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.
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.
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
- 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)
- Small wash towel
We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.