Kanchenjunga to makalu traverse via lumba sumba pass

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20 Days
Availability : Available
Kanchangunga Region
Min Age : 10
Max People : 20
Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal
Trip Style: Camping
Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
Transportation: Flight, Bus, Jeep & Car
Trip Grade: Moderate & Technical

Meals : Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Entry Point: Taplejung
Exit Point: Tumlingtar
Max. Elevation : 5159 Meters/16921ft


Cultures: Tibetan, Tamang, Gurung, Thakali, Nepali, etc.
Major Attractions: Natural Environment, Wildlife, Mountains, Peaks, Hills, Flowers, Flora-Fauna, etc.


Tour Details

Kanchenjunga to Makalu Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is recently discovering trekking trail which was announced by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. We start trekking from Phoomling and passes through diverse ethnic groups, cultivated land, and animal farms along the Lumba Sumba pass trek. This section connects the Kanchenjunga Section with the Makalu Barun Section and is also called the Lumbasumba Trek, as you have to cross the Lumba Sumba pass (5159 m/16921ft).   This is unexplored, high altitude trekking and thus for the experienced.  The terrain is harsh and trails are not always in good condition. The crossing of the Lumbasumba pass of 5159 m/ 16921ft can be quite hard when there is snow (which is most of the time).  The remoteness, spectacular landscapes and amazing views of the Himalayas make this trek however an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Because of the differences in altitude, the scenery is incredibly varied; from agricultural fields to beautiful lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes.  Lucky trekkers can spot the endangered snow leopard, red panda, the vulnerable Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard or Assamese macaque.

Among the trekking trails in Nepal, the trekking trail that leads to Kanchenjunga to Makalu Traverse via Lumba Sumba Pass is comparatively new. These nineteen days of trekking takes you to one of the most remote locations on earth.  The nature and culture of the area are still, Trekking takes you to one of the most remote locations on earth. We are always ready to fulfill your dreams.

Includes & Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners .
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Flight from Kathmandu-Badrapur & Tumlingtar-Kathmandu.
  • Private transport from Birtamod-Taplejung & Dauj-La (Deurali)-Tumlingtar via Khandbari.
  • Special restricted Taplejung Trekking Permit.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Camping equipments like: tents (dinning tent, sleeping tent, kitchen tent), mattress, kitchen items etc.
  • Experienced and strong mountain trekking camping staff like: porters, kitchen boy, sarder, tent boy etc.
  • Camping accommodation during trek.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • High Spirit trekking bag/duffel bag, T-shirt and trekking map are yours to take .
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • All necessary paper works, National park entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • Special restricted Sankhuwasabha Trekking Permit
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) whilst in Kathmandu & Birtamod/Jhapa.
  • Personal expenses and all the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and hot shower during the trek.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide and staffs.
  • Any others expanses which are not mentioned in &"Trip Includes" section etc.


  • High Spirit T-Shirt

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft) .

After our arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, our
representative/staff will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. We can take
rest and later visit the company office in Thamel, a popular tourist hub.

Day 02:Fly From Kathmandu to Bhadrapur (450m/1476ft) and Drive to Ilam. (4-5 hours),

We take you to the domestic airport to get an internal flight across the country to the southeastern part of Nepal. From Bhadrapur, We will get our vehicles for a two day journey into the mountains. We drive for approximately ( 4 to 5) hours through a fascinating landscape of rural fields and small towns. The temperature becomes a little cooler as we climb into the foothills and arriving at the town of Illam. (Overnight at Hotel – Dinner and Breakfast Includes.

Day 03: Drive From Illam to Taplejung (1820m/5,969.6ft) and trek to Mitlung (3-4hours),

Today you will meet with Trekking staffs at Taplejung and start trek to Mitlung (908m/2,981ft). (4 hours of drive and 3 hours walking) The drive continues along with beautiful landscape and river belt of the Himalayan foothills. At the end of the road we get small town of Taplejung (1820m/5969.6ft) where we meet our crew and take lunch. After lunch, a downhill walk through small beautiful Villages to the Hangdewa Khola (stream) which we will cross over a suspension bridge. We follow the Hangdewa Khola along the motor-able road down to a confluence with the main Tamor River which leads us to our first night’s camp at Mitlung (908m/2981.52ft). (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 04:Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa (1245m/4,086ft) 5-6 hours.

After the breakfast, today we will starts with a trek beside the Tamor River, the field of rice and passing by fragrant forest we achieve to lunch stop at Siwa Bazaar. After lunch, we will continue along the Tamor River to another small settlement of Limbus at Tawa village (1145m/3758.88ft), where we start little climb to reach at Thiwa (1300m/4264ft). After Thiwa enjoy a gradual descent to the small prop up village of Chiruwa (1245m/4086.88ft) (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 05: Trek from Chiruwa to Lelep (1686m/5,533ft) (5-6 hours).

We continue along the Tamor River, passing by small villages and personage farms with huge amount of cardamom field and the rice terraced fields as well. After hour and half walking eventually we reach the larger village named of Tapethok (1340m/4395.3ft) which has some shops and tea houses and a check-post of Kanchenjunja Conservation Area project (KCAP) where we have to submit our permits to get into KCAP . Here we take a lunch before continuing pleasantly walk beside the river and through the nice cardamom field to Pembu where we begin a steady climb of a little over 2 hours to our overnight camp at Lelep. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 06: Trek from Lelpe to Ela Danda (2050m/6,727ft) (5-6 hours).

Today’s also we will again continue follow the Tamor River upstream through dense forest. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and gradual climb through pine forest for about 45 minutes to a small and old monastery (Sango Chhyolling Gompa). From here we descend gradually to Gowatar (1800m/5904ft) where we stop for lunch. Afterwards we pass two beautiful waterfalls crossing of the Phedi Khola and then make a final climb of around an hour to our camp at Ela Danda (2050m/6727.28ft). This offers a magnificent view of Kasturi peaks and down to the Tamor River. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 07:Trek from Ela Danda to Jongim Kharka 2634m/(8,642ft) (7-8 hours).

Today we will walking through an anus and Rhododendron forest until we reach suspension bridge. After crossing the river we enter an extensive area of bamboo forest and some other trees, inhabited by the endangered red panda. As We walk through the bamboo forest to the Maguwa Kharka where the lunches spot for today. Beyond Maguwa Kharka there is more mixture forest with rhododendron, oak, chestnut, alnus, maple etc, abundant with a different variety of birdlife. We have to cross a large landslip area before Selep Kharka (2525m/8282ft) and we continue another hour to get our night’s stop at Jongim Kharka (2634m/8642.8ft). Where we can explore a nice view of the snow capped peak to the north. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 08: Trek from Jongim Kharka to Olanchung Gola (3207m/10,522ft). (3-4 hours),

Today after crossing the suspension bridge we enter into the Rhododendron forest and climb for an hour to Ramite (2460m/8068.8ft) there is more opportunity to spot red pandas as well on and we pass another beautiful waterfall created by Tamor River. Then we reach Sherpa settlement named of Olangchung Gola (3208m/10522ft) for lunch. After lunch we have free day to explore around the village and monastery. Olangchng Gola is pretty much a last civilization we will see until we reach the Arun vally. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 09:Trek from Olanchung Gola to Sanjung Kharka Camp' (3909m/12,824ft) 6-7 hours.

After the breakfast today we will set off following the trails used by Tibetan traders walking beside the Tamor to its convergence with Dinsamba Khola. Following the river belt we will have a Lunch and then crossing the river we reach place named Langmale and continue to our overnight stop at the place known as Sanjung Kharka. It is one of the nice camping spot for trekkers where you can discover the beautiful mountain surrounding. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 10: Trek from Sanjung Kharka Camp to Pass Camp (4700m/15,416ft).( 4 -5) hours.

Today we will continues along the route of the Great Himalayan Trail towards the Lumba Sumba Himal. It is good to keep eyes out for snow leopard which have been sighted on the next section of the trek we also pass little yak pasture and beautiful landscape and few foothills to climb. Now we are in totally wild country, the habitat of the snow leopard. Very few of trekkers come this way to sense the remoteness themselves. Finally we are at pass camp and we are above the green visitation and playing with mountain. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 11:Trek from Pass Camp to Yak Kharka via Lumba Sumba La (5176m/16,980ft) 8-9 hours,

Today is the, our last camp before the pass we climb the sharp ridge beyond to a prominent saddle toward pass and we may encounter snow on this section of the trek.We reach a first pass adorned with prayer flags but this is not the top and it is necessary to cross below a peak to reach a slightly higher pass which is the actual Lumba Sumba La (5176m/16980.56ft). The views are breathtaking, extending eastwards to Kangchenjunga and Jannu Himalaya range and westwards to Makalu Region. This is a very special place and weather consent, we may have longer broken here if the weather stable and perhaps eat our packed lunches. Now we have a descent of about 600m/ 1968ft on a trail which is steep downhill at first, into a large valley and we stop at the first suitable camping spot at yak Kharka around 4,594m/15071ft. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jungle Camp (3350m/10,988ft). 6-7 hours,

Today we will set off down again, passing by many yak kharkas with excellent views of Makalu ahead with the varieties of Rhododendrons tree. Then the trail bring together coming from the Umbak La, a 5200m/17056ft pass by which means goods are traded with Tibet and Nepal, a 2 day journey from here. Reaching a village named of Thudam (3500m/11480ft) a Sherpa village which is linked with villages in Tibet, Where we plane to have Lunch and head west through a steep sided valley, having to several landslip areas before climbing steadily to a pass (3370m/11053.6ft). And finally get to our Camp (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 13:Trek from Jungle Camp to Yak Kharka (2876m/9,436ft). 5-6 hours,

Today we will head west through a steep sided landslide before climbing steadily and passes through a cavernous bamboo forest. The views of Makalu and its satellites are simply eye-catching. We continue descending to a small clearing at( 2,876m/ 9,436ft) where we make camp these day also require pack lunch (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 14:Trek from Yak Kharka to Lingam School (2319m/7,609ft), 5-6 hours.

Today we continue descending through dense Rhododendron forest and then climb to a place called Yak Kharka on a ridge overlooking the Arun Valley. We can see the river below and in the distance, our overnight stop in the Lingam School (2391m/7,609ft). After continuing to downhill we will get to the Arun river where we crossed the suspension bridge and steadily uphill to Chyamtang where we plan to have a lunch. After Lunch we pass by Chyamtang and get to the Lingam School. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 15 :Trek From Lingam School to Hatiya (1594m/5,231.6ft), 5-6 hours.

Today’s also we will decent the altitude and back to wormier climate. Today we pass few villages among trails with the songs of birds. At our lunch stop in the village of Gibber. we have more stunning views of the Makalu Himalayan Range. The afternoon’s walk is relatively easy along a good trail to the Tibetan tribe village of Hatiya (1594m/5231.6ft). This is the entry point to the Makalu-Barun National Park. (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 16 :Trek From Hatiya to Gola (1,127m/3,699ft), 5-6 hours.

Today we will follow the main trail through Arun River down to its confluence with the Barun River which carries the glaciers water of Makalu range. After lunch we continue among the Arun River to the small village of Gola (1127m/3,699ft). There are only around 12 houses here and the village is an interesting mix of Sherpa, Rai and Tamang tribe (Overnight at Camp Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included).

Day 17 :Trek From Gola to Hedanga Gadhi (1178m/3,867.12ft),5-6 hours.

Today we will make a short descent on a pleasant trail to the lowlands. We pass through fields of paddy as we follow the trail though the heaving hillsides above the Arun River. We stop for lunch at the small Gurung village by Pathibhara which boasts a number of local tea houses, shops and homestay. Beyond Pathibhara, the trail continues through a rich agricultural landscape to Gadhi (1178m/3,867ft) the ‘fort’ in Nepali. This is the spot where the Nepalese Army face up to an invading forces from Tibet, eventually driving them back over the passes. Gadhi is a surrounded with market town with shops and hotels as well as a health post, school, and police station

Day 18Trek From Hedanga Gadi to Num (1571m/5,156.16ft), drive to Tumlingtar (1476ft), 4-5 hours.

Today we descend to the suspension bridge across the Arun River at Chiuribas After crossing the river marking at the end of our trek. Chiuribas is connected to the road by a jeep track and after taking some refreshment with the local tea houses here; we get on our waiting vehicles for the 4-5 hour drive along the ridge to Tumlingtar (450m/1476ft). We spend our final night on trek with our crew in hotal at Tumlingtar Overnight at Hotel.

Day 19 :Fly From Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

We take a morning fly from Tumlingtar, to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free. At the last night of our trek we will certainly have a farewell dinner at the boutique restaurant Overnight at hotel.

Day 20 :Final departure.

Our amazing journey in the Kanchenjunga region including that to the base camp of Makalu traverse via lumbar Sumba pass crossing high passes comes to an end today. A company representative will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight.