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Trekking at Mt. Kanchendzonga, Sikkim

With a monolithic elevation of 8,568 meters above sea level, Mt. Kanchendzonga is the world’s 3rd highest peak and the highest peak in India. Located on the boundary between Sikkim and Nepal, the mountain is a trekker’s haven and is considered to be one of the most challenging trek spots.

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Photo by carol mitchell, CC BY-ND 2.0 

Although, trekking on this mountain has recently been permitted by the Sikkim government, the mountain is a totally unexplored location and has preserved its pristine beauty. The hike beginning from Yoksum in western Sikkim takes one through forests of rhododendron, orchids, pine and magnolia, higher valleys and the rollong meadows used for grazing by the gentle yak-herding Lepchas. The route offers fantastic views of the Kanchenjunga. There is a well-beaten bridle path throughout the route but because it has a lot of up- and downhill walking, one has to be physically fit. It is a hard trek. Day temperature can go upto 30 degrees Celsius and nights could come down to 0 degree Celsius.

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