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Ruby Valley Trek

15 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 1+
Bus / Jeep
Best Season
Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu. Camping Accommodation during Trek
3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route



Ruby valley Trek

It is a newly opened trekking destination in Nepal. Named after the precious stone Ruby which is found in abundance here, Ruby Valley trek lies in Ganesh Himal region. 
Ruby Valley Trek is comparatively a new trekking destination. The trek offers a rare experience of mountain, culture and natural biodiversity. The region host many different communities such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Newar, Tamang etc. However Tamang who are Buddhists form the majority settlers. Many Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples are seen along the trek. 
The highest point of this journey is Sing La pass (4040m) which affords great views of Mt. Ganesh I, locally called Yangra peak (7422m), Ganesh II (7118m), Lapsang Karbo (7043m), Pabil (7,104m), Manaslu and Langtang, are the famous Himalayan peaks visible from this trekking region. You will also trek to Ganesh Base Camp (3250m) to observe spectacular panorama of Ganesh Himal. A visit to Black and White (Kalo-seto kunda) lake which is fed by glacier makes this trek even more appealing. 
The trek passes through both Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area which are rich in biodiversity. Every spring and autumn, the hills and forests become colorful with various shades of rhododendron flowers, pines, oaks and may herbaceous plants. The landscape is dotted with rivers, streams, waterfalls and lakes. 
This trek can be done in different durations depending on starting and ending point. Ruby Valley trek is mainly camping trek but home-stays are also available. This trek is less frequented by tourists and is off-the-beaten track. 

Trip Itinerary

You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep valley.
Stay overnight in Lodge

While trekking you experience Tamang culture as you walk through village trails. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang will be an added attraction. Gatlang is set high on a hillside among terraced fields. One can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

You walk along the graveled but motorable road. While trekking, you can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Langtang Himal ranges, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak and many other unnamed mountain and peaks. Somdang is a Tamang village famous for zinc minerals.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

which takes about seven hours. You walk along the trail which moves through villages, forests and terraces. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views of green hills.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

The trail you follow descends at first and then climbs up for some distance. En route, you cross forests covered with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and waterfalls. Tipling is the first village you encounter on this route. It is a big Tamang village which is rich in mixed culture and has chorten and church. The houses are made of wood, tin and stones. People living here have their distinct life style and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks.

You can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. Now you have to climb down steeply until you cross a suspension bridge over Gorkhen Khola (stream). After you cross, the trails go uphill up to Sertung Chalise.

 Stay overnight at Lodge.

The early part of the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and crossing this stream you trek steep up and then gradually reach Hindung. This day you pass through small Tamang villages, forests, farming terraces and green hills. Hindung is a pretty big village mainly inhabited by Tamang.

The main occupation of the locals is farming and the farmers grow potatoes, millet, barley, maize, beans and other vegetables. You find mani walls and prayer flags in some part of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village you pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

After leaving Hindung you will rarely find terraces. The route up to Rajgang Kharka is ascent and flat as well. You walk along the trail covered with forests of rhododendron and local vegetation. These forests are the nestling place of various species of birds and wild animals. Rajgang Kharka is surrounded by beautiful forests and grassland. Except in winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

Towards the ending the trail moves along the land where you rarely find any trees. You find alpine grass here due to high altitude. At Kalo Seto Kunda there are two lakes of holy significance. The surface of Kalo or Black Lake is covered with black stones. On the contrary the surface of Seto Kunda or White Lake is covered with white shinning stones. During winter season these lakes are frozen.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

You can have an excursion in and around Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake). From here you can enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal and many others.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

You trek along descending narrow path where you find alpine grass on both sides. 

Stay overnight at Lodge.

The trail moves downhill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and crossing it you find a few Tamang villages.

 Stay overnight at camp.

You trek downhill all the way to Laba Besi and trek uphill to reach Laba village. This day you pass by pine forests, Tamang villages, farming terraces, green hills and villages at far distance. Laba is a beautiful Gurung village with its own tradition and culture.

Stay overnight at camp.

This day you trek through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. These forests are the home of various species of birds and wild animals.

The trail moves up hill all the way to Manyang Bhanjyang. From here you can see the first glimpse of Ganesh Himal. While trekking you pass Khading village mainly resided by Tamang and Gurung. Manyang Bhanjyang is a ridge and you find forests and grassland here. This is a perfect place for camping as your camping site is surrounded by rhododendron and oak forests. 

Stay overnight at camp.

To reach Majhgaun you have to trek along gradual descent path. On the way you pass forests of rhododendron and oak, villages, farming terraces and green hills.

This day you may catch a glimpse of Manaslu range, Buddha peak on a clear weather and other unnamed mountains and peaks. As you enter Majhgaun you will find local people being engaged in farming.

 Stay overnight at camp.

You walk along the trail dominated by villages, forests, streams and terraces. This day you can enjoy the scenic beauty of green hills. Budathum is a small town with local old market. This village is inhabited by Newar community. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Manaslu range at far distance.

 Stay overnight at camp.

To reach Arughat Bazaar you trek descent path and then through leveled route. On the way, you pass few streams, villages, farming terraces, small forests. Most of the time the route moves along the river bank of Budhi Gandaki. Aarughat Bazaar covers a small area with old market. Here, you find shops with minimal supply, high school, health post, typical tea houses, small lodges and it lies at the bank of Budhi Gandaki river. Here, the route to Manaslu trek meets.

You board vehicle at Arughat Bazaar to reach Kathmandu. This is one of the picturesque journey. While driving you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu and Malekhu is famous for delicious fish. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.

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    • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
    • Entry Permit for National Park / Conservation Area
    • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
    • Trrekking guide and Sherpas
    • Porter (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Camping arrangements during the trek
    • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc
    • Cooking fuel
    • Camping charges
    • All land transportation wherever applicable
    • Insurance and equipments for trekking staffs
    • First aid kit
    • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
    • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
    • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses
    • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips
    • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Equipment List

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.

General Items

Daypack, Rucksack, sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)

Clothing Items

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/waterproof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff  

Sun-worn Items

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm


Headlamp, Flashlight, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries)


Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials

First Aid Kit


Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocketknife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen etc

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.

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