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Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Duration: 12 Days
Difficulty: Moderate To Strenuous
Maximum Elevation: Somdang (3,270 m/10,728 ft)
Best Time: October - November & March - April
Accommodation: Camping / Tea houses
Ruby Valley Trek is a newly introduced trekking route that covers Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area Project. The trail has gained popularity among the trekking routes of Nepal as it offers a wide range of geographical diversity. The Ruby Valley is a hidden valley between Langtang and Manaslu trails, named after the precious stone Ruby, considered home to Ruby stone mine sites. The trekking destination is close to the capital city. The trekking offers breathtaking mountain views and diverse cultural and daily lifestyles of different groups. The trek provides a unique experience of mountains, culture, and natural biodiversity. Ruby Valley Trek is best for those who like to trek in the lesser touristy area to experience authentic local culture, stay at home, and interact with locals who live in the region.
The Ruby Valley Trek is a golden opportunity to explore Nepal’s geological and cultural diversity, especially in Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area. We start from the lowland, flat plans near Syabrubesi and move through the inspiring terraced rice fields near the Tamang village of Gatlang. We soon pass the 200-meter tall Chukarma Waterfall ascending through the vibrant rhododendron forests. Trekking forward, we will reach a point at which snow-capped mountains like Ganesh Himal (7422m), Langtang Lirung (7227m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), and other towering peaks of central and western Nepal will surround us. This place has a strong possibility of mining crystals like ruby and zinc, which are precious minerals. We can find red pandas, snow leopards, bears, tigers, wolves, pheasants, and many types of monkeys and deer as wildlife here. As said before, we can experience great cultural diversity throughout the trek. We will pass through Tamang, Gurung, Newar, Chhetri, Brahmin, and Chepang villages and stay there. Accommodation during the trek will mainly be in a homestay facility, which will get you close to local cultures. The trek goes through foothills and lowland terraced farmlands to ethnic Tamang villages. We will get a chance to enjoy the splendid close views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli, and other peaks of the central Himalayas. The highest altitude on this trek is the Pangsang pass is 3850m (above sea level), one of the finest views on this trek.
After exploring the incredible astonishing view of the Himalayas, we descend to Dhading Besi, from where we drive back to Kathmandu. Ruby Valley Trek allows you to have closer look at the people and natural environment. The warm hospitality of the local people adds up to an excellent memory of the unforgettable adventure during this trip. You can go trekking in Ruby Valley at any time of the year, although the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer the best weather. During the spring, the blooming flowers add color to the route. While in the fall, the skies are usually clear. The trek requires moderate fitness.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,360 m/4,461 ft.) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 : Sightseeing tour at Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation.
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Shyabrubesi (1,503 m/4931 ft. 7-8 hrs. drive)
Day 04 : Trek from Shyabrubesi to Gatlang (2,238 m/7,343 ft. 5-6 hrs.)
Day 05 : Trek from Gatlang to Somdang (3,270 m/10,728 ft. 6-8 hrs.)
Day 06 : Trek from Somdang to Tipling (1,890 m/6,201 ft.) via Pansan La pass (3,842m/12,605 ft. 6-8 hrs.)
Day 07 : Trek from Tipling to Shertung (1,920 m/6,299 ft. 5-6 hrs.) or Chalise gaon (1,800 m/5,906 ft.5-6 hrs.
Day 08 : Trek from Chalisegaon to Jharlang (1,650 m/5,413 ft. 6-7 hrs.)
Day 09 : Trek from Jharlang to Satyedevi (1,300 m/ 4,265 ft. 6-7 hrs.)
Day 10 : Excursion over GHCF project at Satyadevi
Day 11 : Drive from Satyedevi to Kathmandu (1,360 m/4,461 ft.7-8 hrs.)
Day 12 : Final Departure
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