15+ Interesting Facts About Kanchenjunga

  1. Kanchenjunga, also known as Kangchenjunga, is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. It has an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 feet).
  2. Kanchenjunga is the 2nd highest mountain in the Himalayas after Mt. Everest. Kanchenjunga is located at the border of Nepal and India. It is the 2nd highest mountain in Nepal (after Mt. Everest) and the highest in India.
  3. This mountain contains five hills. Two are present in Nepal, while the other three are located directly on the border between Nepal and Sikkim (India).
  4. Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world from 1847 to 1852. Surveyors placed it in 3rd position after discovering Mt. Everest in 1852 and K2 in 1856.
  5. Kanchenjunga was first climbed in May 1955 by two English mountaineers, Joe Brown and George Band. However, their ascent ended a few feet before the summit due to its religious significance to the local population.
    Sunset on Kanchenjunga
    The first ascent to Kanchenjunga ended without touching the summit

  6. In 1979, three English mountaineers (Doug Scott, Joe Tasker, and Peter Boardman) completed the first ascent of Kanchenjunga without oxygen.
  7. A British mountaineer, Ginette Harrison, climbed Mount Kanchenjunga in 1998. This ascent makes it the last eight-thousander to be climbed by a female.
  8. Kangchenjunga is the second-deadliest mountain in the world among Eight-thousanders. Its fatality rate is 29.1%, which is marginally behind the death rate of Annapurna I (29.5%). (Source)
  9. The number of ascents for Mount Kanchenjunga is the second-lowest among eight-thousanders after Annapurna I. The mountain recorded 300 ascents until 2019, compared to 261 for Annapurna I.
  10. There are four routes to reach the summit of Kanchenjunga. Three of these routes are in Nepal, while the northeastern route is in the Sikkim state of India.
  11. Mountaineers have climbed Kanchenjunga hundreds of times. However, only three successful ascents were through the Indian route of the mountain. India closed this route from Sikkim in 2000.
  12. There are several myths and mysteries about Kanchenjunga. Both local inhabitants and climbers have claimed to spot footprints of yeti (folkloric snowman). Locals also claim the presence of the valley of immortality (known as Beyul in the local language) in Kanchenjunga.
  13. The Kanchenjunga has five noticeable peaks: Kanchenjunga Main, Yalongkang, Kanchenjunga West, and Twin Peaks. It is the reason behind its name, which means “the five treasures of high snow,” in Sikkim.
  14. Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim, northern India, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This site includes Mount Kanchenjunga and its surrounding area and is the only mixed (cultural and natural) site in the country.
  15. Mount Kanchenjunga is the most easterly of the eight-thousanders. Its location is 120 km southeast of Mount Everest.
  16. Four ridges connect the peaks of Mount Kanchenjunga, while there are four glaciers between these ridges. Compared to the winter season, Mount Kanchenjunga and its glaciers receive more snowfall during the summer season due to monsoon.


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