Lumba Sumba Trek is the newly recognized and explored trekking trail by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in 2012. This route was explored in April among the 20 member team such as support staff that was lead by Rana Bahadur Khadka, 1st vice president of TAAN. The main significant attraction of the Lumba sumba Trek is the Lumba sumba peak which provides us superb view of Himalayan Landscapes, homeland of various ethnic group such as the Limbus, Sherpas, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Newar and Tamang. The trek pass along Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) in the eastern Himalayan where you could explore and observe the traditional culture, their farming practices and different birds species, wildlife species including Endangered Snow Leopard and Red Panda. There are numerous number of high mountain lakes in Olangchung Gola along this route we could get an opportunity to explore two of the Nepal best conserved areas; Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Makalu Barun National Park respectively.
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, temple and prayer walls, add to the flavor, where the festivals of all of these people living in tranquility that makes their native culture energetic.
Arrival at Kathmandu airport welcome program by Himalayan Magic Treks member and direct transfer to hotel on Bed & Breakfast
A free day to explore Kathmandu and Trek Preparation. After breakfast there is an optional complimentary guided sightseeing tour of the several historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. Or you may prefer to do on your own while our office staffs will manage for necessary permits for treks. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing for the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. Overnight at Hotel on Bed and Breakfast
Fly to Bhadrapur again drive to Ilam. 45 m fly and 4 hours drive We take you to the domestic airport to get an internal flight across the country to the southeastern part of Nepal. Bhadrapur is located in the tropical Terai region of Nepal. From Bhadrapur, We will get our vehicles for a two day journey into the mountains. We 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. The temperature becomes a little cooler as we climb into the foothills and arriving at the town of Illam. Overnight at Hotel - Dinner and Breakfast
Drive to Taplejung 1,820 m Meet with Trekking staffs in Taplejung and start trek to Mitlung 9,09 m. 4 hours of drive and 3 hours walking. The drive continues along with beautiful landscape and river belt of the Himalayan foothills. With every turn there are magnificent sights of white snow capped mountain. At the end of the road we get small town of Taplejung 1,820m where we meet our crew and take lunch. After lunch, a downhill walk through small villages with their fields of cardamom trees to the Hangdewa Khola (stream) which we will cross over a suspension bridge. We follow the Hangdewa Khola along the motor-able road down to a confluence with the main Tamor River which leads us to our first night's camp at Mitlung 909m. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Chiruwa 1,246 m 5-6 hours. After breakfast, the day starts with a trek beside the Tamor River, the field of rice and passing by fragrant forest we achieve to lunch stop at Siwa Bazaar. After lunch, we will continue along the Tamor River to another small settlement of Limbus at Tawa village (1,146m), where we start little climb to reach at Thiwa 1,300 m. After Thiwa enjoy a gradual descent to the small prop up village of Chiruwa 1,246m Overnight at Camp
Trek to Lelep 1,687 m 5-6 hours, We continue along the Tamor River, passing by small villages and personage farms with huge amount of cardamom field and the rice terraced fields as well. After hour and half walking eventually we reach the larger village named of Tapethok 1340 m which has some shops and tea houses and a check-post of Kanchenjunja Conservation Area project (KCAP) where we have to submit our permits to get into KCAP . here we take a lunch before continuing pleasantly walk beside the river and through the nice cardamom field to Pembu where we begin a steady climb of a little over 2 hours to our overnight camp at Lelep. Lelep is a big settlement village with police station, health post and also there the headquarters of KCAP. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Ela Danda 2,051 m 5-6 hours Once again we continue follow the Tamor River upstream through dense forest. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and gradual climb through pine forest for about 45 minutes to a small and old monastery (Sango Chhyolling Gompa). From here we descend gradually to Gowatar (1,800m) where we stop for lunch. Afterwards we pass two beautiful waterfalls crossing of the Phedi Khola and then make a final climb of around an hour to our camp at Ela Danda (2051m). This offers a magnificent view of Kasturi peaks and down to the Tamor River. At Ila Danda there is lack of camp side so we may sleep of on local guest house. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Jongim Kharka 2,635 m (7-8 hours). Starts Walking through an anus and rhododendron forest until we reach suspension bridge. After crossing the river we enter an extensive area of bamboo forest and some other trees, inhabited by the endangered red panda. If we are lucky we may have opportunity to catch a sight of one of these intangible creatures as we walk through the bamboo forest to the Maguwa Kharka where the lunches spot for today. Beyond Maguwa Kharka there is more mixture forest with rhododendron, oak, chestnut, alnus, maple etc, abundant with a different variety of birdlife. We have to cross a large landslip area before Selep Kharka (2,525 m) and we continue another hour to get our night's stop at Jongim Kharka (2,635m). Where we can explore a nice view of the snow capped peak to the north.Overnight at Camp
Trek to Olanchung Gola (3,208m). (3 hours) After crossing the suspension bridge we enter into the rhododendron forest and climb for an hour to Ramite (2,685m) there is more opportunity to spot red pandas as well on and we pass another beautiful waterfall created by Tamor River. Then we reach Sherpa settlement named of Olangchung Gola (3,208m) for lunch. After lunch we have free day to explore around the village and monastery. Olangchung Gola is one of the attractive villages of around 50 wooden houses and with a 470 year old monastery which located at the top of the village. Olangchng Gola is pretty much a last civilization we will see until we reach the Arun vally. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Sanjung Kharka Camp (3,910m) 6-7 hours After breakfast we set off 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 crossing the river we reach place named Langmale and continue to our overnight stop at the place known as Sanjung Kharka. It is one of the nice camping spot for trekkers where you can discover the beautiful mountain surrounding. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Pass Camp 4,700m 4 -5 Hours we Continues along the route of the Great Himalayan Trail towards the Lumba Sumba Himal. It is good to keep eyes out for snow leopard which have been sighted on the next section of the trek we also pass little yak pasture and beautiful landscape and few foothills to climb. Now we are in totally wild country, the habitat of the snow leopard. Very few of trekkers come this way to sense the remoteness themselves. Finally we are at pass camp and we are above the green visitation and playing with mountain. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Yak Kharka via Lumba Sumba La (5,177m) 8-9 Hours From our last camp before the pass we climb the sharp ridge beyond to a prominent saddle toward 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 it is necessary to cross below a peak to reach a slightly higher pass which is the actual Lumba Sumba La (5177m). The views are breathtaking, extending eastwards to Kanchenjunga and Jannu Himalaya range and westwards to Makalu Region. This is a very special place and weather consent, we may have longer broken here if the weather stable and perhaps eat our packed lunches. Now we have a descent of 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 4,595 m). Overnight at Camp
Trek to Jungle Camp (3,350m). 6-7 hours from our overnight stop we set off down again, passing by many yak kharkas with excellent views of Makalu ahead with the varieties of Rhododendrons tree. Then the trail bring together coming from the Umbak La, a 5,200 meter pass by which means goods are traded with Tibet and Nepal, a 2 day journey from here. Reaching a village named of Thudam (3500m) a Sherpa village of around 30 wooden houses which is linked with villages in Tibet, Where we plane to have Lunch and head west through a steep sided valley, having to several landslip areas before climbing steadily to a pass (3,370m). And finally get to our Camp Overnight at Camp
Trek to Yak Kharka 2,877m. 5-6 hours we head west through a steep sided landslide before climbing steadily and passes through a cavernous bamboo forest. The views of Makalu and its satellites are simply eye-catching. We continue descending to a small clearing at 2,877 meters, where we make camp these day also require pack lunch. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Lingam School (2,320m). 5-6 hours we continue descending through dense rhododendron forest and then climb to a place called Yak Kharka on a ridge overlooking the Arun Valley. We can see the river below and in the distance, our overnight stop in the Lingam School (2,320m). After continuing to downhill 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 pass by Chyamtang and get to the Lingam School. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Hatiya (1,595m). 5-6 hours we are already decent the altitude and back to wormer climate. Today we pass few villages among trails with the songs of birds. At our lunch stop in the village of Gimber we have more stunning views of the Makalu Himalayan Range. The afternoon's walk is relatively easy along a good trail to the Tibetan tribe village of Hatiya (1,595m). This is the entry point to the Makalu-Barun National Park. Overnight at Camp
Trek to Gola (1,128m). 5-6hours we follow the trail through Arun River down to its confluence with the Barun River which carries the glaciers water of Makalu range. After lunch we continue among the Arun River to the small village of Gola (1,128m). There are only around 12 houses here and the village is an interesting mix of Sherpa, Rai and Tamang tribe (Overnight at Camp)
Trek to Hedanga Gadhi (1179m). We make a short descent on a pleasant trail to the lowlands. We pass through fields of paddy as we follow the trail though the heaving hillsides above the Arun River. We stop for lunch at the small Gurung village by Pathibhara which boasts a number of local tea houses, shops and homestay. Beyond Pathibhara, the trail continues through a rich agricultural landscape to Gadhi (1,179m) the ‘fort’ in Nepali. This is the spot where the Nepalese Army face up to an invading forces from Tibet, eventually driving them back over the passes. Gadhi is a surrounded with market town with shops and hotels as well as a health post, school, and police station
Trek to Num (1572m), drive to Tumlingtar (450m). 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 houses here; we get on our waiting vehicles for the 4-5 hour drive along the ridge to Tumlingtar (450m). We spend our final night on trek with our crew in hotel at Tumlingtar Overnight at Hotel.
Fly to Kathmandu. We take a morning fly from Tumlingtar, to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is free. At the last night of our trek we will certainly have a farewell dinner at the boutique restaurant Overnight at Hotel.
Departure to the airport for your final destination to return
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