Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek - 16 Days

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek in mid Nepal is camping trekking into “Off the beaten trail”. It is the best trekking option to get away from the congestion of commercialized trekking trails and hustle bustle life of cities. The trekking trail offers great views of mountain, local culture of remote area of Nepal and Nepal’s first yak cheese factory visit.

Highlights of Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

  • Fully camping trekking
  • Less crowded Off the beaten trekking trail
  • Close up views of Himalayas
  • Visit the Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factory
  • Explore the Khimti and Likhu valley

Numbur Cheese Circuit trekking takes you to the Ramechhap, about 190km east of capital city Kathmandu. The trek completes between 14 to 16-days by circuit the two striking river valleys; Khimti and Likhu on the lap of Everest and Rolwaling region. The trekking is named in respect of the unexplored peak Numbur Chuli(6959m) and one of the Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factories. The Numbur cheese factory was established in 1957.

This Nepal trekking route offers exceptional and great view of majestic Himalayan peaks including Everest range, Numburchuli, Gaurishanker, Jugal and Langtang Himal range combined with the still unexplored and lively Sherpa cultural attractions. The Himalayan peaks seen during the trek are: Numburchuli(6959m), Sarmoche(5255m), Ramdung(5930m), Chukyima Go(6259m), Parchamo(6273m), Bigphrea Go Nup(6666m), Paniyo Tippa(6696m) and Paniyo Shar(6549m). It is also home to stunning glacier and rubble such as Linkhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier, Likhu Glacier and other different tiny glaciers . The circuit also provides the ample opportunity to observe the rich bio – diversity along the Khimti and Likhu river valleys, ranging from temperate to alpine vegetation. Visitors can also enjoy the flourishing rhododendrons, folded alpine forests , dispersed bamboo patches and colorful meadows that provide a habitat to beautiful and endangered species, such as the red panda, musk deer, exotic birds, Himalayan Thar and sometimes the exclusive snow leopard.

This camping trekking also offers pure Sherpa culture and traditional lifestyle at Khahare. Khachhewar, kyama, Gumdel and Serding Furthermore, Nepali culture and lifestyle can be experienced at Lapchane and Those villages.

Numbur Cheese Circuit trekking welcomes both domestic and international visitors. The trek encompasses a variety of terrain- deep river gorges, glacial lakes, and terraced rice fields, temperate to alpine vegetation, and Sherpa villages to the towering peaks of Bigphera Go Nup (Pathibara) and Numburchuli. One can also see the Yak Cheese factories and the renowned Thodung Monastery on the way. In March and April, rhododendrons bloom in excess and eagles, musk deer and Himalayan Tare are a regular sighting! And with a lot of luck, you can have a glimpse of the intangible snow leopard.

Outline Itinerary

DayProgramElevation
1Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.1440m
2Kathmandu to Shivalaya
3Shivalaya to Khahare
4Khahare to Panipakha
5Panipakha to Maanedanda
6Maanedanda to Jantapokhari to Panchpokhari4200m
7Panchpokhari to Tare4600m
8Tare to gyazo la pass to Ngeju3690m
9Ngeju to Lahaksewar
10Lahaksewar to Kyama
11Kyama to Gumdel
12Gumdel to Serding3360m
13Serding to Lapchane
14Lapchane to Thosey1755m
15Thosey to Kathmandu1440m
16Farewell,

Day 1
Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Showcard. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment, we will brief your plan more visibly.

Day 2
Kathmandu to Shivalaya

we will drive for 9 hour from Kathmandu to reach Shivalaya. On way we will enjoy the fresh air and the stunning mountain views with smooth driving on finely paved rood. Shivalaya is the gateway for the Numbur Cheese Circuit which is located on the scenic of Khimti River where you can rest and enjoy fresh river fish also.

Day 3
Shivalaya to Khahare

From shivalaya we will trek along Khimti River and reach Khahare. Khahare is a tiny settlement resided only in winters by the house owners while during the summer they move to livestock pastures which borders Tibet. While enjoying the Sherpa cultural we have the home stay accommodation at Khahare.

Day 4
Khahare to Panipakha

After the homestay at khahare we will trek to Panipakakha. Which will be the first campsite on our route which has a moderately plane camping area among the spread Chauri sheds and the towering alpines. Here you can Take pleasure from beautiful sunset views from Panipakha and have Overnight at tented camp.

Day 5
Panipakha to Maanedanda

From panipakha camp site route will ascends all the way through the rhododendron forests to the summer meadows of Manedanda. At Manedanda we will set our tent which has a basic cooking shelter and space for tents. It offers superb views in the days with clear weather where we will have overnight camp.

Day 6
Maanedanda to Jantapokhari to Panchpokhari

Today we will climb for about 4 hour on a precise trail to reach Panch Pokhari which literally means five holy lakes which lies at an elevation of 4200m. But the trail climbs to Jata Pokhari firstly. With the elevating altitude we walk via alpine pastures to scrubby jungle of Sunpati, an unusual mountain herb. As we reach near the beautiful waterfall we get the sign of our arrival at Jata Pokhari. Then the trail moves further and after a short walk we will reach to Panch Pokhari. There are actually five small lakes which in Nepali language is named as Panch Pokhari. Here we will spend Overnight at tented camp.

Day 7
Panchpokhari to Tare

Today we will the cross the pass lying at an elevation of 4600m and move down to reach Tare. On the way we will walk all along Khola Kharka and move further downward to Nupche River passing through thick bamboo forest. Here you will enjoy fresh cheese making process in green pasture at the side of the Nupche River before reaching the eco-camping spot at Tare.

Day 8
Tare to gyazo la pass to Ngeju

Today we have a strenuous path from Thare to till we reach Linkhu Khola valley which although is the challenging one but rewards you with the beautiful views. The peak views expand from north into Tibet as we go across the Gyajo La also known as Thulo Lapcha at 4880m which is habitually used by local Sherpas to get yaks across the peaks to Rakhidanda and Ngeju are sensational. We trek further down from the Likhu glacier and big moraines. The trek down from the Likhu glacier assists us to reach Ngeju (3690m) where we will spend Overnight at tented camp.

Day 9
Ngeju to Lahaksewar

From Ngeju we will head towards Lahaksewar which is also known as Sewar. Lahaksewar is the most striking Sherpa communities in the upper Ramechhap area. The village greets you with its incredible landscapes, culture and kindness. Sewar people still follow their typical lifestyle which will be the highlight of the trip.

Day 10
Lahaksewar to Kyama

The track today moves further from Lahksewar to reach Kyama. On the way we descend through thick forest of Kyama with arresting views of Numberchuli and Pathibhara. On the way to kyama we will pass through one of the hidden pilgrimage site ‘Umatirtha’ which is regarded as the Kashi of Himalaya. With the beautiful serene view we will reach Kyama and have the homestay with the Sherpa lifestyle.

Day 11
Kyama to Gumdel

Along with the glossy Numberchuili as the background, we depart from Kyama to reach home stay at Gumdel bestows you with the best of Sherpa culture amidst abundant landscape and amazing mountain scenery. And have Overnight at Kyama.

Day 12
Gumdel to Serding

From Gumdel we will trek through the thick forest and finally at the stunning Serding (3360m). You can enjoy the temperate and sub-alpine forest at the background of Numburchuli, Gaurishankar Himal range and Bigphera Go from Punnasa Danda and Serding. At Serding you can enjoy fresh Yak Cheese making process. You will also have a home stay or accommodate at lodge in Serding.

Day 13
Serding to Lapchane

We today leave Serding and on the way visit Thodung Monastery. Then we will move down to Deurali where you can witness first-class views of Gaurishankar before we will reach Lapchane where we can have home stay at Newari Houses. Tamdanda is another attraction which is located thirty minutes above the village of Lapchane and is recognized as one of the tallest hills in Ramechhap. From the hill you can witness gigantic peaks like- Dhaulagiri, Gauri Shanker, Annapurna, Numbur, Kanchenjunga and more.

Day 14
Lapchane to Thosey

Today we will trek to Thosey (1755m) leaving Lapchane. Here, you can enjoy stunning sunrise view of peaks from Tame which steadily descends down to your last stay at Thosey in the night.

Day 15
Thosey to Kathmandu

We will today drive back to Kathmandu passing through Jiri.

Day 16
Farewell,

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport
  • Ground Transportation Kathmandu to Shivalaya and Thosey to Kathmandu
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel ( centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Tea house/tent camp.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System) - ( we need two photos each for permit
  • All the camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.)
  • An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), trekking cook, kitchen helper, Sherpa
  • Necessary number of porter’s their meal /accommodation / transportation / salary / insurance / equipment’s are included in price.
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking Maps
  • Rubbish Disposal
  • Our Service Charge and Government Taxes

Price Exclude

  • All meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned herein
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1. How difficult are the treks?

It depends on the individuals’ adaptation of walking in any situation and at any circumstances. It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available. Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

2. How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

Completely, we assure the safety and security of the women travelling with us. We will provide the privacy that the women need. We will also give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking.

3. What is tea house trekking?

Tea House Trek – is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” also organizes Camping Treks during which you stay for overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you and food during such treks will be cooked by our experienced cook.

4. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get it in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive to airport fill the form and proceed to the visa line. You have to pay 25US$ for 15 days of visa from the day of issue, 40US$ for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days of tourist visa. For this you have to bring two passport size photos.

5. What is the best air route to my destination?

There are enough airline companies operating daily flights from Middle East of Kathmandu. Kathmandu only has got only international airport in Nepal so, where ever you are coming from you must come through tribhuvan international airport.

6. What type of insurance should I have before come to Nepal? Can I get it there?

For coming to Nepal you should have both medical and Rescue evacuation insurance. Yes you can get it here too, but we recommend purchasing it in your own country to avoid any last minute hassle and basal.

7. When should I travel to Nepal?

In Nepal it rains a lot between Junes to August. You too can enjoy great treks during this period of year in rain shadow region. But if you planning for more popular trek autumn and spring is the best time. As during this period climate will be moderate and will favorable for the trekking.

8. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities having branches of some international bank. Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as American Express, Visa and Master card are accepted. Nepal also has ATM facilities.

9. When should I book my trip?

We suggest you to book your trip in advance to avoid the disappointment and hassles. We too will make an effort to accommodate last minute bookings but some time due to the last minute planning we may unintentionally make few mistake which may offend you so it will be better to do advance booking.

10. Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

Yes, our agency representative will pick you from airport. We will be displaying our placard of your name with our agency name.

11. How much spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will be at and package, facilities you may choose . However our trip profile will give you information about how to budget form additional meals, optional excursions and extra expenses that might occur in any specific trip.

12. Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?

Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home town. But domestic flight ticket will be included in our package. Other help like river rafting, city guided tour, mountain flight, jungle safari will be provided according to your necessities.

13. What is the physical conditioning level needed for trekking?

If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should do long day hikes at your home.

14. Is a Trekking permit needed?

Permit is not required for trekking in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and some other regions. However, conservation permits or National park permits are required. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal where trekking permits are required.

15. Are the food / water safe to eat / drink?

All the meals are prepared with high standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

16. What happens if there is an emergency?

All of our guides are trained with first aid and have basic idea about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

17. What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to conform reservation before arriving to Nepal. Rest of the payment can be paid after arrival.

18. Can we bring some food from home?

19. You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

20. Is there any communication when we are on the mountain?

In the way in many villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephones from where you can make international calls. And now a days we have the internet facilities most of the trekking destination.

21. What’s the difference between trekking, hiking and mountain climbing?

You can do all day walk, where you stay overnight (or several nights) at three activities in Nepal, but they are quite different things. Trekking is a multi-the place you’ve walked to. Hiking generally refers to a one-day walk. It might be two hours or eight, but if it takes place within a single day, it’ll probably be referred to as a hike. Mountain climbing is another thing entirely. It takes special equipment, training and comes with more risk. Neither trekking nor hiking require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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