Overview of Ruby Valley Trek
You can find Ruby Valley between Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park. This trek goes through the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges on a brand-new set of trails. The trail is called Ruby Valley because the Ganesh Himal area has rocks containing gem rubies. Even though mining is not very important, this area has a lot of minerals, including this precious red stone.
Rhododendron, pine, and oak trees grow in thick forests that you can walk through. Take in the view of the snow-covered mountains, such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Manaslu. On the auspicious day of Janai Purnima, thousands of pilgrims gather at the holy lake of Parvati Kund.
Also, there are a lot of shrines, temples, and Buddhist monasteries that are not of the same religion but work well together.
You will go through Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area on the way. This will let you see rhododendron trees, oak trees, alpine forests, asparagus, caterpillar fungus, and sanjivini booti, among other rare and exotic plants. Animals like the ghoral, the snow leopard, the Himalayan deer, the barking deer, bears, the monal, and many kinds of birds will also make your walk memorable.
Ruby Valley Trek is best for people who want to hike in areas that are not very popular with tourists so they can experience real local culture, stay at home, and talk to people who live in the area. Tamang, Gurung, Magar, and Dalit are the main racial groups. In the upper part of Ganesh Himal, in villages like Tipling, Sertung, and Jharlang, the majority of the people are Tamang. In the lower part of Ruby Valley, there are Brahmans, Kshetris, and Dalits.
The Ruby Valley Trek links up with the Langtang and Manaslu Treks. You can keep trekking up Manaslu if you have time. That being said, please let us know if you want to change the plan; we will be happy to do that.
The travel from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi is truly breathtaking, taking around 7 to 8 hours to cover approximately 122 kilometers (76 miles). Along the way, guests will be treated to breathtaking vistas of the countryside, terraced fields, and beautiful traditional villages. The route follows the Trishuli River for a considerable amount of the journey, passing through lush valleys and scenic hillside scenery.
Road conditions may vary, with some sections difficult or unpaved, particularly during the monsoon season. The drive can be bumpy and windy, but it adds to the adventure by providing glimpses of true rural life in Nepal.
Trekkers arrive in Syabrubesi, ready for another day to begin the remarkable Ruby Valley Trek.
The trip from Syabrubesi to Gatlang is thrilling and incredible. The journey is approximately 11 kilometers (7 miles) long and takes 5 to 6 hours to complete.
The journey begins in Syabrubesi, a charming town perched at an elevation of 1,500m (4,920ft). The trek begins with a gentle ascent past terraced farms and lush woodlands. You’ll pass via suspension bridges that straddle the Bhote Koshi River, providing amazing views of the surrounding landscapes and the famous Langtang mountain range.
As you continue your journey, you’ll pass through a picturesque village and get the chance to engage with them. They are kind and inviting people living there, who are mainly Tamang. Finally, you’ll arrive in Gatlang, which is located at an elevation of 2,337m (7,690ft).
Gatlang allows you to become immersed in the local culture. You can roam through the village, interact with the inhabitants, and visit the neighboring monasteries to add a spiritual element to your journey. The hike from Syabrubesi is a combination of outstanding natural beauty and cultural experiences.
The trip from Gatlang to Somdang is thrilling and incredible. The journey is approximately 16 kilometers long and takes 6 to 7 hours to complete.
The trek to Parvati Kunda, an untamed alpine freshwater lake, begins in Gatlang. Locals revere this gorgeous lake, named after Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife. Beautiful and sacred, this lake was given its name after Parvati, the bride of Lord Shiva in Hinduism.
There is fewer inns the further along the trail you go. We keep on walking through the pine and rhododendron forest until we reach Yuri Kharka. Following a satisfying supper at Yuri Kharka, we set off on foot towards the Somdang by way of Khurphu Bhanjyang. A defunct mine may be reached from Somdang in a couple of hours on foot. The mine has been abandoned for many years, yet visitors are welcome to explore its stunning architecture. Zinc, copper, tin, and crystals—including rubies—were mined here.
We’ll stay at Somdang Valley. You will experience silence in the valley. Because of the valley’s isolation and quiet, you can hear a pin drop.
An exciting and difficult section of the Ruby Valley Trek in Nepal’s Langtang region is the journey from Somdang to Tipling over Pangsang Pass. The distance between these two locations is about 17 kilometers, and it usually takes about 6 to 7 hours to travel that distance.
The trip begins at Somdang, a picturesque community renowned for its tranquil scenery and kind locals. The trail to Pangsang Pass, at an altitude of 3,842 meters (12,604 feet) will be the highest altitude. Although the trail might be strenuous due to its steepness, the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys are well worth the effort.
The views from Pangsang Pass of the Ganesh Himal range, Langtang Lirung, and the surrounding peaks are among the most spectacular in all of Nepal. The pass is an excellent vantage point from which to admire the Himalayas in all their majesty.
Having rested and taken in the breathtaking views, the journey back to Tipling can now begin. The walk leads through rhododendron groves and stepped fields, revealing new vistas of the surrounding area.
The section of Tipling to Chalish Gaon is short and straightforward. It’s around 2.4 miles (3.9 km) in length and takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete.
The trail begins at Tipling, at an elevation of 2,078 meters (6,835 feet), and winds its way through lush woods and lovely villages. The path declines gradually, making it an easier hike than those of the days before.
First, we make our way down through the peaceful jungle, across a river, and into the picturesque scene of Chalish Gaon. Shertung village is located around 100 meters above Chailsh Gaon, and both of these communities are worth exploring. Alternatively, you can choose to relax and take in the breathtaking views of the green hills and lush valleys below. Gurungs, Tamangs, and Dalits make up the majority of the populations in Shertung and Chalish Gaon.
The trek from Chalish to Borang is a scenic and relatively easy section of the Ruby Valley Trek. This path offers beautiful views of the surrounding while traveling through small villages and terraced farms. As you descend, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with friendly locals and learn about their unique culture and way of life.
The tour continues with a lovely 4-5 hour drive from Borang to Dhading Besi after completing this magnificent walk. Dhading Besi, a bustling town at an elevation of 580m (1,902ft), is the district headquarters of the Dhading District.
The trip from Borang to Dhading Besi reveals even more breathtaking countryside views, providing a look into Nepalese rural life. When you arrive at Dhading Besi, take a minute to unwind and reflect on your Ruby Valley Trek excursion before returning to Kathmandu or continuing your journey.
The journey from Dhading Besi to Kathmandu is the final day of your vacation. This gorgeous trip, which covers approximately 80 kilometers, normally takes 5 to 6 hours to complete, depending on road conditions and traffic.
The path begins at Dhading Besi and gradually descends from the slopes and foothills, revealing the beauty of rural landscapes and tiny communities along the way. The route smoothly follows the Trishuli River, providing breathtaking vistas of its calm waters and terraced farmland.
As you approach your destination, the environment gradually changes from the tranquil outskirts to the bustling urban backdrop of Kathmandu. Immerse yourself in the unique beauty of Kathmandu Valley by embracing its vibrant and bustling existence.
- Public vehicle transfer from KTM to Syabrubesi and Borang to Kathmandu as per itinerary
- 6 nights accommodation in a teahouse as per itinerary
- 7x set breakfast, 7x set lunch and 6x set dinner while on the trek
- Himalayan Experience Guide for 7 days
- Required number of porters for 12 days
- Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card
- Langtang National Park Entry Fee
- Staff insurance
- Purified drinking water during the entire trekking as per itinerary
- General first aid medicine kit
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Duffle bag during the trek
- Food and accommodation in Kathmandu since there are many possibilities available
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Any Travel Insurance
- Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.
- Tips for any staff and guide
- Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above
Essential Information - Ruby Valley Trek
Ruby Valley Trek Route Map
Without the help of the trek map of Ruby Valley, it is nearly hard to stay on the path. We have included every overnight stay and elevation reference of the Ruby Valley Trek Route Map. Click the infographic image below to learn about the route.
The adventure begins with a pleasant drive from the bustling city of Kathmandu to the serene town of Syabrubesi. The journey ahead leads to Gatlang, a captivating place that reveals the magnificent Langtang mountain range and local customs and traditions. The hike continues through the gorgeous surroundings before taking a rejuvenating turn toward Somdang.
The path leads up to Pangsang Pass, which stands at 3,842m/12,604ft and is a significant challenge. Crossing this difficult crossing rewards trekkers with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and a sense of success. The trek then brings you to Tipling, where breathtaking mountain views are waiting to steal your heart.
The trail continues on to Chalish Gaon, a center of cultural richness that provides an intriguing peek into the region’s tradition and lifestyle. The walk ends at the tranquil Borang at an elevation of 1,700m/2,296ft as the final stage unfolds.
A lovely drive to Dhading Besi awaits from here. The journey concludes with a return trip to Kathmandu, leaving behind cherished memories of the captivating Ruby Valley Trek.
Is Ruby Valley Trek Difficult?
The Ruby Valley Trek is a moderate trek that is not as difficult as some other notable treks in Nepal. The trek’s highest point is Pangsang Pass, which stands at 3,842m/12,604ft and requires traveling through varied elevations. Trekkers should be cautious of potential altitude concerns such as altitude sickness, particularly during ascents and descents.
The trail winds across tough and occasionally steep terrain with rocky sections, requiring trekkers to engage in physical effort. The trek normally takes 7-9 days to complete, depending on the route and speed chosen, and requires good stamina and endurance.
The Ruby Valley Trek will not require prior trekking experience but needs a reasonable level of fitness, and it is essential to be appropriately equipped. It is best to hire a local guide to ensure your safety and support throughout the excursion. Acclimatization, good gear, and a positive attitude are essential for fully enjoying this holiday.
Ruby Valley Trek Permit
The mentioned permits below are mandatory documents before beginning any journey in the Rolwaling region. You will be required to show them at various checkpoints along the way.
The National Park Permit keeps track of trekkers’ activities within the National Park. This permit also contributes to the trekkers’ safety and security. TIMS Card will aid authorities in supporting you in an emergency, such as an earthquake or a landslide.
Below is the required permit for Ruby Valley Trek.
Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card
Trekkers visiting Nepal’s Protected Areas must hold a trekking agency-issued TIMS Card. To obtain a TIMS Card, agencies must first fill out a registration form with information on trekkers, guides, and trekking routes.
- For SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) country, the fee is NRs. 1,000 per person per entry
- For foreigners from other countries, the fee is NRs. 2,000 per person per entry
Langtang National Park entrance permit
To enter protected areas, a national park entry permit is required. Park entrance costs are collected at the Tourist Service Center in Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu, or at the entrance points.
- NRs. 1,500 per person per entry for SAARC countries
- NRs. 3,000 per person per entry for other foreign countries
- Below 10 yrs of the child can enter free of cost
Accommodation on Ruby Valley Trek
During the Ruby Valley Trek, our stay will be in the teahouse. The teahouse in this region is operated and handled by locals so that you can experience their way of life. The rooms are typically furnished with a double bed and a shared bathroom. The guesthouse does not have modern amenities such as WiFi.
Please make your reservations in advance if you intend to trek during peak seasons. Because there are so many trekkers throughout this season, you may need to make reservations to find a room to stay in. We can assist you with your trek accommodations.
Food on Ruby Valley Trek
There are basic local food choices to choose from. Dal Bhat (rice, soupy lentils, potato curry, and stir-fried greens with pickle) is a delicious and filling meal option prepared.
On your Ruby Valley Trek, you will pass through tea houses in lower the part that provides various food options. As you trek to the higher altitude, the food menu will be limited.
Best season to trek Ruby Valley
The best months to visit Tashi Lapcha are September to November (Autumn) and March to May (Spring). The views from the mountains are breathtaking, and the trekking areas are not overcrowded.
As the sky is relatively clear in the autumn, it’s a good time to go on the Ruby Valley hike because it comes right before the colder winter months.
Spring is second only to fall as a prime time for hiking and camping adventures. The weather is more pleasant for strolling, lovely trees like rhododendrons bloom, and the sky is clear enough to enjoy the views of the mountains.
Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization of Ruby Valley Trek
Because of the trek’s elevation gain of around 3000 meters, altitude sickness may be a factor. But if you take it gently and acclimate properly, it shouldn’t impact your trip. Nevertheless, if you succumb to it, be careful not to disregard the signs and go to a lower elevation where the air is sufficient.
Ruby Valley Trek Packing Suggestions
Please properly pack your luggage for the porter (each of you 15kg, for two of you, a porter is arranged). You will leave the rest of your luggage behind at your hotel until the end of this holiday. Below is a loosely advised Ruby Valley Trek packing list that might help you in your trek:
- Appropriate clothing (2 sets)
- Woolen sweater or jacket
- Thermal inner wear
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Woolen cap and scarf
- Sport Sandals
- Woolen socks (2 pairs)
- Waterproof (not water-resistant) shoes with a good tread/grip
- Rain-proof pants and jacket with hood
- A lock for the duffle bag
- Backpack with waterproof cover
- Sleeping bag suitable for temperatures around 0°C (1 – optional)
- Down jacket with hood
- Camera (optional) (video camera is not permitted by authority)
Other essential items:
- Personal clothing
- Small thermos for hot beverages
- Water bottle (1 liter)
- Sunscreen lotion (50 SPF or more)
- Castor oil (50 ml) to lubricate the nostrils at high altitude
- Ziplock bags for clothing
- Quick-dry Towel (not a regular one)
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Snacks – chocolates, biscuits, nuts, etc.
- Hand sanitizer
- Powerful flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
Though we arrange basic medical kits for Ruby Valley Trekking, they are very general and may not be adequate based on conditional necessity. Personal medical equipment with electrolyte packs, pain killers, muscle relaxant cream, band-aids, knee caps, medicines for fever, common cold, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and any other personal medication is necessary from your side.
Communication in Ruby Valley Trek
The Ruby Valley itinerary encounters different landscapes. Even in this age of highly modern information and communication technologies (ICT), the landscapes are challenging to approach development in remote areas. One cause of this is still not correctly developing the technologies. As communication is significant in such an area, a guide has a mobile that may help connect you with a networked site. The lodges also have telephones you can call for a specific price. WiFi may be available in very few places on this route.
Most asked questions
FAQs about Ruby Valley Trek
The Pangsang La Pass is the highest location we will climb to. The pass is located 3,842 meters/12,604 feet above sea level.
Good fitness levels are welcome to participate in this moderate trek. Both inexperienced and seasoned hikers may finish this walk. We suggest you involve yourself in physical activities before your trek starts to remain physically and mentally strong during the journey.
You can add, reduce, or change the packages we have created on a customizable package. But, the itinerary we have designed is the best option made taking care of health factors. So, reducing the days from our itinerary is highly not advised if you are a beginner in high altitudes.
Reducing the itinerary may lead to a lack of time to adjust to changes in the environment, humidity, or pH, which may lead to high altitude sickness and other problems. Mainly, your body takes extra time to adjust if traveling to high altitudes for the first time.
However, we offer the most excellent choices to extend the days and adapt your schedule to meet your needs if you want to spend longer in the Himalayas. Feel free to contact us; our team is pleased to design your dream package under your priorities and our guidance.
Getting a guide is compulsory because Ruby Valley Trek is remote area with not much help for you. Also, you are trekking at a high altitud, we highly advise you to take a guide with you as you need to learn how well-equipped your body is to tackle high altitude.
On the trekking route, you can recharge your electronic devices inside lodges, paying a certain amount for the given period. We suggest you bring an extra battery or a portable power bank as a backup. It is essential to have spare batteries on hand in case of power outages or low voltage.
Before beginning the Ruby Valley Trek, medical tests must take place to assure health and safety. This trek includes crossing rugged terrain, high altitudes, and remote locations with few medical facilities. The objective of these medical evaluations is to discover any pre-existing health issues that may be worse by the trek’s physical demands and high altitude circumstances.
Conducting these tests in advance lets individuals take essential measures, plan for proper acclimatization, and make well-informed decisions about engaging in the trek.
We are pleased to have you visit the Ruby Valley trek with your kids and family since nature benefits children in various ways. The journey may be completed without or very minimal incident with a qualified guide. However, please let us know during the inquiry if you require a kids’ carry service.
Before beginning the Ruby Valley journey, we already impose payments on several costs, including permits, taxes, and others. Please be aware that we must fully compensate our guides and porters for the time they have committed, even if you choose not to finish the entire trek. We find it very difficult to issue refunds for any reason.
Starting before 1 month of your trek, we advise you to get active to mentally and physically prepare yourself. Additionally, we offer the Soldhunga Hike as part of our quick acclimation training trip. You can utilize this hike as a very tiny preview of what to expect on your main journey in the existence of the central Himalayas.
We request you ask our ground team in Kathmandu for assistance in arranging day tours around the city. If you still have time extra a few days or a week after the trek, we can also put one of the following quick relaxation trips. Feel free to pick the one you think will best suit your interests.
- Chitwan Safari
All these extra vacation days were arranged with the assumption that you would want to de-stress after a complex and lengthy excursion rather than continue hiking. Please let us know if you would like any other destinations over these.
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