Ruby Valley Trek

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Region
Remote Area Trek
Duration
11 Days
Grade
3
Transportation
Jeep/Bus
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs.
Max Altitude
4130 m.
Best Season
April-May and September-October

Overview

Want to experience the remote area trekking of Nepal's Himalayas, but don't have enough time? Then this Ruby Valley Trek could be the one for you, with dramatic nature passing through a number of unspoiled villages, unbelievable culture and magnificent Mountain View. 

Ruby Valley trek, is one of the most beautiful, unexplored and virgin trekking route, lies on the central region of Nepal and Northern side of Kathmandu. This beautiful valley is situated in Dhading district, nearby Kathmandu, in between Lantang National Park and Manaslu Conservation Area. This treks offer breathtaking views, pristine natural splendor, and the opportunity to interact with numerous ethnic groups. Comparing to other high altitude treks, Ruby Valley trek is one of the untouched, shortest, popular and moderate trekking trail situated just 150km away from the heart of Nepal, Kathmandu.

The route to Ruby Valley includes a variety of terrain, cultures, and wildlife in addition to the most breathtaking and up-close mountain views of the marvelous Himalayan range. The highest altitute you reach during the trek is Singla which is on 4130 mt. height, from which you can have a panoromic 270° view of Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, Langtang range, Sisapangma, Everest range and so on.

After 5-6 hours driving from Kathmandu, the trek starts from Bhalche and ends to Rigne. You travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups like Gurung, Tamang, Dalit, etc Newar etc.

Moreover, if you have an extra time and want to expolre Nepal more, then you have a choice to add Rafting with Chitwan and Pokhara Tour. Since Nepal is known for its natural beauty, culture, wildlife, river rafting, trekking and adevnture, this combined package can be the best for those who wants to discover the real Nepal in short period of time.

This packaged tour is a wholesome of Nepal where you can experience the culture, arts, architecture and tradition of Nepal during your Kathmandu sightseeing. And on your trek, you will have an opportunity to discover the real Nepali lifestyle, its rich cultures, tradition and have the best 270° mountain views. Furthermore, rafting trip to Trishuli River is enough to relish the thrill, to enjoy the scenic gorgeous, hills, highways, lush jungles, wild vegetation and to have the best water sport adventure.

Furthermore,  in Chitwan, you can experience the wild vegetation of Nepal, where you can do an excursion of traditional Tharu village, do a jungle walk in Chitwan National Park, Jungle safari, ox cart ride, elephant breeding center, jeep safari, canoeing, and many other activities, whereas, Pokhara is famous for its majestic mountain views, serene lakes, and traditional culture. The place is absolutely beautiful for relaxation and for fun activities.

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Outline Itinerary ( 11 Days ) Expand all +

Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Orientation in the evening at around 5 PM and welcome dinner in the evening. 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Overnight
Himalayan Suite Hotel

After breakfast, our Himalayan Social Journey City tour guide will take you to different UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Nepal. Today, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple or Kapan Monastery, Boudhanath, Swoyambhu and Patan Durbar Square. 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Duration
4-5 hrs
Overnight
Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Breakfast

Drive to Bhalche from Kathmandu via Jeep which takes about 5 hours. Bhalche is the gateway to the Langtang Valley. Driving along the Trishuli bazaar and Betrawati makes up for the beautiful drive.

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Max Altitude
Bhalche (3,097 m)
Duration
Drive (5 hrs)
Overnight
Local House
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included

Following breakfast, trek a little bit uphill for stunning views of Bhalche village. The trek resumes as it passes through high tropical vegetation and offers fascinating views of both the jungle and the nearby areas. 

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Max Altitude
Gonga
Duration
5-6 hrs
Overnight
Local House
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy the nature walk 5-6 hrs to Rupchet. 

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Max Altitude
Rupchet (3,800 m)
Duration
5-6 hrs
Overnight
Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Rupchet, ascend to Machet via Singla (4130m). Singla is the view point from where almost in 270 degrees Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Tibet Himalaya ranges, Manaslu ranges (one of the highest peak) and bit of Annapurna ranges Mountain can be seen. 

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Max Altitude
Machet via Singla (4,130 m)
Duration
6-7 hrs
Overnight
Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Tamang people make up the majority of the population in Shertung. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legend, two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people too but they have migrated to Kathmandu city.  

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Max Altitude
Shertung (1,873 m)
Duration
4-5 hrs
Overnight
Teahouse
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Spend an extra day at Shertung. Before breakfast, hike to viewpoint and watch the sunrise. After breakfast, trek to hotspring and spend couple of hours in the warm spring and back to Shertung.

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Max Altitude
Shertung (1,873 m)
Duration
3-4 hrs
Overnight
Teahous
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast drive down to Ankhu khola having its beautiful water fall and then trek continue bit uphill to Borang village and to Ukhum. After lunch trek continue to Lishne jungle, cross suspension bridge, passing to Jharlang village (Ungul). One of the best and panoramic Mountain View point of the area. Then, you will reach Rigne, beside Ankhu Khola Hydropower.  

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Duration
Drive (3 hrs)
Overnight
Overnight at Homestay/Camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Rigne to Kathmandu by jeep or bus 5-6 hours. After your arrival at Hotel 30 minute special massage. 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Duration
Drive (5-6 hrs)
Overnight
Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Breakfast included

After breakfast, transfer to Airport for your departure. 

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Meal
Breakfast

Departures & Availability

Personal Information

Additional information

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. The personal information you provide will be kept confidential and will not be shared with a third party.

Include / Exclude

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at Himalayan Suite Hotel, in Pokhara at Mount Kailash Resort in twin-sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Accommodation, full board meals and all activities in Chitwan at Hotel Seven Star as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Camp or teahouses during trekking days
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and lodging for the clients during trek days
  • Necessary equipment (camping gears) during the trek.
  • Necessary permits for the trek
  • Transportation by sharing jeep or bus (KTM- Bhalche)
  • Company T-shirt
  • Government registered experienced trekking guide
  • Fooding, lodging, insurance and other expenses of Guide and porters
  • Two porters who will carry the camping gears
  • Duffle bag and sleeping bag during the trek
  • First-aid
  • 30 minutes special massage at Himalayan Suite Spa
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory)
  • Bar bills (Alcoholic Beverages, Coke, Water)
  • Tipping to guide and porters as per client's satisfaction
  • City sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu (NPR 1000+200+400+1000) and Pokhara
  • Anything that is not mentioned on Include list

Additional Information

Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a, jeep or bus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

By Air: Flight from Chitwan to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu is optional (and can arrange on extra payment) for those who choose to do add-on trip.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Massage services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page Tripadvisor Review Page   .

Important Information Expand all +

There are three ways to get a visa for Nepal

  • Visa on arrival: You can get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or other designated entry points. The visa fee is USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, or USD 125 for 90 days.
  • Online application: You can apply for a visa online through the Nepal Immigration website. https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np .The visa fee is the same as for visa on arrival.
  • Nepalese Embassy or Consulate: You can also apply for a visa at a Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The visa fee may be different, so check with the embassy or consulate.

Visa requirements

  • Passport valid for at least six months from your planned entry date into Nepal.
  • Visa application form.
  • Passport-sized photo (Bring 4 )

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

  • Children below 10 years except US citizens
  • Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen - Bangladesh , Bhutan, India , Maldives , Pakistan , Sri-Lanka  (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
  • Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
  • Chinese Nationals for 150 days

Nationals of following countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.

  1. NigeriaGhana
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Swaziland
  4. Cameroon
  5. Somalia
  6. Liberia
  7. Ethiopia
  8. Iraq
  9. Palestine
  10. Afghanistan
  11. Syria
  12. Refugees with travel document

If your passport is not valid for at least six months, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Nepal. You can renew your passport at your local passport office. The process of renewing your passport can take several weeks, so it is important to start the process early.

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By air:

Nepal has Three international airports: Kathmandu, Bhairawa, and Pokhara. Currently, Pokhara airport does not handle international flights. However, there are a few flights to Bhairawa from few countries. The main international airport in Nepal is Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), located in Kathmandu. You can search TIA airport to book your International flight.

By land: There are multiple land entry points along the borders of Nepal, India, and China. These entry points include Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, and Kerung(china boarder)

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If you've booked a multiday tour or trekking package with Himalayan Social Journey, we'll pick you up from the airport. Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to greet you with a sign displaying your name and our company's name. We'll then take you to your pre-booked hotel.

To make the pick-up process smooth, kindly share your flight details, including flight number and arrival time. If there are any changes to your arrival plans, please inform us as soon as possible so we can arrange your pick-up accordingly. Travel with us for a hassle-free experience!

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Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

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The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). Major foreign currencies such as USD, AUD, and EURO are accepted for VISA.

There are plenty of ATMs in these major cities, so you can easily withdraw cash from your foreign currency bank account. Credit cards are also accepted in some shops and restaurants, but they are not as widely accepted as cash.

On the trek, you will only need to use Nepali rupees. You can exchange your foreign currency for Nepali rupees at your hotel, money exchanges, or the airport. Himalayan Social Journey representatives will also be happy to help you exchange money.

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If you have booked a trekking or multi-day tour with Himalayan Social Journey, the orientation meeting usually happens at your Kathmandu hotel around 4 or 5 pm. Our team will provide you with the specific details upon your arrival.

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If you're arriving early or leaving late, please ensure to arrange extra hotel accommodations by contacting reser[email protected]. Let us know if you'll be extending your stay in Nepal, and we'll book your additional nights. Also, kindly share your flight details with us to facilitate a smooth pick-up and drop process.

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When you book a trip with us, the standard accommodation arrangement is on a twin-sharing basis. This means two people will be staying in each room throughout the trip. However, if you prefer to have a room to yourself or if you're traveling alone, you can choose the "single supplement" option. By selecting this option, you'll have a private room during the trip, but please note that there will be an additional cost for the single room arrangement according to tour / trek.

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For each tour date, there will be several separate groups, each with a maximum of 14 people and their own experienced English-speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters available to carry your luggage. Additionally, if you prefer to do a private tour or trek with your own group, that is also possible. 

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Nepal has five main seasons: summer, monsoon, spring, autumn, and winter. Each season offers unique experiences and weather conditions.

Winter (Late Dec - Feb): Cold temperatures, great for festival tours and special highlights.

Spring (Mar - May): Magical rhododendron blooms, ideal for trekking and peak climbing.

Monsoon (Jun - Aug): Low season with rain, but perfect for nature lovers and discounts on hotels.

Autumn (Sep - Nov): Peak season, clear weather, and popular trekking regions fill up fast.

You can check the live weather condition via this website https://www.accuweather.com

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The hotel in Kathmandu where you'll stay during the trip offers complimentary storage services. You can leave your luggage and extra clothing that you won't need for the trekking / tour. Rest assured, you can collect them once the trek and tour are over.

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Don't forget to bring both TWO and THREE-pin travel adapters! If you don't have them, you can purchase them at supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu. Our guide will be there to assist you if needed. You can get information about plug and voltage in below link.

https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/nepal/

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Most places in Nepal are covered by mobile network providers, especially Ncell and Nepal Telecom. You can use data services for communication. You can buy a SIM card at the airport counter. There are also free and paid Wi-Fi services in most tea houses in Nepal during trek.

Here are some tips for staying connected while you are in Nepal:

  • Buy a SIM card as soon as you arrive in Nepal. This will give you access to data services and allow you to make calls and send text messages.
  • Check the coverage map of your mobile network provider before you travel. This will help you to know where you can expect to have good reception.
  • If you are planning on visiting remote areas and need to be in connected on Internet , you may want to consider renting a satellite phone. This will give you access to communication even in areas with no mobile network coverage.
  • There are many free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in Nepal. You can find these at hotels, tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and even some temples.
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If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding, Bungy jump, Mountain flight, Heli Tour , Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can find updated price and program detail in this link: https://hsj.com.np/tourtype/daytours. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

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If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

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A typical suggestion for tipping is to allocate around USD 50-60 for the guide and porter if you're happy with their service. However, the amount you decide to tip is entirely up to you, and you can give whatever you feel is appropriate based on the excellent service they provided during your tour / trek

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Packing List for Tour:

Pack appropriate clothing for the weather conditions during your visit. Include comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Don't forget essential travel documents, a camera, and any necessary medications.

Packing List for Trekking

Hiking

  • Trekking Poles - 1
  • Daypack - 1
  • Backpack - 1
  • Packcover
  • Water Reservoir - 1

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag - HSJ will provide
  • sleeping bag liner

Clothes

  • Underwear - 3
  • Socks - 3
  • Bra - 3
  • base Layers pant - 1
  • Trekking Tshirt - 3
  • Trekking Pants - 2
  • Rain Pants - 1
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots - 1
  • Gloves - 1
  • Hat - 1
  • Down Jacket - 1
  • Wind Breaker - 1
  • Sandles -1

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses - 1
  • Books or E-reader (optional)

Hygene/Saftey

  • Microfiber towel - 1
  • Toothbrush - 1
  • Toothpaste - 1
  • First aid kit - 1
  • Medicine kit -1
  • sunscreen -1
  • sewing kit -1
  • Soap/shampoo - 1
  • Comb or brush - 1
  • Period supplies - 1
  • Toilet paper - 1
  • sanitising gel - 1

Electronices

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Extranel Hardrive (optional )
  • Head touch
  • Power bank for charging Phone

Packing List for Climbing:

Clothing

  • Trekking boots
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
  • Insulating down jackets
  • Woolen cap
  • Trekking Gloves
  • Raincoats

First Aid

  • Diamox tablets
  • Sanitary pads and tampons
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Band-aids
  • Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cameras
  • Batteries
  • Water Bottle
  • Solar Chargers
  • Hot water thermos

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Travel Permits

Peak climbing gears (HSJ will provide)

  • Climbing Helmet: Choose a good-quality climbing helmet. Make sure your warm cap fits under your helmet.
  • Climbing Boots: High-altitude, insulated, stiff-soled climbing boots.
  • Crampons: C2 crampons that fit the climbing boots.
  • Climbing Harness: Good-quality climbing harness.
  • Ascending device or Jumar
  • Descending or belay device
  • Tape sling: UIAA tested a 220cm open tape sling or a 2 x 120 cm closed tape sling.
  • Carabiners: 2 x lockable carabiners. 2 x non-locking carabiners
  • Prusik loop: Best quality Prusik loop
  • Ice ax: An ice ax with a wrist strap for climbing

 

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If you cancel the trip for any reason, the 20% deposit amount will not be refunded. If you have paid the full trip amount and need to cancel, you will receive your money back, but a cancellation charge of 20% will still apply.

For voucher holders who purchased vouchers from deal companies, we must adhere to their cancellation policy. However, under both circumstances, we are flexible and can reschedule your trip for a later date. To cancel any trip, please make sure to provide written notification of your cancellation.

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Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek/tour due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides , porters, drivers for the time they have committed.

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Our commitment is to offer you an unforgettable journey with the best services. We take our responsibilities seriously and conduct all programs in Nepal according to the rules and regulations of Nepal Goverement. If needed, we can provide alternative itineraries for a delightful holiday experience. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to help!

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