kathmandu to welcome you when your flight arrives. He will then take you by private vehicle to your three star lodging for the day. In case, you arrive early in the day, you could use the remaining time to check out the vicinity of your hotel to see what’s new.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

On your first full day in Nepal, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. You will visit four places inducted into UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath temple cum stupa and Boudhanath Stupa. Each having their own unique fabric of historical, cultural, religious and social value to the Nepalese people and the world beyond in Hinduism and Buddhism.
In the evening, at your hotel premises, there will be trek preparation seminar with the staff of the company.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1600m) (7 – 8 hr drive)

Today we head for Syabru Besi via Dhunche in an eight hour drive. First, we get to Trishuli Bazaar then turn off the highway on drive over a jeep-able road. On the way, we get nice views of the mountains, villages thick forests terraced fields being ploughed. We take lodging at lodge in Syabru Besi for the night.

Day 4
Syabru Besi to Gatlang (2337m) (5 – 6 hr hike)

You will hike to the Tamang hamlet of Gatlang (2337m) over a tortuous ascend to Bhaun Danda pass that heads onto the settlement in a six hour hike. We pitch tent for the night here.

Day 5
Gatlang to Somdang (3271m) (5 – 6 hr hike)

On this day, we head to Somdang (3271m) in a six hour trek in which we pass through woods of rhododendron and pine getting to Yuri Kharka, then you walk to Somdang River and pitched tent for the night there.

Day 6
Somdang to Tipling via Pangsang La Pass (3842m) (7 – 8 hr hike)

Today we head to Tipling via the highest point of the trek via the Pangsang Pass. On the way we get spectacular sightings of Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu Peak. At Tipling, we set up tent for the night.

Day 7
Rest Day

Today, we rest and take short walks around in the area talking to the locals and taking in the sights and sounds of where are.

Day 8
Tipling to Chalish (1900m) via Sertung (4 – 5 hr hike)

Today, we head to Chalish (1900m) in a five hour hike via Sertung. The trek takes us down to the Adha Khola and then moves up Sertung, meaning place for gold. Then it’s down to Chalish, where we stay for the night.

Day 9
Chalish to Darkha Gaun (850m) via Borang (5 – 6 hr hike)

We pass through small forests and cross rivers to get to Percho, then we go on walking the other part of the day till Darkha Gaun where we stay the night.

Day 10
Darkha Gaun to Darkha Phedi and onto Kathmandu (by bus) (1 hr hike and 7 hr drive)

Today, we hike for an hour to Darkha Phedi and catch a bus to Kathmandu which should take us 7 hours to reach. At Kathmandu, we check into our three star lodging

Day 11
Rest Day

Today, you simply might spend the day as you like in Kathmandu making bargains to buy some local fancy work. In the evening, you will be taken to an authentic Nepali restaurant for dinner with the staff of the company. You stay the night at the hotel

Day 12
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

As all is said and done with you Ruby Valley Trek, a representative, will bid you farewell at the airport three hours of your flight for check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we hope that you had a fantastic time on the trek, which we take your security and comfort with high importance.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Syabru Besi & Darkha Phedi - Kathmandu transfers by a local bus. (Option: private vehicle)
  • All accommodations during the trek at tent/lodges.
  • All camping equipment (two men tents, dining tent, toilet ten, table, chair)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide, kitchen staff and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Necessary national park trek permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & ACAP Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch or Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
  • Extra accommodations in Kathmandu if required.
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
Where is Ruby Valley?

Ruby Valley is located in the Ganesh region and a newly opened area for trekking in Nepal. Abundant number of ruby the precious stones are found here hence it is known as Ruby Valley. During the trek, you will witness natural diversity, great mountain views, unique culture and traditions, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples.

When are the best months for ruby valley trekking?

The best months for ruby valley trekking are Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec. Monsoon (Jun-Aug) is too wet to trek due to slippery and muddy trails. In winter, you can trek Ruby Valley as well but be prepared for colder weather and trekking trails filled with snow.

What is Ruby valley trek itinerary?

Ruby valley trek itinerary is to first drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu for about 7-8 hours then start off the trek the next day passing along Gatlang , Somdang, Tipling via Pangsang La Pass, Chalish via Sertung, Darkha Gaun via Borang, Darkha Gaun to Darkha Phedi and drive back to Kathmandu.

How is the difficulty level of ruby valley trek Nepal?

The difficulty level of ruby valley trek Nepal is moderate but still a good level of physical fitness is required since the trek is at high altitude and involves crossing over the high mountain pass. You will need good preparation like daily walking or running about 2-3 months before the trek starts. Also climbing along stairs will be helpful since the trek trails go ups and downs during the trek.

What is the highest point of Ruby Valley trek?

The highest point of Ruby Valley trek is Pangsang La Pass (3842m) while trekking through Somdang to Tipling.

Is travel insurance needed for Ruby Valley trek?

Travel insurance needed for Ruby Valley trek is required since you will be crossing over the high mountain pass and the trek goes above 3000 meters. Your insurance should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses. Remember to get your insurance policy should cover rescues above 3000 meters.

Can I trek Ruby valley alone?

Trek Ruby valley alone is possible but taking along an experienced trek guide is suggested since for any novice trekker problems can arise while on trek such as medical conditions, altitude sickness, trekking trails etc. With a trekking guide by your side will be much helpful and supportive.

Is Ruby Valley Trekking permit required?

Permit for Ruby Valley trek is required which includes entry permit for Langtang National Park and TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) Card which both are arranged and issued by your company.

Will I be affected by altitude sickness on trek to Ruby Valley?

Altitude sickness on trek to Ruby Valley can occur since the trek goes over 3000 meters but the itinerary planned well with gaining altitude slowly and have enough acclimatization day so as to avoid altitude sickness. You are also suggested to drink more water and walk slowly during the trek.

What is the packing list for Ruby valley trek?

The packing list for Ruby valley trek depends upon season you are undertaking the trek. In winter warm clothing are suggested like dawn jacket, thermals, long sleeves and spring is still suggested warm clothing since the mornings and nights are colder at higher elevations.

Is Ruby Valley trek worth it?

Ruby Valley trek is definitely worth it if you are looking into off-the-beaten tracks if you wish to witness beautiful natural diversity, spectacular mountain views and unique culture and traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Where will I stay during the trek?

You will be staying at local family-run lodges popularly known as tea-houses. These lodges will be very basic but comfortable and clean. Toilets will usually be shared and a common dining hall with a heating system.

Where should I keep my luggage during the trek?

You can store all your luggage at your hotel in Kathmandu free of cost. After the trek, claim them with your luggage tag.

Trip Information

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Ruby Valley Trek. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Ruby Valley Trek, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 12 days Ruby Valley Trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 14 days Ruby Valley Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Ruby Valley Trek, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ruby Valley Trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Ruby Valley Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Ruby Valley Trek

Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 11 Nights/12 Days
  • Spring (March-May) & Autumn/fall (September-November)
  • Minimum 2 People
  • Private car & local bus
  • Pangsang La Pass (3842m)
  • Moderate
  • Syabru Besi
  • Darkha Phedi
  • Sightseeing/Hiking
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Ruby Valley, Buddhist culture & tradition, Remote area of Nepal
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse during the trek

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