Lumba Sumba pass trek 28 Days │ Great Himalaya Trail

  • Duration: 28 days

  • Trip level: strenuous (info?)

  • Maximum altitude: 5159 m

  • Accommodation: teahouse/ camping (The camping days will be “alpine style”. Meaning you will enjoy a tent ( shared for 2 persons), and basic cooking during trek with dry food and, for instance, noodles. But no kitchen tent, no dining tent and no toilet tent.)

  • Season: March, April, May, October, November

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Lumba Sumba pass

The Lumba Sumba pass trek is a challenging trek connecting Kanchenjunga to Makalu. The trek gives you a unique opportunity to travel through a remote part of Nepal. You can extend this trek with a visit to Kanchenjunga North and/or Makalu Base Camp.

You leave Kathmandu with a drive from Kathmandu to Taplejung. The trail starts through the tropical part of Kanchenjunga with tropical forests. After Ghunsa you leave the common trail and trek to Olangchun Gola. From here on it is a few days of remote trekking. At the Lumba Sumba pass you have the unique mountain view of Makalu in front of you, and Kanchenjunga literally behind you. At Chyamtang you are back in the inhabited world for a resting day. After this well-deserved break, you will trek from village to village ending in the Makalu region at Num. A flight will take you back to Kathmandu.

The first two days you travel by car to the starting point of this trek. Unfortunately flying is not a faster or easier option. The Lumba Sumba trek starts in the tropical rhododendron and bamboo forests. At Ghunsa you can enjoy a well deserved resting day. This Sherpa village is nice to walk around. Soon after you have left Ghunsa you will continually climb towards the Nango La pass. After the crossing, the trail goes through local mountain streams. However, crossing the streams is easy, and fun. The campsite at Yangma Khola is situated in the valley towards Olangchun Ghola with beautiful views. Olangchun Gola monastery is an impressive structure to see and well worth a visit. Once you climbed to the monastery hilltop you have a good look at the village and its surrounding area. From here on it will be a few days of remote trekking and camping. These days you slowly climb towards the Lumba Sumba pass at an altitude of 5159 meters. From the pass, it becomes obvious that the Lumba Sumba pass is a connecting pass from Kanchenjunga to Makalu. The views of this pass are very special. If you look behind you, you will see the mountain Kanchenjunga. If you look in front of you, you can see the characteristic mountain of Makalu. After crossing the Lumba Sumba pass it is easily descending to the hidden village of Thudam. Continuing the trek after Thudam is not easy because the small trail is soon hard to find due to the fact it is overgrown by bamboo brushes. During this part of the Lumba Sumba pass trek finding a campsite is challenging. Suitable campsites are scarce and only a few small kharka’s are available. Once you have left this overgrown trail behind you, you will enter the small village of Chyamtang. In the coming days, you will trek from village to village on a non-tourist trail towards the Makalu region. Lumba Sumba pass trek ends at the village of Num where a jeep will bring you to the airstrip of Tumlingtar. And at Tumlingtar you will take a plane back to Kathmandu.
You can extend this trek with a visit to Kanchenjunga North and/or Makalu Base Camp.

Day 01                  Arrival Kathmandu; Pick up at Kathmandu International Airport and drop off hotel
Day 02                  Free day at leisure in Kathmandu; preparations trek
Day 03                  Drive Kathmandu to Fikkal teagarden (12 hrs.)
Day 04                  Drive Fikkal teagarden to Taplejung/ Suketar (1820m – 6,5 hrs.)
Day 05                  Trek to Mitlung (921 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 06                  Trek to Chiruwa (1270m – 6 hrs.)
Day 07                  Trek to Serkathum (1575m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08                  Trek to Amjilosa (2308m – 6 hrs.)
Day 09                  Trek to Gyabla (2730m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10                  Trek to Ghunsa (3595m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11                  Resting at Ghunsa for acclimatization *
Day 12                  Trek to Nango La High Camp (4776m – 4 hrs.)
Day 13                  Cross over Nango La pass (4776m) and trek to Yangma Khola (3403m – 6 hrs.)
Day 14                  Trek to Olangchun Gola (3191m – 8 hrs.)
Day 15                  Resting day at Olangchun Gola
Day 16                  Trek to Campsite Kharka (4050m – 5 hrs.)
Day 17                  Trek to Pass Camp (4453m – 8 hrs.)
Day 18                  Cross over Lumba Sumba Pass (5159m) and trek to Thudam (3556m – 9 hrs.)
Day 19                  Trek to Kharka (2700m – 8 hrs.)
Day 20                  Trek to Chyamtang (2187m – 5 hrs.)
Day 21                  Resting day at Chyamtang
Day 22                  Trek to Hatiya (1595m – 6 hrs.) **
Day 23                  Trek to Gola (1100m – 5 hrs.)
Day 24                  Trek to Hedangna Gadi (1120m – 5 hrs.)
Day 25                  Trek to Num (1560m – 3 hrs.) and drive to Tumlingtar (400m – 4 hrs.)
Day 26                  Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu; pick up local airport and drop off hotel
Day 27                  Free day at leisure Kathmandu
Day 28                  Departure; pick up hotel and drop off International Airport Kathmandu

*Including Kanchenjunga North Base Camp 5 extra days:
Day 01                  Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4050 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 02                  Resting day at Kambachen
Day 03                  Trek to Lhonak (4780m – 5 hrs.)
Day 04                  Trek to Kanchenjunga North BC (5190m) and overnight at Kambachen (4050 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 05                  Trek to Ghunsa (3595m – 4 hrs.)

**Including Makalu Base Camp 12 extra days:
Day 01                  Trek from Hatiya to Dhumjung (1680m – 6 hrs.)
Day 02                  Trek to Chamling Ma (2448m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03                  Trek to Bagare (2912m – 5 hrs.)
Day 04                  Trek to Nehe Kharka (3770m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05                  Trek to Langmale Kharka (4400m – 4 hrs.)
Day 06                  Trek to Makalu BC (4870m – 5 hrs.)
Day 07                  Rest day at Makalu BC ; optional day hike surrounding area
Day 08                  Trek to Yangla Kharka (3557 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09                  Trek to Dobate (3270 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10                  Trek to Khongma (3470 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11                  Trek to Tashi Goan (2065 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 12                  Trek to Seduwa (1509 m – 4 hrs.)

During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of local transfers.

Please inquire about the price.

When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition, we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Cost include:
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Private drive Kathmandu to Taplejung / Suketar; flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (including transfer local airport to hotel)
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for all transport in Nepal
-4 nights in 3* Hotel, including breakfast, in Thamel in Kathmandu
-1 nights in guesthouse, including breakfast, in Fikkal Teagarden
-1 night in hotel/ guesthouse, including breakfast, in Taplejung/ Suketar
-20 nights in teahouse room during trek. Shared room for 2 persons; couples or same gender in one room
-If no teahouse; tent camping. 2 persons per tent. During trek; tent & light sleeping matress
-3 meals per day during trek; breakfast/ lunch/ diner; tea/ coffee/ hot water
-Sleeping bag during trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage & tent equipment. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide and porters
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Kanchenjunga entry permit, Kanchenjunga permit, Makalu permit, TIMS and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu

Cost exclude:
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu
-All other beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porters