Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek explores the lower parts of Khumbu region that offers superb breathtaking views of several 6000 meter Himalayan peaks. It is also home to beautiful glacier and moraine such as Likhu Nup glacier, Bigphere Go glacier, Surmoche glacier, and several others. The folded mountain range towards Gundel, rocky cliffs in and around Panchpokhari and Tare areas and glaciated landscape at Tare Kharka are some of the most scenic landscape in Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek. Himalayan lakes, revered by pilgrims and rich in biodiversity including Panch Pokhari, Jata Pokhari, Bhale Pokhari and Dudh Pokhari are also among the prime attractions of the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek for visitors.
The circuit also provides ample opportunity to observe the rich biodiversity along Khimti and Likhu river valleys, ranging from temperate to alpine vegetation. Pine and rhododendron forest, scattered bamboo patches and colorful pastures provides a suitable habitat for endangered wild animal and birds species such as Red panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar and various species of pheasant including Danfe. The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek shows the vibrant culture and traditional lifestyle of Sherpa including traditional yak cheese production and terraced agriculture practices. Beautiful monasteries are scattered through out Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek that offers visitors the spiritual and meditation experiences.
Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is a true choice for visitors seeking virgin trekking areas in Nepal. Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek also offers unique tourism activities like spiritual and meditation visits to monasteries and interaction with rural Sherpa people. The mountain views are sensational and Panchpokhari pass (4605 meters) and Gyajo La (Thulo Lapcha) pass at 4880 meters are dramatic adventurous passes with views extending all the way into Tibet.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 meters) .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Kathmandu – shivalaya (8- 9hrs).
Drive to jiri/shivalaya (187 km from kathmandu) through the mountain terrain following the traditional approach march for Everest. Enjoy fresh water fish and refreshments at shivalaya. Arrange porter, local guides and other logistics at shivalya over night at tea house.
- Day 03: Shivalaya- Khahare (3-4hrs).
Enjoy soft trekking along the khimti River and enjoy lunch at Garjyang. Enjoying Sherpa culture and home-stay accommodation at Khahare, Don’t forget to taste of NCC fresh Yak cheese over night at Camp.
- Day 04: Khahare-Panipacka (3-4hrs).
Be prepared for adventurous trekking and eco-camping. Enjoy wilderness trekking along the Khimti river and up to the panipakha where you will find your first eco-camping site amidst the scattered chauri sheds and the towering alpines. Enjoy rare sunset views from panipakha over night at Camp.
- Day 05: Panipacka-Maanedanda (3-4hrs).
Continuing to snake you way up, the trail as it ascends through the conifer and rhododendron forest before reaching Maanedanda offering spectacular views of thick green forest with numerous steep waterfalls over night at Camp.
- Day 06: Maanedanda-Jatapokhari/Panchpokhari (4-5hrs).
The trail traverses alongside the mountain before a dramatic waterfall heralds your arrival at Jatapokhari(4206m), a holy mountain lake in the lap of mt. Number. Over 3000 pilgrims, both Buddhist and Hindy followers, make their way here to celebrate Janiapurnima in August. Just short climb above Jatapokhari are the five sacred lakes known as Panch pokhari (4508m) within a huge glacial, moonlike cirque. Sidewalks aound panchpokhari and panch pokhari pass offers spectacular panoramic views of the Rolwaling, Number and Everest Ranges over night at Camp.
- Day 07: -- 08: Panchpokhari- Tare (4-5hrs).
The trail takes you to khala kharka and further downhill to Nupche river via thick bamboo forest. Enjoy fresh cheese making in green pasture alongside the Nupche River before you reach to your eco-camping site at Tare. For anyone with an extra day, a side trip to bigphera Go Nup base camp/glacier, khola Cire (4469m), Linkhu Nup Glacier and impressive Lhasa Lake (4469m) is recommended over night at Camp.
- Day 09: -- 10: Tare- Gyazo La pass-Ngehu (4-5hrs).
The most strenuous section of NCC, the trail from Tare to the Likhu Khola valley is one that is both challenging and rewarding. The mountain views extending north into Tibet as you cross the Gyajo La(Thulo Lapcha) at 4880m(traditionally used by local sherpas to bring yaks across the mountains to Rakhidanda and Ngeju) are sencational. “Wilderness” is the only apt term for the wild and rugged basin of the Lhiku River valley, Dudhpokhari Lake, Likhu glacier at the base of towering tumbling glaciers and large moraines. The trek down from the Likhu glacier takes you to Ngeju(3690m) nestled against the river. A short side trip up from Ngeju is the ancient Buddhist shrine of Kau Gumba over night at Camp.
- Day 11: Ngeju and Lhachhewar (4-5hrs).
From Ngeju the trail weaves through thick ancient forests alongside the Likhu Khola re-emerging to Lhachhewar(2665m), one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages with its astonishing landscapes, cultural wealth, prominent monastery and the hospitable Sherpa people. Lhachhewar offers untouched Sherpa culture where people. Lhachhewar offers untouched Sherpa culture where people have maintained the traditional way of life. In Lhachhewar and onwards, the camping facilities can also be combined with the home-stay accommodation maintained at traditional Sherpa houses over night at Camp.
- Day 12: Lahaksewar-Kyama (3-4hrs).
The trail goes through the river valley, passing one of the still hidden Hindu pilgrimage site, ‘UMATIRTHA TEMPLE’ regarded as the KASHI of Himalayas at the confluence of Likhu and Nupche River;descending through deep forest to Kyama(2380m) with good views along the way of Bigphera Go Nup(Pathibara) and Numberchuli. Enjoy Monastery, Sherpa lifestyle at the serene village environment over night at Camp.
- Day 13: Kyama-Gumdel (2hrs).
With the gleaming Numberchuili as the backdrop, Gumdel is a tiny hamlet gathered around a large Buddhist Stupa. The Gumdel home-stay offers the best of Sherpa hospitality and cultural traditions amidst luxuriant landscape and spectacular mountain scenery over night at Camp.
- Day 14: Gumdel-Serding or Bhandar (4-5hrs).
From Gumdel the trail either descends through the mountain terrace along the Likhu River finally meeting the Everest trail at Bhandar or ascends through the dense forest finally reaching the beautiful serding (3360m). Enjoy folded temperate and subalpine forest at the backdrop of Numberchuli, Bigphera Go and Gaurishankar Himal range from serding and punnasa Danda. Enjoy fresh yak cheese and cheese making process over night at Camp.
- Day 15: Serding/Bhandar-Thodung-Lapchane (4-5hrs).
Descend gently to observe one of Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factories, established in 1957 on the way to Thodung. Visit Thodung monastery and get warm blessing from Lamas. Get your lunch with lamas at Thodung or stroll back down to Deurali on the way to Everest trek; with good views of Gaurishankar before trekking to your penultimate NCC home stay village at Newari houses, Lapchane. Tamdanda, thirty minutes above the Newari village of Lapchane, is one of the tallest hills in Ramechhap. From tame you can see most of the central and eastern Himalayan peaks Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Gaurishankar, Number, Makalu, Kanchenjunga over nighta at Camp.
- Day 16: Lapchane-Those (3hrs).
Enjoy sunrise view of mountains from Tame and gradually descend down to your last stay at those over night at Camp.
- Day 17: Those-Kathmandu (8-9hrs by bus).
Drive back to Kathmandu via Jiri and transfer to Hotel over night at Kathmandu On Hotel.
- Day 18: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
- Airport picks up and drops by private car/Van/Bus.
- Accommodation in (2 in sharing room) Kathmandu on 3 star standard levels Hotel with breakfast,
- All necessary Land transport Kathmandu Shivalaya and Those Kathmandu by car/vn/bus.
- Gaurishanker national park entry permits and Trekkers information management system (TIMS)
- Experience Government license holder trekking guide, cook and supporter porters.
- Tented Accommodation during the trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea coffee while on trek, serve by our trekking cook staffs.
- Dining tent, Table, chairs, toilet tent, sleeping mattres,
- Accommodation, food, salary, and insurance, for Guide cook, staffs and Porters.
- All necessary cooking gear, cooking fuel
- If need down jacket, sleeping bag, walking pole, duffel bag, we will provide without cost.
- Medicine kit (first aid kit)
- Government taxes and service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Mineral water, beer, coca cola, personal expenses as like telephone, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.