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Kanchenjunga Lumba-Sumba Pass Trekking

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adventure on remote and hidden areas of Eastern Himalaya with glorious views

Kanchenjunga and Lumba Sumba Pass trekking where the adventure takes you around nearly forgotten areas of far eastern corners of Nepal’s Himalaya range of world 3rd highest Mt. Kanchenjunga, the 5th Mt. Makalu and Kumbakarna. Kanchenjunga and Lumba Sumba Pass trekking lie beyond Kanchenjunga and Makalu mountain range in the hidden corners of Holung and Walungchung – Gola areas on the ancient trade route of Nepal and Tibet where the caravan of good exchange that still exists.

The adventure leads you far and away from main trekking route of Kanchenjunga heading due north beyond warm paddy fields and within enchanting mist-filled forest of lovely tall rhododendron, magnolia, pines, oaks and fir tree lines. The high rolling green hills are in full bloom in spring times of March to May making the atmosphere indeed the best time to visit this remote and isolated country north of Kanchenjunga to Holung and Walunchung-Gola with high and scenic Lumba-Sumba-La pass at 5,160 metres.

Kanchenjunga and Lumba Sumba Pass trekking begin with a short flight to Badrapur and a beautiful drive to Illam, the low land of Nepal, where the journey leads to high scenic hills to start our walk from Taplejung area. The walking is always of great interest since it allows visiting rural farm villages of immense mix culture of Hindu and Buddhism and entering into the lovely forest to mountain villages of Holung Walunchun-Gola, unexplored areas by other main flow of trekkers. The Holung village falls on the old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Eastern Nepal to Tibet, an impressive village for a rest day. From Holung the trekking leads to cross over Lumba-Sumba La Pass to reach back into low, warm areas of paddy farm and villages.

Walking around lovely hill villages on almost forgotten trails, by other travellers, the walk leads to join on Makalu and Lumba-Sumba trail at Num village to end our marvellous trekking. From Num, a new drive takes you around the warm low country of Arun valley at Tumlingtar to catch a short scenic flight back to Kathmandu, after a beautiful experience and adventure on Kanchenjunga and Lumba Sumba Pass trekking.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy walking on the hidden areas of far eastern Nepal in the shade of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Enjoy the most fascinating views of Kumbakarna, Makalu and Kanchenjunga mountain ranges.
  • Enjoy crossing and traversing high Lumba-Sumba-La from Kanchenjunga to Makalu region.
  • Enjoy walking from low, warm paddy fields to cooler alpine high hills within the protected dense forest.
  • Enjoy exploring mountain villages of great interest around Holung / Walungchung- Gola.
  • The best way to observe Nepalese rural and traditional village life and cultures of the eastern Himalayan shades.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 22 days from arrival to the day of departure.
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 3 or 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites.
  • Trek starting point: Simikot.
  • Trek ending point: Simikot.
  • Daily Walk: From minimum 4 hrs to a maximum of 8 hrs.
  • A domestic flight in: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot.
  • A domestic flight out: Simikot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu.
  • Highest elevation achievement: 5,160 metres Lumba Samba-La.
  • People/Culture: Higher area Sherpa and Bhotia people of Buddhist religion with traditional farm life, lower region is inhabited by mix tribes - Rai, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, Newar with Brahmin and Chettries of both Hindu and Buddhism religions with age-old heritage traditional farm life.
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, hotel on full board in Illam, and tented camps on full board basis on the trek.
  • Meals: Each day a wide variety of complete meal will be prepared and served by our mobile cook and kitchen staff.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to Adventurous.
  • Best season to trek: from the end of February to the mid-June and from the first week of October to mid-December.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.


Day 02: Rest and visit UNESCO sites

Day 03:Fly to Bhadrapur airport and drive to Ilam, 420m

Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m and trek to Mitlung 921m

Day 05: Trek to Chirwa 1,270 m

Day 06: Trek to Lung-Thang 1,576m

Day 07: Trek to Holung / Walangchung-Gola 3,200m

Day 08: Rest day at Walangchung - Gola

Day 09: Trek to Lumba Sumba base at 4,450m

Day 10: Lumba Sumba la 5,160m and to the base 4,550m

Day 11: Trek to Thudam 3,600m

Day 12: Trek to Kharka 2,850m

Day 13: Trek to Chyamtang 2,190m

Day 14: Trek to Hongoan 2,320m

Day 15: Trek to Hatiya 1,585m. A 6 hours trek

Day 16: Trek to Gola 1,128m. A 5 hours trek

Day 17: Trek to Gadhi-Danda 1,180m

Day 18: Trek to Num 1,520m

Day 19: Drive back to Tumlingtar

Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 21: A contingency day

Day 22: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.


Arrival at Kathmandu international airport and get a traditional welcome by Happy Feet Mountaineers staff and guide. Then a short drive to the hotel in Kathmandu. Distribution in the rooms and a short briefing on trekking and formalities. The rest of the day is free to rest and time permitting stroll around the bustling Thamel of Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO site. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 02: Rest and visit UNESCO sites


Free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek or one can join in our tour around Kathmandu at places of interest as Kathmandu city and the valley steeped with world Heritage Sites.

Day 03:Fly to Bhadrapur airport and drive to Ilam, 420m

A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours’ drive. 
In the morning we take a short and scenic flight to Badrapur, low, warm areas of far southeast Terai belt of Nepal, during 45 minutes flight we can see a grand vista of the Himalayan range including Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. On landing at Bhadrapur, we take an exciting drive past farm villages and towns to reach Ilam, a colder hill country, facing views of Kanchenjunga within its vast garden of tea. Ilam area is famous for its tea and beautiful country facing the eastern Himalaya in the backdrop of the pine tree and beautiful tea plantation.

Day 04: Drive to Sukhetar 1,490 m and trek to Mitlung 921m

A 6 hours. In the morning, we drive for a few hours to reach Sukhetar, the starting point of our trek located close to the main town of Taplejung. From Sukhetar walk starts further north to reach a small farm village at Mitlung for first overnight camping.

Day 05: Trek to Chirwa 1,270 m

A 6 hours trek. Morning walk follows long downhill to Tamor River with few short ups and downs to reach Sinwa village. From here descends to Tawa village crossing several streams and walking past scattered farm villages, we reach our overnight camp at Chirwa. A moderate size village of mix tribes includes mostly Rai (Kirat tribe) some Magar, Tamang and Hindu Chettries, Brahmins with Dalits.

Day 06: Trek to Lung-Thang 1,576m

A 6 hours trek. From Chirwa the morning walk takes to Sukathum village. We pass through a riverbank with full of cardamom cultivation, in the cool shaded areas of trees. From here the trail climbs high over farm fields and with short descend to overnight camp at Lung-Thang, a small farm village having a colder climate zone and cultural border changing from Hindu to Tibetan Buddhist.

Day 07: Trek to Holung / Walangchung-Gola 3,200m

A 6 hours trek. Today we reach Holung, also known as Walangchung Gola, located on the trails of Nepal and Tibet border, one of the largest village of the region. Situated on Old Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Route to Tibet the trade still exists among the locals of this high region.

Day 08: Rest day at Walangchung - Gola

Holung is a nice place for resting and exploring around. The native is known as Bhotia, and they are Tibetan native practising Buddhism and culture. The locals still trade and barter on Tibet border, exchanging goods from both sides. We will mainly visit the village and a monastery.

Day 09: Trek to Lumba Sumba base at 4,450m

A 6 hours trek.
After a great time at Holung village and Wangchungo-la, morning walk to Tamor Khola and at the confluence of Dinsangba River which later joins Tamor river downstream. Cross a small wooden bridge with a climb for three hours to reach Lumba Sumba ridge top, into rhododendron, pines, oaks and magnolia forest. From the top downhill to Dinsangba Khola and again climb passing several yak pasture with kharka (cow shades) to reach a broad green valley. Continue to walk over black rock band to another valley and complete the day with an overnight stop on the grazing meadow.

Day 10: Lumba Sumba la 5,160m and to the base 4,550m

An 8 hours trek. Today we start the day earlier to cover a long day trek of about eight hours. A faint trail heads northwest to a stream flowing from the high rocky cliff edge, after few hours of nice walk reach an icy pond, from here climb over a plateau beyond to ridge top of Lumba Sumba-la pass at 5,160 meters, the highest pass of our trekking. The pass offers views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kumbakarna Himal with Mt. Kanchenjunga range. From here we take a long downhill of 600 meters to reach a wide valley and to camp on a large pasture field at 4,550 meters, the highest camping spot of the trip.

Day 11: Trek to Thudam 3,600m

A 6 hours trek.
From the camp, we walk towards the warmer area with a gradual descent. Enjoy a pleasant walk with few short ups into the forest to reach Thudam, a beautiful village with Tibetan style houses as of Holung village built with stone and beautiful pine woods.

Day 12: Trek to Kharka 2,850m

A 5 hours trek.
Morning walk leads through a dense forest to a Yak herders temporary shade and shelter. Then the trail leads into the thick bushes and tall trees, and then downhill to the river with an isolated yak herders camp for an overnight stop.

Day 13: Trek to Chyamtang 2,190m

A 7 hours trek.
Today another long day walk of about seven hours. The trail starts with a short climb to a small village above a hill, high above the Arun River. From here few hours of climbing to a low pass and then with long descend on muddy/wet trail to reach Arun River. We cross a bridge and lead to a steep climb to overnight camp at Lhomi village and Chyamtang both villages are close to each other.

Day 14: Trek to Hongoan 2,320m

A 6 hours trek.
Morning walk on a moderate trail with few short ups and downs past scattered farm villages then reaching to a village around large old landslides section of 2012 that damaged many houses and primary schools, from here a pleasant walk leads to Hongaon for an overnight stop.

Day 15: Trek to Hatiya 1,585m. A 6 hours trek

From here walk leads to a warmer area to sub-tropical climate zone and downstream following Arun River fed from the glacier of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse Himal. The walk leads across farmlands, villages reaching our overnight camp at Hatiya village, a popular village located on Nepal / Tibet trade route.

Day 16: Trek to Gola 1,128m. A 5 hours trek

After Hatiya the trek leads through many small farm villages with beautiful terraced rice fields until Gola with several minor ups and downs.

Day 17: Trek to Gadhi-Danda 1,180m

A 6 hours trek. We are again back to a cultural and racial bridge, back to the villages of mix tribes Kirat Rais, Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahmins and Dalits peoples. We then continue trekking through the villages full of life until we reach Gadhi-Danda, where we will camp for our overnight stay. We get to enjoy the views of Jaljala and rocky peaks of Milke danda area.

Day 18: Trek to Num 1,520m

A 3 hours trek. The last day of our trek! The trail descends to farm fields for few hours through many lively villages and low land farm fields to Num village, located on the Makalu basecamp route. It is a big village, recently connected by a motorable road.

Day 19: Drive back to Tumlingtar

A 4 hours’ drive.
We leave the hill farm village and take a drive to a high ridge at Chinchela village, and continue descending to the Khandbari, the headquarter town of Sanka-Sava district of Makalu region, a warmer zone. Continues further downhill to Tumlingtar where we end our beautiful trekking to the far-eastern region of Nepal.

Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel


In the morning a short walk to Tumlingtar airport and board a flight to Kathmandu. Land at Kathmandu airport and get picked up to transfer to the hotel. Get distributed the rooms - free day and overnight in the hotel.

Day 21: A contingency day


A reserve day to avoid possible delays and cancellations if all goes well, as per the plan, this contingency day gets used with a guided city tour to see some of the amazing UNESCO sites of Kathmandu valley.

Day 22: Departure

Last day in the land of high Himalaya and varied interesting cultures, depart from the hotel as time for your international flight homeward bound, or to next respective destinations, after enjoying marvellous and grand time in Nepal with great adventure on Kanchenjunga and Lumba Sumba Pass Trekking.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
2 - 3 Persons 2866$ 3016$
4 - 5 Persons 2510$ 2660$
6 - 7 Persons 2326$ 2476$
8- 10 Persons 2138$ 2288$
Single room supplement 320$ 470$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary
  • 3 or 4-nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
  • Kathmandu to Badrapur airfare (Tax included). Badrapur to Illam drive by Jeep
  • 1 Night Hotel in Illam on full board basis.
  • Guide, cook, kitchen boys, Sherpa helpers and the necessary number of porters/mules for entire trekking. All camping equipment such as a two-men domed tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, toilet tent, hard and soft mattresses for each member and kitchen equipment for common use. All necessary food and beverages for trekking. A good sleeping bag to each member. A pair of a trekking pole to each member. A trekking duffel bag to each member.
  • All required permits.
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call).
  • Small medical kit box for first add medical purpose. Insurance and expenses of all local staff.
  • Num to Tumlingtar transportation.
  • Tumlingtar to Kathmandu airfare (tax included).

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport).
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek.
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in the above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the end of February to the mid-June and from the first week of October to mid-December.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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