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Nepal - Rural Tourism Information

Kanchenjunga

Brief Overview

The Kanchenjunga region is one of the most beautiful areas in the country with spectacular landscape, Himalayan peaks rising above 7,000 m and lush flora and fauna. Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the third highest peak of the world, lies in this region. Kanchenjunga in far-eastern Nepal borders with India in the east and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China in the north. Alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense temperate, sub-tropical forests, and low river valleys make up the area.


Staying at local tea houses, mountaineering, and trekking along pilgrimage trails are the main attractions while traveling to this region. Nearby is the Tinjure Milke Jaljale ridge that forms border between Taplejung, Tehrathum and Sankhuwasabha districts. This is an area well known for its bio-diversity including the world's largest natural rhododendron forest with the highest number of rhododendron species in the world.

Kanchenjunga is the prime attraction of this region. New trekking trails: Pathibhara and Limbu Cultural Trail, offer additional choices and a peek at the Himalayan lifestyle and culture.

Ethnic Diversity

The predominant people in the Kanchenjunga region are the Limbus, with the higher regions inhabited by people of Tibeto-Mongoloid ancestry. Tibetans, Sherpas, Rais, Gurungs, Magars, Newars, Sunwars, and Tamangs also live in this area, while the area also offers cultural diversity of Chhetris and Brahmins.

Cardamom farming, agriculture, animal husbandry, and tourism are the major means of livelihood for the people here. The Sherpa people, who arrived from Tibet more than four hundred years ago, live at higher altitudes. The Sherpas of this region have distinct culture and tradition - quite different from the Sherpas who live in the Solukhumbu district in the Sagarmatha region.

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