Kanchanjunga Region

Kanchanjunga Region

Kanchenjunga region is situated in the eastern frontier between Nepal and India. Kanchenjunga Area is named after Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) - second highest mountain in Nepal and the third highest in the world. Kanchenjunga is attractive because it is less visited by tourist, the rhododendron forests are spectacular and the mountain scenery offers new vistas. A number of glaciers originated from Himalaya have no doubt added to the beauties of Kanchenjunga region.

Evergreen tree species characterized by schima wallichii, engelhardtia spicata and castanopsis indica are found in this forest. However, much of the natural forests have been converted into agriculture land. It is home to broadleaf deciduous trees dominated by quercus, castanopsis, rhododendron arboretum and some members of the laurel family. Trees shed their leaves in the spring as a result of drought stress. There is a floristic influence from both lower and higher zones. Here, deciduous oaks, maples, laurels and birches intersperse with evergreen firs, magnolias, junipers and rhododendrons. Most trees are deciduous. Trees are covered by mosses and epiphytic plants due to high moister content in this zone. Daphe bholua (locally known as lokta) is harvested from these forests. Mostly evergreen conifers are interspersed with few cold-hardy deciduous species. South-facing slopes are usually tree-less or contain pure stands of stuned rhododendrons. North-facing slopes have juniper, fir, willow, birch and rhododendrons. In Ghunsa valley, look out for extensive stands of the spectacular Himalayan larches (larix griffithiana) that turn the hillsides a golden-yellow in the fall. Woody vegetation in this zone of moist alpine scrub consists of stunned junipers, roses and rhododendron, gentian and saxifrage abound. Hardy alpine grasses include carex, juncos and poa. Look out for herds of blue sheep foraging on hillsides above tree line. Perhaps, you may see signs of snow leopard that preys on these sheep. The northern part of Kanchenjunga, inhabit by Sherpa but the southern lower part is full of ethnic groups such as Rai, Limbu, Magar, Tamang, Braman and Chhartri etc. 

Asian Hiking Team’s itinerary that start with a flight from Kathmandu to Taplejung proceed to the south side of Kanchenjunga crosses the margin La to visit the north side and then descends to meet the road at Basantapur or you can start from Basantapur drive from Kathmandu as well. There is possible basic tea house one the way to Kanchenjunga base camp but if our group size if more than 10 persons we organize full tented camping.  

Kanchanjunga Region Trips

Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trekking

Kanchenjunga has two Base camp, southern and northern. Mostly trekkers visit northern base camp of Kanchenjunga “the Ghunsa Khola Valley”. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking is starting from Tumlingt ...
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Tailor Made Holidays
06 March - 2016
Fred Santoro I´m a brazilian guy and went hiking in Nepal back in 2003 and was fortunate enough to meet Suman, the best sherpa you can ever dream of, not only because he´s very experienced and explain all the culture of the nepali people for us, but also because he´s very VERY funny, a fantastic man. 10 years later, we´re still friends a ... Read More
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