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Ruby Valley Trek

Trip Introduction

Dhading,  Gorkha, Rasuwaa  and Nuwakot  district  are  at the geographical  center  of Nepal and lie at the heart  of the nation’s history. It is from  these  hills  that  Gorkhahillmen,  led by  prithvi  Narayan  shah, set out  unite   of Nepal  in the  late  1700s. Since  then, Gorkha  soldiers  have  received  international  fame  for  their bravery and skill  as warriors. Although  near to both  Kathmandu  and pokhara,  the Ganesh  Himal rigion has remained  a well kept secret to  all but  Nepalie’s most avid  trekkers.

 

The  un explored  area is concealed  between the popular  destinations  of   Langtang  National Park  and the Manaslu  conservation area  project.Wildflowers  flourish, and waterfalls embellish the lush  hill  scenery  in a land blessed  with  wide –ranging  geographical, cultural and  biological diversity.Sensational  view point  feature the sublime  Himalaya to the north. Most prominent  is the  Ganesh  Himal range, a family  of peaks  among  the most  attractive of the  entire Himalaya. The Ganesh Massif   is  Named in honor of hindu deity  Ganesh, son of Shiva and Parvati. Selected view  point  in the area offer  immense  panoramas.

 

Most  rewarding are the  culture  attractions including magnificent Ganga Jamuna,  twins  waterfalls, Kalo, Seto and Ganesh Kunda, hot spring  and Tripurasundari Temples  and specially  the hospitable people that  inhabit the region. The area is populated  mainly by Tamang Gurung and Ghale to the north, and Brahmin, Chhetri,  Dalit, Newar  and Chepang  at the lower elevation in the south. Visitors are warmly  welcomed  by all with a friendliness  that makes Nepal Legendry.At least  10 separate  trekking itineraries  are recommended  and a await  travelers  promising  unforgettable  adventure. Government  registered trekking  Agency  will be  happy to set  up visitors  with a guide and all necessities for  exploring this  captivating,  un discovered region.

 

The area is easily  accessed  by the prithvi high way and  pasang Lhamu highway  along the southern fringes, connecting Kathmandu and pokhara. Another adventurous  option is to hike in from   the Tamang  Heritage trail of Rasuwa and  follow the ruby trek, so named for the precious  stones  harvested  in the area as  well as Balche Nuwakot, Gorkha  and Dading  besi.We will take you along this route with dramatic scenes  of natural  beauty, village scenery  and cultural charm.

 

Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade:Moderate

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  walking : 5  hours

Trek Type: Lodge, Tea House Home stay /  Camping full of  Trekking

Maximum Elevation: 3,842m

Duration :11 days

Region:  Langtang Region

The Route:KTM- Syabru Besi – Ganesh Himal Valley - and Dading Besi

Mode of Travel: Ground transportation

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive into Kathmandu. Flights from the UK normally arrive around 4pm and so after about a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!

Day 03: Kathmandu  Syabrubasi ( 1503m/ 4945ft) 8 – 9 hours  drive.

Taking local bus early  in the morning or a private four wheel  drive journey from Kathmandu reaches  syabrubesi, gate way  to the Langtang valley  at the confluence of the  Bhotekosi  abd Longtang Rivers. Mesmerizing  scenic  driving and passing  throw 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 make you good start day dreveof the trek.

 

Day 04: Syabrubasi to Chawater (lunch – Gatlang 2337m/ 7690ft) 5-6 hours hike.

Adirt  trek zig zags  to the west up to  Bahun danda  pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang, cornerstone village on the Tamang  heritage trail or hike to Gatlang  by way of Chawater. Gatlang  is a tamang village  with unique  customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above lies  Parvati  Kunda, popular  during ganaipurnima when thousand of pilgrims  are attracted  to the secret pond  and nearby  Temple.

 

Day  05: Gatlang – Parvati Kunda , Yuri Kharka  lunch – Somdang (3271m/ 10760ft) 6-7 hours.

The trail acascends through  pine and rhododendron forest to  lunch point  of  Yuri Kharka before  continuing  to Khurphu  Bhanjyang  and the then  dropping down  to the Somdang  River, border between Rasuwa and  Dhading  district.A  sprawling  mining  compound,  no longer  functioning  but locals  are  appealing  Government   to revive  it,  lies  a few  hours to  the north  upriver. The  high passes through  a scenic  valley  featuring  the  200m Chukarma  waterfall. The former  min  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.

 

Day 06: Somdang  -  Pangsang  pass( 3842m)- Tipling (2078m /6835ft) 6-7 hours

Pangsang  Kharka is a view  point  south  west of  Somdang  village with a broad  panoramas 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  gate way and is a sensational  location  for camping and trekking  in the breath taking  scenery the whole  Ganesh Himal  region is blessed  with abundant  herbal  plants. Previously, herbs  were taken  to Tibet along an ancient  trade  route  exchanged  for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise.

Descend  to  Tipling, a large  village  that hosts   two  Buddhist  gombas  and both a protestant and  catholic  church. Along  ridge top to the east  a gomba  and  cremation  ground  for both Buddhists  and  Christians  lined  with colorful  flags.  Being a majority  of Tamang  people  it has a beautiful  Tamang  cultures  show.  Tamang people  have own  rich  culture to show  for the  visitors Ghankri  a shaman  dance, Ghode  or  Horse  dance, said to have been  brought  from  Tibetan  culture  long a go. Ghankri (S haman  activity  is  robust in this  territory  with the  worse ship of  natural  forces and  indigenous  local  deities  interwoven  with Hindu  and Buddhist  practices.  Mane dance, Mendo  maya, Paro dance and  Ghode (horse) dance as  well  as  lama (monk) dance are quite  popular .

 

Day 07: Tipling  Shertung /Chalish –Borang  village(1700m /5610ft) 5 – 6 hours.

Descent  to cross  the  Adha khola  on  a box bridge and  ascend to the  sister villages of  Shertung and Chalish, regally  overlooking  the  fertile  river valley and  abundant fields.Shertung is  inhabited  mainly by  Tamang. The name Shertung  means, place of  gold. According  to a legend, two  brothers in  search  of gold   were led  here  by a dream and  thus  the  settlement was  born. Tamang people  have own  rich  culture to show  for the visitors Jhankri  (Shaman) dance ghode or horse dance, said  to have  been  brought from  Tibetan  culture  long  ago. Jhankri ( Shaman) activity is robust in  this territory  with  the worship of natural  forces and  indigenous  local deities  interwoven  with  Hindu and Buddhist  practices.

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 custom and craftsmanship and traditional  dance, 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. Some dance depend on the  time of  year and take place  during festivals including  the  maruni  dance  during  Dasain  and Tihar, Hainelo dance of tihar, and the Ghatu (Ghasiri  dance) that a occurs  during  chandi purnima  in the Nepali month of Chaitra. Deusi  Bhailo  program in Deepawali  are also quit popular. Gurung men traditionally wear  vangra, a woven, embroidered cotton  cloth tied  at the  ends serves  as  a  pouch  for  carrying goods. Sri Tinkanya  devi mandir lies above  Chalish. Local women tie bits  of cloth  or leave a bangle representing wish to be  fulfilled  near  a small pool of water  surrounded by  Barmase  a periwinkle  flowers.

 

Have lunch in  Shertung  or in Chalish  village and  then trek continue  to Borang. If you have lunch at Shertung  village  you trek to Borang via  Awai  village whereas   trekking via Chalish  will be passing through Govre  gaon. Boring  village also the  Tamang community  village and similar  culture of Tipling and Shertung  village  will be found.

 

Day 08: Borang – Percho(lunch) – Darkha gaun ( 850m/2805ft) 7 - 8 hours.

After  breakfast  trek all the down  to L ishne  khola  (2.5 hours walk) and trek continue  to Percho where  stop for lunch  and trek continue  to Darkha  Gaun.Passing through suspension  bridges, breath taking views of Ankhu khola  and Chyamchyat as well as   Ri village others side of the river finally reach  at Daekha  Gaun. This village is mix  culture village of  Brahmin people  and Tamang as well as Dalit.

 

Day 09:  Darkha Gaun – Darkha  phedi – Dhading besi – Kathmandu(1310m/4323ft) 6 -7  hour drive.

After  breakfast  trek all the way  down to Darkha ppphedi  taking 45 minutes  down hill walk and then take  Sharing local jeep  with  other people and  the  arrive in the Dhading  besi after 3-4 hours  rough and tough   zig- zags  road  drive. Crossing  through Ankhu  Khola  as well  as Kimding phedi  villages Katunje and  Jyamrung  village  will make you  fun driving  having  fabulous  landscape surroundings. From Dhading  change another  bus and drive  back  to Kathmandu taking  3 hours  drive.

 

Day 10: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture.A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.

 

Day 11: Depart to home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We believe that after a day trekking it is important to have the best available accommodation and food. This is why we use only the best lodges and hotels and allow our customers to choose the food they wish to eat from the menu available.

Unlike many other trekking companies our price includes all meals on trek.

 

This price includes the following:

Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek Two nights after trek.

Private Jeep Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Dading besi to Kathmandu.

All accommodation whilst on trek.

You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.

Trekking Permits.

Langtang National park permit is also required for this area.

Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.

Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.

Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.

An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing.

Sightseeing entrance fee and guide fee.

Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.

All government texes and Service Charge.

Medical supplies (Frist aid kit).

Cost Not Includes

Cost not Inccludes

Flights to and from Nepal.

Visa to Nepal. (Available when you land).

Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.

Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.

Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.

All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason).

Tip for Guides and Porters.

Your Insurance.

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    Equipment Check – List

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

     

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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