Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga close up view from Pelling in Sikkim, India.

India’s Kangchenjunga (sometimes spelled Kangchenjunga) is the head of a mountain ridge that has five prominent peaks, with the tallest standing as the country’s highest point. The mountain is also known as the “Five Treasures of Snow,” named for its snow-capped glistening peaks. The nickname comes from the Tibetan words “Kang-chen-dzo-nga” or “Yang-chhen-dzö-nga,” which translate to “Five Treasures of the Great Snow” in Sikkim.

The five peaks of the Kangchenjunga are:

  • Kangchenjunga Main (8,586 m)
  • Kangchenjunga West (Yalung Kang) (8,505 m)
  • Kangchenjunga Central (8,482 m)
  • Kangchenjunga South (8,494 m)
  • Kangbachen (7,903 m)

Kangchenjunga is considered a holy mountain, worshipped by both the Darjeeling and Sikkim people. The great Kangchenjunga covers land in both Nepal and Sikkim, India.

Rabdentse Ruins near Pelling, Sikkim state in India. Rabdentse was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim. Kangchenjunga close up view from Pelling in Sikkim, India.

Countries: Nepal, India

Mountain Range: Kangchenjunga Himalaya

Elevation: 8,586 meters / 28,169 feet according to the National Geographic Society.

First Ascent: On May 25th, 1955, Joe Brown and George Band were the first to climb Kangchenjunga on a British expedition. However, they stopped just before reaching the summit to keep a promise to the Chogyal not to violate the peak, and every climber since has done the same.

Fun Fact: Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world! Also, Kangchenjunga Main is the highest peak in India.

External Links

Philippe Gatta – Great post on a Kangchenjunga expedition with photos
Mark Horrell – “Joe Brown provides a rare glimpse of Kangchenjunga”
Britannica – Encyclopedia entry on Kangchenjunga

Photos

Beautiful first light from sunrise on Mount Kanchenjugha, Himalayan mountain range, Sikkim, India. | Rudra Narayan Mitra
Beautiful last light from sunset on Mount Kanchenjugha, Himalayan mountain range, Sikkim, India. | Rudra Narayan Mitra
Kangchenjunga, India
Kangchenjunga viewpoint in Pelling in West Sikkim, India
Beautiful nightscape of the Himalaya Mountains on the Kangchenjunga trek, Nepal
Kangchenjunga sunrise view from the Pelling viewpoint in Sikkim, India
Kanchenjunga range peak in early morning light
Mount Kanchenjunga of Himalayan Range, the third highest mountain in the world. Shot from Tiger Hill,Darjeeling, India.
Beautiful first light from sunrise on Mount Kanchenjugha
Kangchenjunga close up view from Pelling in Sikkim, India.

Kangchenjunga Region

The Kangchenjunga region has many amazing views of diverse landscapes to offer, from Nepal’s Kangchenjunga jungles to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Hiker in Himalayan jungles, Nepal, Kanchenjunga region
Scenic view of mountains, Kanchenjunga Region, Himalayas, Nepal.
Scenic view of mountains, Kanchenjunga Region, Himalayas, Nepal.

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