Lumba Sumba Trek - 20 Days

The Lumba Sumba Trek is a new trekking route running through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area in the eastern Himalaya region, in which Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m) is the major attraction.

Offering some of the most spectacular Himalayan landscapes, the route encompasses alpine grass lands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys. There are also a number of high mountain lakes in Olangchung Gola, and the Tamor and Arun River systems is another attraction for tourists. These two rivers are the major tributaries of the mighty Sapta Koshi River. Trekkers may also come across different birds and wildlife species, including the endangered snow leopard and red panda along the route.he Lumba Sumba Pass trek was only opened in 2012 so it is a relatively unknown trek. The trek connects the Kanchenjunga Region and Makalu Region via the Lumba Sumba Pass, and runs through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Makalu Barun National Park in the eastern part of the country and can be done in one of two directions: starting in either Kanchenjunga or in Makalu. Highlights of this trek include the Lumba Sumba Peak (5,300m); spectacular Himalayan landscapes of the Makalu and Kanchenjunga ranges; different ethnic villages (Limbu, Sherpa, Rai, Gurung, Tamang); cultural heritage; endangered wild life such as the snow leopard and red panda; the base camps of Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Makalu, and major river systems. With the huge variety of landscapes and natural beauty, and its sometimes harsh and less than good condition trails, it is no surprise that this is a strenuous trek, therefore it is recommended people tackling this trek have prior experience.

Apart from natural beauty, trekkers can also explore cultural heritage including monasteries, chhortens, temples, prayer walls and any local festivals that may be taking place. The route is home to several different ethnic groups like the Limbus, Sherpas, Rai, Gurung, Magars, Newars and Tamangs. The trek. Trekkers will see the traditional farming practices of the local people along the way.

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HIGHLIGHTS
>Panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Kumbhakarna peaks
>Explore remote places of Nepal and discover the local culture
>Visit the green tea garden at Ilam and the local cheese factory
>Visit the oldest Buddhist monastery, built before 445 Ad

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1340m) Hotel

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel, which is close to a multitude of shopping centers and restaurants.

MEALS:Breakfast

Day 2
Fly to Bhadrapur/ Taplejung by jeep (1780m) 8 hours Guest house

Early morning drive to Kathmandu airport then take a domestic flight to Bhadrapur. We'll drive the

same day to Taplejung by jeep through the beautiful tea gardens of Jhapa and Illam.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner

Day 3
Trek Taplejung to Mitlung (910m) 6hours Homestay

The first day trek starts from Fungling, Taplejung district. The trail passes through beautiful cardamom fields and Alnus trees until Hangdewa village. 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 home stay facilities. From Panisar, the trek is downhill until the suspension bridge that acts as a border between Hangdewa Village and Furumbu village. A walk of 10 minutes takes us to Pawa Village for lunch. After lunch, the trek continues along the banks of Tamor River to Mitlung – a walk of around two hours. Mitlung is our destination for the day as it has good camping sites with facilities like kitchen and dining hall.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4
Trek Mitlung to Chiruwa (1250m) 6hours Homestay

The trek passes along the banks of Tamor River on the second day. It is a pleasing walk until Furumbu village. From Furumbu, the trail is uphill for half an hour then descends through Ulnus and Schima Wallachian mixed forest to Siwa Bazar (950m) at Linkhim VDC. We can reach Siwa Bazaar in three hours from Mitlung.

Siwa Bazar is a good place for lunch. It is a small market with facilities like medicine store, groceries and a police station. After lunch, the trek runs along the Tamor River until Tawa Village. Tawa Village (1150m) has a small tea shop.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5
Trek Chiruwa to Lelep (1690m) 7 hours Homestay

Today the trek runs along the mighty Tamor River. At the start of the trek, there are two big stones with religious significance. The trek passes through Ulnus trees until we reach a big landslide that takes around half an hour to cross.

After a walk of two and half hours 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 for about an hour until Pembu (1485m).

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6
Trek Lelep to Ela danda (2150m) 5 hours Homestay

After breakfast, the trek runs along the bank of Tamor River through dense forest that offers good habitat for different wildlife species. We cross a suspension bridge after a walk of about an hour from Lelep then it is an uphill climb through pine forest for about half an hour until we reach a monastery. From there, the trek gradually descends after about half an hour and we reach Gowatar (1800m) for lunch. Gowatar is a small settlement with a few houses. Near the village, there is a big stone and it is believed that only the religious people can move them. After a walk of around half hour from Gowatar, we reach a place that offers spectacular views of two waterfalls about 100 meters tall.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7
Trek Ela Danda to Selep Kharka (2525m) 5 hours Homestay

Today the walk is pleasant as it passes through Ulnus and Rhododendron forest for about an hour until we reach a suspension bridge. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trek passes through dense bamboo groves. This place is popular among trekkers as it is the habitat of the red panda. If you are lucky, we might catch a sight of the red panda!

We reach Maguwa (2435m) for lunch. After lunch, the trail passes through maple and Ulnus forest. There is a big landslide on the way before we reach Selep Kharka(3210m).

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8
Trek Selep Kharka to Olangchung Gola (3210m) 6 hours Homestay

Today we trek along the banks of Tamor River leading to a place called Jongim, a flat land surrounded by snow capped hills. After a walk of about 2hrs, we reach a suspension bridge. Then we climb uphill from the suspension bridge and reach Ramite (2685m) for lunch. We continue the ascending walk, then we catch the first glimpse of Olangchung Gola from the waterfall. After a climb of about 40 minutes, we finally reach the camping site.

Olangchung Gola is a beautiful Sherpa village with around 45 houses, a 465 years old monastery with a golden manuscript and KCAP office.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9
Trek Olangchung Gola to Upper Langmale Kharka (3890m) 7 hours Camping

The trek from today onwards will pass through complete wilderness. The trek passes through pine and rhododendron forests. After a walk of two and half hours, we reach a place called Jadak (3630m) for lunch. Then we walk of other valley towards Lumba Samba three hours on rhododendron and mixed forests take us to our camping site at Upper Langmale.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10
Trek Upper Langmale Kharka to Pass Camp (4750m) 7 hours Camping

The trek can be interesting today as snow leopards have been sighted numerous times from this trek. The trek runs along the small river side lies dense rhododendron forest. After a walk of about three hours, we reach Tangchetar (4200m) for lunch

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11
Trek Pass camp to Chauri Kharka (4590m) 7 hours Camping

This would be the most difficult yet most memorable day of this trek. Today the trek will pass through the Lumba Sumba Pass (5200m). It is better to start early as it will be difficult to cross the pass after noon. After a walk of about four and half hour from Pass Camp, we reach the Lumba Sumba Pass which offers panoramic Himalayan views of eastern Nepal including Kanchenjunga, Jannu himal and Makalu ranges.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12
Trek Yak Kharka to Thudam(3500m) 6 hours Homestay

The trek is downhill from Yakkharka as we arrive to civilization after tiring walk for three days. A walk of about 6 hours takes us to Thudam for village. Thudam is a small isolated village with around 30 houses of Sherpa people.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13
Trek Thudam to Kharka (2875m) 7 hours Camping

Today the trek runs along the bank of Chujung Khola. The trail offers panoramic view of peaks in the Makalu range. On the way, you will see a lot of small bushes and bamboo groves – the best habitat for the red panda. After walking through many up and downs we reach to Kharka for the camp tonight.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14
Trek Kharka to Chyamthang (2230m) 6 hours Homestay

The trail passes through dense rhododendron forest. As there are no villages on the way and also there are numerous side trails. After a walk of about three hours from Kharka, we reach a place called Chaurikharka for lunch. From Chaurikharka, we can clearly see Chyamtang, Arun River. After lunch, the trail heads 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.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15
Trek Chyamthang to Hatiya (1560m) 7 hours Homestay

The trail passes through rhododendron forest from Chyamthang takes us to Gimber Village for lunch. Gimber Village offers 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 for the night’s stay. Hatiya – a small village of Bhote people.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16
Trek Hatiya to Gola (1410m) 6 hours Homestay

The trek runs along the banks of Arun River today. After a walk of about two and half hours from Hatiya, we reach the confluence of Arun and Barun rivers. After having lunch near the river confluence, the trek progress toward Gola – our destination for the day.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17
Trek Gola to Ghadi (1800m) 7 hours Homestay

The trek passes through paddy fields that we are at lowlands now. The walk is pleasing as the trail makes a short descent, but again makes a short climb. After a walk of about two and half hours from Gola, we reach Pathibhara for lunch. 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 for our destination of the day.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18
Trek Gadhi to Num and drive to Tumlingtar (400m) 7 hours Guest house

This is the last day of our trek. From Gadhi, the trek is about an hour downhill till the Arun River. After crossing the river, an uphill climb of about 2 hour takes us to the Num village. As Num is linked with a road, we will take a jeep to Tumlingtar. A drive of around 4 hours on dirt road takes us to Tumlingtar where there is an airstrip.

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19
Fly back to Kathmandu(1340 m) 35 minutes 3 Star Hotel

After breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu then transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon in Kathmandu.

MEALS:Breakfast

Day 20
Final Departure - Hotel to Airport 30 minutes

On the final departure our office staff will drop you at the international airport. If your flight time is in the evening or afternoon we can arrange sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley (Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa etc) at an extra cost.

MEALS:Breakfast

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop-off in a private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Bhadrapur/Suketar)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Staff costs including salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Accommodation in a home-stay
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Trekking Map

Excluded

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Price From USD 2,000 USD $ 1,800/person
1800
Total $ 1,800 USD

Trip Facts

  • Car / jeep/bus /flight
  • 1 to 12
  • 5200 m
  • Nepal