1. Enjoying close by view of peaks like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Lakpa Dorje, Himchuli etc.
2. Trekking to Pasang La Pass (3,842 m/12,604 ft).
3. Homestay with the Tamang and Gurung people and experience of their culture.
4. Visit to the Ruby Mines in Ruby Valley.
5. Enjoying hot springs, waterfalls and rock climbing.
6. Experiencing the rich flora fauna diversity of central Nepal.
Ruby Valley Ganesh Himal Trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Nepal. This route is new and visited by a small number of trekkers. This trek covers parts of the Langtang National Park and the Annapurna Conservation Area.
Ruby valley trek provides majestic view of peaks in the Central and Western part of Nepal. Peaks on sight include the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Bouddha, Hiuchuli and Lakpa Dorje. The trek provides an experience of living with the wonderful Tamang and Gurung people of Nepal. The region, being less frequented by tourists, does not have many hotels and guest houses. Homestay is the only option for most part of the tour. The Tamangs and Gurungs have a rich and unique culture. Their hospitality is impeccable.
Ganesh is the elephant headed god of the Hindus. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The mountain is named after him. The region surrounding Ganesh Himal is famous for its Ruby, Zinc, Limestone, Granite and Copper deposits. It is believed that Sherthung, a place that lies on our trail, possesses gold deposits.
Most of your path will be covered by pine and rhododendron forests. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. These forests are home to over 500 species of plants, 300 species of birds and hundreds of species of wild animals. Places settled by humans is characterized by beautiful terraced farms.
Other highlights of the trek includes the Chukarma waterfall, 200m, and the popular rock climbing spot in Bhandari Bhir. Pasang La Pass is the highest point and one of the most beautiful places of the trek.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Syabru Besi- Gatlang- Pasang La Pass- Sherthung- Dhading Besi- Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft). Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Syabru Besi (1,503 m/4,945 ft), 8-9 hours of drive.
Day 04: Trek to Gatlang (2,337 m/7,690 ft), 5- 6 hours of walk.
Day 05: Trek to Parvati Kunda-Yuri Kharka (lunch) - Somdang (3,271 m/10,760 ft), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 06: Trek to Pasang La Pass (3,842 m/ 12,604 ft) - Tipling, 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 07: Tipling - Chalise (1,674 m/ 5,492 ft.), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 08: Trek to Sherthung and visit hot spring.
Day 09: Chalise - Ukhum - Jharlang (3,000 m/9,842 ft); 5-6 hours walk.
Day 10: Jharlang to Dhading Besi trek and drive to Kathmandu.
Day 11: Departure.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/ 4,264 ft
You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in a private vehicle. You will freshen up at your hotel and take some rest following a long flight. We will welcome you with traditional Nepali dinner in the evening. The dinner will take place at a typical Nepali restaurant. You will be accompanied by company managing director and guides during dinner. Dinner will be followed by live music and cultural dance.
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation
You will prepare for the trek by shopping for basic supplies like trek gears, medicines etc. These items are easily found in the market near your hotel. If you are willing then you can also go for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu has many historical sites that are part of the UNESCO world heritage list. Major highlights include the three Durbar Square in Kathmandu, the Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple.
Day 03: Drive to Syabru Besi
Altitude: 1,503 m/4,945 ft
Time: 8-9 hours
We will begin early today because we have a long day’s drive ahead of us. We will head for Syabru Besi, a small mountain town in the North of Kathmandu. We have two options to travel to Syabrubesi - one via Kakani and another via Galchhi. Both road meet at a place called Trishuli Bazaar. We will have lunch at Trishuli Bazaar. We cross Dhunche and reach Syabrubesi, where we will rest in a tea house. Ganesh, Langtang and Manaslu mountain peaks are on a close range from here.
Day 04: Trek to Gatlang
Altitude: 2,337 m/7,690 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
The first part of today’s trek is hard. We will walk steeply up for a few hours before we reach Ronga Bhanjyang. Ronga provides beautiful view of the mountains. We will walk an hour downhill to Gollijung from Ronga. We will wait for lunch at either Ronga or Gollijung. A few hours of walk from Gollijung will take us to Gatlang, our resting place for today. Gatlang is a beautiful village settled by the Tamang people. It provides us a wonderful experience of the Tamang culture and way of life.
Day 05: Trek to Somdang via Parvati Kunda
Altitude: 3,271 m/10,760 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Goddess Parvati is the wife of Lord Shiva. Parvati Kunda is a lake named after her. It is believed that she used to bath in this mountain Lake. We will also visit Yuri Kharka, an yak grazing pasture. We will walk past the beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. Khurpu Danda Pass (3,710 m) lies on our way. After crossing Khurpu Pass, we will reach Somdang river. This river forms the boundary between Dhading and Rasuwa district. We will also meet the majestic Chukarma waterfall on our way. We will reach Somdang after a long walk and rest there overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Pasang La Pass
Altitude: 3,842 m/12,604 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will leave Somdang behind and head for Pasang La Pass. It is also known as Pangsang Pass. There are many grazing pastures on our way. Pasang La Pass provides a wonderful view of the nearby snow clad mountains. We will get panoramic view of mountains in the Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh mountain ranges from Pasang La Pass. The region around the pass is famous for medicinal herbs. In the old days, people from the surrounding area used to collect the herbs and take them for trade to Tibet. they used to exchange the herbs for salt, clothing items and food. There is a monastery at the Pass. We will slowly descend downhill from Pasang La. We will walk through dense green rhododendron and pine forests. Our destination is Tipling village, where we will rest overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Chalise
Altitude: 1,674 m/5,492 ft
Time: 5-6 hours of walk
We will head for Chalise village today. The place is settled by Gurung, Ghale, Tamang and Kami people. Their tradition is unique. Maruni dance, Shelo (of Tamang people), Ghatu dance and Dohori are among the cultural attraction in Chalise. Most of the dances are performed during specific time of the year. The Maruni dance is performed during the Dashain and Tihar festival, the Hai Nelo dance is performed during Tihar and Ghatu dance during Chandi Purnima on the Nepali month of Chaitra. There are no guest houses but the hospitality and the brilliant local food more than makes up for it.
Day 08: Trek to Sherthung
We will trek to the beautiful Sherthung village today. Sherthung and Chalise are sister villages. Shertthung is a village inhabited mainly by the Tamang people. In their language, Sherthung means a place of gold. It is believed, according to stories, that the place is rich in gold deposits. There is a natural hot spring nearby Sherthung. There is a natural hot water spring near Sherthung. We will wash away our fatigue in the hot spring and head back to Chalise for overnight rest.
Day 09: Trek to Jharlang
Altitude: 3,000 m/9,842 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will trek to the village of Jharlang or Ungul today. Mani Danda is at a distance of half hours trek from Chalise. It provides a beautiful view of the Ganesh Mountain. After that we will reach Chaap Danda and Bhandari Bhir via Deul Danda. These places have been identified as potential places for rock climbing. We will cross Lisne Jungle (forest) and reach Jharlang for overnight stay. Jharlang is a beautiful Tamang village of around 200 houses.
Day 10: Trek to Dhading Besi and drive to Kathmandu
Today is the last part of our trek. We will trek to Dhading Besi (The district headquater of Dhanding). We will cross the Ankhu Khola river on our way. We will meet beautiful villages like Katunje, Kimdang Phedi and Jyamrung village before we reach Dhading Besi. We will end our trek at Dhading Besi. We'll board on a vehicle waiting for us and head back to Kathmandu.The drive to Kathmandu takes about three hours.
Day 11: Departure
We will bid you farewell following a small traditional Nepali ceremony. You will be dropped off at the Tribhuvan International Airport, from where you will head back to your destination. You also have the option of extending your trip by taking part in other treks.
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle including before and after the trek
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with complimentary breakfast
- All ground transportation by private vehicle in city and Kathmandu to Dhunche and Melamchi to KTM by Local bus (optional private jeep)
- All required trekking permits and necessary paper works
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cups hot drinks in a day]
- Accommodation in lodge/guest houses during the trek
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek]
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days)
- Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, hot shower, telephone bills, laundry
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
- Tips / Gratitude for Guides and Porters
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.