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Number Cheese Circuit Trek

Duration 13 days
Max-Altitude 4515m
Transportation Bus/Private Jeep
Grade Moderate
Accommodation Lodge/Camping Tent
Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Best Season Mar - May, Sep - Nov
Communication Available
Group Size 2+

Number Cheese Circuit Trek is one of the recently build trekking trails. This is different from the commercialized trekking trails in the Everest and Rolwaling Region. This trek begins from Ramechhap, 190 km east of capital city of Kathmandu. It is a 14 to 16-day circuit trail connecting two beautiful river valleys Khimti and Likhu in the lap of Everest and Rolwaling Region, but the trek can be shortened and completed within 10 days.

Number Cheese Circuit Trek named in honor of the virgin peak Numberchuli (6959 m). We will have a chance to go around one of Nepal’s first yak cheese factories; which is established in 1957 and the famous Thodung Monastery on the way. We can observe many different ritual activities still in practice in duo Hinduism and in Buddhism. The goal of the whole trekking experience is the chance to meet people from 21 different indigenous communities. The indigenous community includes Sherpa, Newar, Thami, Tamang, Yolmo, Majhi and many others. The Number Cheese Circuit Trail offers visitors the superb and breathing view of majestic Himalayan peaks. It includes Everest range, Numberchuli, Gaurishankar, Jugal and Langtang Himal range combined with the still virgin and vibrant Sherpa cultural attraction.

This is also the home for the impressive glacier and moraine. The glacier such as Linkhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier and many others in the surroundings. The mountain massifs towards Gumdel, rocky mountain in and around Panchpokhari and wonderful landscape at Tarekharka are the most fascinating things in the route. High Himalayan lakes, revered by the pilgrims to Panchpokhari, Jatapokhari, Bhalepokhari, Dudhpokhari are the prime attraction here. The circuit furnishes with its rich bio-diversity ranging from temperate to alpine vegetation; also comprises folded pine forest, blooming rhododendrons, scattered bamboo patches and colorful pastures. It also provides the best habitat to the endangered wild animals and birds’ species such as Red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar and various species of pheasants like Danphe.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1,790 m), 9 hrs.
Day 02: Trek from Shivalaya to Khahare (2,175 m), 4 hrs.
Day 03: Trek from Khahare to Panipakha (3,105 m), 4 hrs.
Day 04: Trek from Panipakha to Manedanda (3,940 m), 3 hrs.
Day 05: Trek from Manedanda to Panchpokhari (4,515 m) 3 and a half hrs.
Day 06: Trek from Panchpokhari to Tare (4,140 m) 5 hrs.
Day 07: Trek from Tare to Ngeju (2,665 m), 4 hrs.
Day 08: Trek from Ngeju to Lhachhewar (2,665 m), 4 hrs.
Day 09: Trek from Lhachhewar to Kyama (2,380 m), 4 hrs.
Day 10: Trek from Kyama to Gumdel (2,255 m), 2 hrs.
Day 11: Trek from Gumdel to Serding (3,360 m), 3 and half hrs.
Day 12: Trek from Serding to Lapchane (3,150 m) via Thodung, 5 hrs.
Day 12: Trek from Lapchane to Those (1,755 m), 3 and half hrs.
Day 13: Drive from Those to Kathmandu, 9 hrs.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1,790 m), 9 hrs.
We drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya in the morning after breakfast. It is 220 km east of Kathmandu and takes about 8-9 hours by bus. The bus leaves from the old bus park. It is a winding road well paved from Kathmandu to Jiri but the road from Jiri to Shivalaya is rough and in the monsoon, it is closed off. The route follows Araniko Highway towards Tibet before turning right over the Sun Koshi at Lamo Sanghu. This is the road to Dolakha, Jiri, the gate way to Solukhumbu.

Day 02 : Trek from Shivalaya to Khahare (2,175 m) ,4 hrs.
Shivalaya is located in the bank of Khimti River. After breakfast, we walk up and down through terraced fields, go down to cross the river and again climb up steeply to the cliff on the other side. Khahare has less number of houses where the house owner lives in winter.

Day 03: Trek from Khahare to Panipakha (3,105 m), 4 hrs.
After breakfast, we begin our trek climbing steeply to Panipakha. Panipakha is the first campsite as there is no human settlement. It has a flat camping area with an open hut. The trail provides an amazing Khimti River view.

Day 04: Trek from Panipakha to Manedanda (3,940 m), 3 hrs.
From Panipakha, we pass through the tiny Sherpa village of Phokte and we ascend through the rhododendron forest to the summer pasture of Manedanda. It is the second camping day with basic cooking shelter and the area for the tent. We can see a nice view on the clear day.

Day 05: Trek from Manedanda to Panchpokhari (4,515 m) 3 and a half hrs.
After having breakfast, we start our trek to PanchPokhari. We first climb to Jata Pokhari along the river side and while hiking up, we pass through the alpine pastures to scrubby forests of Sunpati. Then the trail goes beside the river and arrives at Jatapokhari. This is one of the holy Mountain Lakes in the lap of Mt. Numberchuli. It is a short walk from Jata Pokhari to Panch Pokhari.

Day 06: Trek from Panchpokhari to Tare (4,140 m)5 hrs.
Today, we walk from Panchpokhari to Khola Kharka and go downhill to Nupche River via thick bamboo forest. We can visit the fresh cheese making in green pastures alongside the Nupche River before we reach to eco- camping site at Tare. If anyone would like to go for side trip from here with an extra day, we can go to any one of them like Bigphera Go Nup Base Camp/Glacier, Khola Cire (4,469 m), Linkhu Nup Glacier and impressive Lhasa Lake (4,469 m).

Day 07: Trek from Tare to Ngeju (2,665 m), 4 hrs.
This is the most strenuous section of Number Cheese Circuit where we pass Gyazo-La Pass. The trail from Tare to Likhu Khola valley is duo challenging and rewarding. The view to the north into Tibet is marvelous which can be seen while crossing Gyazo-La Pass at an elevation of 4,880 m. We trek down from Likhu glacier following the intense Likhu Khola and arrive at the yak pastures of Ngeju. There is an ancient Buddhist shrine of Kau Gompa above the Likhu Khola Valley surrounded by the high rock and snowy peaks.

Day 08 : Trek from Ngeju to Lhachhewar (2,665 m), 4 hrs.
From Ngeju, the trail weaves through thick ancient forests alongside the Likhu Khola re-emerging to Lhachhewar. This is the beautiful Sherpa village with fascinating landscapes, graceful monastery, and the friendly Sherpa people.

Day 09: Trek from Lhachhewar to Kyama (2,380 m), 4 hrs.
After breakfast, we start our trek going through the river valley, passing Umatirtha Temple which has great significance in Hindu mythology. This is a pilgrimage site regarded as the Kashi of the Himalayas at the confluence of Likhu and Nupche River. We then descend down to Kyama through the deep forest. The view of Bigphera Go Nup and Numberchuli is great.

Day 10: Trek from Kyama to Gumdel (2,255 m), 2 hrs.
After breakfast, we head towards Gumdel from Kyama. Gumdel is a small village gathered around a large Buddhist stupa. They offer the best home stay accommodation and fresh food with warm Sherpa hospitality. The dazzling beauty of Numberchuli in the backdrop is remarkable.

Day 11 : Trek from Gumdel to Serding (3,360 m), 3 and half hrs.
From Gumdel, we descend through the mountain terrace along the Likhu River. We ultimately meet the Everest trail at Bhandar. There is the other way from Gumdel where we climb through the dense forest and reach to the beautiful village Serding. 

Day 12 : Trek from Serding to Lapchane (3,150 m) via Thodung , 5 hrs.
Today, we descend gently to visit the first Cheese factory established in 1957 on the way to Thodung. We can visit Thodung monastery as well. From there, we descend down to Deurali and arrive at Lapchane, the Newari village with nice Home stay. There is the tallest hill in Ramechhap – Tamdanda, 35 minutes walk above the Newar Village of Lapchhane.

Day 12 : Trek from Lapchane to Those (1,755 m), 3 and half hrs.
We wake up early in the morning and hike up to the Tamadanda, 35 minutes walk for the sun rise and slowly descend down to Those after having breakfast at Lapchhane. We can see the central and eastern Himalayan ranges from Tamadanda. This is the nice home of many species of birds in the mid-hills. This place was the busiest market in this region before the construction of Jiri road.

Day 13: Drive from Those to Kathmandu, 9 hrs.
After breakfast, we drive from Those to Kathmandu. It takes about 8-9 hours. Their road condition is rough and jarring ride by bus. After our arrival in Kathmandu, join together for the dinner with Nepalese Cultural Show.

Cost Include

  • Full board meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) during the trek
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
  • Professional license holder English speaking Trekking Guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters (2 Trekkers = 1 Porter) Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Everest National Park Entry permit and TIMS permit for trekking
  • Drive from Kathmandu – Shivalaya & Those – Kathmandu by local bus/private Jeep
  • Farewell Dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural show
  • Government Taxes, VAT,and Service Charge

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Emergency Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal expenses like hot shower, battery recharge, hot and cold drinks etc
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Cost Includes’ section
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