Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major Attractionone of Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factories, Views of Numburchuli, Everest Range, Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal, Parchemo Peak, Bigphera Go Nup (Pathivara) and the Langtang Himalayan Range, Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, and various species of Pheasant
  • Maximum Altitude4515m
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

  • A unique experience of trekking on the untrodden trekking trails
  • Astonishing views of Gauri Shankar, Everest range, Jugal, Langtang Range, Number Chuli mountain, etc.
  • Insight into Local Sherpa lifestyle, Sherpa Buddhism, and Holiest monasteries
  • Witnessing rare flora and fauna
  • Explore Nepal’s first cheese factory

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is a newly opened trek in the Ramechhap District of Nepal. This trek is perfect for the trekkers yearning for a walk on the off-beaten trails of Nepal, which is far away from the crowds. The trek passes through the deep river gorges, glacial lakes, terraced rice fields, and Sherpa villages. This incredible trek is named in honor of pristine peak Numbur Chuli(6959m) and one of Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factories established in 1957. The starting point of the trek is Shivalaya. Shivalaya is also the starting point of the Everest Base Camp Trek for those who do not take the Lukla Flight.

This trek serves the trekkers with an excellent opportunity to observe the rich biodiversity varying from temperate to alpine vegetation. The pine forest, blooming rhododendrons, and scattered bamboo patches adorn the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek trail. Further, Walking through these colorful pastures, you may witness rare wild animals and birds such as Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, and various species of Pheasant. If you are lucky enough, you will see the elusive Snow Leopard.

The serene environment and captivating views of the majestic mountains and peaks such as Numburchuli, Everest Range, Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal, Parchemo Peak, Bigphera Go Nup (Pathivara), and the Langtang Himalayan Range add more excitement and joy to your journey. Trekking through the charming Sherpa villages, you can glimpse the vibrant culture and the traditional lifestyle of the Sherpa people. Visiting the Yak Cheese Factory en route is another boon to your trip. Additionally, the holiest monasteries such as Lhachhewar, Kyama, Gumdel, Bhandar, and Thorang along the trail offer trekkers spiritual peace and happiness. 

Connecting the two meandering rivers, Likhu and Khimti, in the lap of Everest and Rowling, this trekking trail is famous for its picturesque landscape, rustic villages, and stunning mountains. Passing through the Panch Pokhari Pass(4605m) and Gyajo La pass, you get to experience the entire adventure and thrill. Indeed the beguiling beauty of this trail beacons every traveling enthusiast who wants to escape from the crowd and wish to walk on the off-beaten trails.

 

Trip Fact

  • Trip Duration: 17 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Transportation: Private vehicles
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 4515m

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Day to Day Info

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Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. On your arrival in Kathmandu, our guide will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. Then, it is time for Mountain Rock Trek and Expedition to introduce you to your guide formally. Also, we will complete the plan of the trek on this day. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

After breakfast, you begin an exciting tour around Kathmandu. With our experienced guide on this sightseeing tour, you will visit Pasupatinath temple, Swayambhunath temple, Durbar Squares, etc.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Around 7-9 hours of drive from Kathmandu, you will reach Shivalaya, the gateway for the Numbur Cheese Circuit located along the stunning Khimti river. After that, It will be exciting as you pass through Jiri and other beautiful places in Nepal. Overall, the drive is comfortable, but you may feel discomfort in some sections but rejoice in the ethereal scenery outside. Staying there, we will head towards another destination the next day.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7-8 hours
  • 1790m

Enjoying the trek along the Khimti river, you will reach Khahare. Khahare is a small village inhabited only during the winter season by the house owners. During the summer season, the inhabitants move to pastures bordering Tibet to graze their cattle, such as Yak and Chauri. Having the homestay accommodation at Khahare, you can experience the Sherpa Culture from close.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

After the homestay at Khahare, we will continue our trek to Panipakha. Panipakha is the first campsite on our trail. The moderately plain camping area amid the scattered Chauri Sheds and the high alpines. Observing the dazzling sunsets and staring at the glittering stars, we will stay overnight at a tented camp.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3-4 hours

While trekking, you will explore the tiny Sherpa Village called Phokte. Ascending through the rhododendron forest and the summertime meadows, we reach Manedanda. We will set our cooking shelter and tent here. It offers good views on clear days.

  • Tented Camp
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 4-5 hours

On this day, we will trek for 5 to 6 hours to reach Panch Pokhari. Before going to the Panch Pokhari on the trail, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the holy mountain lake called Jata Pokhari. The sacred lake in the lap of Numburchuli mountain is a famous pilgrimage destination in Ramechhap. Taking a bath in the sacred water fulfills one’s wishes is a well-known myth in Hinduism. At the Janaipurnima, thousands of pilgrims visit this holy place. Within a short walk from here, we will reach Panch Pokhari, five small lakes. Here we will stay overnight under the tented camps.

  • tented camp
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 4607m

Today we will cross the pass situated at an elevation of 4600m and trek down to reach Tare. On the trail, we will walk all along Khola Kharka and move downward to Nupche River, passing through the bamboo forest. Before going to the eco-camping spot at Tare, you will enjoy the fresh cheese-making process in green pastures at the side of the Nupche river. We will stay here overnight.

  • tented camp
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner

On this day, we have to trek through the strenuous path from Tare. The route from Tare to Linkhu Khola Valley is challenging; however, it also rewards you with stunning views. The peak views expand from the north into Tibet as we go across the Gyajo La, also called Thulo Lapcha, at 4880m. Local Sherpas usually use this path to get Yaks across the peaks to Rakhidanda and Ngeju. We will now continue our trek further down from the Likhu Glacier. The trail downhill from the Likhu Glacier will assist us to Ngeju, where we will stay for the whole night.

  • lodge/tented camp
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 6-7 hours
  • 3690m

Today we will head towards Lhachhewar. Lhachhewar is known as Sewar. It is the most beautiful village in the upper Ramechhap region. The warm hospitality, exotic culture, and fantastic village landscape are genuinely reminiscing.

  • lodge
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 2665m

Descending through the thick forest of Kyama and enjoying the enthralling views of Numburchuli and Pathibhara on the way, we continue our trek from Lhachhewar to Kyama. We will spend the overnight at home in Kyama.

  • lodge
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 2380m

Along with the alluring Numburchuli as the background, we will continue our trek from Kyama to reach a homestay at Gumdel. It is the tiny Sherpa village around the largest Buddhist Stupa.

  • lodge
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 3-4 hours
  • 2255m

Trekking along the verdant and beautiful forest, we move forward from Gumdel to Serding. You can enjoy the ethereal scenery of the sub-alpine and temperate forest with Numburchuli and Gaurishankar on the backdrop. Staying here, you will admire the Yak cheese-making process. For accommodation, you can stay at home or lodge.

  • lodge
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 4 hours
  • 3360m

Today we will head towards Lapchane through Thodung.On the way, we will visit the Thodung Monastery. Then, further moving downhill from Deurali, we will admire the spectacular view of the Gaurishankar Mountain. Finally, we can have the homestay at the Newari house in Lapchane. Then, you can go for a hike to Tamdanda, another trip attraction. Tamdanda is 30m away from Lapchane and is renowned as the tallest hill in Ramechhap. You can witness colossal Gauri Shanker, Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Numburchuli, Kanchenjunga, and many more from the mountain.

  • lodge
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 6 hours
  • 3150m

We will trek to Those from Lapchane. Here we will spend the blissful evening, enjoying the wilderness once again.

  • lodge
  • breakfast-lunch-dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 1755m

Passing through the Jiri, we will drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Hotel

Departure from Kathmandu to back home.

  • Hotel

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Hotel-Airport picks up and drops by car/van depending on group size.
  • Government registered, well experienced, and friendly, helpful guide.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies, and fresh fruits are served during the trek.
  • All necessary camping equipment.
  • Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porter.
  • All ground transportation is included.
  • Necessary insurance for your guide and porters.
  • Conservation Area Permit and TIMS Cards.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag.
  • All transportation, tourist service charges, vat, tax, and Office Service charge

Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, Fanta, sprite, and mineral water.
  • Travel insurance, Nepal Tourist Visa fees, Items, and expenses of personal nature.
  • Sightseeing tour, lunch, and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment and rescue operation in case of an emergency.
  • Any costs arising due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, political trouble, strikes, etc.
  • Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater charge, and wifi services.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver. (is expected)

FAQs

  • Q1. What is the best season for doing the trek on Numbur Cheese Circuit Trail?

    Trekking to any trekking trail in Nepal is possible throughout Nepal and so is the case for Numbur Circuit Trek. However, if you want stress-free travel then it is always recommended to Autumn falls between September to November while Spring lasts from March to April in Nepal. During these seasons you can enjoy the invigorating walk on the trails which are fully embellished by the vibrant Rhododendrons and other wildflowers. Also, the temperature remains stable at this time of the year resulting in the crystal clear views of the majestic mountains.

    Although the trek is possible during the monsoon and winter seasons the slippery road and the extreme cold make the trekking difficult and hazardous.

  • It is a moderately difficult trek. With a good level of physical fitness and some trekking experience, one can successfully complete this trek. It is a camping trek. Facilities in the trekking region after a certain point are not capable of supporting the lodge or teahouse trek. So, you have to carry all the supplies required for camping. In order to carry the stuff, you can hire a porter.

  • The trek to Numbur Cheese Circuit designed by Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition is marvellous for all travel enthusiasts. Further, it is ideal for trekkers who prefer to do trekking in non-touristic areas. Since the opening of the trail, we have been serving our beloved visitors so we are well familiar with each and every trail. We are aware of any risks or issues that may arise while trekking so we are always well prepared to handle any situation. For us, your safety and security are our main priorities. We never compromise anything regarding your safety and health. Our experienced guides help you to escape from any trouble that you may have to face while trekking. Further, their benevolent and jovial nature never lets you stay depressed at any time. Booking the trekking with us, we also arrange the porter to carry your stuff. For a wonderful, exciting, and memorable journey in Nepal join this trek with us.

     

  • Of course, TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System) card and a Gaurishankar Conservation Area entry permit are required for trekking to Numbur Cheese Circuit Trail.

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