10 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 ft).
  2. Kanchenjunga is the 2nd highest mountain in the Himalayas after Mt. Everest.
  3. 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.
  4. This mountain contains 5 hills. Two are present in Nepal, while the other three are located directly on the border of Nepal and Sikkim (India).
  5. Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world from 1847 to 1852. It was placed in its current 3rd position after the discovery of Mt. Everest in 1852 and K2 in 1856.
  6. Kanchenjunga was first climbed in May 1955 by two English mountaineers, Joe Brown and George Band. 
    Sunset on Kanchenjunga
    Kanchenjunga was climbed for the first time in 1955 and without oxygen in 1979
  7. In 1979, three English mountaineers (Doug Scott, Joe Tasker, and Peter Boardman) completed the first ascent of Kanchenjunga without oxygen.
  8. 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. This route in Sikkim has been closed since 2000 by India.
  9. Kanchenjunga has been climbed more than 25 times. Only three successful ascents were through the Indian route of the mountain.
  10. 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.


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