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Lumba Sumba Pass Trek – 19 Days

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  • Lightweight tea house trek.
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hugo m
hugo m
Nepal best 's trek Nepal best 's trek, very remote, very wild, lots of different scenery. If you want to trek in a place that is still very authentic you should go for it.
Mola k
Mola k
Makalu Base Camp Makalu Base Camp trekking is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It's a challenging route that requires a lot of experience and good physical condition. You'll pass through snowfields such as Shipton La & Keke La, which are located above 4000m and covered in deep snow, making it difficult to trek. The snow blizzards and strong winds add to the challenge. You'll also encounter big boulders before reaching Yangle Kharka, which requires good balance and experience to navigate. The trek involves constant ascent and descent between 3500m to 4200m, and you'll climb (and descend) 8500m overall, including the viewpoint at 5900m elevation. However, all the hard work pays off when you witness the breathtaking mountain, river and lake sceneries that are unlike anything you've ever seen before. One of the most striking things about this trek is that you'll rarely see other hikers on the route. This gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and see firsthand how the Sherpa people live their everyday lives. We highly recommend using a local company like Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) and local guides/porters like Mr Suk Bahadur Ghimire and Mr Ratna Bahadur Rai, who have extensive knowledge of the area and are incredibly helpful.
arun u
arun u
The best and the only trekking company registered in Makalu region Right from the beginning Mr. Tejanath was very involved and helped with the planning and obtaining all the permits. His company is the only trekking company registered in the Maklau region so they only work with locals who have great knowledge about the region. Rajkumar Rai was my porter/guide who was incredibly helpful and without his support I wouldn't have made it to the base camp. From picking me up at the airport, inviting me to his lovely home for lunch Tejanath helped me prepare for the trek. After I finished the trek he made sure everything went well right until my return flight from Tumlingtar and even helped me with making alternate arrangements when my flight was cancelled. Overall if you want a real local experience for me exploring the Makalu base camp and very reasonably priced compared to what other companies from Kathmandu charge your best option is Maklau Arun Social Trek
Peter M
Peter M
A highly recommended trek This was my tenth trek in Nepal and my fourth trek this year as I am making up for lost time during Covid. In October 2002 I trekked in Dolpo with a group for a month and then wanted to do a shorter and cheaper trek in November 2002 before returning to the UK. The Makalu Base Camp trek seemed ideal as I wanted to have close up views of the mountains and trek somewhere that wasn’t too commercialised or busy. Makalu Arun Social Treks (MAST) was mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide book and, after looking at their website and reading the good Tripadvisor reviews, I decided that the service they were offering was what I wanted. What I wanted was a good porter/guide at a reasonable rate and for someone to organise the required transportation and other aspects of the trek like the TIMS card. MAST was set up to help fund an orphanage but no longer does this as the government has taken over this responsibility. MAST is run by Tejanath who is a retired English school teacher who lives in Khandbari. This year they haven’t organised many treks and mine was their fourth trek for the year. Tejanath was extremely helpful from the moment I contacted him and always promptly replied. He prefers Whatsapp so we soon switched to that and he is happy to talk on Whatsapp also. Tejanath allocated me a porter/guide called Suk (aka Strong Man) who was very good and friendly, strong enough to carry all my gear and spoke some English. He also lives in Seduwa, which is at the start of the trek, so he knew the trek and the local people very well. I didn’t expect him to speak English and the only problem was that he thought his English was better than it was. As a result it was sometimes a bit difficult and frustrating trying to understand him. Tejanath personally met me at Tumlingtar airport and brought me by tuk tuk to my hotel in Khandbari and also took me back to the airport. He and his wife were both very hospitable and looked after me very well whilst I was in Khandbari. The trek was very well organised and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending MAST for the Makalu Base Camp trek. It is much better and cheaper to use MAST than a Kathmandu based trekking agency. I also think that the Makalu trek is excellent and one gets very close up to so many 6,000 to 8,000 metre peaks. You can fairly easily get up to 5,738 metres on this trek, which is higher than on a lot of other treks in Nepal. I have posted a trip report on the Tripadvisor travel forum: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293889-i9243-k14193957-Lower_Dolpo_and_Makalu_Base_Camp_Treks_Trip_Report-Nepal.html
Makalu basecamp yrek I returned to Nepal for the 8th time, to do Makalu basecamp trek in October 2022, starting from Phaplu to the Arun river and up the high passes to the Barun river towards the basecamp and back the same way to Tumlingtar. I used the services of Makalu-Arun social trek (MAST) because it fits my budget supplying a porter/guide only (a porter who knows the trail). The walk was great and Tejanath of MAST took care of all the details. Really there was no need for a guide as the trail was clear all the way and it was nice to walk alone in the nature as my porter was most of the time well ahead or behind. Here follows some notes for other travellers : 1- For the first time i noticed a lot of Nepali trekkers on the trail, this will definitely make the experience richer and change the old image of trekking in the Himalayas forever. 2- The trail is a lodge trek with new and big lodges all the way, there are even smaller lodges halfway for lunch or a less crowded experience. Note that prices here are higher than elsewhere in Nepal (rooms from 500 to 700 per person and same for a Dahlbat). The smaller lodges tend to charge more than the big ones. 3- the big "draw back" for this trek is the terrible jeep ride from Khandbari to Num, really 4 to 5 hours of non stop shaking through deep muddy trenches and big rocks. I hope that the national park authority will really try to find a walking alternative adding 2 more days to the trek.
Scenic and strenuous hike in the Himalays I completed the Makalu Base Camp trek early October and had a great experience. The trek itself is a pretty hard one. Harder than Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Cicuit trek which I did back in 2016. But it is more rewarding. Still a pristine off-the-beaten path trail. Especially the Barun valley is heaven on earth. During 14 days I just met one foreign tourist. Besides him just friendly locals on the trail. On the lower section of the trail you will see mainly Hindu people. The higher you go the more Bhuddist people you will meet. This gives the trek a nice contrast. Accommodations and food a pretty basic on this trek (don’t expect deep fried chocolate bars). I recommend vegetarian food while hiking in order to prevent food poisoning. With MAST you pay for the porter guide and transportation in advance. Your personal expenses on the trek you pay as you go. This consists mainly of food and accommodation. Sometimes I experienced some bigger price differences between the accommodations/food places. I recommend you confirm the price in advance at these places. In short this is a more cost-effective way to hike. If you go for a Kathmandu based agencies you could easily spend double the price. My guide was a local from Seduwa village on the trail. He was very strong and helpful person. However I experienced a culture-shock sometimes 😉. While hiking I recommend to get up as early as possible to experience clear conditions. Yes, it still rains a lot even during mid-September. Also you should bring good hiking sticks hence the trek can be quite technical at some points. Expect landslide areas and rough river crossings. In a nutshell I recommend this trek to the experienced hiker. This is not a hike for rookies. But it is definitely worth the struggle. Your reward will be higher than on other treks in Nepal.
Sham Tatkare
Sham Tatkare
Brief Trek Report and Feedback about Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) Makalu (27,820 ft.) is worlds 5th highest mountain. It is located at 20 km southeast of Mount Everest, Nepal. Our journey and trek route was, Pune - Delhi - Kathmandu - Biratnagar – Dharan – Khandbari - Num – Seduwa – Tashigaon - Danda kharka – Khongma – Dobato - Yangle kharka - Shiv Dhara - Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp. Trek route is initially through Arun valley and then we enter in to Barun Valley. Due to lack of basic facilities & development, this region of Himalaya has been preserved in its best form. Quality of air, water and vast variety of fauna & flora are really exceptional. Barun valley has many Rudraksha trees and medical plants (Jadi-Buti). As per local belief, people living in Barun valley never have any disease and look much younger than their age. Recently (April 2019) Yati foot prints were reported by Indian army expedition team near Langmale Kharka. Tashigaon is the famous village of high altitude specialist mountaineers i.e. “The Sherpas”. At Danda Kharka, near Tashigaon, we had a tea break. The hotel owner Sherpa Mr. Lakpa Gylzen, 22 years age, casually told us that he had climbed Mount Everest twice and few more peaks. I felt ashamed that Everest climber was serving tea to an ordinary trekker like me. . . Shiv Dhara is a 500 feet tall waterfall, on the mouth of a huge dome shape cave. It is believed that God Shiva using his Trishul made a hole in the cave (top side) to solve water scarcity problem in this region. Guide asked me to stand at about 8 feet away from main stream of water fall and then we started praying God Shiva. After about 5 minutes, the water fall changed its position and water started falling on our heads. Guide informed that we are blessed by the God. Of course, there is a scientific reason for this natural phenomenon. However, such incidents help to strengthen one’s belief in God and inspire us to follow the path of righteousness & virtues. . . No words will be enough to Thanks my brave guide Mr. Shuka Bahadur Ghimre & the respected school teacher, Mr. Tejanath Pokharel, Chairperson, Makalu Arun Social Trek (MAST) & his family for organizing such a wonderful trek and all the help. We are also thankful to Mr. Mohan Kumar Kafle, Chairman (MAST) for the coordination & arranging necessary trek documents.
Well organised trek We did the Makalu Base Camp trek in November 2017. This was our ninth trek, organised through different agents in Nepal. For this trek we chose a local agent rather than one based in Kathmandu because the route is still relatively undeveloped and we wanted the benefit of local knowledge and contacts. We have no hesitation in recommending Tejanath. He always answered our email queries promptly and fully, gave us wonderful hospitality before and after the trek, found us an excellent porter and guide, and efficiently organised all the paperwork and land transport before and after the trek. Our guide was related to the extended family that runs all the guest houses on the trek, which enriched our experience. Makalu Base Camp is a beautiful and relatively uncrowded trek, well worth the extra hassle and expense of the flight into Tumlingtar. But you need to be prepared for quite basic food and accommodation, and be aware that once over the Shipton La communications (and hence rescue, should it be necessary) are difficult. Best for trekkers who have some experience.
Alex W
Alex W
Makalu BC Trek Nov. 2016 Tejaneth of MAST organized a porter/guide (Suk Bhadur Ghimibre) and porter (Raskamar Ghimibre) from the village of Seduwa for our teahouse trek to Makalu Base Camp in November 2016. What an amazing experience! The route and teahouses along it were relatively uncrowded, the natural landscape was epic, the cultural tapestry overlaying all of it was fascinating. Our guide and porter were fantastic and everyone we met along the way was friendly. I would definitely recommend this trek and MAST. I would love to return someday to do this same trek again, and/or one of MAST's Social Treks. Tejaneth and his wife were very gracious and welcoming at the beginning and end of our journey. Namaste, Dhanyavaad, and Feri Betonlah!
Makalu base camp April 2019 I did the trek in April 2019. MAST was very helpful in helping organizing the trek in general. Tejanath coordinated a porter guide for my solo trip and also arranged accomodation in Khandbari. He also helped me get a seat on a plane back to KTM, thank you again! My guide Suk Bahadur was very knowledgeable about the trail and did speak some english. I also stayed at his house and his family was very welcoming. He helped arrange accommodation in tea houses and was regularly asking other sherpas for trail updates along the way. I would just recommend anyone who does this trek in general to bring lots of snacks - past Shipton La expect a diet of rice and potatoes. I got really hungry on the way down. If you do the trek with MAST specifically, be aware that not all porter guides are equipped equally. All i had for my guide was a duffle bag, which he ended up carrying in a very uncomfortable way for 16 days because he didn't like to use straps or baskets like most porters across Nepal. So i would recommend that you ask in advance who your guide will be and what kind of equipment they have or don't have. In doubt, bring a backpack for you and for your porter. The trail conditions were unexpectedly snowy last April (several meters of snow and warm T up and down Shipton La). Nepalese people have no training/awareness of avalanche risks. Use your best judgement and speak up if you feel uncomfortable.

Lumba Sumba Pass Trek – 19 Days

Lumba Sumba Trek is one of the new trekking routes identified and explored by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in 2012.

Lumba Sumba Peak (5200m) is one of the major attractions of this route. Offering some of the most spectacular view of Himalayan landscapes, this trekking route is home to different ethnic groups like the Limbus, Sherpas, Rai, Gurung, Magars, Newars, and Tamangs.

The trek runs through Makalu Barun  National Paru  Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) in the eastern Himalaya. Trekkers can observe and explore traditional farming practices and see different birds and wildlife species, including the endangered snow leopard and red panda, from the route.

There are a number of high mountain lakes in Olangchung Gola. Through this route, we explore two of Nepal’s best-preserved protected areas – the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Makalu Barun National Park. Apart from natural beauty, trekkers can also explore cultural heritage like monasteries, temples, and prayer flags. The festivals of all of those people living in the area also add more knowledge to our trek.

Outline of he Trek Details

  • Total Program Days: 19 Days
  • Total trekking Days: 18 Days
  • Trekking Grade :Medium to Hard
  • Maximum Altitude :Pass camp (4747m)
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Home Stays Camping.
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 People
  • Best Trekking Time: September to November,Mid March to May
  • Permits: Special Trekking Permit, TIMS card MBNP Entrance Fees. Kanchangunga National Entrance fee.
  • Transportation: Reserved Jeep, Regular Jeep Flight/public Bus.
  • Activity: Trekking , Volunteering, Sight seeing.
  • Total Trekking Hours Per Day : 4-6 hours.

Major Highlights of the Trek

  • Exhilarating journey through the challenging Lumba Sumba Pass, situated at an altitude of over 5,160 meters.
  • Panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan mountain range, including close-up vistas of towering peaks such as Mount Makalu, Mount Kanchenjunga, and Mount Lhotse
  • Diverse ecosystems and rich biodiversity of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Makalu Barun National Park.
  • Cultural exchanges with the local communities residing along the Lumba Sumba Pass trekking route.
  • 5. An off-the-beaten-path adventure, away from the more popular trekking routes, providing trekkers with a sense of seclusion.

Trekking Cost Include

  • 18 Days Three porter guide daily salary including their food and accommodation
  • Porter guide insurance cost for 3 Porter guide
  • Trekking Permits (TIMS) card cost for 2 person
  • Makalu Barun National Park Entrance Fee for 2 person
  • Jeep Reservation from Tumlingtar – Khandbari-Num.
  • One night Khandbari Hotel room booking cost for 1 person.
  • Company service charge cost including government Tax as well as miscellaneous cost

Trekking Cost Exclude

  • Guest food and accommodation costs throughout the trekking route
  • International airfare cost
  • Kathmandu -Tumlingtar -Kathmandu Airfare cost
  • Nepal entry visa fees are USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days
  • Lodge, Breakfast, Dinner, and lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment cost.
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters, and local staff.
  • Travel and medical insurance for the guest in case of emergency.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation for the guest.
  • Personal expenses such as battery charging, laundry, alcohol, cold drinks, hot showers at teahouses, etc.
  • Unforeseeable expenses incurred due to accidents, strikes, natural calamities, political unrest, etc.
Lumba Sumba Pass Trek Itinerary (19 Days)

Day 1Flight from Kathm,andu to Tumlingrat

Flight (30 minutes) from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar airport. Receive and welcome by MAST staff at the airport. Catch a jeep, drive for about 15 minutes and get Khandbari hotel room and have a rest. Explore Khandbari bazaar, Child Welfare Home Khandbari etc. Meet your porter guide and be introduced with him. Overnight stay at the hotel/ home stay in Khandbari.

Day 2Drive from Khandbari to Num (1500 m)

After breakfast round 8 am catch a reserved jeep to Num. Jeep leaves Khandbari passes Manebhangyang, ArunTthan Bhotebas, Chhyankuti to Chichila. At Chichila stop the jeep and order for junch at any one of the etea houses there. Then enjoy observing the natural beauty, the Himalayan range toward the north. After having a rest for some time , your travelling starts. The road pass Hururu , Mude and finally get Num at around 2 pm ( 4- 5 hours travelling)

Day 3Trek from Num To Simma Gaun

After having breakfast at about 8 am at the hotel, trek down to the Arun Dobhan. Enjoy observing Arun third Hydro Power constructionPorject. Then cross the bridge on the river and trek up to Gadidanda. Have some rest at Gadi Danda and then follow the path through thr Hedangna village and finally get at Simma Gaun. This is your todays trek destination. Find one the best tea houses for overnight stay there.

Day 4Trek From Simma To Gola (1128m)

Have your breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house , start your today’ trek. Follow the path towards Pathivara Danda. Cross the Danda and trek through Ekuwa, Lame Bagar and get at Gola your todays’ trek destination. Fine one of the best tea house for your over night stay the tea house.

Day 5Trek from Gola to Hatiya (1595m)

Have your breakfast at around 8 am at the tea house, commence your trek. Follow the foot trial to Barun river. You can refresh by having a bath in the sacred river with cold water if y you like. Enjoy the natural beauty lower Barun Valley. Then cross over the Suspension bridge. Then follow the path along the Arun river and get Hatiya in the evening. Find one the best tea houses for overnight stay there.

Day 6 Trek from Hatiya to Chhyamtang (2229m)

Hatiya to Chhyamtang (2229m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 7 Trek from Chhyamtang to Kharka (2877m)

Chhyamtang to Kharka (2877m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 8 Trek from Kharka to Thudam (3500m)

Kharka to Thudam (3500m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 9 Trek from Thudam to Chaurikharka (4594m)

Thudam Chaurikharka (4594m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 10Trek from Chaurikharka to Pass Camp (4747m)

Day 10: Chaurikharka to Pass Camp (4747m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 11Trek from Pass Camp Upper Lanmale (3893m)

Pass Camp Upper Lanfmale (3893m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 12Trek from Upper Langmale to Olanchung Gola (93208m)

Upper Langmale to Olanchung Gola 93208m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 13 Trek from Olanchung Gola to Selep Kharka (2525m)

Olanchung Gola to Selep Kharka (2525m) 4- 5 hours trekkin

Day 15Trek from Ela Danda to Lelep (1687m) 4

Ela Danda to Lelep (1687m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Day 16Trek from Lelep to Chiruwa (1246m)

Ela Danda to Chiruwa (1246m) 4- 5 hours trekking

Day 17Chiruwa to Mitlung (909m) 4- 5 hours trekking.

Chiruwa to Mitlung (909m)

Day 18Mitlung To Fungling (1777)

Mitlung To Fungling (1777) 4- 5 hours trekking

Day 19 Fungling to Kathmandu

Flight from Fungling to Kathmandu .


FAQs About Lumba Sumba Pass Trek

Question 1Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

Nepali rupees is only accepted throughout the trekking . But A company accept US Dollar as well as Nepali Rupees.

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