Lumba-Sumba Trail is one of the new trekking routes explored and identified by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).
Lumba Sumba Peak(5200 m.) is the major attraction of the trail which; also offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan landscapes. Limbu, Sherpa, Rai, Gurung Magar, Newar, and Tamang are the ethnic groups found along the trail. The trek runs through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Makalu Barun National Park in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. Various species of birds and wildlife including the endangered snow Leopard and Red Panda among others. In route, a number of high altitude lakes found in Olanchung Gola.
This trail also leads to the base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu. Arun and Tamor river the major tributaries of Sapta Koshi river is the other attraction of the region. The trek passes through alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forest, and low river valleys. Apart from the natural beauty, the trail also features several monasteries, chortens, temples and prayer walls. Trekking in this trail can be a great experience to the explorers, trekkers, and adventure lovers. A brief itinerary is given along.
Highlights of Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
- Lumba Sumba Trek is Most newly discover remote and amazing trekking trail.
- Stunning views of the Mt, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Kumbhakarna mountains.
- Encounter the remote place of Nepal and Local Sherpa livelihood.
- Trek towards Nepal's newly, remote and beautiful discover trekking trail.
- occasional sightings of the Himalaya Black Beer, Snow Leopard, and Red Panda.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Transfer to hotel Preparation for the trek.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a Sherpa Expedition and Trekking signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Note: Either on this day or the next day, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.
Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar & drive to Phidim.
Pick up from the hotel in Kathmandu and take an afternoon flight to Biratnagar with your guide from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and drive to Phidim
Day 03: Drive to Taplejunga and Trek to Mitlung (9,09m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek starts from Sherpa Tol at Fungling, the gateway to the trail. Trek to Hangedawa Passing through beautiful Cardamon fields and Alnus trees. Proceed to Motlung Passing through Asangpati Tole, Gaigode tole, Panesar tole, and Pawa village.
Day 03: Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1,246m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Trek along the bank of Tamor river to Furumba and continue to Mitlung, Proceed Tawa village passing Siwa Bazaar and ascend to Thiwa village which houses KCAP entrance gate. Descend to Chiruwa
Day 04: Trek from Chiruwa to Lelep (1,687m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Trek along Tamor river to Tapethok passing through forest and beautiful cardamom fields. After lunch proceeds to Lelep, which houses the KCAP headquarters.
Day 05: Trek from Lelep to Ela Danda (2,051m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek along Tamor river through dense forest and cross the suspension bridge. Ascend through the dense pine forest to reach monastery and descend to Gowatar. Proceed to Ela Danda Passing through a big stone. Tow waterfall and crossing Tamor river.
Day 06: Trek From Ela Danda to Selep Kharka (2,525m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trekking through Ulnus and Rhodendron forest for an hour takes to a suspension bridge. Trek to Maguwa through dense bamboo grooves which is also the habitat of the red panda. Proceed to Selep Kharka passing through maple and Ulnus forest.
Day 07: Trek from Sekep Kharka to Olangchung Gola (3,208m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek to Jongim, a flat land surrounded by snowcapped hills. Trek Upjill to reach Ramite where the mixed forest of Deodar and Rhodendron can be seen. Proceed to the beautiful Sherpa village, Olangchung Gola. The village houses a 465 years old monastery with a golden manuscript.
Day 08: Trek from Olangchung Gola To Upper Langmale (3,893m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Next three days will pass through a complete wilderness. So hire a local Sherpa to avoid getting lost. Trek to Jadak passing through pine and rhododendron forest. Proceed to Upper Langmale.
Day 09: Trek From Upper Langmale to Pass Camp (4,747m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek along the Tamar river till reaching Tangchetar. Proceed to Pass Camp.
Day 10: Trek From Pass Camp to Chaurikharka (4,595m) 5 to 6 hrs.
This the most difficult part of the Trek. The trek passes through Lumba Sumba Peak (5200 m) and the trail goes up and down on the ways. From the peak, descend down to Chaurikharka.
Day 11: Trek From Chaurikharka to Thudam (3,500m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trekking downhill from Chaurikharka takes to the junction of two roads, one to Sasha in Tibet and other to Thudam Village. Proceed to small Sherpa village to Thudam.
Day 12: Trek From Thudam to Kharka (2,877m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek along the banks of Chujung Khola. Panoramic view of peals in the Makalu range can be seen on the way. Proceed to Kharka Passing through lots of small bushes and bamboo groves, the habitat of the red panda
Day 13: Trek from Kharka to Chyamthang (2,229m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek to Chaurkharka Passing through dense Rhododendron forest. Proceed downhill until reaching Arun river, cross the suspension bridge and proceed towards Chyamthang villages.
Day 14: Trek From Chyamthang to Hatiya (1,595m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Trek to Gimber village passing through dense Rhododendron forest. Spectacular view of Makalu range can be seen from Gimber. Proceed to Hariya, a small village of Bhote people and is the entry point of Makalu national park.
Day 15: Trek from Hatiya to Gola 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek along the bank of Arun river until reaching the confluence of Arun and Baru rivers. Proceed towards Gola, a small village with only a few houses with Sherpa, Rai, and Tamang people residing there.
Day 16: Trek From Gola to Gandhi (1,800m) 6 to 7 hrs.
Trek to a small Gurung village of Pathibhara passing through paddy fields. From here the trail passes through agricultural land, plenty of water resources and few settlements along the way before reaching Gandhi, a small village market
Day 17: Drive from Gadhi to Khadbari (1,022m) 4 to 5 hrs and drive to Biratnagar 5 hrs.
Trek downhill until reaching Arun river, Cross the river and trek uphill to Num village. A drive of around 5 hours. Takes to Khandbari, the district headquarter of Sankhuwasavha district. Take a bus to Kathmandu via Dharan or Biratnagar. Flights can be taken from Tumlingarar airstrip
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited one last time on the 30-minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking
will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
What's Price Includes
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights only)
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a guesthouse in Biratnagar including breakfast (1 night only)
- All standard meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team
- Tented camp accommodation for 24 days/23 nights (We will provide full water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, etc.)
- Local Sherpa Expedition and Trekking licensed English-speaking trekking guide
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff
- All special trekking permits & fees
- Down jacket and sleeping bag by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking (which need to be returned after the trek)
- Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu airfare and Biratnagar-Suketar-Biratnagar airfare including airport departure tax
- Free Sherpa Expedition and Trekking duffel/kit bag and a sun hat (yours to keep)
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
- Official expenses
What's the Price Excludes
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people by saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask a question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by a porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give a donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
- Don’t underestimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual doesn’t like that.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprised to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Note regarding itineraries.
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa expedition & trekking Pvt. Ltd. Walkers have led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.