Kanchenjunga conservation area explore Mount Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is a protected area established in 1997. It covers 2,035 km2 (786 sq mi) in the Taplejung District, bordering the Tibet autonomous region (China) in the north, Sikkim in the east and Sankhuwasabha District in the west. Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, the stunning biodiversity, the hidden valleys and the dense forests make the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) in Nepal, one of the most distinctive parts of eastern Himalaya. In KCA, the botanists have identified not less than 23 different species of rhododendrons. The many remote and steep valleys here were formed as a result of passing of the glacial streams through the ridges. The people in these valleys are engaged in traditional farming. Kanchenjunga conservation area is the perfect destination for Adventure tours like trekking, tours, mountaineering etc.
The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area has a rich cultural heritage. In this place one will come across with many different ethnic groups. The numerous temples, monasteries, prayer-walls and chortens in this place symbolize its cultural heritage. The local people carry out agriculture, pastoralism and trade. There are about 11 ethnic communities living in KCA. They include Limbu, Sherpa, Chhetris, Rais and Brahmins.
Kanchenjunga conservation area flora & fauna
The forests in this place shelter more than 250 species of endangered wildlife including birds. Those who walk through the forests will reach the pastures at high altitudes where they can see alpine flowers in variety of colors and also grazing yaks. The different wild life species in KCA include musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, ghoral red panda and Rhesus macaque. The wide variety of bird species includes Ashy drongo, Impheyan pheasant and blue magpie. The juniper forests and the Himalayan larch are the unique features of this place.
Kanchenjunga Conservation Area expanded from the altitude 1,200 m (3,900 ft) to 8,586 m (28,169 ft) above sea level. Kanchenjunga experiences high rainfall and the atmosphere is rather humid. Frost days are more in this place one of the perfect place for trekking tours. Those who want to reach KCA take the flight from Biratnagar to Sukhetar or drive to Taplejung from different places, then trekking to KCA. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area contains cultivated lands, forests, grazing land, rivers, high altitude lakes and glaciers.