Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley Trek - 17 Days

The Ganesh Himal region is in central Nepal, located between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area, a day’s drive from Kathmandu. Blessed with geographical, cultural and biological diversity, in this area there are not only hundreds of species of precious medicinal herbs, colourful wildflowers, and more than 200 species of birds, but it is a mining area for rubies and crystals. Nepal’s well-kept secret, this area is less-trekked than some other areas.

Passing through four districts of Nepal, the route crosses Gorkha, the birthplace of modern Nepal. Here was the seat of King Prithivi Narayan Shah (1723 – 1775), who fought many wars to unify the country. This is also the homeland to the original Gurkhas. Today the area known as Ganesh Himal is home to a variety of peoples, mainly, Tamang, Gurung and Ghale in the north and Brahmin, Chhetri, Dalit, Newar and Chepang in the low elevation south.

The trek takes in two passes as well as the Thulo Dhunga Base Camp from where waterfalls, rhododendron and juniper forests and lush vegetation can be seen. From the nearby Dobra Danda, the sight of the magnificent Ganesh Himal is spectacular and the small lakes of Kalo Kunda and Seto Kunda are unforgettable. Rubies are mined around the area of these lakes. The lakes themselves are thought to have mystical powers – being able to either bless or punish visitors. At the third, and holy lake of Ganesh Kunda, shamans gather in large numbers during September. The views from the passes include Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu ranges, thus combining mountain vistas with passing through culturally different villages and perhaps being entertaining with traditional music from the friendly peoples. The wildlife in this area is outstanding: musk deer, Jharal goats, wild boars, Langur monkeys, pheasants, and partridges included. And not forgetting the strange, reportedly, aphrodisiac, caterpillar-fungus, yarshagumba, which is harvested in the nearby highlands.

The Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley trek has a little of everything but a lot of adventure and unforgettable moments!

Day 1Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi (Drive)1550 m8 - 9 hr
Day 2Syafru Beshi to Gatlang2337 m6 hr
Day 3Gatlang to Somdang3271 m6 - 7 hr
Day 4Somdang to Pang Sang Pass Phedi3842 m4 hr
Day 5Pang Sang Pass Phedi to Chalish1875 m5 - 6 hr
Day 6Chalish to Hindung2402 m4 - 5 hr
Day 7Hindung to Thulo Dhunga3337 m4 - 5 hr
Day 8Thulo Dhunga to Base Camp3691 m6 hr
Day 9Acclimatization day3691 m3 hr
Day 10Base Camp to Hindung2402 m7 - 8 hr
Day 11Hindung to Kapur Gaon1500 m5 - 6 hr
Day 12Kapur Gaon to Khading Gaon2025 m4 - 5 hr
Day 13Khading Gaon to Magne Goth2950 m4 - 5 hr
Day 14Magne Goth to Lapu Danda1250 m5 - 6 hr
Day 15Lapu Danda to Ganga Jamuna950m5 - 6 hr
Day 16Ganga Jamuna to Tripura Sundari850 m5 - 6 hr
Day 17Tripura Sundari to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr


  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi by private jeep
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit and TIMS Card
  • Tripura Sundari to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • Guide for 17 days
  • Porter for 17 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 16 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 17 x breakfast, 17 x lunch and 16 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley Trek

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley Trek

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