Lumba Sumba Pass Trek

The Lumba Sumba Pass Trek, a newly opened trekking route, provides a wilderness trekking experience connecting Kanchenjunga and Makalu following the GHT Trail. Lumba Sumba Pass Trek includes the unique local traditional Tibetan village, Olangchung Gola, with Superb views of Mount Makalu in the north and the Kanchenjunga range in the East. 

360-degree view from Lumba Sumba Pass.

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek, also known as Kanchenjunga to Makalu Traverse Trek, is a newly opened trekking route located east of Nepal between Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, and Mount Makalu. Following the part of the Great Himalayan Trail crossing 5177 meters high pass of Lumba Sumba largely undiscovered land connecting Kanchenjunga Conservation and Makalu Barun National Park. 

Lumba Sumba trail is admired in flora and fauna, and we can see a variety of birds. The area is well known as the home of the snow leopard and Red Panda, so it has its own existence and beauty. In its early days, the trek passes through subtropical forests and small villages with terraced fields. We begin trekking through a miraculous landscape of deep fold river valleys which will reduce our exhaustion by blowing a breeze of fresh air. The route passes through subtropical forests and hillsides along with small villages and emerald lines of rice terrace.

Our camp is at Jongim Kharka (2635m) during our Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking.

Then, as we incline ourselves upward, we progress through zones of barley. The spectacular view of the rhododendron, juniper, and pine forests might make your motion slow through their natural smell and eye-catching beauty. To serve the mysterious natural treasure of high lands, nature will make us a sudden encounter with the alpine world of rough yak pastures surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. One can see all the collections of Natural abundance in this single trek to Lumba Sumba.

Along the route, one of the highlights is the beautiful village named Olangchung Gola, an old Tibetan village in Nepal with a rich natural and cultural history. It is one of the most attractive and old Tibetan villages of Nepal with natural and cultural glory. The route goes through two of Nepal’s protected areas – the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Makalu Barun National Park. The route will also take us to alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys.

Apart from natural beauty, trekkers can also see the sights of cultural heritage like monasteries, chortens, temples, prayer walls, etc. It somewhat seems like Mother Nature is too benevolent to the region to gather all the mysterious and beautiful natural ingredients to the region; the region will serve every natural possession it has to make this journey your lifetime memory.

Our experienced team will lead a wilderness trek to Lumba Sumba Pass with full camping supporters. For such a remote trek, an experienced team and high-quality camping gear are required. The best time to trek Kanchenjunga to Makalu over the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is the month of October and November in the autumn season and April and May in the spring season. Usually, in the month of November, the colorful Tibetan Buddhist festival Futuk is celebrated in the Olangchung Gola village.

In spring, blooming colorful rhododendrons make the Lumba Sumba Pass trek more attractive, with breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga and Makalu. For more adventure lovers, the Lumba Sumba Pass trek can be done by combining with Kanchenjunga Base Camp to follow the high route of the Great Himalayan trail over Lumba Sumba Pass to connect with Makalu Base Camp. Visit Himalaya Treks pleasure to provide a combination of trip itineraries Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek over Lumba Sumba Pass to Makalu Base Camp.

The unique Lumba Sumba Pass Trek video, which includes celebrating the colorful Tibetan Buddhist festival Futak festival in the Olangchung Gola village, is the trip highlight.

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 meters).
Day 02: A free day to explore Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur & drive to Ilam. (45 minutes flight  and 4 hours drive)
Day 04: Drive to Lelep (1687 meters)  via Taplejung, about 8 hours by Jeep. 
Day 05: Trek to Ela Danda (2051m) (5-6 hours).
Day 06: Trek to Jongim Kharka (2635m) (7-8 hours).
Day 07: Trek to Olangchun Gola (3208m). (3 hours)
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Olangchun Gola village. 
Day 09: Trek to Sanjung Kharka Camp' (3910m) 6-7 hours
Day 10: Trek to Pass Camp (4700m 4 -5 Hours
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka via Lumba Sumba La (5177m) 8-9 Hours
Day 12: Trek to Jungle Camp (3350m). 6-7 hours
Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (2877m). 5-6 hours
Day 14: Trek to Lingam School (2320m). 5-6 hours
Day 15: Trek to Hatiya (1595m). 5-6 hours
Day 16: Drive to Tumlingtar (450m), about 8 hours by Jeep. 
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure.

Pure Off the Beaten Track Lumba Sumba Pass Trek short Video.

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Detail Itinerary

  • 1

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals No
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 2

    After breakfast there is an optional complimentary guided sightseeing tour of the several historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. Or you may prefer to do on your own while our office staffs will manage for necessary permits for treks. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing for the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 3

    We take you to the domestic airport to get an internal flight across the country to the southeastern part of Nepal.  Bhadrapur is located in the tropical Terai region of Nepal. From Bhadrapur, We will get our vehicles for a two day journey into the mountains. We drive for approximately 5 - 6 hours through a fascinating landscape of rural fields and small towns which quickly becomes turns into hills as we head north. The temperature becomes a little cooler as we climb into the foothills and arriving at the town of Illam. (Overnight at Hotel - Dinner and Breakfast Includes.

    Altitude 1633 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 4

    The drive continues along with the beautiful landscape and river belt of the Himalayan foothills. With every turn, there are magnificent sights of white snow-capped mountains. At the end of the road, we get town of Taplejung (1820m) After late lunch continues the drive to Lelep elevation of 1687 meters where we meet our crew stay overnight at Camp about an 8-hour drive. 

    Altitude 1687 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 5

    Once again we continue to follow the Tamor River upstream through dense forest. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and gradually climb through the pine forest for about 45 minutes to a small old monastery (Sango Chhyolling Gompa). From here we descend gradually to Gowatar (1800m) where we stop for lunch. Afterward, we pass two beautiful waterfalls crossing the Phedi Khola and then make a final climb of around an hour to our camp at Ela Danda (2051m). This offers a magnificent view of Kasturi peaks and down to the Tamor River. At Ila Danda, there is a lack of camp side so we may sleep at a local guest house. (Overnight at Camp or Local House Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 2051 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 6

    Starts Walking through an Alnus and rhododendron forest until we reach the suspension bridge. After crossing the river we enter an extensive area of bamboo forest and some other trees, inhabited by the endangered red panda. If we are lucky we may have the opportunity to catch sight of one of these intangible creatures as we walk through the bamboo forest to the Maguwa Kharka where the lunches spot for today.

    Beyond Maguwa Kharka there is more mixture of forest with rhododendron, oak, chestnut, Alnus, maple, etc, abundant with a different variety of birdlife. We have to cross a large landslip area before Selep Kharka (2525m) and we continue another hour to get to our night's stop at Jongim Kharka (2635m).  Where we can explore a nice view of the snow-capped peak to the north. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 2635 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 7

    After crossing the suspension bridge we enter into the rhododendron forest and climb for an hour to Ramite (2685m) there is more opportunity to spot red pandas as well on and we pass another beautiful waterfall created by the Tamor River. Then we reach the Sherpa settlement named Olangchun Gola (3208m) for lunch. After lunch, we have a free day to explore the village and monastery. Olangchung Gola is one of the attractive villages with around 50 wooden houses and a 470-year-old monastery located at the top of the village. Olangchng Gola is pretty much the last civilization we will see until we reach the Arun Valley. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included). 

    Altitude 3208 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 8

    Side trip around Olangchung Gola, visit monastery and Around stay over night at Camp. 

    Altitude 3208 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 9

    After breakfast, we set off following the trails used by Tibetan traders walking beside the Tamor to its convergence with Dinsamba Khola. Following the river belt we will have a Lunch and then crossing the river we reach a place named Langmale and continue to our overnight stop at the place known as Sanjung Kharka. It is one of the nice camping spots for trekkers where you can discover the beautiful mountain surrounding. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 3910 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 10

    we Continue along the route of the Great Himalayan Trail towards the Lumba Sumba Himal. It is good to keep an eye out for snow leopards which have been sighted on the next section of the trek we also pass little yak pasture and beautiful landscape and a few foothills to climb. Now we are in a totally wild country, the habitat of the snow leopard. Very few trekkers come this way to sense the remoteness themselves. Finally, we are at pass camp and we are above the green visitation and playing with the mountain. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 4700 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 11

    From our last camp before the pass, we climb the sharp ridge beyond to a prominent saddle toward the pass and we may encounter snow on this section of the trek. We reach a first pass adorned with prayer flags but this is not the top and it is necessary to cross below a peak to reach a slightly higher pass which is the actual Lumba Sumba La (5177m).

    The views are breathtaking, extending eastwards to Kangchenjunga and Jannu Himalaya range and westwards to Makalu Region. This is a very special place and weather consent, we may have longer broken here if the weather is stable and perhaps eat our packed lunches. Now we have a descent of about 600 meters on a trail which is steep downhill at first, into a large valley and we stop at the first suitable camping spot at Yak Kharka around 4595 meters. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 5177 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 12

    From our overnight stop, we set off again, passing by many yak kharkas with excellent views of Makalu ahead with the varieties of Rhododendrons trees. Then the trail bring together coming from the Umbak La, a 5200-meter pass by which means goods are traded with Tibet and Nepal, a 2-day journey from here. Reaching a village named Thudam (3500m) a Sherpa village of around 30 wooden houses that are linked with villages in Tibet, Where we plan to have Lunch and head west through a steep-sided valley, having several landslip areas before climbing steadily to pass (3370m). And finally get to our Camp (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 3350 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 13

    We head west through a steep-sided landslide before climbing steadily and passing through a cavernous bamboo forest. The views of Makalu and its satellites are simply eye-catching. We continue descending to a small clearing at 2877 meters, where we make camp this day also requires pack lunch (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 2877 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 14

    We continue descending through dense rhododendron forest and then climb to a place called Yak Kharka on a ridge overlooking the Arun Valley. We can see the river below and in the distance, our overnight stop at the Lingam School (2320m). After continuing downhill we will get to the Arun River where we crossed the suspension bridge and steadily uphill to Chyamtang where we plan to have lunch. After Lunch, we pass by Chyamtang and get to the Lingam School. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 2320 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 15

    We are already decent at the altitude and back to a warmer climate. Today we pass a few villages among trails with the songs of birds. At our lunch stop in the village of Gimber, we have more stunning views of the Makalu Himalayan Range. The afternoon's walk is relatively easy along a good trail to the Tibetan tribe village of Hatiya (1595m). This is the entry point to the Makalu-Barun National Park. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included).

    Altitude 1595 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 16

    After breakfast, we drive to Tumlingtar's recently build dirt road via Gola and Hedanga Gadi along the Arun Nadi (Arun River Valley) to Num and continue to Tumlingtar. It takes about 7 - 8 hours to drive to stay overnight at Tumlingtar Hotel.  



    Altitude 450 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Hotel.
  • 17

    We take a morning flight from Tumlingtar, to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free. On the last night of our trek, we will certainly have a farewell dinner at the boutique restaurant Overnight at the hotel.

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 18

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation No

Cost Includes

    • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
    • Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swyambunath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar squire) with a city guide and necessary transport. 
    • 3 nights’ accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
    • Kathmandu - Bhadrapur  & Tumlingtar – Kathmandu flight ticket.
    • All land transportation (a private Car/Jeep/bus).
    • Full Camping trek with all meals and hot drinks during the trek served by Cook and staff.
    • Tented accommodation with dining, table, chairs, toilet tent, and shower tent.
    • Salary, insurance, food, and accommodation for guides and porters.
    • Supporters’ staff, cooks, and porters.
    • Kanchenjunga special permits and national park entry permits.
    • Sangkhuwasava restricted area entry permits and Makalu Barun national park entry permits.
    • Group First Aid Kit.

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal entry visa Fee.
    • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
    • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, and soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.

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Reviews ( 1 Reviews For This Package )

Piet, Renate, Marianne, Carla, Eric, Renee, Nico, Rob, Yvonne, Gepke, From - The Netherlands

Excellent Trekking organizer

We like to thank you profoundly for the magnificent trip we had in the good care of you and your team. We very much enjoyed the impressive landscapes, the rich nature and the plain fact of our trekking and camping in that region. We also got a good impression of the way people live in that part of the world and their culture. We had a great time and it was indeed an unforgettable trip. We like to congratulate you, and your team, on organizing our three weeks of trekking so well. It went smoothly thanks to your professional attitude, knowledge, and experience.

We enjoyed the excellent service and the great company your entire team provided. Besides taking good care of us and our personal well-being, you inspire confidence. Special praise deserves Himal’s attention to detail in all practical aspects of the trip. Another quality is the way you work to inspire all members of the group to become one team, both staff and guests. As a result the whole group gradually developed into a community. A treat of having Himal as our sirdar is his energy, good humor, and sense of fun. In short: we had a great trekking and we cherish fine memories. Thank you so much and our best wishes, Piet, Renate, Marianne, Carla, Eric, Renee, Nico, Rob, Yvonne, and Gepke. Haarlem, Alkmaar, Rotterdam – the Netherlands,


We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.

 Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add extra days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, staff and porters, accommodation, and food.

An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.

Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in high adventure routes as well.

There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.

It is not a problem at all because in this trek we will supply most of the foods from the nearest store and remaining foods we buy from Locals that mean most of the time we served vegetarian food as well our camping cook and guide will take care about it.

We use standard quality of (Camping Gears) like Clients tents (3 men tents for couple and two men tent for single), Dinning tents,  Shower Tent, Toilet Tent, staff tend thick mattress, etc.  Also, we care for our staff and provide them with proper equipment for the camping trek.

While during the camping trek it is really difficult to find the place to charge gadget somehow we will manage to charge if we stay close by village otherwise we have to take the portable solar panel to carry with us and charge our gadgets.

Now a day’s most of the areas has been covered by cell phone network connection. However, in this trek, we always send satellite phones along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.

Yes, we always recommend storing items/clothing not required for the trek. So either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your Items with us safely in our office free of cost.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.

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Group Size Price
2 - 4 People $3200
5 - 8 People $2800
9 - 12 People $2450
$ 2450 / Person
18 Days Nepal
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
Altitude 5177 m
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
Region Kanchenjunga Region
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
Difficulty Demanding
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
Group size 2 Minimum Peoples
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
Best Season October, November and March, April, May