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Dhading, Gorkha , Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts are the geographical center of Nepal and lie at the heart of the Nation’s history. It is form these hills that Gorkha Hill men, led by Prithvi Narayan Shah, set out to unite Nepal in the late 1700s. Since then Gorkha solders have received international fame from their bravery and skill as warriors.
Although close to Kathmandu and Pokhara, the Ganesh Himal Region, which is also known as Ruby Valley, has remained a well kept secret to all but Nepal’s most avid trekkers. The unexplored area is concealed between the popular destinations in the Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation area.
Scenery in the land blessed with wide – ranging geographical, cultural and biological diversity. Sensational viewpoints feature the sublime Himalaya to the north. Most prominent is the Ganesh Himal range, a family peaks among the most attractive of the entire Himalaya. The Ganesh massif is named in Honor of Hindu deity Ganesh, the elder son of Shiva and Parvati. Selected viewpoints in the area offer the breathtaking Himalayan panoramas!
Most rewarding are the attractions including magnificent Ganga- Jamuna – a twin waterfall, Kalo –Seto lakes and Ganesh Kunda Lake, Tripurasundari temple and the hospitable people that inhabit the region. The area populated mainly by Tamang, Gurung and Ghale to the North, and Brahmin, Chhetri, Dalit, Newar and Chepang at the lower elevations.
Ruby Valley is home to at least six separate trekking itineraries which are awaiting travelers promising them unforgettable adventures. The area is easily accessed by the prithivi Highway, which connects Kathmandu with Pokhara, as well as Pasang Lhamu Highway which links Nepal with Tibet through the Rasuwagadhi entry point. Another adventurous option is to hike from Tamang Heritage Trail of Rasuwa.
NOTE: you will need 2 to 3 days before and after the trek in Kathmandu. Please let us know your vacation period and we would tailor the best of it.
Day 01: Kathmandu – Shyabru Besi (1503M) 8/9 Hrs drive
It takes 8-9 hours drive to reach Shyabru besi by public bus or a private four wheel drive from Kathmandu. Shyabru Besi is the gateway to the Langtang valley. This small Tamang town is located on the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang River. The scenic drive to the place passes through Trisuli Bazaar. Narrow and Curvy road with amazing landscape along the way makes a good and adventurous start of the journey.
Day 02: Shyabru Besi – Chawatar – Gatlang (2337 M) 5-6 Hrs trek
A dirt curvy uphill track from Shyabru Besi takes us to Bhun Danda Pass. From Here, the trail descends to Gatlang. There is an optional route to Gatlang Via cawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. The village also lies in the Tamang Heritage trail. Just above the villge lies Parvati Kunda- a sacred pond. A temple by the side of the pond attracts thousands of pilgrims form far and wide during the Janai Purnima Festival.
Day 03: Gatlang – Parvati Kund, Yuri Kharka- Somdang (3271M) 6-7 Hrs Trek
The trail on the third day climbs through pine and rhododendron forest before reaching Yuri Kharka. The place is also an ideal stop for lunch before continuing to Kurphu Nhanjyang. From Here, the trail descends to the Somdang River which is also the border between Rusuwa and Dhading districts.
A few hours climb from here passing through a scenic valley and watching Chukarma Waterfall (200 meters) takes us to huge mining compound which is no longer in operation. The non- operational mining site gives visitors a chance to explore the site and even explore a 1.4 kilometer tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper tin, crystal and even highly prized rubies.
Day 04: Somdang – Pangsang Pass (3842M) 6-7 hrs Trek
Pangsang Kharka is a view point that lies southwest of Somdang village. The place offers a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain; to the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large field is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a also an ideal location for camping and enjoying breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock wool and turquoise.
The trail then descends to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gombas and both a protestant and catholic church. Along the ridge top to the east is a Gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Tamangs are the dominant population here. Visitors can even experience beautiful and rich Tamang culture show in Tipling. Local showcase Jhankri or Shaman dance and Ghode or Horse dance. These dance forms are said to have been borrowed from the Tibetan culture long ago. Hankri activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hundu and Buddhist practices. Mane dance, Mendo Maya, Paru dance and Ghode dance as well as Lama Dance are quite popular.
Day 05: Tipling – Shertung/ Chalish – Borang Village (1700M) 5 – 6 Hrs Trek
The fifth day of the trek descends to cross the Adha Khaola on a box bridge before climbing to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields.
Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang.The name shertung means place of gold. According to a legend, two brothers search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Similarly, Chaalish is a mixed settlement inhabited primarily by Gurung. Ghale and Kami. The hospitalble people of his area have unique customs and craftsmanship and traditional dance including a hospitable welcome dance, Ghatu Dance. Here the folk music form Dohari, is also popular with call and response between male and female participants, a type of courtship ritual, complemented by folk music Some dances depend on the time of year and take place during festivals including the Mstuni Dance during Dashi and Tihar, Hi Nelo Dance of Tihar, and the Ghatu (Ghasiri Dance) that occurs during Chandi Purnima in the nepali month of Chitra.
Gurung men here, traditionally were bhangra - a wove, embroidered cotton cloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carring goods. Sir Tinkanya Devi Mandir lies above Chalish. Local women tie bits of cloth or leave a bangle representing a wish to be fulfilled near a small pool of water surrounded by Barmase or Periwinkle flowers.
This village can also be an ideal lunch spot. From here, the trek continues to Boring. From Shertung village, boring can be reached via Ayuli village whereas from Chalish it can be reached passing though Gobre gaon.
Borang village is also a Tamang community village and culture here is similar to that of Tipling and Shertung village.
Day 06: Vorang – Percho to Dundure Khola (1050M) 5-6 Hrs
It takes a walk of two and half hours to reach lishne Khola River. The trail descends to the Khola and continues to Darkha Gaon passing through percho on the way. Percho can be an ideal spot of lunch. The suspension bridge crossing above Anku Khola offers the view of the rivulet and percho village as well as Ri village on the other side of the river before reaching Dundure Khaola. The place House some local tea houses and is the ideal place for night halt.
Day 07: Dundure Khola – Dhading Besi – Kathmandu (1310M) 7-8 Hrs Drive
Form Dundure Khola, a five – hour drive through the rough hilly terrain and curvy road takes us to Dhading Besi the district headquarter of Dhading. The drive, crossing through Ankhu Khola as well as Kimdang Phedi village, Katunje and Jyamrung village, gives us an opportunity to observe fabulous landscape of the surrounding valley form Dhading Besi a three hours drive on the Prithivi Highway will takes back to Kathmandu.
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