NUMBUR CHEESE CIRCUIT TREK

NUMBUR CHEESE CIRCUIT TREK

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OVERVIEW

Introduction

 Numbur Cheese Circuit is a newly established trekking route in the Ramechhap district of Nepal. The circuit trail linking two lovely valleys of the river, namely Khimti and Likhu in the laps of Everest and Rolwaling valley. The name of this trek is derived from the name Numburchuli Mountain of this region which is known as Nepal’s first yak cheese factories in 1957. This trek also promotes eco-tourism. You will travel through various terrain-deep river gorges, glacial lakes, terraced rice fields, alpine vegetation, Sherpa villages as well as Numburchuli which is 6959 meters high. You will be observing cheese factories and Thodung monastery which is a famous pilgrim for Sherpa here. You can enjoy the view of perfectly blown Rhododendron and various other flora and fauna like eagles, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, etc. if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of snow leopard. This trek offers you a mesmerizing view of the south of Annapurna, Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Numburchuli, and many more. 

 Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is located 190 kilometers east from the capital city, Kathmandu. This trek is based on the natural landscape perfectly blended with rich Sherpa culture and tradition. The best time to visit/ travel there is from April to May when the Rhododendrons bloom in profusion. Thus, you will be starting your journey from Kathmandu to Shivalaya. Shivalaya is known as the entrance to the Numburchuli Cheese Circuit trek. You will get to enjoy refreshing Rhododendron forests as you walk through it along with Subalpine and temperate forest on its way. You will also be passing through two major passes of this region named Panch Pokhari and Gyazo La pass. During the trek, you might be staying in a local home or camp somewhere suitable. You will be camping most probably so we recommend you to carry personal belongings and warm clothes with you. This trek isn’t that difficult if you are fit and experienced short treks. The difficulties in this journey have always been worthwhile and fulfilling. 

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

    You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and our representative will escort you to a hotel. There you can relax and take your time to rest or maybe stroll around the hotel area for shopping or exploration. You will stay at the hotel for the night.
  • Day 2: Sightseeing around the city

    The next day, you will be exploring the capital city, Kathmandu, and historical monuments and antique architecture. You will be visiting different places; most probably world heritage sites along with a specific tour guide. He/ she will take you to Swoyambhunath also known as Monkey Temple, Pashupati Nath which is the most popular pilgrimage of Nepal, Bouddhanath Stupa which is the biggest stupa in the world, and other architectures/ temples if you have enough time.
  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1790 m)

    You will have your breakfast early in the morning and leave Kathmandu on a private tourist bus for Shivalaya. This will take you about 8 long hours smoothly. You will be viewing beautiful landscapes and attractive scenarios of villages on the lap of snow-capped mountains. Shivalaya is the entry gate of the Numbur Cheese Circuit and is situated alongside the banks of the Khimti river. You will be staying in a lodge overnight.
  • Day 4: Shivalaya to Panipakha (3105 m)

    You will be heading towards and through Khahare along with the typical socio-economic view of terraced farming. People are crowded during winter in Khahare village because they cannot bear the temperature of higher altitude and thus, they migrate temporarily. You will be having your lunch on the way and proceed to Panipakha. After you reach Panipakha, you will have a lot of time to explore the place. You will have your dinner in the camp and spend your night in the camp as well.
  • Day 5: Panipakha to Maanedanda (3940 m)

    The trail goes through a small settlement of Sherpa village named Phokte. You will ascend through a beautiful and refreshing Rhododendron forest of Maanedanda. It will take you around 5 hours to reach there. You will be camping at Maanedanda which is a camping and cooking settlement area already. If the view is clear, you can see spectacular scenarios from Maanedanda.
  • Day 6: Maanedanda to Panch Pokhari (4515 m)

    Day 6: Maanedanda to Panch Pokhari (4515 m) You will be departing for Panch Pokhari which means five lakes ideologically. All those lakes are considered holy lakes by the local people. You will be enjoying a fascinating view of the waterfall then reaching Jata Pokhari which is a famous pilgrimage in Ramechhap district. You will be walking continuously to reach Panch Pokhari and camp there overnight.
  • Day 7: Panch Pokhari to Thare (4140 m)

    After a hearty breakfast in the camp, you will then be trekking to Thare. You will trek down to Khaarka River and again descend to Nupche River crossing a dense bamboo forest. You will trek through Panch Pokhari pass which is at an elevation of 4600 meters. Thare is famous for its cheese production/ making so you can have some fresh cheese and watch the cheese-making process here. You will then be hiking up to a spot which is meant for camping and spend your night in the camp.
  • Day 8: Thare to Ngeju (3690m)

    You will be trekking to Ngeju through Gyajo La pass which is at an altitude of 4880 meters. This trek might be challenging but it is worthwhile. You will descend from Likhu glacier as you reach there as the trail leads you to Ngeju. You will be camping there and having your dinner.
  • Day 9: Ngeju to Lhachhewar (2665m)

    You will be trekking to Lhachhewar which is a quite populated village of Sherpa community situated at the upper Ramechhap district. It will take you about 5 hours to reach there. You will be observing the traditional lifestyle of Sherpa people because they live far from the city area and still follow the old age culture and traditions. You will be spending your night in a homestay.
  • Day 10: Lhachhewar to Gumdel (2255m)

    After a Nepali breakfast, you will hike up to Kyama and again trek down through a dense forest. You will now be seeing a glistering view of Numburchuli and Pathibhara Mountain. Gradually, you will reach Gumdel which will take you around 6 hours following the path leading through and stay at a home-stay for the night.
  • Day 11: Gumdel to Serding (3360 m)

    You will now have to cross a beautiful thick forest filled with sub-alpine and temperate vegetation to reach Serding. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of Gauri Shankar and Numburchuli in the background. You can again taste the yak cheese here and observe the making of the cheese. After reaching Serding, you will camp overnight.
  • Day 12: Serding to Lapchane (3150 m)

    This trek will provide you the fulfilling and most awaiting scenario of this trek as you will be seeing various mountain ranges like Dhaulagiri, Gauri Shankar, Annapurna, Numbur, Kanchanjanga, etc. Thus, you will trek down to Deurali and the path will lead you to Lapchane where you will be staying at a homestay. It is a 6-hour trek. You will rest for some time then hike up to Tamdanda which is a tall hillock from where you can enjoy a heavenly view of different snow-capped mountains.
  • Day 13: Lapchane to Those (1755m)

    You will have your breakfast and start your early morning trek to Those. This is a short trek i.e. about 4 hours. Trekking to Those will be your last trek for this journey and the next day you will be returning to Kathmandu. You will spend your night at a home-stay and have your dinner there.
  • Day 14: Those to Kathmandu

    You will travel back to Kathmandu through Jiri in our private tourist vehicle. This will take around 8 to 9 hours to reach the city. Again, you will be enjoying a splendid view of villages, hills, and mountains. After you reach Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel by our representatives.
  • Day 15: Departure/ Farewell

    Our representative will drop you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your homeland. You will be saying goodbye to this memorable journey and we hope you visit Nepal again and again shortly.
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TRIP INFO

Outline overview

  • Trek duration: 15 days
  • Trek grade: Moderate to difficult
  • Highest altitude: 4880 meters
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
  • Transportation: Flight/ Private bus
  • Group size: 2 to 12
  • Best season: Spring and autumn
  • Per day walk: 4 to 6 hours
  • Trek cost: 

Trek highlights

  • A chance to visit the major valley i.e. Khimti and Likhu River valley.
  • Extremely glorious and beautiful peaks like Langtang, Annapurna, Gauri Shankar, Numburhuli, etc.
  • Attractive glaciers like Linkhu Nup glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier, etc.
  • The major pass you will be trekking is Panchapokhari pass (4605m) and Gyajo La pass (4880m)
  • Glistering turquoise lakes like Panch Pokhari, Jata Pokhari, Boula Pokhari, Bhale Pokhari, etc.
  • One of the popular monasteries of Nepal, Thodung monastery along with other beautiful monasteries like Bhandar, Gumdel, Kyama, Lhachhewar, etc.
  • Curiously known socio-economic activities like traditional cheese production, ethnobotanical practices, terraced farming, mobile grazing, etc.
  • Interesting and enjoyable socio-cultural practices like Lhosar, Chouri dance, etc. throughout the different seasons.
  • Tasting authentic Nepali as well as Newari cuisine.
  • An opportunity to learn the old age Sherpa culture and tradition in depth.

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Here are some necessary trekking apparatus that can be required for accomplishing your trek effortlessly. They are shortlisted below.

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