Numbur Cheese Trek Elevation Chart
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel by Marron Treks representative. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon the time of your arrival you may spend free time visiting nearby tourist sites or resting.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1790m/9hrs)
It is about 9 hours drive from Kathmandu to reach Shivalaya. Shivalaya is the gateway to the Everest region as well as the Numbur Cheese Circuit. Shivalaya literally means abode of the lord Shiva. This abode lies on the river valley of Khimti Khola. This region has trek information centre and many lodges for your convenience. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 03: Trek to Khahare (2175m/4hrs)
This is the day for a leisurely four-hour trek towards the north of the Kimti River to Khahare village. Beyond Shivalaya, the valley opens up to allow views of the snow-capped peaks of the Rowaling Himal Range. We pass through the terraced fields, zigzag river trials as we ascend towards the cliff. In Khahare there are less than 5 houses which are used only during the winter by herders who spend their summer on higher pastures tending their Yaks. We will enjoy the night at a home-stay with a Sherpa family.
Day 04: Trek to Panipakha (3105m/3-4hrs)
This day, we will be having an adventurous trek and eco-camping. We will get enticed by the wilderness of trekking along the Khimti River until we reach our first eco-camping site which is among the pine forest and scattered Yaks all around. From Panipakha, we can also view the amazing sight of setting sun.
Day 05: Trek to Manedanda (3940m/3-4hrs)
We will continue to ascend along the serpentine path through the conifer and rhododendron forest till we reach the summer pastures of Maanedanda. This place is really amazing as we can behold the greenery of jungle as well as many steep waterfalls on both sides of this hilltop.
Day 06: Trek to Panchpokhari (4515m/3-4hrs)
On this day, we ascend towards Jatapokhari and as the altitude increases, we pass from the alpine pastures towards the forest of Sunpati (a rare mountain herb). As we pass by the river, we can view the magnificent waterfall and as we reach this spot, it marks as our arrival to Jatapokhari, which is a sacred mountain lake. It is recommended for you to stay overnight in this place for acclimatization. But you can take a side trip to various other lakes around this place. It is very interesting to see the setting sun on the mountain peaks of Numbur and Parchemo whose reflection are seen in the lakes around this place. Overnight in a camp at Panchpokhari.
Day 07 and 08: Trek to Tare (4140m/5hrs)
In the morning, we will cross over the Panchpokhari Pass and then climb up to the base camp of Bigphera Go Nup (Pathibhara). Then we will follow the glacier river towards Tare. From Panchpokhari pass, we can view the spectacular views of the Numbur, Rolwaling and Everest ranges. We will enjoy the scenic landscape at Khola Kharka and even opt for rock climbing.
If the fresh cheese are the delicacy that you want to savour, we need to cross white river of Nupche towards the yak pasture. Bigphera Go Nup, Khola Cire, Linkhu Nup glacier, Luikharka Linkhu Nun Glacier, Panga Dinga glacier are some of the most amazing sight in this two day’s trekking. While you are visiting these sights, you would feel like you are truly in the lap on the nature with its serenity and the singing birds and crickets along the forest area. Himalayan Tahr, blue sheeps and varieties of birds are found in this region, and if the luck is with you, you can even have the glance of the elusive snow leopards. Overnight in a camp.
Day 09 and 10: Trek to Ngeju (3690m/8hrs)
These are the most strenuous section of the Numbur Cheese Circuit, especially the trail from Tare to the Likhu Khola valley are both challenging and rewarding. As we pass the Gyajo La (Thulo Lapcha, 4880m), we see the mountain views extending north into Tibet. This route is most often used by local Sherpas to bring yak herds across the mountains. While descending from Thulo Lapcha, we reach the Kharkas of Lakhedanda (4315m) in the Likhu Khola valley. From Lakhedanda we can view the magnificent view of Dudhpokhari (which literally means ‘milk lake’ ) surrounded by the glaciers of Surmoche, Likhu glacier and large moraines.
From the side of the Likhu glacier we descend towards the Likhu Khola to reach the isolated yak pastures of Ngeju (3690m) by the side of the river. In this place, there are two cheese factories with numerous Yak sheds along the side of the river. A short side trip up from Ngeju is the ancient Buddhist Shrine of Kau Gumba lying above the tree-line in the upper Likhu Khola Valley enclosed by a great sweep of high rock and snow peaks.
Day 11: Trek to Lhachhewar (2665m/4hrs)
This day, the trail takes us via thick forests by the side of the Likhu Khola to reach the Sherpa village of Lhachhewar. Lhachhewar is one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages in the upper Ramechhap region consisting of panoramic landscapes, cultural wealth and hospitable Sherpa inhabitants. The people of this region still follow their own tradition and way of life. We will have a home-stay in one of the Sherpa’s house of this region.
Day 12: Trek to Kyama (2380m/4hrs)
On this day, we will be following the trekking along the Likhu River Valley, descending through the deep forest to Kyama. From Kyama, we can have magnificent views of Bigphera Go Nup and Numburchuli. At the place where the river Likhu and Nupche converge, there is a temple of Uma-Tirtha and is regarded as the Kashi of the Himalayas. Around Kyama, we can hear the chirping sounds of varieties of birds and deer.
Day 13: Trek to Gumdel (2255m/2hrs)
The trial of this day is a very short one as we need to walk just around 2 hours to reach Gumdel. Gumdel is a tiny hamlet gathered around a large Buddhist Stupa. Amazing landscape and grandeur mountain scenery are on offer in Gumdel. By the evening, we will stay in a Sherpa’s home for a home-stay enjoying their delicacies and their culture and tradition.
Day 14: Trek to Serding (3360m/4 to 5hrs)
You have two options on this day. You can either descend through the mountain terrace along the Likhu River finally meeting the Everest trail at Bhandar or ascend through the dense forest finally reaching the beautiful Serding (3360m). On either of this journey, you can enjoy the dense subalpine forest with a scenic view of Bigphera Go Nup, Numburchuli, and Kalla pass/danda as a backdrop. Early in the morning, we can view the amazing sight of rising sun in the Gaurishankar Himal from Serding or Punnasa view point.
Day 15: Trek to Lapchane (3105m/4-5 hrs)
The trail of this day takes us towards Thodung, where there is the first cheese factory of Nepal. We can visit the exciting and enticing pine forests consisting of variety of floras and faunas along -side the Thodung Monastery. From Ekanagi, we can view the unique landscape of Garurishankar Himal. While we are descending, we will reach a place called Falamedanda (3105m) and after walking for another half an hour we reach the village of Lapchane. Lapchane is one of the tallest hills of Ramechap and from here the breathtaking views of Langtang, Gaurishankar, Numbur and the Everest range can be viewed. This place is also home ot 65 species of birds and various other floras and faunas. We will have a home-stay in one of the newar home for the overnight.
Day 16: Trek to Those (1755m/3 hrs)
Early in the morning we will have the see the sight of rising sun from the Falamedanda/Tame and by and by we will descend towards our last day of the trek, Those. Those used to be one of the busiest market town and trade route between Namche and Lamosangu before the construction of the Jiri Road. As this day marks the end of the trek, feel free to relax and give some tips to the guides and porters who have helped you in many ways to accomplish this trek.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu
Through the beautiful mountain landscape, we will drive back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 18: Rest day in Kathmandu or sightseeing (optional)
If you feel you have enough stamina left for yet another sightseeing of the major sights of Kathmandu, we will arrange for the guided city tour. Or you can even rest for the whole day in your hotel. In the evening, you can visit around the tourist shops around the Thamel for buying some souvenir for your beloved ones back in your country. By the night, Marron Treks will host a dinner along with some cultural programme for your successful accomplishment of the trek. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 19: Final Departure
This will be the farewell day where we drop you to the airport to catch your flight to your homeland country .or you can extend your trip and could go for Bunjy Jumping, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting etc.
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