The Lumba Sumba Pass trek is a relatively new and less traveled route that takes a traveler deep into the heart of the Eastern Himalayas in Nepal. It just opened recently in 2012, so it is an unknown trekking place by tourists. It is one of the longest treks which starts from the Kanchenjunga Conservation area and ends at the Makalu National Park area. Lumha Sumbha is one of the most beautiful ice peaks in the land area so when we reach there we feel like heaven. The natural scenery of the ice peak lands are so amazing and it acts as a bridge between the Kanchenjunga and Makalu region. As per your choice, we can start trekking from either Mount Kanchenjunga or Mount Mukalu.
The Lumba Sumba Pass trek provides you with amazing natural scenery, outstanding views of the Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Kumbakarna mountains, get the sights of different floras, faunas, birds, and landscapes, experience the unique culture, tradition, customs, and hospitality of the Sherpa people and passes through the most isolated villages of Nepal such as Olangchung Gola and Thudam, etc. But to cross the pass we have to start early in the morning because the weather conditions and routes are more risky. The Snow Leopards, Himalayan Black Bears, and Red Panda make extra excitement during your trekking journey. So if you also want to create an extra experience and trip memories with more fun The motorbike tours in Nepal provide you the best service.
The difficulty level of the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
The Lumba Sumba Pass trek is more challenging in Nepal. This trip starts from Kathmandu by jeep and car to Taplejung at 2000m high altitude and after that, you will reach the highest point of Lumba Sumba at about 5200m altitude. It is a 20-day journey and you will walk 4 to 5 hours per day. It is a very lengthy trek with a high altitude, unpredictable weather, prolonged duration, an off-road route, and beautiful landscapes. Due to the High altitude, altitude sickness is not uncommon so we have to be careful about our health. If you will have symptoms of altitude sickness like high headache, nausea, and fatigue then our helicopter rescue service is always on in the case of a Critical condition. Therefore, this trek is considered one of the most challenging trekking destinations for the tourist.
Best seasons for the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
According to the geography, temperature, and weather conditions of Nepal, the seasons are divided into 4 categories. The best season for Tsum Valley Trek is difficult to predict but Autumn(September, November, December) and Spring (May, April, June) are considered the best for trekking. In this season, routes and weather are very clear, and low chances of rainfall. Based on the Nepali calendar, Nepal has its local season called ‘Ritu’ and every ritu has two months. They are listed below:
● Basanta Ritu ( Mid- March to Mid-May) – It lies in Spring.
● Grishma Ritu (Mid-May to Mid- July) – It lies in early summer
● Barsha Ritu (Mid- July to Mid-September) – It lies in the monsoon
● Sharad Ritu (Mid- September to Mid- November) – It lies in Autumn
● Hemanta Ritu (Mid-November to Mid-January) – It lies in winter
● Shishir Ritu (Mid- January to Mid-March) – It lies in late Winter
Autumn Season(September, October, November)
Autumn Season starts in mid-September and mid-November. In this season Sky is clear, fresh air and rare rain with a moderate traveling temperature. From the Lumbha and Shambu Valley, we can see the eye-dazzling view of the mountain ranges such as Kanchenjunga(8,586m) and Makalu(8,481m). Nepali’s main festival Dashain and Tihar is also in this season so most of the Nepali people come for trekking to enjoy their vacation with nature. It is one of the best seasons for trekking so the mountainous region is full of tourists during this season. For the Lumba and Sumba Pass Trek, Autumn is one of the best because it also has a high altitude.
2. Summer Season
This season is also called the monsoon season. In this season, there is a high chance of rainfall in the Terai region such as Chitwan, and Birgunj and the weather becomes very hot. In this season, fewer tourists are coming to visit Nepal. Due to the different landslides in Nepal, it is not considered as the best season for trekking and trekking routes are very dangerous and slippery if high rainfall occurs. Due to the unpredictable weather also we are not suggesting a trek in this season.
3. Spring Season
Spring Season occurs from Mid-March to Mid-May and is the best season for the tourist destination and Lumba and Sumba pass trek also. If rare rain falls there is a high chance of snowfall so we can see the panoramic view of the mountain from Here. We can also enjoy the high ice-capped peaks and play with our teams. This season has warm weather (not hot or cold) and mostly so many thousands of tourists are attracted yearly In Nepal which makes it comfortable for motorbike rides also. It is between Chaitra and Baisakh month. So, the Spring season can be considered one of the best seasons for the tours. This season is the best time for motorbiking tours also due to the stable and favorable weather. In this season, due to its low range of rainfall, roads are more clear with dry and smooth locations. I would recommend this tour to any of you if you want to enjoy riding with good adventures in Nepal safely.
4. Winter Season
Winter season starts from late November to February and is typically rain-free and clear. High altitude areas above 3,000 meters will be snowy and very cold indeed with nighttime temperatures of -10°C not uncommon. This is one of the coldest seasons in Nepal. Winters are miserably cold in the higher altitude and there are chances of snowfall in these areas. The Winter season offers a clear sky, bright sunny days, and cool weather so short and easy treks to the Hills are highly recommended in this season. This season is suitable to trek the Lumba Sumba Pass if you want to see and enjoy the snow but it becomes more risky also. Are you searching for a winter vacation destination? Here is what Motorbike Tour in Nepal will offer you if you are visiting Nepal during winter through motorbiking and Jeep.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Highlights
1. This trek explores both the Kanchenjunga and Makalu region.
2. Experience the wildlife animals such as snow leopards, Red Panda, and Himalayan Black Bear.
3. Outstanding views of Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Kumbhakarna mountains.
4. Explore the historical culture with monasteries, Prayer flags, Chortens, and many others.
5. See the green forest, rivers, and waterfalls on the way.
6. It is more difficult to trek than other places due to the high altitude and unpredictable weather.
7. Enjoy the unique culture, customs, and lifestyles of the Sherpa people by interacting with them.
The available Food during your Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek is one of the less popular tourist destinations for trekking in Nepal. So only limited food and drink items are available during this trek route and lodge. Due to lack of the transportation facility and the undeveloped mountain regions, the cost of food, drinks, and accommodation is more expensive than in Kathmandu Valley, Terai, and hilly regions. They bring their daily needed things using domestic porter animals such as mules, Horses, etc, and through a plane. Although there is no Highway facility, the Street shop, Hotel, and lodge provide you with the following food and drinks on the way to your trip. So if you have a group then the food and accommodation package will be more affordable than the solo.
Soup Items: Rara noodles soup, tomato soup, local soup, Timur soup, chicken soup, Daal soup, and potato soup.
Rice Items: Veg Dalbhat, Non- Veg Dal Bhat, Egg Fried Rice, Veg Fried Rice, Mixed Fried Rice, Cheese, etc.
Spaghetti Items: Veg Spaghetti Bolognaise, Egg Spaghetti Bolognaise, etc.
Breakfast Items: bread of barely, boiled potato, egg pancake, tomato omelet, cheese omelet, etc.
Hot drinks Items: Black Tea, Hot water, coffee, etc.
Cold drinks Items: coca cola, sprite, fruity juice, Fanta, red bull, beer, Vodka, etc. are available.
Noodle Items: Rara, Waiwai, Pretty, and Chaumin are available.
Chocolate Items: All chocolate items such as Snickers, KitKat, and Churpi which is necessary to prevent altitude sickness.
Trekking Gear List for Lumba Sumba Pass Trek
During any trek, there are many pieces of equipment, which are always necessary for your trip. So without it, it is always impossible to trek and very dangerous for your health. Some of the gear lists during the Tsum Valley Trek are below:
● Trekking stick
● Chocolates and water bottle
● Medicine of altitude sickness may happen due to high altitude.
● Down or windproof jacket with boot
● Gloves and sunglasses and others
● Sleeping bag
● First-aid Kit
● Lightweight trekking pants
● Tourist duffle bag
● Hiking boots
● Extra soaks
● Personal skincare products such as sunscreen, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, etc.
● Extra passport photocopies and photos with personnel information
1. What are the permits required for a Lumba Sumba pass trek?
Lumba Sumba Pass trek acts as a bridge between the Kanchenjunga and Makalu regions so whether you start from Kanchenjunga or Makalu special permit cards are required to explore your trip. To take the special permit card, foreigners need a Passport and Nepalese need a photocopy of the citizenship card. Some of the permit cards are:
● Kanchenjunga Special Permit
● Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) Entry Permit
● Makalu Barun National Park Entrance Permit
● Restricted Area Permit for Sankhuwasabha District
2. Which month is best for Lumba Sumba Pass Trek?
According to the weather conditions of Nepal, Most tourists or travelers prefer Spring(March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) season is the best and most suitable season for Lumba Sumba Trek. In this season, the number of tourists and hotels is busier than in the other months.
3. What is the difficulty level of the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek?
The Highest point of the Lumba Sumba Pass trek is at an altitude of 5200m with unpredictable weather. so, it is considered the most difficult trekking destination in Nepal. The chance of altitude sickness is high so we have to travel by carrying medicine and other equipment. In case of an emergency, our helicopter rescue with back support is always on and you can call anytime.
4. Is there any communication network while trekking on Lumba Sumba Pass Trek?
No, during the trekking most of the area is covered by the gorge, forest, and small routes. So This area has a cell phone network. But do not worry, to stay in touch with your family we will send the Satellite along with our guide. When you accommodate the Hotel and lodge, you can also get a wifi network.
5. What rules and regulations should be followed on the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek?
During the Lumba Sumba Pass trek, we have to follow the following rules and regulations. So the action that is not allowed in this area are :
● Do not fire on the National Park area during the route of your trek.
● No fighting
● Sexual harassment
● Do not make a noise in the National Park area and others also.
● Need to take the permit card
● The drone should be flown only in the allowed area