Kanchenjanga to Makalu Trek via Lumba Sumba Pass for 28 days

Junna Himal

Views of Jannu Himal

The ‘Lumba Sumba Pass’ connects Kanchenjanga to Makalu Trek on the Great Himalayan Trail in the Himalayas of Nepal. Kanchenjanga and Makalu are also both eight thousanders peaks from the Eastern Part of Himalayas of Nepal. It has combination of low to high altitude trek through villages, River valleys, jungle and alpine forest walk and then snow covered high passes etc.

The journey begins from Kathmandu to Taplejung flight. Then, we trek through lovely Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Gurung, Newar, Tamang and Tibetan settlement to reach North Base Camp of Kanchenjanga (Pang Pema) and Makalu region. Pang Pema offers views of mighty Kanchenjanga and its glacier exhibit some of the most impressive high mountain scenery in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Ghunsa and remote Olangchung Gola villages are connected by Nango La Pass. There is ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery, village and traditionally woven Tibetan carpets in Olangchung Gola village.

We are heading to an adventurous high pass Lumba Sumba La from Olangchung Gola. It is a few days wilderness walk to reach often snow covered Lumba Sumba Pass that offers spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjanga and Makalu. Soon, we trek to Makalu Barun National Park that Nepal’s most diverse region with incredible varieties of flora and fauna. We finish our walking journey at Num by passing remote Hatiya/Bhote village. We catch bus from Num to Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu on the following day.

  • Trekking Facts
  • Itinerary
  • Cost
  • Enquiry
  • Trekking Gears
  • Trek Departure

High light of Kanchenjanga to Makalu Trek:
Duration : 27 Nights/28 Days.
Group size : 6 pax.
Trek start/end : Taplejung and Tumlingtar.
Grade : Difficulty due to up and downhill walk and high altitude.
Trek style : Camping.
Activities : Trekking/hiking/walking.
Trek season : October/November and April/May.
Highest elevation : Lumba Sumba La 5177m.
Ethnic groups : Rai, Limbu, Gurung, Magar, Newar, Sherpa and Tibetains.
Villages : Ghunsa, Olangchung Gola, Hatiya and Num etc.
Culture : Mixed (Mundum, Hindu and Buddhist).
Himalayan Scenery : Jannu Himal, Mt. Kanchenjanga I (8586m), Kanchenjanga Central (8482m), Kanchenjanga South (8476m), Nepal Peak, Lumba Sumba Himal and Mt. Makalu I (8463m) etc.

Itinerary of Kanchenjanga to Makalu Trek:
Day 1 : International Airport Pick up.
Day 2 : Trek briefing, preparation and visit Swayambunath (Monkey temple) Stupa in the afternoon.
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Suketar/Taplejung by flight and trek to Furumba 1700m/4hrs.
Day 4 : To Chirwa 1264m/6-7hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Sekethum 1585m/5hrs/6-7hrs.
Day 6 : To Amjimlosa 2395m/4-hrs (the locals are brewing lots of Chang, Tongba and Raksi in large, copper pots in Amjimlosa).
Day 7 : To Gyabla 2730m/4-5hrs (a beautiful Sherpa village with an old monastery and Stupa).
Day 8 : To Ghunsha 3427m/5-6hrs via Phale village (visit monasteries in the afternoon, views of Nyuka Lachung Peak 6012m from Ghunsa).
Day 9 : To Kambachen 4050m/5-6hrs (good views of Jannu Himal and Tanga I, II, and III).
Day 10 : A day hike to Junnu view point 4400m/3-4hrs (Jannu Himal is also known as Kunmbhakarna, Junna view point offers breathtaking views of Jannu Himal, Khabuer and Phole Peak to the East, Mera Peak to the South and Kanchenjanga glacier to the North).
Day 11 : To Lhonak 4780m/4-5hrs (maximum chances of seeing Blue Sheep, Snowcocks and Pikas and also Snowy Peaks around).
Day 12 : A day hike to Pangpengma Base Camp 5143m and decent to Lonak (a day hike for 6-7hrs). It is one of the highlights of the trek.
Day 13 : To Khambachhen 4027m/4-5hrs.
Day 14 : To Gunsha 3427m/6hrs.
Day 15 : To Phale Kharka (Nango La High Camp) 4160m/3-4hrs.
Day 16 : To Langyung Kharka3734m via Nango La 4775m/6-7hrs.
Day 17 : To Olangchung Gola 3208m/6-7hrs.
Day 18 : Visit ancient monastery and see the daily life of local's in Olangchung Gola village.
Day 19 : To Sanjung Camp/Upper Langmale 3950m/4-5hrs.
Day 20 : To Lumba Sumba High Camp 4700m/4hrs.
Day 21 : To Sumba Kharka 4595m/6-7hrs via Lumba Sumba La 5177m pass (views of Kanchenjanga and Makalu ranges from high passes).
Day 22 : To Thumdam 3571/3hrs (a small village with around 30 houses of Sherpas people).
Day 23 : To Forest Kharka Camp 2877m/6-7hrs (panoramic views of Makalu ranges).
Day 24 : To Chyamthang 2229m/4-5hrs (a small beautiful village with stone houses).
Day 25 : To Hatiya 1585m/7-8hrs (a small village of Bhotia people).
Day 26 : To Gola 1128m/5-6hrs (a small village of Sherpa, Rai and Tamang people).
Day 27 : To Gadhi 1120m/5-6hrs (Gadhi means fort in Nepal language. It is a place of great historical significance as Nepali Army fought bravely with invading Tibetan Army at this place and chased them away. It is a small village market with a health post, school and police station.
Day 28 : To Num 1582m/4-5hrs (Num is lined with motor-able road where we catch bus to Tumblingtar Airstrip).
Day 29 : To Tumlingtar 405m/4-5hrs by private jeep or bus.
Day 30 : To Kathmandu by flight in the afternoon.
Note :- Trek itinerary can be changed for interested side trips and acclimatization if needed while on trek.

Camping organized cost: USD3216 + Kathmandu to Taplejung/Suketar flight USD275 per client + Tumlingtar to Kathmandu flight ticket USD128 per client = Total USD3619 per client (this price is based on 6 clients)
Cost includes:
1) International and Domestic Airport pick up and departure.
2) Two nights accommodation (Standard double or twin bed room with breakfast) at 2* Hotel at Thamel (Tourist center)/Kathmandu.
3) Kanchenjanga Conservation trekking entry fees.
4) Makalu Barun National Park trekking entry fees.
5) Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards.
6) Kanchenjanga special trekking entry fees.
7) Makalu special trekking entry fees.
8) Kathmandu to Suketar/Taplejing flight tickets for clients and guide.
9) Kathmandu to Taplejung bus tickets for Nepali staffs.
10) 18 Nepali staffs: an experience guide, assistance guide, cook (chef), kitchen boy and 14 porters.
11) Camping meals. 27 Breakfasts, 28 Lunches and 27 dinners with special Nepali organic tea/coffee, hot lemon and chocolate etc. Cook (chef) prepare daily fresh meals (Nepali, Indian, Tibetan and Western meals).
11) Camping gears: Two men tents (The North Face), Dinning tent, Kitchen tents, toilet tent and kitchen equipment, tables and chairs etc.
12) Kerosene or LP gas use for preparing meals while on trek.
13) Campsite charges while on trek.
14) Daily salary and meals for Nepali staffs.
15) Insurance of Nepali staffs (including: medical and emergency Helicopter rescue evacuation).
16) Num to Tumlingtar private jeep/bus.
17) Tumlingtar to Hile and to Kathamndu bus tickets for Nepali staffs.
Cost does not include :
1) Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
2) Personal trekking equipment of clients.
3) Snack, Juice, Coca, Fanta, Sprite, Beer, Whisky, Boil and Mineral water during the trekking days.
4) Personal Insurance of clients such as medical, emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue USD10000-12000), flight and trek cancellation etc.
5) Expenses for personal nature: Hot showers, laundry, donations, museum entry fee, movie/film watching, postage, telephone calls and email/Internet etc.
6) Teahouse meals and accommodation while on trek.
7) Yak or horse hire.
8) Tips for guide, cook and porter.
9) Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan etc. (City tour guide and transportation can arrange on request of clients).
10) International flight tickets.
11) Nepal Tourist Visa.

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Trekking gears for Kanchenjanga to Makalu Trek:
We supply Two man tent (The North Face) with sleeping pad, dinning tent, toilet tent, kitchen equipment, table, chairs and food and fuel from Kathmandu.
Hiking boot, sleeping bag and some other good trekking stuff require for Kanchenjanga to Makalu Trek. We will be sent a detailed equipment list upon trip booking.
We provide sleeping bag, good foot wear and warm enough clothes for our guide, cook and porters.
Note: We have sleeping bag and down jacket renting facilities without fixed deposit for our clients.

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