Kanchenjunga trek area lies in the northeast corner of Nepal. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is named after Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the second highest mountain in Nepal and the third highest in the world. Kanchenjunga was designated as a conservation area in March of 1998. It covers an area of 2035 sq. km. In Taplejung district of Nepal. Taplejung district itself is renowned for high peaks (eleven peaks higher that 7,000 m) and glaciers.
|Longitude||87° 37′ – 88° 12′|
|Latitude||27° 17′ – 27° 55′|
|Altitude Range||1850m to 5525m|
|Group size||Minimum of 2|
The Kanchenjunga trek area is envisioned as a tri-national peace park with Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China to the north and Sikkim India in the east. Sikkim already has Khangchenzonga National Park adjoining Kanchenjunga Conservation Area whereas the extension of Qomolungma Nature Reserve in TAR, to cover the land bordering Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is in progress. In April 1997, Government of Nepal declared Kanchenjunga region as a Gift of Earth and part of WWF’s Living Planet Campaign 2000.
The Kanchenjunga trek area offers one of the most stunning scenery in all of Nepal. Not only does this region host the third highest peak in the world (Mt. Kanchenjunga), but it is also a global hotspot for plant biodiversity. Trekking within these hidden valleys, one can encounter rich forests that support more than 250 species of birds and endangered wildlife. Throughout the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, you will encounter a medley of ethnicity that continue to practice traditional subsistence lifestyles, their cultural and religious practices adding to the area’s rich cultural heritage. Access to trekking in Kanchenjunga is either by flight from Kathmandu to Suketar, Taplejung or long hours drive following Illam – Phidim – Taplejung Bazar by bus.