Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking-21 Days

"The Lumba Sumba Pass, at 5160 meters, is a stunningly beautiful pass connecting Kanchenjunga to Makalu."
Good to Know
  • Duration 21 Days
  • Max. Altitude 5177m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private
  • Activities Trekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season April to November


  • Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking offers a scenic mountain flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, with stunning views of the Himalayas.
  • The walk takes you through some of Nepal's most isolated districts, where you will experience traditional communities, historic monasteries, and breathtaking scenery.
  • At an altitude of 5,160 meters, the Lumba Sumba Pass is the highest point of the walk, and the crossing provides beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • The journey passes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, which is home to unique and endangered animals such as the snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan black bear.
  • Lumba Sumba Pass provides stunning vistas of lush forests, rivers, waterfalls, and glaciers. You will also get the opportunity to witness some of the world's tallest peaks, including Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Everest.
  • The trip takes you through numerous traditional villages where you may learn about the local people's unique culture and way of life.
  • The journey provides opportunities to witness a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rhododendron woods, alpine meadows, and a diversity of bird species.

An Advantage of booking a trip with Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • Private vehicles for pick up and drop off services passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: Lumba Sumba Pass Trek 2024/2025

The Lumba Sumba Pass, at 5,160 meters/16,929 feet, is a stunningly beautiful pass connecting Kanchenjunga to Makalu, featuring the majestic Kanchenjunga (8598m) to the west and Makalu (8,485 m/ 27,837 ft) to the east, the third and fifth highest peaks in the world, respectively.

Where originally pronounced as Kanchendzonga means five jewels which is related to its five main peaks of the Kanchenjunga mountain range located in Nepal's Far North Eastern belt of Himalaya close to the border Sikkim (northeast state of India) and Tibet beyond further north directions.

A fabulous adventure that leads you to a far and remote range at the end of Nepal Himalaya where few trekkers and adventurers seldom venture this unknown hidden country around Holung -Walungchung and Gola situated close to the route to Eastern border of Tibet-China.

Trekking around Lumba Sumba Pass is a spectacular area with its outmost scenery of mountains, green valleys, and high rolling hills with fast-flowing glacial rivers in the harmony of impressive villages and its culture is interwoven with Buddhism religion, where people of the region closely related to Tibetans across the border.

This wonderful adventure begins with a great panoramic flight facing alluring views of Himalayan peaks with Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga range to land in the warmer south east of Nepal, where the drive leads to the alpine cooler hills past Ilam town with its vast tea-garden to reach our trekking starting point at Taplejung.

Walking into nice hill farm villages of moderate climate entering into forested areas on the main trail of Kanchenjunga north base camp for few days, and then our route diverts straight north into a complete wilderness of high green hills covered within the thick forest of rhododendron, magnolia, hemlocks, oaks, pines, and fir tree lines.

As our adventure walks progress to reach at nice and impressive villages at Holung and Walungchung – Gola at a height of 3,200 m high, with time to explore its interesting places and villages enriched with Tibetan traditions and customs, from heading to cross over the highest point of the trek to traverse Lumba-Sumba at above 5,160 m pass, facing marvelous views of surrounding peaks and landscapes.

After a great adventure around the remote villages of Walunchung-Gola where a walk leads to much warmer areas back into well-cultivated farm fields and villages to reach Num, which is en route to Makalu base camp.

From Num where our wonderful trekking completes taking an exciting local jeep drive to reach around low warm Arun valley town at Tumlingtar for a scenic sweeping flight back to Kathmandu, after a most rewarding adventure with an enjoyable experience on North Kanchenjunga with Lumba Sumba Trekking.

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Why trek to lumba sumba pass ?

Travelling and trekking towards this region is a great option for anyone looking for a hard and off-the-beaten-path in Nepal trekking trip. These are a few reasons trekkers must consider:

  • Remote and Unexplored: The trekking trail takes you through some of the most remote and unexplored regions of eastern Nepal, where you may enjoy the regions unspoiled natural beauty and cultural richness.

  • Landscape Richness and Biodiversity: The trek leads you through lush woods, high-altitude grasslands, glacial lakes, and traditional villages, providing a broad range of landscapes and habitats for various flora and species.
  • Trekking at High Altitude: The walk leads you to the highest point at 5,160 meters, providing beautiful vistas of the Himalayan peaks as well as a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience.
  • Cultural immersion: The hike takes you through several traditional villages of various ethnic groups, giving you the chance to interact with the locals and learn about their unique culture and way of life.
  • Off-the-beaten-path: This is a lesser-known trekking route of eastern region of Nepal. During the trek, you may explore the region's wildness without the crowds of other popular treks in Nepal.

Overall, this Lumba Sumba Trek package is an excellent choice for those looking for an adventurous, off-the-beaten-path trekking adventure in Nepal.

who is the lumba sumba pass trek for and what is the difficulty level?

A challenging journey that needs physical fitness and stamina. The trek involves long hours of walking over steep and rough terrain, crossing high-altitude passes, and dealing with unpredictable weather conditions are all part of the expedition. As a result, it may not be appropriate for everyone.

Nepal Trekking Planner suggest you to get physically fit and get the habit of walking 5-6 hour per day. You are also recommended to have prior trekking experience, especially at high altitudes. Before going on the trek, you must be in good physical shape.

Before embarking on the journey, trekkers and travellers are recommended to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure that you are physically ready to handle the challenges of high-altitude trekking. Those who have pre-existing medical issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes should consult a doctor before embarking on the trek.

If you are physically fit, have past trekking experience, and are willing to take on the challenge of high-altitude walking, this journey may be memorable and a satisfying experience.

What is the best season/month to trek towards lumba sumba pass?

The peak seasons for trekking are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather is normally calm during these months, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures, making it the optimum season for trekking.

The weather is pleasant during the spring season (March to May), and the rhododendron blooms are in full bloom, making for picturesque vistas. The autumn season (September to November) provides clear skies and dry weather, making it the ideal time to take in the beautiful mountain vistas.

It is important to remember that trekking in the mountains can be difficult, and weather conditions in the highlands can be unexpected. It's always a good idea to check the weather forecast and be ready for any kind of weather. Moreover, trekking with a qualified guide and carrying suitable equipment is recommended to ensure a safe and comfortable trip.

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How should trekkers prepare for lumba sumba pass?

For the preparation trekkers need to be physically fit, mentally strong and well equipped. Here are some preparation advice for trekkers before beginning this trek:

  • Physical fitness: As the trek involves long hikes over difficult terrain, it is very important to build up your strength and stamina before embarking to the trek. You can begin by completing regular exercises such as walking, running, trekking, and climbing stairs. Strength training activities should also be performed to improve your core, legs, and upper body. 

  • Mentally Active: Before embarking a trek, you must be mentally prepared as well. The hike involves long hike where you must be mentally prepared for the ups and downs, during the journey. You must have a positive mindset all over the trek. You also need to consider the challenges such as unexpected weather change, difficulties during the trek and so on. Trekkers are also suggest you to do yoga and meditation to keep your mind and soul active as well as positive.
  • Appropriate equipment: During the trek, travellers are required to take adequate clothing and supplies. A good quality trekking backpack, trekking shoes, warm clothing, rain gear, a sleeping bag, and a water bottle are all required. A first-aid kit, sunscreen, and bug sprays are also recommended. But if you don’t want to carry heavy luggage and baggage during flight, Trekking Planner Nepal also provides you the necessary equipment as per your requirement.
  • Acclimatization to high altitudes: Acclimatization is the most important task required during the trek else you get AMS. The trek involves climbing to high altitudes, so trekking slowly allows you enough acclimatization. Nepal Trekking Planner provide you as per required itinerary where you will have enough time for acclimatization. During the journey, hikers need to to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and smoking and meat too.
  • Well trained and local guide: A well experienced guide is required throughout the journey. We, Trekking Planner Nepal family have professional guide who is familiar with the hiking route and can provide assistance and support. The guides are well trained in case of emergencies and first aid too.

You may ensure a safe and pleasurable hiking journey in this region by following these suggestions and being well-prepared.

Climate and Weather around the lumba sumba pass 

Lumba Sumba Trekking is a high altitude trekking route in eastern region. The climate and weather during the trek varies on the season you are travelling. Besides the weather of mountain region is unpredictable, so our guides will always check the weather before embarking trek.

The weather is generally calm and good for trekking during the trekking season, which runs from March to May and September to November. Throughout the day, temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius in the lower elevations and gradually drop to 0 to 10 degrees Celsius at the higher elevations. Nights can be unusually cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing in certain places.

During the monsoon season (June to August), the trekking trail might get slippery and muddy due to heavy rainfalls. The humidity is strong, and landslides and floods are probable. Trekking is therefore not advised during this period. Still the taste and preference totally depends on you.

During the winter season (December to February), the temperature gets frizzy, and higher elevations might receive considerable snowfall, making trekking difficult. Temperatures can fall below freezing, so it is important to be well-prepared with proper equipment and clothing.

Local Culture and Religion seen around the trekking trail of lumba sumba pass.

Lumba Sumba Trekking takes place in eastern region of Nepal. This region is known for its numerous ethnic and cultural cultures. The diverse local culture and religion are highly influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shamanism.

The main ethnic group of this region is Rai and Limbu communities, and they ptactice their own unique culture and traditions. The Rai people are famous for their traditional music and dance, whereas the Limbu people are famous for their martial arts and traditional festivals.

The locals in the area are extremely religious, practicing a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. There are various monasteries and temples in the area, including the Pathibhara Devi Temple, which is a popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Shamanism is also practiced in the area. The local shamans are well-respected members of the community. They are thought to be able to converse with spirits, as well as cure illnesses and solve issues.

Throughout the journey, you can watch and participate in local traditional events and rituals such as the Rai community's Sakela dance and the Limbu community's Chasok Tangnam celebration. Tourists can also sample the native cuisine, which includes dishes like Dal bhat, Momos, and Thukpa.

is Travel Insurance required for lumba sumba pass.

Trekking Planner Nepal strongly advised to get travel insurance before embarking on the Lumba Sumba Trek. Trekking in such a remote place can be difficult, and there may be the chance of accidents or medical issues. Travel insurance can provide peace of mind as well as cash protection in the event of an unfortunate accident.

When selecting travel insurance for the Lumba Sumba Trekking, make sure that your insurance covers all trekking activities, including high-altitude hiking. The coverage should also cover emergency medical expenses, such as helicopter or air ambulance evacuation, trip cancellation, lost or stolen baggage, and personal expenses.

When taking travel insurance, it is important to carefully read and understand the policy's terms and conditions. Make careful to tell your insurance provider about any pre-existing medical issues, as this may affect your coverage.

Before embarking on the trek, bring a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you. It will be helpful in case of emergency.

Can we get altitude sickness while trekking to lumba sumba pass 

As trekkers are trekking through the places located in high altitude regions of Nepal. It is normal to develop symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS) at this high altitude. The inability of body to rapidly acclimatize to the lower air pressure and decreasing oxygen levels at high elevations causes AMS. Headache, nausea, dizziness, exhaustion, and difficulty sleeping are some of the symptoms of AMS.

To avoid AMS, it is best to climb gently, enabling the body to adjust to the reduced air pressure and higher altitude gradually. Staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and eating a well-balanced diet are also important. If AMS symptoms emerge, it is advised to rest and descend to a lower altitude until the symptoms decrease. In severe cases, medicine may be required, and medical treatment is advised.

Washing and Toilet facilities at lumba sumba pass

As trekking is rarely done in this rural region. As a result, access to washing and restroom facilities during the journey may be limited. Here are some general considerations:

  • Toilets:  The toilet facilities during the trek are likely to be a mix of basic pit toilets and squat toilets. Western-style bathrooms are available in some teahouses and lodges, however this is not always the case.

  • Washing: Accessibility to washing facilities is also limited during the trek. Some teahouses and lodges may have a simple and basic shower, but this may not be applicable in all areas. Sometimes you may also need to use bucket to fill water for washing. The locals may charge for the hot shower too.

Trekking Planner Nepal, legally registered company, suggest you to follow Leave No Trace principles whenever you trek to any part, even at Lumba Sumba Trek. This includes not washing in streams or rivers and instead utilizing designated toilet facilities where they are available. If there are no bathroom facilities accessible, it is critical to properly bury your waste at least 200 feet away from water sources, and to place any toilet paper or hygiene goods in a sealable plastic bag.

Accommodation facilities at the trekking trail of lumba sumba pass.

The trekking trail in this regions are remote and less travelled trek in Nepal's east. As a result, lodging along the trail is limited. Our representatives and guides are available to secure your trip and make it memorable. We book the lodge in advance after your booking so you can travel without any hesitation.

Teahouses and hotels are available for lodging along the walk. Teahouses are small guesthouses that offer simple rooms with a bed and, in many cases, common bathing amenities. Lodges are a step up from teahouses, having nicer facilities and more comfortable rooms. Teahouses and lodges are both run by local families and provide insight into the local culture and way of life. This helps you experience local cultures and tradition.

It's important to note that accommodation options can be limited along the trek, and in some cases, you may need to be flexible with your plans. During peak trekking season, it's also important to book accommodation in advance to ensure that you have a place to stay. Our staffs will secure your booking in advance, allowing you to prepare for additional trekking.

Temperatures can be rather cold, especially at higher elevations, so bring a sleeping bag and warm clothes with you. But, if you do not want to carry large luggage during your travel, Trekking Planner Nepal can provide you with the necessary equipment. It is better to   ring a headlamp or torch as well, as electricity may be limited or unavailable in some regions. When living in teahouses or lodges, it is important to be respectful of the local culture and customs, as well as mindful of your impact on the environment.

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  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350 m / 4,430 ft

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, received by our office staff and guide and then a short drive to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.

After checking in your rooms getting refreshed join with other members of the group for briefing on North Kanchenjunga - Lumba-Sumba Trekking, provides you with useful information regarding treks and other details for your enjoyable stay in Nepal with us, includes welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program.

  • Max. Altitude/Time3,000 m/9,842 ft

As per time for flight to Bhadrapur located Nepal Far South East transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic sweeping flights of about 45 minutes to land at low warm areas at Bhadrapur airport.

During airborne fantastic views a panorama of snow-capped mountains from the take-off to landing, on reaching at Nepal low warm areas of sub-tropical climate, then taking a drive to reach at Ilam a hill town, famous for tea and its vast tea-garden with views of Kanchenjunga towards far north.

At Ilam with time to explore this hill town full of lively culture of the eastern people with mixture of Hindu and Buddhism religions and interesting traditions.

  • Max. Altitude/Time909 m/2,982 ft

After an interesting time at Ilam with its sea of tea garden, morning few hours of scenic drive leads to many farm villages and towns and then crossing the Kabeli Khola (Small River) on the jeep rough road reaching at Sukhetar village in Taplejung after a drive of four hours, from Suketar starting the first walk of this wonderful journey heading downhill with short ups in between to reach a small farm village of Mitlung at 921 meters, where temperature is quite warm with rice paddies grown around this low altitude.

  • Max. Altitude/Time1,270 m/4,166 ft

Following long downhill path along Tamor River with few short ups and downs to Sinwa village, from here continue descends to Tawa village and then crossing several streams to reach a small green valley after passing few scattered farm villages and reaching at our overnight camp at Chirwa which is a moderate size village with mix tribes of Rai (Kirat tribe) Magar, Tamang and Hindu Chettries, Brahmins and dalits.

  • Max. Altitude/Time1,576 m/5,170 ft

From Chirwa morning walk heading towards Sukathum village, on reaching a small woodland by the river bank with mix terrains landscapes and cultivation of cardamom fields in complete shade of a dense tree lines, then leading higher on cultivated farm fields and short descend to overnight camp at Lungthang a small farm village, from here the air gets cooler and change in people culture and custom of Tibetan influence.

  • Max. Altitude/Time3,200 m/10,498 ft

Today walk leads to one of the highlight of this trip at Holung located on the trail to Tibet, and a large village of this surrounding high mountainous cold area, although a long walk of mixed variations with gentle slope to downhill and steep ups and into a lovely alpine forest of  beautiful rhododendron, oaks and pine trees, the walk leads downstream to Yangma Khola and then our direction changes heading towards North West into Tamar Khola at about 2,800 meters to follow a wide trail on the winding up to reach at Walangchung - Gola also known as Holung , here we will have 2 nights stops to explore this interesting and impressive high remote village.

  • Max. Altitude/Time3,200 m/10,498 ft

A nice place for rest with options for walk to explore around impressive village house built with stones, people here are of Bhotia’s tribe of strong Tibetan influence interwoven with Tibetan Buddhism religion, culture and its way of life. The villagers still trade and barter across the border in Tibet as this place located on caravan route bringing goods from both side in exchange for salts and Tibetan / Chinese goods to rice, spices and pulses and other food stuff from Nepal.

  • Max. Altitude/Time4,450m/14,599 ft

Enjoying time at Holung village around Wangchungo-la area, morning walk leads to Tamor Khola and reaching a river confluence of Dinsangba river which later joins the big Tamor river way down, after crossing a small wooden bridge with a climb nearly half day of 3-4 hours to Lumba Sumba ridge top through forested area of rhododendron, pines, oaks and magnolia trees and then heading back with downhill to Dinsangba Khola again following upstream into woodlands and with a climb again passing several yak grazing pasture known as kharka and to large green valley, and continue over a black rock band to reach another valley to end the day walk with overnight stop on the meadows.

  • Max. Altitude/Time5,160 m/16,929 ft

Start morning walk earlier a long day trekking of nearly eight hours on the faint trail heading North West of a stream flowing from a high rocky cliff edge, after few hours of nice walk coming to an icy pond and then leading to a climb of this plateau northern side to head beyond to ridge top of Lumba Sumba-la pass at 5,135 meters the highest spot of this remarkable journey and a wonderful experience to achieve this high elevation. From the top looking around eastern Himalayan panorama from Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Khumbakarna Himal with massive range of Mt. Kanchenjunga, after a grand time heading to another ridge that line this high hills contouring to reach Lumba Sumba La again but different to offering same views of snow clad mountains of Mt. Kanchenjunga & Jannu Himal to the east with Makalu towards North West.

Finally on the long downhill loosing at about 600 meters descend to reach a  wide valley and to camp on the large pasture field at  4,500 meters altitude the highest camping spot of this trip as well.

  • Max. Altitude/Time3,600 m/11,811 ft

A nice feeling to be in complete wilderness away from villages and human settlement for few days, from here walking to much warmer area on the gradual descend and then with a climb for a while and back to normal walk with few short ups on route and then into a alpine woodland and finally ending the day walk of near five hours at Thudam a nice village with Tibetan influenced villagers as in Holung village, a moderate size village of more than twenty houses built with stone and fine pine woods.

  • Max. Altitude/Time2,850 m/9,350 ft

After an interesting and nice time in this remote village, walk starts back into dense forest to camp at Kharka (Sheppard’s shelter), at first following the path through thick vegetation of bushes and tall tree lines and then heading downhill to a river and with small climb in between but more or less on the downhill walk to reach an isolated yak herders camp at Kharka for overnight stop.

  • Max. Altitude/Time2,190 m/7,185 ft

From here another long day walk of near seven hours, morning starts with a short climb to a small village on the mid-hills just above Arun River from this place another three hours leading to climb to a small pass and then a long descend on the muddy and wet trail to reach Arun River with thick vegetation of bamboo stalks and prickly bushes, and then walking across a bridge, and then a steep uphill walk of about 500 meters long climb to reach the overnight camp at a nice village of Lhomi village and Chyamtang which is close together.

  • Max. Altitude/Time2,320 m/7,611 ft

Morning walk on moderate terrain with few short ups and downs (which is famous and popular word in Nepali) walking on main path passing many scattered farm hamlets and villages and reaching near to this village a large landslide which damaged many houses and primary schools in monsoon season in the year 2012, after a nice trekking of about six hours reaching at Hongaon for overnight stop.

  • Max. Altitude/Time1,585 m/5,200 ft

From this small neat village, morning walk leads to much warmer places entering sub-tropical country zone, journey continues following the Arun River downstream which is fed by the glacier of Mt. Makalu and Barun Himal flowing right near Tumlingtar to join Sun Kosi near the flatland of Nepal Terai, walk leads across many farm lands and terraces, villages and reaching our overnight camp at Hatiya village, a popular village located on Nepal / Tibet trade route.

  • Max. Altitude/TimeGola 1,128 m/3,700 ft

After this interesting village of Hatiya walk leads to more warmer area which is pleasant to trek on shorts and T shirts, encountering many small farm villages and cultivated terraces with rice paddies depending upon the season as rice is planted in wet monsoon season and harvested in autumn season, walk continues to follow the main trail for about five hours on good nice path following for sometime upper Arun River and then on the downhill with short ups  to reach the overnight stop at Gola farm village.

  • Max. Altitude/Time1,180 m/3,871 ft

From here onwards villages of mixed tribal people of Kirat Rais, Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahmins and few Dalits people, the walk is interesting meeting friendly villagers along this nice pleasant walk passing many rural and nice villages and finally arriving at Gadhi-danda village for overnight stop offering grand views of Jaljala rocky and snow peaks near Milke danda area.

  • Max. Altitude/Time1,585 m/5,200 ft

Today last and final walk to end at Num village, leaving Gadhi-Danda village leading to a descend into farm fields and terraces for some hours and passing many villages on this morning walk, and then ending the day with the final trekking at Num village slowly developing into town with the construction of motor road during this past few years.

Num a fine large village situated on a ridge top overlooking views of hills to Makalu area and of Jaljala Himal towards north.

    Morning our adventure complete after taking an exciting drive to a nice little town at Tumlingtar within back at warmer areas enriched with vast farm land around Arun Valley, as drive leads past farm villages of Chinchila, Manebhanjyang and large town of Khandbari and then back at Tumlingtar with time to browse around village to observe local culture and custom of the eastern Nepalese.

      From Tumlingtar morning flight to Kathmandu with panorama of mountains views all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back into your hotel with free afternoon to relax after a great and wonderful adventure on North of Kanchenjunga and Lumba-Sumba Trekking.

        Free day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Tumlingtar, due to unfavorable bad weather conditions which can occur sometimes as Himalaya weather can be unpredictable.

        If all goes well as per our guideline and set itinerary, enjoy the day with individual activities or join in for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

          Last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

          Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great adventure on North of Kanchenjunga-Lumba-Sumba Trekking.

          Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

          What's Included
          •  All airports pick up drop by private vehicle.
          •  04 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
          •  Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra) Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant.
          •  Kathmandu to Taplejung and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu by flight.
          •  Kanchenjunga and Makalu Conservation Area Permit, Kanchenjunga and Makalu Special permit.
          •  Twin/double shearing accommodation/tented camp in the mountain during the trekking.
          •  Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
          •  A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
          •  02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
          •  Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters; they are like family to us.        
          •  Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant.
          •  First aid kit.
          •  Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
          •  Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
          •  Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
          •  All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
          What's Excluded
          • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo).
          • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight).
          • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu.
          • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
          • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary.
          • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
          • Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
          • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
          Essential Info

          Equipment and Gear List

          trekking iconGeneral

          • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
          • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
          • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

          HeadUpper Body

          • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
          • warm woolen hat
          • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
          • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
          • Polarized sunglasses


          • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
          • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
          • Waterproof rain jacket
          • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
          • Fleece jacket or down jacket

          PantLower Body

          • thermals inner
          • Hiking pants at least 3
          • Comfortable pants for teahouses
          • Waterproof, windproof shell
          • Hiking shorts


          • Woolen gloves for the tea house
          • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


          • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
          • Hiking socks
          • Liner socks
          • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
          • Crampons (For passes)
          • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
          • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

          UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

          • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
          • Sports bras (women)
          • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

          MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

          • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
          • Lip balm or Vaseline
          • ointment cream
          • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
          • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

          (Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

          Other essentialsOther Essentials

          • Passport
          • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
          • Reusable water bottle
          • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
          • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
          • water bladder for the day bag
          • small towel for personal use
          • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
          • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
          • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
          • Power bank or extra batteries
          • Cameras and mobile phone
          • Cards/book
          • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
          • Trekking poles
          • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
          • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
          • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
          • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
          • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
          • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
          • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
          • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
          • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
          • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

          Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

          • The Lumba Sumba Pass trekking is a tough and isolated trekking route in eastern region of Nepal. The trek leads you through the lovely and unspoiled Kanchenjunga valleys, with incredible views of the Himalayas.

          • Yes, the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is considered challenging trek. The trek is a high-altitude trek through rural places with little infrastructure. The trail can be difficult, with steep ascents and descents, and altitude sickness is a possibility. Besides, the trek is done in the unexplored land of the western Nepal. It is advised to be physically fit and have prior trekking experience.

          • The Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking is best done in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant and the vistas are clear.

          • Depending on your pace and schedule, the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek normally lasts 25 to 30 days. Beside you can custom the trek on the basis of your time, budget and preference.

          • The Lumba Sumba Pass is where the Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking reaches its highest elevation, which is roughly 5,160 meters (16,929 feet).

          • Yes, Kanchenjunga Special Permit, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) Entry Permit, Makalu Barun National Park Entrance Permit, Restricted Area Permit for Sangkhuwasabha District is necessary for the Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking. A licensed trekking company in Nepal can help you get this permit.

          • Due to its remoteness, the Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking path has a dearth of teahouses or guesthouses. It is advised to camp or plan a fully supported trek with a trekking company.

          • Yes, the Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking path crosses through the wildlife-rich Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. There's a chance you'll see creatures like red pandas, snow leopards, musk deer, and many kinds of birds.

          • Since the Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking is at a high elevation, altitude sickness may be a worry. It is essential that you appropriately adjust, hydrate yourself, and pay attention to your body's signals. A steady ascent and a suitable trekking plan can reduce the risk.

          • To complete the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek, you should be in decent physical condition. You will need to be able to hike for a number of hours each day at a high altitude because the trek is lengthy and challenging. Before beginning the trek, you should also acclimatise to high elevations.

          • Intense woods, alpine meadows, glacial lakes, and panoramic views of snow-capped peaks like Kanchenjunga and Makalu are just a few of the variety and incredible scenery that can be found on the Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking.

          • Yes, hiring a porter is a regular practice when trekking the Lumba Sumba Pass. A porter can assist you in carrying your hefty bag, allowing you to enjoy the walk without the stress of carrying a big weight.

          • Yes, as per Government rules, hiring guide is compulsory for your safety. The trek to Lumba Sumba Pass takes you through pristine landscapes which might get difficult to you. Also, you might altitude problem or any other issues which might even lead you to death. So, taking safety as a primary measure, make sure you go with well experienced guide.

          • Yes, the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek can be combined with other treks in the vicinity, such as the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek or the Makalu Base Camp Trek. This allows you to see more of Nepal's stunning and diverse landscapes.

          • The Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking does not have an age limit. However, due to the strenuous nature of the climb, it is normally recommended for those who are physically fit and have prior trekking experience. Long days of trekking in rural places with steep ascents and descents are part of the expedition. To establish if the journey is appropriate for you, regardless of your age, you should analyses your own fitness level and confer with a trekking professional or your healthcare provider.

          • Helicopter evacuation is possible on the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek, although due to the isolated and rugged nature of the trekking path, it may be difficult. In the event of a serious medical emergency or other life-threatening circumstance, a helicopter evacuation can be organized to transport you to a nearby medical institution or a safer area.

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            Lumba Sumba Pass and Around Manasalu Trek with Trekking Planner Nepal

            Last October, I used Trekking Planner Nepal to organize my trek from Kanchenjunga to Makalu Basecamp over the Lumba Sumba pass. I had such a great time that I booked another trek with Trekking Planner, walking from Tsum Valley, around Manasalu to the villages of Nar and Phu. This was a really big trip for me, before leaving for Nepal, I spent a lot of time researching and emailing many different trekking companies. Out of the companies I reached out to, the owner Dipak offered me the best price, and the best customer service, promptly and patiently taking the time to answer my numerous emails . In Kathmandu, Dipak couldn't have been nicer, he picked me up at the airport, took me out to dinner, organized all my permits and logistics and provided me with a great trekking crew. He's the guy you want to organize your trek in Nepal. My guide for both treks was Dhirendra Kharka, and he was awesome. He's a great choice as a guide, especially if you want to trek somewhere off the beaten path. We spent almost 60 days in the mountains together on a couple of long, challenging treks. He was great company, as well as being extremely skilled and competent in the mountains. I would recommend Trekking Planner to anyone interested in trekking in Nepal. I am attempting to section hike the Great Himalaya trail and I am planning on working with both Dipak and Dhirendra when I return to Nepal.

            clifton tUnited States,Jan 10, 2019
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