This trekking trail is discovered by Nepal Government and is announced by the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) in 2012. With the majestic view of Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Kumbhakarna peaks, Lumba Sumba Pass Trek offers the best wilderness experience in Nepal with the highest altitude of 5200 m. The trekkers have to pass through the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area (KCA) and Makalu Barun National Park where the trekkers can see different birds and wildlife including endangered animals.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is rich in flora and fauna including endangered animals like snow leopard and red panda along the route. You can see number of high mountain lakes in Olangchung Gola. Tamor and Arun River system are the attraction for the travelers which are the tributaries of the Sapta Koshi River. The trekkers will pass through alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests, low river valleys.
One can also experience cultural heritage, Monasteries, Chhortens, Temples and prayer walls throughout the trial. The ethnic groups like Limbus, Sherpas, Rai, Gurung, Magars, Newars and Tamangs are found living in this region.
For more adventure lovers Lumba Sumba Pass Trek can be done combining with Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5120m) following the high route of Great Himalayan Trail to connect with Makalu Base Camp (4,800m).
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Flight to Bhadrapur (40 mins) and drive to Ilam (95 Kms/4 Hrs)
Day 4: Drive to Taplejung (4 Hrs) and Trek to Mithlung (909m/2982ft) 4 hours
Day 5: Trek to Chhirwa (1246m/4087ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Lelep (1687m/5534ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Ela Danda (2051m/4875ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Selep Kharka (2525m/8284ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Olangchung Gola (3208m/10524ft)
Day 10: Trek to Upper Langmale (3893m/12772ft)
Day 11: Trek to Pass Camp (4747m/15574ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Chauri Kharka (4595m/15075ft) via Lumba Sumba La (5200m/17060ft) 7 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Thudam (3500m/11482ft) 6 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Kharka (2877m/9438ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Chyamtang (2229m/7312ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Hatiya (1595m/5232ft) 6 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Gola (1128m/3700ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Hedangna Gadi (1800m/5905ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 19: Short trek to Num and drive to Khandbari (1020m/3346ft)
Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu from the domestic airport in Tumlingtar
Day 21: Departure from TIA
You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in Hotel in Kathmandu.
The day begins with the breakfast in your hotel; today you will be exploring the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Our first stop is the very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple, it lies 6 Km from central Kathmandu. One of the holiest Hindu temples it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the site for Hindu cremations. Pashupatinath is situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati Rive; the main temple is built in pagoda style, has a gilded roof and beautifully carved silver doors. Then you will visit the famous Stupa, Boudhanath. This stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and also has a strong Tibetan influence and community. Then after we finally visit Swayambhunath temple, from there we return to your hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast transfer to Domestic airport to board your onward flight to Bhadrapur which takes around 40 minutes. Bhadrapur is located in southeast Terai region of Nepal. From Bhadrapur 6 hours drive through mountains, rural fields and small towns take you to Illam, a small hilly area. Overnight stay at Hotel in Illam.
After breakfast drive along with beautiful landscape and river belt of Himalayan foothill to a small town of Taplejung (1820m/5971ft) where we meet our crew. After lunch start your trek with a downhill walk through small villages crossing the suspension bridge over Hangdewa Khola (stream). Follow the stream which leads us to Mitlung via Tamor River. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek along the banks of Tamor Rive, a pleasing walk till Furumba for 40 minutes from Mitlung. From Furumba, we trek uphill for half hour then descend through Ulnus and Schima wallichiana forest mixed forest to Siwa Bazar (950m/3116ft) at Linkhim VDC. We will reach Siwa Bazar for lunch, a small market with facilities having drug store, groceries and a police station. After Lunch, we will trek along the Tamor River until Tawa Village. We will trek uphill from here until we reach the KCAP entrance gate (1300m/4265ft) at Thiwa Village. We will descend from here until Chiruwa- our destination for the day. Chiruwa (1246m/4087ft) - a small market with couple of lodges and good camping sites. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
After breakfast, we will trek along the Tamor River. After crossing Chiruwa through beautiful cardamom gardens, we will reach Tapethok (1340m/4396ft) - a small market with some tea shops. There is also a KCAP checkpoint at Tapethok. A gentle walk for about an hour until Pembu (1486m/4875ft). From here we trek uphill for about two and half hours to Lelep (1687m/5534ft) - the KCAP headquarters. There is a police station, some tea shops, groceries and hotels. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek along the bank of Tamor River through dense forest that offers good habitat for different wildlife species. Cross a suspension bridge and uphill climb through pine forest for about half an hour until we reach a Monastery. The trek descends after about half an hour and reach Gowatar (1800m/5905ft). There is a big stone and is believed that only the religious people can move them. Cross Tamur River and another short hike will take you to Ela Danda (2051m/4875ft) Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will passes through Ulnus and Rhododendron forest for about an hour until we reach a suspension bridge. After crossing the suspension bridge, we will trek through dense bamboo groves. It is the habitat of red panda which is the reason behind the popularity of this place.You might catch a sight of red panda in the trail. After three and half hours of walk from Ela Danda, we will reach Maguwa (2423m/7949ft ).The trail leads through maple and Ulnus forest. After a walk of about one and half hour, we will reach Selep Kharka (2525m/8284ft). Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek along the bank of Tamor River leading to Jongim (2641m/8664ft) which is a flat land surrounded by snow-capped hills, after a walk of about an hour. 40 minutes of walk through rhododendron forest, takes us to a suspension bridge. About an hour, we will reach Ramite (2685m/8809ft). Here, we will see mixed forest of Deodar and Rhododendron. We will catch the first glimpse of OlangchungGola after a walk of around 45 minutes from the waterfall. We will reach the camping site at Olangchung Gola (3208m)-a beautiful Sherpa village having around 45 houses, 465 years old monastery with golden manuscript and KCAP office. It is also facilitated with sub-health post, a primary school and a border police station at Olangchung Gola. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek through complete wilderness where you will see the piles of stones along the way act as signs posts, showing us our direction. We will pass through pine and rhododendron forests. We will reach a place called Jadak (3636m/11929ft) after a walk of two and an half hour. Three hours of walk on snowy track, will take us to our camping site at Upper Langmale (3893m/12772ft). Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek along the Tamor River and on the other side of the river lying dense Rhododendron forest. This day can be interesting as snow leopard have been sighted numerous times from this trek. Three hours of trek, we will reach Tangchetar (4203m/13789ft) from where our destination can be reached. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek through the Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m/17060ft). As there are no good camping sites around so, packed lunch is the best solution for it. After a walk of about four and half hours, we will climb the Lumba Sumba Peak and descend down to Chauri Kharka (4595m/15075ft). Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek downhill from Chauri Kharka where we will see the civilization after tiring walk for three days. After a walk of about three and half hours, we will cross the two roads one to Lyasha in Tibet and the other toward Thudam. The trek of about three hours takes us to Thudam (3500m/11482ft) - a small village with around 30 houses of Sherpa people. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek along the bank of Chujung Khola (River) which offers panoramic view of Makalu range. On the way you will see lots of small bushes and bamboo groves which is known to the best habitat for Red panda.You will get to see this endangered species, if your luck favors you. We will carry the packed lunch as it is difficult to find the tea houses along the trails. We will reach Kharka (2877m/9438ft) after about six hours of walk from Thudam. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek through dense Rhododendron forest. There are no villages on the way along the numerous side trails. We will reach a place called Chauri Kharka, from where we will clearly see Chyamtang (2229m/7312ft), Arun River, Ridha Village and the road which lead to Kimathanka. We will trek downhill for about three hours until we reach Arun River. Ascend for about an hour until Chyamthang, after crossing the suspension bridge over the Arun River. Chyamthang (2229m/7312ft) having small houses where Sherpas are the dominant population in the villages. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
The trail leads us through Rhododendron forest. It is gentle walk which makes you feel refreshed as you hear the chirping of birds while walking. This trail is one of the popular places for bird watching as we enter Arun Valley which is home to several bird species. About two and half hours of walk from Chyamthang take us to Glimber Village (1585m/5200ft). It offers spectacular view of snowcapped peaks in the Makalu range. The trek is easy and after of about three hours we will reach Hatiya (1595m/5232ft) - a small village of Bhote people which is the entry point to the Makalu National Park. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek along the banks of Arun River. After a walk of about two and half hours, we will reach the confluence of Arun and Barun rivers, near the river confluence the trek progress towards Gola- a very small village with 12 houses. Sherpa, Rai and Tamang people reside here. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
We will trek through paddy fields. After a walk of about two and half hours, we will reach Pathibhara. Pathibhara (1524m/5000ft), a small Gurung village having tea shops, groceries and some hotels. The trail passes through agricultural land where we will find plenty of water sources and small settlements along the way. We will reach Gadhi (1800m/5905ft) after a walk of around three hours from Pathibhara. Gadhi is a place of great historical significance where Nepali Army fought bravely with invading Tibetan Army at this place and chased them away. Gadhi is a small village market having health post, a school and a police station. Overnight at tented camp with full board meals.
The last day of our trek where we will walk for about two and half hours from Gadi. The trail takes us to Num. It is about an hour downhill till the Arun River. Uphill climb of about one and half hour takes us to the Num village (1572m) after crossing the river. Num is linked with road, we will take a drive to Khandbari (1020m/3346ft) - the district headquarters of Sankhuwasabha district. It takes around 4-5 hrs on dirt road taking us to Khandbari. Overnight at Guest House Lodge with full board meals.
Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.