What to Expect

  • Close view of spectacular Mountains with holy lakes. 
  • Ancient monasteries, beautiful river valleys, Rhododendron forest and magnificient glaciers along the way.
  • Chance to explore local life and agriculture life of Nepal. 
  • Opportunity to taste real Yak cheese along the way.

About Numbur Cheese Circuit Trekking

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trekkingis for the adventure seeker looking for an exciting journey in the remote highlands. This route travels away from the main path and enters territory that few tourists have visited.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek was jointly developed by the Ramechhap Economic Development Forum and the U.N.’s International Labor Organization. Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek was formally launched in October 2009 by the Nepal Tourism Board. This route will enter remote landscape up to the very base of the Himalaya with staggering scenery and cultural interaction along the Numbur Cheese Circuit trekking journey. According to the developers, there are thirteen cheese making stations on this circuit. Many of these are only operating during the monsoon season from June to September.  A permanent, Swiss-designed factory at Thodung was established way back in 1957 and Thodung Gomba, a Buddhist monastery is in the serene hills nearby the cheese factory.

The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trekking is located within the Gauri-Shankar Conservation Area, a newly designated are of protection. The Gauri-Shankar Conservation Area borders the Everest region and Sagarmatha National Park and includes the Khimti and Likhu rivers. Several high passes are crossed along the trekking route of the Numbur Cheese Circuit including Gyajo La 4880 mt (16,010 ft), and Panch Pokhari 4605 mt (15,108 ft) with a nearby collection of five small lakes.

The actual name for this Numbur Cheese Circuit trekking route is derived from Numbur Peak (6959 mt, 22,831 ft), an unclimbed peak that is the protector deity of Solu, the area to the immediate east.

Many peaks are seen soaring into the sky in this region along with mesmerizing Himalayan landscape of rural farmland, deep gorges, glaciers, and glacial lakes as well as a chance to see alpine wildlife.

Numbur Cheese Circuit is a camping trek. High Camp Adventure will arrange a crew of porters to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent, and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.

Our Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek starts after a scenic drive through terraced farmland to the pleasant town of Jiri. The drive takes most of the day and then our trekking begins as we ascend through charming villages and rural farmland over high passes. We break away from the main Jiri to Everest route at a village called Shivalya. From here we head north entering the Gauri-Shankar Conservation Area.

There is a lot to explore in this region and we look forward to guiding you to the highlights.

Please Note: Our Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek has set departure dates from Kathmanduand this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1,790 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 3Shivalaya to Khahare (2,175 mt.). Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 4Khahare to Panipakha (3,105 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 5Panipakha to Mane Danda (3,940 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 6Mane Danda to Panch Pokhari (4,515 mt.). Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 7Panch Pokhari to Tare Kharka (4,140 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 8Tare Kharka to Ngeju Kharka (4,325 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 9Ngeju Kharka to Lhachhewar (2,665 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 10Lhachhewar to Kyama (2,380 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 11Kyama to Gumdel (2,255 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 12Gumdel to Serding (3,360 mt.). Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 13Serding to Lapchane (2,875 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at home-stay.
  • Day 14Lapchane to Those (1,740 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 15Drive from Those to Kathmandu. Driving 9 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 16Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 17Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation to and from trek starting point.
  • Tea-house lodging during the journey.
  • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport,insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, drinks and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and Staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancellation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst fare well dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a tea house trek, generally one porter is provided for every two clients who carries between 15 to 20 kg. However in a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipments such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipments, fuel and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you dont' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek which is fit for those who has ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking up hill and down hill in a day carrying personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also play vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek. Where normally days are sunny, temperature is perfect, sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view.  You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Ground Transportation

Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We therefore advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.