Kanchenjunga Region

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The mountain Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the 2nd tallest peak in Nepal and 3rd in the world. It lies in the Taplejung District, protected as Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Nepal. In April 1997, the Government of Nepal declared the Kanchenjunga region as a gift to the Earth as part of WWF’s Living Planet Campaign.

Kanchenjunga region represents an extraordinary landscape with its unique floral and faunal diversity, breath-taking scenery, and rich cultural heritage. It is known as a remote trekking destination but very scenic multi-day treks.

The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is home to the endangered snow leopard, red panda, and musk deer. The Conservation area is covered by extensive juniper, Rhododendrons, and pure stands of Himalayan coniferous forest.

How to get the trailhead of the Kanchenjunga region?

1) Kathmandu to Suketar (Taplejung) Airport by flight.
2) Kathmandu to Badrapur by flight and Ilam to Taplejung by bus.
3) Kathmandu to Birtamod to Ilam to Taplejung by bus.

Kanchenjunga Conservation fact sheet:
Total Area: 2035sq. km.
Established: 1997.
District: Taplejung.
Major Ethnic Group: Rai, Limbu, and Botias.
Range in altitude: From 1200m to Kanchenjunga I (8586m).
Major Destinations: Ghunsa village, North and South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga.
High Pass: Sinion La 4646m.
Bio Climatic zone: Tropical to Alpine.
Economy: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Seasonal Migration (Trade and Labour), Tourism, and Service in the Army.
Plants: Juniper, fir, willow, birch, Rhododendrons, roses, Carex, Juncus, and poa.
Mammal species: Snow leopard, Asian black beer, blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, and red panda.
Bird species: Golden-breasted fulvetta, snow cock, blood pheasant, and red-billed chough.
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