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 trail,the 'Number Cheese Circuit (NCC)'.Situated in Ramechhap,some 190 km east of capital city Kathmandu ,NCC is a 14 to 16-day circuit trail connecting two beautiful river valleys;Khimti and Likhu in the lap of Everest and Rolwalingregion.Named in honor of the virgin peak Numburchuli (6959m) and one of Nepal's first yak Cheese factories ,established in 1957;the NCC trail offers visitors the superb,and breathtaking view of majestic Himalayan peaks including Everest range,Numburchuli,Gaurisankar,Jugal and LangtangHimal range combined with the still virgin and vibrant Sherpa cultural attraction.NCC is primarily an eco-lodge camping trek combined with the unique home-stay experience among herpacommunities.NCC is equally potential for both domestic and international visitors.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS & MEMORABLE TOURISM EXPERIENCES:
The 'Numbur Cheese Circuit' boasts superb breathtaking views of majesty Himalayan peaks including numburchuli (6959m), Sarmoche (5255m), Ramdung (5930m) Chukyima Go (6259m), Parchamo (6273m), Bigphrea Go Nup (6666m), PaniyoTippa (6696m)and PaniyoShar (6549m).It is also home to beautiful glacier and moraine such as LinkhuNupGlacier,Bigphere Go Glacier,Surmoche Glacier, Linkhu Glacier and other various tiny glaciers in the surroundings.The folded mountain range towards Gumdel.rocky Mountains around Panchpokhari and tare areas and glaciated landscape at Tara kharka are some of the most scenic landscape in NCC.High Himalayan lakes,revered by pilgrims and rich in biodiversity etc.
Day 1:- KATHMANDU-SHVALAYA (8-9 HOURS)
Drive to Jiri/Shivapuri (187km from kathmandu) through the mountain terrain following the traditional approach march for Everest.Enjoy fresh water fish and refreshments at Shivalaya.Arrangeporter,local guides and other logistics at Shivalaya.
Day 2:- SHIVALAYA-KHAHARE (3-4 HOURS)
Enjoy soft trekking on the Khimtiriver and enjoy lunch at Garjyang.Enjoying Sherpa culture and home-stay accommodation at Khahare.Don't forget to taste of NCC fresh Yak Cheese
Day 3: KHAHARE-PANIPACKA (3-4 HOURS)
Be prepared for adventurous trekking and eco-camping.Enjoy wilderness trekking along the Khimti River and up to the Panipakha where you will find your first eco-camping site amidst the scattered Chauri sheds and the towering alpines.Enjoyrere sunset views from Panipakha.
Day 4:- PANIPACKA-MAANEDANDA (3-4HOURS)
Continuing to snake you wake up,the trail as it ascends through the conifer and rhododendron forest before reaching Maanedanda offering spectacular views of thinking green forest with numerous steep waterfalls.
Day 5:- MAANEDANDA-JATAPOKHARI/PANCHPOKHARI (4-5 HRS)
The trail traverses alongside the mountain before a dramatic waterfall heralds your arrival at Jatapokhari(4206m),a holy mountain lake in the lap of Mt.Numbur.Over 3000 pilgrims,both Buddhist and Hindu followers,make their way here to celebrate Janiapurnima in August.Just short climb above Jatapokhari are the five scared Lakes known as PanchPokhari (45098m)within a huge glacial,moonlikecirque.Sidewalks around Panchpokhari and PanchPokhari pass offers spectacular panoramic views of the rolwaling,Numbur and Everest Ranges.
Day 6 or 7:- The trail takes you to khola kharka and further downhill to Nupche River via thick bamboo forest.Enjoy fresh cheese making in green pasture alongside the Nupche River before you reach to your eco-camping site at Tare,For anyone with an extra day,a side trip to Bigphera Go Nup base camp /Glacier ,KholaCire (4469m),LinkhuNup Glacier and impressive Lhasa lake (4469m) is recommended.
Day 8 or 9:- The most strenuous section of the NCC, the trail from Tare to the LikhuKhola valley bis on that is both challenging and rewarding.The mountain views excending north into Tibet as you cross the Gyajo La (ThuloLapcha) at 4880m(traditionally used by local sherpas to bring yaks across the mountains to Rakhidanda and Ngeju) are sensational. "Wilderness" is the only apt term for the wild and rugged basin of the Lhiku River valley,Dudhpokhari lake, Likhu glacier at the base of towering tumbling glaciers and large moraines.The trek down from the Likhu glacier takes you to Ngeju (3690m) nestled against the river.A short side trip up from Ngeju is the ancient Buddhist shrine of KauGumba.
Day 10:- NGEJU-LHACHHEWAR (4-5 HOURS)
From Ngeju the trail weaves through thick ancient forests alongside the LikhuKhola re-emerging to Lhachhewar (2665m),one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages with its astonishing landscapes,culturalwealth,prominentmonastery,and the hospitable Sherpa people.Lhachhewar offers untouched Sherpa culture where people have maintained the traditional way of life.InLhachhewar and onwards ,the camping facilities can also be combined with the home stay accommodation maintained at traditional Sherpa houses.
Day 11:- LAHAKSEWAR-KYAMA (3-4HOURS)
The trail goes through the river valley,passing one of the still hidden Hindu pilgrimage site, 'UMATIRTHA TEMPLE' REGARDED AS THE CONFLUENCE OF Likhu and NupcheRiver;decending through deep forest to kyama (2380m) with good views along the way of Bigphera Go Nup (Pathibara) and numberchuili.Enjoy Monastery ,Sherpa lifestyle and home-stay at the serene village environment.
Day 12:- KYAMA-GUMDEL (2 HOURS)
With the gleaming Numberchuili as the backdrop,Gumdel is a tiny halmet gathered around a large Buddhist Stupa.TheGumdel home-stays offer the best of Sherpa hospitality and cultural traditions amids luxuriant landscape and spectacular mountain scenery.
Day 13:- GUMDEL-SERDING OR BHANDARA (4 TO 5 HRS)
From Gumdel the trail either descends through the mountain terrace along the Likhu River finally meeting the Everest trail at Bhandar or ascends through the dense forest finally reaching the beautiful Serding (3360m).Enjoy folded temperate and subalpine forest at the backdrop of Numburchuli,Bigphera Go and GaurishankarHimal range from Serding and PunnasaDanda.Enjoy fresh Yak cheese and cheese making process.
Day 14:- SERDING/BHANDAR-THODUNG-LAPCHANE (4-5HRS)
Descend gently to observe one of Nepal's first Yak Cheese factories,establishe in 1957 on the way to Thodung.VisitThodung Monastery and get warm blessings from lamas.Get your lunch with Lamas at Thodung or stroll back down to Deurali on the way to everesttrek,with good views of Gaurishankar before trekking to your penultimate NCC Home-stay village at Newarihouses,Lapchane.Tamdanda,thirty minutes above the Newari village of Lapchane,is one of te tallest hills in Ramechap.from Tame you can see most of the central and eastern Himalayan peaks Dhalguiri,Annapurna,GauriSanker,Numbur,Makalu,Kanchenjunga.
Day 15:- LAPCHANE-THOSE (3 HRS)
Enjoy sunrise View Mountains from tame and gradually descend down to your last stay at those.
Day 16:- THOSE-KATMANDU (8-9HRS BUS)
Drive back to Kathmandu via jiri.
Starting From: $1300
- Arrival & Departure Transfer by Deluxe Car/Bus depending on the group size.
- Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
- A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
- Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
- 02 night’s Hotel with breakfast in 3 star decent Heritage hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
- One full day Kathmandu city tour with English speaking guide.
- Return transport by deluxe coach to/from trekking starting point including local transfers.
- Three course of delicious meals while in trekking (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Twin sharing camping/lodge accommodation in the trekking route.
- Sherpa’s including Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy; Porter depends on trek type and group size.
- Trekking equipments including two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc. ( Only for Camping)
- Food, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance of trekking crews.
- Trekking Permit, National Park & Conservation fees wherever applicable.
- First aid kit box / Gamoe Bag / and other supplement equipments for high altitude treks such as; Upper Dolpa, Nar-Fu, Amphu Lapcha, Tashi Lapcha, Manaslu round, Upper Kanchenjunga, Makalu high pass, Round Dhaulagiri, etc.
- Emergency rescue Support by helicopter from any parts of the country. ( Pls be insured)
- Trek memorial souvenir.
- Farewell dinner (cultural show in ancient Nepali restaurant).
- All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days.
- Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
- Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
- Personal equipments and clothing.
- Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
- Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
- Extra porters if asked by the group.
- Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamites, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc.
- Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!
Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.
The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.
A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.
For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.
Is trekking for everyone?
Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like. One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.
We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.
Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.
Types of Trekking
- Tea House ( Lodge ) Trekking
- Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)
- Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.
Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.
Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers. Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.
Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.
Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.
Autumn: September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.
Winter: December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.
Spring: March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.
Summer: June to August Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.
Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries
We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.
Why choose Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd.as a Trekking Agency?
Before embarking on trekking trips, keep one thing in mind that you are on a new land and you have still have limited information about it. Trekking routes in Nepal are mostly at high altitudes and with it comes risk of high altitude sickness and other altitude-borne diseases. Having our guide will help to monitor and advice you on acclimatization and general prevention.
Another advantage of travelling through our agency is that you will be benefitted from our years of experience. Our guides and trekking personnel will show you places of interest provide you with detailed information about the places that you are visiting and ask local people about trail conditions and help you learn a bit of Nepali language as well. This could make your trip more memorable.
Many trekkers still travel on group treks organized abroad, but it is also possible to arrange an organized trek directly with our company by email, fax or telephone or once you arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
By taking the service of trekking agency like Getaway Treks and Expedition you will employ local people. Your contribution may seem small, but it makes big impact on the lives of people in rural areas.
- We travel in a small group basis keeping in mind that to lower the entire cost of the whole trip and not be hassled each other due to different physical conditions.
- We have our own fleet of vehicles and permanently working experienced guides since our establishment which makes us reliable.
- We have no hidden cost nor we include hotel accommodation in any cities beside trekking routes but we keep our door open about the information of all accommodations that our trekkers may need before or after the trip.
- We have our own complete equipments store with us in Kathmandu, Lukla and Pokhara, to minimize the cost as well as to create worry free arrangements for any types of trips in Himalaya.
- We have our own small counter office established at Lukla and Pokhara in order to run trekking and mountaineering smoothly as soon as you land at respective zone without making you wait for hours, since we have long term basis contract with local porters and yak owners.
- We have a special administrative team to apply and issue Permit for TEAMS to National Park or Conservation Permits along with special permits required for Upper Mustang & Upper Dolpo etc.
- Additionally, we facilitate our clients with emergency Helicopter charter service as a rescue service from any corner of the country and evacuate them.
- Equipments & Clothing checking is done in each and every trekking / Mountaineering before commencing it which assures you to be confirmed with the required necessities.
- We offer pick up and drops including custom clearances service free for our trekkers.
- Our company refunds a half of the cost out of total cost in case of serious sickness during trekking.
- We employee Mountaineering Experts and well trained young and old aged guides.
- Our Guides are trained from different mountaineering institutes and clubs.
- They have sound knowledge in English and little knowledge of other international language to communicate.
- Our guides do have sound knowledge about altitude sickness and first aid treatment. One Extra Guide to book perfect and enough space and food to avoid crowd in small lodge accordingly is provided. They carry mobile (cell) phone and satellite phone whereas necessary and accessible.
Causes of Accident
Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.
- Suntan lotion or sun-block cream
- Lip Salve (chap stick, blister or glacier cream)
- Foot powder
- Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
- Moleskin or other blister pads
- Elastic (Ace) bandage
- Throat lozenges or cough drops
- Decongestant tablets
- Iodine-small bottle for water purification
- Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
- Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy
- Antibiotic eye drop
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)
- Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
- Decongestant (Actifed)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Hydrocortisone 1%
- Ioperamide (Imodium)
- Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
- Promethazine (Phenergan)
- Rehydration salts
Recommended Vaccines & Immunization
- Polio (oral)
- Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)
- Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)
- Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.
The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.
Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.
The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.
TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS
NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.
Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.
TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days.
Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. LtdTreks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.
Documents required for different Permits
To obtain TIMS Card
- Two (2) Passport-size Photographs
Conservation / National Park Permit
- Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa
- Two (2) Passport size Photographs
Special Permits for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo Etc
- Original Passport with two working days:
- 4 Passport size Photographs.
Mountaineering / Climbing Permits
- Original Passport and its Copies
- 4 Passport Size Photographs
Govt. Office Opening hours: Sunday to Friday except on Public Holidays:
- 10 AM – 5 PM (from mid February to mid November)
- 10 AM – 4 PM (from mid November to mid February)