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.
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, 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.
“Leave only footprints behind you, and take only memories when you leave” This concept of sustainable tourism is based on the premise that cultural and natural assets of destinations should be preserved for future generations as well. When planning this trek, great care has been taken to ensure the wilderness in the northern portion remains intact and that eco-friendly campsites instead of lodges and trail improvements have been incorporated. The ‘NCC’ is popular not only for the unclimbed Numburchuli peak, which at 6,959m is the highest peak in the area, but also for local products such as yak cheese, high altitude tea and organic potatoes. Often named ‘Slow Food’, these products are produced by local farmers and entrepreneurs and consumers take the role of co-producers. Likewise rainbow trout and plum are other potential slow foods on offer. The NCC can also be a part of the ‘Great Himalaya Trail’ connecting the Rolwaling and Everest region.
Major features of Numbur Cheese Circuit (NCC)
Location : Northan Ramechhap (between Rolwaling and Everest regioni)
Duration : 14 to 16 days
Elevation : 1790m (Shivalaya/Those to 4880m (Gyajo La pass))
Major passes : Panchpokhari pass(4605) and Gyajo La (4880m)
Accommodation : Eco-camping, Home-stays, Hotel/Lodges
Major river valley : Likhu and Khimti river valleys
Special features : New, virgin circuit trek, high altitude lakes, glaciers, beautiful Himalayan peaks including Numburchuli, Sherpa culture and home-stay experience, eco-camping, high altitude pastures and yak cheese
Best Seasons : March to June, September to December
Activities : Trekking, glacier walks, monastery visit
Price : Can be arranged with the Trekking agency