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Ruby Valley Trek 13 Days

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Overview

The Ruby Valley Trek in Nepal's Ganesh Himal area is a relatively new trek that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas. This trek is a homestay trek, as you will be staying in the homes of locals along the route. Since this incredible trekking path is seldom visited, you will be able to enjoy all of the natural beauty in its purest form. The journey begins in Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. This is a 13-day trip that includes three nights in Kathmandu and the majority of the time spent trekking. While on this hike, you will have a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks of Langtang, Ganesh, Bouddha, and Hiunchuli. As you hike along the trail in this Ruby valley trek, you will be enthralled by the view of many other mountain tops. Another interesting aspect of this trek is the ability to learn about Nepal's diverse ethnic groups. Along the trail, you can immerse yourself in the cultural life of ethnic Tamang and Gurung people.

Ruby Valley Trek, as a less crowded trekking region in Nepal, will provide you with plenty of time and space to establish a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal's Himalayas.


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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu.

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Day 2
Heritage Tour of Kathmandu.

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

Day 3
Kathmandu – Syabrubesi.

Drive to Syabrubesi by bus today after breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. Syabrubesi is about six hours of drive and it is the point from where the trek starts tomorrow. Check into hotel and relax. You can go around to explore the small town of Syabrubesi.

Day 4
Syabrubesi - Ghatlang.

Today is the first day of trek and the trek today takes you to a beautiful village of Ghatlang. The trek which starts after breakfast today will be of around five hours before reaching Ghatlang. The very first half of the trek today is uphill walking and the second half descends leading to Ghatlang. Check into a home stay and relax. Explore the incredible community settlement of Ghatlang village later. Overnight at the home stay with local family.

Day 5
Ghatlang – Somdang.

The hiking today is a little longer of around 8 hours. The very first half of the trek is again uphill hiking and the second half descends to Somdang. You will have enough stops to catch up with your breath and energy. You can stop by a cheese factory on the first half of your uphill hiking today. The cheese made of yak milk is so refreshing and energizing that you can take some along with you. Once in Somdang, check into a tea house and stay overnight there.

Day 6
Somdang – Tipling.

The trek today will take you to the highest elevation of the entire trip. You will cross PangSang pass today which is at 3820 meters above sea level. Today is rather a long and tough day of the trek as it will take you to the highest point on the trip and also go longer for about ten hours. Once you reach Tipling, check into a tea house and relax.

Day 7
Tipling – Borang.

Trek to Borang today after breakfast. It will be of about four hours of walking on the mountain trail. Once you reach the village of Borang, you can do some exploration around and enjoy the natural beauty of the place.

Day 8
Borang – Jharlang Phedi.

Start the trek after breakfast that heads towards Jharlang Phedi. About five hours of relatively easy trek today will take you to Jharlang Phedi. At Jharlang Phedi, you will have an option of visiting a natural hot spring but the trail to reach the hot spring is extremely steep so you need to be cautioned and careful. This is totally optional though.

Day 9
Jharlang Phedi - Khaniyabas.

The trek today will take you to Khaniyabas from where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Ganesh Himal range in the Himalayas. Start the trek after breakfast and walk through different local settlements, rice paddy fields to reach the destination today where a reward in the form of incredible Himalayan range will be awaiting you. Tiredness caused by six hours of walk today will be washed away in seconds by the magical charm of the mountains once you reach Khaniyabas.

Day 10
Khaniyabas - Marpak.

Walking to Marpak today after breakfast starts with a descent first. And the second half of the trek will be all uphill before you reach the incredible village of Marpak. Marpak also provides you good view of the Himalayan range.

Day 11
Marpak – Katunje.

Trek to Katunje today after breakfast. Although you cover a long distance today, you will finish in less time as you will be mostly walking on a flat trail to Katunje. Once you reach Katunje, you can celebrate the last day of your trekking.

Day 12
Katunje - Kathmandu.

Drive to Dhadingbesi and further to Kathmandu on next vehicle. Once you are in Kathmandu, you will have some free time to explore around and do you last minute souvenir shopping on your own.

Day 13
Departure.

You will be transferred to airport as per your flight schedule. We will pick you up from the hotel three hours prior to your flight time.

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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What is Included

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3 star category with breakfast.
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing with an English/ any other foreign language speaking city guide.
  • Land transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System.
  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide.
  • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.).
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew.
  • Tea House accommodation on twin or multi sharing basis during the trek.
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges).
  • Farewell dinner.

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Domestic airport tax.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Hot shower while on trek.
  • Single supplements in hotels except solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
  • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency.
  • Donation to the local organization.
  • Tilicho Lake Trek.
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