Ruby Valley trek; formerly known as Ganesh Himal region is one of the best less touristy hiking trails in central Nepal is a hidden valley between Langtang and Manaslu trail. This newly proposed trekking destination is close from capital city of Kathmandu valley. Ruby Valley Trek is best for those who like to trek in very less touristic area to experience authentic local culture, staying in home and interact with locals residing in region. Main ethnic groups are Tamang, Gurung, Magar and Dalit. Tamang is the majority ethnic group in upper part of Ganesh Himal in villages like Sertung, Tipling and Jharlang whereas there are Brahman, Kshetris and Dalit (considered to be low caste) in the lower part of Ruby Valley. The scenery is splendid, from Pangsang pass and the Singla Pass.
The trek goes through foothills and lowland terraced farm lands to ethnic Tamang villages on higher altitude. Along the trail, the trek offers splendid close views of Ganesh himal, Langtang, Bouddha Himal, Hiunchuli and other peaks of central Himalayas. The highest altitude on this trek is the Pangsang pass at the altitude of 3850m from sea level. Pangsang Pass offers one of the finest views on this trek.
There are multiple ways to get around it. The trek can be started from Syabrubesi; some 150km drive from Kathmandu. Syabrubesi is also main gate to classic Langtang Valley trek. Alternatively this trek can be started from Dundure Khola (135km) from Kathmandu via Dhading besi. Many people start the trek from Bhalche in Nuwakot and trek via Sing La Pass (4045m). Daily local buses are available to Bhalche, Syabrubesi and to Dundure Khola which is connecting drive via Dhading besi. Our original itinerary starts from Arukhet following Manaslu route for the first day.
Ruby Valley Trekking Permit
Yet, Ruby Valley is not a Conservation Area neither a National Park, so this trek doesn’t require a specific trekking permit. As TIMS Card is compulsory for all the treks in Nepal, this is necessary for this trek too. If one is starting a trek or whether ending this trek in Syabrubesi needs to buy Langtang National Park entrance permit that can be purchased at Dunche or in Kathmandu. Trekking agencies are happy to arrange the permit and guide. For more information about Nepal trekking permit.
Facilities in Ruby Valley
Ruby Valley Trek in Ganesh Himal region is not facilitated like other major trekking trail such Everest Base Camp and Annapurna trekking routes, basic lodges and home stay facilities are available. Home stay trek is comparatively least cost so that it is affordable most of you wilderness lovers in budget style. If you are looking for comfortable trekking with good accommodation and verities of food facilities, then this trek is not ideal for you. Wilderness Excursion can arrange a fully supported camping trek with best service on your request.
Day 01: Follow the Manaslu route to Arkhet, then cross the river and trek up to the Lapu Danda (1026m).
Day 02: Trek via Dhunchet to Lamo Dhunga (1930m).
Day 03: Mostly a forest walk today to our camp in a clearing at Nauban Kharka (2710m).
Day 04: Cross the Myanghal Bhanjyang and descend to Lapagaon (1700m).
Day 05: Descend to the river, cross 2 bridges, stop for lunch at Borang (1425m). Trek to Sertung (1900m).
Day 06: Rest in Sertung and optional afternoon visit to Phyangchet Monastery.
Day 07: Trek via Tipling to Marmelung Kharka (3000m).
Day 08: Ascend to the Pansang La (3850m) and camp there.
Day 09: Trek south on the Tiru Danda to a camp at Gokchet (3660m) below the Sing La.
Day 10: Cross the Sing La (4000m) and descend to Gongam Bhanjyang (2900m).
Day 11: Descend through forest and then farmland to Kipsang Pokhari (1790m).
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu, where we check in at the group hotel.