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[[Image:Numbur.jpg|thumb|400px|Numburchuli Range]]
==Understand==
The '''Numbur Cheese CirciutCircuit''' offers is a new trek in the Ramechhap District of Nepal. The starting point of the trek is Shivalaya, also the start of Everest Base Camp trek for those who don't fly to Lukla. This route has a recommended itinerary of 14 days trekking, although at a push it can be completed in up to 10 days by combining some of the shorter days. It can also be extended several days for those who wish to visit some of the nearby glaciers, peaks or lakes. A rest day on the trek is also a good idea. The trek can offer visitors superb views of major Himalayan peaks including Annapurna South, Langtang, Gaurishankar and [[Numburchuili]] and many more. Walk through deep river gorges, glacial lakes, terraced rice fields, subtropical forests and Sherpa villages to the the [[Lhiku Khola glacier]], watched over by the towering peaks of Pathibarra and [[Numburchuili]]. Visit one of Nepal’s first cheese factories, established in 1957 and the famous Thodung Monastery on the way.   
===Landscape===
In April and May rhododendrons bloom in profusion, you may also see eagles and musk deer as well as Himalayan tahr, a species of goat antelope. If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard.
 
During the wet season the mountain meadows are very green and lush with flowers and grasses. However trekking at this time is difficult in the wet and clouds will obscure any views.
==Get in==
Shivalaya and Those are the start and finish points of the '''Numbur Cheese Circuit''' and are 8-9 hrs drive from Kathmandu. Seasonal Super express bus service goes to/from Kathmandu's Old Bus Park, near the Nepal Tourism Board(7am Daily). Kathmandu to Jiri/Shivalaya takes 6-8 hours (450NRs). The winding road is very well paved with fine mountain views. The route follows the Arniko Highway towards Tibet before turning right over the Sun Koshi at Lamosangu for the climb on the Swiss built Lamosangu-Jiri Road, the "gateway to the Solu Khumbu", through Sindupalchowk, Dolahka Districts to [[Ramechhap]]. Buses make a lunch stop after 4 hours at Mude Bazaar, famous for the largest potatoes in Nepal.
Please note that during the monsoon season (June to mid-September) the road is usually closed to Shivalaya, so it is necessary to walk from Jiri to Shivalya - adding an extra day to the trek. The buses will also not run as far at Those (the end point) so it is necessary to return to Jiri.  Interesting stops along the way are Charikot, where you can stay at the luxurious Charikot Panorama Resort [http://www.raonline.ch/rao_promocharcharikot.htmlCharikot Panorama Resort], run by friendly hosts Judith and Top Thapa, or continue on to [[Jiri]].
[[Image:NCT Map.jpg|thumb|400px|Number Cheese Circuit Map skillfully hand drawn by local artisans to launch the NEW trekking route in October 2008.]]
*Shivalaya
Shivalaya is the gateway for the most exciting trek in North RamechhapNumbur Cheese Circuit. The route to Shivalaya follows the traditional approach march for Everest expeditions, pioneered by Sir Edmund Hilary, along the old trade route from Jiri. Shivalaya is located on the picturesque Khimti River. There are numerous guests houses and some basic shops in town. This is the last town on the trekking route where you can buy food goods or basic items of clothing.
*Khahare
Khahare village comprises of less than 5 houses, inhabited only during winters by their owners who spend their summers on the pastures bordering Tibet tending to their yaks and chauri. The trail runs up and down along the valley side through terraced fields, dips to cross the river and then snakes steeply up the cliff on the other side. From Khahare the steep climb to Jata Pokhari begins, via Panipakha and Maanedanda.
*Panipakha
From Khahare Panipakhais the first campsite on the trail route. The site has a relatively flat camping area carved into the gradual climb to Jatapokhari beginshillside with a basic two room hut. There is room for about a 5 - 10 tents only. The trail offers views of the roaring Khimti Khola river below. From here on be prepared for Chauri (cows) on the trail - stick to the inside of the trail and get out of their way! Passing through the Tiny Sherpa village of Phokte the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to the summer pasture of Maanedanda
*Maanedanda
The Maanedanda is the second campsite on the trail with a basic cooking shelter and area for tents. Good views from here on clear days. From here, the trail climbs to jatapokhari Jata Pokhari along the riverside and as the altitude increases, we move through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of sunpati, a rare mountain herb that fetches up to 6000NRs/Kg. The path climbs beside the river, before a dramatic waterfall heralds our arrival at JatapokhariJata Pokhari.
*Jata Pokhari
A Jatra Pokhara is the third campsite on the trek route. There is also a basic shelter and some flat areas for camping. The campsite is located very near the holy mountain lake of Jata Pokhari. The lake, in the lap of Mt. Numbur Mount Numburchuli, is a popular pilgrimage destination in Ramechhap. Over 3000 pilgrims make their way here to celebrate Janiapurnima. It is believed that taking a dip in its holy waters will fulfill one's wishes. An overnight is recommended to allow for aclimatisationacclimatisation. Take a side trip to Baula Pokhari, the "mad lake" but don't disturb the spirits within or your wishes may not come true!From here the trail continues a short walk to Panch Pokhari and then over the first pass of 4600m and then onto Thare.
[[Image:Jatapokhari.jpg|thumb|The Sacred Lake of Jatapokhari]]
*PanchpokhariPanch PokhariThis is just a short walk from Jata Pokhari. There are five small lakes, known as Panch Pokhari, within this huge glacial cirque. The unmistakeable unmistakable Annapurna South dominates the western horizon.
[[Image:Pach Pokhari.jpg|thumb|The Sacred Panch Pokhari Lake at over 4500m.]]
The area above Khahare to Sewar is uninhabited so camping is the only option at Panipakha, Phokte, Maanedanda, Jatapokhari, Panch pokhari, Thare, and Ngeju.
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==Stay safe==
This trek is challenging and should be considered as "difficult" and only suitable for trekkers with a good level of fitness and some trekking experience. The trail route is through a remote wilderness area for days 2-6. It is strongly advised to take an experienced guide as it would be easy to get confused by the multiple paths.
Guides and porters can be organised through some trekking agencies in Kathmandu or it is possible to find a local guide in Jiri or Shivalaya.
 
The trekking route requires some fairly dramatic gains in altitude. Be aware of the risks of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness - AMS) and allow sufficient time to acclimatise. It is possible to trek from Khare - Panipakha in one day, and then from Panipakha to Jata Pokhari on the next day, however this involves a gain in altitude of 2200 in two days which may cause issues for some people.
 
If you plan to continue along the [[Everest]] trail, the 'Numbur Cheese Circuit' provides excellent options for acclimatization.
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