Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking

Duration: 20 Days   |   PhotosDownload

Ganesh Himal ruby valley trek is a newly explored trekking region in Nepal and situated between popular trekking destinations of Langtang National park and Manaslu Conservation Area Project. The trek is near to both Kathmandu and Pokhara and no flight is involved.

Ganesh Himal Ruby valley - wildflowers flourish and waterfalls embellish the lush hill scenery in a land blessed with wide-ranging geographical, cultural and biological diversity. Also, the trek offers sensational viewpoints that feature the magnificent Himalayan 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. This region has some tremendous viewpoints that offer breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks and valleys including Ganesh Parbat and ruby valley. The most rewarding is the magnificent Ganga Jamuna (twin waterfalls), Ganesh Kunda, hot spring, holy Tripurasundari temple and especially the friendly and hospitable people that inhabit the region.

The Ganesh Himal ruby valley trek lies in the four very famous districts of Nepal including Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, and Nuwakot. The whole area is populated mainly by Gurung, Tamang, and Gale to the north and Chetri, Bhramins, Dalit, Newar and Chepang at the lower elevations in the south. Trekkers are warmly welcomed by the villagers with a friendliness that makes Nepal legendary. This region has many amazing trekking itineraries, as per your request we would love to design a selective one to you according to your interested and time frame.

We will be happy to set up trekkers with a guide and all necessities for exploring this captivating and untouched region. The area is easily accessible by the Prithvi Highway and Pasang Lhamu Highway along the southern fringes, connecting Kathmandu and Pokhara. Another adventurous option is to hike in from the Tamang Heritage Trail to Rasuwa and follow the Ruby valley Trek; Ruby is the name of the valuable stone found in this area.  

 

Highlights

  • Explore the wildflowers, Ruby (Diamond) waterfalls, lush hill scenery with wide-ranging geographical, cultural and biological diversity of Ganesh Himal and Ruby valley
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of Ganga Jamuna (twin waterfalls), Ganesh Kunda, hot spring, holy Tripurasundari temple and friendly and hospitable people that inhabit the region   

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu Airport (1,350m):

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening join a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant and have a nice conversation and brief about your great trek to Ganesh Himal Ruby valley along with a delicious meal. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Breakfast at hotel, your sightseeing trip is starts at 9 AM. We provide you a private vehicle and a tour guide. We visit Pasupatinath Pashupatinath temple, Bauddhanath, Monkey temple, Bhaktapur durbar square and Kathmandu durbar square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu

In the early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi which takes about 8 hours by a local bus or private land cruiser depending on group size. We head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Bensi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River we catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As we pass through Dhunche we feel as if we are heading towards deep land. At the same time, we notice that the road is still under construction. Overnight at guest house or tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:guest house or tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Sybru Bensi

A dirt track climbs uphill from Shyabru Bensi until Bahun Danda Pass and descends to Tamang settlement of Gatlang, a popular village along the Tamang Heritage Trail. We can also hike to Gatlang via Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above the villages lies the Parvati Kund, a scared lake that draws thousands of pilgrims during the Janai Purnima festival. Overnight at a local guest house or tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:guest house or tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chawatar and Gatlang

The trail passes through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurphu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River that separates Rasuwa and Dhading districts. A sprawling mining compound, which is no longer functional, lies a few hours north of the river. The trek passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel dug into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies. Overnight at a local guest house or tented camp. 

  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Parvati Kunda, Yuri Kharka and Somdang
  • Maximum Altitude:3,270m

Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a board panorama of the surrounding terrain. Lying north are the Peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, medicinal herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise. Locals are initiating to build a basic lodge accommodation near the Pangsang Pass. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pangsang pass
  • Maximum Altitude:3,840m

Descend to Tipling, a large village with two Buddhist monasteries and a Protestant and Catholic Church. Along a ridge top to the east lies a Gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tipling Shertung and Chalish
  • Maximum Altitude:1,900m

Hindung is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are found in the areas to the north. Locals also collect Yarsagumba -a medicinal herb in the surrounding highlands. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Hindung
  • Maximum Altitude:2,400m

Thulo Dhunga is a camp that offers magnificent waterfalls cascading down. The area is rich in terms of flora and fauna. Wildlife found in the area includes musk deer, jharal, wild boar, langur, leopard, pheasant and partridge. Vegetation includes bamboo, rhododendron and juniper among abundant wildflowers. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Thulo Dhunga
  • Maximum Altitude:3,337m

The trail continues steeply with occasional jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks. Continue through seasonal grazing areas to eventually drop into an immense green meadow and splendid camp site known as Nojet Kharka. Overnight at tented camp.  

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:3,690m

Climb to the ridge to the northeast, Dobra Danda, is rewarded with a supreme viewpoint of towering Ganesh Himal. The mesmerizing sight is unforgettable. Two small lakes shimmer below at the foot of the Himalaya. Kalo Kunda (black lake) has waters that mirror the awe-inspiring surroundings and the smaller Seto Kunda (white lake) has a seasonal pasture nearby. These lakes are said to have spiritual power. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Base Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:3,690m

Trek from Base camp to Hindung (Gomba Danda) will be almost the same way back. However, stunning mountain views, surrounding landscape of Mother Nature and downhill jungle walk makes the trek pleasing. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Hindung

Follow the Tatopani (Hot Spring) River south to a built up riverside hot springs with a bathing pool and three taps. Relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The trail onward follows stone steps built by Kadoorie Agri Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. Both organizations are active in this area and responsible for building many water taps, bridges and improved trails. Pass through Tir on the way to Racyat and Kapur villages. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:hot springs-Racyat Gaon to Kapur village
  • Maximum Altitude:1,500m

Pass through Lapchyat gaon which is a charming Gurung village with nearly 50 houses. Cross the Lapa Khola on a box bridge and ascend along a trail surrounded by fields to the walled compound of a newly built hospital of the large town of Lapa Khading with over 400 house. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Rachyat/Kapur village to Lapa-Khading village
  • Maximum Altitude:2,025m

Steeply up the hill to the west in a tall, blue pine forest with rambling rhododendron is Magne Goth, and nearby is a large boulder, location of ruby extraction. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lapa Khading village to Magne Goth
  • Maximum Altitude:3,000m

Fairly up hill and downhill trek offer the grand views of Ganesh Himal range and the monumental landscape the region. The villagers are so friendly and welcome with a huge smile. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Magne Goth to Lapu Danda
  • Maximum Altitude:2,000m

Ganga Jamuna is the holiest site in this trek and there are two holy ridges which are the source of amazing waterfalls. Enjoy the great views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lapu Danda to Ganga Jamuna
  • Maximum Altitude:2,800m

The trek is gradually downhill to Fulkharka village walking through the nice terrace field and green hills. It will take 4 to 5 hours to reach Dadathok where we will set up our camp. On the way to camp we will visit a school. Overnight at tented camp. 

  • Accommodation:tented camp
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ganga jamuna to Dadathok

We take a local bus drive from Tinkhanne bazzar to Kathmandu; enjoy the local drive seeing beautiful countryside. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Fulkharka to Kathmandu

After breakfast, final transfer to International Airport for your flight back to home. Have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the near future. 

    Inclusion

    • All Airport-hotel transfers by a private vehicle.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
    • Accommodation in a standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Local guest houses accommodations or tented camp during trekking in the mountains.
    • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking.
    • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles.
    • All necessary staff with experienced guide and porters (one porter for two trekkers basis) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
    • All necessary paper works; special trekking permits for Ganesh Himal Ruby valley.
    • Down Jacket and sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking Map (Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
    • Travel and rescue arrangements.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Exclusive Medical Kit bag.
    • Our service charge and all government taxes.
       
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.
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    Useful Information

    Equipment and Packing List Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please contact us for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

    Permits and Formalities:

    A trek to a restricted area must be arranged as a fully equipped organized trek through a registered trekking agency using tents, Sherpa staff, cooks and porters. We arrange the permit through a series of applications, guarantees, and letters, a process that requires a couple of working days. You may not trek alone; there must be at least two members in each group. For some areas, there is a limit to the number of trekkers per season.

    Ram Kumar Adhikari
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