Lumba Sumba Pass Trek

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Tea house / Camping

Grade

Moderate

Altitude

5,177 m

Transportation

Flight / Land

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is a part of the Great Himalayan Trail trek that lies between Kanchenjunga region and Makalu region. It is a true Himalayan trek filled with multiple challenges: high passes, rugged natural landscapes and wilderness as well as rain and snow. This trek starts from the sub-tropical zone which goes all the way to the alpine zone.

In this trip, travellers will encounter varieties of plants, birds, mammals, ethnic groups, religious sites and ancient culture. Trekkers will find themselves in the wild outback, crossing raging rivers, navigating through dense forests and encountering real wild animals. The high point of this trek is the crossing of sublimely gorgeous Lumba Sumba Pass at 5200m. Trekkers can expect to be rewarded with amazing views of some of the tallest Himalayan peaks including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu, Yalung Kang and Kumvakarna, and many more.

This region is mainly inhabited by Limbu, Sherpa, Tibetan, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Newar, Tamang, Bramin and other ethnic groups. The trekking trail passes through the highly protected Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) and Makalu Barun National Park both home to many endangered species like Black bear, foxes, snow leopard and red panda. This trek covers mostly remote and isolated areas of Eastern Himalayan range of Nepal.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

After early morning breakfast, fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur that takes about 45 minutes. Same day, you will drive to Taplejung that takes about 10 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1820

At first, follow the trail through flourishing green hills and villages. Later descend down to Siinwa located by the bank of Tamur River. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
1750

Crossing a suspension bridge over Tamur River you will follow quite a flat route around paddy fields and cardamom plants. You can see some small villages stretching at a far distance. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
2051

Wake up early for warm breakfast then start trekking through oaks, pines and rhododendrons forest.  The trail drops down to Gowatar (1800m) village and further to Phedi. Cross the Tamor river and climb up to Ila Danda (2051m). Stay overnight at lodge

Elevation
2525

Start trek after breakfast. Initially you will walk through rhododendron forest which is a prime habitat for Red Panda. The trail ahead passes through Maguwa (2423m) village before arriving at Selep Kharka (2525m) on the bank of a river. Stay overnight at camp.

Elevation
3280

Following breakfast, trail the route along Tamor River and occasionally through rhododendron forest and villages. After crossing Ramite village, continue walking until you reach Olangchung Gola which is a Sherpa and Tibetan settlement consisting of a Buddhist monastery, health post and a school.  Stay overnight in lodge.

Elevation
3208

You will have rest day today for acclimatizing with the altitude. This day you will explore the village and surrounding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
3893

Wake up early and get ready for trek after breakfast. Today the trek involves walking through oak and pine forests. There are no settlements in between and you will directly head towards Langmale.  Stay overnight at camp.

Elevation
4700

After morning breakfast, follow the trail along the Tamor River. You will head towards an open meadow via Tangchetar. Stay overnight at camp.

Elevation
4595

This is a challenging day of the trekking journey. The trail climbs forested path all the way up to Lumba Sumba Pass at the altitude of 5177m. The pass offers a beautiful view of Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Kumvakarna, Yalung Kang etc.  Later drop down to Charikharka for the night. Stay overnight at camp.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
3571

Enjoy morning breakfast and then get ready for the trekking. Leaving Yak Kharka the trail descends to small Thudam village settled by Sherpa community. Stay overnight lodge.

Elevation
2877

After morning breakfast, you will follow the bamboo trail along Chujung Khola. Today you will experience an easy walk all the way to Kharka (2877m). Stay overnight at camp.

Elevation
2229

The trail ahead passes through dense rhododendron forest and at one point you will cross the Arun River over a suspension bridge. Chyamtang village has a mix settlement of Bhote, Rai and Tibetan people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
1585

Today you will enjoy an easy and pleasant walk from Chyamtang to Hatiya. First section of the trail descends through rhododendron forest before entering into a Glimber village. It takes another hour from here to reach Hatiya. Stay overnight at lodge..

Elevation
1128

Start the trek today by following the bank of Arun River before arriving at the confluence with Barun River.  You will arrive at Gola village in a few hours walk.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
1179

Leaving Gola, you will head towards Pathibhara first passing through terraced farms and rice fields. The second leg of the trek takes you to historical village of Gadi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
1560

Today is the last day of your trekking adventure. You will follow the bank of Arun River  for a first few hours before climbing up to Num. You will drive from Num to Tumlingtar that takes about 3 hrs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Early morning after breakfast, you will fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu that takes about 40 minutes. Enjoy bird’s eye views of mountains, rivers and green hills from the comfort of the airplane.

What Is Included ?

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Entry permits for Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Sagarmatha National Park
  • Local government entry fee for rural municipality 
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide 
  • Camping crews (Cook, Sherpa, kitchen helper)
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation in tents and some night in lodges 
  • Required equipments: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges 
  • Flight tickets: Kathmandu to Suketar and Lukla to Kathmandu 
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary) 

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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