2, Apr 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Home of World's Third Highest Mountain; Kanchenjunga 

Taplejung or Phungling is the headquarter of the Taplejung district. Located in the far northeast of Nepal, it has borders with Tibet in the North and India in the East. The city is located at an altitude of 1441m. The word Taplejung is derived from the Limbu language: Taple and Jung. Taple was the medieval Limbu king who used to rule the area and "Jung" means fort. Literally, Taplejung means Fort of King Taple.

Taplejung View

Taplejung is one of the most beautiful areas in eastern Nepal. Taplejung being at the far northeast corner of the country has not been travelled more which means the roads and trails are untouched and isolated. Take the path less travelled. People can experience the spectacular landscape, Himalayan peaks of heights above 7000 meters and a wide range of flora and fauna. You can also walk through the verdant green hilltops, through resplendent rhododendron forests, remote villages and discover cultures that are unique to this region. 

Highlights of the City

  1. Remarkable views of towering Himalayan peaks,13 of the world's highest peaks, one of which is the 3rd highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m)

 Mt. Kanchenjunga

  1. Hindu holiest site; Pathibhara Temple

Pathibhara Temple

  1. Beautiful rhododendron trail of Tinjure Milke Jaljale (Milke Danda). 

  2. Buddhist gompas (monasteries); 400-year old Diki Chhyoling Gompa of Olangchung Gola which has a life-size statue of Avalokiteshvara. And there is a butter lamp at the altar that has been burning here uninterrupted since the construction of the gompa.

  3. Everflowing Tamur river

  4. The longest blue glacier in the world; Yalung glacier.  

Yalung Glacier

  1. Wildlife of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

Kanchenjunga National Park

  1. Beautiful Panchthar city.

  2. Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung Red Panda Protected Forest

Getting There

Taplejung has been connected by both airways and roadways. Suketar or Taplejung Airport has flights from Biratnagar and Kathmandu. Alternatively, you can fly to Bhadrapur by Buddha Air or Yeti Airlines, which have daily flights from Kathmandu and travel up the Mechi highway, a 269km road. Or you can travel by bus or jeep from Kathmandu which is about 700km and can take 17 hours to reach Taplejung. 



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