Ruby Valley Trek - 8 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
GANESH HIMAL REGION
DURATION
8 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Home stay/local lodge
MAX ALTITUDE
3,845m Pang sang Pass
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Ganesh Himal Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
MEAL
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Home stay/local lodge
TRANSPORTATION
Kathmandu - Syabrubesi - Dundure Khola - Dhading Bensi - Kathmandu by local transport.

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 potential 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 flatlands, 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 lifestyle. 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 takes 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 will be performing their traditional cultural show for our entertainment. After an eventful night, we will continue the trek to Borang crossing many suspension bridges, waterfalls, gorges to finally reaching Dundre Khola. The next day we will take the transport back to Kathmandu.

This unexplored trekking trail provides you with the opportunity to explore some very remote areas in Nepal giving you a great experience. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal organize a fully supportive homestay trekking to assist the local economy and provide the opportunity to experience the great hospitality of local people residing in the Ganesh Himal region.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 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 the 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 towards deep land. Then continue the drive, we will arrive at Syabrubesi with many things to explore and a riverside hot spring.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).

Days 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 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 centre and nearby pond that is considered sacred by locals and a festival site for Hindu pilgrims and the location offers a marvellous panorama.

  • Overnight at Local lodge/Home Stay.
  • Included Local meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).

Days 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 colourful 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 a 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 Local lodge/homestay.
  • Included Local meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).

Days 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 Local lodge/homestay.
  • Included Local meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).

Days 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 Local lodge/Home Stay.
  • Included Local meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).

Days 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 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 Local lodge/Home Stay.
  • Included Local meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).

Days 7 -Trek From Chalish to Percho to Dundure Khola (850m/2805Ft )6-7 hours

A final day before we leave back to Kathmandu, we enjoy all the wonderments of this trail. After a pleasant breakfast, We hike further ahead to Bortang village then descend to Lishne Khola from Borang. We continue our trek towards Phercho, where we have our lunch. After a few hours of walking, we reach Dundre Khola. Through the entire trail, we pass through suspension bridges, and picturesque glimpses of Ankhu Khola and Chyamchyat as well as Ri village. A village with a blend of Brahmin and Tamang as well as Dalit people, we witness the beauty of Nepalese culture. Despite the diversity, the people work as a team and make us feel at home with their hospitality.

  • Overnight at Local lodge/Home Stay.
  • Included Local meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner).

Days 8 -Dundre Khola - Dhading Besi – Kathmandu (1310m /4323ft) 6 -7 hours drive

Today we conclude our trek to Ruby Valley. We descend to Dundre Khola where we will find a local jeep to take us back. Through a curvy road, we head towards Dhading Besi. Traversing through Ankhu Khola and Kimdang Phedi Village, we will enjoy the drive back home. As we return, we see the increasing settlements, which will make us nostalgic of the peace in we immersed in the trail. We take another bus from Dhading to Kathmandu from where we will escort you back to your hotel. We can manage a tour around the city as per your request. You can visit several world heritage sites around the city. As beautiful as the mountains, the culture around the city is a must-see before you call it an end to your vacation.

  • Overnight at your own selected hotel at Kathmandu.
  • Included meals (Breakfast+Lunch).

  Includes:

  • Kathmandu to Syabrubesi(trek start) and Dundre Khola (trek end) to Dhading Bensi to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • Accommodation: Local lodge/Homestay -7 Nights.
  • All Local Meals ( 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners and 8 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder English Speaking Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader guide and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • 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.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day.
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after over the successful trek.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

  Excludes:

  • International Flight.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110).
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person).
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal nature of expenses such as laundry, telephone call, battery recharge, shopping, laundry, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture).
  • 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.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as excludes.

  Equipments Checklists:

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 for 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

How you'll start your journey towards Ruby Valley Trek?

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at 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 travelling to our destination via bus or a local jeep. Our trek begins from Syabrubesi approximately 8/9 hours drive from Kathmandu.

Local Transportation (Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Dundre Khola to Kathmandu) and is included in a package, a private jeep is available at an extra cost.

Don't worry we'll pick you!

When you're new to any place, it's really hard to find places and many tourists have complained about the expensive taxi fare so, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Ruby Valley Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible.

Accommodation

8 Days Ruby Valley trek includes Seven nights home stay/ Local lodge to lodge stay at a mountain where we use the local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people.
Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

The trek is over higher elevations, which means your body needs enough carbohydrates, protein, nutrition for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient, not like that in cities, but we make sure you get the entire supplements through your complete trek.
We will be providing you with 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunch and 7 Dinners during the trek.

The local food will usually be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. We highly recommend consuming enough liquids, green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup (must) at high altitude and fresh vegetables for health benefit. Though plenty of non-veg items will be available, we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places may not be healthy during the trek. As suggested by experts, it is best to avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, hot chocolate, dairy and cheesy items in such high elevation treks.

All personal bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or in cafe except standard meals mentioned (including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best time to Trek

The weather is one of the most important factors 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 to strong winds, storms and slippery trails.

January to 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 to April

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Ruby Valley Trek. The weather is very favourable 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 at this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with a variety of colours.

May to 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 to 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 arise. The trails would be very slippery. Having to trek by ridges and descending down the trails would make it risky.

September to October

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Ruby Valley trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself.
The temperature goes up to 25 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 to December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin 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, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Acclimatization

In this trek, we will be acclimatizing at Chalish Gaon. During this extra rest day, we have options for 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 litres a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has the 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 others.

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 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

We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes at your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.

A typical day on Trek

A day on trekking will be rewarded with unique experience providing to trek leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local village. During the trek, you are accompanied by an 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 -8 am, 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 the trip briefing we enjoy fun and games and entertainment. Trekkers love learning Nepalese language from our Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal 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 a well-deserved sleep.

Communication

On the Ruby Valley Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes. We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there.

You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's KTAN office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on Trekking

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal try 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 bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.

Electricity, battery recharge and water on Trekking

Throughout the lodges at The Ruby Valley trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying a price at all lodges. Most of the 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 en route shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested in drinking water.

You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel Insurance

This trip grade is ranked moderately difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.
Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Ruby Valley Trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don't directly get involved in the sale of an insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended to stay in Nepal. we recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.
If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.

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 kgsWe 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 Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing before we start our journey from our Office.

Safety

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, 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 trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't 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, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team

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 a prior experience they have spent years trekking / 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 the sleeping gear we also provided them with 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 travellers 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, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of 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 Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience.

Booking and Payment Process

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 per cent 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. The 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 the 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 Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of last-minute booking with 100% per cent 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- 9851031022 (Suman) or email us.

Trip Extension

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 Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will provide you with a digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. 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 Information

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!

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