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Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is one of our favorite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this remarkable region in Nepal.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is adventurous and strenuous offers captivating views of major Himalayan peaks including Numburchuli, Everest range, Annapurna, Langtang, Gaurishankar and many more. Off the beaten trail follows two river valleys and also get the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and culture of 21 different indigenous communities. The trek provides plenty of chances to observe the rich biodiversity, pine forest, blooming rhododendrons, bamboo patches and colorful pastures, glacier walks, and Yak cheese-making Sherpa cultural experiences and communication with rural Sherpa people.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is a newly developed trek located in the Ramechhap district of eastern Nepal. The starting point of our trek is Shivalaya, also the start point of Everest Base Camp trek for those who want to start from low elevation and have more time. The trek offers eye-catching views of major Himalayan peaks including Numburchuli(6959m), Sarmoche(5255m), Ramdung(5930m), Chukyima Go(6959), Parchamo(6273m), Bigphrea Go Nup(6666m), Paniyo Tippa(6696m), Paniyo Shar(6549m), Everest range, Annapurna South, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Gaurishankar and many more. The trail is off the beaten follows through two river valleys Khimti and Likhu Valley lies in the lap of Everest and Rolwaling region. You can experience the lifestyle and culture of 21 different indigenous communities, including Sherpa, Newar, Thami, Tamang, Hyolmo, Majhi and many others. The trek provides plenty of chances to observe the rich biodiversity along the Khimti and Likhu river valleys, ranging from moderate to alpine vegetation comprises folded pine forest, blooming rhododendrons, bamboo patches, and colorful pastures providing a suitable habitat for endangered wild animals and birds species such as Red Panda, and Musk deer; Himalayan Thar, various species of pheasant including Danfe. Beautiful monasteries lie along the trail in Lhachhewar, Kyama, Bhandar, and Thodung offer visitors the spiritual and meditation experiences. Unique tourism activities in this trail include soft to adventurous eco-camping experience, exploring high altitude lakes, wilderness walks through the mountain forest, glacier walks, and Yak cheese-making Sherpa cultural experiences and communication with rural Sherpa people. The mountain views are amazing and the Panchpokhari pass(4605m) and Gyajo La (Thulo Lapcha) pass at 4880m and most dramatic adventurous passes with views extending north into Tibet and south to Pikey and Tabe danda. It is also home to the beautiful glacier and moraines like Linkhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier, and other tiny glaciers. This trek also takes you through the amazing lands of Manedanda, KholaKharke, Tarekharka and many ponds including Panchpokhari, Jatapokhari, Bhalepokhari, and Dudhpokhari the prime attraction of this trek.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is adventurous and strenuous suitable for trekkers with a good level of fitness as well as for the beginners. This trek could be customized according to clients available time. The view of Himalayan peaks, glaciers, enchanting lakes and witness of the rustic life of the locals enhances the beauty of this trek. Our 14 days trek starts from Shivalaya to Khahare. We start our trek Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek from Shivalaya takes an 8-9hr drive from Kathmandu. The winding road is very well paved with fine mountain views. The route follows the Arniko Highway towards Tibet before turning right over the Sun Koshi at Lamosangu for the climb on the Swiss-built Lamosangu-Jiri Road, the "gateway to the Solu Khumbu", through Sindupalchowk to Ramechhap. The trek crosses the beautiful landscape, alpine forest, monasteries, and offers a stunning view of Himalayan peaks. Enroute we'll pass through the interesting village of indigenous communities from where we can observe breathtaking view of Annapurna, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Gaurishankar, and other peaks.

We always try to keep our guests happy and satisfied, therefore we manage well-behaving friendly human resources, with the best cook, serving tasty foods to our valuable guests. We are waiting for you to join us for such an exciting and unforgettable trip.

Optional Service

Due to the rising of unnecessary problems and for the convenience for travelers our trip package includes services for Kathmandu arrival day airport pickup, arrival day hotel accommodation, hotel accommodation after trekking and departure day airport drop. But you can terminate your airport pickup and drop services, hotel accommodation services and book only trekking service from Day 2 to Day 14. Self hotel booking is also possible.

Highlight

√  Off the beaten trekking trail with captivating views of majestic Himalayan peaks including Everest range, Numburchuli, Gaurishanker, Jugal, and Langtang Himal range

√  Observe the rich biodiversity along the Khimti and Likhu river valleys, pine forest, blooming rhododendrons, scattered bamboo patches, and colorful pastures

√  Endangered wild animals and birds such as Red Panda, Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, various species of pheasant including Danfe, and also sometimes Snow leopard

√  Stunning glaciers and moraines (Linkhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, and other tiny glaciers) and High Himalayan lakes (Panchpokhari, Jatapokhari, Bhalepokhar, and Dudhpokhari)

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 15 days
Max altitude: 1790m -  4515m
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Teahouse & Camping
Starting / Ending: Kathmandu
Season: Mar - Jun & Sept - Dec
Transport : Sharing & Private vehicle 
Permits: Gaurishankar Conservation area permit, Everest National Park Entry permit , TIMS card
Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft. )

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our company representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Company representative welcomes you by offering the holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath(sacred Hindu temple), city, full of various vehicles, peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Scenic drive to Shivalaya (1790m/5872ft. ), 8-9hr drive

After having breakfast in the hotel at Kathmandu, we'll drive to Shivalaya gateway for the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek located on the beautiful Khimti River. The road is windy and finely paved follows Araniko Highway before turning over the Sun Koshi at Lamo Sanghu. The route follows the traditional approach pioneered by Sir Edmund Hilary, along the old trade route from Jiri. There are numerous guest houses and some basic shops in town. It takes an 8-9hr drive to reach there. Enjoying the stunning views of hills, village and mountains we reach our destination.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 03: Trek to Khahare (2175m/7135ft. ), 3-4hr walk

The first day of our trek to Khahare along the valley side via terraced pastures. Enjoying the natural beauty and passing the river and snakes steeply up the cliff on the other side we reach after 4hr walk from Shivalaya. From there the steep climb to Jata Pokhari begins, via Panipakha and Manedanda. Khahare is a tiny settlement resided only in winters by herders while during the summer they move to livestock pastures which border Tibet. We will enjoy the night with Sherpa family and taste variety of dishes made of Yak cheese, potato and barley.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse  

Day 04: Trek to Panipakha (3105m/10187ft. ), 3-4hr walk

We begin our trek climbing steeply to Panipakha, the first campsite of our trek. We will enjoy the view of different beautiful natural sceneries and wilderness trekking along the Khimti River. It is a flat plane camping area among the spread Chauri sheds and the towering alpines. After 4hr walk, we reach Panipakha and observe the beautiful place, dazzling sunset views.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at eco camping

Day 05: Trek to Manedanda (3940m/12926ft. ), 3-4hr walk

Ascending the trek to Manedanda, we'll pass through the small village of Sherpa settlement, Phokte. The trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to the summer meadows of Manedanda present stunning views of thick green forest with numerous steep waterfalls. This place is perfect for camping so that we enjoy the natural ambiance and beautiful surrounding sceneries.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at eco camping

Day 06: Trek to PanchPokhari (4515m/14812ft. ), 4-5hr walk

The trail climbs to Jata Pokhari firstly passing through alpine pastures to a scrubby jungle of Sunpati, an unusual mountain herb. As we reach near the beautiful waterfall we get the indication of our arrival at Jata Pokhari(4206m). Jata Pokhari is a famous pilgrimage lies in the lap of Mt.Numburchuli. From there we take the side trip to Baula Pokhari which is considered wish-fulfilling Lake. The trail moves further and after a short walk, we will reach to Panch Pokhari(4100m).

Panch Pokhari signifies the meaning of five lakes. The holy lakes of Panch Pokhari do not only serve as a pilgrimage site of the Hindu and Buddhist devotees but are equally beautiful scenically. We will see two pilgrim houses. The temple in Panch Pokhari is dedicated to Lord Shiva in Janai Purnima (festival). Small houses are built for the pilgrimage devotees. It offers the wonderful panoramic views of the Rolwaling, Numbur and Everest Ranges.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at eco camping

Day 07: Trek to Tare (4140m/13582ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Crossing the pass, we'll trek down to Tare takes a 4-5hr walk from Panch Pokhari. The trail goes along Khola Kharka and further downward to Nupche River passing through the thick bamboo forest. We will enjoy fresh Yak cheese and also observe the cheese-making process in the green pasture at the side of the Nupche River. For anyone with an extra day, a side trip to Bigphera Go Nup Glacier, Khola Cire (4469m), Linkhu Nup Glacier and impressive Lhasa Lake (4469m) is recommended.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at eco camping

Day 08: Trek to Ngeju (3690m/12106ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Early in the morning, we'll trek to another destination Ngeju. This is the most strenuous section of Number Cheese Circuit where we pass Gyazo-La Pass(Thulo Lapcha) and Likhu Glaciers. It takes 4hr to reach there. We will enjoy the view of the beautiful hills and mountains, dwindling rivers. A path normally used by native Sherpas to get yaks through the peaks to Rakhidanda and Ngeju. The trek follows the Likhu Khola Valley until the yak pastures of Ngeju nestling at the foot of the ice-fall tumbling from the sacred summit of Numbur. The ancient Buddhist Shrine lies above the tree-line in the upper Likhu Khola Valley enclosed by a great sweep of high rock and snow peaks. Dudh kunda rests in the heart of the basin, surrounded by glaciers and large moraines.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at eco camping

 

Day 09: Trek to Lhachhewar (2665m/8743ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Descending from Ngeju, we'll head towards the Lhachhewar, Sewar through thick ancient forests alongside the Likhu Khola. This village is inhabited by the Sherpa communities with fascinating landscapes, graceful monastery, traditional, lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa ethnic group. The people of Sewar live in harmony with age-old culture and tradition, which will be very eccentric and mystical to us. 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.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Trek to Gumdel (2255m/7398ft. ), 5-6hr walk

We move forward to Kyama through the river valley, passing, one of the hidden Hindu pilgrimage site, 'Umatirtha temple'regarded as the Kashi of Himalayas at the meeting of Likhu and Nupche River. With the gleaming Numberchuili as the backdrop, Gumdel is a tiny hamlet gathered around a large Buddhist Stupa. The Gumdel home-stays offer the best of Sherpa hospitality and cultural traditions amidst plentiful landscape and fantastic mountain scenery and descending through deep forest observing various flora and fauna. This village is popular for the homestay as it is mainly inhabited by Sherpa community. As we reach after a 2hr walk from Kyama. The Sherpa people will welcome in their own tradition and culture.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Serding (3360m/11023ft. ), 4-5hr walk

From Gumdel the trail ascends through the dense forest and reach the beautiful village Serding. On the way, we will enjoy the beautiful scenery of sub-alpine and temperate at the backdrop of Numburchuli, Bigphera Go and Gaurishankar Himal range from Serding and Punnasa Danda. We will relish on some yak cheese here as well and go through the process of making it.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Trek to Lapchane (3150m/10334ft. ) via Thodung, 5hr walk

Leave Serding we will head for Lapchane via Thotung. We will visit the first Cheese factory established in 1957 on the way to Thodung and also visit Thodung Monastery. Descending the trail to Deurali, we will see the breathtaking view of the Gauri Shankar. Lapchane is the Newari community place. We will Homestay at a local Newari house where we enjoy the Newari food and can observe their tradition and lifestyle. After reaching there we hike to Tamdanda which is the tallest hill in Ramechhap. From this Danda, we will have the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Gauri Shankar, Annapurna, Numbur, Kanchenjunga and many more.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Trek to Those (1755m/5757ft. ), 4hr walk

In this day we will trek down to Those where we will spend a peaceful evening, resting or exploring the wilderness once again. We will prepare for a long drive to Kathmandu for the next day.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 14: Scenic drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft. ), 9hr drive

After having our breakfast in the hotel at Those we will drive back to Kathmandu by bus. The drive with the beautiful view of villages, hills, and mountains, dwindling rivers can be seen on the way takes 8-9hr to reach KTM. After reaching there our representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
[Included meals: Dinner in Ktm]
Overnight at hotel

Day 15: Departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle.
[Included meal: breakfast]

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses  as per the itinerary

+ Gaurishankar Conservation area permit, Everest National Park Entry permit

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration fee

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with the host family


Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. For further more information, have to visit Nepal Immigration Department official website. 

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Heli Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, and boiled water as well as snacks, desserts, etc. during the trek

- Gratuity for Guide & Porter

- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring the following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality at a good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. Incapacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

+Additional porter: 286 USD [22 USD per day]

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category


Nepal Visas

You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. For further information, visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit a copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to an unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to a health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In many cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be covered in these cases.

Money and Gratuity

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to graduate their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Gratuity; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 12 - 20 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
15 Days
Season
Mar - Jun & Sept - Dec
Region
Everest
Grade
Medium to Hard
Altitude
4515m
Walking
4-5hr
Accommodation
Teahouse & Camping