Mount Kanchenjunga, one of the world's most spectacular mountains and the third highest peak at 8586m/28,169ft of the world, is also known for its varied ecological zones.
Mount Kanchenjunga, one of the world’s most spectacular mountains and the third highest peak at 8586m/28,169ft of the world, is also known for its varied ecological zones. From the subtropical land to the alpine meadow, rocky protrusion, low river valleys, temperate and sub-tropical forests in Taplejung bordering with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, Kanchenjunga region is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the world. Mighty Kanchenjunga glaciers, lush valleys, encompassed by high mountain peaks, are also enticing features of this intensely rugged region.
Kanchenjunga is gigantic in size with its highest peak reaching 8,586metres. It is encircled by innumerable peaks, with each of them competing for attention with their neighboring peaks. Ten rare species among Nepal’s 20 indigenous gymnosperms and 15 of the Nepal’s 28 endemic flowering plants are found in this region. In addition, almost 30 varieties of rhododendron species and 69 varieties of orchids are found here. The area is vibrant with colors in the spring. Truly wild displays of rhododendrons, orchids, lilies, primula and other flowers fill each step with wonder. Wildlife features the endangered species of snow leopard, the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, blue sheep and rhesus macaw. About 202 species of different birds including Impeyan pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, and shy drongo are found in the area.
There are some villages along the trails equally vibrant and varied when we compare the Limbu peoples of the lower valleys to the Gurung, Rai, and Sherpas of the Annapurna and Everest regions. Trekkers are welcomed to dance and sing in one of the many local festivals or offer the warm mildly alcoholic tonga from the dark wooden, brass ringed pods. Or, try a cardamon tea made from the pods of the many plants growing throughout the lower jungles.
Rarely visited as compared to the other more popular trekking regions of Nepal, this is the perfect region for trekkers who have the sufficient time and a desire to go camping rather than using tea lodges. Trekking to Kangchenjunga region can be done in September-October-November and in March-April-May.
The ultimate destinations of trekking in the Kangchenjunga region are the viewpoints near the climbing base camps on the south and/or north sides of this highest mountain.