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Three Pass Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek - 16 Days

Three Pass Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek

The Ganesh Himal region is in central Nepal, located between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area. The Ganesh Himal Three Pass Kunda trek involves hiking over three passes, namely Sing La (4,050m), Pangsang (3,850m) and Magne Goth (2,950). It also takes in three religious kunda or lakes, namely Kalo Kunda, Seto Kunda and Ganesh Kunda. The twin waterfalls of Ganga and Jamuna are also seen on this trek.

The passes themselves are not very high as passes in the Himalayas go! Sing La and Pangsang are traversed on the same day. The views from the passes include Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu ranges, with just a touch of the Annapurna. The final pass, Magne Goth leads, the following day, to Ganga and Jamuna. It is interesting that these names belong to Hindu twin goddesses and are usually given to twin girls (twins not being very usual in Nepal). Thousands of devotees make a pilgrimage to the temple here, particularly on the Purnima and Makar Sakranti festivals. Devotees believe your desires will be fulfilled if you visit this temple.

Blessed with geographical, cultural and biological diversity, in this area there are not only hundreds of species of precious medicinal herbs but also rubies and crystals! Around Hindung village is an area where crystals and rubies are mined, while in the surrounding highlands yarshagumba is harvested. Yarshagumba is a unique caterpillar-fungus fusion that occurs when parasitic mushroom spores infect and mummify a ghost moth larva living in the soil. A spindly fungus later sprouts from the dead caterpillar host’s head. It is sought after, particularly in Tibet, as an aphrodisiac. Rubies are also mined around the area of the Kalo and Seto lakes, which are also thought to have mystical powers – being able to either bless or punish visitors. At the holy lake of Ganesh Kunda, shamans gather in large numbers during September.

This 16 day trek has a bit of everything from crossing Himalayan passes with stunning mountain views; learning about the culture and traditions, both Hindu and Buddhist of the surrounding area, and visiting magical lakes and waterfalls. It is a paradise for those who want to see the alternative trekking region of Nepal.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Bhalche Gaon (Drive)1850 m6 - 7 hr
Day 2Bhalche Gaon to Rupchet3250 m6 hr
Day 3Rupchet to Pang Sang Pass via Singla Pass3842 m6 - 7 hr
Day 4Pang Sang Pass to Chalish1875 m5 - 6 hr
Day 5Chalish to Hindung2402 m4 - 5 hr
Day 6Hindung to Thulo Dhunga3337 m4 - 5 hr
Day 7Thulo Dhunga to Base Camp3691 m6 hr
Day 8Explore Base Camp3691 m3 hr
Day 9Base Camp to Kharka3900 m5 hr
Day 10Kharka to Ganesh Kunda3500 m5 - 6 hr
Day 11Ganesh Kunda to Tatopani1250 m5 - 6 hr
Day 12Tatopani to Lapa Gaon1850 m5 - 6 hr
Day 13Lapa Gaon to Magne Goth Pass2950 m4 hr
Day 14Magne Goth Pass to Tinsure1850 m5 - 6 hr
Day 15Tinsure to Salangkot1250 m5 - 6 hr
Day 16Salangkot to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr

Included

  • ocal transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Kathmandu to Bhalche Gaon by private jeep
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit and TIMS Card
  • Salangkot to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • Guide for 16 days
  • Porter for 16 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 15 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 16 x breakfast, 16 x lunch and 15 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • 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.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Three Pass Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Three Pass Three Kunda Ruby Valley Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. 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. 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 tea houses 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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Trip Facts

  • 3900 m
  • Bhalche Gaon/Salangkot
  • Demanding

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