Ruby Valley trek
Ruby Valley trek in the Ganesh Himal region of Nepal is one of the least explored hidden trekking trails in Nepal. The trek got its name as the Ruby Valley Trek as the Ganesh Himal region has deposits of the gem ruby. The mining is not significant but this whole region has high deposits of minerals, including ruby, the red precious stone. This trek of 12 days takes you to the villages of the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups, known for their unique culture and rich traditions. This trekking trail has recently come into practice where the ethical groups of people are present and follow the ancient ethical and medicinal practices. The shaman practice is done here, which provides additional exploration and knowledge on this trip.
The trail Ruby Valley Trek has all kinds of landscape and walking conditions as it includes almost flatlands, terraced farms, gradual and steep climbs and beautiful scenery of lush green forest and high snow-capped mountains. Some of the famous mountains you can see on this trek include the Ganesh Himal, the mountain named after the elephant-headed god Ganesh, LangtangLirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli Dorje Lakpa and other mountains of western and central Nepal. The Pangsang Pass situated at 3,850m is the major attraction on the Ruby Valley Trek.
This unexplored trekking trail provides you the opportunity to explore some very remote areas in Nepal, not frequented by tourists. Since this is a very new trekking trail in Nepal, lodges, and guesthouses have not been developed yet so homestay is the mode of accommodation, which allows you to get a first-hand experience of Nepali rural life as you stay with locals and share their food. The Ganesh Himal, Ruby Valley trekking in central Nepal is a lifetime experience in terms of cultural exposure and mountain views.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
The representative from Adventure mission Nepal will receive you by the traditional way at the airport. Transfer to your respective hotel and brief you about the trek. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi (1460m)
After breakfast, we drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu, which is almost 7-8 hours drive on the rough road. Upon reaching Trishuli bazaar, we will have lunch and continue our drive. Reaching there, you can have an amalgam view of mountains, landscapes through the journey is thrilling.
Day 3: Trek to Gatlang (2238m)
After breakfast, we move on to the trek with full excitement and passion, we have almost 5-6hrs hours of walk. We walk up on a steep trail up to Rongga Bhanjyang for about 3 hours and stop for some photography and rest. From Ringa we descend about an hour to reach Goljung where we will take a lunch break. It takes us 3 more hours to reach Gatlang from the lunch place. In the evening, we can do a short excursion to the pond named after Lord Shiva’s wife, Parvati.
Day 4: Trek to Somdang (3271 m)
We will start the walk today after breakfast and then head towards Somdang village. One of the biggest settlements we pass is Yuri Kharka before lunch. The trail goes gradually up and continues towards Khurphu Bhanjyang. After crossing the Somdang River, we will enter Dhading district from the Rasuwa district. A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but seem locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. Before reaching the village of Somdang we will pass the Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.
Day 5: Acclimatization and explore day
We will spend this day around Somdang village; we will also visit the Lari mine nearby. This is a Tamang village with some typical houses and farming life. We can also chat with the locals and know there culture and dress, their occupation is mostly agriculture and looking over the mountains provides every traveler an eye watching the view. We do the site trip, pack up the lunch, move towards Pangsang La top, and watching the Yaks, flora and faunas.
Day 6: Trek to Tippling via Pangsang Pass La (3842m)
This is one of the most interesting days of the trek as we cross the Pangsang la pass, the highest point of this ruby valley trek today. The day starts early in the morning and we proceed with packed lunch. Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise. This hill/danda/pass is known as one of the most beautiful and the best magnificent mountain views point almost in 270 degrees Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu ranges and a bit of Annapurna range Mountain viewpoint. Descend to Tippling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gompas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along with a ridge top to the east is a Gompas and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colourful flags. Being a majority of Tamang people, it has beautiful Tamang culture show.
Note: Mostly we prefer homestays - village houses where you will eat and sleep as part of the family and tented camp. You may have a separate room, but you may be sharing with your guide and/or porter, and/or with other visitors, or members of the family to observe there lifestyle and culture. It might also be a unique experience to know and indulge with the traditions and lifestyle of the locals.
Day 7: Trek to Shertung (1875m)
Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, regally overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields. Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legend, two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jhankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Holy Chyamra dandd, Fyanchyat monastery, and Sajyat are the main holy attraction of the village. Spectacular Mountain View of Lapsang Karpu, Ganesh Himal (Yangri) as well as Ganesh II and III can be seen from this village.
Note: If you are interested to learn Shaman Practice then we will perform the local Shaman Practice in the evening where the trekkers can learn the new traditions and cultures.
Day 8: Day trip to Hot Springs and trek back Chalish Gaon 1674m
After breakfast, trek down to Chalish village taking 30 minutes’ walk, leave your most of the luggage and trek to Tatopani (hot springs) walking 1 ½ hours where pack lunch will be suited to eat (no lodge has built yet). Enjoy half of the day taking bath with one of the best hot spring of this region. After enjoying return back to Chalish village.
Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami(untouched people). There used to be Newar people but they migrated to Kathmandu city. The hospitable people of this area have unique customs and craftsmanship and traditional dances, including a hospitable welcome dance, Ghatu Dance, Dohori is also popular with call and response between male and female participants, a type of courtship ritual, complemented by folk music. Some dances depend on the time of year and take place during festivals including the Maruni Dance during Dashain and Tihar, Hai Nelo Dance of Tihar, and the Ghatu (Ghasiri Dance) that occurs during Chandi Purnima in the Nepali month of Chaitra. Gurung men traditionally wear vangra, a woman, an embroidered cotton cloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carrying goods. Sri Tinkanya Devi Mandir lies above Chalish. Local women tie bits of cloth or leave a bangle representing a wish to be fulfilled near a small pool of water surrounded by Barmase or periwinkle flowers. This village is known as one of the friendliest of the areas in terms of culture show program, hospitality, and kindness and helpful.
Day 9: Trek to Jharlang (1800m)
After breakfast trek to Mani Danda – 30 minutes’ walk from where you will see the breathtaking Ganesh Himal ranges mountain views and a stone through entire Chalish village views on the back. Trek continued passing Deul danda, Gobre village (hilly walking slow walking is recommended with your guide and porter), Chhap danda and Bandari Bhir where rock climbing possibility has been seen. So any rock climber who is willing to climb highly recommended but basic infrastructure has not developed yet. Arrive Borang village which is also the majority of Tamang people and trek continue to Ukhum for lunch. After lunch trek continues to Lishne jungle, cross suspension bridge, passing through Chhapchyat village you finally get to Jharlang village (Ungul). One of the best and panoramic Mountain viewpoint of the area.
Day 10: Trek to Darkha Gaun (850m)
After breakfast trek most of the way down to Jharlang Phedi walking 2 ½ hours passing paddy terraces and surrounding landscapes. Passing through suspension bridges, breath-taking views of Ankhu Khola and Chhapchyat, as well as Ri village other side of the river, finally reach Darkha gaon. This village is mix culture village of Brahmin people and Tamang as well as Dalit.
Day 11: Trek to Darkha Phedi and drive to Kathmandu (1300m)
After breakfast trek all the way down to Darkha Phedi taking 45 minutes downhill walk and then take sharing local Jeep with other people and the arrive in Dhading Besi after 3-4 hours rough and tough zig –zags road drive. Crossing through Ankhu Khola as well as Kintang Phedi, Katunje village, Jumre Bhanjyang from where we can view the Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu and the pine forest, will make your breathtaking scenic driving having fabulous landscape surroundings. After having lunch at Dhading Besi we continue our drive back to Kathmandu, which takes about 3 hours.
Day 12: Final Departure
Our representative from will drop you at the airport before 3 hours of your flight. Hope to see you again!!
- Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus.
- 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan
- Kathmandu - Syabrubensi and Darkha Phedi - Kathmandu by Public Bus or Jeep.
- National park permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card.
- Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day with tea/ coffee.
- One export guide of Ruby valley ganesh himal trek local guide and required number of porters.
- All expenses for Nepalese staffs, their insurance, equipment and salary.
- Seasonal fresh fruit such as Apple, Banana, Orange etc.
- All official expenses and 13% Government VAT.
- International airfare and visa fees (15 Days US$25 and 30 Days US$40).
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- All the drinks like mineral water, fanta, coke, beer etc.
- Your trekking gears.
- Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
- Tips for staffs.