Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek, 12 Days
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Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek, 12 Days

Days: 12 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Min Group Size: 1 / Max Group Size: 14

Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek connects one of the most common trekking areas of Everest region with the off-beaten trails of Makalu region. Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek is a silent yet interesting trek for travelers seeking a less crowded route. With the outstanding views of Everest (8848m), Makalu (8481m), and other peaks of Mahalangur Himalayan range, walk along the gorge of two high passes, Salpa Bhanjyang (3350m) and Surke La Pass (3085m), to reach the sacred lake of Salpa Pokhari (3460m). Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek gives you an authentic feel of Nepal as you traverse on the quite terrain, vivid with natural and cultural richness.

The 12 days Lukla to Tumlingtar trek takes you through both the Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu Barun National Park. The exploration begins with a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the most thrilling airport in the world. You get to relish attractive sceneries as you walk through culturally rich Sherpa and Rai villages of Paiya, Panggom, Najingdingma, Bung, and Sanam before reaching Salpa Pokhari. Salpa Pokhari is a pilgrimage site for people of different religion and culture, especially the Kirants, who believe that the lake is an equivalent of Ganges River in India. At the altitude of 3350 meters, the highest point of the trek is Salpa Bhanjyang. Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek is blessed with an unbelievable richness in nature and culture. Rich aroma of pine trees, tender sound of streams and chirping of birds, along with beautiful views of rhododendron forest, shrubs, and bushes, can be experienced during Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek. At the end of the trek, the trail passes Salpa Phedi to reach Gothe Bazaar. From there onwards, the trail walks down to Tumlingtar to finally take a flight back to Kathmandu. 

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition offers a wide range of options regarding trekking in the quieter terrain of Nepal. We believe that a tree can be as fun as the guide, accompanying the travelers, lets it be, so we provide you with a friendly guide who is fluent in speaking English. We also provide you with the best accommodation option available in the place. Kindly, note that you should check-in for all the domestic flights at least one hour prior to the flight schedule, and also understand that the flights are subject to delay.

Facts of the Trek

Trek Region
Makalu Region
Type of Trek
Private Trip
12 Days
Highest Elevation
3,350 m ( 10,991 ft )
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during the trek
Best Season
Spring(March-April-May) & Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov)
Transportation by
Domestic Flight & Private Vehicle

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representatives who will then take you to hotel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m/35 minutes and trek to Paiya 2770m/4 hours
You take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The 40 minutes flight serves an amazing view of lush hills and snowcapped peaks. Upon arrival at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, you meet rest of the staff members and start the amazing yet short acclimatizing trek to Paiya. Walking through the alpine forests and crossing several small settlements, you reach Paiya for the overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Paiya.

Day 3: Trek from Paiya to Pangum 2850m/5 hours
From Paiya Bridge, move towards Kharte to join the trail left that ascends across a slope on a gorge. On the way, you come across a rock marked ‘Arun Valley Trek’ in yellow paint. Ascend slowly then arrive at Khari La (3145m) where there is a herder’s stone house. Descend through the forest of oak, birch, and rhododendron, and crossing six ancient Mani walls to reach Pangum. Overnight at a lodge in Pangum.

Day 4: Trek from Pangum to Najingdingma 2650m/6 hours
Ascend via the village to Pangum La (3173m). Experience the views of Mera Peak (6470m), of rough forested valleys, and of Najingdingma from distant. Go down through a beautiful old jungle, stretching north to two Sherpa houses. Another 30 minutes leads us to the top of Sibuche (2500m) with lodges and a small gompa.  Walk through the bamboo, birch, and rhododendron forest on stone stairs to finally ascend up to Najingdingma (2650m). Overnight at a lodge in Najingdingma.

Day 5: Trek from Najingdingma to Bung 1900m/7 hours
Walking through the ridge, climb down into inhabited Hongu valley. It is a relaxed and very exciting day of waking. Walk to reach Bung on the clear path below the gompa and through the blue-roofed school grounds. As the area is highly influenced by Buddhism, we will pass by several Chortens and Mani walls. Bung is filled with Rai culture, a group of concentrated smallholdings covering the hillside from 1900m down to the Hongu Khola Bridge at 1320m. Overnight at a lodge in Bung.

Day 6: Trek from Bung to Sanam 2850m/7 hours
Walk past the large rock imprinted with Buddhist mantras, and pass a school, a waterfall and covered bridge. Walk along the lush forest of rhododendron, chir pine, and brown oak for the final climb to Sanam (2850m), where you will find a single series of Sherpa homes dominated by a new gompa. There are widespread potato fields and many livestock in the area. Overnight at a lodge in Sanam. 

Day 7: Trek from Sanam to Phedi 1680m/8 hours via Sapla Bhanjyang 3350m
Continue to ascend via a delightful forest to Salpa Bhanjyang (3350m), the highest place of the trek. From the top, you will have an amazing view of the holy lake of Salpa Pokhari. Then, go downhill into the warmer climate of the Irkhuwa Valley. It is beautiful to see the landscape change as you get higher. Walk by the lovely Mani walls along with an amazing view the Himalayas including Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8481m), Mera Peak (6470m), and Everest (8848m) among others to arrive in Phedi. Overnight at a lodge in Phedi. 

Day 8: Trek from Phedi to Gothe Bazaar 775m/5 hours
Leaving Phedi, cross the river on stones and hike a little over a ridge, cross the bamboo bridge, and ascend over the small forested ridge to finally descend to Dobhane. Crossing more bridges over Benkhuwa Khola, you walk through rice paddies and water channels, scattered with dry rocky ridges, to reach the attractive Ghote Bazaar (775m) for an overnight stay. Overnight at a lodge in Goethe Bazaar.

Day 9: Trek from Gothe Bazaar to Chyawabesi 250m/6 hours
Make an easy walk following Irkhuwa Khola to join Arun River. The only real problem will be the overpassing of a large spur, which may present difficulties to find the route. Finally, cross Arun River and continue on an easy downhill slope. After walking further, you finally reach Chyawabesi. Overnight at a lodge in Chyawabesi.

Day 10: Trek from Chyawabesi to Tumlingtar 460m/3 hours
Leaving behind Chyawabesi, you continue walking until you reach Bheteni which has a row of shops. Pass the river and track since the road now bends up to Khandbari, and enjoy hiking beside the river. Cross a large suspension bridge and another settlement, and ascend uphill on the trail to the left. Ascend up to two stages to the broad highland between Arun River and Sabha Khola, and move along on a dusty road to reach Tumlingtar (460m). Overnight at a lodge in Tumlingtar.

Day 11: Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu 45 minutes
A scenic flight over the hills and the mountains of eastern Nepal takes you to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can either rest or go on for souvenir shopping or food hunting in the vibrant markets of Kathmandu. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After your breakfast in hotel, our staff will drop you at the airport for your scheduled flight back home. Farewell, and we hope to see you again.

Pricing for Group Size Basis: (Private Trip)
All inclusive Trek Price for single/individual trekker; USD 1830
All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis (couples/friends); USD 1540 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis (small groups/families); USD 1405 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 4 trekkers basis (small groups/families); USD 1315 per person

Join with us oon Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek in 2024/2025.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at

Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Price starts from/Adult Status *
USD 1,315
EUR 1.226
SFr 1.217
GBP 1.026
AUD 1.959
CAD 1.749
Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 2 nights deluxe accommodation in single/double/twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu.
* Flight ticket from Kathmandu-Lukla and Tumlingtar-Kathmandu and domestic airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly English speaking guide, porters (1 porter for 2 persons), their food & accommodation, bus ticket, salary, equipment and insurance.
* Down Sleeping Bag (Minus 20-30 Degree Celsius), Duffel Bag, LifeStraw Water Filter for drinking water, trekking map.
* All transportation by private car.
* Makalu-Barun National Park Permit. 
* All necessary permits.
* Office Service charge.
* All government tax.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, Internet, battery charging and hot shower.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and  strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
                                                                Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek, 12 Days


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