Kangchenjunga

Once believed to be the highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga now stands as the third highest and one of the best trekking regions of Nepal. The mountain lies on the Nepal-India border around Sikkim. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is a part of tri-national peace park. It consists of five peaks whose significance is tied to five treasures of God- gold, gem, silver, holy texts and harvest. The name Kanchenjunga is a compound word of ‘kanchan’ meaning gold and ‘ganga’, the holy river. The region being dominated by Rai and Limbu culture, the mountain is also known as Sewalungma in Kiranti. The five peaks that make up the Kanchenjunga range are Kanchenjunga Main, Kanchenjunga Central, Kanchenjunga South, Kanchenjunga West and Kangbachen.  All besides Kangbachen are over 8000m tall. Though the climate is cold and dry, vicinity of the region is crudelybeautiful- its biodiversity rich and its terrain wild. The Kanchenjunga area has been noted as biodiversity hot-spot. The trek begins with tropical forests and ends with rhododendron adorned paths and alpine forests with oak and chestnut trees. Spotted with glaciers, passes, gorges and mountains, the region has very little habitation. This is mostly owed to its religious connotation. Due to its remote location across borders, trekkers and explorers have not been able to be thorough…