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Lumba Sumba Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Lumba Sumba (LUSM) is a climbing peak in the Kanchenjunga  mountain range of Solukhumbu/Taplejung district in Nepal. The mountain peak has an elevation of 5740m and can be located at latitude  27.4236 longitude 87.3831. The summit of Lumba Sumba Peak offers stunning views of Loshar I 6842m, Loshar II 6803m, Langpo Peak 6965m, Langchung Khang 6786m, Khambachen East 7784m and more.  

The Region

The region habitats vegetation of Pine and Hemlock forests, White Fir, Juniper, Birch and Rhododendron, scrub and alpine plant communities are common at the higher altitude. The park is home to the Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Marten, Himalayan Mouse Hare (Pika), and over 118 species of bird including the Impeyan Pheasant, Snow Cock, Blood Pheasant, and Red-billed Cough.  

The Package

Lumba Sumba Peak climbing expedition is 22 days challenging adventure trip. The expedition starts from Kathmandu where you will make essential backpacking and preparation. Your guide will brief you with the necessary trip details.

Trails

The trail passes from Taplejung, Chiruwa, Olangchungola,  and to the base camp of Lumba sumba Peak, this route is 30.2 Km and the climbing route is 8.7Km.

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel, which is close to a multitude of shopping centers and restaurants. Meals:Bed and Breakfast
Early morning drive to Kathmandu airport then takes a domestic flight to Bhadrapur. We’ll drive the same day to Taplejung by jeep through the beautiful tea gardens of Jhapa and Illam. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will head towards the Mitlung/Sinuwa by crossing the small river over the suspension bridge. Then our trail descends down to Tamor Riverwalk through villages and terraced fields. Some irregular villages give us an opportunity to meet local people. Upon arriving at Tamor River, we follow some narrow trails close to the river. Then a gradual uphill trail through the terraced fields and few houses take to the village of Hellok.

After breakfast, the trek runs along the bank of Tamor River through dense forest that offers good habitat for different wildlife species. We cross a suspension bridge after a walk of about an hour from Lelep then it is an uphill climb through pine forest for about half an hour until we reach a monastery. From there, the trek gradually descends after about half an hour and we reach Gowatar (1800m) for lunch. Gowatar is a small settlement with a few houses. Near the village, there is a big stone and it is believed that only the religious people can move them. After a walk of around half hour from Gowatar, we reach a place that offers spectacular views of two waterfalls about 100 meters tall.
Today the walk is pleasant as it passes through Ulnus and Rhododendron forest for about an hour until we reach a suspension bridge. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trek passes through dense bamboo groves. This place is popular among trekkers as it is the habitat of the red panda. If you are lucky, we might catch a sight of the red panda! We reach Maguwa (2435m) for lunch. After lunch, the trail passes through maple and Ulnus forest. There is a big landslide on the way before we reach Selep Kharka(3210m).
Today we trek along the banks of Tamor River leading to a place called Jongim, a flat land surrounded by snow capped hills. After a walk of about 2hrs, we reach a suspension bridge. Then we climb uphill from the suspension bridge and reach Ramite (2685m) for lunch. We continue the ascending walk, then we catch the first glimpse of Olangchung Gola from the waterfall. After a climb of about 40 minutes, we finally reach the camping site. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Olangchung Gola is a beautiful Sherpa village with around 45 houses, a 465 years old monastery with a golden manuscript and a KCAP office.
The trek from today onwards will pass through complete wilderness. The trek passes through pine and rhododendron forests. After a walk of two and half hours, we reach a place called Jadak (3630m) for lunch. Then we walk of other valley towards Lumba Samba three hours on rhododendron and mixed forests take us to our camping site at Upper Langmale.
The trek can be interesting today as snow leopards have been sighted numerous times from this trek. The trek runs along the small river side lies dense rhododendron forest. After a walk of about three hours, we reach Tangchetar (4200m) for lunch
Today we set off to the Lumba Sumba Peak Base Camp. We will stay here in a tented camp near Lumba Sumba Pass. After setting the camp there, a briefing about climbing techniques is held. So our staff provides/share basic climbing knowledge with each other. Overnight in a tent.
Exciting and hard days of your trip, what it will be? It is definitely the peak climbing period of the trip. These two days are most challenging and tough. Start your climbing, proceed with your climbing, and get to your dream. These days are for staying in camp inside the tent. Nights in tent. we can observers Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Jannu,Makalu,Lhotse,Mount Everest himalayas range, and some glorious views of Lumba Sumba peak summit.
This would be the most difficult yet most memorable day of this trek. Today the trek will pass through the Lumba Sumba Pass (5200m). It is better to start early as it will be difficult to cross the pass after noon. After a walk of about four and half hour from Pass Camp, we reach the Lumba Sumba Pass which offers panoramic Himalayan views of eastern Nepal including Kanchenjunga, Jannu himal and Makalu ranges. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The trek is downhill from Yakkharka as we arrive to civilization after tiring walk for three days. A walk of about 6 hours takes us to Thudam for village. Thudam is a small isolated village with around 30 houses of Sherpa people.
Today the trek runs along the bank of Chujung Khola. The trail offers a panoramic view of peaks in the Makalu range. On the way, you will see a lot of small bushes and bamboo groves – the best habitat for the red panda. After walking through many ups and downs we reach Kharka for the camp tonight.
The trail passes through dense rhododendron forest. As there are no villages on the way and also there are numerous side trails. After a walk of about three hours from Kharka, we reach a place called Chaurikharka for lunch. From Chaurikharka, we can clearly see Chyamtang, Arun River. After lunch, the trail heads downhill for about three hours until we reach Arun River. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Arun, the trek is uphill for about an hour until Chyamthang.
The trail passes through rhododendron forest from Chyamthang takes us to Gimber Village for lunch. Gimber Village offers spectacular view of snowcapped peaks in the Makalu range. From Gimber, the walk is easy and after a trek of about three hours we reach Hatiya for the night’s stay. Hatiya – a small village of Bhote people.

This is the last day of our trek. From Hatiya, the trek is about an hour downhill till the Arun River. After crossing the river, an uphill climb of about 2 hour takes us to the Num village. As Num is linked with a road, we will take a jeep to Tumlingtar. A drive of around 6hours on dirt road takes us to Tumlingtar where there is an airstrip.

After breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu then transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon in Kathmandu. MEALS: Breakfast
On the final departure our office staff will drop you at the international airport. If your flight time is in the evening or afternoon we can arrange sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley (Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa etc) at an extra cost.

What is Included?

    • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports.
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
    • All government and local taxes.
    • Necessary insurance for trekking staff
    • Domestic flights Kathmandu – Tumlintar – Kathmandu
    • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek
    • Three Times meals during the trek.
    • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek
    • An experienced English speaking guide trained by the government of Nepal
    • Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after the trek)
    • Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights, in a twin-sharing room with breakfast
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • Staff Insurance
    • Trekking Map
    • Peak climbing royalty and required permits
    • Necessary climbing gears
    • Food during the expedition
    • Sleeping bags and mattresses

What is Excluded?

    • Alcohol, laundry and other personal expenses
    • Travel, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory).
    • Beverage bills, bar bills, and personal expenses
    • International airfare and airport tax and visa fee.
    • Emergency evacuation
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • Tips

Equipment Checklist

  • Day pack (25–35 liters)Pack cover
  • Sleeping bag comfortable to -10 to -20 Degree(dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference) optional
  • Waterproof and comfortable hiking boots
  • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
  • Headlight with extra batteries, Trekking poles
  • Trekking Clothing(3 pair t-shirt,2 pairs trousers or trekking pants,
  • Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
  • Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
  • Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid-weight long underwear bottoms
  • Mid-weight long underwear top
  • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
  • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
  • Convertible hiking pants
  • Fleece pants or insulated pants
  • waterproof/windproof jackets
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
  • Mid-weight fleece gloves or wool gloves, Liner gloves
  • Mid-weight fleece/wool winter hat, Sun hat
  • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
  • Liner socks (optional),Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion 35 to 50, Water Bottle, Water filter, Slippers, Towels, Raincoat
  • Personal medicine kits

faqs

Will some body come to pick me up at the airport open my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Mount Adventure Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

YES, 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 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

Do I need any extra document?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport, and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

What are the toilet facilities in the tea house /guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

Where we go along toilet during the trail?

In most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost?

During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled rooms instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required. In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and during the trek you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower, and a few drinks during the trekking.

What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses, which you can buy at the cost of USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 3 to higher elevation per liter. If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during the trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drops is a must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 30 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, etc.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

All your departure is guaranteed to run?

YES, all our trips are 100% guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

Who can climb a 6000m trekking peak and who can obtain a climbing permit?

There is only one restriction for obtaining permits for 6000m peaks, the government of Nepal does not allow climbing permits to be issued to a climber who is below the age of 16. Beyond that restriction, any climber with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a 6000 meter in the Himalaya. However, our policies for accepting clients on these peaks require that the client has as list experience of hiking and some knowledge of rock & Ice climbing.

What type of food can I expect in High Camps?

At the high camp, we utilize freeze-dried packaged foods. They offer a variety of high-quality flavors and are easy to prepare at altitude. Your personal climbing Sherpa will melt sufficient ice for hot water, tee, coffee, and a variety of juices. At high camp and camp one, it may be possible to fresh food from base camp.

What are the details on food and meals during the trip?

On popular trekking trails, we utilize lodges/guesthouses (teahouses) the meals will be provided by these lodges. Menu meals are often available including soups, noodles, rice, and some other dishes. On certain 6,000-meter trekking routes, lodges and guest houses may be limited, or not available. In these instances, accommodations will be via tents and the meals will be provided by our staff. In these instances, meals will be prepared on the route with canister stoves or natural fires. While in base camp our peak climbing cooks will prepare meals. Above base camp, the meals will be provided by our climbing Sherpa.

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