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Ruby Valley Trekking - 9 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Ganesh Himal Treks
Accomodation Selected hotel in Kathmandu,home stay and tea house during the trek
Duration 9 days
Region Ganesh Himal Region
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Goup size 2-35
MAX. ALTITUDE 3,845m Pang sang Pass
MEALS INCLUDED Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
TRIP CODE DWT16
NATURE OF TREK Tea House trekking/Home Stay
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
GRADE Moderate
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Local Bus & private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Explore the hidden trekking trail in Nepal that not only offers beautiful scenery but gives you the insight of the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups who are known for their rich culture and tradition!

Highlights

  • Newly explored trekking trails
  • Amazing views of the central Himalayas of Nepal
  • Ruby mines in the mountains
  • Unique and rich cultures of Tamang and Gurung people
  • Natural hot spring
  • Beautiful waterfalls, gorges, stone mills and suspension bridges
Benefits
  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

Overview

Nepal is not only a land of nature but also a mix of traditional and cultural diversity. The Ruby Valley trek lies between Manaslu Conservation area and Langtang National Park. The valley and the trek got its name because of the Ganesh Himal. This mountain is said to have the deposits of the gem Ruby.

The Ruby Valley trek is an interesting trek as it comprises of all kinds of landscape and walking conditions. It mostly includes flat lands, terraced farms, gradual and a steep climb, beautiful scenery of lush green forest and tall snow-capped peaks. This region is completely inhabited by the Tamang and the Gurungs following Buddhism. Their rich cultures and traditions are very fascinating as we will get to know their life style. Besides culture, stunning views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Boudha Himal (6,692m) and many more are seen.

The trek begins with a long seven to nine hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi following the Trishuli river. The initial start point is Syabrubensi, otherwise known as the gateway to Langtang valley, where we head towards Gatlang. From here, you can already start seeing the Buddhist influence from the Tamang and Gurung locals. As we head to Somdang, beautiful scenery of terrain, green meadow and landscapes are seen. Trekking through dense forests of rhododendron flowers take us to the Tamang settlement of Tipling village. Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags surround the village. The following day, we head towards Chalish Gaon where we will be spending a day extra to acclimatize and to explore around. The Chalish village is said to have a scared natural hot spring. The locals wil be performing their traditional cultural show for our entertainment. After an eventful night, we will continue the trek to Jharlang crossing many suspension bridges, waterfalls, gorges to finally reaching Dharkha Village. The next day we will take the transport back to Kathmandu.

This unexplored trekking trail provides you the opportunity to explore some very remote areas in Nepal giving you a great experience. Discovery World Trekking organizes a fully supportive home stay trekking to assist local economy and provide the opportunity to experience great hospitality of local people residing in the Ganesh Himal region.

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Drive to Syabrubensi (1,420 m/4,655 ft) –7-9hrs

After early morning breakfast, the drive to Syabrubesi begins. You head out of Kathmandu to the highway, slowly heading towards the north along a main valley road. You will come across many beautiful views of the river, terraced fields, small villages and snowcapped mountains if the sky is clear. The road takes you to a little busy town called Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river, you will catch glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. Passing through Dhunche will make you feel as though you are heading toards deep land. Then continuing the drive, we will arriv at Syabrubesi with many things to explore and a riverside hot spring.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 2
Trek to Gatlang (2240 m/7355 ft) 6 hrs

Syabrubensi being our start point, we inaugurate our first day on the trail. Climbing to the west and passing through rural villages and terraced fields we get great scenic views of the nature. Trekking at the off beaten path, with our pace, the scenery is indeed peaceful and spectacular. Gatlang is an idyllic settlement inhabited mainly by people of the Tamang and Gurung ethnicity. The homes are closely connected. Above the village we can take a side-tour to visit a cheese production center and nearby pond that is considered sacred by locals and a festival site for Hindu pilgrims and the location offers a marvelous panorama.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 3
Trek to Somdang (3,270 m/10,765 ft) 6-7hrs

From the royal Gatlang, we lead above the village to a pilgrimage area with a pond and Hindu shrine. This sacred area is known as Parvati Kund and is especially busy during festivals. Our serene trail then passes through rhododendron (Nepal’s national flower) and pine forest with occasional open pastures. The forests are often seen to be more colorful and scenic during spring and summer. We then further trek to Khurpu Bhanjyang pass where the views are truly spectacular. Descending down into the valley to the west, through more serene and remote forested area, we eventually cross the Somdang River which is the border between the Dhadingand Rasuwa districts. We finally reach Dhading. Up the valley is a former mining compound that is no longer in operation. The collection of riverside lodges a few minutes down from the bridge is our destination.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 4
Trek to Tipling (1875 m/6,190 ft) via Pangsang Kharka pass (3845 m/12645 ft) 8-9 hrs

From the small settlement of Somdang, we have a climb through more scenic terrain with dense jungle on the way up to a large pasture that is known as Pangsang Kharka. This pass has a wide- open meadow and affords great views of the surrounding territory including the Annapurnas, Manaslu and mighty Ganesh Himal and more. We then make our way down through more thick jungle as we descend with a broad perspective of the lush valley that we are entering. Eventually we reach Tipliing, a large settlement of mostly Tamang people with Buddhist monasteries and Christian churches as well. The locals are very friendly and we will get an insight to their Tibetan influenced culture.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 5
Trek to Chalis Gaon (1800m/5,960 ft) - 2hrs

The trek today will be a short and relaxed day as we trek our way to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalis Gaon. First, we descend down through the serene jungle and cross a tributary and then make a contour to the splendid village of Chalish Gaon which is an idyllic setting. About 100 m above Chailsh Gaon is Shertung village and both magnificent settlements leave a lot to explore, or just relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery of surrounding fields and lush valley below. Shertung and Chalish Gaon are inhabited mainly by Gurung, Tamang and Dalit people.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 6
Rest and Relaxation Day at Chalish Gaon

Today, we take a day away from trekking to acclimatize and also to truly relax and enjoy the surroundings. We have optional hikes to a nearby natural hot springs across the valley with built up, riverside pools where we can soak our cares away. Another option is a hike up to a spectacular viewpoint above the villages. Or, just sit back and take in the village life, perhaps interacting with the local people and observing their typical daily schedule. The local people will perform their traditional and cultural dances as a form of entertainment to us.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 7
Trek to Jharlang (3,000m/9,900ft) 5-6 hrs

With an amazing day spent at Chalish Gaon in the last two days we bid it goodbye and make our way through rich and dense jungle scenery. We will pass through the scenic village of Borang, and then we continue through more dense jungle terrain. The route takes us through remote villages with beautiful surrounding fields and then we climb to Jharlang, a large settlement with spectacular views.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 8
Trek to Darkha Bensi (830 m/2,710 ft) 6-7 hrs

Today being the last trekking day, the destination for today will be Dharkha Bensi. We make a pleasant hike down through beautiful territory of jungles and fertile fields and pleasant villages. It is a pleasant descent through a scenic valley to our destination near the road where we will arrange transport to Kathmandu tomorrow.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).
day 9
Drive to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs

After an early morning breakfast, we will head back to the Kathmandu with a scenic drive offering a good look at the natural scenery and rural farmland of Nepal. Saying goodbye to the peaceful trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside, the bus will make one last climb which will take us back in the valley of the diversity of cultures, Kathmandu. You will then be dropped off to your respective hotels.

What is Included?

  • Kathmandu to Syabru besi and Darkha Bensi to Dhading then back to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • Tea House/ Lodge accommodation including meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (18 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Langtang National Park entry permit fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Catering extra dietary requirements
  • All Government and Local Taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after over the successfully trek.
  • Farewell dinner.

What is Excluded?

  • International Flight.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Accomodatioins, Meals (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal nature of expenses such as laundry, telephone call, battery recharge, shopping, laundry, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for The Ruby Valley Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head
  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat

  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face
  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Face/body wipes

Hands
  • Lightweight gloves

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body
  • Hiking shirts

  • Long sleeved shirt

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear
  • Hiking Boots

  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)

  • Thermal bottle

  • Water purification

  • Trekking pole

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries
  • Medium size drying towel

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Deodorant floss

  • Biodegradable bar soap

  • Nail clippers

  • Small mirror

Personal accessories
  • Money

  • Watch

  • Cell phone

  • Camera

Extra items
  • First aid kit

  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport

  • Notebook and pen

  • Binoculars

Trip Information

The beginning of the journey towards Ruby Valley

You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. The next day we will be traveling to our destination via bus or a local jeep.

Don't Worry, We'll Pick You!

We provide free airport pickup and drop by private vehicle. Upon arrival you’ll be warmly welcomes by our Discovery world trekking crew with a traditional offering of Khada or marigolds garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion), then directly transfer you to your hotel. To make use of this service please submit full flight details of arrival and departure in advance by mail.

Accommodation Details During The Trek

The Ruby Valley Trek 9 days is a long trek with 8 nights at a mountain local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. Two nights in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek and is not included in the package. There are excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

About The Meals

The meal package in this trek is very convenient. Three meal items of 9 breakfasts, 9 lunch and 8 dinner are included in the package. The meals will be the best selected from the menu of the lodge mostly local foods which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty . We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude for health benefit. Meals in Kathmandu are not included in the packages, although there are variety of Nepalese and international cuisine readily available for you to choose according to our taste.

Best Time to Trek

The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to The Ruby Valley Trek. It is best suited to trek during the spring, summer and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon, it becomes difficult to trek due strong winds, storms and slippery trails.

January – February

This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. The temperature can be extremely cold. Though the day time may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold. It would not be suggested to trek during this time.

March – April

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Ruby Valley Trek. The weather is very favorable through the trek. Stunning views of the central Himalayan range will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with variety of colors.

May – June

This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

July – August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would rise. The trails would be very slippery. Having to trek by ridges and descending down the trails would make it risky.

September – October

This is also one of the perfect season for the Ruby Valley trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Ruby Valley trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

November – December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begins in the Ganesh Himal Region and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The day time temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, he temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

Acclimatization

In this trek, we will be acclimatizing at Chalish Gaon. During this extra rest day, we have options of hiking, exploring the village and learning the culture and lifestyle of the locals. Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya we urge to inform your group leader and guide at first signs of the symptoms, we guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 liters a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than other.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

The Ruby Valley trek is slightly challenging yet a rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single

The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of twelve and above will be accompanied by a leader, and supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna based on your own holiday time frame. This will be led by one of our highly competent and well experienced guides

A typical day on trek

A day on trekking will be rewarding with unique experience providing to trek leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy scenery, take photos and explore the local village. During the trek, you are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert guide along with porters to carry out your baggage. You need to take your small regular day pack on hiking days.The day starts with an early morning cup of tea. Each morning after packing our bags and having a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 am -8am, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. after trekking 3 to 4 hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after an hour rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter being only 2 to 3 hours when we read our overnight lodge we snack on the prepared extra dietary snacks, then after dinner, we will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. In the evening before going to bed, we discuss each group member hiking experience of that day. And the guide will brief the next day trip plan. After completing of trip briefing we enjoy fun and games and entertainment. Trekkers love learning Nepalese language from our Discovery World Trekking crews, playing card, talking to and chatting with the crew members, reliving the day adventure or reading books before heading off to the bed for well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

There is mobile phone coverage on the most of the routes, but this service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with separate local SIM card with good access for talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. Although Some days at high altitude, there is no mobile network facility.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend to bring cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on the trek

Throughout the lodges at The Ruby Valley trek, electricity for camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying in price at all lodges. Most of lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and enroute shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested into drinking water.

Insurance Policy

Trekking in The Ruby Valley Trek requires slightly proactive and reactive preparedness. The high mountains are not a place to visit casually as serious sickness and other casualty are supposed to be unexpectedly happened. Make sure you have insured against this incident before starting the trek. Travel insurance is also a part of booking condition for an adventure trek in Nepal. To join in The Ruby Valley trek, at a minimum, a comprehensive travel insurance policy is must to cover medical and emergency repatriation with inclusively helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude. We can do recommendation of insurance company in case of our help needed but we do not involve in sale of the insurance policy. Trekker is refused to be participated in The Ruby Valley Trek, with improper policy or without travel insurance policy. In case of emergency circumstances of our valued client, company put forward the travel documentation processing to insurance company based on your prior information submission details in order to assist in arranging rescue operation, and transfer to hospital for treatment. You are requested to send the details insurance information after you have booked the trek. Make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at the highest elevation of trek.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

You can exchange most foreign currencies through the banks and through the money exchanges. Money exchangers are also legitimate. You might be able to also exchange small amounts of cash at the hotel you are staying. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu. Money changers or Money exchangers in Kathmandu are found all over Thamel. The going rate is normally displayed in the front of the stores on a board. The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NRP). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupees in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined. Despite having the security advantage of traveler’s cheque, many hassles problems like a lengthy process and high rate of commission may take place during the processing at banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of many ATMs in Kathmandu (if you card is linked to the International Cirrus System), or by exchanging your travel cash at a bank in Kathmandu, the service fee charge will impose on around four percent or more depending up on the bank. There is a day transaction limit on cash withdrawing if you use the bank. Please note that most establishment banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage ,Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials,You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at Discovery World Trekking store for free.

Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our client’s safety, security and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipments and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the leader to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and wont wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the Ruby Valley Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years rekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience

Booking and Payment Process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date . Payment is to be made by bank transfer ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking. In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip Extensions

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Ruby Valley trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

USEFUL INFO

Please Note: The Ruby Valley Cultural trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you.
The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although, it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Lead Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.
We look forward to guiding you on the Ruby Valley Cultural trek through some of the most dazzling landscape on the planet with unforgettable Himalayan panoramas along the way!

Trip Reviews

Rich of Nature and Culture Ruby Valley Trek
Chris & friends
5 - Excellent
04/02/2014

This trekking experience to Ruby valley culture went above and beyond our expectations, DWT’s guide Dil and all crews were amanzing made our trip the best it could possibly be I will never forget everyone who made our trek so spectacles thank you Discovery World Trekking

Ruby Valley trek
Tiffany
5 - Excellent
05/27/2018

I trekked through Ruby Valley to volunteer with ZOLCY at the schools in Khading and Chalice. Simbir and Manish were amazing guides, supporting everyone in anyway they needed, keeping the energy high, and always on top of keeping us informed on what was the best and safest route to take. Thank you for the laughs, the music and dancing, and carrying my pack during the "short cut" we took to cross the river due to the unexpected broken bridge. I'll never forget this amazing experience and cannot wait to do Annapurna next year with my two favorite guides!! Very good, Very good, YAY!!!

4 Years with DWT!
Gary
5 - Excellent
05/31/2018

Our Canadian Non Profit (Zen's Outdoor Leadership Camp for Youth), partnered with Discovery World Trekking and Open Learning Exchange Nepal to complete a 4 year development initiative that brought laptops loaded with educational software to the villages of Chalish Goan and Khading in the Ruby Valley area. Over the years our 18 international volunteers have been very impressed with DWT's guides and porters. Paul has always looked after our teams with professionalism and attention to detail. Thank you DWT for contributing to our successful mission. Much Love

Trek through Ruby Valley
CarlessBarkley
5 - Excellent
05/31/2018

We spent 2 weeks trekking through the beautiful and remote Ruby Valley and I could not have asked for a better experience. Simbir and Manis were incredibly knowledgeable, welcoming, and hilarious. They kept our spirits up during the very difficult parts of the trek and I could not have done it without them. A special shout out goes to my man Manis for carrying my pack when I literally could not put one foot in front of the other and for always keeping me laughing and dancing at back of the pack. Thank you both for a trek that I will never forget! Dahl Bat Power 24 Hour!

Rich of Nature and Culture Ruby Valley Trek
Chris & friends
5 - Excellent
04/02/2014

This trekking experience to Ruby valley culture went above and beyond our expectations, DWT’s guide Dil and all crews were amanzing made our trip the best it could possibly be I will never forget everyone who made our trek so spectacles thank you Discovery World Trekking

Trek through Ruby Valley
CarlessBarkley
5 - Excellent
05/31/2018

We spent 2 weeks trekking through the beautiful and remote Ruby Valley and I could not have asked for a better experience. Simbir and Manis were incredibly knowledgeable, welcoming, and hilarious. They kept our spirits up during the very difficult parts of the trek and I could not have done it without them. A special shout out goes to my man Manis for carrying my pack when I literally could not put one foot in front of the other and for always keeping me laughing and dancing at back of the pack. Thank you both for a trek that I will never forget! Dahl Bat Power 24 Hour!

4 Years with DWT!
Gary
5 - Excellent
05/31/2018

Our Canadian Non Profit (Zen's Outdoor Leadership Camp for Youth), partnered with Discovery World Trekking and Open Learning Exchange Nepal to complete a 4 year development initiative that brought laptops loaded with educational software to the villages of Chalish Goan and Khading in the Ruby Valley area. Over the years our 18 international volunteers have been very impressed with DWT's guides and porters. Paul has always looked after our teams with professionalism and attention to detail. Thank you DWT for contributing to our successful mission. Much Love

Ruby Valley trek
Tiffany
5 - Excellent
05/27/2018

I trekked through Ruby Valley to volunteer with ZOLCY at the schools in Khading and Chalice. Simbir and Manish were amazing guides, supporting everyone in anyway they needed, keeping the energy high, and always on top of keeping us informed on what was the best and safest route to take. Thank you for the laughs, the music and dancing, and carrying my pack during the "short cut" we took to cross the river due to the unexpected broken bridge. I'll never forget this amazing experience and cannot wait to do Annapurna next year with my two favorite guides!! Very good, Very good, YAY!!!

FAQ’s

Trip Grading

Unquestionably Nepal is renowned as best destinations for novice and adventures lovers. Thus, various popular destinations in the world are situated in Nepal available for trekking in the Himalayan for the trekkers all across the world. Trekking in Nepal can easily be achieved by the all levels of trekkers who have strong desire and determination. We are familiar with the fact that trekking demands different level of physical fitness, efforts and even acclimatization or rest day based on the level of trekking nature. We ensure that our trip grading would be a great idea or method for our valued guests while choosing an appropriate trek package that is suited perfectly to your capabilities and present health condition. It is advised that people who are suffering from the diseases like cardiac or respiratory problem have to consult with doctor before deciding to do trek in Nepal. However, in the context of Nepal trekking, it is difficult task to determine the trip grade preciously due to trek has not made different from one place to another only the elevation of place that has significant role in its trip grading but also the other contributory factors needs to be concerned well. The given below contributory factors need to be considered in determination of trek grading.

  • Average elevation (height) of the trek.
  • Trekking routes features or conditions
  • Total duration of trek and average walking per day in trek.
  • Backpacking level.
  • Temperature range based on climate and weather conditions
  • Acclimatization or rest day.
  • General level of comfort, remoteness as well as level of service.

Grade: Easy

This grade trekking consists of elevation below 3000m. This type of trekking involves short duration at lower altitude along with several ways of ascent and descent trials. Previous experience does not require at this level of trekking. Thus, any age group can adjoin who is in good health, physical fit and can walk at least 4 to 5 hrs per day in the plain place. Discovery World Trekking has designed easy grade trek in which you can assign Nagarkot Trek, Ghorepani trek , Sarankot trek and Langtang trek .

Grade: Moderate

This moderate level of trekking covers at an altitude between above 2000m to 3500m below. No previous hiking experience is required however trekking demands well fitness of physical conditions and duration of days involve both shorter and longer to complete overall trek. Trekkers need walking at least 5 to 6 hrs capabilities with longer ascent and descent trails through the involvement of some rough routes conditions. Discovery World Trekking has typical holiday package at moderate grade trek are Annapurna base camp trek, Muktinath trek and Ganesh himal trek (Ruby valley trek), Langtang trek, Tamang heritage trek etc.

Grade: Difficult

This level of trekking involves an altitude of above 3000m to 4500m below. Trekkers need to walk for 6-7 hrs daily at cross steep hilly terrain, rough round, some backpacking and high passes on some routes with daily ascent and descent. Trekking in the remote environment might be possibility of facing altitude problem in the higher elevation. Physical fitness is essential along with hill walking experience to enjoy trekking. Everest Base camp trek, Gokyo via Everest base camp trek, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek etc.

Grade: Strenuous

In this type of trekking at least 6-7 hrs per day walking require at high altitude with daily ascent and descent. The altitude of strenuous grade trek ranges between 4600m to 5600m. Altitude sickness problem is likely to happen at any time therefore high level of both mentally and physically fitness as well as stamina is considered to enjoy in such type of trip. Acclimatization or rest day is essential to adjust with low level of oxygen environment. Previous trekking experience is added as an asset that trek passes through the remote, wild environment with extreme weather condition and snow covered route. Discovery World Trekking has prepared typically one of the best trekking holiday packages including Everest via Kalapathar, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu trek, Makalu trek, Kanchanjunga trek etc.

Grade:  challenging

Altitude remains around 6000m at this level of trekking. Trek might be longer enough in the remote pace and highly mountains. This challenging grade trek is limited which demands an excellent level of personal experience, physically fitness and stamina as walking day is supposed to be 7 to 8 hrs with ascent and descent. Trek involves the pass crossing the snow covered glaciers, ice and need to climb up to small peak. Trekkers therefore require basic climbing skills. This type of trekking ultimately joins with peak climbing. Discovery World Trekking challenging grade trek are Everest base camp trek via Island peak, Everest base camp trek via Mera peak etc.

What Exactly is Trekking

Trekking is an adventurous way of traveling through the hills and mountains and in Nepal, trekking often includes world-famous views of the Himalaya and scenic surroundings. Trekking is a favorite activity for tourists to Nepal and is a great way to get to know the land and its residents. It involves getting up close and personal with nature while hiking for multiple days through hills and valleys to areas that are often far away from vehicle travel.

As an adventure activity, trekking is mostly done for entertainment, excitement, cultural interaction and education – getting to know a country and its people, culture, landscape and scenery among other highlights. For mountain climbing expeditions, trekking is often the first part of the journey where the mountaineers get used to the increasing altitude as well as the climate and landscape. Nepal’s renowned trekking regions include the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang with many more areas that have been developed and that are up and coming including the whole rest of the hills up to the Himalaya!

Routes take trekkers travel through picturesque farmland and villages, remote hills, forests and valleys with Himalayan fed streams and rivers. Visitors can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth while trekking in Nepal. Facilities along trekking trails are usually more basic than facilities in urban areas and overnight accommodation is in lodges, teahouses and tents and sometimes a combination depending on location and availability of facilities. Now a days, accommodation and meals can be arranged along most trails at lodges and teahouses, especially on the popular routes. In the not so distant past, travelers and porters traveled together with sufficient tents, food and equipment because of a lack of facilities and accommodation, especially in the more remote, uninhabited areas. Our teahouse treks are organized with accommodation and meals along entire routes.

The government regulates most of the areas where trekking is done and permits are required for entering Nepal’s extensive range of national parks and conservation areas. Discovery World Trekking takes care of everything, including arranging permits, allowing you to savor every moment on the enchanting trails!

Discovery World Trekking offers the whole range of trekking packages for Nepal. We look forward to sharing with you the magnificence of the Himalaya and its world famous attractions along with the legendary kindness of the people that populate the hills and mountainous regions.

Rural life in Nepal follows a natural pace depending on season and weather. While trekking, you can travel at your own pace along the scenic trails that link each day’s way points. Many of the trekking routes are in fact ancient trade routes that link Tibet, Nepal and India! The trails often pass through groves of rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower and grazing areas for cows, sheep, water buffalo and even yaks! The mountain panoramas will be unforgettable as well the scenic villages along the way graced with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. These settlements will allow trekkers an insight into the traditional ways of life cultural heritage of Nepal along with the wide range of biodiversity of the landscape.

An average day of trekking involves around five to six hours hiking including breaks for meals and as needed. The average distance covered can be a bit relative given the terrain and altitude but figure on about 10 to 15 kilometers. Along the way you will have many chances for photography and perhaps other personal interests such as bird watching and discovering the local flora.
Discovery World Trekking has many options from newly promoted trails to the classic routes and we look forward to hearing from you and satisfying your desired trekking styles and destinations.

Altitude, and Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness refers to the less oxygen pressure of air in the surrounding atmosphere as increase in an elevation.  It is also called mountain sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Generally, Altitude sickness is likely to happen anyone during the course of trying to accomplish adventure trips an above the height of 3500 m.  Symptoms may vary even person to person. However, it is preventable and cured immediately if the common symptoms take seriously and take action for treating them well on time. Stages of altitude sickness has described below in details.

The common or mild symptoms of Altitude Sickness

  • slightly headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue

These above common altitude sickness affects slightly in human body. It indicates warning sign that you are at the risk of developing serious altitude sickness. Walking slowly in ascending way and manage rest time in high altitude for body adaptation with environment   is primarily a great method to reduce the problem of common altitude sickness. 

Symptoms of severe altitude sickness

Symptoms of severe altitude sickness develop soon after the common altitude sickness left untreated. 

  • Severe headache
  • Frequently vomiting
  • Rapidly increase heart rate
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Irrational behavior
  • Breathlessness even after enough resting
  • Problem in vision
  • Confusion or lack of coordination with group member
  • Irritable cough or persistent cough

Severe altitude sickness symptoms are a worse condition; people do not try to go up unless a symptom is improved. Descending immediately from higher elevation is primary treatment because it may be potentially a life threatening which will later in result to developing HACE and HAPE. HAPE stands for high altitude pulmonary edema which causes fluid enter into the lung and HAPE refers to high altitude cerebral edema which leads to fluid collects in the brain.

Discovery World Trekking in the higher altitude treks has been providing acclimatization or rest day for proper adaptation of body with exiting atmosphere. Our professional guides are specialized in altitude related situations they do great your care of safety and use the technique of “high climb and sleep low” during the trek in higher altitude. Main cause of altitude sickness is hiking too fast each day at ascending way without taking rest throughout the day. Thus, you could notice each of our itineraries allow maximum 4 to 6 hours walking per day along with adequate rest time across the trail at the higher elevation.

Please consider that some people are more vulnerable than other. Thus it is advised that each of individual clients needs to purchase mandatorily travel insurance policy along with inclusive of higher elevation rescue and evacuation coverage before deciding to mark on any trips.  Please keep in mind that we are not insurance policy seller and do not conduct this as a business. We need this to make an ease in rescue operation during the difficult conditions happened in the remote areas where rescue operation is accessible only through the helicopter charter.

Your insurance coverage policy details will also be with us. We will proceed step by step process in case of immediate rescue operation to save your life from any emergency case facing while you are you in any corner of the Himalaya through your insurance purchase coverage.

Trekking equipments and packing lists

We advise to consider below  included essential trekking equipments and packing lists in details which are prepared by focusing on tea house trekking, camping trekking and home stay trekking  in order to arrange  comfort and enjoyable  your holiday. We never recommend our valued clients to bring over equipments which are unnecessary for the trek.  Porter help carrying luggage has weight limit and not allow over 20 kg in trek.  The equipments are also available in Kathmandu for acquiring or hiring. Trekking equipments and packing lists have included everything essential for trekking.

Head

  • Sun hat or Baseball hat ( to protect face skin from sunlight during the trek)
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


Hands

  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves


Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Underwear
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants


Foot wear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks ( Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)


Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag  (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Sleeping Pad ( For camping trek)
  • Tent ( only for camping trek)
  • Cooking and eating utensils ( only for camping trek)
  • Toiletries ( toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )


Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror


Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trekking with Children and Family

You do not need to leave children at home to enjoy a trek in Nepal! A tour with children along will definitively be a different experience from a tour without children. That said, trekking with your children can be just as enjoyable and even more culturally rewarding. Discovery World Trekking has much experience with children on our treks and we have safety and well-being as the highest priority.  We have found that children really open up social situations as they have fewer reservations to interact and they enable easy, meaningful connections with the local people and thoughtful cultural exchange.

We would be honored to cater to your needs to enable bring your family to trek along the enchanting trails of Nepal. With children aboard we pay particular attention to food, lodging, trail activities, and other day-to-day aspects of trekking that are suitable for all. Flexibility in the itinerary is particularly important when traveling with children to cover contingencies and hiking rate. The pace of a trek is usually slower than the pace of adults, but that time can be used with other activities including photography, bird-watching, and many other things along the way. Like nearly everything in life as a parent, there will be new challenges with new insights, and many stories to tell to family and friends back home.

Discovery World Trekking looks forward to organizing a family trek for you!

Needed Essential Documents

We request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:

  • A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming trek/tour.


Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.

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