Ruby valley trekking

Duration : 8 days

Nepal, Langtang

Level : easy

from 850 € / p. from 2 to 15 persons

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Recently added to Nepal's trekking trails, this Ruby valley trek passes through Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area. Named after the precious ruby gemstone, this trail has much to offer trekkers: magical mountain views, breathtaking meadows, grandiose landscapes, sacred ponds, waterfalls, cultures of different ethnic groups and high passes.

Our trek in the Ruby valley begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The trail climbs through dense rhododendron forests, hot springs, beautiful waterfalls, goes to Kalo Seto Kunda and numerous viewpoints. From here, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu.

The Ruby valley is inhabited by the Gurung, Ghale and Kami peoples to the north, while the Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar and Chepang peoples to the south offer a diverse culture of different ethnic groups. This trekking itinerary is best suited to trekkers looking for an unexplored, uncrowded route close to Kathmandu and Pokhara.

You can also follow me on other itineraries in the Manaslu region: the Manaslu balcony trek, the Manaslu tour trek, a trek in the Ganesh Himal massif and a little further afield this Laprak and Darche Hill circuit.


D1: Kathmandu.
Arrival and welcome at the airport, then transfer to your hotel.

D2: Kathmandu - Syabrubesi (1500m).
You begin your journey in the Ruby valley with a 6-7 hour bus ride to Syabrubesi. We enter Langtang National Park, where we must register our trekking permits. The scenic route passes through Trisuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaon and Dhunche, offering enticing landscapes that will leave you breathless. We spend the night in Syabrubesi, halfway between several treks and the border with China, which has everything you could need for the trek.

D3: Syabrubensi - Chawatar - Gatlang (2230m).
We set off from Syabrubesi to reach Gatlang via Chawatar. The trail climbs a dusty, winding road to Chawatar, then on to Gatlang, a popular village on the Tamang Heritage trek. The main inhabitants of this village are members of the Tamang ethnic group, who have very particular customs and way of life.
About 4 to 5 hours of walking.

D4: Gatlang - Parvati Kunda - Somdang (3270m).
From the village of Gatlang, the trek begins with a gentle, steady ascent through dense rhododendron and pine forest. We also pass the sacred pond called Parvati Kunda, which attracts many pilgrims during Janai Purnima. The trail continues past pine trees and dense bamboo and rhododendron forests to Yuri Kharka. Just above the village of Samdong is a mineral factory where the Nepalese government collects copper, zinc, tin and precious rubies.
About 6 to 7 hours of walking.

D5: Somdang - Pangsang pass (3850m).
The trail climbs gently through yak pastures and dense forest to Pangsang. This is the best vantage point to appreciate the magnificent panoramic views of Manaslu, the Ganesh Himal range, the Langtang range and many other peaks. We spend the night in our tented camp at Pangsang pass.
About 3 to 4 hours of walking.

D6: Pangsang pass - Tipling - Shertung - Chalise village (1875m).
Today we descend from Pangsang to Tipling to reach Pansang Kharka, a pasture for local herders. The trail continues along the rocky ridge until it crosses the Adha Khola. From here, we climb to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalise. Overnight in a lodge or with local people.
About 5 to 6 hours of walking.

D7: Chalise - Borang - Dhading Besi.
After breakfast, we continue our trek to the village of Borang, then descend to the Lishne Khola. From Borang, we take a jeep along a winding road through the villages of Ankhu Khola and Kimdang Phedi to Dhading Besi. On the way back, you'll see many peaceful villages that will make you nostalgic. We spend the night in Dhading Besi.
About 2 to 3 hours of walking, then 4 to 5 hours by jeep.

D8: Dhading Besi - Kathmandu.
5 to 6 hours by local bus.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the experienced guide.
  • Airport / hotel / airport transfers.
  • Katmandou/Syabru Besi and Dhadingbesi/Katmandou trips in private bus if more than 4 persons, else in public bus.
  • Borang/Dhading Besi trip in jeep.
  • Full-board lodge accommodation, including all meals with tea or coffee (except drinks).
  • 2 nights in hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfasts.
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management Service).
  • 1 porter for 2 participants (in accordance with the regulations of the Union of Nepalese Porters, a porter carrying a maximum of 20kg, you will have to hire an additional porter if your luggage exceeds 10kg.
  • An assistant guide from 4 people.
  • Insurance for the whole Nepalese team.

The price does not include

  • International flights.
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, hiking poles, water bottle, backpack, glasses, sunscreen).
  • Personal insurance (compulsory: check that your insurance covers you in case of an accident, i.e. all medical costs, the cost of helicopter evacuation and air repatriation home).
  • Drinks.
  • Entry visa to Nepal (check that your passport is still valid 6 months after your return date).
  • Transport for the visits in Kathmandu.
  • Entrance fees in the city (museum, monument, monastery, etc).
  • The costs of exceptional events (road cuts, landslides, general strike, bad weather conditions, snow...) which cannot be foreseen.
  • Tips.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".

Any interrupted or shortened trip, any change of programme at the request of the participants (accident, illness, altitude sickness, early return, shortened trek, etc.) will not give rise to any refund.


  • In lodge and tent during the trek.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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