The Kanchenjunga region trekking is considered to be one of the most thrilling and remote trekking destinations in Nepal. Located in the far eastern corner of the country, this region is home to the magnificent Mt Kachenjunga, which straddles the border between the Indian state of Sikkim and the Taplejung district of Nepal. Standing as the world’s third highest mountain, after Mt. Everest and Mt. K2. Kanchenjunga adds a sense of awe and wonder to the trekking experience in this region. The trekking trail in the Kanchenjunga region goes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, with pristine forests, breathtaking alpine meadows, and high altitude wetlands.
The Kachenjunga region is an exceptionally beautiful and ecologically diverse. As a part of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape, It is being developed by WWF Nepal in partnership with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is home to the elusive snow leopard and the endangered red panda, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, and Assamese macaque. The Kanchenjunga region trekking adventure will take you through lush valleys adorned with seasonal flowers. As you ascend, you will be treated to the breathtaking alpine landscapes and pass by charming Rai and Limbu villages nestled in the mid hills. Further up, you will encounter remote Tibetan villages at the the semi-arid plateaus, adding cultural richness to its allure.
The Kanchenjunga region is not a popular trekking destination as the Annapurna or the Everest region due to its remote location and lack of proper facilities. The trekking trails are not well-marked, making it difficult for trekkers to navigate. Additionally, there are very few accommodation options available along the way. However, during the trekking season between September-November and March-May, homestays and tea houses can be found in most of the routes. It is important to note that outside of these periods, most of these facilities are closed, and trekkers need to be self-sufficient in terms of food and accommodation.