Ruby Valley Trek
Ruby valley trek explores the serene and off-beat trails between the Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area. The trail goes across the foothills of the Ganesh and Shringi Himal ranges. Some of the mountains that travelers can relish on the trek are Ganesh I (7429m), Ganesh Himal II (7118m), Ganesh Himal III (7110m), and Manaslu (8163m). This trek offers a great diversity in the trekking trails, ethnic groups, and wildlife. Likewise, the culture and heritage of the Tamang community is yet another highlight of the trek.
The trek starts from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi on the first day that follows a short trek across Tamang settlements. The trek heads west from Syabrubensi and trek to Gatlang. You can also take a detour to Parvati Kunda on the way and reach the Somdang River. Likewise, you continue on a gentle ascent across pasture lands and meadows to Tiling village. En route, you cross the Pangsang La Pass (3842m) where you can enjoy the views of the Ganesh and Shringi Himal ranges. Along the way, with panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Shringi, and Langtang ranges. This trek is one of the best trekking trails in central Nepal as it passes through Sing La Pass (4040m) and High Pass (3850m). Further, the trek heads to Shertung village and then to Chalise. On the way, you can also visit the local hot springs and relieve your trekking aches and pain. Then, the trek heads to Jharlang and gently descends to Trishuli River before heading back to Kathmandu. Since this trek is a newly opened trekking trail and accommodations like lodges and guest houses are not developed properly. However, you can find a fair number of local homestays as well. The best time to visit this place is between spring and autumn seasons where the views of the mountain are quite surreal.
We, at Himalaya Holiday Service, have been accompanying visitors around the nation for over a decade. We provide a full-board trek package including private transportation, comfortable accommodation, and well-trained guides and porter to make sure your adventure is one to remember.
Ruby Valley Trek Highlights:
Immerse into local Tamang culture and heritage
Participate in a community service project if you want
Traverse through many passes like Sing La Pass (4040m)
Natural hot spring along with the trekking route
Relish the panorama of the Ganesh, Shringi, and Langtang ranges
Ruby Valley Trek Facts
Geography: valleys and Himalayan foothills
Location: Ganesh Himal region
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Duration of Trek: 13 Days
Max Altitude: 3,271 meters
Religions: Hindu, Buddhist
Ethnic People: Tamang
Transportation: tourist bus/ private vehicle
Minimum Pax: 2 people
Itinerary of Ruby Valley Trek
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
When you arrive Kathmandu, our company staff will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and you take to the hotel. After you reach the hotel, you can rest and explore the Thamel area in the evening. You can also prepare for the trek as you spend the rest of the day in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Syabrubensi (1420 mt.) by bus. Driving 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Today, we will leave for Syabrubensi enjoying green hills and faraway mountains. We can also enjoy some rough roads which will give you vibes of a rural lifestyle. The drive settles at Syabrubensi where we can enjoy the local culture and traditions. At the end of the day, we can rest and get ready for the trek the next day.
Day 03: Syabrubensi to Gatlang (2337 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
The trail heading out of Syabrubensi continues on a fairly easy trail with plenty of zig-Zag. Continuing on the ascent, we trek west to reach Bahun Danda Pass and then down to a Tamang village. We will pass through the small village and a few temples on the way to Gatlang. Gatlang is Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship.
Day 04: Gatlang to Somdang (3271 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
On this day, we will travel from Gatlang to Somdang which consists of 6-7 hours of walk on a graveled trail and typical rural roads. We trek through Tamang villages surrounded by zinc, copper, and even highly-prized ruby mines. Likewise, the trails also offer views of Langtang, Ganesh, and Paldor peaks. The trek passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200m Chukarma waterfall before reaching Somdang.
Day 05: Somdang to Tipling (2078 mt.) via Pangsang-La Pass (3842mt.). Overnight at tented camp.
This trail is more difficult on this day and requires more physical and mental effort. On this day, we will be crossing Pangsang La Pass (3842m) and ascends through farming terraces. Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint located in the southwest of Somdang village. From here, the views of the Ganesh and Langtang ranges are simply glorious. We will also pass Gorkhen Khola and bamboo, pine, and rhododendron forests en route to Tipling.
Day 06: Tipling to Shertung (1875 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Just like the day before, we will cross bamboo, pine, and rhododendron forests with a variety of wildlife. You will cross Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the near village of Shertung and Chalish. This place is mostly inhabited by the Tamang community who has rich culture and traditions. Here, we can enjoy the Hindu and Buddhist rituals by the indigenous locals. Holy Chhyamra danda, Fyanchyat monastery, and Sajyat are the main attractions in the village.
Day 07: Visit Hot Springs and trek to Chalise Gaon (1674 mt.). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
This trek is a little easy to many because most of the time you will have to climb downhill and cross a river. Likewise, most of the trails are covered with prayer flags, Mani walls, and the mining area. It will take a minimum of 2 hours to reach Chalish Gaon that is mostly populated by the Gurung, Ghale, and Kami ethnic groups. The village has a unique culture and tradition with ethnic welcome dance and song known as “Dohori and Ghatu Nach”.
Day 08: Chalise to Jharlang (3000 m). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
After having breakfast in a tent camp, we will walk 30 minutes to Mani Danda from where we can enjoy the view of the Ganesh Himal range. This trek continues past the Deul danda, Gobre village, Chhap danda, and Bhandari Bhir. The trek will head downhill for most of the trail with a few gentle inclines. After lunch, we will continue our trek to Lishne jungle, suspension bridge, passing through Chhapchyaat village and finally to Jharlang.
Day 09: Jharlang to Khaniyabas (1785 mt.). Walking for 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
The trek will continue to Ukhum and head downhill for about one and a half hours to Dungre Khola after breakfast. This place is inhabited by Tamang, Brahmin, and Dalit people. As we climb uphill to Kuri, we can enjoy the beautiful and breathtaking panorama of Ganesh and Langtang Himal ranges. The sunset view accompanies us as we head for the Khaniyabas Village.
Day 10: Khaniyabas to Megang Danda (3220 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp
We will follow trek after having breakfast and reach Thambu Khola. We walk on stone steps and we reach Megan Danda crossing dense forests of pine and rhododendron. On the way, you can relish the surreal vistas of the Ganesh and Shringi Himal ranges. Here, you can also visit the local Ruby mines and enjoy the Tamang culture and traditions.
Day 11: Megang Danda to Trishuli Bazaar. Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
In about 5 hours of trek, we will reach Trishuli Bazaar. We begin the descent as we pass Darkha Phedi on a downhill trail and continue to the Trishuli Bazaar. We can also take a downhill route to the local market and explore around. Later, we can campfire and barbecue by the riverside to enjoy the view.
Day 12: Trishuli Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 4 hours. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast, we will be heading back to Kathmandu which will take a minimum of 4 hours on the bus if there is no traffic. After reaching our hotel in Kathmandu, we will walk around the Thamel area and enjoy the nightlife of the valley. We will also visit some places for shopping so that you can take some handicraft items as a memory from here.
Day 13: Transfer to the airport for final departure from Nepal.
We will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. After breakfast, you will embark on a car and drive through the bustling part of the town towards the airport.
Key Information of Ruby Valley Trek
It is recommended that you carry a water bottle so that you can refill it at local teahouses. This will be economical as well as eco-friendly option for the trek.
Carry a portable water purifier and medications for minor illnesses. In need of any medical assistance, experienced guides with medical knowledge will help you.
Carry torch lights or flashlight for safety purposes.
Carry additional items like chocolates, power bars, hand sanitizers, and toilet papers.
Extra costs for refreshments like snacks is not included in the package.
It is recommended that you pack light for the trek. However, do not miss out to pack your sleeping bags and down jackets.
You can hire a porter if you wish to do so. Usually, one porter will be help 2 trekkers to carry the baggage.
There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Nepal. If you are satisfied with the service, you can tip as much as you like.
FAQ of Ruby Valley Trek
What things are included in this package?
The Ruby Valley Trek includes facilities of pick-up and drop-off at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by a private car. Likewise, all the official expenses and 13% Government Vat including expenses for trekking equipment, national park permit, and TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System) are included in this package.
Which is the best route with time duration?
The trek can be completed within 12-14 days with an average 4-4 hours of walking daily. We take the following route on the trip: Kathmandu-Syabrubensi-Gatlang–Somdang-Tipling via Pangsang-La Pass- Shertung- Chalise Gaon- Jharlang- Khaniyabas- Megan Danda- Trishuli Bazaar and finally back to Kathmandu.
Best time to visit the place?
March to May during spring and September to November during autumn are the best time to do the trek. These seasons offer beautiful weather conditions perfect for trekking. The skies are clear, and the temperature is moderate. So, you will not need to pack very heavy for the trek, which is a plus point for you.
What kind of transportation is used for the journey?
You will be provided with a comfortable car/van/tourist bus. The type of vehicle you will use depends upon the number of people in the group. You will be provided with either a small 21 seater vehicle or a larger 36 seater.
Will I have free time in Kathmandu?
Yes, you will have a free day to explore the valley if you arrive in Kathmandu early. However, you can schedule or modify your trip itinerary to accommodate an extra day in Kathmandu. For this, you need to inform the guide or our staff beforehand. You can shop around the Thamel area for souvenirs before heading to the airport in case your schedule is packed with other activities.