Numbur Cheese Circuit is off the beaten route in the Gaurishankar Region connecting with Lower Everest section of Sagarmatha National Park. This route is open to visit for foreigners in 2009. Occasionally travelers have learned about it and went to seek out the serenity of remote wilderness. It is one of the best gateways for remote area exploration and not only the awesome mountains view await in every corner of the trail, but also the chance to explore the tranquil lakes and several view points to observe the stunning valley. The best part of remote trekking is learning about the local lifestyle of people. You can see them farming or practicing cheese production. There are many cheese factories throughout the trail, however there might be only few who runs all year, others just do it in their own time.
Numbur Cheese Circuit trekking is best to visit during Spring season as the blooming rhododendron forest with clear skies and mountain views will surely bring lots of colorful beauty into life. We start our journey with a drive to Shivalaya and ascend towards Five Lakes (Panch Pokhari). The route pass through the Sherpa settlements towards the lap of sacred Numbur Peak (6959m) – also considered deity and protector of the area. The highest point is Gyajo La Pass (4880m) and offers the fantastic view of grand Himalayas. We can find small teahouse/homestay in same places, and we can stay here if you like. There is a possibility to extend this journey by adding nearby less visited destination like Dudh Kunda or Pikey Peak.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu : Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple (Rs 200 Entrance Fee) – Visit National Museum (Rs 500) – Kathmandu Durbar Square (Rs 1000) – finish at 4pm
Walk: 2 – 3 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1830m / 6002 ft) Drive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Trek from Shivalaya to Khahare (2175m / 7135 ft)Walk: 4 - 5 hrs | Accommodation: Tent/Homestay | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Khahare to Panipakha (3105m / 10334 ft)Walk: 4 - 5 hrs | Accommodation: Tent/Homestay | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Panipakha to Mane Danda (3940m / 12926 ft)Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Mane Danda to Panch Pokhari (4515m / 14812 ft)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Panch Pokhari to Tare Kharka (4140m / 13582 ft)Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Tare Kharka to Ngeju Kharka (4325m / 14189 ft)Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Tent | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Trek from Ngeju Kharka to Lahaksewar (2665m / 8743 ft)Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Tent/Homestay | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Lahaksewar to Gumdel (2255m / 7398 ft)Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Tent/Homestay | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Trek from Gumdel to Serding (3360m / 11023 ft)Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Tent/Homestay | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Serding to Lapchane (2875m / 9432 ft) via Thodung Monastery Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Tent/Homestay | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Lapchane to Those (1755m / 5757 ft)Walk: 4 - 5 hrs | Accommodation: Tent/Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Drive from Those to Kathmandu via Jiri (1995m / 6545 ft)Drive: 9 – 10 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 17Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 50 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.