Khangchendzonga National Park

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Khangchendzonga National Park is located in the northern Indian State of Sikkim, where it protects an area of about 178.400ha of unique diversity of lowlands, deep valleys and impressive snow-covered mountains including the world’s third highest peak, Kangchenjunga. The national park was first established in 1977 and has then been almost doubled in size in 1997 to include even more of unique himalayan and sub-himalayan ecosystems. Still remaining at a relatively small size, Khangchendzonga National Park has one of the widest altitudinal ranges (more than 7 kilometers of vertical difference) of any protected area worldwide. The park was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in July 2016, making it the first indian “Mixed Heritage Site”. Khangchendzonga National Park meets a total of four criteria, acknowledging both its cultural and natural importance.

The third highest peak on the planet, Kangchenjunga (8.586m) lies on the western boundary of Khangchendzonga National Park and is one of 20 spectacular peaks with an altitude of over 6.000m located within the park. With a length of 26km and being one of the largest in Asia, Zemu Glacier is amongst the most notable features, alongside 73 glacial lakes including over eighteen crystal clear high altitude lakes. The combination of extremely high and rugged mountains covered by intact old-growth forests and the pronounced altitudinal vegetation zones further adds to the exceptional beauty of the landscape. Besides the natural wonders, there are many fascinating mythological stories associated with Kanchenjunga and its lush valleys, which are integrated in the Buddhist beliefs and the indigenous cultures of Sikkim. As a result Khangchendzonga National Park attracts people from all over the world – mountaineers, photographers and those seeking spiritual fulfilment.

The most popoluar hiking trails are the multi-day Dzongri Trek or the even longer variant leading all the way to Goechala Pass, taking keen hikers to the foot of Kangchenjunga. The gateway to both treks is the lovely town of Yuksom, lying in a green valley, a five-hour jeep-ride away from provincial capital Gangtok. Another option to experience Khangchendzonga National Park on foot would be the Green Lake Trail approaching Kangchenjunga from the north via Zemu Valley – but permits are hard to get.

Khangchendzonga National Park
Khangchendzonga National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park

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Facts

  • Type: National Park
  • Year of Creation: 1977
  • Area: 178.400ha

Location

  • Country: India
  • Province: Sikkim
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra (IXB)

Khangchendzonga National Park

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  • GPS: 27°41'14.3268'' N / 88°19'53.1228'' E
  • Lat/Long: 27.687313, 88.331423

Khangchendzonga National Park

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