Singla – Ruby Valley Trek at around 4020m.

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Rubi Valley is a rural municipality located within the Dhading District of the Bagmati Province of Nepal. Ruby Valley lies between Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park, and this trek takes place in a new trekking route amidst the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Ranges. The trek is a quiet trek providing striking panoramic views of the Himalayas. Along with the majestic views of the Ganesh Range, Lamjung Himal(6,800m), Langtang Lirung(7,300m), Manaslu(8,163m), and several other peaks, you will also witness two stunning waterfalls, Ganga and Jamuna. Ruby Valley is home to exotic floras, faunas, and minerals like ruby, crystal, and zinc.

Morning Sunrise seen from Machet Kharka. Photo: Amir Shrestha
Morning Sunrise seen from Machet Kharka. Photo: Amir Shrestha

For our 2nd episode of Travel Series season 3 we explore the famous Singla which lies around 4020m above sea level. Singla Pass Trek in Ganesh region lies between Dhading and Nuwakot district. Singla Pass Trek is intended to satisfy the off the beaten keens and wilderness lovers. The route offers diverse ethnic groups and locals , and a social lifestyle. 

Nepal’s tourism is limited to a few popular tourist destinations. In such a situation, there is a need to explore new destinations and organise them. There are many places in the country that have the potential for tourism. If they are organised, the country can offer tourists more options for sightseeing. Nepal 8th Wonder Team is making efforts to bring such destinations into everyone’s attention this season. And to showcase this effort, for the second episode of ‘Heaven is Myth, Nepal is Real,’ the Nepal 8th Wonder team travelled to Dhading and made an amazing video. The plan to travel to Ruby Valley was made in the previous season, but for some reasons, it could not be completed. This time, the team went on a journey to Ruby Valley, known for its stunning view of the snow-capped mountains, including Dhaulagiri and Ganesh. The episode will try to showcase the beauty of the region, which is also rich in valuable minerals. Hope you will watch the full episode, which presents the challenge of reaching Singla, a place where you have to face many obstacles, including muddy roads, fog, and cold temperatures throughout the day.

On the eastern border, Dhading district touches Kathmandu’s southern district of Lalitpur. To travel outside of the district, one must pass through Thankot and enter Dhading district. Dhading is well-known for its Dohori songs and the Dhunmaya Temple. However, some people feel that traveling to this area always brings the possibility of experiencing tourism-related inconveniences that are not widely acknowledged.

The journey to Dhading district begins shortly after Thankot. Even the Sikre Khola, where we always stop to eat snacks, lies within this district. People of Kathmandu travelling to Ruby valley enter Dhading district on the same day.

Dusty roads on the way to Borang
Dusty roads on the way to Borang. Photo: Amir Shrestha

The district headquarters of Dhading district is Dhading Besi, which is located about 89 kilometres away from Kathmandu. Dhading district, spread over an area of 1,826 square kilometres, is home to approximately 3,350,00 people. The highest point of this district is Ganesh Himal, which is located above 7,422 metres, while the lowest point is Jyamire waterfall, which is situated at an altitude of around 300 metres. There are around 1,500 streams, including Trishuli, Aankhu, Thopal, and Aansee, that flow within this district. To the east of this district lies Nuwakot and Rasuwa, to the west lies Gorkha, to the north lies Tibet and to the south lies Makwanpur and Chitwan.

On the first day of our trip we wanted to reach Kerabari but we were confused about how to reach our destination. We were just travelling with a name in our mind. There was less traffic during the trip on that morning. We recorded the videos while travelling and after about three hours, we reached a small village called Furke Khola. We arrived there around noon. The fish and orange vendors had set up their stalls on the side of the road.

Taking right from Furke Khola, the road leads ahead towards Dhading Besi. It has a beautiful blacktopped road and it looks very smooth. As we moved forward, we saw many farmlands on either side of the road. The scenery indicated that the agriculture sector in Dhading was flourishing. We remained silent, admiring the beautiful farmlands and lush green forests. The road passed by the farmlands and beautiful terraced fields, and Dadhingbesi was still a short distance away.

After passing Siddha Lek we enter Nilkantha Municipality, one must travel through a jungle path for some time. Along with that, many fields can still be seen. In this district, mainly potatoes, ginger, oranges, and various kinds of vegetables are grown. Agriculture remains the main source of income, and this district supplies food to Kathmandu and nearby districts.

The village of Dhading Besi is located 18 kilometres away from the Dhading Bridge over the Furke Khola. After travelling for about half an hour, one can reach Dhading Besi, which is one of the big cities in the district. Due to the presence of various government offices and other facilities, thousands of people come and go in Dhading Besi every day. When we reached that busy place, we were quite hungry due to the hustle and bustle of people. Therefore, our team went to the Janajeevika Hotel in Dhading Besi to eat our lunch.

There are good facilities for comfortable accommodation and organised parking at Janjivika Hotel, along with delicious food. After filling our empty stomachs with the lunch of the Hotel, we got out for Kerabari. Even though we could have fueled up the scooter’s tank on the way, we didn’t want to take risks. Sertung was our last destination so we kept calling the hotel owner repeatedly to ask for directions to the road.

Pashupati Temple was on the way while we were heading towards Kerabari from Dhading. We had to face the challenge of rough roads . The hotel owner in Sertung had told us that we could reach Kerabari on the same day, but we later found out that there was no one who knew of any such place in the area. The road became even more treacherous, and the scooter was difficult to balance. We had to lean to one side to balance it, and it was a struggle to ride on such a bumpy road. To carry our belongings, we had to load them on the scooter, which made it even more difficult to ride. With two people and all the luggage, the scooter was heavily loaded and we had to be careful with every move. It was quite challenging to travel on such a rough road.

Sertung village in Dhading District. Photo: Amir Shrestha
Sertung village in Dhading District. Photo: Amir Shrestha

On the first day, while travelling on a dusty road by scooter, we didn’t realise that we had set out on the most challenging journey of our lives. Along the way, we saw vehicles coming from Sertung and upper Dhading which had dust all over them. Even though we hadn’t encountered any vehicles yet, we could already imagine what it would be like. Every passing vehicle left a trail of dust, making it difficult for us to move forward. We kept pushing forward despite the dust, but soon we realized that the dust was a part of the trip so we accepted it.

The reason for not knowing the way was that we didn’t take the small road and instead took the longer route. As a result, our goal of reaching Kerabari on time became unsuccessful. After that, we continued the journey with the aim of getting off wherever we reached. While traveling, we asked everyone we met on the way about the road.

The school children we met on the road also didn’t have much information about the road. There was no alternative but to keep moving forward. It started to get dark, we couldn’t find a place to stay. So, we stopped at a place called Kerauja in Nilkantha Municipality to have some tea and snacks and to get more information about the road.

When we asked at the Gurung Hotel, we were told to stay in the lodges that were located a bit lower. So we headed down towards the lodges. However, when we arrived at the lodges and asked again, we were advised to stay in the Lapang Phedi village, which was located even further down. Following the advice, we rode our scooter through the darkness of the night, using its light to guide us along the dusty road, until we finally arrived at Lapang Phedi.

We woke up a little late due to the tiredness of the previous day. Being at a lower level, the sun will be late to meet Lapangfedi. The hotel owner said that the fog hits the place everyday until noon. Lapangfedi was already up before we got up. The morning there was full of excitement. Herds of Great Egrets were wandering around in search of fodder. People had been doing their daily activities. The world saw a new day again. Our team was drinking tea and looking at Lapang Phedi trying to steal energy for the whole day from its beauty.

Trekkers on the way to Singla at around 4020m. Photo: Amir Shrestha
Trekkers on the way to Singla at around 4020m. Photo: Amir Shrestha

After having breakfast at Lapang Phedi, we started our journey. We had to clean our saddle bags because of the dust yesterday.

We still hadn’t fully grasped what kind of road we had to travel on. The locals had told us that the road was a bit rough with less dust, but we couldn’t imagine what it was like to travel on a mountain road like this. After buying petrol for the scooter in Lapangfedhi, we started our journey towards Sertung. We heard that we had to cross the river along the way which made us a bit nervous. But creating an adventure with the opening made our minds feel excited. But, before reaching the river we met with an accident.

During the ride on the rough road, the scooter skidded and unfortunately, both the person and the scooter lost balance. Thankfully, the accident was limited to just a small laughable incident. After reviewing the incident for a while, it was found that the road was partly to blame, as it was quite dusty, and the heavy luggage on the scooter contributed to the incident as well.

The road was a little less dusty compared to the previous day, but due to its rough condition, the journey was still difficult. We had to stop, push the scooter, and pull it along while trying to make our way towards Sertung with some effort and discomfort.

As the road passed, it became more and more difficult to travel ahead. At one point, we saw a river on the left side. We saw one or two sumo vehicles coming towards us. We were scared to cross the river on  Scooters The previous day we passed through Dhading Besi, Pashupati Temple, Sankosh, Dhamgadhi, Kerouja, and Todke, and as we approached Lapang Phedi, thinking these were difficult part of the trip but the road from Lapangfedi was even more tougher than the previous day.

Because of the winter season Netrawati river wasn’t too deep, but it was easier to ride the scooter with our shoes off. After parking the scooter on the shore, we took out our camera and other equipment. After that, we put on our shoes again and continued our journey towards Sertung.

Local women seen during their daily activities on the way to Machet Kharka. Photo: Amir Shrestha
Local women seen during their daily activities on the way to Machet Kharka. Photo: Amir Shrestha

We didn’t know how much time it would take to reach Sertung. We asked the locals many times before we had to go to reach Sertung. After crossing the bridge and climbing up a steep hill, the road was still muddy and rocky. We saw a couple of small landslides on the road. The road was made by digging the hillsides. Sometimes there were streams of water and sometimes there was dusty sand on the road. Our team was on an adventurous journey. As we were traveling, we crossed Dundure bridge and left it behind. A few years ago, the bridge was closed due to construction as the locals of Borang had told us, who had to carry their necessary items on Mules from one place to another due to the closure of the road.

After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, we saw a huge landslide in front of us, which is known as the Jharlang landslide. It can be said that this landslide is the biggest landslide in South Asia that has not been mentioned in any standard. It has been said that since 2011, the land has been sliding. Because of the continuous landslide every year, no permanent structure can be built in this place. This geographical difficulty causes the road to be blocked by landslides every year, making it impossible for vehicles to pass through Borang and Sertungbasi for a few times. Fortunately, we did not have to face that problem and were able to cross the steep hill and move forward with our team.

The journey to Ruby Valley was the toughest journey so far for the Nepal 8th Wonder team. After riding a scooter all day, we were completely exhausted. We weren’t aware of the road because it was everyone’s first time going that way. The road was rocky and bumpy, and it seemed like it would never end. We had to drop down and remanage the Saddle Bags of scooters every now and then. We wished to stay anywhere we wanted but our goal was to reach Borang on that day.

We had thought that we would stay in Sertung on the second day, but the real achievement  was reaching Borang. After eating breakfast in Lapang Phedi, we just ate Chatpate and Noodles. The roads were tough, one steep climb followed by another and we had to push our scooters in some places. The journey was physically demanding, but they say that every journey teaches us something. The Ruby Valley trek taught us not to give up easily. The small moments of life that we experience after a day-long journey through hardships give us the strength to face bigger challenges in life.

It started getting dark but we still haven’t reached Borang. The road was rough and bumpy. Seeing the sunset approaching the horizon, we thought maybe the Borang won’t be reachable. But we didn’t give up hope of reaching our destination. We thought of having a great dinner after we reached Borang. The sun completely set, but we continued traveling to Borang with the scooter’s headlights. It was the second day of our scooter ride.

The Borang village looks amazing in the lap of Ganesh Mountain in the morning. The open blue sky and the rays of the sun that have fallen on Ganesh Himal’s head made the fatigue of the previous day vanish. Borang is the main center that connects the Ruby Valley and the country. The final stop of the vehicles coming from Dhading Besi is where the trekkers who have been dropped off here start their walking journey. People coming from Dhading Besi can buy tickets from Dhading itself if people want to go to Dhading Besi, there is also a ticket counter in Borang for those returning.

In this place, there are about 400 households with a majority of Tamang people who earn their livelihood primarily from agriculture. However, most of the young people here have left the country for foreign employment.

The locals suggested that it would be better to keep the scooter in Borang as the road ahead was too rough. As we had a lot of luggage, we decided to take the scooter. However, we were disappointed when we saw that the scooter was struggling to climb the first steep slope towards Sertung. We had never experienced such a terrifying road in our lives.

Way to Singla. Photo: Amir Shrestha
Way to Singla. Photo: Amir Shrestha

The scooter’s wheel got stuck in the gravel and we had to lift it up and turn it around hundreds of times. Even in some places, we had to push the scooter through the crowded paths. After each successful lift, we felt relieved, but the same struggle continued ahead. The journey was so difficult that it’s hard to put into words.

The bumpy road has become very difficult to ride on because of the big vehicle’s movements. The roads were in the worst conditions . After crossing two big turning hills, we were happy to travel on a straight road for a while, but the happiness wasn’t there for long. Another steep hill came and for the first time in our lives, we felt breathless while riding scooters.

We hadn’t thought that it would take three hours to complete a journey that was supposed to take an hour. We were happy when we reached Sertung after a while, but then we started to worry about how we would return to Kathmandu. After traveling continuously for three days, we reached Sertung, where Bimal has come to welcome us.

Bimal welcomed us graciously. His warm welcome refreshed us from the fatigue of the journey. After relaxing for a while at the hotel, we felt hungry and decided to have our lunch. Later, we planned to visit the Buddha Park, located in Sertung village.

During the visit to Buddha Park, we met some curious locals on the way. They were dancing in the courtyard of their house, beating a plate instead of a drum. We entered with the camera and watched them. Feeling shy, their dance suddenly stopped. We also played with them and had fun on the trip to Buddha Park for a while.

It takes 35 minutes of uphill hiking to reach the Buddha Park from Sertung. According to the locals in Sertung, the place where the Buddha Park now stands used to be the palace of the king in ancient times. About two years ago, with the coordination of the provincial government and the consumer committee, a giant statue of Buddha was installed in this park, which is located at the top of the park.

This park is very attractive for viewing the beautiful scenery of the entire Sertung village and surrounding snow-capped mountains. The location is also very peaceful, as it is a little away from the village and situated on a hilltop. It can be a great place for people who come for trekking in the Ruby Valley. The huge Sertung village, with around 600 houses, and the breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains in front, create a picturesque scene. After enjoying the sight of Sertung’s mesmerizing view, we returned to the hotel in the evening.

We saw beautiful views of the Himalayas while descending to the hotel. We saw the sun lighting up the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Maybe a painter with some skill had painted that scene in cyan and the view was just as beautiful. When we arrived at the hotel, the surrounding scenery was dazzling. Owner didi cooked delicious soup and potato curry for us. After a long day, we enjoyed a meal and rested on the bed. The next day promised to be even more beautiful.

In the morning, we woke up a little late. When we woke up, the rays of the sun were shining on the surface of the sea from a height of about 1900 meters in the village of Sertung. There are around 600 houses in this village, and it is inhabited by the Tamang community. Dashain, Tihar, and Lhosar are celebrated here with great fanfare. In addition to the Tamang community, the Ghale, Gurung, and some Newar families also live here. Nearby villages include Tipling, Chalis Gaon, and Abai. This place is rich in cultural and artistic heritage, and the architecture of the old-style houses, friendly people, and the stunning geography of the Ganesh Himal make Sertung a unique place to visit for trekkers and travellers.

On the first day of the trek, we had planned to reach Machet Kharka. We started early in the morning and took two porter brothers with us to help us on the trek. We had our breakfast before we began the climb to Machet Kharka. We left Sertung village behind and after a while witnessed a new landscape.

There were vast Himalayas on the horizon. With enthusiasm, Bimal and our team of four and two guide brothers set out on our journey. We had to walk for the whole day, and we pushed ourselves and kept moving forward. We asked ourselves while we heard about the name “Ruby Valley” for the first time and were curious about what it would be like. This place was named Ruby Valley because it is home to rare and valuable minerals found only in a few places in the world. We still had more to see. We were still unfamiliar with the beauty of Machhapuchhre and Singla. We were both eager to see them and learn more about them.

After trekking continuously for some time, we arrived at a small ridge called Gochhar, where every year on the day of Janai Purnima, the bombos (shamans) dance and sing about the legend of Singla. Our guide shared some interesting stories about this place. He said that there is a deity residing in this place and if someone falls while walking down the ridge, they will be stopped midway by the deity’s handprint. He also mentioned that nobody has ever died here because the deity prevents them from falling to their death.

After listening to the story of the deity’s hands and giving comfort to the body, we started our journey again. The journey seemed tougher than we thought. From Sertung to Singla, there is a steep path all the way. Resting for a while, we moved ahead. When we were going downhill, the guides suggested taking another path, which led to Kuwa. Later we found out that the reason they suggested taking that path was that there was no water source on the way and they needed to fill their bottles from Kuwa.

We had planned to eat snacks by sitting on the edge of the Kuwa, but when the guides reached a little higher and asked us to eat there, we drank water from the Kuwa .  We got energized by the Gurung bread and vegetable curry they had brought from Sertung. For the first time in our lives ,the trek was all just uphill. The geography was new, which made us forget about the tiredness. The guides still led us far ahead . Our team was taking videos, and they showed us the path they had just walked. Sometimes we had to walk in the jungle in scorching heat, and sometimes in the open sky under the blazing sun. We loved the sun more because of the winter season. Leaves were all on the ground. W\e walked over the fallen leaves making a rustling sound.

Majestic view seen during the trek to Singla in Dhading District. Photo: Amir Shrestha
Majestic view seen during the trek to Singla in Dhading District. Photo: Amir Shrestha

The slope became steeper and steeper, and the body became more and more tired. The road seemed much longer than we had thought. It was very difficult to walk, but our guides, who were carrying four times the weight we were, were still hiking uphill without losing their spirits, encouraging us not to give up.

From Sertung, which is located at an altitude of 1900 meters, we had to climb up to an altitude of 3500 meters at Machet Kharka in one day. We climbed up to an altitude of 1600 meters in one go. The sun was about to set, but our trek wasn’t over yet. On our way to Machet Kharka, we saw that the water had frozen. We tried to break that but we couldn’t.

After a day of trekking uphill, we came across a small pasture. But as we continued our journey, we saw another terrifying mountain in front of us. We were exhausted from hiking all day. Sometimes we hoped to reach Machetkharka and take a break.

As the evening approached, the trail became steeper. We had to use our gloves because the weather was too cold. The guides lit a fire with some wood . We quickly gathered and stayed by the fireside. After a moment’s rest, we continued our journey.

Before listening to guides, we only knew the negative side of lighting a fire. After listening to their story, we came to know that it helps to show the way while walking in the forest. We also knew that lighting up the old felled firewood makes the greenery grow next year.

After sitting near the fire for quite a bit, the body felt better, and we started climbing towards Machet again. The exhaustion had not left since morning. Even then, it was not clear how much more walking was needed. The beautiful scenery seen on the trail and the frozen river along the way gave encouragement at every moment.

We found a water source over there, we filled bottles and drank it. After finding a water source in the morning, we finally found water in the evening. We drank water to quench our thirst. It was sunset time. Machet Kharka was still far away, but the scene seen on the way forced us to linger there for a while and rejoice. In the background stood a giant Ganesh Mountain snow chain. Looking at it, it was as if the setting sun was slowly saying goodbye to those mountains.

We were walking uphill from the start of the morning until we finally reached Machet Kharka. However, since the shed was a little further up, we had to climb a bit more. When we reached Machet Kharka, one of the guides stayed back and another went in search of water. It can be quite challenging to find water in this area. In the evening, we had to melt ice to cook our food. As there was no proper arrangement at the hotel, all the trekkers had to face similar problems.

When we reached Machet Kharka, we were quite tired. Even when we took off our bags, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off our bodies. The evening was slowly turning into the night. The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas were visible, and the sun’s rays created a beautiful play of light and shade on them. The glaciers on the mountains were melting and glistening in the sunlight. We were standing in that same place, looking at the beauty around us. It was a very beautiful evening.

Inside the shed, we light up the fire. We made a place to sleep by piling up cow dung that had been there for a long time. We also set aside some potatoes to roast in the fire. We kept a stove at the top of stones brought in from outside.

After hiding in the night, the guides cooked the meal for us. The small fire relieved the tiredness of the day. The food brought from Sertung were still left, so they mixed them with dal curry to make a gravy. They prepared food with a cooker, which made our food ready within a few moments. We had not eaten anything since morning, we were all very hungry. In a moment, everyone was ready with their plates.

In the previous years, at this time, Machet Kharka seemed to be full of snow. Unfortunately, this year, the mountains have become bare due to no snow in the whole country. Climate change seems to affect the world that is moving in a certain pattern. In the rainy season, the Machet Kharka is completely green. People bring their cattle to graze on this fertile land and stay in this cowshed for a month and a half. Once it snows, this land becomes vacant again. Every year, on the full moon day, the Jhakris also stay in this place to go to Singla. This place, where you can see Ganesh, Langtang and Manaslu snow ranges in front of your eyes, has the potential to attract more tourists if it gets proper promotion. This place, where precious minerals such as ruby ​​are found, is truly no less than a paradise for pilgrims. To be able to lie down on the wide square of Machet Kharka and see the mountains is the greatest gift that life can give to man and man to life.

The guides prepared tea after waking up early in the morning. After eating fried corn and hot tea, our team climbed towards Singla. One of the guide brothers would go with us and one of them stayed in the shed to prepare food for us when we returned. Like the previous day, walking was a little easier as there was no bag. On the way up, other sheds were also seen. A wider field was also seen. The guide was repeatedly saying that this field looks even more beautiful when it is green. The feeling of that holy land where the Bombos danced and worshiped was different. It is said that there is an invisible power in places with such religious beliefs, anyone who travels with awareness can feel it.

A local kid in Sertung Village. Photo: Amir Shrestha
A local kid in Sertung Village. Photo: Amir Shrestha

A stone staircase has also been built somewhere along the path. Following that, the journey continued. The weather was hot and the sun was shining. It wasn’t that cold even when we were wearing thin clothes. Knowing that the Singla trek was all about climbing up to 4200, we stopped complaining about heights. The weather was beautiful and we were healthy enough to travel thankfully. So, what could be better for a hiker? Nature had given everything to enjoy more.

While telling other stories about the dance of the Bombaharu, the guide walked ahead of us. Following him on the way we reached the highest point of Machet Kharka. Whatever we saw from there could never be described in words. On the north side, there was a beautiful view of Ganesh, Langtang, and Manaslu mountain ranges, while on the south side, the hundreds of mountains were standing tall. We stood in the middle. Both the north and south sides were so beautiful that one could not decide where to look.

We saw such a landscape for the first time in our lives. Everyone had time to take pictures and look at the beauty. Even though there was less snow, the mountains were still attractive. The hills seen below were covered with fog. Because of that layer of fog, the beauty of the hills seemed to be enhanced. We stuck there for a long time and it was very sweet.

A local guide inside a shed in Machet Kharka. Photo: Amir Shrestha
A local guide inside a shed in Machet Kharka. Photo: Amir Shrestha

Singla at an altitude of 4020 meters above sea level is an important religious place in Dhading district. In the Tamang Bon language, Shing means village and Shing La means village deity. It is said that along with the construction of every village, some form of power is manifested in that village and it is believed that if the deity is happy by worshiping it, the village will prosper.

Every year, on the occasion of Janai Purnima, a big fair is held at this place. In that fair, Bombo or Jhakris transfer the knowledge they have to their disciples. This method of imparting knowledge is called Wankur in the local language. Also, on the same day, sisters who come to see Singla make garlands of wild flowers and leaves and give them to their brothers. The brothers also give Dakshina to their sisters as much as they can.

It is said that one night a miraculous angel came in the dream of a shepherd who had brought a cow to Machet Kharka and in the dream he took that shepherd to worship at the place where Singla is now. After that Kunkar was established in Singla that one should believe what is said in the dream. One can hear other popular legends about the history of Singla, but there is no clear evidence that it was created in this way because it was not written down.

Singla Pass, Pangsang Pass, and Peldor Pass can also be reached through Singla. That can also be an option for those traveling through this trail. After reaching Pangsang Pass via Singla Pass, hikers can descend to Sertung again via Tipling Village. Those going towards Rasuwa will have to cross Somdang through Pangsang Pass and reach Syabrubesi. It is a bit difficult to travel on this trail due to the problem of eating and living on the way. We are confident that with the good arrangement of tea houses and proper promotion, this area will attract a lot of tourists in the coming days. It is necessary to reach more and more Nepalis and foreigners as cheap anonymous tourist destinations in the country. We hope that in the coming days there will be more efforts to promote Ruby Valley Padayatra from both central and local levels.

The five-day single journey was very difficult. After riding a scooter for three consecutive days and walking uphill for two days, we finally managed to visit Singla. But after reaching Singla, all the complaints disappeared suddenly. The single one at the top of the hill looked really beautiful.

Guide Dai said that if you reach Singla and visit the deity, you will not get sick and you will get whatever you want. We also prayed and asked for ourselves there. Our heart was not willing to say goodbye to the beautiful snow range and the mountains. Most of the time traveling makes you feel happy, but this time, seeing your efforts, you were also proud.

Singla, A hostorical place above 4020m in Dhading District. Photo: Sadish Joshi
Singla, A hostorical place above 4020m in Dhading District. Photo: Sadish Joshi

This is how the five-day Ruby Valley trip ended. The difficulties of returning after traveling has its own story. For a trip to be successful, many people have their hands in it. We want to remember all of them at the end of the journey. No matter how much we thank Bimal Tamang Bhai, it is not enough, he gave us a sweet welcome when we  reached Sertung and arranged all the things needed for the journey.

Our team will always be grateful to Bimal Bhai’s gesture of traveling with us till Singla to make the trek easier for us. Similarly, we would like to thank Doma Ghale and Kale Tamang Dai for helping our team by carrying heavy luggage during the difficult ascent of Machete Kharka.

They fed us, broke the ice and got us water, and found firewood during our stay at Machet  Kharka. These favours will remain with us as long as we live. Similarly, we are also grateful to the sponsors who provide financial and other support to make the Ruby Valley trek a success.

Located in a beautiful corner of Dhading district, Ruby Valley is beautiful from both natural and religious aspects. Stepping into this land full of precious minerals, new culture and fascinating landscape has become a great life experience. Due to this effort to show the country, even if only a small number of  the Nepali people reach Ruby Valley, it will be a sign that we have done something meaningful. The search for other such destinations within the country continues.

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