Ruby Valley Trek
Ruby Valley Trek Overview
Ruby valley is relatively a short, less explored yet very beautiful tourist destination. It lies at the base of Ganesh Himal, in between Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area. The highest altitude reached in this trek is 3850m, (Pangsang La). From here, stunning views of Lamjung Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, etc are visible. Besides the beautiful view of snow-capped mountains, the trail to Ruby valley comprises hundreds of rare flora and faunas. Many endangered animals like musk deer, snow leopard, wild boar, etc are found here.
Tamang, Chhetri, and Gurung people populate the Ruby Valley. hence, you also get to experience the amazing hospitality and cultures of these people. Ruby valley got its name after the rare minerals available here like crystals, Zinc, and Ruby. Ruby valley is also home to 3 beautiful and holy lakes named Kalo Kunda, Seto Kunda, and Ganesh Kunda along with a number of monasteries, and temples. The trail to Ruby valley also passes through two amazing waterfalls named Ganga and Jamuna. Basically, the trek to Ruby valley is a combination of nature, diverse culture, and holy sites.
This Ruby Valley Trek takes you around 15-16 days if you take proper rest and take day off. This route might cost you 600-800$ depending on your mode of transportation, food, accommodation, and travel days.
Highlights of Ruby Valley Trek
- Experience Tamang and Gurung culture.
- Diverse flora and Fauna of Langtang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area.
- Close-up view of Ganesh Himal Range and Annapurna range.
- Pass through the Langtang valley and Ganga Jamuna waterfall.
- Day 1- Kathmandu- Shyabrubesi, (8-9 hours drive)
- Day 2- Shyabrubesi-Chawatar-Gatlang,(5-6 hours walk)
- Day 3- Gatlang-Parvati Kunda-Yuri Kharka-Somdang,(6-7 hours walk)
- Day 4- Somdang-Pangsang La (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Pangsang La-Tipling-Chalish,(5-6 hours walk)
- Day 6- Chalish-Hingdung-Neber gaon, (6 hours walk)
- Day 7- Neber Gaon-Kupchyat, (5 hours walk)
- Day 8- Kupchyat-Khading-Lapa Gaon, (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 9- Jharlang-Kuri-Kaniyabas, (7-8 hours walk)
- Day 10- Kaniyabas-Kathmandu, (6-7 hours drive)
Difficulties of Ruby valley
The Ruby valley trek is very remote with rugged trails and steep roads. Even though it is relatively short it can be very tiring. Thus, the trek to Ruby valley is considered challenging. You will be trekking for 6-7 hours per day which requires an excellent level of fitness. Physical, as well as mental fitness, is a very important part of this trek. It is important to build muscle, ankle, and knee strength so that you do not have any problems during the journey. Is better to exercise, run, jog, and have healthy food before your journey starts. The highest altitude here is Pangsang la (3850m). There is also a risk of altitude sickness in this trek. Even though you will have opportunities for good acclimatization, there is still a low risk of altitude sickness.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trashbag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.
Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.