The Lumba-Sumba trek is Nepal’s latest great escape into the wilderness of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Known for its remoteness, natural beauty and enormous snow-covered peaks. This trek was only opened in 2012 and is still unspoiled by a mass influx of trekkers. The trek connects the Kanchenjunga region and Makalu region via the Lumba Sumba Pass (5160m), and takes you to the high altitude Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m) where the views are mind-boggling! The region is home to various ethnic groups: Limbu, Sherpa, Rai, Gurung Magar, Newar, and Tamang. The higher altitude villages tend to be mostly Tibetan Sherpa people. The trek runs through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Makalu Barun National Park in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal.
The trek offers sightings of a number of indigenous species, such as the red panda and the elusive Snow Leopard. The birdlife in this region is abundant as you trek through dense rhododendron, juniper, and pine forests.
The trail also leads to a number of pristine alpine lakes near Olanchung Gola, through the snowy Nango La Pass, to Pang Pema, or north Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The Lumba Sumba pass (5160m) offers magnificent eye-popping views of Kanchenjunga (8598m – world’s 3rd highest peak) in the west, and Mt. Makalu (8485m – world’s 5th highest peak) in the east, the third and fifth highest peaks in the world
We venture to base camps of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu. There are numerous raging mountain rivers that cascade down from the mountains, such as the Arun and Tamor rivers, and the more impressive Sapta Koshi (river). You can see Yak razing in the alpine pastures and follow trails through the dense subtropical and temperate forests at lower altitudes and trek along deep valleys passing small villages adorned with prayer flags, chortens, Mani stones and Buddhist temples.
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
We offer you 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Lodge/Teahouses during the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with blankets and a pillow. All accommodation is on a twin share basis except at the higher elevations or after Kambachen, where you will enjoy homestay style accommodation. The Kanchenjunga trek is situated in some very areas so you may not have the same level of comfort as lower down the mountain. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you down jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags (which need to be returned after the trek).
Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. Food along the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries. We suggest you bring a water purification pill to avoid stomach problems from drinking the local water. Bottled water is sometimes available if you prefer.
We provide a private car for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour of Kathmandu on the day you arrive. Flights from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and return is also included. You will travel by jeep from Bhadrapur to Suketar.
Kanchenjunga circuit trek is graded as highly challenging and a tough trek due to the terrain and high altitudes. This trek takes you to many less-traveled and undeveloped areas, making it difficult in places to traverse rockfalls, moraines and streams Trekking in these remote areas can sometimes be difficult due to landslides. The roads at the beginning and end of the trek can also be affected too. It is recommended that you prepare yourself beforehand and get physically prepared. This will make it easier to manage the difficult terrain and high altitudes.
Note: The trek itinerary is a guide and will be provided by Sherpa Expedition & Trekking. The Lumba Sumba Pass Trek can be modified according to your time, budget, and requirements. What we offer here is a tea house style trek and can be modified as a purely camping trek as well. Contact us for the latest updated information and price for the varied options available.
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