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Difficulty : Moderate

Reference Code: NCCT

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trip Durations: 17

Physical Rating: Moderate

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.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. 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. 

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek Nunatak's palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish. Hotel.

Day 02: Rest and Preparation Day

A well-deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc. Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Shivalaya by reserved tourist bus (1790m) from Kathmandu, 8 hours.

The drive will take around eight hours. Early in the morning, after break, from the hotel, we will go on a scenic drive to Shivalaya. Along the ride, you can relish the beautiful view of hills, villages and snowcapped mountains. Shivalaya is the entrance to the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek, which is located alongside the picturesque Khimti River. Overnight in tented camp.

Day 04: Trek from Shivalaya to Khahare (2175m). Overnight at Camp.

The trail today moves ahead from Shivalaya to Khahare rising and falling all along the valley side via terraced pastures and falls to go across the river and then turns steeply up the cliff on the other part. Khahare is a tiny settlement resided only in winters by the house owners while during the summer they move to livestock pastures. Camp at Khahare for spending night.

Day 05: Trek from Khahare to Panipakha (3105m), 6 hours.

Today, the trail moves onward from Khahare to Panipakha, escalating and dwindling all along the valley side. You will be able to enjoy the view of terraced pastures and falls to go through the river, and then turns sharply up the cliff on the other part. It’s a picturesque location amidst the tall pine trees and small sheds. It is a temperately plain camping area midst the scattered Chauri sheds and the lofty alpines. We will spend the rest of the evening exploring this beautiful place, observe the dazzling sunset in the mountains and take photographs. Restful night will be spent in one of the tented accommodation. Overnight at tented camp at Panipakha. 

Day 06: Trek from Panipakha to Maanedanda (3940m), 5 hours.

Today the track goes through a tiny Sherpa settlement called Phokte. The path mounts through the majestic rhododendron forests to the summertime fields of Maanedanda. We will fix our tent at Maanedanda, which has a rudimentary cookery shelter and space for shelter tents. On a clear day, the view from here is truly splendid. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 07: Trek from Maanedanda to Panch Pokhari (4515m), 5 hours.

We will hike for about 5 hours, today on a detailed track to reach Panch Pokhari. Etymologically, Panch Pokhari means five lakes. There are five lakes here, considered to be very holy at the height of 4200m. We can here visit the religiously important temple of lord Shiva guarded by the sharp iron tridents.The trail now ascents to Jata Pokhari. Along the high altitude, we walk across the high pastures to meagerforest of Sunpati, arare mountain herb. Right before we reach Jata Pokhari, we will come across a beautiful waterfall where we can play with the fresh mountain water. Located in the lap of Mt. Numburchuli, Lake Jata Pokhari is a famous pilgrimage in Ramechhap. On months of June and July, on full moon days, hundreds of Hindu believers come to worship the lord Shiva. The path now moves some more and after a brisk walk we will reach Panch Pokhari. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 08: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Thare (4140m), 7 hours.

Today, we will cross the pass at height of 4600m and move downhill to reach Thare. On our way, we will walk through Khola Kharka and hike further downward to Nupche River passing overdense bamboo woods. You can have some fresh and yummy cheese here and observe the cheese making process in this part of the world. We can rest in the green pasture on the bank of the Nupche River before heading to our eco-camping spot for the night. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 09: Trek from Thare to Ngeju (3690m), 6 hours via Gyazo-La Pass (4880m).

Today we will hike from Thare to Linkhu Khola valley. The hike is a bit challenging but extremely rewarding. You can enjoy the view of the beautiful hills and mountains, dwindling rivers. The views of himalayansmagnify from north into Tibet as we go through the Gyajo La, also known as Thulo Lapcha at 4880m, a path normally used by native Sherpas to get yaks through the peaks to Rakhidanda and Ngeju. We will now continue our trek further down from the Likhu glacier and vastdebris. The trek downhill from the Likhu glacier will lead us to Ngeju (3,690m). Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 10: Trek from Ngeju to Lhachhewar (2665m), 5 hours.

In this day, we head off from Ngeju to Lhachhewar, also known as Sewar, which is one of the most remarkable Sherpa community of the upper Ramechap area. You will be welcomed by the implausible scenes, and warm hospitality of the Sherpa people. The Sewar people here still live in harmony with age-old culture and tradition, which will be very eccentric and mystical to us. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 11: Trek from Lhachhewar to Gumdel (2255m), 6 hours.

We will now move forward from Lhachhewar uphill to Kyama. On our way, we slope down across the thick jungles of Kyama. The journey offers us majestic views of Numburchuli and Pathibhara. Leaving the shiny Numburchuli in the background, we will now bid goodbye to the mountains as we depart from Kyama to reach camp at Gumdel. Here, you’ll be able to be part of unique Sherpa culture in the midst of mountainous valleys. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Trek from Gumdel to Serding (3360m), 4 hours.

From Gumdel we will move forward crossing the thick and beautiful forest to arrive at Serding. One can enjoy the beautiful scenery of sub-alpine and temperate forest with the Gauri Shanker and Numburchuli in the background. We can relish on some yak cheese here as well and go through the process of making it. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 13: Trek from Serding to Lapchane (3150m), 6 hours via Thodung.

Today we will leave Serding for Lapchane via Thotung. We will visit Thodung Monastery on our way back. We will further move downhill to Deurali from where we can see the breathtaking view of the Gauri Shankar Mountain. On reaching Lapchane, we will Homestay at a local Newari house where you will be able to be a part of the renowned Newari culture. We can go for a brisk from hike to Tamdanda, which is 30 minutes away from Lapchane. It is famous as the tallest hill in Ramechhap. From the hill you can observe colossal Dhaulagiri, Gauri Shanker, Annapurna, Numbur, Kanchenjunga and more. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Trek from Lapchane to Those (1755m), 4-5 hours.

In this day, we will trek to Those where we will spend a peaceful evening, resting or exploring the wilderness once again. We will bid goodbye to this wonderful trek and prepare for a long drive to Kathmandu for next day. If the Bus does not reach Those due to road condition, then you would need to walk 30 mins to Shivalaya to catch the bus. Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu, 8-9 hours.

We drive back to Kathmandu; we will leave for Kathmandu early. It will take around 8-9 hours. Once again, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful view of villages, hills and mountains, dwindling rivers on your way back. A Reserve tourist bus will be arranged. Overnight in Hotel. 

Day 16: Rest and Final Shopping Day.

This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements. Overnight in Hotel. 

Day 17: Final Departure

We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Int'l airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.


•    Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Int'l Airport. 
•    4 nights' hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
•    All necessary transportation for the trek as per itinerary by reserved bus for members and Nepalese staffs 
•    Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Permit
•    TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
•    Camp accommodation during the trek
•    2 men A-shaped tent with luxury foam mattress
•    Kitchen tent with kitchen utensils and cooking kerosene oil 
•    Dining tent with table and chair 
•    Toilet tent and Shower tent
•    Nepalese staffs tent
•    Government-authorized, experienced English speaking Trekking Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy, Assistant Sherpa-Guide, and Required Local Porters for Camping basis
•    Food, accommodation, and wage for all Nepalese staffs 
•    Hygienic camping meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) including drinking water during the trek 
•    All camping charges during the trek
•    Medical supplies (First aid Kit will be available; the medicine will be of Nepali standard)
•    All Nepalese staff's insurance as per Nepalese Government rules.
•    Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.


•    International flight with airport tax.
•    Nepalese Entry Visa fee
•    Food during stay in Kathmandu
•    All personal equipment and personal expenses
•    Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
•    Personal Medical and travel insurance (must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
•    Personal Medicine
•    Telephone and internet charges
•    Laundry charges
•    Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
•    Rescue evacuation charges if required
•    Staffs and porters Tips...

Equipment List

Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.

More Lists
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?

» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM

Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

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