Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 20 Nights/21 Days
Max. Altitude: 5177M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Kanchenjunga
Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Tented Camps

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Lumba Samba Trek

Kanchenjunga National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks of Nepal. World’s third highest mountain Kanchenjunga lies inKanchenjunga National Park. Trekking in Kanchenjunga area/Kanchenjunga National Park is considered as the finest trekking route in Nepal. There are several trekkings can be done in Kanchejunga area. Among them, Lumba Samba Trekking one of off-the beaten trekking trail which brings you to the unexplored areas of Kanchejunga National Park. Trekking Experts offers you this exclusive tented camp trekking in Lumba Samba.

 

On this trek you will also witness the natural beauty of the farmlands, traditional villages, valleys and other landscape. Along with the different ethnic people with their unique cultures and lifestyles like the Sherpa, Limbu, Rai, Tamang, and other ethnic groups. During the trek, you’ll get golden opportunity to encounter endangered animals like Red Panda, Snow Leopard etc. Also, you’ll get magnificent views of mountains including Mount Kanchenjunga, Makalu from LumbaSamba Pass. It is pure natural trek where you’ll walk in the jungle, witness some Tibetan tribe villages like Olangchung Gola, Thudam etc.

Trip Highlights

Homeland of endangered species such as snow leopard and red panda

Panoramic views of mountains along the Kanchenjunga and Makalu

Modern as well as traditional settlements scattered along the area

Catch glimpse of Himalayan Black Beer, Assamese Macaque, Musk deer, Red Panda, snow leopards and other animals

Explore Tibetan and Sherpa influenced villages

Lumba Samba Pass (5177m) and magnificent views from the pass

Visit border with Tibet

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After first night stay in Nepal, depending on flight time, you’ll transfer to airport. And then will fly to Badrapur. Kathmandu-Badrapur flight will be around 30 minutes via jetstream aircraft. From Badrapur, you’ll take a local jeep/bus at Badrapur and drive to Ilam/Phidim. The route to Ilam follows the view of beautiful landscapes. Ilam is Nepal’s largest tea plantation area and serves as a major tourist area even for domestic tourists. The picturesque town of Ilam hosts large orchards of tea plants and is also famous for the Himalayan chew made of cheese.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1276 meter

After early breakfast in Phidim, you’ll continue drive to Taplejung which will take about 4/5 hours’ drive. Upon arrival, you’ll meet rest of our staff such as porters and then you’ll begin a crossing on a ridge trail that offers us a beautiful perspective on the surrounding cultures. The trail follows through the upper valley of the Tamur River, the road twists and turns and offers tantalizing glimpses of snow-capped peaks ahead. And then you’ll leave the lower valley and the road climb up many hundreds of meters through intensively terraced farmland and via the small town of Taplejung to reach the airstrip at Suketar (2300m). Overnight at Mitlung.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 2300 meter

Today, after breakfast, you’ll have a pleasant walk pleasant walk up the Tamor River and reach at valley which is inhabitant by the ethic Limbu sect; one of the popular sects in the north eastern part of Nepal. They are the descendants from the Kirati warriors who ruled some kingdom of Nepal before the modern Nepal says Nepalese history. You’ll walk further to Chirawa, a small town with few houses and local shops and we shall stay overnight at local tea houses in Chirawa.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6 Hours Walk
  • 1270 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll continue along the Tamor River, passing by small villages and personage farms with the huge amount of cardamom field and the rice terraced fields as well. After an hour and a half walking eventually, you’ll reach the larger village named of Tapethok (1340m) which has some shops and tea houses and a check-post of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area project (KCAP) where you have to submit your permits. You’ll have lunch here around and then continue pleasant walk beside the river and through the nice cardamom field to Pembu where you’ll begin a steady climb of a little over 2 hours to Lelep. Lelep is a big settlement village with a police station, health post and also where the headquarters of KCAP.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 1687 meter

Day 06: Lelep-Ela Danda (alt. 2051m) After breakfast at camp, today you’ll continue to follow the Tamor River upstream through dense forest. You’ll cross the river on a suspension bridge and gradual climb through the pine forest for about 45 minutes to a small and old monastery (Sango Chhyolling Gompa). From here you’ll descend gradually to Goldwater (1800m) where you’ll stop for lunch. Afterward, you’ll pass two beautiful waterfalls crossing of the PhediKhola and then make a final climb of around an hour to our camp at Ela Danda (2051m). Magnificent view of Kasturi peaks and down to the Tamor River can be seen from here.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2051 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll walk through an Alnus and rhododendron forest until you reach a suspension bridge. After crossing the river,you’ll enter an extensive area of bamboo forest and some other trees, inhabited by the endangered Red Panda. If you are lucky enough, you may have an opportunity to catch a sight of one of these intangible creatures as you walk through the bamboo forest to the MaguwaKharka where the lunches spot for today. Beyond MaguwaKharka there is mixed forest with rhododendron, oak, chestnut, Alnus, maple etc., abundant with a different variety of birdlife. You’ll cross a large landslip area before SelepKharka (2525m) and you’ll continue another hour to get your night's stop at JongimKharka (2635m). From here you can explore a nice view of the snow-capped peak to the north.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 2635 meter

Today you’ve very pleasant and short trek. After having breakfast at camp, you’ll cross a suspension bridge and you’ll enter into the rhododendron forest and climb for an hour to Ramite (2685m). There is a chance to spot Red Pandas as well on and you’ll pass another beautiful waterfall created by Tamor River. Then you’ll reach Sherpa settlement named of Olangchung Gola (3208m) for lunch. After lunch, you have a free day to explore 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 the last civilization you will see until you reach the Arun valley.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3/4 Hours Walk
  • 3208 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll start today’s journey following the trails used by Tibetan traders walking beside the Tamor to its convergence with DinsambaKhola. Following the river belt,you will have a Lunch and then cross the river and will reach place named Langmale. And in further walk, you’ll reach our overnight stop at the place known as SanjungKharka. It is one of the nice camping spots for trekkers where you can discover the beautiful mountain surrounding.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3910 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll continue your journey along the route of the Great Himalayan Trail towards the Lumba Sumba Himal. You may spot snow leopards in this area. After passing little yak pasture and beautiful landscape and few foothills, you’ll climb. From here you’ll in the totally wild area, the habitat of the snow leopard. Finally, you’ll be at pass camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 4700 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll climb the sharp ridge beyond to a prominent saddle toward Lumba Samba Pass and you may encounter snow on this section of the trek too. You’ll 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 from Lumba Samba Pass will be breathtaking, extending eastwards to Kangchenjunga and Jannu Himalaya range and westwards to Makalu Region. From the pass, you’ll descent of about 600 meters on a trail which is steep downhill at first, into a large valley and you’ll stop at the first suitable camping spot at Yak Kharka around 4595 meters.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 8/9 Hours Walk
  • 4595 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll descend passing by may yak pastures with excellent views of Makalu ahead with the varieties of Rhododendrons tree. Then the trail brings together coming from the Umbak La, a 5200-meter pass by which means goods are traded with Tibet and Nepal. After further trekking you’ll reach a village named of Thudam (3500m); a Sherpa village of around 30 wooden houses which is linked with villages in Tibet. From here you’ll head west through a steep-sided valley, having to several landslip areas before climbing steadily to a pass (3370m). And finally get to your Camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3350 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll 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. You’ll continue descending to a small clearing at 2877 meters, where you’ll stay overnight tonight.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2877 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll continue descending through dense rhododendron forest and then climb to a place called Yak Kharka on a ridge overlooking the Arun Valley. You can see the river below and in the distance, your overnight stop in the Lingam School (2320m). After continuing to downhill you will get to the Arun river where you’ll cross a suspension bridge and steadily uphill to Chyamtang where you plan to have a lunch. After Lunch, you’ll pass by Chyamtang and get to the Lingam School.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2320 meter

After breakfast at camp, in today’s trekking you’ll pass few villages among trails with the songs of birds. You’ll have lunch at a village called Gimber and you’ll have more stunning views of the Makalu Himalayan Range. In further trekking you’ll reach a Tibetan tribe village of Hatiya (1595m). This is the entry point to the Makalu-Barun National Park.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 1595 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll start your journey following the trail through Arun River down to its confluence with the Barun River which carries the glacier's water of Makalu range. After lunch, you’ll continue along the Arun River to the small village of Gola (1128m). There are only around 12 houses here and the village is an interesting mix of Sherpa, Rai and Tamang tribe.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 1128 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll trek in low land area. You’ll make a short descent on a pleasant trail to the lowlands. You’ll pass through fields of paddy as we follow the trail through the heaving hillsides above the Arun River. You’ll 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 (1179m) the ‘fort’ in Nepali. This is the spot where the Nepalese Army face up to invading forces from Tibet, eventually driving them back over the passes. Gadhi is a surrounded by the market town with shops and hotels as well as a health post, school, and police station.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 1179 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll walk for your last trekking day of the trip. You’ll descend to the suspension bridge across the Arun River at Chiuribas. Chiuribas is connected to the road by a jeep track and after taking some refreshment with the local tea houses here; you’ll drive to Tumlingtar which takes about 4-5 hours’ drive by local jeep/bus. As the last day, you’ll stay at guest house tonight and celebrate successful trip.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4 Hours Walk
  • 450 meter

After breakfast at Tumlingtar, you’ll say good bye to your trekking crew and take fight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, you’ll receive by Trekking Experts’ representative and drop you to hotel. And then you’ll free time to relax.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be met by our city tour guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley’s most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centred on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora. And after tour back to hotel. Evening farewell dinner at local authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Hotel

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • N/A
  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 1 night in Tumlingtar at lodge on twin sharing basis 16 nights in local lodges during the trekking on twin sharing basis in common rooms

3 meals a day during the trekking at tented camps served by our cook (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Badrapur and Tumlingtar -Kathmandu flight with airport taxes Badrapur-Ilam-Taplejung and Chiuribas-Tumlingtar by local bus/jeep with trekking crew 18 kg baggage per person for trek and flights

Kanchejunga National Park Fee Kanchejunga Special Permit Fee Makalu Barun Special Permit Fee Makalu Barun National Park Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 experienced trekking cook Required kitchen team (kitchen helpers) 1 assistant guide for every 5 members Required porters to carry personal baggage, camping equipment, kitchen utensils and trekking food English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

One 2-men sleeping tent for every two members 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel Solar light for lighting purpose only

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map 1 Satellite Phone for emergency use only 1 Certec Bag for emergency use

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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