RUBY VALLEY TREK

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destination Ruby Valley
duration 12 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Ganesh Himal
max altitude 3,802m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Camping/ Home stay
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,790
Pax 2 USD 1,750
Pax 3 USD 1,690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,650
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,590
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,550
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,490
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RUBY VALLEY TREK

The Ruby Valley is a true gem of a trek hidden away in the Ganesh Himal Region wedged between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is named so due to the rich deposits of precious red rubies in the region. The highest altitude on this trek is the Pangsang Pass (3850m).

This region is mostly unknown to most visitors coming to Nepal. Along the trails, there are a number of exquisite views of the Ganesh Himal Range. We will also see Ganga Jamuna (the twin waterfalls) and Kalo, Seto, and Ganesh Kunda villages, hot springs and incredible geography with its unique flora and fauna.

This is also a cultural journey through villages rich in traditions of the various castes, with Tamang, Gurung and Ghale in the north and predominantly Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, Chepang, and Dalits in the south. 

Highlights of Ruby Valley Trek

  • Road trip from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to Chillemi and return from Dhading Besi to Kathmandu.
  • Remote hidden valley trek with homestay and camping giving you unique insight into various castes.
  •  Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area.
  • Tamang, Gurung, and Chepang one of the major castes in this region.
  • Ganesh Himal region with lush green forests and snow-capped mountains.

ITINERARY

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Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be met by a Sherpa Expedition & Trekking representative, and taken to your hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you will be briefed on what to expect on your trek to Ruby Valley.

Today we will start our eight to nine hour drive to Ruby Valley trek by driving towards Syabrubesi, which will give you an opportunity to enjoy the vast array of landscapes and views of distant mountains. We will then come to the Langtang and Trishuli rivers before reaching Syabrubesi where we will stay the night in a hotel.

Today we hit the trail for five to six hours and head to the distinct culturally rich village of Gatlang. Along the trail, we will meet the very friendly and warm Gurung people. On arrival at Gatling you will notice they are mostly farmers and have sculptured terraces into the hillside to grow crops such as potatoes and wheat. Gatlang is situated on a hillside. We will stay here the night in a guest house.

Today we have a five-hour trek ahead of us with some fantastic views of the Langtang Himal Range, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak (5896m), and other surrounding snow-covered mountains. We will stay overnight in a guest house at Somdang.

Today we will trek to the lead and zinc Lari mine from where we have views of Paldor Peak and other mountains in the Ganesh Himal Range. It is important and recommended by medical professionals, to stay active during your time acclimatizing. Tonight we will again stay at Somdang.

This morning we have a seven-hour trek to Pangsang Kharka which is southwest of Somdang Village and offers magnificent panoramic views over the broad landscape in all directions, including the towering peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. We will camp at Tipling that also affords some spectacular scenery.

Today we begin by descending to the Adha Khola (river) and on to the villages of Shertung and Chalish that overlook the rich fertile soils and fields down in the valley. Shertung is inhabited mostly by Tamang. The name Shertung in Nepali means 'place of gold'. Tonight we will stay overnight in a lodge.

Today we will follow the trail for around 30 minutes to Chalish Gaon Village and then on to Tatopani therapeutic hot springs that should take another one and a half hours. We will spend a few hours relaxing in the hot water before returning to Chalish Gaon for the night.

This morning we will trek for 30 minutes to Mani Danda where we have incredible views over the Ganesh Himal Ranges. The trail continues across the hills and on to Deul Danda, Gobre, Chhap Danda and Bandari villages. Tonight we stay overnight at Jharlang.

Today the trail descends for two and a half hours to Jharlang Phedi past terraced fields, lush landscape and across several suspension bridges. Along the trail we will have some great views of Ankhu Khola and Chyamchyat and Ri villages. Overall, our trek today is about six to seven hours. We will stay overnight at Darkha Gaon.

Our trek starts with a 45-minute walk to Darkha Phedi where we take a local jeep heading to Dhading Besi. The drive will take about three to four hours crossing the Ankhu Khola (river) as well as Kimdang Phedi, Katunje, and Jyamrung villages. On the drive, you will be able to take in the surrounding scenery. After arrival at Dhading Besi, we will take a  Five-hour bus trip back to Kathmandu.

Sherpa Expeditions & Trekking staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from Nepal. We hope that this epic trek will be firmly ingrained in your memory and will be enough to prompt you to consider your next trek with us!

SERVICES

Costs Included In Your Package

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Two Night's hotel accommodation In Kathmandu with breakfast (3 star Hotel)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Syafrubesi and Dhading Besi to Kathmandu via public bus.
  • All standard meals 3 Meals a day (lunch, dinners & breakfast) during the trek.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodation /Tent camp accommodation during the trek
  • Government licensed holder English speaking trek leader (10 or more trekkers an assistant guide) and porter to help carry your luggage. 
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Guides and porters provided by Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, including their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • All the required permits and paper works( Langtang National park permit, TIMS etc)
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing by car/Jeep
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions such as altitude sickness (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir -  Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions t-shirt 
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after the trip is completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s certificate of appreciation & completion after the successful trek
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Costs Exclude

  • International airfares
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters (recommended in our culture – and well deserved too!)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by events beyond our control, for example, landslides, severe weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies & strikes.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "costs include" will be counted as exclusions.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find net and clean teahouses - You will be staying at a teahouse/tent in higher elevation.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Ruby valley regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Ruby Valley Trek is a relatively new and off-the-beaten-path trekking route in the Ganesh Himal region of Nepal. It takes you through the scenic and culturally rich Ruby Valley, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and an opportunity to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the local communities.

The duration of the Ruby Valley Trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and your fitness level. Generally, it takes around 10-14 days to complete the trek. This includes trekking through various villages, forests, and terraced fields, as well as exploring the natural and cultural attractions of the region.

The Ruby Valley Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. The trail involves some uphill and downhill sections, as well as walking on uneven paths. However, it does not require any technical climbing skills or previous high-altitude trekking experience.

The best time to do the Ruby Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and beautiful landscapes. The monsoon season (June to August) should be avoided due to the possibility of heavy rainfall and slippery trails.

Yes, you will need a permit to trek in the Ruby Valley. The trek falls under the restricted area, so you will need to obtain a special permit called the "Restricted Area Permit." This permit can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide and porter for the Ruby Valley Trek, it is recommended, especially if you are not familiar with the area or have limited trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable information about the trail, local culture, and ensure your safety. A porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with less weight and enjoy the journey more comfortably.

Accommodation during the Ruby Valley Trek is basic and mostly consists of teahouses or guesthouses along the trail. These provide simple rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms and toilets. The teahouses also serve meals, including local and basic international cuisine. It is advisable to carry some snacks and water purification tablets with you, as the availability of food and water may be limited in some areas.

The Ruby Valley Trek does not involve trekking to very high altitudes, so the risk of altitude sickness is minimal. However, it is still important to acclimatize properly, especially if you are coming from lower elevations. Take rest days, drink plenty of water, and listen to your body to avoid any altitude-related issues.

Yes, it is possible to do the Ruby Valley Trek solo. However, it is recommended to have some trekking experience and be well-prepared. Hiring a guide can provide additional safety and navigation support, especially in remote areas. Make sure to inform someone about your trekking plans and carry a reliable map or GPS device.

Some essential items to pack for the Ruby Valley Trek include comfortable trekking shoes, lightweight and breathable clothing, a warm jacket, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, a first aid kit, trekking poles (optional), a good quality backpack, and a sleeping bag suitable for the expected temperatures. It is also advisable to carry some cash, as ATM facilities not available  along the trail. Additionally, pack appropriate gear for variable weather conditions and consult with your guide or trekking agency for any specific equipment requirements.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,790
Pax 2 USD 1,750
Pax 3 USD 1,690
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,650
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,590
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,550
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,490
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,650

Per Person

BOOK NOW QUICK ENQUIRY

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Trudy Ashenfelter

Ireland

December 7, 2023

A Journey of Discovery and Beauty

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I recently completed the mesmerizing Ruby Valley Trek with the support of Shera Expedition, and it was a journey of discovery and beauty. This trekking company's professionalism and attention to detail were outstanding. Their experienced guides provided valuable insights into the region's flora, fauna, and cultural heritage. The hidden valleys, panoramic views, and serene landscapes of Ruby Valley, combined with Shera Expedition's excellent service, made this trek a truly unforgettable experience.

Mary Hoffman

Brazil

October 4, 2023

A Thrilling Adventure

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I had the privilege of conquering the thrilling Ruby Valley Trek with the unwavering support of Shera Expedition. This trekking company's dedication to customer satisfaction was outstanding. Their knowledgeable guides provided valuable insights into the region's unique culture and natural wonders, ensuring a memorable experience. The hidden valleys, picturesque villages, and breathtaking mountain vistas combined with Shera Expedition's excellent service made this trek a truly remarkable adventure.

Sheri Moats

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October 3, 2023

an Amazing Experience with Ruby Valley Trek

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My friend and I had an amazing experience exploring the hidden valleys of Ruby Valley with Shera Expedition. This trekking company's professionalism and expertise were commendable. Their knowledgeable guides led us through off-the-beaten-path trails, revealing the untouched beauty of the region. Shera Expedition's commitment to customer satisfaction made this trek a great adventure that we will always remember.

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