RUBY VALLEY TREK
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Moderate
- Destination: Mid West Part of Nepal
- Activities: Trekking and Cultural Hike
- Accommodation: Two night hotel in Kathmandu local guest houses during the trek.
- Meals: Include
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
Day 1 ;katrhmandu to shyabru besi (1500m) 8/9 houes :
highlight escape from the big city.
Day 2; shyabru besi to parbati kunda (2650m) 6/7 hours
Big mountain views myriad rice and millet terraces chortens mani walls parbati kunda temple and scared ponds scenic grassy camp.
Day 3 ;parbati kunkda to somdang (3271m)
Many beautiful valley and panoramic mountain view point huge hemlock trees and beautiful pass crossing nice camping near to river .
Day 4; layover in samdang hike to zinc mine paldor peak and relx In camp or day hike in historic mine view of paldor peak waterfalls mountains streams.
Day 5; somdang to marmelung karaka (3010m)6/7 hours.
Moring climb to high pass with maney sweeping and panoramic views.
Day 6 ;marmelung karaka to tatopani(1506m)6/7 hours.
Countural diversity friendly villagers wonderful hot spring .
Day 7; tatopani to lapchet (1796m)/6/7 hours.
Remot and friendly villagers and traditional agricultures activates varied terrain iver valley and high mountain views.
Day 8;lapchet to kachet (21400m)6/7 hours.
Another big climb and big view days remote trekking and locals around.
Day 9; kachet to rigaon(1600m)7
Hours.big sweeping valley viewa continue winding but mostly controlling trails.
Day 10; rigaoun to pokhara danda(1720m)5/6 hours.
Many terraces meandering trails suspension bridge river crossing high scenic camp.
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 back to Kathmandu to the hotel
UPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it is can be cotton
Thermal base layers top -1mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester ,capilene or polartec power dry
Insulating layers -1mid wight fleece that can be worm over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential its very cold up high or depend how high are you going.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light wight trousers no cotton but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light wight yoga style evening sleeping but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. but SHTT provides duffel bags for the duration of trek these are easier for the potters to cary.
Day pack with rain cover -1for cary your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worm and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and worm enough
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light wight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder as you like.
Water purification drops -1 it is cheep and easy to buy in kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Worm woolen head -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light wight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel itms for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hand clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cadrs for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in mountain.
Trekking poles optional advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves worm enough.
Nack wormer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IT IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE .
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in kathmandu.If you have any queries please feel free to ask.