Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Highlights of Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

  • Khimti and Likhu River Valley
  • Beautiful pasturelands of Manedanda, Kholakharka, Tare, Kholaseer and Ngeju. Outstanding views of peaks like Sarmoche peak (5255m), Ramdung peak (5930m), Chukyima Go (6259m), Bigphrea Go Nup (6666m), Paniyo Tapa (6696m), Paniyo Shar (6549m) and Numberchuli (Shorong Yul Lha (6959m)
  • Likhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier and Likhu Glacier. Panchpokhari pass (4605) and Gyajo La (4880m)
  • Beautiful flora and fauna, monastries, ancient sherpa culture etc.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is recently opened trekking trail located at Eastern region of Nepal. The trail is captivating and adventurous as it strolls through glaciers and moraines as well as grassy meadows hills. Unique Adventure International always advocates in sustainable tourism in Nepal. Henceforth, we have various tours and trekking packages ranging from east of Nepal to west of Nepal. This is probably the first time that a trekking agency is actually promoting the off the beaten trekking trail of eastern Nepal. More than trekking the journey also allows trekkers to take a look at traditional cheese factories of Nepal.

Journey of Numbu Cheese Circuit Trek is more than a just walking holiday in a long detour. It is rather exploration of alluring places and encountering different people in their own backyards. Cheese production history of Nepal dates back to 1957 and before that just cottage or household purpose cheese were prepared. This place is known for varieties of cheese as well as milk products. There is a saying in Nepalese community that whoever travels east they are asked to bring hard cheese called “chhurpi” back home as a present. Journey is through deep gorges, terraced farmlands and through green lush forests. Major mountains seen on this trail are Numbur Chuli, Pathibhara, Chukyima Go, Ramdung Peak, Bigphera, Sarmoche, Paniyo Tapa and many eastern Himalayan mountain range peaks. The best season for travelling on these terrains is during months of May and April. After exploration of Nepal’s first commercial cheese factory trekkers can get spiritual beckoning at old Thodung Monastery. Therefore, Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek can become nature’s wilderness walking voyage amalgamated with cultural and traditional aspects of Eastern Nepal’s people.

Unique Adventure International has designed 19 days adventure of Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek in an excellent way. Even if the trail is new our team of experts has planned the itinerary in such a way that your trekking in Eastern Nepal would be hassle free. 

Recommended Gear Lists:

  • Good wind/rain jacket
  • Warm fleece jacket or jersey
  • Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
  • Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
  • A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Other necessary equipment:

  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Day 01 : Our representative receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, Transfer to hotel.

After we land at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted by our UAI representatives who will also explain us about our trek. After the clarification, we are sent to our respective hotels to stay a night.

Day 02 : Drive Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1790m) takes nine hours. Overnight at lodge.

Taking around 9 hours, we will drive from Kathmandu to reach Shivalaya. The road is finely paved and while driving you can witness stunning mountain views. Shivalaya is the doorway for the Numbur Cheese Circuit which is located on the scenic Khimti River.

Day 03 : Trek Shivalaya to Khahare (2175m). Overnight at homestay.

The trail today moves ahead from Shivalaya to Khahare rising and falling all along the valley side via terraced pastures and falls to go across the river and then turns steeply up the cliff on the other part. Khahare is a tiny settlement resided only in winters by the house owners while during the summer they move to livestock pastures which borders Tibet. Home stay at Khahare for spending night.

Day 04 : Trek Khahare to Panipakha (3105m), overnight at camp.

This is the 4th day of our trek and we will move to Panipakakha from Shivalaya which is the first campsite on our route. It has a moderately plane camping area among the spread Chauri sheds and the towering alpines. Take pleasure from beautiful sunset views from Panipakha. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 05 : Trek Panipakha to Maanedanda (3940m), overnight at camp.

Today the trail goes across a small Sherpa village of Phokte. The route ascends all the way through the rhododendron forests to the summer meadows of Maanedanda. The set our tent at Maanedanda which has a basic cooking shelter and space for tents. It offers superb views in the days with clear weather. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 06 : Trek Maanedanda to Panchpokhari (4515m), overnight at camp.

Today we will climb for about 4 hour on a precise trail to reach Panch Pokhari which literally means  five holy lakes which lies at an elevation of 4200m. Here we can see two metal-roofed houses, a sheet metal-covered shrine of Lord Shiva and a heap of ironed tridents. The trail climbs to Jata Pokhari firstly. With the elevating altitude we walk via alpine pastures to 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. Lake Jata Pokhari is located in the lap of Mount Numburchuli and is a popular pilgrimage in Ramechhap. During the months of June and July full moon days thousands of devotees come to worship.  The trail moves further and after a short walk we will reach to Panch Pokhari. There are actually five small lakes which in Nepali language is named as Panch Pokhari. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 07 : Trek Panchpokhari to Tare (4140m), overnight at camp.

Today we will the cross the pass lying at an elevation of 4600m and move down to reach Thare. On the way we will walk all along Khola Kharka and move further downward to Nupche River passing through thick bamboo forest. Here you will enjoy fresh cheese making process in green pasture at the side of the Nupche River before reaching the eco-camping spot at Thare. Overnight at tented camp

Day 08 : Rest Day and explore around, overnight at camp.

Today we have arrest day. And alternatively you can have a trip to Gigphera Go Nup Base Camp or Glacier, Linkhu Nup Glacier, Khola Cire (4469m) and see striking Lhasa Lake (4469m). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09 : Trek Tare to Ngeju (2665m), overnight at camp.

Today we have a strenuous path from Thare to till we reach Linkhu Khola valley which although is the challenging one but rewards you with the beautiful views. The peak views expand from north into Tibet as we go across the Gyajo La also known as Thulo Lapcha at 4880m which is habitually used by local Sherpas to get yaks across the peaks to Rakhidanda and Ngeju are sensational. We trek further down from the Likhu glacier and big moraines. The trek down from the Likhu glacier assists us to reach Ngeju (3690m). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10 : Rest and explore around Ngeju,  overnight at camp.

We have a rest day and we will explore around Ngeju today. We can go around the ancient Buddhist Shrine of Kau Gumba. Overnight at tented camp in Ngeju.

Day 11 : Trek Ngeju to Lahaksewar (2665m), Overnight at home stay.

Today we head off from Ngeju and reach Lahaksewar which is known as Sewar and is the most striking Sherpa communities in the upper Ramechhap area. The village greets you with its incredible landscapes, culture and kindness. Sewar people still follow their typical lifestyle.

Day 12 : Trek Lahaksewar to Kyama (3190m). Overnight at homestay.

The track today moves further from Lahksewar to reach Kyama. On the way we descend through thick forest of Kyama with arresting views of Numberchuli and Pathibhara. Home stay at Kyama.

Day 13 : Trek Kyama to Gumdel (2255m). Overnight at homestay.

Along with the glossy Numberchuili as the background, we depart from Kyama to reach home stay at Gumdel bestows you with the best of Sherpa culture amidst abundant landscape and amazing mountain scenery. Overnight at Kyama.

Day 14 : Trek Gumdel to Serding (3360m), Overnight at homestay / lodge.

From Gumdel the trail today moves up through the thick forest finally arriving at the stunning Serding (3360m). You can enjoy the temperate and sub-alpine forest at the background of Numburchuli, Gaurishankar Himal range and Bigphera Go from Punnasa Danda and Serding. Here too you can enjoy fresh Yak Cheese making process. You will have a home stay or accommodate at lodge in Serding.

Day 15 : Trek Serding to Lapchane (3150m), overnight at homestay.

We today leave Serding and on the way visit Thodung Monastery. Then we will move down to Deurali where you can witness first-class views of Gaurishankar before we will reach Lapchane where we can have home stay at Newari Houses. Tamdanda is another attraction which is located thirty minutes above the village of Lapchane and is recognized as one of the tallest hills in Ramechhap. From the hill you can witness gigantic peaks like- Dhaulagiri, Gauri Shanker, Annapurna, Numbur, Kanchenjunga and more.

Day 16 : Trek Lapchane to Those (1755m), Overnight at homestay.

Today we will trek to Those (1755m) leaving Lapchane. Here, you can enjoy stunning sunrise view of peaks from Tame which steadily descends down to your last stay at Those in the night.

Day 17 : Drive Those to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel

We will today drive back to Kathmandu passing through Jiri. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18 : Guided sightseeing of different heritage sites around the cities of Kathmandu Valley

Today, we can go around different heritage sites around the cities of Kathmandu valley. Actually, our day is separated to do our own stuffs such as shopping in Kathmandu or if we want, we can even stay in our Hotels and rest for the whole day. Tonight, we will be spending our night at the same hotel.

Day 19 : Transfer to International Airport and depart to your destination.

Today, after the breakfast, we are transferred to Kathmandu airport for our final departure.

What is included?

  • Airport transfers.
  • Hotel accomodation at Kathmandu with breakfast plan as per the programme.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with hot beverage and snacks whilst on trekking.
  • Lodge, Home-stay and tented Camp accommodation during the trekking period.
  • Gaurishankar Conservation entry permit and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fees.
  • Highly experienced trekking crew (Cook, Kitchen helper, Porters etc.)
  • Staff food, accommodation, clothing, salary & insurance.
  • All necessary ground transportation.
  • All governmental procedure.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.

What is not included?

  •  Meals at Kathmandu.
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.

Why us? Is a conscientious question that requires an honest answer of integrity and devotion of the highest standards.  

We are what we were from the very beginning: Read on to know us the way we are…

At Unique Adventure International, We do not pretend to be what we are not, ours is a simple ethic, hospitality straight from the heart. When doing trips with us, you will soon find out excellence with us is not just a norm, it’s more a habit. 

We have walked the length and breadth of the Himalaya across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for over two decades…and still counting, we have enjoyed all of it so much; right to the hilt. We love our mountains and enjoy it so much when we tread its trails with our trekking guests, who also love these mountains as much as us or maybe even more. We have much knowledge of the land and meticulously plan things so our guests get the utmost from their sojourns with us; we know how chaotic it can be for our guests when they organise holidays so far from home…keeping this in mind, we sort out for the long haul and ensure our guests do not only have fun on the way but also get value for money with purposeful journeys. We know and understand that this may probably be a once in a lifetime holiday where you will explore a world not too familiar and its binding for us to make doubly sure you are completely safe throughout the whole course of your expedition when you are in Nepal. With each trip we do with you, we are constantly searching for ways to improve our services so that your expectations of us are met beyond what you could have ever expected on all fronts. We want that you go home with a happy heart and unforgettable memories of an odyssey well done. With Unique Adventure, this is central to all our thoughts when we meet you.  

A small business with big ideals…    

We are a small outfit with big ideas and we know how complex human nature can be; its only but human to understand your weaknesses and respect your strengths, both of which will be put to the test on the punishing trails of Nepal, but it’s always our mission to understand you and make your journey as calm as possible. 

This is the whole reason why we get repeat clients who never seem to get drained with the Himalayas and enjoy the way we guide them throughout the trip…

We know how worrisome it can be when you choose to live life on the edge… so we go the mile to make sure your holidays become more purposeful, more significant… 

We do not push you, no matter what the circumstances…

We know you want it slow and easy the moment your plane hits the tarmac in Kathmandu. We understand your instinctive curiosities and ensure you are left alone with enough space to do what we have planned for you – ‘your way’’.  You call the shots – it’s your trip – and we provide you enough freedom to make your own decisions in harmony with your group. We help you to become friends and bridge gaps; it’s a matter of pride for us to mention here that we created some of the best friendships where some morphed into lifetime partnerships and this is how things shape out with us when you assemble in our country. And when we are out with you in the country at high elevations, we ensure that our crew leads you in ways comfortable to your body and physical needs.

Our ‘True-to-Life’ practical itineraries…

Our itineraries are meticulously planned and based on the way you see it when your trip commences. Our themes are hands-on and we take you to some difficult but extraordinary places where some would likely pass by. We know you thirst for the unknown and interesting; your search for things that will ignite your emotions and imaginations, seeking for the ‘whys’, how’s and when’s’ into the mountain culture, lifestyles and traditions that you witness in territory you have never been familiar with. We put in a lot of effort to create astonishing one-off experiences which would make great notes for memorable stories to pass down to the coming generations. Each trip we design opens up new avenues to a whole new world that you are not familiar with…and when you discover the answers, it could be a life changing experience you would have never expected. 

Trips to match your time frames…

We are flexible in the way we operate our trips based on your exclusive needs. We understand the kind of pressure ridden world you hail from and know you have worked hard for your dream holidays. Our programs are typically designed to give you the most and the best based on your time limitations without any blemishes on the joys that come with your venture. 

You could be planning a budget trek or a luxury tour, maybe even a trekking peak; whatever the choice, we give you an extension combo so you have a scintillating mix of history, the outdoors and even jell in a jungle safari into the potpourri so you have varied experiences within the timeframe you’ve chosen. Our website is programmed to give you a host of options to make you smile…  

Accommodation: They say Home is where the Hearth is…and yes, the Pillow!!

We are extra wary when arranging your accommodation before you enter our country. We know we’ve got to give you something that’s closest to home. After consulting with you and being twice as sure about what you’re expecting when it comes down to that most important part of life: resting your body and mind at night, we make sure we give you the best accommodating facilities available at a hotel that’s not only comfortable but also a place that is spanking clean with fresh linen and staff who understand your needs and go the length in making sure you feel at home, no matter what the length of your stay with us.

This also includes the sanitized conditions of the food you are served. Even when on the trails, we go the mile to make sure you find a cosy teahouse with no dampness and enough ventilation to keep you healthy and warm with food that’s organic and clean. We know how important the hearth is wherever you stay. With us, be sure that all your personal needs are taken care of well. Ours is the kind of hospitality that comes straight from the heart… 

Safety and Security: This is mandatory and imperative…

Our safety and security arrangements for all our inbound guests cross all boundaries; from the moment your jet hits the tarmac at the airport in Kathmandu. This is a process that begins prior to your arrival in Kathmandu, when we design your itinerary based on the program you have chosen. It begins with choosing the right team for you, especially if it’s a trek. We make sure your crew is primed for any contingency when at altitude. We believe in following firm standards with focus on risk assessment knowing mountain climbing is always a risky business despite the excitement it offers. All the planning is done prior to your arrival so you have a carefree, footloose and fancy free journey, without any hassles.  

We always advise our guests to go through medical routines in their home countries before embarking on trips above 3000m. We also encourage our guests to get insured before coming to Nepal. 

Your entire stay in Nepal is monitored from day one, especially when you are on the mountains. We take nothing for granted, nature can be a monster when least expected. When booking your trip throughUnique Adventure, you are not just a client – you are more than all that - you are a parent, a brother/sister, a close colleague – in a word – ‘family’; and all our safety precautions and personalized services are purely based on this relationship.

We Respect and Care for the local folks and Love the Environment we operate in…

We are conscious in the importance of preserving the natural beauty and culture of Nepal, so that future visitors can also enjoy the wonders of this beautiful but fragile environment. We are sensitive and devoted to responsible travel with minimum impact on the environment and local communities. The planet is large enough for everyone to explore and it’s the curiosity of human nature to explore and discover the unknown. We are always careful about the ecosystems that surround us when we are on the mountains, but we don’t let this spoil the spirit for adventure. We seek to enjoy in ways beneficial to others and wish to respect this beauty that God created for us to appreciate; and we want to keep it that way. Equally important, we instruct our crew and travellers to be aware of the values of responsible travel, by: respecting people, cultures and local environments, in creating goodwill; with cross-cultural sharing and experiences; and helping make sustainable development practical, where we put in efforts to give back more than we take.    

Our Trekking crews are Principal to the Company…we’re Family… 

One paramount issue for trekking companies in Nepal are employees directly connected to guests when trekking in the Himalayas and this is key to any trip conducted anywhere on the Himalayas. Our staffs in general receive fixed monthly salaries and our trekking crews get special rates as defined by the Ministry of Labour in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism - Government of Nepal. 

This also includes the provision of Social Security for mountain workers as per government directives. In addition to this, we also provide climbing training to new comers listed on our payroll. All our seasoned guides are well trained in the use and application of First Aid in the event of any unexpected injuries that may occur in the course of the journey when at altitude. 

Field Employees are constantly upgraded for personal development, delivered via courses in English, about nature, history, and ongoing training as mountain guides with techniques based on safety precautions...along with this, our mountain crews are insured and covered against any eventualities. The insurance package covers the cost of health care if injured or sick and provides a lifetime gratuity if any employee is physically disabled. We treat our employees as valuable assets. We know their security and happiness is vital to ensure yours throughout your stay in Nepal… 

Innovation: We are constantly juggling new Products…   

Ours is a constant search for new trails in the great wilderness. We’re always innovating new areas for travel within and around the city limits and out on the mountains. Nepal has so much to offer in her ancient heritage cities and within the vast expanse of her Himalayas. We ceaselessly research new products in order to give our old clients new thrills; this has always been part of our company’s policies for giving more value for money. We know that many of our guests rarely get time to travel and when they do, they’d sure like to make the best of it; besides Nepal, we even cut across borders giving our guests unbelievable historical and cultural highlights of Tibet, Bhutan and India. We even design divine spiritual tours for the holy who’d sure like to hike down footsteps of ancient ancestors along the Mount Kailash Mountains so that they could come face-to-face with the gods. You even get opportunities to stroll down the cobbled stone Squares of Patan and Bhaktapur and slip into the Forbidden Temple of Pashupatinath. Beyond the spiritual of Kailash in Tibet, our programs take you to the highest region on earth, at an elevation of 4,900 meters (16,000 ft). Very much noted as the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet is symbolic of a mesmerizing culture seeped in spirituality and nature. From superb temples and tranquil monasteries to the Yangtze River and adorable Pandas, our products are molded in a way that  ensures you experience a whole new world of amazing discoveries that tells you about God’s gift of a wonderful planet we all live in.

‘Please visit our highly informative website for some of the most extensive information on some of the most stimulating holidays ever conceived’. Get friendly with us on:

We give you Mountain Yoga 

The Mountain Yoga we offer on the trail is an earthy, friendly and unassuming space, dedicated to healing and transformation as your mind battles the vagaries of nature while on your journey in the wild. When you decide to holiday on the mountains; it’s like a calling into the high and wild to experience Mother Nature at a higher level and to explore her true beauty. But there’s another calling that wants you to find release from your inner demons. It might be seen as the feeling that there has to be more to life than our day-to-day routines in the machine of modern day society. As you go higher above the tree-lines, our certified yoga guides give you the kind of alignment helpful to your body’s needs when adjusting to the thin air at altitude. They are compassionate, knowledgeable and guide you with postures and breathing exercises that promote physical fitness at higher elevations, keeping the mind calmer, making your self-awareness more acute, and help you get more balanced, while preventing you from having any problems with altitude mountain sickness. Yoga is an ancient practice known for thousands of years to clean out even the deepest mental grooves and rigid mindsets which may hamper your trip and spoil the fun on your trek.

We are the only adventure company in Nepal offering our guests mountain yoga which enhances hassle free trips and keeps our guests safe from common altitude problems. 

Our Success Ratio…

We’ve been through it all – the ups and downs have been full and plenty. The series of earthquakes of 2015 affected us bitterly; however, we kept the faith. We knew this was nature at its best and worst. We do not take anything for granted when it’s a tryst with Mother Nature, especially in the wilderness above the tree-lines. We knew we would still need these mountains more than they need us...These mountains teach us so much about life. It was Almighty God that created these mountains with all its stark beauty, but then a natural calamity can be lurking somewhere around the bend, and we must always be aware of the environment - and this comes with respect, consciousness and faith. 

Despite the hurdles and hiccups, our Success Ratio has been over 98%, why? Because experience has taught us the hard way to Love God, respect the mountains, to learn from our mistakes, and to always, at all times, be Honest with our Guests…and let God do the rest.     

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