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 wonderful trek is named in the honor of pristine peak Numbur Chuli(6959m) and one of Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factory which was 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 great opportunity to observe the rich biodiversity varying from temperate to alpine vegetation. The pine forest, blooming rhododendrons, and scattered bamboo patches adorn the trail of the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek. Further, Walking through these colorful pastures you may get to witness rare wild animals and birds such as Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, and various species of Pheasant. If you are lucky enough then you will get to 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 have a glimpse of the vibrant culture and the traditional lifestyle of 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 popular for picturesque landscape, rustic villages, and the stunning mountains. Passing through the Panch Pokhari Pass(4605m) and Gyajo La pass you get to experience the full adventure and thrill. Truly 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 Duration: 17 Days
Trip Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Transportation: Private vehicles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 4515m
Best season for doing the trek on Numbur Cheese Circuit Trail
Trekking to any trekking trail of Nepal is possible throughout Nepal and so is the case for Numbur Circuit Trek. However, if you want the stress-free travel than 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 monsoon and winter season the slippery road and the extreme cold make the trekking difficult and hazardous.
Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek Difficulty
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.
Why book Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek with Mountain Rock Treks and EXpedition?
The trek to Numbur Cheese Circuit designed by Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition is marvelous for all travel enthusiasts. Further, it is ideal for the trekkers who prefer to do trekking in the non-touristic areas. Since from 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 the wonderful, exciting, and memorable journey in Nepal join this trek with us.
Is any permit required for this trek?
Of course, TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System) card and a Gaurishankar Conservation Area entry permit are required for trekking to Numbur Cheese Circuit Trail.
Clothing and equipment that you need to carry during the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
Gloves and Shocks
Raincoat or umbrella
Comfortable Trekking shoes
A Swiss Knife
Torchlight or Headlight
Water purification pills
Excellent camera with extra batteries
Unique experience of trekking on the untrodden trekking trails
Astonishing view of Gauri Shankar, Everest range, Jugal, Langtang Range, Number Chuli mountain, and so on.
Insight into Local Sherpa lifestyle, Sherpa Buddhism and Holiest monasteries
Witnessing rare flora and fauna
Explore Nepal’s first cheese factory
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m)
Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1320m)
Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1790m) via Jiri 7-8 hours
Day 04:Shivalaya to Khahare (2175m) 3-4 hours
Day 05:Khahare to Panipakha (3105m) 3-4 hours
Day 06:Panipaka to Mane Danda (3940m) 4-5 hours
Day 07:Mane Danda to Panch Pokhari (4607m) 5-6 hours
Day 08:Panch Pokhari to Tare (4140m) 6 hours
Day 09:Tare to Ngeju (3690m) via Gyazo La Pass (4880m) 6-7 hours
Day 10:Ngeju to Lhachhewar (2665m) 4-5 hours
Day 11:Lhachhewar to Kyama (2380m) 4-5 hours
Day 12:Kyama to Gumdel (2255m) 3-4 hours
Day 13:Gumdel to Serding (3360m) 4 hours
Day 14:Serding to Lapchane(3150m) via Thodung 6 hours
Day 15:Lapchane to Those (1755m) 4-5 hours
Day 16:Drive Back to Kathmandu
Day 17:Departure from Kathmandu (1320)
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m)Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. On your arrival to Kathmandu, our guide will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. It is time you will be formally introduced with your guide. Also, the full plan of the trek is done on this day.
Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1320m)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, and so on.
Day 03Drive Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1790m) via Jiri 7-8 hoursAround 7-9 hours of drive from Kathmandu you will reach Shivalaya which is the gateway for the Numbur Cheese Circuit. It is located along the stunning Khimti river. The drive will be exciting as you will be passing through Jiri and other beautiful places in Nepal. Overall the drive is comfortable but in some sections, you may feel the discomfort. However, the discomfort will be compensated by the ethereal scenery outside. Staying there we will head towards another destination the next day.
Day 04Shivalaya to Khahare (2175m) 3-4 hoursEnjoying the trek along the Khimti river, you will reach Khahare. Khahare is a small village which is inhibited 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 get to experience the Sherpa Culture from close.
Day 05Khahare to Panipakha (3105m) 3-4 hoursAfter the homestay at Khahare, we will continue our trek to Panipakha. Panipakha is the first campsite on our trail. It is the moderately plain camping area amid the scattered Chauri Sheds and the lofty alpines. Observing the dazzling sunsets and staring at the glittering stars we will stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 06Panipaka to Mane Danda (3940m) 4-5 hoursWhile trekking you will get to explore the tiny Sherpa Village called Phokte. Ascending all the way 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.
Day 07Mane Danda to Panch Pokhari (4607m) 5-6 hoursOn this day we will trek for 5 to 6 hours to reach Panch Pokhari. Before reaching the Panch Pokhari on the trail you will be mesmerized by the beauty of holy mountain lake called Jata Pokhari. The holy lake in the lap of Numburchuli mountain is a famous pilgrimage destination in Ramechhap. It is believed that taking the bath in the holy water fulfills one’s wishes. At the Janaipurnima, thousands of pilgrims visit this holy place. Within a short walk from here, we will reach Panch Pokhari which literally means five small lakes. Here we will stay overnight under the tented camps.
Day 08Panch Pokhari to Tare (4140m) 6 hours 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 reaching the eco-camping spot at Tare you will get to enjoy the fresh cheese-making process in green pastures at the side of Nupche river. We will stay here overnight.
Day 09Tare to Ngeju (3690m) via Gyazo La Pass (4880m) 6-7 hoursOn this day we have to trek through the strenuous path from Tare. The path 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 an elevation of 4880m. This path is normally used by local Sherpas 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.
Day 10Ngeju to Lhachhewar (2665m) 4-5 hoursToday we will head towards Lhachhewar. Lhachhewar is simply known as Sewar. It is the most beautiful village in the upper Ramechhap region. The warm hospitality, exotic culture, and amazing landscape of the village are truly reminiscing one.
Day 11Lhachhewar to Kyama (2380m) 4-5 hoursDescending 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 overnight at home in Kyama.
Day 12Kyama to Gumdel (2255m) 3-4 hoursAlong with the alluring Numburchuli as the background, we will continue our trek from Kyama to reach homestay at Gumdel. It is the tiny Sherpa village around the largest Buddhist Stupa.
Day 13Gumdel to Serding (3360m) 4 hoursTrekking 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.
Day 14Serding to Lapchane(3150m) via Thodung 6 hoursToday we will head towards Lapchane through Thodung.On the way, we will visit the Thodung Monastery. Further moving downhill from Deurali we will admire the spectacular view of the Gaurishankar Mountain. We can have the homestay at the Newari house in Lapchane. From here you can go for a hike to Tamdanda which is another attraction of the trip. Tamdanda is 30m away from Lapchane and is renowned as the tallest hill in Ramechhap. From the hill, you can witness colossal Gauri Shanker, Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Numburchuli, Kanchenjunga, and many more.
Day 15Lapchane to Those (1755m) 4-5 hoursWe will trek to Those from Lapchane. Here we will spend the blissful evening, enjoying the wilderness once again.
Day 16Drive Back to KathmanduPassing through the Jiri we will drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 17Departure from Kathmandu (1320)Departure from Kathmandu to back home.