Ruby valley Trekking

This trekking is designed to discover real Nepali life style; various tradition cultures remain our human ancestors. This trek is best designed to view the Ganesh himal range from closest point. Ruby valley is newly named after two times survey of this region by TAAN and GHTDC in 2011 and 2012 respectively. This trekking area used to be called as Ganesh himal. During the survey, most valuable ruby, quartz and Nilam are found in this area. The potential of tourism of this area is as Ruby so, new names are given at this context. 

Ruby valley trekking offers the client meetings with typical real Nepalese people which also could be called an educational or cultural tour. You will stay in local people's houses and home stay where you find their familiar environment, so that you will see Nepalese people's real lifestyle. You will have face to face interaction with them. You will always be surrounded by the snow capped mountains, such as Mount Manasulu,, Lang Tang Himal, Ganesh Himal range and many more. From Mugu Danda, you can see more then 12 snowcapped peaks - a panoramic and magnificent view. You will see many different species of birds and animals while you walk across the forest. You will pass many beautiful waterfalls, rivers, forests, natural hot springs, fishing, hunting, holy lakes, and terraces on a pleasant natural trail.

One can experience its rich Flora: the impressive display of barbers, primula, orchids and a variety of Ferns, the forest dense with Spanish oak, blue pine, and in spring time blossoming of the rhododendron set whole forest alight in spectacular arrays of color.

Another new attraction is Netra Tal (Tal means Lake in Nepali) . It is formed by glacier fed river originating from the Ganesh Himal (7,422m) Range. The crystals clear stream pool provides an excellent break during your trek around the region, while the Akhu River provides an amazing location for a swim and wandering around. The fresh water river with its numerous small little fishes also serves as a fish spa. The Tal provides an excellent boating experience, where you may fish or soak in the beautiful scenery and its numerous migratory birds.

There will not be a crowd of tourists and you will feel it is a natural experience. The people respect you, as you are a valued guest for them. There are different groups of people living in this area with different languages and cultures. You will be warmly welcomed by them and will be treated very well. Tourists cannot find this kind of trek in other trekking regions. Visiting is recommended in all seasons to this area but strongly recommended during festival time, which is of greatest cultural interest to visitors. Not only that, your trip can support the life of people and will push the area to be developed. 

FACT OF THIS TRIP
Trip Duration      8 days Trekking
Max. Altitude: 3850m./12705ft.)
Minimum Altitude: 655m./2161ft.
Grade: Moderate   
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Lodge/Home Stay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Overland 
Trek Departure: Every day throughout week
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 14 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months except December, January, June, July, August,
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours per day

Suggested itinerary 

Day 1: Kathmandu - Syafru Besi (1503m/4945ft.) 7 hours drive

Early Morning, we drive to safrubensi through the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaon and Dhunche Bazaar makes you scenic driving. Narrow and bit adventurous zig zags road but amazing landscape along the way driving will take your to reach Safrubensi. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Syafru Besi  -  Gatlang ( 2337m//7690ft.) 6 hours walk

We begin our trek with a dirt track zig-zags to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang, a cornerstone village on the Tamang Heritage Trail or hike to Gatlang by way of Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Just above the villes lies Parvati Kund, popular during Janai Purnimaa when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple. Stay overnight at community lodge. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Gatlang - Parvati Kunda - Yuri Kharka - Somdang (3271m/10760ft.)  6 hours walk

After breakfast, We ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurphu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwaa and Dhading districts.

A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but it seems locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m 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. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Somdang - Pangsang Pass ( 3842m/12640ft.) - Tipling ( 1960m./6468ft.) 8 hours walk

Begin the day with ascend to pangsang pass which 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 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.

You will have the best sun rise view and magnificent 270 degrees mountain views then trek to all the way down to Laptung village. Passing through fine, fir and amazing rhododendron forest thick jungle along the way arrive at Laptung village. After lunch turn rise side and passing Phyang village, paddy terraces and surrounding landscape finally arrive in Tipling Village. Stay overnight at local lodge. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tipling - Chalish (1674m/5505ft.) - 4 hours walking 

After breakfast, trek down to Kami gaun then steep descend to Adha khola. The trail leads you gradully to Chalish village.

Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. 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.

Gurung men traditionally wear vangra, a woven, embroidered cotton cloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carrying goods. Sri Tinkanya Devi Mandir lies above Chalish. In the evening mother group of Chalish gaon will welcome you performing Gurung typical dance program and culture show. Stay overnight at home stay. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Explore Sertung Village and Tatopani 

Early Morning, view point " Mugu Danda". You will have a magnificient view of Ganesh himal range, Paldor peak, low land villages and sorrounding high hills. On the way back, visit phyanchyat Gumpa and Tamang village- Sertung. 

Have a breakfast then visit Natural hot spring - tatopani with pack lunch. In the evening, often local cultural group offers entertainment program with culturalr show on your request. Stay overnight at same home stay. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Chalish - Borang – Jharlang - Dundure ( 1100m./3630ft.) 6 hours walk

After breakfast, the trail lead us  to  Borang village and then continue to Lishne jungle, cross suspension bridge, passing through Chhapchyat village you finally get to Jharlang village . Now a days, road is extending toward Jharlang though during monsoon we can not relay on due to road condition. If you trek in dry season then same day you will drive to Dhading besi. Stay overnigth at lodge/hotel. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Dundure- Dhading besi- Kathmandu ( 1400m./4620ft.) 9 hours drive

Drive to Dhading besi by jeep then drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch

Trek Ends

 

Langtang National Park Fee

Langtang National park fee is cumpolsury to obtain to enter this trekking through Dhunche. You can obtain it in Nepal Tourism Board ( NTB) or government registered trekking agency as Nepal Alternative Treks or you also can pay directly at Dhunche . It costs NPR 3300 per person. You will need passport copy to obtain it. Our package includes national park fee. 

Trekking Clothing equipment

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 

- Light weight pants, shorts

- At night -track top, pants 

-  T-shirts. 

- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap 

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 

- Small daypack - 25 liters. 

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 

- Small towels 

- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 

- A pair of gloves 

- Snow glasses and strap 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line

Treatment 

  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Stop for a day or two of rest for every 2,000 feet (600 meters) above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters)
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.

Accommodation

We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu as there will various choices to select yourself. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges and home stay during the trek. We will arrange with shared washing and toilet.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in some lodges early days of trekking. Basic meals will be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route and most of the days Nepali national food " Dal Bhat " will be tested in route .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Ruby valley trek is an easy trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 3900 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.

Mr. Lim chak Meon
Malaysia

It’s my 1st memorable, full of unexpected experience journey to Nepal. Believe me it won’t be my last time for trekking trip to this lovely country.  Thanks alternative company team !

Ms. Denise Galvani
Belgium

  • Very well organized agency and excellent guide.  I found flexibility to change the hotel upon and the guide helped out a lot while trekking and settling on tea house.
  • Great trekking great guide.
  • Would appreciate this whole team.
  • I would come next time again to Nepal if time available for me.
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