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Trip Facts

Lumba Sumba Pass trek is a new route that runs through Kanchanjunga Conservation Area in eastern Himalaya region. Lumba Sumba peak is the major Attraction of this trekking routes that stand on elevations of 5200 m. The trekking routes offer some of the most Spectacular Himalayan landscapes. This route is also the of different ethnic groups like Limbus, Sherpas, Rai, Gurung, Magars, Newars and Tamangs. While passing the way we can explore the traditional farming practices on different places. Trekkers are able to see different bird and wildlife species including the endangered snow leopard and red panda. There are a number of high mountain lakes in Olangchung Gola.

While trekking we will explore two of the Nepal's best preserved protected areas. The first one is the Kanchanjunga conservation area and the second one is Makalu Barun National Park. Trekkers and people also have an opportunity of visiting Kanchangunga base camp and Makalu base camp through this route.

The Route encompasses alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense temperature and sub-tropical forests and low river valleys. Tamor and Arun river systems can be the other attractions for tourists. Both the river is the major tributes of the mighty Sapta Koshi River. Apart from Natural beauty, trekkers can also explore cultural heritage Including monasteries, shortens, Temples, Prayer walls and different local festivals if there is any taking place.

Lumba Sumba Pass

The lumba Sumba pass is at an elevation of 5160 meters above the sea level. It is a sublimely beautiful pass featuring the majesty Kanchanjunga to the west and Makalu to the east. Kanchanjunga (8598 m) and Makalu (8485 m) is the third and fifth highest peaks in the world respectively.

Magic Himalaya treks are one of the leading organizers of this Lumba Sumba pass trek. We organize the trek with best and customize itinerary. We have a wonderful and strong team of guide and porters which will always work hard for making trek successful with safety. So Remember us for Service with Safety.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 meters)
  2. A free Day and trek Preparation in Kathmandu
  3. Fly to Bhadrapur and drive to Illam (45 m Fly and 4 hours Drive)
  4. Drive to Taplajung (1820 m) Meet with trekking staff in Taplajung and start trek to Mitlung (909 m)
  5. Trek to Chiruwa (1246 m) 5-6 hours
  6. Trek to Lelep (1687 m) 5-6 hours
  7. Trek to Ela Danda (2051) 5-6 hours
  8. Trek to Jongim Kharka (2635 m) 7-8 hours
  9. Trek to Olanchung Gola (3208 m) 3 hours
  10. Trek to Sanjung Kharka camp (3910 m) 6-7 hours
  11. Trek to pass camp (4700 m) 4-5 hours
  12. Trek to Yak Kharka Via Lumba Sumba Pass (5177 m) 8-9 hours
  13. Trek to Jungle Camp (3350 m) 6-7 hours
  14. Trek to Yak kharka (2877 m) 5-6 hours
  15. Trek to Lingam school (2320 m) 5-6 hours
  16. Trek to Hatiya (1595 m) 5-6 hours
  17. Trek to Gola (1128 m) 5-6 hours
  18. Trek to Hedanga Gadhi (1179 m)
  19. Trek to Num (1572 m) Drive to Tumlingtar (450 m)
  20. Fly to Kathmandu
  21. Final Departure



Our representatives from Magic Himalaya treks will be standing outside airport with a name card. He/ She will pick you from the Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in thamel. We will have a welcome dinner together at cultural restaurant.


Today is the free day which we will utilize for visiting some places around the city and also do the trek preperation. We will also take you to our company Magic Himalaya treks where we can talk about the trip and meets guide that will lead your trek.


Today we will take you to the domestic airport to get an internal flight across the country to the southeastern part of Nepal. Bgadrapur is located in the tropical Terai region of Nepal. From Bhadrapur, we will get our vehicles for 2 day journey. Today we will drive for approximately 5-6 hours through a fascinating landscape of rural fields and small towns which quickly becomes turns into hills as we head north. We will stay night in Illam town.

  • The drive continues along with beautiful landscapes and river belt of the Himalayan. With every turn, we will see magnificent sights of white snow-capped mountain. At the end of the road we will get a small town of Taplajung (1820 m).We meet our crew and take lunch. After lunch we will walk down walks through small villages with their fields of Cardamom and Alnus trees to Hangdewa Khola. We follow Hangdewa Khola along the motor able road to a confluence with main Tamor River. We will camp at Mitlung (909 m).

The trek passes along the banks of Tamor River today. It is a pleasing walk until furumbu which is 40 minutes walk from Mitlung. From furumbu, the trail is uphill for a half hour then descends through Ulnus and Schima wallachiana mixed forests to Siwa Bazar at Linkhim. Siwa Bazar is at an elevation of 950 m and just three hours away from Mitlung. It is a very good place for lunch and had facilities of drug store, groceries and police station. We will continue following Tamor River until reaching Tawa Village. From here we will climb uphill until we reach KCEP entrance Gate (1300 m) at Thiwa Village. From this point we will descends until Chiruwa where we will stay night. Here we have few lodges and camping sites. It is popular stopover for tourist.


Today also the trek runs along the mighty Tamor river. At the start of trek we will see two big stones with religious significance. The trek passes through Ulnus trees until we reach a big landslide. We will need around half an hour to cross this landslide. After walking around two and half hours from chiruwa we will reach Tapethok (1340 m) for lunch. Here is small market with few tea shops. We need to check permits at KCAP. After lunch we have a pleasant walk for about an hour until pembu (1486 m). From Pembu we will climb uphill for about two and half hous to lelep. We will stay here at lelep which is also the headwuater of KCAP. We have good camping sites, police station, hotels in Lelep.


After breakfast, the trek runs along the bank of Tamor River Through dense forests that offers good Habitat for different wildlife species. We can see some wild Species if you are lucky. We crossed suspension bridge to climb up through pine forests for about an hour until we reach monastery. From here, the trek gradually descends after about half an hour. We will reach Gowatar (1800 m) for lunch. Gowatar is a small settlement with few houses. We will see big stone near village and it is believed that only religious people can move them. We will view two spectacular waterfalls which is about 100 meters tall. Half hour walk from water fall takes us to Phedi. After that we cross Tamor we will climb uphill for 40 minutes to reach Chautoro. We need to walk 20 minutes from her to reach camping sites at Ela Danda (2015 m) We will able to see Snowcapped peaks like small Kasturi peak and Tamor river.


The walk on the fifth day is pleasing as it passes through Ulnus and Rhododendrons forests 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 very much popular among trekkers. It is the habitat of red panda which is only seen some time if you are lucky.After walking around three hours we will reach Maguwa for lunch. Maguwa is on an elevations of 2435 m). we will pass Maple and Unlus forests along the way after lunch. We will also cross big landslides which is danger so trekkers need to be careful. From there walkinmg half an hour we will reach Selep Khara (2525 m) where we stay night.


Today also we will trek along the banks of Tamor River leading to the place called Jongim (2641). It is a flat land surrounded by snow capped Hills. We need to walk through Rhododendrons forests from Jongim around 40 minutes to reach suspension bridge. After a hour from there we reach Ramite (2685 m) for lunch. Ramite there is mixed forests of Deodar and Rhododendrons. We will also see water fall and see red panda.We will see first glimpse of Olangchung Gola after walking 45 minutes from waterfall. 40 minutes walk from there take you to the camping sites of Olangchung Gola (3208 m). It is a beautiful Sherpa village with 45 houses. There is 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.


After breakfast, we start 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 need to cross the river which takes us to places names as Langmale. From there we will continue to our destinations Sanjung Kharka. It is one of the nice camping spots for trekkers and can discover the beautiful mountain surroundings.


We continue along the route of great Himalaya trail towards the lumba Sumba himal. It is good to keep eyes out for snow leopard. We can see it on the next section of the trek that passes little yak pasture and beautiful landscape and few foothills to climb. This is the place where we can feel being on a totally wild country that is the habitat of snow leopard. This is not common for all trekkers to come such as remoteness. Finally we are at the pass camp and we are above the green vegetation.


From our last camp before the pass, we climb the sharp ridge beyond to a prominent saddle toward the 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 its necessary to cross below a peak to reach a slightly highest pass which is the actual Lumba Sumba la. It is on an elevation of 5177 meters above sea level. The views are breathtaking, extanding eastwards to Kanchenjunga and Jannu Himalayan ranges and westwards to Makalu region. This is very special place and weather consent, we may have longer broken here if the weather is stable and perhaps eat our packed lunches. Now we need to descent about 600 meters 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 4595 meters.


From our night stop, we set off down again by passing many yak kharkas. We also have an excellent views of Makalu ahead with the varieties of Rhododendrons tree. Then the trail bring together coming from the Umbak la,a 5200 meter pass by which means goods are traded with Tibet and Nepal, a 2 day Journey from here take to a village names of Thudam. It is a Sherpa village of around 30 wooden houses which is linked with villages in Tibet. We will also take a lunch and head towards west through a steep-sided valley. Here, we need to walk on several landslip areas before climbing steadily to a pass. And finally get to our camp for night stay.


We head west through a steep-sided landslide before climbing steadily and then passes through a cavernous bamboo forest. The views of Makalu and its satellites are simply eye-catching. We will continue descending to a small clearing at 2877 meters, where we make camp Today.


Today we continue descends through the dense rhododendrons forests ad ten climb to a place called Yak Kharka on a ridge overlooking Arun valley. We can see the river below and in the distance. Our Overnight stop is in the Lingam school (2320 m). After continuing to the down hill 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 will pass by Chyamtang and get to the Lingam school.


We are already decent the altitude and back to warm climate. Today we pass few villages among trails with the songs of birds. At lunch stop in the village of Gimber, we have more stunning views of the Makalu Himalayan range. The afternoons walk is relatively easy along a good trail to the Tibetan village of Hatiya (1595 m). This is the entry point to the Makalu-Barun National park.


We follow the trail through Arun River down to its confluences with the Barun River which carries the glaciers water Makalu range. After lunch, we continue along the Arun River to the small Village of Gola (1128 m). There are only around 12 houses here and the village is an interesting mix of Sherpa, Rai, and Tamang tribe.


We make a short descent on a pleasant trail to the lowlands. We pass through fields of paddy as follow the trail through the heaving hillsides above the Arun River. We stop for lunch at small village by Pathibhara which is boasts a number of local tea houses, shops and home stay. Beyond Pathibhara, the trail continues through a rich agriculture landscapes to Gadhi (1179 m) the “fort” in Nepali. This is the spot whwre the Nepalese army face up to invading forces from Tibet, Eventually driving them back over the passes. Gadhi is a surrounded by the market town with shops and hotels as well as the health post, school and police station.


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 house here. We get on our waiting vehicles for the 4-5 hours drive along the ridge to Tumlingtar (450 m). We will spend our final night on the trek with our crew in hotel at Tumlingtar.


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


Today is the last day in Nepal. Our representatives will pick you from your hotel and drop you to the international airport where you can fly back home or next destinations. On the way back home, you will have plenty of time to think about the trek.

What's included?

  • Arrival and departure by Private car,
  • Accommodations on 3 start hotel on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Tumlintar-Kathmandu Flight tickets
  • All land transport on private car and bus
  • Full camping trek with all meals and hot drinks during the trek serve by cook and staff.
  • Tented accommodations with dining, table, chairs, toilet tents and a shower tents.
  • salary, insurance, Food and accommodations for guide and porters.
  • Kanchanjunga special permits and national park entry permits.
  • Makalu valley restricted area permits and Makalu National park entrance permits.
  • Group first aid kit.

What's not included?

  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Tips, Donations and help

Departure dates

Group joining dates are not available. Please request for private trip.

Private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with us via bellow contact us form.

Essential Information

​Equiment for Lumba Sumba pass trekking

Here is the list of the Equipment that makes comfortable while doing trek if you are well prepared with these.

Trekking boots – 5 pair of warm shocks
Down jacket
Sleeping bags
Long sleeves
Sun glass
Water bottle
Half Pant
Trekking pole
Mosquitoes repelling cream
Camera and batteries
Flashinbg light
Eye glass
Rain coat

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