Ruby Valley Trekking

Ruby valley trek located in Northern central Nepal, between Langtang and Manaslu regions, Ruby valley is a unique overland trek through the Himalayan foothills beneath the soaring summits of snow-capped Ganesh Parbat.Unlike most Himalayan treks that generally follow north/south river valleys, this route travels up and over many ridges in a generally east/west direction. As a result, it involves more climbs and descents (about 12500m of total vertical gain and loss), requiring strong legs, stamina and determination.
 
 The rewards, however, are well worth the effort. Our ruby valley trek will take you places rarely visited by other tourists, including remote villages, high and scenic passes, less established trails, friendly local people of many different culture and a sense of travelling back to time to traditions and lifestyle mostly untouched by modern development. Ruby valley also offers outstanding view of major Himalayan ranges, including the Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu and distant Annapurna Himal. It is home to magnificent stands of old growth hemlock tree which provide excellent quality wood for timber and roof shingles in many local villages.It is also blessed with an abundance of herbal plants which are transported by yak or foot over the Himalayas to China and exchanged forsalt,wool, turquoise and livestock.
 
The people of ruby valley reflect a rich mix of different cultures. Starting in langtang valley to the east, we encounter tamang people. They are primarily bonpo or Buddhists although some also embrace Christianity who originally migrated here from the north and speak a Tibetan dialect. Trekking west ward, we meet gurung and lam people, also mostly Buddhists whose culture and language are Tibetan based , but different from tamang since they are more influenced by the people from the south. Below the Phulkharka area in the west are chhetri, brhmin, ghale kami, damai and magar people who are primarily hindus and reflect the appearance and culture of the people from the southern lowlands and Indian subcontinent. All most all culture, in the ruby valley, however, also recognize and practice shamanism and animism especially during festivals, on auspicious and sacred days and when a person is in a need of healing. The terk has rated the difficulty level of this terk as demanding.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 12 days
  • Starts Point: Kathmandu
  • Ends Point: Kathmandu

Trip Map

Day 01: katrhmandu to shyabru besi (1500m) 8/9 houes
Day 02: shyabru besi to parbati kunda (2650m) 6/7 hours
Day 03: parbati kunkda to somdang (3271m)
Day 04: layover in samdang hike to zinc mine .
Day 05: somdang to marmelung karaka (3010m)6/7 hours
Day 06: marmelung karaka to tatopani(1506m)6/7 hours.
Day 07: tatopani to lapchet (1796m)/6/7 hours..
Day 08: lapchet to kachet (21400m)6/7 hours
Day 09: kachet to rigaon (1600m)7 hours
Day 10: rigaoun to pokhara danda (1720m)5/6 hours.
Day 11: pokhara danda to montrai sky camp (1190m)3/6hours
Day 12: drive back to Kathmandu; today we have to drive 7/8 hours

Cost Include

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

Good hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

Teahouse accommodation during the rubi valley trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

Farewell dinners.

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)

Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle

Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation

soul himalaya trek  bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

All government and local taxes

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Cost Exclude

Personal equipment for trekking
Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency Rescue evacuation
Personal expenses
Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter
Bar & Beverage bills
1 Woolen hat and day camp for sun hat: Depending on the weather take a hat for both sun and wind protection.
 
2 Sunglass enough UV protection 2:
 
3 Make sure you buy genuine UV protection sunglasses. The sun’s rays are particularly strong the higher up you go. Use a hard case to keep them in to avoid easy breakages.
 
4 Gloves warm enough:
 
5 Windproof gloves during this season are all that's needed. Head torch with extra enough batteries.
 
6 Water purification drops or tablets:
 
7 It’s better as economically and environmentally if you pack enough water purifying drops or tablets instead of buying mineral water in non-biodegradable plastic bottles.
 
8 For dry lips due to climate and heavy breathing
 
9 Enough Sun scream.
 
10 Water bottles required:
 
11 It’s better if you have two bottles, one for drinking, and the other for water preparation or backup.
 
12 Some ordinary plastic bags to keep things in, e.g. dirty laundry
 
13 Trekking Map/NOTE BOOK/PAN /PANCILS/WATCH/ BINOCULAR
 
14 Tissue paper, small handy pack will do for emergency toilet breaks
 
15 Duct tape small just in case
 
16 Wallet to carry your money
 
17 Quick dry towel 1: any size required
 
18 Swiss army type knife
 
19 Trekking poles- handing for rough terrain
 
20 Sleeping bag
 
21 Energy bars like candy/cheese nuts/Cholet/snickers etc   
 
22 Camera, video- enough space for pictures and enough batteries, and charger with socket adapter for your plugs.
 
23 Good lightweight hiking boots. Waterproof is good for you do adventure in Nepal.
 
24 Light sport shoes to use in camp or sandals for showers, night time toilet walks.
 
25 Hiking socks 2/3 pair’s thick and thin but good quality hiking socks suitable for the climate you'll be in.
 
26 Quick dry lightweight long sleeve trekking shirts any good qualities   required because long sleeves are good for sun.
 
27 Long sleeve cotton-shirt any  good qualities is Good for sleeping in at night or as a base layer if it gets cold in the mornings/evenings
 
28 Quick dry long leg light weight trekking pants zips are good two pairs. A lot of these pants are windproof, avoid anything too heavy or completely water proof. Zip offs are good as they can double up as shorts during the day.
 
29 Windproof jacket/windbreakers one: you'll mainly use this only in the morning, or when sitting around at night. But making sure it's windproof is good in case the wind picks up.
 
30 Lightweight rainproof jacket one: good fit and enough to pack up in a tiny pocket. Good for unexpected rain showers. Light weather protection and warmer weather.
 
31 Underwear required: Comfortable underwear is essential. Pack both cotton and polyester in case of problems or Friction.
 
32 Bungy cords: essential for hanging up your clothes to dry, or wrapping them around your day pack which is great way to dry clothes during the day
 
33 Washing items required: shop, small facecloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, tea tree oil and a small water proof toiletry bag or dry bag to carry them in.
 
34 Personal first aid kit with enough your important really necessary medicine. Containing paracetamol, bites/burn cream, plasters, small bandage, and antiseptic cream.
 
35 Day carry bags 35/40 liters
 
                 Though the list seems really long, believe me, all these things are really needed in the trek. If you have any confusion about the equipments listed above, please feel free to contact us at soulhimalayatreks@gmail.com. We would be more than happy to answer any kinds of queries.
 
 
 
 
Authorized agencies can apply for trekking permits along with following documents
 
Online application form (trekkers) Link to Trekking Permit Application
Copy of Passport

Copy of valid Visa sufficient to cover trekking days


Name lists of trekkers


Program Schedule of trekking


Guarantee letter of Agency

Agreement with Agency


Tax clearance Certificate of Trekking Agency


Documents relating to insurance of the trekkers (foreign nationals) and Nepalese staff accompanying the trekkers


License issued by The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation to operate trekking business


License  issued by Nepal Rastra Bank allowing exchanging of foreign currencies


Program schedule of trekking


Registration Certificate of Permanent Account Number


Voucher of Bank payment (fees) for permits
 

ONLINE VISA FROM YOU CAN VISIT THIS OFFICIAL LINK -
http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
1st  Step
Fill in ' Arrival Card '
Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up  prior to your arrival  visiting our official website  Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport).  If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after.  If so, you will have to fill it up again.
 
 
2nd  Step  
Make payment  at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
Get the receipt
While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.
 
 
 
On Arrival Visa Fee
 
15 Days – 25 USD
 
30 Days – 40 USD
 
90 Days – 100 USD
 
 
 
3rd Step  
Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form,  payment receipts and your passport
Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.
 
 
Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)
 
Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:
 
Children below 10 years
Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year.  Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
Chinese Nationals
Officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need Entry Visa based on reciprocal visa waiver Agreement
 
Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact Department of Immigration for extending your visa or changing the category of your visa. Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non tourist visa extension can be done only at Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of maximum one year (except business visa).
1. How can I enter in Nepal? 
In South Asia, Nepal is known as one of the most popular tourist destination. Direct and non- stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu (Capital city of Nepal) are also available in several airlines. Such as direct flights from Paris, London, Doha, Frankfurt, Osaka, Shanghi, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Karachi, Hong-Kong, Bombay, Delhi, Paro, Culcutta, Varanasi and Lhasa.
 
2. Is someone is going to pick me up from the airport with transfer included?
Yes, the member from our company will come to the airport to pick you up with a display card of Nepal Wild-Land Adventure Company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included for our clients.
 
3. Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, first of all our staff will receive you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel while our tour leader will be in waiting for you to give a few brief details regarding about the trip (Trekking).
 
While briefing our clients are kindly requested to bring their passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travelling insurance, notepad and writing pen with them. 
 
4. What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake up normally at 7am in the morning. And after having breakfast, we repack our stuff and leave it with our other Sherpa team.
 
We normally go on a trail before 8am, all you need to carry is a stuff which are necessary to you and a camera to capture the beautiful moments while trekking. Our Sherpa team guides hike with an interesting flora and fauna sights. You can also find the spot to relax, use toilet facilities, purchase snacks or any drinks which you prefer and shop for souvenirs.
 
We will have lunch within 11am to 12pm. A usual day's trek normally ends in the early afternoon like 4pm to 4:30pm. After that you can have a quality time for yourself to read or nap before dinner.
 
After dinner you can play cards, rememorize all the breath taking moments of your day or chat about tomorrows hiking plans. 
 
5. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Yes, of course. Telephone services and internet services are available in all the trekking routes in Everest, Annapurna and Lang tang areas. 
 
6. Can I recharge my camera and other gadgets batteries along the trek?
Yes, in most of the places you can charge your batteries along our trek.
 
7. About water – are they available at each teahouse? Or are we supposed to bring iodine tablets?
You can buy mineral water, filter or boiled water during the trekking trail. If you want to bring iodine tablets then that would be great.
 
8. What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
Meals on full protein and nutritious basis will be provided to you during our trekking. Warm and freshly cooked food is served (Western, Continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places). Normally three meals each day will be provided.
 
9. What will happen if there is an emergency?
For the emergency case, all of our guides are well trained in the basic first aid and can handle the basic aliments that may occur on trek. If the case is out of hand then our team of Nepal Wild-land Adventure trekking will cover the required expenses of rescue operation likewise it is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such as event where these expenses will be needed to recovered from your insurance company. In most regions there are also help posts which have been organized and established by the foreign doctors with an expert staffs.
 
10. Are all of your company staff insured?
All the trekking staff including guides, Sherpas, cooks and porters of our company is insured. They are all protected by fine life insurance policy with facilities of warm clothing and proper shelter on high altitude. We make sure to insure our staff member to be well paid and properly insured.
 
11. Could you give us some information about the guide?
We guarantee for the safety and security of all the trekkers with the many years of experience in this field with you. All of our staffs and members are well trained on this field with a trekking guide license and experience. We only hire the professional guides who are able to serve in a effective way to the guest and good in fluent English and also the one who can adjust to the Trekkers desired language. Our team members are expert one and are also active for any services as per the preference Of the Trekkers. 
 
12. What kinds of banking facilities are provided in Nepal?
In Nepal you can find modern banking facilities with international banks in KTM (Kathmandu). All foreign currencies along with credit cards are accepted in Nepal. For eg: American Express, Visa and Master Cards. You can also find A.T.M facilities in Nepal.
 
13. Is travelling alone women with your company is safe?
We guarantee all the safety and security for every individual women traveler while with us. We are more alert and confident for such issues. You can believe us without any doubt for your safety. All the guides of our company are well trained and experienced in such types of cases. Personal room on lodge trek and tent for camping is provided to our clients according to their preference.
 
14. What happens if I have to leave the trip early?
Sometimes communication on mountain region is difficult but we assure you that in the case like this our company guides will make the best effort to obtain the quick transportation and reservation to get you home as quickly as possible in a safe and sound way.
 
15. Does this trekking company (Nepal Wild-land Adventure) accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, American Express and Master Cards. In case, if you are paying in person in Nepal then we kindly request you to pay in cash or traveler's cheque because the bank charges for credit cards are quiet high.
 
16. Can you arrange extra night lodging in case if I arrive early or depart late?
Is there a single room option?
We would be honored to make arrangements such as extra hotel rooms, personalized tour, airport pickup and arrangements for private rooms. If you need a single room then we request you to indicate us that on your application and we will contact you the details and info on single room supplementary costs.
 
17. Can I bring some food from home?
Yes, you may bring power gel, cereal bars, and similar high energy foods. We suggest you to bring Gatorade because it is one of the most highly recommended to fight dehydration. 
 
18. Except trip price, how much extra money should I take with me?
This case depends on your spending habits. US$ 15 to US$ 20 per meal in Kathmandu is allocated.US$ 12 to US$ 15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, coca cola, chocolates and other preferable stuffs.
 
19. Is visa to travel in Nepal is needed? What do I need to get my Visa?
Except Indian citizens, all the other foreign nationals need to obtain visa while entering in Nepal. To travel Nepal for 30 days, you need a visa passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for your stay.
 
20. What's the main form of greeting in Nepal?
Namaste or Namaskar are the common form of greeting in Nepal. You can also say the greeting in words as well as a gesture where you have to join your palms together and bring them closer to your chest and above 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaskar holds many meaning like Hello, how are you doing?, nice to meet you, good morning and so on. 
 
21. What is the basic Nepali costume that I should know about?
The main and most important thing is that you should take off your shoes before entering one's home or a temple. And also it is considered illegal to take photographs inside the most temples.

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