Kanchenjunga the stunningly beautiful and supposedly the third highest peak in the world – right here in India
Its surrounded by Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet – Kanchenjunga was first scaled in 1955. But after that it was declared as ‘sacred’. Kanchenjunga in Tibetan language means ‘The Five Treasures of the High Snow’ and these five are the repositories of God – Gold, Silver, Gems, Grain and Holy Books.
Kanchenjunga is famous for the variety of trekking routes it offers. These trekking routes take you through forests and countryside abundant with nature. The elevation of Kanchenjunga is 8,586 mt. and the mountain is regarded as extremely sacred and is also known as Sewa Lungma.
Kanchenjunga’s charm and spectacular views often leave you speechless. Just sighting of this great peak can be done from Darjeeling from the Tiger Hills and if you’re in Gangtok, the Goeche La trek in Sikkim is the standard base camp for trekking up the range.
The history reads that until the year of 1852 it was considered as the highest peak of the world. After the Great Trigonometric Survey of India in 1849, Mt. Everest was declared the highest mountain based on various readings and measurements. It was officially moved to the third place in 1856. The locals consider the mountain a sacred place, an abode of Gods and even believe that a yeti (Himalayan demon), called Nee-gued still roams its slopes.
Located in Sikkim and encompassing the Peak and the Zemu glacier, this National Park and biosphere reserve are the latest addition to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in India. Spread over an area of 850 sq km, it is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna with 550 species of birds alone.