Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trek

Trip Duration 17 Nights/18 Days
Trip Code NAP-RUB-063
Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Cost USD 1775 per passanger
Best Time Sept – Dec/ Feb - May

Overview

Ganesh Himal Ruby valley trek is newly open trekking route which is located between Langtang National Park, Manaslu Conservation Area, Ganesh Himal region.. This trek gives one the opportunity to experience the authentic, untouched Tamang and Gurung settlements on higher altitude, gorgeous terraced farms and marvelous sceneries of Ganesh Himal and other mountains of Annapurna, Langtang and Manaslu region. Ruby valley trek is designed to introduce you to a broad spectrum of life in different Nepalese communities. Culture and varieties of beautiful scenery and magnifications Himalayan view of Manaslu, Ganehs Himal and Langtang Himal

Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley trekking begins from Bhalche, a 5 hours drive from Kathmandu and ends at Ganesh Kunda, from where you make the journey back via Tatopani. This is a 16 days trek and the best time to set on this trek is during March and April when the forest blooms with rhododendron.

Highlights

  • Mixed ethnic groups with cultural interaction
  • Village scenery and lifestyle
  • Sacred Lakes including, Ganesh Kunda, Parvati Kunda, Seto and Kalo Lakes
  • Buddhist monasteries
  • Herbal plants, Crystal,  Ruby and zinc mining
  • Rare and exotic wildlife

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Duration 17 Nights/18 Days
Trip code NAP-RUB-063
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Balche/Buddhathum-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude (5100m)
Trip Cost USD 1775 per passanger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Kathmandu drive to Balche 6/7-hrs by regular bus
The Route Maximum altitude (5100m) about 5/7-hrs gentle walking per day, moderate to strenuous trail.
Season Sept – Dec/ Feb - May
Permit Fee Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and best available Home stay and Camping.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

Bus leave early morning from Kathamndu through the scenic view of landscape and traditional village. It is a mesmerizing and interesting driving.

After your breakfast the path goes uphill for short time and have a breath taking views of  Valche village. The path is gradually up hill but not a tired. Walking through the sub tropical jungle and continue to Rupchet.

The days are long but first your trek goes through the rain forest to crest offers the best mountain including all Lang tang range. Manaslu range,Ganesh Himal range and Annapurna in 270 degree. After the view the long way down hill to Sertung village.

Descend to Tipling where is large Gumba is situated. Buddhist religion are practice in the village. You can experience local vegetation and indigenous people in this area.

Trek begins with some descend and ascends up to Pasabar crest. Walking through the forest and Tamang village.

Your trekking path continues steep up hill and meet few pasture land and small huts for summer herds.

Again your trek is going up hill as you are going to cross crest. Few times mountain views can be seen along the trek.

Today is your exploration day for view and recover you powers.

Your trek is up and down as always to Nojet Kharka.

Today we are trekking into Ganesh Kunda which is a holy and scret place. You may experience about the Shaman culture.

You are trekking gradually down hill through the dense forest to hot Spring.

Following the stone steps British Gurkha camp. Your trek continues to suspension bridge and arrived at Lapa Gaon.

This village is the source of Ruby minerals and along the way big boulder will pass.

Trekking to Tinsure passing beautiful junge of Alpine and Rhododendron forest.

Amazing landscape and some mountain view can be seen and long way descend to Budhathum.the perfect camp sites.

From Budhathum we catch public transportation and drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Fee: Ganesh Himal region permit, National Park entrance permit & TIMS card 
  • Activities: Hiking, trekking trip as per the itinerary
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilize, if doing camping trek
  • Accommodation: 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bedroom, and 15 nights home-stay/tented on twin or multi shared bedroom on mountain
  • Food: Full board on home-stay/camping (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 2 breakfast in city
  • Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
  • Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfer,, Kathmandu to Balche and Budhathum to Kathmandu transportation.
  •  Company and Governments service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and domestic airfare 
  •  Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  •  Personal travel and trekking equipments
  •  Lunch and dinner while in city
  •  Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  •  Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
  •  Optional activities
  •  And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by company

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at +9779851050327 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting & trip briefing: Trekkers are extremely important to attend on Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking trip Briefing. On this trek, we give a short brief about Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-meeting & trip briefing covered the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-meeting & trip briefing is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Important Stuffs: Permit, national park entrance permit and TIMS card required for Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking trip so we suggest you to post us 4 passport-size photos copies of passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Accommodation: On Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking trip, you will be sleeping and eating on tents. Camping trek team includes a team of leader/guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staffs and porters. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender for the duration of the trip.

Food and Drink: On this trek all meals are included. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks, tips, souvenirs. Mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. We provide plenty of hygienic, tasty and nutritious meals three times a day which could be in form of a variety of local and western dishes. Breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a plain dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided with all meals. Nepal Adventure Point always encourages using locally produced grains and vegetables to make sure they are fresh enough. Our experienced staffs always make sure to feed you with hygienic and well cooked food of remarkably high standards as they know good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. The vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate/iodine and you are always served with boiled water. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing.

Trip Supporter: On Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trek are accompanied by one of our local group leaders, assistant guide will provide above 7 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Besides your leader and assistant guide the trek will be accompanied by cook, kitchen staffs, tent builder Sherpa and porters/pack animal to your trekking gear. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 10kgs/22Ibs per trekkers in tea-house and 30kgs/66Ibs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. You can be left the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Daily feature of Camping Trek: Normally you will be woken at around 6AM with a cup up hot tea and followed by a small bowl of hot water to wash your face brought to your tent. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until camp that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's walk around 3-hrs lunches will service en-route each day at a picturesque sport at around 12/01 PM usually an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our tents builder Sherpa will go ahead and set up the camp. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the camp, everything will be ready and afternoon tea will be served. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, it's always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m and reaching at goal destination during the journey to the desired trekking. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

Safety and Security on Trek: Safety and security of our clients is the foremost important things for us. All our guides are licensed by Nepal Government. They are absolutely honest who you can trust your life with; they will ensure that you do not have any feeling of insecurity throughout your trip. On Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trek you will be sleeping in Tent nearby village. Please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the Tent once they reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the Tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn-wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night.

Crime against tourists is very low indeed.  However, anything of value should be either locked up or kept secure on your personal. Such things as passports, airline tickets, credit cards, travellers' cheques or cash are safe with us.

Health & Medical Advice: Traveller must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking, at least walking 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Medical Supplies: The supplies listed here are recommended for any trek. Since some of them are prescription drugs, you should visit your doctor and discuss the trip with them and obtain prescriptions. If your doctor makes recommendations contrary to the suggestions here, follow your doctor's advice, and obtain substitutes for these items. It is not necessary to burden yourself with a lot of medicines for the trek, though you should carry enough to take care of minor problems. The ones listed here are sufficient for most situations. You should be sure to provide your supply of own aspirin, band aids, etc.

Basic first aid supplies
* Suntan lotion or sun blocking cream      * Lip salve (Chapstick, Blistex, or Glacier Cream)
* Foot powder                                       * Bandaids (plasters) and tape
* Moleskin or other blister pads              * Elastic (Ace) bandage
* Antiseptic cream                                 * Aspirin
* Throat lozenges or cough drops            * Decongestant tablets
* Small bottle for water purification          * Toilet paper & matches or a cigarette lighter to burn used TP
* Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy

Mountain Rescue/Emergency Evacuation: Sometimes trekkers might suffer from ailments like altitude sickness, heart problems, dysentery or fracture during a trek. While there are clinics at some places for minor ailments, major hospitals are days away from most of the trekking trails. So, a clients life could be at risk if he/she is not rescued immediately in the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe, will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.  You can contact us directly or through one of our crew members with information on the kind of ailment, your location and your insurance details.Do not leave the place although you are getting better once you have ordered Helicopter.

The cost of rescue depends on your location. However helicopter operators charge about USD 2500.00 per hour for all services. The prices are subject to change.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trek. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. The minimum cover required is USD 30,000 such a medical, hospital, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Travel Equipments Checklist for Nepal
Kitbag: Preferably no more than the airlines allocated 20 kilos (plus hand baggage).  The best container is either a backpack or a duffle bag.  A 10-15 litre daypack will also be very useful.

Equipment Hire: If you've got good wilderness clothing, bring it. Otherwise you might prefer to hire gear on arrival at Kathmandu but you are advised to bring your own walking boots or shoes.

Checklist for Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking


~1 Pair strong mountain/hiking boots
~1 Medium rucksack/backpack (carried by porters)
~1 Small day pack (10-15 litres)
~1 Four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -10c)
~1 Down jacket/all weather anorak
~1 Lightweight water and windproof jacket
2 Pairs lightweight trousers
1 Pair shorts
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
2 T-shirts
2 Long sleeve cotton (or polypropylene) shirts
Warm waterproof gloves (3,000m+)
3 Pairs heavy wool socks and 2 pairs light

~ Water bottles
~ 1 Pair waterproof gaiters/over trousers (3,000m+)
1 Inner sleeping sheet (?)
1 Torch/flashlight & spare batteries
1 Swiss Army type knife (?)
1 Swimming costume/bathing suit (?)
1 Medium sized towel
Underwear (including thermals)
Cotton headscarf/bandana
Sunglasses suitable for snow conditions
Sunhat
Warm hat and  waterproof gloves
Washing and Medicine Kid
Waterproof pack cover

Note: Items marked with (~) can be buy/hired cheaply in Kathmandu.  Items marked with (?) are optional.  (3,000m+) means necessary for high altitude treks of Nepal.

A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.

Fellow Travellers: As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking trip, we can arrange trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try River rafting or go on a Safari tours in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a historical, cultural tours or you may take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: Nepal has recently introduced a 10% service charge on hotel & restaurant accounts however; a modest, friendly tip is more or less expected by drivers. For Ganesh Himal Ruby Valley Trekking staffs, who have been so involved in your welfare over several days; for them tipping has as much to do with a sense of recognition as it do with actual money.  Some people want to be particularly generous but, because clients often ask, a rough guideline is US$ 3-4 per group member per day for guide and US$ 2-4 per group member per day for a porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Note: We recommend that you don't do any tipping, or give gifts, clothes etc until full completion of service.

Clients Feedback: We are not 100% but we do always committed to providing the best service to make complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. Your feedbacks are always welcome and appreciated; they provide valuable insight for us for future trips. We are happy to give you the opportunity to communicate openly about your thoughts and experiences with us. Please leave your feedback with us at the end the trip. Both your good and not so good comments will help us to make our service more effective and efficient in the future.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and we stay at your entire disposal for further requests.

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