About The Trip
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek was newly discovered in 2012 and is still unknown for many adventurers. To trek Lumba Sumba Pass, you have to cross both Kanchenjunga and Makalu Region via Lumba Sumba Pass. You will be thrilled while crossing both the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Makalu Barun National Park in the eastern part of the country. You will experience the real experience as you will be camping during the trek. Do not be surprised when you will see diverse endangered floras and faunas. This trek also drives you through the different ethnic villages.
The biggest reason to do the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is the grand view of gigantic mountains that you see. You do not just see a single summit, but more than five summits can be visible. Mainly, you will fall in love with the beautiful face of Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Lumba Sumba Peak. That's a lot for any trekking, especially for such a virgin land. It is no wonder that adventurers consider Lumba Sumba Pass Trek to be the off-the-beaten treks in Nepal. The Lumba Sumba Pass trial promised a brilliant close-up to the 3rd highest mountain of the world - Kanchenjunga. This trek also offers a breathtaking view of the various mountain range while crossing the pass.
There will be days where trekkers are entirely alone in the wilderness into the dense national park. You will cross through the lush Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Makalu Barun National Park. Those dense forests are rich in endangered wildlife like snow leopards and red pandas.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek in Nepal passes through scattered pockets of human habitation in the form of monasteries, settlements, and schools. You will witness different ethnic people, including Limbu, Rai, Gurung, and Tamang.
In addition to this trip, there are other amazing alternative wilderness routes that are seeking greater challenges. You can choose any trip from Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, and Makalu Sherpani Col Pass Trek. For the diverse Kanchenjunga Region Package, you can explore more exclusive Himalayan Odyssey tour packages.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Route
Our trek starts with the scenic flight to Bhadrapur and the long drive to Phungling. Our exciting trekking starts from Phungling along the banks to Tamor River. The next day, we will reach Mitlung then Chirwa. On the way to Chirwa, you will see the Entrance gate at This Village. The next day, you will pass through Ulnus trees and cardamon gardens which take you to Lelep. After an hour's walk from Lelep, we will cross the suspension bridge and reach Gowatar. During the walk, you will also see beautiful waterfalls and green hills. After the walkthrough of Maple and Ulnus forest, we will get Selep Kharka. Today you will see a mixed forest of Deodar and rhododendron. As we walk further, we will see a glimpse of Olangchung Gola. You may experience the snowy track, which makes the trek somehow challenging. As you reach higher, there is also a high chance of experiencing many snow leopards. After some walk, we will get to our camping site called Langmale and then further Yangetar.
Today is the most adventurous day of this trek. Today you will pass through Lumba Sumba Peak and then start descending early. It is better to start early as we have to run down. After 4-5 hours of challenging walk from Pass Camp, you will reach Lumba Sumba Peak and stay at Yak Kharka. From this point, the trail starts to descend towards Thudam, Kharka, and Chyamtang. The trail further passes through the rhododendron forest, and the walk will be somehow easy. Before reaching Hatiya, you will see the entry point to Makalu National Park.
Further, you will reach Gola, Gadi and then your trekking ends at Num. From Num, you will have to drive to Khandbari and then Tumingtar. From there, you will be transferred to Kathmandu.
Best Time To Do Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
There are two distinct seasons for the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek – March to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn).
Observing this trek in only one season is like getting to understand just a part of it. That's because the route is set in the Kanchenjunga National Park and Makalu Barun National Park, home of some vibrant varieties of flora amidst its mossy forest. And the forest transforms colors in different seasons.
So, in different seasons, the whole color palette of the trek changes. Even the way the trek lights shift with the seasons. While Spring is known for its romantic, surreal look, autumn is loved for its fine views.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek in Spring
The beauty of this trek in Spring lies in witnessing the blossoming rhododendrons, especially in April. In Spring, the misty forests on the Lumba Sumba Pass trail come alive with varied shades of pink and scarlet.
The Rhododendrons start from around Kanchenjunga National Park. Their variety increase as you reach higher, and after that, you are in for a treat of a lifetime. Sunlight diffuses, filtering in from the colorful flowers, which add a magical touch to your experience.
During the walk, you can hear the chirping sound of birds and insects all the time. That creates a very harmonious vibe.
You may also witness a chance of snowfall during this season. And when that happens, the entire meadows get displayed in white.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek in Autumn
In autumn, there are no colorful flowers. But now, something else gives color to the trek – it's the dark, mossy forest under the brilliant blue sky. The vibrant colors are inching towards deep greens, reds, and browns.
The air is washed clean of the mist. So when you step out of the sunshade, you see excellent views of beautiful nature and landscape. You also witness a sharp star-lit sky during this season. And it is a great time to be on Lumba Sumba Pass Trek, especially if you are interested in night-sky photography.
How difficult is Lumba Sumba Pass Trek?
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek has long trekking days and climbs quickly. So, it is rated as a challenging trek because it requires a lot of endurance and exposes you to the risk of AMS.
Getting to the details, this 21-day trek climbs from 921 m to 5,422 m. That is almost an altitude gain of 4500 m. This climb is one of the challenges during the trek. It reveals the chance of altitude sickness if you are not alert. When on this trek, be very cautious of how your body is responding to the altitude.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) on Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
The Himalayan mountains in the Lumba Sumba Pass climb rapidly. Lumba Sumba Pass Trek goes to almost the 3rd and 5th highest mountain bases in the world.
You gain about 700 m in the first five days, but there will be a drastic change in height after that. This rapid increase in altitude and the trek's strain makes trekkers very sensitive to AMS. At Lumba Sumba Peak on day 13, you have to climb too high at 5422 m. To safeguard yourself from AMS, you must take good rest.
In case you feel sick or not at ease, do not ignore it or take it lightly. Attend to your uneasiness and take curative measures. Check oxygen levels, go on a curative course of Diamox, drink water, and rest. If you do not feel normal after a few hours or overnight, do not proceed further on the trek.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Cost
When you are thinking about exploring the Himalayas like Lumba Sumba Pass, there will be many factors to consider, like route, best time, and how fit we need to be? But one of the essential confusion will be, "How much does Lumba Sumba Pass cost?"
Whether you are budget dependent or not, it is essential to consider how much you want to pay for the trip and the actual cost. The baseline cost of the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek will depend on the number of variables. Your price will change based on how comprehensive you want your trip to be.
On average, in Lumba Sumba Pass, the trek will generally be 20-25 days, and the cost is generally somewhere between USD3647 to USD3804. This price includes domestic flights, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek highly depends upon traveling as private or in a group.
Lumba Sumba Pass Permit Cost
The permit cost for Lumba Sumba Pass Trek depends on the seasons and the number of days you will spend in this region. To trek to the Lumba Sumba Pass, you will need three kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.
- Kanchenjunga Area Permit Cost
Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit costs USD 10 per person, per week.
- Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP)
The entry fee for SAARC is USD. 5 per person, and for other Nationals, USD.20 per person.
- Makalu Barun National Park
For SAARC USD.15 per person, the entry fee person, and other Nationals USD.30 per person.=