The Lumba sumba pass trek takes up deep into the eastern Himalayas. And it provides some of Nepal’s most unseen and amazing scenery such as mount Makalu (8,475m/27,713 feet), Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,169 feet) and chamling (7,290m/23,838 feet).
Lumba sumba pass trekking to Makalu base camp visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. An adventure journey at Lumba Sumba pass, you can hike through the green landscapes of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA), explore the traditional farming practices, and see different birds and wildlife species, including the endangered snow leopard and the red panda, from the route and experience with various ethnic groups such as limbus, Sherpas, Rai, Gurung, Magars, Newars, and Tamangs in the most eastern Himalayas of Nepal.
Furthermore, there are a number of high mountain lakes in Oangchung Gola. Barun Valley is a part of the huge international protected area under an agreement between China and Nepal. lumba sumba pass trekking is listed under the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) where you can explore Makalu Base Camp and Kanchenjunga base camp trek in a single trip.
Moreover, Lumba Sumba pass trek is bordered by the Arun River in the east and the Sagarmatha National Park in the west. Barun Valley is a wildlife sanctuary for wild animals such as wolves, Monkeys, lynx, fox, and the elusive snow leopard. Our descent into the pine and rhododendron forest from the Barun Valley takes us past the lower Barun glacier and into the Makalu basin.
Why people choose Lumba Sumba pass trek?
The Lumba Sumba pass trek is perhaps the most dramatic and new promoted route with picturesque scenery in the Nepalese Himalaya. You will have face to face a view of Beautiful mountains through forests, hills, and quaint and tiny villages. Lumba sumba pass trek is a part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) of Nepal and it is a great sense of anticipation builds as you trek up the glacier valley, passing through intriguing tiny villages, Buddhist monasteries. Lumba Sumba pass trekking includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Lumba Sumba pass trek highlights and Himalayan Sights
Visit Lumba Sumba pass hiking to explore ample flora and fauna. Kanchenjunga (8,585m/28,073 feet) is the 3rd tallest mountain, and Makalu (8,485m/27,746 feet) fifth highest mountain is most highlights and get connect via lumba sumba hikes. In addition, tourist can see a magnificent view of Mount Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjungha from the adventure Lumba Sumba pass.
Lumba Sumba pass trek difficulty
Adventure Lumba Sumba pass trek is suitable for young walkers looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can complete it easily. However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always includes rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting. Adventure Kanchenjunga base camp trek is possible to visit at any time (except winter) during the year.
Lumba Sumba pass trek itinerary details
Our Lumba Sumba pass trekking is a newly promoted off the beaten adventurous trek with 17 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. Trek over Lumba Sumba pass particular route is designed for world explorer who wishes to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However, for travelers who wish to do this route quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with a private vehicle and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you brief information about Lumba Sumba pass trek programs.
All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip, and any last-minute questions answered. Our professional private tourist guide will be there to take you roughly about 10 AM for your city tour. You can explore this divine city Kathmandu together with Ammar Guni. We visit Boudhanath, also known as Little Tibet. We visit Pashupatinath, a holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later on, we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa.
The trek starts over Fungling (1777m) – the headquarters of Taplejung district. The trek passes through beautiful cardamom fields and Alnus trees (Uttis) until Hangdewa VDC. On the way, there are small tea shops at Asangpati Tole, Gaigode Tole, and Panisar Tole that can be used for alternative accommodation as they provide homestay facilities. From Panisar, the trek is downhill until the suspension bridge that acts as a border between Hangdewa VDC and Furumbu VDC. Lunch at Pawa village (1546m) and a walk continues along the banks of Tamor River to Mitlung.
The trek passes along the banks of Tamor River, it is a pleasing walk until Furumbu – a 40-minute walk from Mitlung. From Furumbu, the trail is uphill for half an hour then descends through mixed forest to Siwa Bazar (950m) at Linkhim gau. We can reach Siwa Bazaar where you can buy drug store, groceries. There is also a police station. After lunch, the trek runs along the Tamor River until tiny Tawa Village. The trek runs uphill from here until we reach the KCAP Entrance Gate (1300m) at Thiwa Village. From here, the trek gradually descends until Chiruwa – our destination for the day. Chiruwa (1246m) is a small market with a couple of lodges and good camping sites.
Trek runs along the mighty Tamor River but there are two big stones with religious significance. The trek passes through Ulnus trees passes until we reach a big landslide that takes around half an hour to cross. After a walk from Chiruwa through beautiful cardamom gardens, we reach Tapethok (1340m) for lunch. It is a small market with some tea shops. There is also a KCAP checkpoint at Tapethok. After lunch, it is a pleasing walk until Pembu (1486m). From Pembu, it is an uphill climb to Lelep (1687m) – our destination for the day. The KCAP headquarters is in Lelep. Similarly, there is a police station, some tea shops, groceries, and hotels. There are also some good camping sites in Lelep.
After breakfast, the trek runs along the bank of Tamor River through dense forest that offers good habitat for different wildlife species. You can see some wild species if you are lucky. We crossed a suspension bridge after a walk from Lelep. After crossing a suspension bridge, it is an uphill climb through the pine forest until we reach a monastery. From there, the trek gradually descends to Gowatar 5,904 feet for lunch. After a walk of around half an hour from Gowatar, we reach a place that offers spectacular views of two waterfalls about 100 meters tall. A walk of about half an hour from here takes us to Phedi. After crossing Tamor River, it is an uphill climb for about 40 minutes until we reach a resting place known as chautaro in a local dialect. Another 20 minutes walk will take us to our camping site at Ela Danda (2051m). The place offers a panoramic view of the snow-covered mountain including the Small Kasturi Peak and Tamor River.
During the trekking day is pleasing as it passes through Ulnus and Rhododendron forest until we reach a suspension bridge. Than trek passes through dense bamboo groves (spread over around 5 hectares). This place is popular among trekkers as the habitat of the red panda. If you are lucky, we might catch sight of a red panda from the trail itself. We reach Maguwa (2435m) for lunch. Then walk through maple and Ulnus forest, cross a big landslide on the way, we reach Selep Kharka.
Trek runs along the banks of Tamor River leading to a place called Jongim (2641), a flat land surrounded by snow-capped hills. Another 40 minutes walk through the rhododendron forest from Jongim, takes us to a suspension bridge. After an uphill walk of about an hour from the suspension bridge, we reach Ramite (2,685m) for lunch. At Ramite, we can see a mixed forest of Deodar and rhododendron. We see a beautiful waterfall after a walk of about an hour from Ramite. If you are lucky, you might be rewarded with a view of the red panda from here. We caught the first glimpse of Olangchung Gola after a walk of around 45 minutes from the waterfall. After a climb of about 40 minutes, we finally reach the camping site at Olangchung Gola (3208m). Olangchung Gola is a beautiful Sherpa village with around 45 houses, a 465 years old monastery with the golden manuscript, and a KCAP office. There is also a sub-health post, a primary school, and a border police station at Olangchung Gola.
The trek in the next three days will pass through complete wilderness. As the trek is in complete wilderness, it is better to hire a local Sherpa to avoid getting lost. However, piles of stones along the way act as signposts, showing us our direction. The trek passes through pine and rhododendron forests. Reaching at Jadak (3636m) we take a lunch than about three hours of the journey will take us to our camping site at Upper Langmale (3893m).
The eighth-day trek can be interesting as snow leopards have been sighted numerous times from this trek. The trek runs along the Tamor River and on the other side of the river lies dense rhododendron forest. After a walk of about three hours, we reach Tangchetar (4203m) for lunch. Another three hours walk after lunch will lead us to our camping site at Pass Camp.
This would be the most difficult yet most memorable day of this trek. This day the trek will pass through the Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m). It is better to start early as it will be difficult to cross the peak afternoon. The trek climbs a bit up and again runs down. It is better to take a packed lunch, as there are no good camping sites around. After a walk of about four and a half hours from Pass Camp, we climb the Lumba Sumba Peak and descend down to Chaurikharka (4594m) for a night’s stay.
The trek is downhill from Chaurikharka as we come back to civilization after a tiring walk for three days. After a walk of about three and a half hours, we came across two roads – one to Lyasha in Tibet and the other toward Thudam. We prepared our lunch at this place. A walk of about three hours takes us to Thudam for the night’s accommodation. Thudam (3500m) is a small village with around 30 houses of Sherpa people.
The eleventh-day trek runs along the banks of Chujung Khola. The trail offers a panoramic view of peaks in the Makalu range. On the way, you see a lot of small bushes and bamboo groves – the best habitat for the red panda. If you are lucky, you can see this endangered species. It is better to carry packed lunch, as it is difficult to find drinking water along the trail. After a walk of about six-hours from Thudam, we reach Kharka (2877m) for the night’s halt.
The twelfth day’s walk passes through dense rhododendron forest. As there are no villages on the way and also there are numerous side trails, it is better to hire a local guide to avoid getting lost. After a walk of about three hours from Kharka, we reach a place called Chaurikharka for lunch. From Chaurikharka, we can clearly see Chyamtang (2229m), Arun River, Ridha Village, and the road that leads to Kimathanka. After lunch, the trek is all downhill for about three hours until we reach Arun River. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Arun, the trek is uphill for about an hour until Chyamthang – our destination for the day. Chyamthang (2229m) is a small yet beautiful village with stone houses. Sherpas are the dominant population in the village.
The trail on the day passes through the rhododendron forest. The walk is easy as the chirping of birds makes you feel refreshed. The trail is one of the popular places for birding as we are entering Arun Valley that is home to several bird species. Lunch at Gimber Village offers a spectacular view of snowcapped peaks in the Makalu range. From Gimber, the walk is easy and after a trek of about three hours, we reach Hatiya (1595) for the night’s stay. Hatiya – a small village of Bhote people – is the entry point to the Makalu National Park.
The trek on the 14th day runs along the banks of Arun River. We reach the confluence of the Arun and Barun rivers. After having lunch near the river confluence, the trek progress toward Gola – our destination for the day. A walk of around two and a half hours after lunch takes us to our camping site at Gola. Gola is a very small village with only 12 houses. Sherpa, Rai and Tamang people reside here.
The trek passes through paddy fields, pleasing as the trail makes a short descent, but again makes a short climb. Pathibhara (1524m) is a small Gurung village with tea shops, groceries, and some hotels. The trail after lunch passes through agricultural land and we can find plenty of water sources and small settlements along the way. We reach Gadhi (1,800m) – our destination for the day – after a walk of around three hours from Pathibhara. Gadhi (that means fort in the Nepali language) is a place of great historical significance as the Nepali Army fought bravely with invading the Tibetan Army at this place and chased them away. Gadhi is a small village market with a health post, a school, and a police station.
A walk of about two and a half hours from Gadhi takes us to Num. From Gadhi, the trek is about an hour downhill till the Arun River. After crossing the river, an uphill climb of about one and a half hour takes us to the Num village (1572m). As Num is linked with a motorable road, we can hire a vehicle to Khandbari (1022m) – the district headquarters of Sankhuwasabha district. A drive of around 4-5 hours on dirt road takes us to Khandbari. From Khandbari, buses are available to Dharan or Biratnagar. Or you can take a vehicle to Tumlingtar airstrip and fly directly to Kathmandu.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. I wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does lumba sumba pass trek cost?
An express lumba sumba pass hiking available now on USD 1,999 per person. We offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Kathmandu and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size and the means of transportation facilities along the trip. For a deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) on an additional cost. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.
Lumba Sumba pass trek cost include:
- Kathmandu International airport transfer
- 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley with breakfast Plan basis
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Taplejung – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu) both way airfares with required airport tax
- All land transfer as per given itinerary
- Makalu Controlled region permits of Nepal.
- Makalu Barun National Park entrance fees
- Kanchenjunga Conservation / National Park entrance fees
- Kanchenjunga special entrance permits and their fees
- Tented accommodation / Lodge trekking with full board meals during the hiking days.
- Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks while on trek.
- Kitchen and cooking equipment for the trekking .
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local Guide.
- Professional cook, Sherpa, Kitchen Staffs and necessaries porter as required according to teh group size.
- Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurances for all trekking crew
- Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Lumba sumba pass trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize a private Lumba Sumba pass tented camping trek (to Kanchenjunga and Makalu base camp) starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight details. Our agent will come to pick you up at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do Lumba Sumba pass trek?
Answer: Actually Kanchenjunga Trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about a little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Lumba sumba pass trekking?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and available local guest house accommodation during the trekking route. We do also provide tented accommodation while above Gunsa to the base camp section. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Lumba Sumba pass hiking?
Answer: During the trek, the cook at guest houses prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Lumba Sumba pass tent trek?
Answer: You can get a shower at a hotel most probably on pay. If you are going on a full board camping trek, we do provide you hot water bucket, you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Lumba sumba pass treks?
Answer: Most of the hotels and shops of the place where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide boil water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the local lodges here will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on the short Lumba sumba pass camping trek?
Answer: In this KBC trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards?
Answer: No! You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: What necessary documents do I need to submit to obtain the Lumba sumba pass trek permit?
Answer: Hike to Kanchenjungha is listed under the restricted area trek in Nepal, so you won’t get the permit yourself directly. You need a local trek operator agency like Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd. We are a registered travel trek agency under the law of the Nepal Government and paying all back taxes regularly. Moreover, the following documents are required to obtain the Kanchenjunga Trek permit.
Guest must be in Nepal, original passport with a valid visa of Nepal.
Required a group of at least 2 people in a team as a minimum.
Clearly written daily travel itinerary along with documents.
Minimum of 3 weeks of valid visa
Latest photos (only required for online submission) – You can email it to your trekking agency.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 25 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on express Lumba sumba pass Trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: Is there direct flight Kathmandu – Taplejung – Kathmandu?
Answer: Considering the pressor of mass tourists in visit Nepal, nowadays Sita Air launched the direct flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung twice in a week. It’s good news for Kanchenjunga base camp trekkers to get closer to the conservation area (kca). Not only does exploring Taplejung provide the chance to make some enchanting memories for visitors, and tour the local landmarks. There was also operating a direct flight from Kathmandu to Suketar Airport – Taplejung some months before. But it was mainly focusing on the tourist flow season. Other than that you need to fly Bhadrapur from Kathmandu and travel to Taplejung by bus or private jeep.
Question: Can I issue the permit in advance, before arriving in Nepal?
Answer: Only a few agencies like Gokyo Treks & Expedition can do it. An original passport with a valid visa of Nepal is required to issue the permit. We can issue your permit in advance if you can send us your flight details. We can request an immigration officer to give a valid visa after your arrival which has been working so far.
Question: How long does it take to issue the permit?
Answer: It normally takes 1 to 2 hours to issue the permit during the peak season.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls ?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?
Answer: We donot sells guide and porters only for this trek routes.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 to 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Lumba sumba pass trekking highlights
- Visit Lumba sumba pass, to get connect with Makalu and Kanchenjungha Mountains.
- Walk through cultivated fields, terraces and excellent Himalayan views.
- Diverse in flora and fauna and rich in local cultural heritages.
- Experience the mixed ethnic groups Sherpa, Limbu, Rai and Gurung and their local lives.
Lumba sumba pass Trek Note:
The above itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Lumba Sumba pass trek special?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced and skilled, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.
The best of Kanchenjunga circuit Trek in 2018
We were 4 friends from Netherlands found Gokyo Treks Nepal over internet forum. Its our second time visit in Nepal for trekking. We read a lot of good reviews so we wanted to book for Kanchenjunga base camp trek with Gokyo Treks.
Basically, Kanchenjunga trek is off the beaten path trek route in Nepal. Less travelers and lodges were just basic. You get an opportunity to explore the true reality of local culture and green vegetation as well as the white snowcapped mountain. The passes are difficult as were not experienced hikers however we made this trip in three weeks. Thanks, gokyo treks Nepal for your great help to arranging all of our restricted area permits, booking flights and necessary crew. – Wolfgang and Lucia, Germany
Trip Price : USD 1,999 Per Person
- Duration of Trek: 19 Days
- Altitude: 4,747m /15,523 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 hours
- Group-Size: 2-10 People
- Best Time: Oct – May
- Trip Mode: Tent Camping Trek
- Foods on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transport: Car/Plane/bus
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