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