Approaching Kanchenjunga Basecamp; Nepal or India?

The massive and captivating Kanchenjunga 8,586 m (28,169 ft) situated on the border between Nepal and India is the world’s third tallest mountain. The peak lies in a larger portion of the Himalayas known as the The Kangchenjunga Himal that includes 16 peaks over 7,000m (23,000 ft). Most of the region is protected as part of a large national park that spans both India and Nepal and protects the natural beauty of the region and cultural traditions of a diverse range of ethnic groups. The mountain consists of 5 separate peaks and in Tibetan Kanchenjunga means the “Five Treasures of the Snow.” The peak is considered holy by the people of Sikkim and climbers have always stopped just short of the summit out of respect for the mountain.   Four giant glaciers cover the bulk of the terrain above 5000m/16000ft and encompass a vast area that measures over 315 km / 125 square miles. The glaciers, Zemu, Talung, Yalung and Kangchen radiate out from the mountain at nearly ninety degree angles while the main ridges of the mountain run almost north to south and east to west forming a giant cross. On the eastern point of this cross one finds […]

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The 4 Greatest Treks of Sikkim

Sikkim is one of the far northeastern states of India surrounded by the north and east by China and Nepal to the west. Kanchenchunga, the world’s third tallest mountain, defines the border between Nepal and Sikkim and many of the treks in the region skirt the lower portions of this giant mountain. The weather in Sikkim is much wetter than in the other regions of the Himalaya due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal and a direct flow of moisture during the monsoon months from May to early October. Dense rainforests are common in the lower elevation portion of treks giving away to beautiful Rhododenhdron forests that peak in bloom in early May and light the hills red with fire. The upper elevation feature beautiful alpine lakes as well as numerous glaciers and ice falls. Access to Sikkim is either by rail or plane to Siligiri and then onward either by helicopter (reasonably priced) or half day taxi ride. Foreign visitors need to be properly registered and should plan at least a few days in advance. Here is a look at 4 of the great treks in Sikkim. Goecha La Trek This might be the most exciting trek […]

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