LUMBA-SUMBA PASS (KANCHENJUNGA AND MAKALU) INTRODUCTION` Lumba Sumba trek is one of the new trekking routes identified and explored by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in 2012.A20-member team,including support staff,led by Rana Bahadur khadka,1st vice president of TAAN,explored the route in April. Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m) is the major attraction of this route.Offering some of the most spectacular Himalayan landscapes,this trekking route is home to different ethnic groups like the Limbus,Sherpas,Rai,Gurung,Magars,Newars and Tamangs. The trek runs through Kanchenjunga Conservation Area(KCA) in the eastern Himalaya.Trekkers can explore the traditional farming practices and see different birds and wildlife species,including the endangered snow leopard and red panda,from the route.There are a number of high Mountain lakes in Olangchung Gola.Through this route,we explore two of Nepal’s best preserved protected areas , the Kanchanjunga Conservation Area and the Makalu Barun National Park.Through the route,one can also trek to the base camps of Mt. Kanchanjunga and Mt. Makalu.Similarly,the Tamor and Arun River systems can be the other attractions for tourists.These two rivers are the majortributaries of the mighty Sapta Koshi River.The route encompasses alpine grasslands,rocky outcrops,dense temperate and sub-tropical forests,and low river valleys.Apart from natural beauty,trekkers can explore cultural heritage like monasteries,chhortens,temples and prayer walls.And to add to the flavor,the festivals of all of these people living in harmony only serve to make the native culture livelier.
Day01:Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1320m) Our representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and you will be transferred by private coach to the hotel. In the hotel we will discuss with the necessary equipment and the trekking permit. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Kathmandu valley includes several Hindu temples including of Pashupatinath, listed by UNESCO in World Heritage Site and the largest Buddhist Stupa, Bouddhanath. You can also visit the Monkey Temple Swyambhunath, built some 2000 years ago, and visit Patan, city of fine arts. In theevening you will be meeting with your trekking guide, checking the equipments and further discussion.
Day 03: Flight to Suketar (Taplejung),or bhadrapur (2059m) From Kathmandu we will take our flight for Suketar (Taplejung) which takes about 35 min. It lies in northeastern part of Nepal. Taplejung has its airfield which helps to connect the flight with bharatpur along the Valley, commercially. As Nepal being an agricultural country, most of the people living in Suketar are involved in agriculture. It is one of the most attractive areas of eastern part of our country because of its amazing landscape. It holds an area of 670m – 8586m from sea level. Overnight in taplejung
DAY 04 fungling to mitlung ( 909m) The first day trek starts from Fungling(1777m)-the headquarter of Taplejung district.Sherpa Tol(village)is the gateway to this trek.the trek passes through beautiful cardamom fields and Alnus trees(Uttis)until Hangdewa VDC which takes around two and half hours.On the way,there are small tea shops at Asangpati Tole,Gaigode Tole and Panisar Tole that can be used for alternative accommodation as the provide home stay fascilities.From Panisar the trek is downhill until the suspension bridgethat acts as a border between hangdewa VDC and Furumbu VDC.A walk of 10 minutes takes us to Pawa village(1546m)for lunch.After lunch,the trek progresses along the banks of Tamor river to Mitlung-a walk of around two hours.Mitlung (909m)is our destination for the day as it has good camping sites with fascilities like kitchen and dining hall.
DAY-05 Mitlung to Chiruwa (1246) The trek passes along the banks of Tamor River on the second day.It is a pleasing walkuntil Furumbu-a 40 minute walk from Mitlung.From Furumbu,the trail is uphill for half hour then descends through Ulnus and Schima wallachiana mixed forest to Siwa Bazar(950m)at Linkhim VDC.We can reach Siwa Bazar in three hours from Mitlung.Siwa Bazar is a good place for lunch.It is a small market facilities like drug store,groceries and a police station.After lunch,the trek runs along the Tamor River until Tawa village.Tawa village(1146m)has a small tea shop.The trek runs uphill from here until we reach the KCAP Entrance Gate(1300m) at thiwa village.From here,the trek gradually descends until Chiruwa-our destination for the day.Chiruwa(1246m)is a small market with couple of lodges and good camping sites.It is a popular stopover for tourists and locals alike.
DAY-06 Chiruwa to lelep (1687m) This day also the trek runs along the mighty Tamor River.At the start of the trek,there are two big stones with religious significance.The trek passes until we reach a big landslide that takes around half an hour to cross.After a walk of two and half hours from Chiruwa through beautiful Cardamom gardens,we reach Tapethok(1340M) for lunch.It is a small market with some tea shops.There is also a KCAP checkpoint at Tapethok.After lunch,it si a pleasing walk for about an hour until Pembu(1486m).From Pembu,it is an uphill climb for about an hour until Pembu(1486m).From Pembu,it is an uphill climb for about two and half hours to Lelep1687m)-our destination for the day.The KCAP headquarters is in Lelep.Similarly,there is a police station,some tea shops,groceries and hotels.There are also some good camping sites in Lelep.
DAY-07 Lelep to Ela Danda (2051) After breakfast,the trek runs along the bank of Tamor River through dense forest that offers good habitat for different wildlife species.You can see some wild species if you are lucky.We crossed a suspension bridge after a walk of about an hour from Lelep.After crossing suspension bridge,it is an uphill climb through pine forest for about half an hour until we reach a monastery.From there ,the trekgradually descends after about half an hourand we reach Gowatar(1800m)for lunch.Gowatar is a small settlement with a few houses.Near the village,there is a big stone and it is believed that only the religious people can move them.After a walk of around half hourfrom Gowatar,we reach a place that offers spectacular views of two waterfalls abot 100 meters tall.A walk of abouthalf an hour from here takes us to Phedi.After crossing Tamor River,it is an uphill climb for about 40 minutesuntil we reach a resting place known as chautaro in local dialect.Another 20 minutes walk will take us to our camping site at Ela Danda(2051m).The place offers panoramic view of snowcapped peaks including the Small Kasturi Peak and Tamor River.
Day-08 Ela Danda to Selep kharka (2525) The walk on the fifth day is pleasing as it passes through Ulnus and Rhododendron forest for about an hour until we reach a suspension bridge.After crossing the suspension bridge,the trek passes through dense bamboo groves(spread around 5 hectares.)This place is popular among trekkers as the habitat of red oanda.If you are lucky,we might catch a sight of red panda from the trail itself.After a total walk of three and half hours from EI Danda,we reach Maguwa(2435m) for lunch.After lunch,the trail passes through maple and Ulnusforest.There is a big landslide on the way and trekkers must be careful while crossing it.After a walk of about one and half hour,we reach Selep Kharka(2525m)-our destination for the day.
DAY-09 Selep kharka to Olangchung Gola(3208) The sixth day’s trek runs along the banks of Tamor River leading to a place called Jongim92641m),a flat land surrounded by snow capped hills,after a walk of about an hour.Another 40 minute walk through rhododendronforest from Jongim,takes us to a suspension bridge.After an uphill walk of about an hour from the suspension bridge,we reach Ramite(2685m) for lunch.At Ramite,we can see mixed forest of Deodarand rhododendron.We see a beautiful waterfall after a walk of about an hour from Ramite.If you are lucky,you might be rewarded with the view of red panda from here.We caught the first glimpse of Olanchung Gola after a walk of around 45 minute from the waterfall.After a climb of about 40 minutes,we finally reach the camping site of Olangchung Gola(3208m).Olangchung Gola is a beautiful Sherpa village with around 45 houses,a 465 years old monastery with golden manuscript and KCAP office.There is also a sub health post,a primary school and a border police station at Olangchung Gola.
DAY-10 Olangchung Gola to Upper langmale (3893) The trek in the next three days will pass through complete wilderness.As the trek is in complete wilderness,it is better to hire a local Sherpa to avoid getting lost.However,piles of stones along the way act as sign posts,showing us our direction.the trek passes through pine and rhododendron forests.After a walk of two and half hours,we reach a place called Jadak(3636m) for lunch.A walk of three hours on snowy track will take us to our camping site at Upper Langmale(3893m).
DAY-11 Upper langmale to Pass camp (4747) The eight day trek can be interesting as snow leopards have been sighted numerous times from this trek.The trek runs along the Tamor River and on the other side of the river lies dense rhododendron forest.After a walk of about three hours,we reach Tangchetar(4203m) for lunch.Another three hour walk after lunch will lead us to our camping site at Pass Camp(4747m).
DAY-12 Pass camp to Chaurikharka (4594) This would be the most difficult most memorable day of this trek.This day the trek will pass through the Lumba Sumba Peak(5200m).It is better to start early as it will be difficult to cross the peak after noon.The trek climbs a bit up and again runs down.It is better to take packed lunch,as there are no good Camping sites around.After a walk of about four and half hour from Pass camp,we climb the Lumba Sumba Peak and descend down to Chauikharka(4594m) for night’s stay.
DAY-13 chaurikharka to thudam (3500) The trek is downhill from Chaurikharkaas we come back to civilization after tiring walkfor three days.After a walk of about three and half hours,we came across two roads-one to lyasha in Tibet and the other towards Thudam.We prepared our lunch at this place.A walk of about three hours takes us to Thudam for the night’s accommodation.Thudam(3500m)is a small village with around 30houses of Sherpa people.
DAY-14 Thudam to Kharka (2877) The eleventh day trek runs along the baks of Chunjung khola.The trail offers panoramic view of peaks in the Makalur ange.On the way you see lot of small bushes and bamboo groves-the best habitat for red panda.If you are lucky,you can see this endangered species.It is better to carry packed lunch,as it is difficult to find drinking water along the trail.After a walk of about six hours from Thudam,we reach Kharka(2877m) for the night’s halt.
DAY-15 Kharka to Chyamthang (2229 M) The twelfth day’s walk passes through dense rhododendron forest.As there are no village on the way and also there are numerous side trails,it is better to hire a local guide to avoid getting lost.After a walk of about three hours from Kharka,we reach a place called Chaurikharka for lunch.From Chaurikharka,we can clearly see Chyamthang(2229m),Arun River,Ridha Village and the road that leads to Kimathanka.After linch,the trek is all downhill for about three hours until we reach Arun River.After crossing the suspension bridge over the Arun,the trek is uphill for about an hour until Chamthang –our destination for the day.Chyamthang (2229m)is a small yet beautiful village with stone houses.Sherpas are the dominant population in the village.
DAY-16 Chyamthang to Hatiya (1595) The tail on the day passes through rhododendron forest.The walk is easy as chirping of birdsmake you feel refreshed.The trail is one of the popular places for birding as we are entering Arun Valley that is home to several bird species.A walk of about two and a half hours from Chyamthang takes us to Gimber Village( 1585m)for lunch.Gimber Village offers spectacular view of snowcapped peaks in the Makalu range.From Gimber,the walk is easy and after a trek of about three hours we reach Hatiya(1595)for the night’s stay.Hatiya-a small village of Bhote people is the entry point to the Makalu National Park.
DAY-17 Hatiya to Gola The trek on the 14th day runs along the banks of Arun River.After a walk of about two and half hours from Hatiya,we reach the confluence of Arun and Barun rivers.After having lunchnear the riverconfluence,the trek progress toward Gola-our destination for the day.A walk of around two and half hours after lunch takes us to our camping site at Gola.Gola is a very small village with only 12 houses.Sherpa,Rai and Tamang people resides here.
DAY-18 Gola to Gadhi (1800) The trek passes through paddy fields on 15th day-a sign that we are on lowlands now.The walk is pleasing as the trail makes a short descent,but again makes a short climb.After a walk of about two and half hours from Gola,we reach Pathibhara(not to be confused with the Pathibhara temple in taplejung district)for lunch.Pathibhara(1524m)is a small Gurung village with tea shops,groceries and some hotels.The trail after lunch passes through agricultural land and we can find plenty of water sources and small settlementsalong the way.We reach Gadhi(1800m)-our destination of the day after a long walk of around three hours from Pathibhara.Gadhi(that means fort in Nepali language)is a place of great historical significance as Nepali Army fought bravely with invading Tibetan Army at this place and chased them away.Gadhi is a small village market with a health post,a school and a police station.
DAY-19 Gadhi to Tumlingtar (1022m) This is the last day of our trek.Awalk of about two and half hours from Gadhi takes us to Num.From,Gadhi,the trek is about an hour downhill till the Arun River.After crossing the river,an uphill climb of about one and half hour takes us to the Num village(1572m).As Num is linked with motorable road,we can hire a vehicle to Khandabari(1022m)-the district headquarters of Sankhuwasabha district.A drive of around 4-5 hours on dirt road takes us to Khandabari,buses are available to Dharan to Biratnagar.Or you can take a vehicle to Tumlingtar airstrip and fly directly to Kathmandu.
Day 20 Tumlingtar to kathmandu Morning fly from tumlingtar to Kathmandu and restday.
Day 21 Departure Kathmandu Hotel to airport.
Package price Includes:
A)Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport (international and domestic flight)
B)All the ground Transportation by local sharing Jeep or by local bus ( Kathmandu to Trekking starting point, Trekking ending point to kathmandu)
C)4 nights hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast ( Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
D) 16 nights 17 days trekking in lodges( lodges are simple and clean enough, some time we also sleep in Tent where there are no lodges or if the lodge are already full)
E)Trek Permit & National Park Fees of Kanchanjunga region with Tims card ( we do need three photograph each for permit)
F)Sleeping tent and sleeping mattress ( when there are no guest house )
G)One experience Trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) one trekking porter for every two people and their meals/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments are included in price
H)Trekking Map for Kanchenjunga Region
I)Sleeping Bag for trekking
J)First aid Kit box
K)All the govt tax
l) Porter Package
A)Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare.
B)Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
C)Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
D)Sight seeing tour in kathmandu valley and all the entrance fees
E)Tips for trekking Guide and trekking Porter
F)Lunch and dinner Kathmandu