Lumba Sumba (5200m) is a name of trekking pass or peak in the middle part of two major trekking regions Kanchenjunga and Makalu in the eastern part of Nepal. This is newly opened and less touristic trekking region where trekkers can have an experience of waling in off the beaten path. You can explore the local cultivated typical villages, the original culture of multi ethnic groups like Limbus, Sherpas, Bhotes, Rais, Gurungs, Magars, Newars and Tamangs. Also this trek offers you the lower grass lands, dense sup tropical forest, terrain valleys, different birds, wildlife species such as snow leopard and red panda.
You can also enjoy with the spectacular Himalayan landscapes, the panoramic views of Makalu and Kanchenjunga Himalayan ranges, Himalayan wild rivers, Himalayan black rocks, steeps, alpine grass lands, glacial lakes etc.
Besides from natural beauty, you can also discover cultural treasures and monuments like Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, stupas, chhortens, Hindu temples and colorful prayer walls with Buddhist sacred holy flags etc.
Trip Summery in facts: Trip Title: Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Maximum Elevation: 5200m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 24 Days Mode of Operation: Tented Camping. Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and strenuous. Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people
Outline Itinerary: Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast. Day 02: Kathmandu formality for special permits of Lumba Sumba bed and breakfast. Day 03: Kathmandu-Biratnagar 45mn by plane. Overnight in Lodge. Day 04: Biratnagar to Taplejung/ Fungling (1777m) – the headquarters of Taplejung district by jeep 7 hours Day 05: Fungling - Mitlung (909m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 06: Mitlung - Chiruwa (1246m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 07: Chiruwa - Lelep (1687m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 08: Lelep - Ela Danda (2051m) 5- 6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 09: Ela Danda - Selep Kharka (2525m) 6-7 hours. Overnight camping. Day 10: Selep Kharka - Olangchung Gola (3208m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 11: Olangchung Gola - Upper Langmale (3893m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 12: Upper Langmale - Pass Camp (4747m) 6-7 hours. Overnight camping. Day 13: Pass Camp - Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m) - Chauri Kharka (4594m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 14: Chauri Kharka - Thudam (3500m) 6-7 hours. Overnight camping. Day 15: Thudam - Kharka (2877m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 16: Kharka - Chyamthang (2229m) 6-7 hours. Overnight camping. Day 17: Chyamthang - Hatiya (1595m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 18: Hatiya - Gola (1500m) 5-6 hours . Overnight camping. Day 19: Gola - Gadhi (1800m) 5-6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 20: Gadhi - Num (1572m) 3-4 hours then Num - Khandbari by local bus 5 hours. Overnight in Lodge. Day 21: Khandbari - Biratnagar or Khandbari - Tumlingtar by bus. Overnight in Lodge Day 22: Biratnagar or Tumlingtar - Kathmandu by plane and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast. Day 23: Reserve day in Kathmandu in case bad weather in Tumlingtar hotel 2 star bed and breakfast. Day 24: International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast twin basis.
-2 nights full board in Lodge in Biratnagar
-Trekking permits of Kanchenjunga National Park, Makalu National Park and Special permits of Lumba Sumba.
-Accommodation in tented camping with mattress twin basis.
-Food(breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Camping equipment: sleeping tents, foam mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, utensils etc.
-Kathmandu - Biratnagar by plane.
-Biratnagar - Taplejung by jeep.
-Num - Khandbari - Tumlingtar by bus.
-Tumlingtar - Kathmandu by plane.
-Internal airport taxes in Tumlingtar.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival in Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, -20 degree sleeping bag etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow