Among the few travel realms rarely explored by outsiders, Kanchenjunga Region is one remote and beautiful region to visit in Nepal. With a number of different trekking routes, this region is an ideal area to trek alongside the Himalayas. Located in the northeast corner of Nepal, this rare gem of a region is well renowned for Mt. Kanchenjunga. Standing 8,586m tall, this mountain peak is the third highest in the world. The region itself is named after this mountain. Kanchenjunga is roughly translated to “Five Treasures of Snow” in Tibetan.
Taplejung district, which covers a major portion of Kanchenjunga Region, holds numerous other mountains that are higher than 7000m. Filled with scenic mountain views, lush forests, and grasslands, this region is ideal for trekkers who are looking for off-beat experience. The routes in the Kanchenjunga region pass through Arun Valley and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
The conservation area is home for Musk Deer, Wild boars, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Pandas, and many more wildlife species. This natural reserve also ensures your encounter with wide alpine grasslands, lush sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys. Moreover, the region is also home to numerous pilgrimage sites and sacred destinations to Hindu and Buddhists alike. Pathibhara Temple is one prime example of such religious heritage. The region also holds cultural heritages in huge numbers belong to the Hindu belief in the south and Tibetan-Buddhism to the north.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp is the major trekking and travel destination in the region. The base camp of the third highest mountain in the world allows you to revel in the panoramic displays of the Himalayas in the Kanchenjunga ranges and others like Januu (7711m), Kambachen (7802m), and Kirat Chuli (7362m) among other mountains. The course to the Base Camp offers grandiose of stunning mountain peaks which include the Mt. Everest (8848m), Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8414m), and many others. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Lumba Sumba Trek, Milke Danda Trek, and Pathibhara Devi Temple Pilgrimage are a host of astounding trekking experiences. Similarly, Kanchenjunga Expedition is considered to be one of the most challenging and arduous climbs in the entire world seeking the attention of the most adept professionals.
The best season to visit the Kanchenjunga Region is autumn (September to November). As the treks often reach high altitudes warm clothing and healthy walks are a must. The whole region is a combination of rarely touched natural and cultural treasure. A trip here is a story of a lifetime.