Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

18
Days

Trip Facts

Highlights of the Treks

  • Visit Glacier Lake of Panch Pokhari
  • Breathtaking views of the Himalayan
  • Traditional Buddhist monasteries and Stupas
  • Pure Yak cheese production in the area

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek explores the lower parts of Khumbu region that offers superb breathtaking views of several 6000 meter Himalayan peaks. It is also home to beautiful glacier and moraine such as Likhu Nup glacier, Bigphere Go glacier, Surmoche glacier, and several others. The folded mountain range towards Gundel, rocky cliffs in and around Panchpokhari and Tare areas and glaciated landscape at Tare Kharka are some of the most scenic landscape in Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek. Himalayan lakes, revered by pilgrims and rich in biodiversity including Panch Pokhari, Jata Pokhari, Bhale Pokhari and Dudh Pokhari are also among the prime attractions of the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek for visitors.

The circuit also provides ample opportunity to observe the rich biodiversity along Khimti and Likhu river valleys, ranging from temperate to alpine vegetation. Pine and rhododendron forest, scattered bamboo patches and colorful pastures provides a suitable habitat for endangered wild animal and birds species such as Red panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar and various species of pheasant including Danfe. The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek shows the vibrant culture and traditional lifestyle of Sherpa including traditional yak cheese production and terraced agriculture practices. Beautiful monasteries are scattered through out Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek that offers visitors the spiritual and meditation experiences.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is a true choice for visitors seeking virgin trekking areas in Nepal. Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek also offers unique tourism activities like spiritual and meditation visits to monasteries and interaction with rural Sherpa people. The mountain views are sensational and Panchpokhari pass (4605 meters) and Gyajo La (Thulo Lapcha) pass at 4880 meters are dramatic adventurous passes with views extending all the way into Tibet.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 meters) .

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)

  • Day 02: Kathmandu – shivalaya (8- 9hrs).

    Drive to jiri/shivalaya (187 km from kathmandu) through the mountain terrain following the traditional approach march for Everest. Enjoy fresh water fish and refreshments at shivalaya. Arrange porter, local guides and other logistics at shivalya over night at tea house.

  • Day 03: Shivalaya- Khahare (3-4hrs).

    Enjoy soft trekking along the khimti River and enjoy lunch at Garjyang. Enjoying Sherpa culture and home-stay accommodation at Khahare, Don’t forget to taste of NCC fresh Yak cheese over night at Camp.

  • Day 04: Khahare-Panipacka (3-4hrs).

    Be prepared for adventurous trekking and eco-camping. Enjoy wilderness trekking along the Khimti river and up to the panipakha where you will find your first eco-camping site amidst the scattered chauri sheds and the towering alpines. Enjoy rare sunset views from panipakha over night at Camp.

  • Day 05: Panipacka-Maanedanda (3-4hrs).

    Continuing to snake you way up, the trail as it ascends through the conifer and rhododendron forest before reaching Maanedanda offering spectacular views of thick green forest with numerous steep waterfalls over night at Camp.

  • Day 06: Maanedanda-Jatapokhari/Panchpokhari (4-5hrs).

    The trail traverses alongside the mountain before a dramatic waterfall heralds your arrival at Jatapokhari(4206m), a holy mountain lake in the lap of mt. Number. Over 3000 pilgrims, both Buddhist and Hindy followers, make their way here to celebrate Janiapurnima in August. Just short climb above Jatapokhari are the five sacred lakes known as Panch pokhari (4508m) within a huge glacial, moonlike cirque. Sidewalks aound panchpokhari and panch pokhari pass offers spectacular panoramic views of the Rolwaling, Number and Everest Ranges over night at Camp.

  • Day 07: -- 08: Panchpokhari- Tare (4-5hrs).

    The trail takes you to khala kharka and further downhill to Nupche river via thick bamboo forest. Enjoy fresh cheese making in green pasture alongside the Nupche River before you reach to your eco-camping site at Tare. For anyone with an extra day, a side trip to bigphera Go Nup base camp/glacier, khola Cire (4469m), Linkhu Nup Glacier and impressive Lhasa Lake (4469m) is recommended over night at Camp.

  • Day 09: -- 10: Tare- Gyazo La pass-Ngehu (4-5hrs).

    The most strenuous section of NCC, the trail from Tare to the Likhu Khola valley is one that is both challenging and rewarding. The mountain views extending north into Tibet as you cross the Gyajo La(Thulo Lapcha) at 4880m(traditionally used by local sherpas to bring yaks across the mountains to Rakhidanda and Ngeju) are sencational. “Wilderness” is the only apt term for the wild and rugged basin of the Lhiku River valley, Dudhpokhari Lake, Likhu glacier at the base of towering tumbling glaciers and large moraines. The trek down from the Likhu glacier takes you to Ngeju(3690m) nestled against the river. A short side trip up from Ngeju is the ancient Buddhist shrine of Kau Gumba over night at Camp.

  • Day 11: Ngeju and Lhachhewar (4-5hrs).

    From Ngeju the trail weaves through thick ancient forests alongside the Likhu Khola re-emerging to Lhachhewar(2665m), one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages with its astonishing landscapes, cultural wealth, prominent monastery and the hospitable Sherpa people. Lhachhewar offers untouched Sherpa culture where people. 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 over night at Camp.

  • Day 12: Lahaksewar-Kyama (3-4hrs).

    The trail goes through the river valley, passing one of the still hidden Hindu pilgrimage site, ‘UMATIRTHA TEMPLE’ regarded as the KASHI of Himalayas at the confluence of Likhu and Nupche River;descending through deep forest to Kyama(2380m) with good views along the way of Bigphera Go Nup(Pathibara) and Numberchuli. Enjoy Monastery, Sherpa lifestyle at the serene village environment over night at Camp.

  • Day 13: Kyama-Gumdel (2hrs).

    With the gleaming Numberchuili as the backdrop, Gumdel is a tiny hamlet gathered around a large Buddhist Stupa. The Gumdel home-stay offers the best of Sherpa hospitality and cultural traditions amidst luxuriant landscape and spectacular mountain scenery over night at Camp.

  • Day 14: Gumdel-Serding or Bhandar (4-5hrs).

    From Gumdel the trail either descends through the mountain terrace along the Likhu River finally meeting the Everest trail at Bhandar or ascends through the dense forest finally reaching the beautiful serding (3360m). Enjoy folded temperate and subalpine forest at the backdrop of Numberchuli, Bigphera Go and Gaurishankar Himal range from serding and punnasa Danda. Enjoy fresh yak cheese and cheese making process over night at Camp.

  • Day 15: Serding/Bhandar-Thodung-Lapchane (4-5hrs).

    Descend gently to observe one of Nepal’s first Yak Cheese factories, established in 1957 on the way to Thodung. Visit Thodung monastery and get warm blessing from Lamas. Get your lunch with lamas at Thodung or stroll back down to Deurali on the way to Everest trek; with good views of Gaurishankar before trekking to your penultimate NCC home stay village at Newari houses, Lapchane. Tamdanda, thirty minutes above the Newari village of Lapchane, is one of the tallest hills in Ramechhap. From tame you can see most of the central and eastern Himalayan peaks Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Gaurishankar, Number, Makalu, Kanchenjunga over nighta at Camp.

  • Day 16: Lapchane-Those (3hrs).

    Enjoy sunrise view of mountains from Tame and gradually descend down to your last stay at those over night at Camp.

  • Day 17: Those-Kathmandu (8-9hrs by bus).

    Drive back to Kathmandu via Jiri and transfer to Hotel over night at Kathmandu On Hotel.

  • Day 18: Departure.

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops by private car/Van/Bus.
  • Accommodation in (2 in sharing room) Kathmandu on 3 star standard levels Hotel with breakfast,
  • All necessary Land transport Kathmandu Shivalaya and Those Kathmandu by car/vn/bus.
  • Gaurishanker national park entry permits and Trekkers information management system (TIMS)
  • Experience Government license holder trekking guide, cook and supporter porters.
  • Tented Accommodation during the trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea coffee while on trek, serve by our trekking cook staffs.
  • Dining tent, Table, chairs, toilet tent, sleeping mattres,
  • Accommodation, food, salary, and insurance, for Guide cook, staffs and Porters.
  • All necessary cooking gear, cooking fuel
  • If need down jacket, sleeping bag, walking pole, duffel bag, we will provide without cost.
  • Medicine kit (first aid kit)
  • Government taxes and service charge.

Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal travel insurance (Compulsory)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Mineral water, beer, coca cola, personal expenses as like telephone, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.

Gear List

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.

Faqs

How do I know that your company is a legit company?
On the home page of our website, under the section, company profile, all the legal documents are present.
What happens if I have to cancel or postpone my booked trip?
On cancellation, depending on time duration before the cancellation of the trip, cancellation charge will be charged. A trip can be postponed up to a year.
How far in advance can I book?
A trip can be booked as far as one year in advance. We do not book more than one year ahead because of possibility of huge fluctuations in the international exchange rate.
Can I customize trips to make them suite me?
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trips as long as the proposed itinerary does not harm your own chances of acclimatization on the trips.
Before a trek: What do I need to bring for the trek?
On confirmation of a trek, full lists of required gears would be sent to you or please view our Gear List section on website.
What kind of insurances do I need?
Proper travel insurance is necessary before confirming a trek. At times of emergency cases like evacuation, it will cover your expenses. Make sure to consult with your insurance company about the coverage of the insurance that you have bought.
How do I prepare myself for the physical requirement of the trek?
An average physical fitness should be maintained on prior of booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you a maximum time to acclimatize and pace setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience.
How long will be an average day on the trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How safe are the treks?
Our main objective is your safety. Safety is never compromised and all our guides are properly trained and equipped to take care clients’ safety in even the wildest region of the country.
Is there any arrangement made for emergency while on trekking Tour?
In case of severe sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for both- medical as well as emergency evacuation costs.
On a trek: How are the food and the logistics on the trek?
All the lodges used on the treks are frequently used and trusted by our company. We take our clients review very seriously and never repeat any lodges with complaints on their food on lodge/ tea house trek. On Camping Trek our trekking cook will provide food cooked in our own camp.
I m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain tea house / lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide well take care at the time and on a camping trek our cook will care well for the vegetarian food.
How is the standard of the lodges that we use on treks?
Most of the lodges in the mountains are quite basic. On few major towns or settlements, when possible we provide the best lodges possible. There are luxury lodges but it’s not included on the standard treks.
What is the stander of gears use on camping trek?
We use stander quality of (Camping Gears) like tents, dining tents, mattress, etc on a camping trek, Also we provide proper warm jacket, trouser, shoes for the porters too.
Will I be able to charge my mobile and camera during the trek?
Lately, most of the teahouses on the trekking routes have electricity. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. However, on some teahouses which run on solar power, you would have to pay additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx.), in order to get your gadgets charged.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Now a day’s most of the major village cell phone is work however such a remote place cell phone does not work but land line phone is available. You can use land line Local phone to call to your relatives.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
You can’t use credit card on a trekking unless in a certain luxuries hotel.
Can I use foreign currency in the place I visit in trekking?
Well! You may use foreign currency during the trekking but exchange rate may not meet correct rate as city so we recommended you to take enough Nepali currency from Kathmandu where you can exchange.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Most of the place they have shower heated by gas and some places headed by solar so you can have shower paying extra cost. However in Camping trek our staffs will provide hot water in bucket for wash and shower.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
In every trekking our guide carries first aid kit with basic requirement tools and some medicine for preventing out in an emergency condition.
Is Visit Himalaya's staff insured?
All our staffs are fully covered by Insurance and high altitude evacuation if necessary.
Do I get refund if trek finished earlier then the schedule?
After conformation your trip we manage our field staff giving them a full wages of the trip duration so you won’t get refunds. If any case you drop from the trip by illness or any case there will be not any refundable.
Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
We provide 2 in sharing porter for carry your gears in Tea house trek (Lodge Trek) and such a demanding camping trek we use Yak, Mules, for carry the loads. Our porter carry 20 to 25 kilograms so we suggest each person‘s good weight 10 to 12 Kilograms. You need to carry your own day pack with your valuable items.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
Yes either you can store same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?
Yes you can obtain your Nepal Visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. More details of Nepal visa please follow the link given. Nepal Visa Information.
How much luggage is allowed on treks?
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilos. A trekking helper (porter) carries a baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
About Tipping and Suggestion:-
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs.
The best time to Visit Nepal - October to November :-
October to November also referred as the autumn season, this is the time of the year with the clear blue skies and green and lush valleys, easily making it the best time in the year to visit Nepal. Adding to the weather is also the festive season that falls in these months, Tihar, the festival of lights (also known as the festival of the brothers and sisters) being the highlight of the many festivals. The temperature can be hot in the days with clear sky with no rains and can be very pleasant for the views of the mountains.
December to February :-
December to February it is winter in Nepal in these 3 months in Nepal. High altitude trekking can be unbearable because of the freezing cold, with many treks with high passes being close at this time of the year. This could be easily the best time to visit and do some moderate treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek etc if a quiet, peaceful and less people on trails is your priority. The weather remains calm, rainfall is rare during these months and trekking is still very much possible and enjoyable as well.
March to May :-
March to May The spring season falls during this time and is easily the busiest time of the year in some parts, Everest Trekking trail in particular being the busiest region. The days can get really hot, at times temperature crossing 30 degrees Celsius mark but the jungles with blossoming colourful Rhododendrons and other flowers with towering snow capped pinnacles at the background are an absolute delight to watch. March to May, along with October to November are the best months to trek in Nepal.
June to September :-
June to September The worst time to trek in Nepal as heavy rains, floods and landslides are common until mid September. However, places like the Upper Dolpo and upper parts of Mustang are the places to be at this time of the year because of the least rainfall in these areas. Apart from these areas, all other areas are a nuisance to trek during these times because of the rains and the problems like leeches, muddy trails, cancelled flights.

Notes

Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.

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