Treasure of Taplejung
Taplejung is a far-flung district located in the eastern development region of the Himalayas. Offering some of the most spectacular Himalayan landscape with fourteen of the world’s highest mountain peaks rising above 7000m including Mt. Kanchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world with its close proximity. Taplejung, the treasure of the mountains, plays host to the longest blue glacier in the world, the Yalung, and high biodiversity. This area is considered the home of the Limbus but also upholds diverse ethnic groups of Sherpas, Tibetans, Rais, Gurung, Magar, Newars and Tamang.
Taplejung boasts of some of the most stunning sceneries in all of Nepal. Traditional farming practices are a way of life here and you can encounter rich forests with more than 250 species of birds and wildlife. There are a number of high mountain lakes in Wallangchung Gola.
Limbu (Sewaro) Heritage Trail
The Limbus are the dominant ethnic group in the lower region of the conservation area. A new trekking route between Kabeli and Khaksewa offering unique experience of cultural and traditional lifestyle of the Limbus has been developed which offers beautiful panoramic view of the Terai. Cardomom farm and thich forest like between Kabeli and Khaksewa. The Limbus still enjoy their traditional Dhann Naach (Paddy Dance) during various occasions. They also offer accommodation at their homes and you get to discover the true culture of this unique area.
Limbu Heritage Trail is promoted and supported by the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Program (TRPAP), a programme of His Majesty’s Government of Nepal, supported jointly by UNDP, SNV (Netherlands) and DFID (UK). The programme works to develop sustainable tourism in six districts of Nepal, namely Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Rasuwa, Dolpa, Chitwan and Rupandehi.
If you are interested in can do one of the most amazing trek to the base of Kanchenjunga which is absolutely thrilling and an adventure of your lifetime.
About the Area
The area is made up of alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense forest and subtropical temperature, and low river valleys with Mt. Kanchenjunga as its crown and is home to one of the original homelands of the indigenous Limbu people. Most practice integrated early animist religion. Agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism are the major means of livelihood for these people.
In the higher altitudes, you can find Sherpa people who arrived from Tibet more than four hundred years ago. These Sherpas have a distinct culture and tradition, different from those in Solukhumbu district in the Sagarmatha region. The icons of the cultural heritage are monasteries, chortens, temples and prayer walls. The festivals of all of these people living in harmony serve to make the native culture vibrant.
Mountaineering and White River Rafting
This area is especially suited for mountaineering and trekking and these along with pilgrimage tours are the main tourist attractions. Waterfall, lakes and the Tamor River offer opportunities for white water rafting. The Tinjure Milke Jaljale ridge forms the border among Taplejung, Tehrathum and Sankhuwassabha and this area is famous for its bio-diversity including the world’s largest natural rhododendron forest with the highest number of rhododendron species of any places in the world.
Flora and Fauna
Juniper and Himalayan Larch can be found in the forests of this area. With more than 1200 species of flowering plants. The region is also rich in wildlife including the snowleopard, red panda, musk deer, the Himalayan black bear and blue sheep.
Pathibhara temple in Tapethok Village Development Committee (VDC) (19 kms from Taplejung Bazaar) is revered by both Hindus and Buddhist. Pathibhara temple likes at an altitude of 3794 meters. An animist deity resides here and it is believed that the devotee’s desires will be fulfilled with a sacrifice at the temple. The Pathibhara pilgrimage takes only three to four days with the best time to vist being March to June and October to Mid of December. The spectacular Kanghenjunga range can also be observed at the close range.
The richness of the cultural heritage of Tplejung is reflected in the Buddhist gompas such as the 400 year old Diki Chhyoling Gompa of Wallanchung Gola, which houses a life size Avalokiteshwara and has had a butter lamp continuously burning since its construction. 12 prayer wheels outside the gompa spin as a small stream flows by.
In the dry season, bus serices are available daily from Birtamod 9Jhapa) and two from Phidim (Panchthat). Often and overnight stay is required; otherwise it is a full day journey.
Taplejung is aslo connected to the rest of Nepal by the 277 km Char Aali- ILAM- Phidim- Taplejung road and a STOL air connection to Kathmandu and Suketar airport from Biratnagar. You can also get to the area by bus through Dharan.
Trans-boundary trekking to Sikkim in India, which provides a completely different experience to the adjoining Kangchenjunga biosphere reserve from the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area via Chongpa La can be fully explored.
Tinjure Milke JalJale Trail
Better known as the Rhododendron Trail, the area spreads across Taplejung, Terathum and Sankhuwasabha districts. The trail can be visited from Dharan-Hile-Basantapur to Kanchenjunga and vice-versa.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO DO ONE HARD AND AMAZING TREK – Then the base camp trek to Kanchenjunga is just the one for you.
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