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RUBY VALLEY & SING-LA TREKKING

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Duration

15 Days

Max. Elevation

4200mm

Group size

2 _12 pax

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
All transportation during trek
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation

Hotel in Kathmandu

Camping & Tea Houses during trek

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Starts at
KATHMANDU
Ends at
KATHMANDU
Trip Route
kathmandu-Bhalche-Rupchet-SingLa pass-SingLa Phedi-Nebar-Tatopani-LapaGaon- RiGaon-phulkharka-dhading

Highlights

    • Adventure within a scenic, unexplored pristine surroundings on off the beaten trails
    • Explore hidden Mid-West Himalaya in between Ganesh and Manaslu Himalaya
    • Exceptional scenery of rolling green hills, verdant valley, and high snow peaks 
    • Around least ventured areas of Ruby valley and crossing high scenic Sing-La pass
    • Beautiful forest lined with tall rhododendron, oaks, magnolia, pines, and fir trees


Ruby Valley and Sing-La Trekking, one of few hidden and forgotten pockets of Central Himalaya around Nepal North Mid-West. A perfect moderate to adventurous treks for people who are in search of new fresh and raw areas of Himalaya. Where trekkers will find great change from other mainstream popular trekking trails of Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest region. Ruby Valley and Sing-La Trekking, gets a few groups of visitors and adventurer every season of a year, a delightful country walks. Where trek leads to complete wilderness away from human civilization and villages in the close harmony of tranquil and unspoiled surroundings. The name of this scenic and beautiful valley name comes from a precious stone known as Ruby. In the early days, explorers and adventurers visited this region in search of this precious raw stone. Which was abundantly found around the valley in the past glory days, at present still exists but in small quantity. Where mining of Ruby at present is forbidden to save and protect the beautiful valley to its pristineness. Ruby Valley and Sing-La high pass, situated close within massif Ganesh and Manaslu Himalaya enriched with bondless beautiful landscape scenery. An enjoyable walk within its tranquil surroundings bounded by rolling green hills and giant snow-capped peaks with enchanting woodland. Which makes Ruby Valley a picturesque scenic country and worth every hard effort to reach this beautiful location. Walking in a peaceful ambiance covered in dense forest, with only the sound of cool mountain breeze and birds. Where trekkers can take delight with excellent views of Ganesh-Manaslu as far to Annapurna Himalayan in the far west, with Langtang Himal towards the east. Ruby Valley and Sing-La Trekking start with an exciting drive heading north-west from the Kathmandu valley rim. On the road towards Langtang and Ganesh Himal past few towns and farm villages to reach the starting point of the trek. In a village of Bhalche or Thulo-Gaon, where motorable dirt road stops around nice farm areas and lovely typical hill village. Starting our adventure towards Ruby Valley traversing over Sing-La Pass, the highest point of the journey 4,045 m /13,271 feet. As route leads through small farm villages and then entering into a dense forest of tall rhododendron and pine tree lines. The adventure follows serene surroundings past several summer pastures and grazing area, and then traverse over Sing-La to reach scenic Ruby Valley. Having time of your life within a sensational environment, explore the unexplored areas of Ruby Valley in the close shade of towering peaks. Walk on pleasant trail facing dramatic scenery, then back to farm villages to enter the higher side of Dhading district. Where our wonderful adventure concludes by taking an exciting drive back to Kathmandu, after a marvelous, mesmerizing experience on Ruby Valley and Sing-La Trekking.Additional Information: Ruby Valley and Sing-La Pass Trekking, is more or less an exploration rather than normal trekking. Where trekking itinerary we have set is just a guide-line can differ on some days due to availability of safe drinking water with a spacious camping ground. This trek leads to absolute mountain wilderness away from villages and human settlement for some days, walking through rural farm areas. Walking distance and hours mentioned can also differ also, depending upon trekker fitness, as well as change of designated overnights camps where needed. For this type of adventure tented camping is necessary, we will have all logistic support with excellent camping equipment with a separate kitchen unit. Includes expert guide, field and kitchen staff with a cook, porters to carry all camping gear and foods for the whole trip. Springtime is much beautiful with wild-flowers in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron (national flower of Nepal), with different bright colors from tall trees to the bush. In the area around Ruby Valley, chances of spotting some wild-life like elusive, endangered Red Panda with other mammals and exotic bird-life. 

Outline Itinerary: 
 
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu for trek preparation and tour of heritage sites.
Day 03: Drive to Bhalche / Thulo-Gaon 1,760 m via Bhetrawati town - 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Rupchet 2,845 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Cross Sing-la pass 4,045 m and camp at 3, 260 m - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Rest day at Sing-La Phedi for local exploration. 
Day 07: Trek to Shertung 1,920 m or Chalis-Gaon 1,674 m - 05 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Nebar 2,020 m via Tatopani (hot-spring) - 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Lapa-Gaon 1,850 m via Timal-Danda and Lapchet - 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Ri-Gaon 1,550 m via Bramachet Danda (ridge) - 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Phul-Kharka 1,210 m - 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Chap Bhanjyang 1,550 m via Jyamrung-Danda - 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Dhading Besi 950 m via Gola, Murli Bhanjyang - 05 hrs walks.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu- 05 hours exciting journey.
Day 15: Depart for international departure homeward bound.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

On arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal International Airport via various airlines, our guide and staff receive you for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing. Regarding the wonderful adventure to Ruby Valley and Sing-La trek. On briefing includes useful information to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the Nepalese culture of various parts of Nepal with folk dance and music. 


Day

2

The morning after good breakfast, enjoy a tour of Kathmandu places of great interest where our city guide leads you with a short drive and walks to visit famous historical and religious monuments with old palaces. Most of the ancient temples, Stupas, and monasteries including royal courtyards are listed in world heritage sites in the chapter of fascinating wonders. After an enjoyable tout back to the hotel, for the final meeting and preparations for the most remarkable adventure to Ruby Valley and Sing-La trekking.

 

Day

3

Our wonderful adventure begins after having a good early breakfast, for an exciting overland journey that leads you beyond the North-West of Kathmandu valley rim. Heading on long winding road past farm villages and hill towns to reach cooler Himalayan hills at Bhalche / Thulo-Gaon. Where our route diverts from the main road at Bhetrawati village then winding dirt road to reach overnight stop at Bhalche / Thulo-Gaon in the comfort of the local lodge or overnight camping. A farm village mostly populated by Tamang the indigenous hill tribes of Central Himalaya within Rasuwa and Dhading areas, follows Buddhism religion and colorful culture. 

 

Day

4

The first day walks from this large Tamang village, having nice breakfast served from our camping kitchen prepared by an expert cook. Start the adventure by heading through several farm areas to enter into a dense rhododendron and pine forest with grand views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu peaks. As walk progress with a steep climb to reach cooler high hills past Gumbo and Phikuri Danda ridge-line.After a climb head downhill to a summer grazing area at Rupchet, a nice spot for camping amidst beautiful rhododendron-oaks and pine trees. 

 

Day

5

After a hearty breakfast in the camp packing all the gears, start for the toughest day walk of the adventure to cross over Sing-La Pass towards scenic Ruby valley. Following a small forest path, often used by local cattle herders during summer grazing time than reaching on the foot of high Sing-La. Where our route diverts west past the Pansang Bhanjyang area, which is another route around the Ganesh Himal region. Climb on a steep-sided path covered in trees to reach on top of a ridge-line at Sing-La Pass, the highest spot of the adventure at 4,045 m high.At the top marked with stone cairn and old Buddhist prayer flags, where our guides often replace it with a new one, as an offering to mountain spirits and the abode of god and goddess. From the top rewards, you with the spectacular panorama of high rolling green hills and valley with closest views of Ganesh Himal and its massive peaks includes Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya in the west direction, facing Langtang Himal towards north-east. After a great glorious scenery head down slowly to the bottom of Sing-la pass at about 3,260 m high to set our overnight camp in a large grassy meadow. With time to relax having a hot refreshment as our kitchen staff and cook gets busy with warm dinner to serve.


Day

6

A necessary reserve and contingency day, as this trip is more of an exploration where itinerary days need to be adjusted, depending upon trail condition and finding the right spot for camping with fresh-water spring or creeks around. Enjoy the leisure day and explore the unexplored pristine surroundings around Ruby valley, and might spot some wild-life like red-panda and mountain antelopes if lucky a snow-leopard. 


Day

7

From this peaceful spot in the harmony of tranquil surroundings, walk today takes you to rural farm villages. After being in the total wilderness for few days an interesting walk to reach Shertung and Chalis-Gaon (which means a place with 40 smaller villages). Enjoy the morning views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal peaks as our route lead southward through a lovely forest with several cattle herder's shelters within a grazing area. As walk starts with a short climb to smaller ridges and then downhill to Shertung. A refreshing stop and to catch views of beautiful landscapes, and then descend for few hours to reach a nice village at Chalis-Gaon populated with Tamang tribe of Tibetan origin background and Buddhist religion with an interesting culture. Overnight camp in a farm field or a village school-yard. 


Day

8

Start the day from this nice traditional farm village with a short climb to reach on top of a ridge at Tikka Danda, facing grand views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range of peaks, and then downhill as the path leads to a gradual walk then reach a small place at Tatopani with natural hot-spring, enjoy a hot bath to relax the muscles after walking ups and down the hills. After a refreshing moment at Tatopani, walk leads to Nebar an isolated and remote small farm village within a lovely forest with views of snow peaks.


Day

9

Enjoying overnight stop in the middle of no-where within a small rural farm area, morning walk lead due south to cross a small ridge over Timal-Danda to reach Kapur small farm village. Where you can enjoy marvelous views of rolling hills and snow-mountain range, then walk follows slowly to a place called Lapchet, from here a few hours of the good walk to Lapa-Gaon for overnight camping around farm fields and terraces. 


Day

10

Walk from here onward within Ruby valley southern rim following the trail past Kachet and Kichet to a small farm village, and then back into a lovely forest with views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, a pleasant walk of 5-6 hours leads to Ri-Gaon for overnight stop, camping on a school-yard or farm fields and terraces.


Day

11

From this isolated area, walk heads further south within Dhading district as altitude drop heading towards low warm region. Walking through several spread-out farm villages of Kutawa-Arukhet-Bandhan-Cheelang to reach Gumdi village. After a rest for a while at Gumdi, continue to walk uphill to Dhangarchol at 1,403 m high facing views of snow peaks, then descend to Phul-Kharka past a small place of Tinkune. At Phul-Khraka for an overnight camp with the wonderful scenery of hills and valleys with views of a high mountain range.   


Day

12

 An interesting walk today as our adventure slowly comes to an end, as walk leads further south with much down-hill to low warm farm areas of rice paddy fields. Walk heads to Dansing village and then at Su-Bhanjyang, as route lead south to Ekle and then at the large village of Hatiya-Kot. From here to Chissapani with more descend to Ankhu Khola (stream). Where climb takes you to Jyamrung Danda a ridge, then with short descend to overnight camp at Chap Bhanjyang.


Day

13

Enjoy the last overnight stop on rural farm village at Chap Bhanjyang with superb views of the mountain and rolling green hills, our last day trek of the adventure leads to lower warm farm areas, where vegetation changes from alpine to semi-tropical as walk leads through many spread-out farm villages of Gola and Murli Bhanjyang area to reach Dhading Besi, a large town where the road leads to Kathmandu. At Dhading-Besi for last overnight around the foot-hills of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal area, accommodation in a tourist standard hotels with last farewell dinner among staff and porters, after completing our memorable adventure around Ruby Valley.

  

Day

14

From Dhading Besi town, depart for Kathmandu as morning drive leads towards Trisuli River near Maluku town, situated on the main highway. After the bridge on a busy highway and then a few hours’ drives reach you to Kathmandu. After checking into your hotel, the rest of the afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.


Day

15

Your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure of a lifetime experience on Ruby Valley and Sing-La Trekking, and then as time for your international flight. Our staff transfers you to the airport for homeward bound.


Inclusions

    • Airport picks up and drops by private tourist vehicle.
    • 3 nights hotel (3-star category) in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
    • Accommodation and meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) in the whole trekking.
    • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • English, speaking guide.
    • Porter (one porter for two people)
    • Insurance for the staffs
    • Local transportation
    • National park and TIMS permits.
    • vertex Holiday Duffle bag

    • Travel insurance which should cover emergency rescue and evacuation (most required)
    • International flight fare
    • Nepal entry visa, which can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.
    • Drinks such as mineral water, cola, sprite, Fanta, and beer, etc.
    • Personal trekking and climbing equipment.
    • Tips for trekking/tour staff and driver.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Ruby Valley and Sing-La Trek a difficult walk?

It depends upon one physical fitness and health condition, the trek is not overall difficult or a tough walk. Like in all treks around Himalaya it is the same here with much up and downhill. But once you take it slowly it will be all right and taking few rest stops.

Do we need enough exercise for these treks? 

It is best to be physically fit and in sound health before and after booking this trekking adventure, good exercise is needed to keep you in shape as this trek involves a steep climb and long descend.

Which season are the best for Ruby Valley and Sing-La Trekking? 

Best in spring-time from March to May, as well in autumn/fall season which begins from September till November. The best season is April to May and September till November. Days are much clear for excellent views and scenic walks within beautiful landscapes facing high snow-capped peaks. It will be cold morning and in the late afternoon till night time as well in the shady areas. Can expect snow sometimes around high elevation above 2,500 m high with some light rain also.

How are the lodge and food on Ruby Valley Treks?

On this trek, the lodge facilities are at the end of the trek in Dhading Besi town, throughout the trek spending overnight in tented camping, with spacious two men tents. The company provides small rubber mats, camping includes large dining tents with portable chairs and tables as per group size. Separate kitchen unit of expert cook and staff followed by guide and strong porters to carry all the gears and foods for throughout the trek till to the end. The foods are served from our camping kitchen cooked by the expert cooks, where you will be delighted with different varieties of set menu foods to enjoy, from continental, Chinese, Indian, and Italian to Nepalese dishes. Cooked in a healthy and hygienic environment. Include safe boiled and filtered water to refill your water bottles for the day and nighttime.

How far the medical facilities on trek if someone gets very sick?

The nearest hospital and medical post are at Trisuli Bazaar or Kathmandu and Dhading-Besi, as this is a complete wilderness adventure off the beaten tracks away from main villages and towns. In critical cases from any other medical reasons or accidents. Where a person cannot continue the journey, the sick clients need to be brought back to Kathmandu. The fastest means of transport is taking a helicopter service. In this emergency case where victims have to bear all the expenses to be claimed from health and medical insurance.

Are there any facilities to charge electronic appliances and gadgets? 

At the beginning of the trek and at the end of Dhading Besi, where the walk takes you into remote corners of the Himalayan Mountain range. Away from main villages, towns with none facilities to charge your electronic gadgets. The best is to carry a light portable solar panel that can fit on the back of day packs, where it can catch more day sun energy for use at the camp.   

Do trekkers get high altitude sickness or AMS on this trek?

On this trek free from the hassle of catching altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Where altitude gains gradually do not reach above 4,045 m high, the maximum height at Sing-La Pass. Each day walking and stopping overnights at a certain altitudes helps and supports to get acclimatize. Where walk leads high up and down, not staying much on higher altitude with a danger of getting AMS.

What are the chances of seeing some wild-life on this trek?

Chances are small, but wild-life do exist, like mountain antelopes, snow leopard, fox, deer, and wild cats including the rare endangered Red Panda with many species of birds. Depends upon the area of walks and staying longer where animals can be spotted. If lucky can see some wild-life even Red Panda, but not all trekkers have the great chance to spot the wild animals on treks. It also depends upon the season as well, during winter times the animals migrate to lower hills and valleys, and in spring and summer move to higher mountainous areas for grazing.

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