The Lumba Sumba pass trek is a newly opened trekking location in the Eastern region of Nepal, which is gaining momentum as one of the less trodden yet wildly spectacular experience. The entirety of the trek takes thrill seekers from the Kanchenjunga region to the Makalu region through the Lumba Sumba Pass.

Rich in flora and fauna, the Lumba Sumba trek offers the marvelous opportunities to sight wild animals like the red panda or the snow leopard. The three-week trek also passes through high mountain lakes like the Olagchung Gola. It covers two of Nepal’s best-protected areas, including the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and the Makalu Barun National Park. Passing along the sides of the Tamor and the Arun River, the trek showcases the beauty of both the Kanchenjunga and the Makalu peaks, standing in all its glory.

The moderately strenuous trek can be carried out by trekkers with some previous trekking experience. The highest point of the trek is the passage through the Lumba Sumba Pass (5177 m). The major highlights include the chance to witness the views of the stupendously marvelous snow-capped peaks like Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) and on clear days, the mighty Everest (8848m).

Trek along paths, untouched by the waves of modernization and urbanization. Get the chance to intermingle with the ethnic inhabitants like Sherpa, Magar, Tamang, Rai, Newar and Limbu. Explore their heritage and traditions in this enthralling experience. Travel around alpine lands and thick forests. Trek away from crowded areas, into the serenity of the Lumba Sumba Pass Trek. Overlook at the diverse species of flora and fauna and live the experience of a lifetime with the carefully designed itinerary of the Lumba Sumba Trek.

Itinerary

  • Day Arrival transfer

    Today you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal. A representative will meet you and after welcome, you will be transferred to the hotel. You will have the entire afternoon to yourself today. You can relax in the hotel and relish the exquisite cuisine that Nepal is so famous for. Another option is to stroll around the streets to observe the throbbing nightlife of Kathmandu.

    • No meals included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    Today, the day will be spent in sightseeing around the architectural haven of Nepal. Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Despite the earthquake that shook the nation on April 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites have managed to maintain all their valor and glory. 

    After breakfast, there will firstly be a briefing about the trek that will start off from the very next day. After this, we will move towards the Kathmandu durbar Square. We will pass along the spice market of Ason. With the old temples and palaces, the Kathmandu durbar Square is an epitome of religious and cultural life of the people of Nepal. The Durbar Square is where the kings of Nepal were solemnized and crowned. The interesting areas worth visiting are the Kalbhairav statue, Basantapur Durbar as well as the Temple pod Kumari. Kumari is the only living goddess in the World.

    After lunch, we will be transferred to Patan Durbar Square, yet another epitome of architectural spectacle. Situated in the center of the Patan City, the Durbar Square is a species of Newari architecture. The major contrary like the Mulchowk, SundariChowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk houses the interesting architectural spectacles including the likes of the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna as well as the Krishna Mandir.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur & drive to Illam

    The trek, which starts off today, fills us with excitement and our minds ready for the adventure to follow. The beautiful flight to the Eastern part of Nepal, Bhadrapur is a short one. After the 45 minutes of awesome flight, we continue towards the beautiful tea gardens of Illam.

    The drive from Bhadrapur to Illam takes about 3 hours. Illam is aptly known as the tea capital of Nepal. Home to large tea gardens, Illam is where most of the tea exported from Nepal and used within Nepal is grown and manufactured. We reach Illam in the evening and the cool winds blowing up towards the tea gardens makes the excitement of the upcoming trek even more alluring. 45 minutes flight. 3-hours’ drive.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Drive from Illam to Taplejung/Suketar (1820m)

    Today, the starting point of the Lumba Sumba trek is reached. We reach Taplejung after a 8-hour drive from Illam through undulating and rounding paths. The path, which takes us through farmlands and forested areas to Taplejung also offers the views of the icy mountain peaks like the Kanchenjunga, Makalu and even the mighty Everest on a clear day.

    Taplejung is the hub of this region of Nepal. It is complete with government offices, cobblestone streets, police post and the small hospital. Taplejung is both adequately supplied with modern equipment and has yet retained its age-old natural beauty. The roaring Tamor River diverges out from the southern part of Taplejung. Approximately 8-hours’ drive.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung/Sinuwa (980m)

    The actual trekking journey of the Lumba Sumba trek starts today. The trek follows a multi track path and takes us up and down through forested ridges today. We descend down from Taplejung to reach the Tamor River first. After crossing the suspension bridge from this point, the route is almost flat. Trekking along the banks of the roaring Tamor Koshi river, through fields of paddy, offers a one-in-a-million experience in itself. We pass jungles of cardamom plants and natural vegetation in order to reach an area where the village can be seen stretching at a far distance.

    This village is called Mitlung. Mitlung is home to ethnic inhabitants living in complete harmony with each other. Chettri, Limbu, Bahun and Tamang inhabitants adorn the already beautiful village. The main occupation of these people is the business of cardamom. Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at teahouse
  • Day Trek from Mitlung/Sinuwa to Taplethok (1380m)

    This day too we will follow the edges of the Tamor River all through the day. The path is quite a narrow, descending one today and passes through jungles. The jungles in this area are usually covered with cardamom and other crops. Small gardens of orange are also present along the way.

    Through undulating paths and crossing, several streams, we finally reach an area with an easy flat land. Passing through the villages of Sinuwa and the Limbu village of Chirwa we finally reach another large Limbu village of Taplethok.  Approximately 5 to 6 hours trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Taplethok to Ila Danda (2100m)

    Taplethok is a small market with some tea shops. There is also a KCAP checkpoint in this village. After checking in, we start off with a walk towards the village of Pembu along the bank of the roaring Tamor River. The trail through dense forests continues on an uphill path from Pembu, taking us to the Lelep.  We reach a monastery next, after which the trail drops down to the village of Gowatar. Near to this small settlement with a few houses, is a bug stone considered to be religious by the inhabitants of the village.

    After half an hour of walk from Gowatar, we are blessed with the views of two waterfalls, each about 100 meters tall. The wonderful opportunity to click the pictures in front of the waterfall will take us to Phedi. We cross the Tamor River from Phedi and continue upwards to the camping site of Ila Danda.

    The Sherpa Village of Ila Danda is home to the panorama of the beautiful mountain peaks that adorn this Eastern region of Nepal. The views of the snowcapped peaks, along with the views of the Kasturi Peak and the Tamor River underneath, calls for a perfect setting to spend the night in peace and tranquility. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Ila Danda to Dharmasala (2500m)

    Today, we embark on a pleasing walk towards Dharamsala. The path is somewhat steep, alternated by easy path and passes through jungles of rhododendron, pine, and bamboo.

    The start of the trek occurs with the passage through forests of Ulnus and rhododendron. We reach a suspension bridge now, crossing which we reach the area filled with dense groves of bamboo. This area is known bets for being the habitat of the endangered species of red and, if you are lucky, you might spot one too.

    After about three hours walk from Ila Danda, we pass through the village of Maguwa through forests of maple and Ulnus. A big landslide along the path requires the utmost attention for trekkers when crossing it. Apart from that, the path is comparatively easier. Through the Selep Kharkha, we reach Dharmasala, our destination for today. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dharamsala to Olangchung Gola (3291m)

    The path today will also be passing through areas known to be the suitable habitat spots for the red panda.  We walk along the banks of the roaring Tamor River and reach the Jongim village. This is a flat land, surrounded by the views of the snowcapped peaks. Another walk through rhododendron forests takes us to a suspension bridge, following with we reach the settlement of Ramite. Mixed forests of Deodar and rhododendron take us to a beautiful waterfall where we click pictures.

    After some time of marveling at the beauty of the waterfall, we move forward to Olangchung Gola. Olangchung Gola is a beautiful Sherpa village where we spend our night and the next day. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Rest day at Olangchung Gola

    Today, we take off a well-earned day to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the beautiful Sherpa village of Olangchung Gola. It consists of 45 houses and a 465-year-old monastery. The monastery has some golden manuscripts in the Buddhist language. Olangchung Gola is also home to KCAP office. A sub-health post and a primary school along with the border police station in Olangchung Gola make it a perfect town. Olangchung Gola consists of rhododendron forests. It is the pathway to Tibet and business between Nepal and Tibet takes place here. This is where herbs are exchanged between Tibet and Nepal. People living in Olangchung Gola have yaks and blue sheep as pets, which assist them with their daily chores.

    This day is a perfect opportunity to mix in with the inhabitants of the mid-Kanchenjunga Region and experience their culture and traditions.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Olangchung Gola to Yangetar (4203m)

    The trek along the path in the next three days will pass through areas of complete wilderness and awesome natural beauty. You will not be lost in the mystical wilderness today as there are piles of stones which act as sing posts to show us the direction towards our required destination.

    Today, we start off with a gradual uphill walk through forests of rhododendron, above the roaring Tamor River. We reach the village of Jadak for lunch and if lucky, might even get a chance to come across wild animals like snow leopard and musk deer. From here, we walk for some more time along snowy tracks to reach the bridge over the Tamor River.

    After crossing the bridge, we come across the village of Langmale. Heading up alongside the riverside, the trail finally brings us to the village of Yangetar, which is our destination for today. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Yangetar to Pass Camp (4453m)

    This is yet another exciting day in the trek as there have been reported sightings of snow leopards in this track. This day too, we follow the roaring and the mighty Tamor River. We cross the river to a dense rhododendron forest to reach the settlement of Tangchetar. After lunch there, we pass along rocky trails to reach the camping site of Pass Camp.

    Pass camp is the base camp of the Lumba Sumba Peak. We walk less on this day, as it is absolutely important to acclimatize with the altitude in order to eliminate the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness. The day is made more interesting by the views of the small peaks that are visible from the Pass Camp. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Pass Camp- ChauriKharka (4595m)

    This day is the highlight of the entire trekking journey as it involves the passage through the Lumba Sumba Peak. Apart from being highly memorable and adorned with beautiful views, the trail today is equally difficult and strenuous today.

    We begin the trek with packed lunch and adequate bottles of water. The trail starts off with an upward climb, followed by a downward path. The final step up the Lumba Sumba peak is difficult because of the presence of glacial moraines and snow covered path. The challenging part of the entire trek is today, so it is good to take good care of the footing when passing along the path today. The top of the Lumba Sumba peak offers the most memorable views of the entire trek. The mind-boggling beauty of the excellent mountain peaks like the Jannu, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Khambachen, Baruntse, and Hognku makes the entire passage picture worthy. The slide down to the Yak Kharkha (Chaurikharka) is steep but also offers views of the aforementioned peaks in its full glory. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Chauri Kharka to Thudam (3556m)

    Today, we tread along the right bank of the roaring Lapsi Khola in order to arrive at the destination of Thudam. From Chaurikharka, the path is a downhill one. After a tiring walk, we come back down to civilization. Further along the path, we come across two roads. One road leads to Lyasha in Tibet while the other road carries on towards the Bhotiya village of Thudam.

    The path today takes us through forests of juniper and rhododendron. Thudam is a Bhotiya village with inhabitants who are true descendants of Tibet. There are about 30 houses, inhabited by the ethnic Bhotiya people, who are welcoming. People here have adopted animal husbandry as their major profession. Thudam is also considered to be the border to Tibet and has a small school. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Thudam to Yak Kharka (2877m)

    Today, the trail takes us through the banks of the Chujung Khola on bamboo forests. We descend towards through small bushes and bamboo groves being cheered along by the views of the panoramic Makalu range. Apart from the views of the mind-boggling white peak of Makalu, we might also get an opportunity to come across the endangered species of the red panda. Packed lunch works as our fuel in this grueling path.

    Yak Kahrkha is the destination for today. It is where yaks graze. The ethnic inhabitants living here do business with Tibet for a living. The trail to Yak Kharkha is also beautified more by the presence of different types of rhododendron, on a clear day; Everest greets us with its true glory. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Yak Kharkha to Lingam (2250m)

    Like many other days in the trek, we will pass through dense rhododendron forests today as well. There are numerous side trails to follow and we follow the least walked one. From Yak Kharkha, we climb along to another spot called as Chaurikhaka, the best grazing spot for yaks. From here, the Chyamtang village, as well as the Ridha Village, Kimathanka and the Arun River, appear down below. From here, the trial follows a downhill path to the bank of the Arun River.

    We cross the suspension bridge over the Arun River and reach the village of Chaymtang after an uphill trek. Further upwards is the Lingam School. Lingam is the settlement of Bhote people, direct descendants of Tibetans. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Lingam- Barun Dovan (1110m)

    The destination for today is the confluence of the Barun and Arun rivers, called the Barun Dovan. Cheered along with the views of the aforementioned peaks, we follow the path out from Lingam to the Gimber Village. This village is the perfect spot for perfect views of the Makalu range in its full glory. The easy walk that follows, takes us to the settlement of Hatiya, the entry point to the Makalu National Park.

    We move further along the banks of the roaring Arun River in order to reach the Barun Dovan. This is the destination for today and we set camp here. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Barun Dovan to Hetangu Gadi (1220m)

    We can clearly see that we are in the lowlands a today the trail takes us through lush paddy fields. The pleasing walk offers a short descent, followed by a short climb. After a two and half hour walk from Gola, we reach the village of Pathibhara. This village should not be confused with the Temple Pathaibhara. Pathibhara village is inhabited by Gurung populations and is filled with groceries, tea shops, and hotels.

    After this, we pass along cultivable land towards the Hetangu Gadhi. We will find several small settlements and plenty of water resources of our way to Gadhi. Hetnagu Gadhi holds significance in the history of Nepal, as this is where the Nepali Army chased away the Tibetan army during the Nepal- Tibet battle. Hetnagu Gadhi is equipped with a police station, a school, and a small health post. People living here have mixed ethnicity and are living in perfect harmony with each other. Approximately 6 to 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at tented camp
  • Day Trek from Hetangu Gadi to to Num and drive to Khandbari/Tumlingtar (410m)

    The passage from the Hetnagu Gadhi to Num marks the end of the wonderful trek. We start off with a downhill path today, onto the banks of the Arun River. Crossing the river is followed by an uphill climb to the village of Num. Num is linked with motorable roads and we take up this opportunity to drive to the headquarters of the Sankhuwasabha District, Khandbari. The drive takes up about 4 to 5 hours. Tumlingtar is equipped with a small airport.

    This day marks the end of our wonderful trekking journey. From Gadi, we descend downwards to Num and then take a drive to Khandbari/Tumlingtar through bumpy roads. Khandbari is the district headquarters of the Sankhuwasabha district. Approximately 3 hours trek. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of drive.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

    Today, we fly to the capital, leaving behind the scenery of the beautiful Kanchenjunga region. After breakfast, we head straight to the airport and fly back on a 35-minute flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you have the entire afternoon to yourself, which can be utilized by strolling around to witness the nightlife of the beautiful capital. Buy souvenirs for loved ones back home, or relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine in the comfort of your hotels.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Free day in Kathmandu

    For those interested in taking in the architectural beauty of Kathmandu some more, an optional sightseeing tour will be managed.

    Early in the morning, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world. The pagoda houses surround the sacred linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The temple is an aid to have been made prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy waters of Bagmati beside the temple premises.

    After lunch, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath can be visited. Boudhanath is called the Little Tibet. It is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia. The focal point of Buddhism in Nepal, the white mound is thirty-six meters overhead. This Stupa is situated on the ancient trade route to China where Tibetan merchants offered prayers.

    In the afternoon, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is called the open museum and is a living heritage full of architectural delights. Countless temples and showpiece adorn the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Some include the Lion Gate, the 55 Windows Palace, other Temples as well as the picture Gallery. The figures of Hanuman, Narasingh Narayan, and Bhairav adorn the entire region.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Depart transfer

    Today, with hearts delighted over the experience of the past two weeks and our bodies ready for another adventure in Nepal, we depart back to our homelands. It is to be noted that the airport reporting time is 3 hours before the international flight’s time.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.  

    • 04 nights at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis

    • 17 nights’ accommodation in the local teahouses and tented camp on twin sharing basis during the trek

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided during the trek period.

    • Only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.

  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle.

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars
  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur and Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Kanchenjunga & Makalu National Park fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges

    Exclusions

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance Policy

    We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.

    Ways of triggering your insurance:

    • There are actually two ways that your insurance fund can be triggered and brought into action. The first type is where you will have to use your own money if any injuries occurs or any medical attention is needed. Then the insurance company will pay you later when you return home and show them the documentation of insurance as proof.
    • Another type is where if any medical attention is needed and your insurance needs to be triggered the insurance company will cover all the cost up front and you won’t have to spend a single penny that is not meant for such incident.

    Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.

     

    Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:

    General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.

    You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.

    As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.

    What you need to know:

    We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.

     

    Examples of insurance companies:

    Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com

     

    Important highlights to remember:

    1. Makalu travels do not hold any kind of insurance related financial management work but we will help you acquire important documentations needed for processing your insurance policies.
    2. Choose an insurance policy where you don’t have to pay your own money while trekking in Nepal while in need of medical attention. In other words look for a policy where your insurance company will cover all the money related process if you need any kind of medical attention.
    3. Choose policy with evacuation plan up to 6000m and with an option “climbing” if you are climbing any peak as well as trekking.
    4. Some companies like WorldNomads have a policy where clients have to pay their own money while trekking if they need any kind of medical attention and you will be payed once you return home. So please make sure you have a very good understanding of what type of insurance policy you are agreeing to.

     

  • Altitude Sickness & Trekking Policies

    For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.

    There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.

    If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.

    If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.

     

    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

  • Rentals & Extra Costs

    Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:

    • Renting trekking equipment (if necessary, not mandatory)
    • Thick down jacket = $15
    • Sleeping bag = $20
    • Hot Showers only while trekking = $4 to $6
    • Nepal visa
    • Donations (not mandatory)
    • Extra hotel nights (depends on weather, flight cancellations and vacation extension)
    • Wi-Fi only while trekking = $3 to $5 an hour
    • Charging electrical devices only while trekking = $1 to $3 an hour
    • Foods and drinks other than included in the package
    • Personal shopping
    • Drinking water while trekking (about $3 per bottle)
    • Tips for the porters and guides which is 10% of the price of your trek (not mandatory but highly suggested)
    • Helicopter ride if case of sudden injuries or altitude sickness

    The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.

    So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.

  • Hotel & Room Bookings

    The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.

     

    In Kathmandu

    Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.

     

    While trekking

    We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.

     

    Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.

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What kind of trip is right for me?

Physical strength is absolutely essential for every trip around the Lumba Sumba. If you feel that your physical strength is insufficient for physically demanding trips, you can very well choose to embark on some easy trekking endeavors. The kind of trip suitable for you depends only on your physical fitness level. Apart from that, if intermingling with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds in the glory of high, ice-covered glistening peaks is your cup of tea, then the Everest region is the best for you.

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Access to Local Expertize

We take pride in our carefully selected well-trained, experienced tour guides and leaders who have an insider access that is certain to enhance your experience.Their knowledge of meticulous details of all the local places without exaggeration is what will make a world of difference to your travel experience.

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Each of our trips are monitored and regulated by our office in USA because we want to maintain the highest standards of service at all times. At our destination, you will always be hosted with seamless service, the best of hospitality with clean hygienic rooms and tasty and healthy variety of foods.

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With the help of our extended network of travel partners, we directly connect with the local service providers giving you a cost advantage rightaway. We assure you that you will only have to pay for the services you take with no middleman squeezing in your bill.

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It goes without saying that your safety is our topmost priority. The difference in climate, altitudes and geography can cause a certain level of distress for some, which is why our tour guides and leaders are trained and well-equipped for first aid services throughout the trip. Our super tour guides and leaders will ensure your safety at all times.

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Makalu Travels maintains a strong ethics of business. We therefore assure you there are no hidden charges applied in our packages. Unless you opt for additional activities other than those mentioned in the pre-booked itinerary, even in cases of unforeseen circumstances, the extra costs would be ours to bear.

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