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Kanchanjunga to Makalu via Lumba Sumba Pass Trek

Trip Overview

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is the new trekking route located on the eastern part of Nepal. The trail derived its name from the Lumba Sumba peak, which is one of the major attractions of the route.

Along the route of this trekking trail we can trek towards the base camp of Mt. Kanchanjunga(8,586m) and Mt. Makalu(8,201m). Throughout this route we can able to observer the Tamor and Arun River awe-inspiring views,their major tributaries of the enormous Sapta Koshi River.This route encircles alpine grass land, rocky outcrops, dense temperate and sub-tropical forests and low river valleys.Aside from the natural beauty, trekkers can observe the cultural heritage such as monasteries,Chhortens,tempale andprayer walls,add to the flavor,where the festivals of all of these people living in tranquility that makes their native culture energetic.

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1340m)

Arrival in Kathmandu and transer to the respective Hotel in Kathmandu.

DAY 02: Kathmandu to Bhadrapur flight/ Taplejung by Jeep (1780m) 7–8hrs driving

Early morning drive to Kathmandu airport then take the domestic flight to Bhadrapur. We drive same day to Taplejung by Jeep through beautiful tea gardens of Jhapa and Illam.

DAY 03:Trek Taplejung to Mitlung(910m) 5–6 hrs walking.

The first day trek starts from Fungling, Taplejung district. The trail passes through beautiful cardamom fields and Alnus trees until Hangdewa village. On the way, there are small tea shops at Asangpati Tole, Gaigode Tole and Panisar Tole that can be used for alternative accommodation as they provide home stay facilities. From Panisar, the trek is downhill until the suspension bridge that acts as a border between Hangdewa Village and Furumbu village. A walk of 10 minutes takes us to Pawa Village for lunch. After lunch, the trek continues along the banks of Tamor River to Mitlung — a walk of around two hours. Mitlung is our destination for the day as it has good camping sites with facilities like kitchen and dining hall.

DAY 04: Trek Mitlung to Chiruwa(1250m) 5–6 hrs walking.

The trek passes along the banks of Tamor River on the second day. It is a pleasing walk until Furumbu village. 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 Bazaar in three hours from Mitlung. Siwa Bazar is a good place for lunch. It is a small market with facilities like medicine store, groceries and a police station. After lunch, the trek runs along the Tamor River until Tawa Village. Tawa Village (1150m) 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 is a small market with couple of lodges and good camping sites.

DAY 05: Trek Chiruwa to Lelep (1690m) 6–7 hrs walking

Today 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 through Ulnus trees 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 is a pleasing walk for about an hour until Pembu (1485m). From Pembu, it is an uphill climb for about two and half hours to Lelep our destination for the day.

DAY 06: Trek Lelep to Ela danda (2150m) 5–6 hrs walking.

After breakfast, the trek runs along the bank of Tamor River through dense forest that offers good habitat for different wildlife species. We cross a suspension bridge after a walk of about an hour from Lelep then it is an uphill climb through pine forest for about half an hour until we reach a monastery. From there,the trek gradually descends after about half an hour and 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 hour from Gowatar, we reach a place that offers spectacular views of two waterfalls about 100 meters tall. A walk of about half an hour walk after here takes us to Phedi.After crossing Tamor River, it is an uphill climb for about 45 minutes until we reach chautara.Another 20 minutes walk will take us to our camping site at Ela Danda.The place offers panoramic view of snowcapped peaks including the Small Kasturi Peak and Tamor River.

DAY 07: Trek Ela Danda to Selep Kharka (2525m) 5–6 hrs walking.

Today the walk is pleasant 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. This place is popular among trekkers as the habitat of red panda. If you are lucky, we might catch a sight of red panda from the trail itself. We reach Maguwa (2435m) for lunch. After lunch, the trail passes through maple and Ulnus forest. There is a big landslide on the way before we reach Selep Kharka(3210m).

DAY 08: Trek Selep Kharka to Olangchung Gola(3210m) 5–6 hrs walking.

Today we trek along the banks of Tamor River leading to a place called Jongim, a flat land surrounded by snow capped hills, after a walk of about 2hrs it takes us to a suspension bridge. Then we climb uphill from the suspension bridge,reach Ramite (2685m) for lunch. We continue the walk as getting higer then we catch the first glimpse of Olangchung Gola from the waterfall. After a climb of about 40 minutes, we finally reach the camping site at corner. 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 09: Trek Olangchung Gola to Upper Langmale Kharka (3890m) 6–7 hrs walking.

The trek from today onwards will pass through complete wilderness.The trek passes through pine and rhododendron forests. After a walk of two and half hours,we reach a place called Jadak (3630m) for lunch.Then we walk of other valley towards Lumba Samba three hours on rhododendron and mixed forests take us to our camping site at Upper Langmale.

DAY 10: Trek Upper Langmale Kharka to Pass Camp (4750m). 6–7 hrs walking.

The trek can be interesting today as snow leopards have been sighted numerous times from this trek. The trek runs along the small river side lies dense rhododendron forest. After a walk of about three hours, we reach Tangchetar (4200m) for lunch. Another three hours walk after lunch we get to our camping site at Pass Camp.

DAY 11: Trek Pass camp to Yak Kharka (4590m) 6–7 hrs walking.

This would be the most difficult yet most memorable day of this trek.Today the trek will pass through the Lumba Sumba Pass (5200m). It is better to start early as it will be difficult to cross the pass after noon. After a walk of about four and half hour from Pass Camp, we reach the Lumba Sumba Pass which offers panoramic Himalayan views of eastern Nepal including Kanchenjunga, Jannu himal and Makalu ranges.The we descend down to Yak kharka for camping.

DAY 12: Trek Yak Kharka to Thudam(3500m) 6 hrs walking.

The trek is downhill from Yakkharka as we arrive to civilization after tiring walk for three days. A walk of about 6 hours takes us to Thudam for village. Thudam is a small isolated village with around 30 houses of Sherpa people.

DAY 13: Trek Thudam to Kharka (2875m) 6–7 hrs walking.

Today the trek runs along the bank of Chujung Khola. The trail offers panoramic view of peaks in the Makalu range. On the way you see lot of small bushes and bamboo groves — the best habitat for red panda. The walking through many up and downs we reach to Kharka for the camp tonight.

DAY 14: Trek Kharka to Chyamthang (2230m) 6–7 hrs walking

The trail passes through dense rhododendron forest. As there are no villages on the way and also there are numerous side trails. After a walk of about three hours from Kharka, we reach a place called Chaurikharka for lunch. From Chaurikharka, we can clearly see Chyamtang , Arun River. After lunch, the tril goes 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 Chyamthang — our destination for the day. Chyamthang is a small yet beautiful village with stone houses.

DAY 15: Trek Chyamthang to Hatiya(1560m) 6–7 hrs walking.

The trail passes through rhododendron forest from Chyamthang takes us to Gimber Village 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 for the night’s stay. Hatiya — a small village of Bhote people — is the entry point to the Makalu Barun National Park.

DAY 16: Trek Hatiya to Gola (1410m) 5–6 hrs walking.

The trek runs along the banks of Arun River today. After a walk of about two and half hours from Hatiya, we reach the confluence of Arun and Barun rivers. After having lunch near the river confluence, 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.

DAY 17: Trek Gola to Ghadi (1800m) 6–7 hrs walking.

The trek passes through paddy fields that we are at 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 for lunch. The trail after lunch passes through agricultural land and we can find plenty of water sources and small settlements along the way. We reach Gadhi for our destination of the day.

DAY 18: Trek Gadhi to Num and drive to Tumlingtar (400m) 3 hrs walking and 4 hrs driving.

This is the last day of our trek. From Gadhi, the trek is about an hour downhill till the Arun River. After crossing the river, an uphill climb of about 2 hour takes us to the Num village. As Num is linked with road, we take a jeep to Tumlingtar. A drive of around 4 hours on dirt road takes us to Tumlingtar where is an airstrip.

DAY 19: Fly back to Kathmandu(1340m) 35 minutes flight.

After breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu then transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon in Kathmandu.

DAY 20: Final departure.

Drive to the International Airport and departure back home.

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