Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek - 15 Days

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

The Numbur Cheese Circuit is a new trek in the Ramechhap District of Nepal. The starting point of the trek is Shivalaya, also the start of Everest Base Camp trek for those who don't fly to Lukla. This route has a recommended itinerary of 14 days trekking, although at a push it can be completed in up to 10 days by combining some of the shorter days. It can also be extended several days for those who wish to visit some of the nearby glaciers, peaks or lakes. A rest day on the trek is also a good idea. The trek can offer visitors superb views of major Himalayan peaks including Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gaurishankar and Numburchuili and many more. Walk through deep river gorges, glacial lakes, terraced rice fields, subtropical forests and Sherpa villages to the the Lhiku Khola glacier, watched over by the towering peaks of Pathibarra and Numburchuili. Visit one of Nepal’s first cheese factories, established in 1957 and the famous Thodung Monastery on the way.

Landscape & scenery
In April and May rhododendrons bloom in profusion, you may also see eagles and musk deer as well as Himalayan tahr, a species of goat antelope. If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard. During the wet season the mountain meadows are very green and lush with flowers and grasses. However trekking at this time is difficult in the wet and clouds will obscure any views.

Getting There
Shivalaya and Those are the start and finish points of the Numbur Cheese Circuit and are 8-9 hrs drive from Kathmandu. Seasonal Super express bus service goes to/from Kathmandu's Old Bus Park, near the Nepal Tourism Board (6 to 7am Daily). Kathmandu to Jiri/Shivalaya takes 6-8 hours. The winding road is very well paved with fine mountain views. The route follows the Arniko Highway towards Tibet before turning right over the Sun Koshi at Lamosangu for the climb on the Swiss built Lamosangu-Jiri Road, the "gateway to the Solu Khumbu", through Sindupalchowk, Dolahka Districts to Ramechhap. Buses make a lunch stop after 4 hours at Mude Bazaar, famous for the largest potatoes in Nepal. Please note that during the monsoon season (June to mid-September) the road is usually closed to Shivalaya, so it is necessary to walk from Jiri to Shivalya - adding an extra day to the trek. The buses will also not run as far at Those (the end point) so it is necessary to return to Jiri.

Sleep
The villages of Jiri, Shivalaya, Deurali, Bamti-Bhandar and Gumdel are well-served with trekking lodges,toilets and hot (bucket) showers. In Kharare, Lahaksewar and Kyam accommodation is in an actual home or 'Community-run home stay', so the cross-cultural exchange is more authentic. Although part of the trek is in uninhabited areas, Community-run home stays operate during the trekking season so it's quite suitable for independent trekkers. The area above Khahare to Lahaksewar is uninhabited so camping is the only option at Panipakha, Phokte, Maanedanda, Jatapokhari, Panch pokhari, Thare, and Ngeju. There are some basic stone and timber shelters at the camp sites except for Panch Pokhari. It is possible to sleep in the shelters, however some are open on one side and the roofs are not entirely waterproof. Hence, we; Wilderness Excursion operates only fully supported camping to Numbur Cheese Circuit.

Stay safe
This trek is challenging and should be considered as "demanding" and only suitable for trekkers with a good level of fitness and some trekking experience. The trail route is through a remote wilderness area. Though the trail is quite easily found a guide and porter is strongly recommended. It can be easy to get confused by the multiple paths between villages. The trekking route requires some fairly dramatic gains in altitude. Be aware of the risks of altitude sickness AMS (acute mountain sickness) and allow sufficient time to acclimatize yourself. It is possible to trek from Khare - Panipakha in one day, and then from Panipakha to Jata Pokhari on the next day, however this involves a gain in altitude of 2200 in two days which may cause issues for some people. If you plan to continue along the Everest trail, the 'Numbur Cheese Circuit' provides excellent options for acclimatization.

Get out
From Shivalaya there is a bus in the morning to Kathmandu where there is an actual concrete road all the way. The way before Jiri can get very muddy and during the monsoon the bus won't get to Shiralaya, sometimes there are jeeps between some cities. Ask the information center in Shiralaya or the locals for your time period.

Permits
A Gaurishankar conservation area entry permit is required and costs 2000 Nepal rupees and TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System) U$ 20 is necessary.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Trip arrangements, get permits, visit ancient old temples in Kathamndu.
Day 03: Drive to Shivalaya (1790m), 8 hours by private jeep,
Day 04: Trek to Panipakha (3105m), 6 hours,
Day 05: Trek to Maanedanda (3940m), 5 hours,
Day 06: Trek to Panch Pokhari (4515m), 5 hours,
Day 07: Trek to Tare (4140m), 7 hours,
Day 08: Trek to Ngeju (3690m), 6 hours via Gyazo-La Pass 4880m,
Day 09: Trek to Lhachhewar (2665m), 5 hours,
Day 10: Trek to Gumdel (2255m), 6 hours,
Day 11: Trek to Serding (3360m), 4 hours,
Day 12: Trek to Lapchane (3150m), 6 hours via Thodung
Day 13: Trek to Those (1755m), 4 hours,
Day 14: Drive from Those to Kathmandu via Jiri.
Day 15: Final transfer to Airport for your flight back to home.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu,
Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will kindly receive you and take you to the hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. After checking in, welcome drinks and short briefing about your trek. Later on you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own or take a cozy rest at your hotel.

Day 02: Trip arrangement, get permits, sightseeing
Wilderness Excursion arranges trip today, we leave you the choice if you would like to go for sightseeing of this ancient city then begins at around 9:00am after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle can be arranged on your request. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Stupa style architecture. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Shivalaya (1790m) from Kathmandu , 8 hours.
The drive will take around eight hours. Early in the morning, after break, from the hotel, we will go on a scenic drive to Shivalaya. Along the ride, you can relish the beautiful view of hills, villages and snowcapped mountains. Shivalaya is the entrance to the Numbur Cheese Circuit, which is located alongside the picturesque Khimti River. Overnight in tented camp/lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Panipakha (3105m), 6 hours.
Today, the trail moves onward from Shivalaya to Khahare, escalating and dwindling all along the valley side. You will be able to enjoy the view of terraced pastures and falls to go through the river, and then turns sharply up the cliff on the other part. Khahare is a small village populated only in winter, by residents of higher altitude, who move up with their cattle in the summer. We will make lunch break. After lunch, we will travel to Panipakakha, first campsite of our trek, from Shivalaya. It is a temperately plain camping area midst the scattered Chauri sheds and the lofty alpines. We will spend the rest of the evening exploring this beautiful place, observe the dazzling sunset in the mountains and take photographs. Restful night will be spent in one of the tented accommodation. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 05: Trek to Maanedanda (3940m), 5 hours.
Today the track goes through a tiny Sherpa settlement called Phokte. The path mounts through the majestic rhododendron forests to the summertime fields of Maanedanda. We will fix our tent at Maanedanda, which has a rudimentary cookery shelter and space for shelter tents. On a clear day, the view from here is truly splendid. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 06: Trek to Panch Pokhari (4515m), 5 hour.,
We will hike for about 5 hours, today on a detailedtrack to reach Panch Pokhari. Etymologically, Panch Pokhari means five lakes. There are five lakes here, considered to be very holy at the height of 4200m. We can here visit the religiously important temple of lord Shiva guarded by the sharp iron tridents.The trail now ascents to Jata Pokhari. Along the high altitude, we walk across the high pastures to meagerforest of Sunpati, arare mountain herb. Right before we reach Jata Pokhari, we will come across a beautiful waterfall where we can play with the fresh mountain water. Located in the lap of Mt. Numburchuli, Lake Jata Pokhari is a famous pilgrimage in Ramechhap. On months of June and July, on full moon days, hundreds of Hindu believers come to worship the lord Shiva. The path nowmovessome more and after a brisk walk we will reach Panch Pokhari. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Tare (4140m), 7 hours.
Today, we will cross the pass at height of 4600m and move downhill to reach Thare. On our way, we will walk through Khola Kharka and hike further downward to Nupche River passing overdense bamboo woods. You can have some fresh and yummy cheese here and observe the cheese making process in this part of the world. We can rest in the green pasture on the bank of the Nupche River before heading to our eco-camping spot for the night. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 08: Trek to Ngeju (3690m), 6 hours via Gyazo-La Pass (4880m).
Today we will hike from Thare to Linkhu Khola valley. The hike is a bit challenging but extremely rewarding. You can enjoy the view of the beautiful hills and mountains, dwindling rivers. The views of himalayansmagnify from north into Tibet as we go through the Gyajo La, also known as Thulo Lapcha at 4880m, a path normally used by native Sherpas to get yaks through the peaks to Rakhidanda and Ngeju. We will now continue our trek further down from the Likhu glacier and vastdebris. The trek downhill from the Likhu glacier will lead us to Ngeju (3,690m). Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09: Trek to Lhachhewar (2665m), 5 hours.
In this day, we head off from Ngeju to Lahaksewar, also known as Sewar, which is one of the most remarkable Sherpa community of the upper Ramechap area. You will be welcomed by the implausible scenes, and warm hospitality of the Sherpa people. The Sewar people here still live in harmony with age-old culture and tradition, which will be very eccentric and mystical to us. Overnight at tented camp/Home-Stay.

Day 10: Trek to Gumdel (2255m), 6 hours.
We will now move forward from Lahaksewar uphill to Kyama. On our way, we slope down across the thick jungles of Kyama. The journey offers us majestic views of Numburchuli and Pathibhara. Leaving the shiny Numburchuli in the background, we will now bid goodbye to the mountains as we depart from Kyama to reach home stay at Gumdel. Here, you’ll be able to be part of unique Sherpa culture in the midst of mountainous valleys. Overnight at tented camp/Home-Stay.

Day 11: Trek to Serding (3360m), 4 hours.
From Gumdel we will move forward crossing the thick and beautiful forest to arrive at Serding. One can enjoy the beautiful scenery of sub-alpine and temperate forest with the Gauri Shanker and Numburchuli in the background. We can relish on some yak cheese here as well and go through the process of making it. Overnight at tented camp/Home-Stay.

Day 12: Trek to Lapchane (3150m), 6 hours via Thodung.
Today we will leave Serding for Lapchane via Thotung. We will visit Thodung Monastery on our way back. We will further move downhill to Deurali from where we can see the breathtaking view of the Gauri Shankar Mountain. On reaching Lapchane, We will Homestay at a local Newari house where you will be able to be a part of the renowned Newari culture. We can go for a brisk from hike to Tamdanda, which is 30 minutes away from Lapchane. It is famous as the tallest hill in Ramechhap. From the hill you can observe colossal Dhaulagiri, Gauri Shanker, Annapurna, Numbur, Kanchenjunga and more. Overnight at tented camp/Home-Stay.

Day 13: Trek to Those (1755m), 4-5 hours.
In this day we will trek to Those where we will spend a peaceful evening, resting or exploring the wilderness once again. We will bid goodbye to this wonderful trek and prepare for a long drive to Kathmandu for next day. Overnight at tented camp/Home-Stay.

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu.
We drive back to Kathmandu, we will leave for Kathmandu early. It will take around 8-9 hours. Once again, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful view of villages, hills and mountains, dwindling rivers on your way back. A private land cruiser jeep can be arranged if you would like to. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 15: Further destination or fly back to home
The trip comes to the end, time to leave this remarkable country. Wilderness Excursion representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayas with plans to visit next time. Because once is never enough.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers by private car or van depending on group size.
  • 3 Nights sharing twin bed room in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast.
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered, English speaking local guide.
  • 1 Assistant Sherpa guide to support group and help the potters as per group size.
  • Sharing porter (1 porter for 2 visitors) to carry your main pack (weight limit 25kg).
  • All meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trekking.
  • Lodge and home stay accommodation on sharing basis.
  • Kathmandu – Dhunge – Laughat - Kathmandu by local transport.
  • Food, accommodation, salary and insurance of your guide and porters.
  • Group medical kit, water purifier and other necessities.
  • GCAP Permit & TIMS Card (Trekker's Information System).
  • All local government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepali restaurant with Live culture show.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (we can arrange in your request).
  • Hot shower and hot water, laundry and toiletries.
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

Packing List and Equipment for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal, crocs or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply).
  • Underwear 4-5. Comfortable underwear is essential. Pack both cotton and polyester in case of problems (Friction).

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles, genuine UV protection sunglasses preferable
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, not very important for this Trek.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries.
  • Sun/cold creams,
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries, rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
  • Tablets or smart phones, there are mobile networks in most trekking areas of Nepal.
  • Pocket trekking map,
  • Small light note books, pen/pencil for journal writing.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only anadvice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com 

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 4880m
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Difficulty: Medium Hard
  • Best Season to trek: Spring and autum

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