Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
If you want to escape the congestion of commercialized trekking trails and get ‘off-the-beaten track’ then plan your trek to the recently developed trekking route, the 'Numbur Cheese Circuit (NCC)'. Located in Ramechhap, around 190 km east of the capital city Kathmandu. The NCC is a 14 to 16 days circuit trail connecting two beautiful river valleys, namely the Khimti and Likhu in the lap of Everest and Rolwaling region. The trail has been named in honor of the yet unclimbed peak Numburchuli (6959m) as well as for one of Nepal’s first yak cheese factories established in 1957.
NCC offers visitors the superb and breathtaking views of majestic Himalayan peaks including Everest range, Numburchuli, Gaurishankar, Jugal and Langtang Himal ranges, pristine nature and unspoiled culture. NCC is mostly an eco-lodge camping trek in addition to the unique home-stay experience among Sherpa communities. NCC welcomes both domestic and international visitors. The trek encompasses a variety of terrain- deep river gorges, glacial lakes, and terraced rice fields, temperate to alpine vegetation, and Sherpa villages to the towering peaks of Bigphera Go Nup (Pathibara) and Numburchuli. One can also observe Yak Cheese factories and the famous Thodung Monastery on the way. In March and April, rhododendrons bloom in profusion and eagles, musk deer and Himalayan Tahr are a regular sighting! And with a lot of luck, you can catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard.
Name: Numbur Cheese Circuit.
Location: Northan Ramechhap (between Rolwaling and Everest region)
Duration: 14 to 16 days
Elevation: 1790m (Shivalaya/Those to 4880m (Gyajo La pass))
Major Passes: Panchpokhari pass (4605) and Gyajo La (4880m)
Accommodation: Eco-camping, Home-stays, Hotel/Lodges
Major river valley: Likhu and Khimti river valleys
Special features: New, virgin circuit trek, high altitude lakes, glaciers, beautiful Himalayan peaks including Numburchuli, Sherpa culture and home-stay experience, eco-camping, high altitude pastures and yak cheese
Best Seasons: March to June, September to December
Activities: Trekking, glacier walks, monastery visit
Price: Depending on group size & standard of tour.
Summary of tourist attractions in the Numbur Cheese Circuit:
Major Valley: Khimti and Likhu River valley
Best viewing peaks (from right to left): Sarmoche peak (5255m), Ramdung peak (5930m), Chukyima Go (6259m), Bigphrea Go Nup (6666m), Paniyo Tipa (6696m), Paniyo Shar (6549m) and Numberchuli (Shorong Yul Lha (6959m)
Glaciers: Linkhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier, Likhu Glacier
Major passes: Panchpokhari pass (4605m) and Gyajo La (4880m)
Beautiful high altitude lakes: Panch Pokhari, Jata Pokhari, Boula Pokhari, Bhale Pokhari, Dudh Pokhari
Beautiful pasturelands: Manedanda, Kholakharka, Tare, Kholaseer, Ngeju
Beautiful flora: Temperate to alpine vegetation, blooming rhododendron, Taxus, Alnus, Pine forest, bamboo forest, Primulas.
Beautiful fauna: musk deer, red panda, Himalayan thar, snow leopard, Himalayan black beer, Langoor monkey, and more than 300 species of birds including pheasants (Danfe),
Best view points: Phokte, Manedanda, Panchpokhari, Gyajo La, Serding (Punnasa danda), and Ekanagi/Lapchane
Beautiful monastery: Thudung, Bhandar, Gumdel, Kyama, Lhachhewar
Traditional practices: Terraced farming, seasonal grazing, traditional cheese production practices, ethno-botanical practices, production of slow food like potato, cheese, wild foods, barley etc.
Festivals and events: Lhosar celebration, Yak/Chouri dance, Janaipurnima festival during August
Day 1: Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1790M) that takes 8- 9 hours to reach and overnight stay at Hotel/lodge. (Special features at Driving Through the mountain terrain)
Day 2: Shivalaya to Khahare (2175m) that takes 4- 5 hours to reach and overnight stay at Hotel/lodge (Special feature at Khhimti valley, Sherpa home-stay)
Day 3: Khahare to Panipakha (3105m) that takes 4- 5 hours to reach and overnight stay at Eco Camping. (Special features at Eco-camping experience)
Day 4: Panipakha to Manedanda (3940m) that takes 3- 4 hours to reach and overnight stay at Eco Camping. (Special features at Kaleidoscopic view of Khimti river valley.)
Day 5: Manedanda to Panch pokhari(4515m) that takes 3- 4 hours to reach and overnight stay at Eco Camping.(special features at Himalayan peaks, Yak pastures, Yak cheese and high altitude lakes).
Day 6: Panch Pokhari to Tare (4140m)that takes 4- 5 hours to reach and overnight stay at Eco Camping.(special features at Glacier walk, Himalayan peaks, high altitude pastures )
Day 7: Tare to Ngeiu (3690m) that takes 4- 5 hours to reach and overnight stay at Eco Camping. (Special features at Adventurous pass, glacier walk altitude pastures and lakes, Mountain peaks, high).
Day 08: Rest in Ngeiu (3690m) and sight Singh. . (Special features at Adventurous pass, glacier walk altitude pastures and lakes, Mountain peaks, high).
Day 9: Ngeiu to Lhachhewar (2665m)that takes 4- 5 hours to reach and overnight stay at Home-stay.(special features at Wilderness walk, Cheese, Sherpa home-stay experience )
Day 10: Lhachhewar to Kyama (2380m)that takes 4- 5 hours to reach and overnight stay at Home-stay.(special features at Sherpa home-stay experience)
Day 11: Kyama to Gumdel (2255m)that takes 3- 4 hours to reach and overnight stay at Home-stay.(special features at Sherpa home-stay experience)
Day 12: Gumdel to Serding(3360m)that takes 3- 4 hours to reach and overnight stay at Hotel/Lodge(special features at Wilderness walk, Beautiful pastures, dense forest, best view of Numbur and Gaurishankar)
Day 13: Serding to Thodung- Lapchane (3105m)that takes 5- 6 hours to reach and overnight stay at Home-stay(special features at Thodung Monastery, Newari Home-stay, Himalayan panorama)
Day 14: Thodung- Lapchane to Those (1755m)that takes 3- 4 hours to reach and overnight stay at Hotel/lodge(special features at Walking down through the forest )
Day 15: Those to Kathmandu (1350m) that takes 9-10 hours. (Special features at Drive to Kathmandu).