Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Trip Duration 15
Max Altitude 3360M at Serding
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, Sep to February

Trip Overview


The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek is also a captivating and relatively off-the-beaten-path adventure that offers an authentic and remote trekking experience in the stunning landscapes of Nepal. Nestled in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal, the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek takes trekkers on a mesmerizing journey through breathtaking mountain vistas, pristine alpine forests, and charming traditional villages. This hidden gem of a trek is also named after the famous Numbur Cheese Factory, renowned for producing delectable yak cheese. The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu, a quaint village located in the lower Solu region. From here, trekkers also embark on a moderately challenging trail that winds through lush rhododendron forests, terraced farmlands, and picturesque river valleys. The trail gradually ascends, rewarding trekkers with awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, including the majestic Numbur Himal.

Tranquility and Tradition: Exploring the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek

Unlike the more crowded trails in the Everest region, the Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek offers a sense of tranquility and seclusion. Along the way, trekkers have the chance to interact with the warm and hospitable locals, experiencing their unique culture and traditions. The highlight of the trek is the Numbur Cheese Factory, where trekkers can witness the cheese-making process and indulge in the distinct flavors of authentic Himalayan cheese. This visit provides a rare insight into the livelihoods of the locals and the vital role agriculture plays in the region. The trek also takes trekkers to the Panch Pokhari, a sacred site consisting of five glacial lakes, each with its own spiritual significance. The serene ambiance and stunning backdrop make it a truly spiritual experience. The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek demands a reasonable level of fitness, but the rewards are immeasurable. The surreal landscapes, the cultural encounters, and the immersive trekking experience create memories that will last a lifetime.

Conclusion and Summary

As this trek is less traveled, it offers a sense of exclusivity and connection with nature that has become increasingly rare in the more popular trekking routes of Nepal. For adventurers seeking an off-the-beaten-path journey through pristine beauty and cultural authenticity, the Trek is an unforgettable choice.

 Trip Highlight

  • Staggering view of mountains including Annapurna, Langtang, Gaurishankar and Numburchuili(6959m
  • Khimti and Likhu River Valley
  • Lustrous pasturelands of Manedanda, Kholakharka, Tare, Kholaseer and Ngeju
  • Outstanding views of peaks like Sarmoche peak (5255m), Ramdung peak (5930m), Chukyima Go (6259m), Bigphrea Go Nup (6666m), Paniyo Tapa (6696m), Paniyo Shar (6549m) and Numberchuli (Shorong Yul Lha (6959m)
  • Likhu Nup Glacier, Bigphere Go Glacier, Surmoche Glacier and Likhu Glacier
  • Panchpokhari pass (4605) and Gyajo La (4880m)
  • Outlandish flora and fauna
  • Historical Monastries
  • Ancient Sherpa culture.


Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will kindly receive you and take you to the hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. After checking in, welcome drinks and short briefing about your trek. Later on you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own or take a cozy rest at your hotel.


Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 9:00am after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Stupa style architecture. Overnight in Hotel.

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, which is located alongside the picturesque Khimti River. Overnight in tented camp/lodge.


Today, the trail moves onward from Shivalaya to Khahare, 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. Khahare is a small village populated only in winter, by residents of higher altitude, who move up with their cattle in the summer. We will make lunch break. After lunch, we will travel to Panipakakha, first campsite of our trek, from Shivalaya. 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.

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.

We will hike for about 5 hours, today on a detailedtrack 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 nowmovessome more and after a brisk walk we will reach Panch Pokhari. Overnight at tented camp.

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.

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.

In this day, we head off from Ngeju to Lahaksewar, 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/Home-Stay.

We will now move forward from Lahaksewar 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 home stay at Gumdel. Here, you’ll be able to be part of unique Sherpa culture in the midst of mountainous valleys. Overnight at tented camp/Home-Stay.

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/Home-Stay.

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/Home-Stay.

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. Overnight at tented camp/Home-Stay.

Back on our private land cruiser, 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. Overnight in Hotel.

The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayans with plans to visit next time. Because once is never enough!

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us

Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Friendship World Trek. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.


Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & Coffee.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (we will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chair and toilet tents etc.
  • Some nights in Tea houses and some nights on home stay.
  • Gaurishanker Conservation area Permit.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • Public bus to Sivalaya and again back to Kathmandu from Those.
  • Friendship World Trek’s Government Licensed English speaking mountain Guide, a cook, kitchen helper, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed). Using these 3 items you pay $10 USD each as maintenance and washing charge.
  • All Government Taxes and office expenses.

Price Excludes

  • Hotel and meals while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Entry visa fee $50 USD for 30 days visa on arrival.
  • Your Travel Rescue Insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips for the Guide, Porter and Driver(Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry service.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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Trip Information

The Numbur Cheese Circuit Trekking is a fairly new route for passionate trekkers, established in the Ramechhap district of eastern Nepal. The trail is named after the beautiful Mt. Numberchuli (6,959m) and the first Yak cheese factory established here in 1957 AD. It is one the budding trek trails of the Gauri Shanker Conservation Area (GCA) carrying huge potential for tourism.

Connecting two lovely rivers, Likhu and Khimti in the lap of the Everest and Rowaling region, this trek route is famous for the picturesque view of the hills, villages and mountains it offers. Adding to that, this trek will also give you the chance to observe and be the part of the ancient culture of different ethnic groups living here such as: Newar, Tamang, Thamli, Hyolmo, and Sherpa among others, unscathed by modernity.

Number Cheese Circuit offers spectacular view of the snowcapped Langtang, Jugal, Gauri Shankar, Numburchuli, Ramdung and other mounts. Icy lakes, profound river gorges, rice fields, subtropical jungle and the Likhu river glacier. This trek route will serve as the mystic Shangri-La, for trekkers seeking a break from their hectic lives. If you visit somewhere between April and May, you can see forests decorated with the rhododendron flowers. Luckily, we will be able to see the exotic Musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Eagles, Snow leopards, in this area rich in biodiversity. This trekking route also boasts of wonderful pasturelands of Manedanda, Kholakharka, Tare and outstanding glaciers like Likhu Glacier, Surmoche Glacier and etc. You will also get to visit the enchanting Panch Pokhari, Dudh Pokhari, Bhale Pokhari, and Baula Pokhari significant to the Hindu pilgrims.

Like they say, “Leave only footprints behind you, take only memories when you leave”, this trekking route has been devised with great respect to Mother Nature. Thus, there are no lodge buildings, only eco-friendly camp sites. Friendship World’s Numbur Cheese Circuit provides you a great gratification with awe-inspiring view of the Himalayans and centuries old ancient culture of the mountain people, Sherpas. Come with us, to the land of mountains for memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek Route Map

Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek Map


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