About Lumba Sumba Trek
A pure off-the-beaten path, the Lumba Sumba Trek lies in the little-known remote region of the Eastern Himalayas of Nepal. The trek connects the regions of the world’s 3rd and 5th highest peaks, Kanchenjunga (8586M) and Makalu (8463 M) via the crossing of the high-altitude Lumba Sumba pass (5200 M).
Recently introduced to the trekking world in 2012, it is one of the least explored and newest trekking trails in Nepal. And thanks to that, one can have an authentic experience and more freedom to explore. The trail passes through beautiful villages, monasteries, rugged valleys, rivers, alluring mixed forests, difficult rocky terrain, and many more. The trek provides amazing views of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga including several other peaks, especially from the Lumba Sumba pass. During the trek, you will walk through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Makalu Barun National Park which are some of the richest and most diverse protected areas in Nepal in terms of natural beauty, wildlife and vegetation.
The Lumba Sumba Trek is a wonderful opportunity to discover various ethnic groups of Nepal as well. The region is inhabited dominantly by the Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu. Gurung, Tamang, Newar, Brahmin, and Chettri also inhabit the region but in fewer numbers. You can experience their warm hospitality, culture, and daily lifestyle while on the trek. In the villages of the Sherpa people, you can find enchanting monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and prayer flags.
Overall, the Lumba Sumba Trek is a full-on camping trek that gives the feel of trekking 2-3 decades ago when there were no proper lodges on most of the trekking trails. If you are one of those trekkers who love to have a wilderness experience while trekking in remote areas with very few people, this trek might be the one to do.