Highlights of the Treks
- Connect with Mount Kanchenjunga & Makalu.
- Newly open pure wilderness trekking experience.
- Home of the Snow leopard and Red Panda.
- Explore Beautiful Tibetan village Olangchung Gola.
Lumba Sumba pass Trek newly opened trekking route provide wilderness trekking experience connecting Kanchenjunga and Makalu following the GHT trail in eastern Nepal.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek – Kanchenjunga to Makalu traverse trek is newly opened trekking route located east of Nepal between Mount Kanchenjunga the worlds’ third highest peak and Mount Makalu. Following the part of Great Himalayan Trail crossing 5117 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 once we can see varieties of birds and the area well known by home of the snow leopard and Red Panda so it has own existence of its beauties.
The trek in its early days passes through sub tropical 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 sub tropical forests and hillsides along with small villages and emerald lines of rice terrace. Then as we incline ourselves upward, we progress through zones of barley. The spectacular view of rhododendron, juniper and pines forest might make your motion slow through their natural smell and eye catching beauty. To serve mysterious natural treasure of high lands, nature will make us a sudden encounter to alpine world of rough yak pastures surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Himalaya. One can see all the collection 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 of Nepal with a rich natural and cultural history. It is one of the attractive and the old Tibetan village of Nepal with natural and cultural glory. The route goes through two of Nepal’s protected areas – the Kanchanjunga conservation area and the Makalu Barun National Park. The route will also take us to alpine grass lands, rocky outcrop, 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. 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 life time memory.
Our experience team will lead wilderness trek to Lumba Sumba Pass with full camping supporters. Such a remote trek well experience team and high quality camping gears is required. Best time to trek Kanchenjunga to Makalu over Lumba Sumba pass Trek is month of October and November in autumn season and April and May in spring season. Usually month of November the colorful Tibetans Buddhist festival Futuk celebrated in the Olangchung Gola village. In spring blooming colorful rhododendrons makes Lumba Sumba Pass trek more attractive with breathtaking views of mount Kanchenjunga and Makalu. For more adventure lovers Lumba Sumba Pass trek can be done combining with Kanchenjunga Base Camp to following the high route of Great Himalayan trail over Lumba Sumba Pass to connect with Makalu Base Camp. Visit Himalaya Treks pleasure to provide combination of trip itinerary Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek over Lumba Sumba Pass to Makalau Base Camp; please feel free to let us know.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
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)
- Day 02: A free day to explore Kathmandu and Trek Preparation.
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)
- Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur . Drive to Ilam. (45m fly and 4 hours drive)
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.
- Day 04: Drive to Taplejung (1820m). Meet with Trekking staffs in Taplejung and start trek to Mitlung (909m). (4 hours of drive and 3 hours walking)
The drive continues along with beautiful landscape and river belt of the Himalayan foothills. With every turn there are magnificent sights of white snow capped mountain. At the end of the road we get small town of Taplejung (1820m) where we meet our crew and take lunch. After lunch, a downhill walk through small villages with their fields of cardamom and alnus trees to the Hangdewa Khola (stream) which we will cross over a suspension bridge. We follow the Hangdewa Khola along the motor-able road down to a confluence with the main Tamor River which leads us to our first night's camp at Mitlung (909m). (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 05: Trek to Chiruwa (1246m) 5-6 hours.
After breakfast, the day starts with a trek beside the Tamor River, the field of rice and passing by fragrant forest we achieve to lunch stop at Siwa Bazaar. After lunch, we will continue along the Tamor River to another small settlement of Limbus at Tawa village (1146m), where we start little climb to reach at Thiwa (1300m). After Thiwa enjoy a gradual descent to the small prop up village of Chiruwa (1246m) (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 06: Trek to Lelep (1687m) (5-6 hours).
We continue along the Tamor River, passing by small villages and personage farms with huge amount of cardamom field and the rice terraced fields as well. After hour and half walking eventually we reach the larger village named of Tapethok (1340m) which has some shops and tea houses and a check-post of Kanchenjunja Conservation Area project (KCAP) where we have to submit our permits to get into KCAP . here we take a lunch before continuing pleasantly walk beside the river and through the nice cardamom field to Pembu where we begin a steady climb of a little over 2 hours to our overnight camp at Lelep. Lelep is a big settlement village with police station, health post and also there the headquarters of KCAP. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 07: Trek to Ela Danda (2051m) (5-6 hours).
Once again we continue follow the Tamor River upstream through dense forest. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and gradual climb through pine forest for about 45 minutes to a small and old monastery (Sango Chhyolling Gompa). From here we descend gradually to Gowatar (1800m) where we stop for lunch. Afterwards we pass two beautiful waterfalls crossing of 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 lack of camp side so we may sleep of on local guest house. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 08: Trek to Jongim Kharka (2635m) (7-8 hours).
Starts Walking through an alnus and rhododendron forest until we reach 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 opportunity to catch a 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 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 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).
- Day 09: Trek to Olanchung Gola (3208m). (3 hours)
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 Tamor River. Then we reach Sherpa settlement named of Olangchung Gola (3208m) for lunch. After lunch we have free day to explore around the village and monastery. Olangchung Gola is one of the attractive villages of around 50 wooden houses and with a 470 year old monastery which located at the top of the village. Olangchng Gola is pretty much a last civilization we will see until we reach the Arun vally. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 10: Trek to Sanjung Kharka Camp' (3910m) 6-7 hours
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 place named Langmale and continue to our overnight stop at the place known as Sanjung Kharka. It is one of the nice camping spot for trekkers where you can discover the beautiful mountain surrounding. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 11: Trek to Pass Camp (4700m 4 -5 Hours
we Continues along the route of the Great Himalayan Trail towards the Lumba Sumba Himal. It is good to keep eyes out for snow leopard which have been sighted on the next section of the trek we also pass little yak pasture and beautiful landscape and few foothills to climb. Now we are in totally wild country, the habitat of the snow leopard. Very few of 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 mountain. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka via Lumba Sumba La (5177m) 8-9 Hours
From our last camp before the pass we climb the sharp ridge beyond to a prominent saddle toward 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 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).
- Day 13: Trek to Jungle Camp (3350m). 6-7 hours
From our overnight stop we set off down again, passing by many yak kharkas with excellent views of Makalu ahead with the varieties of Rhododendrons tree. 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 of Thudam (3500m) a Sherpa village of around 30 wooden houses which is linked with villages in Tibet, Where we plane to have Lunch and head west through a steep sided valley, having to several landslip areas before climbing steadily to a pass (3370m). And finally get to our Camp (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (2877m). 5-6 hours
We head west through a steep sided landslide before climbing steadily and passes 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 these day also require pack lunch (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 15: Trek to Lingam School (2320m). 5-6 hours
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 in the Lingam School (2320m). After continuing to downhill we will get to the Arun river where we crossed the suspension bridge and steadily uphill to Chyamtang where we plan to have a lunch. After Lunch we pass by Chyamtang and get to the Lingam School. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 16: Trek to Hatiya (1595m). 5-6 hours
We are already decent the altitude and back to wormer climate. Today we pass 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).
- Day 17: Trek to Gola (1128m). 5-6hours
We follow the trail through Arun River down to its confluence with the Barun River which carries the glaciers water of Makalu range. After lunch we continue among the Arun River to the small village of Gola (1128m). There are only around 12 houses here and the village is an interesting mix of Sherpa, Rai and Tamang tribe (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).
- Day 18: Trek to Hedanga Gadhi (1179m).
We make a short descent on a pleasant trail to the lowlands. We pass through fields of paddy as we follow the trail though the heaving hillsides above the Arun River. We stop for lunch at the small Gurung village by Pathibhara which boasts a number of local tea houses, shops and homestay. Beyond Pathibhara, the trail continues through a rich agricultural landscape to Gadhi (1179m) the ‘fort’ in Nepali. This is the spot where the Nepalese Army face up to an invading forces from Tibet, eventually driving them back over the passes. Gadhi is a surrounded with market town with shops and hotels as well as a health post, school, and police station.
- Day 19: Trek to Num (1572m), drive to Tumlingtar (450m).
We descend to the suspension bridge across the Arun River at Chiuribas After crossing the river marking at the end of our trek. Chiuribas is connected to the road by a jeep track and after taking some refreshment with the local tea houses here; we get on our waiting vehicles for the 4-5 hour drive along the ridge to Tumlingtar (450m). We spend our final night on trek with our crew in hotal at Tumlingtar Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu.
We take a morning fly from Tumlingtar, to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free. At the last night of our trek we will certainly have a farewell dinner at the boutique restaurant Overnight at hotel.
- Day 21: Departure.
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)
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with 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 transportations (a private car/bus).
- Full Camping trek with all meals and hot drinks during the trek serve by Cook and staffs.
- Tented accommodation with dining, table, chairs, toilet tent, and shower tent.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- Supporters’ staffs, cook, porters.
- Kanchenjunga special permits and national park entry permits.
- Makalu valley restricted area entry permits and Makalu Barun national park entry permits.
- Group First Aid Kit.
- 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.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
You must bring the following items:
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.
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